A.C. Siena

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Siena
LogofSiena.png
Full name Associazione Calcio Siena S.p.A.
Nickname(s) Bianconeri ("White-black"),
Robur ("Strength")
Founded 1904; 110 years ago (1904)
Ground Stadio Artemio Franchi,
Siena, Italy
Ground Capacity 15,373
Chairman Massimo Mezzaroma
Head coach Mario Beretta
League Serie B
2012–13 Serie A, 19th

Associazione Calcio Siena (often referred to as 'Robur' or simply 'Siena') is an Italian football club based in Siena. They currently play in Serie B, as they were relegated from Serie A in the 2012–13 season.

Siena play their home games at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. The ground's capacity is only 15,725 and is located in Siena itself, whereas its more famous namesake is located in Florence. In March 2011, A.C. Siena announced plans to move to a new stadium at Isola d'Arbia, at the southern end of the city.[1] The 20,000 seat stadium features a unique below-ground design and was awarded an MIPIM AR Future Projects Award for 2011.

History[edit]

Formed in 1904 as Società Studio e Divertimento (Society for Study and Entertainment), as a sports club characterised by a black and white striped jersey which was derived from the City of Siena coat of arms. It founded its football club, named Società Sportiva Robur in 1908. Today the name "Robur" is widely used by the local supporters to distinguish itself from the two basketball teams, "Mens Sana" and "Virtus".

The team finally became known as Associazione Calcio Siena in 1933/1934. In 1934/1935 Siena were promoted for the first time to Serie B. In the post-war season 1945–46, Siena played in the top division of Italian football for the first time. During that season, a mixed wartime league was composed of both Serie A and Serie B teams. Some of the southern sides that took part in the top division, including Siena, were Serie B teams, while northern Serie B teams played at the second level with the Serie C teams. Therefore although Siena played in the top division, it was not considered as having officially played in Serie A during that season and not having qualified for the National Round.

After having spent 55 years playing in several lower divisions, Siena were promoted back to Serie B for the start of the 2000/2001 season. Following a good first up season in Serie B, the following season saw Siena in serious trouble and coach Giuseppe Papadopulo sacked however later recalled. He was able to save the team from relegation on the last day of the season.

The following season, again with Papadopulo as head coach, Siena were promoted to Serie A for the first time officially, led by players such as Rodrigo Taddei and Pinga. It had been 58 years since their last appearance in the top division of Italian football.

In the 2003/2004 campaign, the first Serie A season in the club's history, Siena ended in a respectable 13th place.

In the 2004/05 Serie A campaign, with Luigi De Canio as head coach, Siena struggled for long periods of the season, languishing in the relegation zone for a great part of the campaign, and with the team drawing far too many games and barely recording any wins, they looked almost certain to be relegated. However, a resurgence of form towards of the end of the season gave them hope, and a 2–1 win against already relegated Atalanta on the last day saw them secure safety and an acceptable 14th place in the table.

The 2005/2006 season also saw Siena fighting hard and it successfully kept its place in Serie A. They ended the season in 17th place. For the 2006–2007 season, Mario Beretta, who led Parma in the previous season, was appointed as new head coach. He kept Siena in Serie A after a 2–1 home win against Lazio in the final matchday.

During the 2006–07 season, club chairman Paolo De Luca, who took over in 2001 and helped the club to their first historical Serie A promotion, started talks to sell AC Siena to a conglomerate of Tuscan businessmen led by Giovanni Lombardi Stronati, president of Valle del Giovenco.[2] The bid was finalised on 30 March 2007, one day before De Luca died after a long illness.[3]

The head coach for the 2007–08 campaign was expected to be Andrea Mandorlini, but he left the club by mutual consent on 12 November. Former coach Mario Beretta once again took charge. [1]

The club also explored the possibility of changing its denomination to include the name of their main sponsor, Monte dei Paschi di Siena.[4] On 9 July 2007 the club announced it had changed their denomination to A.C. Siena Montepaschi. However, the name change needed to be accepted by the Italian Football Federation to become official:[5] After the refusal by FIGC, this idea was abandoned.

The club was then acquired by Massimo Mezzaroma, with Valentina Mezzaroma as vice-president. On 7 May 2011, A.C. Siena were once again promoted to the Serie A after finishing in the runner-up spot in the 2010-11 Serie B. The club's stint into the top flight lasted two season, as they were relegated after ending the 2012-13 Serie A in nineteenth place.

Colors and badge[edit]

The team's home colours are black and white.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 February 2014.[6]

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 Eugenio Lamanna
3 Croatia DF Manuel Pamić (on loan from Chievo)
5 Italy DF Paolo Hernán Dellafiore
6 Brazil DF Ângelo
7 Italy DF Luca Ceccarelli (on loan from Spezia)
8 Italy MF Simone Vergassola (captain)
9 Italy FW Diego Fabbrini (on loan from Watford)
10 Brazil FW Thomas Jaguaribe (on loan from Flamengo)
11 Morocco DF Zouhair Feddal (on loan from Parma)
12 Italy GK Simone Farelli
13 Italy FW Gianvito Plasmati
14 Italy FW Luca Scapuzzi (on loan from Manchester City)
17 Italy DF Nicola Belmonte
No. Position Player
18 Croatia DF Mato Miloš (on loan from Rijeka)
19 Argentina DF Santiago Morero
20 Italy MF Alessandro Rosina
21 Italy MF Gaetano D'Agostino
22 Romania GK Alin Bucuroiu
23 Italy MF Andrea Schiavone
24 Italy MF Leonardo Spinazzola
25 Italy MF Daniele Paletti
26 Italy MF Francesco Valiani
27 Italy FW Valerio Rosseti
29 Uruguay MF Guillermo Giacomazzi
30 Italy MF Nico Pulzetti (on loan from Bologna)
32 Argentina DF Carlos Matheu (on loan from Atalanta)
35 Spain FW Rafa Jordà
Italy DF Matteo Rubin
Portugal DF Gonçalo Brandão

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
2 Italy DF Giulio Mulas
15 Italy DF Kevin Bonifazi
16 Croatia DF Marko Pejić
29 Italy MF Saverio Camilli
28 Italy MF Simone Monni
No. Position Player
31 Italy GK Emanuele Conti
33 Italy MF Federico Proia
34 Italy FW Pierluigi Cappelluzzo
36 Italy DF Alessio Lo Porto

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
3 Italy DF Fabrizio Grillo (at Varese)
10 Switzerland FW Innocent Emeghara (at Livorno)
11 Italy DF Matteo Rubin (at Chievo)
15 Italy MF Nicholas Redi (at Castel Rigone)
16 Italy MF Daniele Mannini (at Chieti)
18 Italy DF Pasquale Turi (at Chieti)
22 Italy GK Mattia Di Vincenzo (at Carrarese)
24 Italy GK Federico Marini (at Pianese)[7]
Italy GK Giulio Cavallari (at Real Vicenza)
Italy DF Simone Barigelli (at Poggibonsi)
Italy DF Gaetano Capogrosso (at Torres)
Italy DF Alberto Galuppo (at Savona)[8]
No. Position Player
Italy DF Agostino Garofalo (at Modena)[9]
Italy DF Federico Mannini (at Cosenza)
Italy DF Marco Guzzo (at Virtus Verona)
Italy DF Andrea Pastore (at Pontedera)
Italy MF Alessio Lalli (at Sorrento)
Italy MF Manuel Coppola (at Cesena)
France MF Gaël Genevier (at Novara)
Russia MF Juri Gonzi (at Cuneo)
Italy MF Leonardo Brenci (at Grosseto)
Italy MF Mariano Romano (at Vigor Lamezia)
France MF Laurent Lanteri (at Paganese)

Co-ownership as mother club[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Italy DF Giuseppe Pacini (with Parma)
Italy DF Andrea Rossi (with Parma)
No. Position Player
Austria MF Marcel Büchel (with Juventus)
Italy MF Paolo Grossi (with Verona)

Retired numbers[edit]

4 Italy Michele Mignani, Defender (1996–97, 1998–2006)

Notable former players[edit]

For a list of all former and current A.C. Siena players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:A.C. Siena players.

Managers[edit]

Supporters[edit]

The club has established relationships of friendship of Imperia, formerly named Pro Imperia, after being hosted by the team of Serie D, during the winter retreat of the season 2011–12. [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Siena's new Stadium will be below ground". BBC. 
  2. ^ "Siena sell to new investors". Football Italia. 3 March 2007. Archived from the original on 13 June 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2007. 
  3. ^ "Siena mourn President De Luca". Football Italia. 31 March 2007. Archived from the original on 10 June 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2007. 
  4. ^ "Siena set for name change?". Football Italia. 10 May 2007. Archived from the original on 12 May 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2007. 
  5. ^ "L'Assemblea Straordinaria" (in Italian). Football Italia. 9 July 2007. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2007. 
  6. ^ "Rosa" (in Italian). A.C. Siena. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Marini in prestito alla Pianese; Risoluzione del contratto per Filipe" (in Italian). AC Siena. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Firmano Galuppo e Puccio" (in Italian). Savona FBC. 27 July 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Arriva Agostino Garofalo dal Siena" (in Italian). Modena FC. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  10. ^ Pro Imperia

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