A.S. Cittadella

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Cittadella
AS Cittadella Logo.png
Full name Associazione Sportiva Cittadella SpA
Nickname(s) Citta
Founded 1973 (41 years ago) (1973)
Ground Stadio Pier Cesare Tombolato,
Cittadella, Italy
Ground Capacity 7,623[1]
Chairman Andrea Gabrielli
Manager Claudio Foscarini
League Serie B
2012–13 Serie B, 15th
Website Club home page

Associazione Sportiva Cittadella is an Italian association football club, based in Cittadella, Veneto.

History[edit]

Cittadella was founded in 1973, after the merger of U.S. Cittadellense and A.S. Olympia. The club spent most of its first years in amateur football, and then professional football at Serie C2 and Serie C1 ranks. Cittadella won its first promotion to Serie B in 1999 after defeating Brescello in the playoff finals, and spent a total two seasons in the Italian second-highest ranked division, being then relegated in 2001–02 Serie B. During their first stay in Serie B, the club played in Stadio Euganeo in Padua and, in an attempt to expand the fanbase, was renamed A.S. Cittadella Padova, being Padua (Padova in Italian) the capital city of Cittadella's referring province.

Cittadella returned to Serie B in 2008, after defeating Cremonese in the 2007–08 Serie C1/A playoffs, under the guide of head coach Claudio Foscarini. In the 2008–09 Serie B season, the club was involved to projects focused to boost the capacity of the Stadio Tombolato to 7,500, in order to let the club play in their home town (with dispensation from the FIGC, since a stadium of at least 10,000 seats is required for Serie B). Thus, Cittadella played the first season games in Stadio Omobono Tenni in Treviso, about 40 km away.[2][3] After some delays, the first Serie B game played in Cittadella was played on 29 October 2008, A.C. Ancona being the opponents. The club escaped relegation in the final days of the season, thus ensuring another year of Serie B football to the local fans.

The following season, Cittadella thrashed Lecce 5–1 and Mantova 6–0 to finish 6th, and only losing to Brescia in the playoffs due to Brescia's superior league placing, despite a late 1–0 win in the second leg.

The club produced two strikers who later left for Serie A teams, namely, Riccardo Meggiorini (50% rights sold for €2.5M), Matteo Ardemagni (sold for €3.75M). Moreover, 2010–11 Serie B topscorer Federico Piovaccari also left for Sampdoria in 2011 for €3.5M which Samp relegated from Serie A in 2011.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 January 2014.[4]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Andrea Pierobon
2 Italy DF Simone Pecorini
3 Italy DF Daniele Gasparetto
4 Italy MF Massimiliano Busellato
5 Italy DF Michele Pellizzer (Captain)
6 Senegal DF Mohamed Coly
7 Italy FW Giammario Piscitella (on loan from Roma)
8 Italy MF Nicola Rigoni (on loan from Chievo)
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Milan Đurić (on loan from Cesena)
10 Italy MF Filippo Lora
11 Uruguay MF Juan Surraco
12 Italy GK Stefano Maggiotto
13 Italy DF Filippo Scaglia (on loan from Torino)
15 Paraguay DF Rodrigo Alborno (on loan from Inter)
16 Italy FW Alfredo Donnarumma
No. Position Player
17 Italy DF Patrick Antonello
18 Italy DF Luca Dalla Costa
19 Brazil FW Paulo Dentello Azzi
20 Italy DF Davide Campello
21 Italy FW Leonardo Perez
22 Italy GK Raffaele Di Gennaro (on loan from Inter)
23 Italy MF Andrea Paolucci
24 Italy DF Antonio Marino
25 Italy DF Manuel Rizzon
26 Italy DF Alessandro De Leidi
27 Italy FW Claudio Coralli
28 Italy MF Daniele Di Donato
30 Italy DF Riccardo Colombo
31 Italy DF Giuseppe Pugliese
32 Italy MF William Jidayi (on loan from Juve Stabia)

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
11 Italy MF Mattia Minesso (at Südtirol)
13 Italy DF Cristiano Biraghi (at Catania)

Youth team[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
29 Italy DF Stefano Amato
33 Italy GK Davide Fasolo

Notable players[edit]

See Category:A.S. Cittadella players.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A.S. Cittadella – Stadio" (in Italian). A.S. Cittadella – Sito ufficiale. Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Cittadella, la B al Tombolato" (in Italian). Calciopress.net. 14 June 2008. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Cittadella: scelto lo stadio" (in Italian). C1siamo.net. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "Prima Squadra" (in Italian). A.S. Cittadella. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 

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