A.S. Livorno Calcio

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Livorno
AS Livorno Calcio logo.svg
Full name Associazione Sportiva
Livorno Calcio S.p.A.
Nickname(s) Amaranto (Dark red)
Labronici (Lighbourners) Le Triglie (The mullets) L'Unione (Union)
Founded 1915 (99 years ago) (1915)
Ground Armando Picchi,
Livorno, Italy
Ground Capacity 19,238 (14,752 UEFA competitions)
Chairman Aldo Spinelli
Manager Carmine Gautieri
League Serie B
2013–14 Serie A, 20th (relegated)
Website Club home page
Current season

Associazione Sportiva Livorno Calcio is an Italian football club based in Livorno, Tuscany. The club was formed in 1915 and currently plays in Italian Serie B. The team's colours are dark red or maroon (amaranto in Italian, from which the team nickname derives). The best placement in Italian Serie A was second place in 1942–43 season, during which the amaranto gave life to a head-to-head competition with Torino. Livorno Calcio play their home matches at the 19,238 seater Stadio Armando Picchi.

History[edit]

Founded in 1915 as US Livorno, the club ended the Italian Football Championship 1919–20 in second place, losing the final to Internazionale. One year later, they were defeated in the semi-final by arch-rivals Pisa. In 1933, the club moved to the current stadium, originally named after Edda Ciano Mussolini, daughter of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Livorno was one of original Serie A teams. She played in top level during preiods of 1929-1931, 1933-1935 and 1937-1939. Successively, Livorno ended as Serie A runners-up in the 1942–43 season. Livorno left Serie A in 1949 after seven consecutive seasons. They relegated to Serie C soon after (1951-52 season), making a return to Serie B in 1955 for a single season and again from 1964 to 1972. They relegated to Serie C2 in 1982-83 and played again in tihrd level between 1984 and 1989. The club was then cancelled in 1991, being forced to start from Eccellenza; two consecutive promotions led the team back to Serie C2. The club was promoted to Serie C1 in 1997 and was acquired by Aldo Spinelli two years later. Under the new property, Livorno returned to Serie B in 2001.

Livorno were promoted to Serie A after finishing third in the Serie B 2003–04, one of six clubs to be promoted that season. It had been 55 years since Livorno's last season in the top flight, and as a result of this, most were predicting an instant return to Serie B for the club. The first match in the major league was attended by Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, a Livorno's citizen and team supporter in his childhood. There were spells of struggle during the season, but there were many more good performances shown, and Livorno finished a surprise and creditable ninth place in the league for the Serie A 2004–05, also thanks to goals by striker Cristiano Lucarelli, who won the Serie A top scorer award that season, outscoring even the likes of Andriy Shevchenko and Adriano.

The Serie A 2005–06 saw Livorno in sixth place after the first half of the season the team, being involved for qualification to the next UEFA Cup. However, shortly after Roberto Donadoni announced his resignations after having been criticised by club's chairman Aldo Spinelli. Donadoni was replaced by veteran coach Carlo Mazzone, who was only able to save a UEFA Cup place due to the expulsion of three teams from Europe in the 2006 Serie A match fixing scandal. Mazzone then saw his team suffer a run of seven straight defeats. In May 2006, Daniele Arrigoni was appointed new coach for the next season.

In the Serie A 2006–07 season, Livorno took part to the UEFA Cup for their first time ever. The Tuscan side were drawn to face Austrian team SV Pasching in the first round, beating them comfortably 3–0 on aggregate. They thus qualified for the group stages being drawn in Group A, along with Rangers, Auxerre, FK Partizan, and Maccabi Haifa. After a home loss to Rangers (2–3) and two 1–1 draws against Partizan in Belgrade (where goalkeeper Marco Amelia scored in the 87th minute) and Maccabi (in Livorno), the Tuscan side gained a 1–0 victory over Auxerre in the last game played in France, thus earning a spot in the Round of 32 of the competition. However, Spanish team RCD Espanyol knocked out Livorno from the UEFA Cup by winning 4–1 on aggregate.

After day 19 of the Italian Serie A, Arrigoni was sacked by chairman Spinelli, but his position was kept due to the strong opposition by the team. His dismissal was, however, only delayed, as Arrigoni was eventually fired on 21 March 2007, and replaced by Fernando Orsi, who managed to keep the team away from the relegation battle. For the 2007–08 campaign, Orsi was confirmed as head coach and a number of notable signings such as Francesco Tavano, Diego Tristan and Vikash Dhorasoo were finalised, but also the transfer of Lucarelli to Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk. The club, however, did not start well, making a mere two points in the first seven matches, and Orsi was sacked on 9 October and replaced by Giancarlo Camolese. Despite showing some positive signals at the beginning, Livorno found himself again at the bottom of league table. On 28 April 2008 Camolese was fired as Orsi was re-appointed, but in the penultimate day of the season, the team could not avoid relegation, due to a 1–0 home defeat against Torino. They finished last in the Serie A standings of the 2007–08 season. Thus, being relegated to Serie B. They finished Serie B as the third place team in 2008–09 season and returned to Serie A after winning promotion play-offs after defeating successively Grosseto with a 4–3 aggregate score and Brescia with a 5–2 aggregate score. However, this return was short-lived and one season later they relegated again to Serie B after finishing last. Livorno were promoted again after they beat Empoli 2–1 on aggregate to get the Serie A promotion.[1]

Current squad[edit]

As of 27 August, 2014 [2][3]

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 Luca Mazzoni
3 Germany DF Giuseppe Gemiti
4 Italy DF Alessandro Bernardini
5 Brazil DF Emerson
7 Italy MF Luca Belingheri
8 Italy MF Marco Moscati
9 Uruguay MF Juan Surraco
10 Italy MF Andrea Luci (captain)
11 Italy DF Alessandro Lambrughi
13 Italy MF Daniele Bartolini
14 Colombia MF Jonny Mosquera (on loan from Envigado)
15 Italy MF Andrea Molinelli
16 Bulgaria FW Andrey Galabinov
No. Position Player
17 Italy DF Federico Ceccherini
18 Brazil FW Jefferson
19 Italy MF Jami Rafati
20 Slovenia MF Enej Jelenič
21 Italy DF Lorenzo Gonnelli
22 Italy GK Matteo Cipriani (on loan from Sestese)
23 Brazil DF Maicon
24 Italy FW Daniele Vantaggiato
26 Italy FW Luca Siligardi
27 Italy MF Marco Biagianti
28 Croatia MF Damjan Đoković (on loan from Bologna)
31 Italy FW Aniello Cutolo (on loan from Pescara)
36 Italy GK Achille Coser

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
6 Italy MF Lorenzo Remedi (at Torres)
24 Italy MF Mirko Bigazzi (at Torres)
Italy DF Riccardo Regno (at Barletta)
No. Position Player
Colombia FW Miguel Borja (at Argentina Olimpo)
Italy FW Simone Dell'Agnello (at Barletta)

Reserves[edit]

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

No. Position Player
6 Italy DF Giacomo Ricci
29 Italy MF Tommaso Borselli
30 Italy DF Marco Stoppini
32 Italy MF Lorenzo Simonetti
No. Position Player
33 Italy GK Guido Pulidori
34 Italy DF Gabriele Morelli
35 Italy FW Andrea Favilli

Retired numbers[edit]

25Piermario Morosini, Midfielder (2012)[4]

Managers[edit]

Supporters[edit]

No Serie A club's supporters wear their political allegiance more boldly than Livorno's, whose leanings are strongly to the left, the city of Livorno being the birthplace of Italy's Communist party.

 The National[5]
Stadio Armando Picchi, Livorno, Italy – (Livorno – Udinese)
AS Livorno supporters during a match against Udinese

Livorno's supporters are well known for their left-wing politics which often spark fiercely violent clashes with opposing right-wing supporter groups, especially those of Roma, Lazio, Internazionale and Verona. The notorious right-wing Lazio striker Paolo Di Canio once made a fascist salute to his own fans during a match against Livorno, when tensions were running high between the two clubs' ultra groups.[6]

Since 2005, a group of migrant Livorno supporters resident in northern Europe have styled themselves Partigiani Livornesi Scandinavia (Livornian partisans of Scandinavia). A so-called "triangle of brotherhood" has developed between the most heavily supported left-wing fan clubs of Olympique de Marseille, Livorno, and AEK Athens, namely between Commando Ultras 84, Brigate Autonome Livornesi 99, and Original 21. Their connection is mostly an ideological one. They also have a connection with Adana Demirspor (Şimşekler), Celtic and Omonoia of Nicosia. The team's friendly game in September 2009 with Adana Demirspor created a leftist rally in the city of Adana, Turkey.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.football-italia.net/34912/livorno-return-serie
  2. ^ "La squadra" (in Italian). AS Livorno Calcio. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "La squadra – stagione: 2011–12" (in Italian). Lega Serie B. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Italian club Livorno to retire Piermario Morosini's number 25 shirt". The Independent (London). 16 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Livorno Fans see Red – all the Time by Ian Hawkey, The National, 5 February 2010
  6. ^ Hawkey, Ian (3 April 2005). "Political Football". The Times (London: TimesOnline). Retrieved 31 August 2008. 

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