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Atalanta
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Full name Atalanta Bergamasca
Calcio S.p.A.
Nickname(s) La Dea (The Goddess),
Nerazzurri (Black-blues)
Orobici (Orobics)
Founded 1907; 107 years ago (1907)
Ground Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia,
Bergamo, Italy
Ground Capacity 24,642
President Antonio Percassi
Head Coach Stefano Colantuono
League Serie A
2013–14 Serie A, 11th
Website Club home page
Current season

Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio, commonly known as just Atalanta, Atalanta Bergamo or the abbreviation Atalanta BC, is an Italian football club based in Bergamo, Lombardy. The club currently plays in Serie A, having gained the promotion from Serie B in 2010–11.

They are nicknamed the Nerazzurri and the Orobici. Atalanta play in blue-and-black vertically striped shirts, black shorts and black socks. The club stadium is the 26,638 seater Atleti Azzurri d'Italia.

In Italy, Atalanta is sometimes called Regina delle provinciali (queen of the provincial clubs) to mark the fact that the club is historically one of the most consistent among the non-metropolitan ones, having played 53 times in Serie A (11th overall for number of participations in the top division), 28 times in Serie B and only once in Serie C1.

The club won the Coppa Italia in 1963 and reached the Cup Winners' Cup Semifinal in 1988, when it was still competing in Serie B. This is still the best ever performance by a non-first division club in a major UEFA competition (together with Cardiff City).[1] Atalanta also participated twice in the UEFA Cup, reaching the quarterfinals in 1990–91.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1907. A football club had existed in Bergamo since 1904. Founded by wealthy Swiss immigrants, it was known as FC Bergamo. The rival Atalanta club grew out of a division between different sporting societies in the town. The name is taken from the female athlete of Greek mythology. The FIGC was unimpressed with the new club and did not officially recognize them until 1914. The current club is the result of a merger between Atalanta and a third team called Bergamasca. The first, black and white coloured and the second wearing a blue and white shirt, merged in 1924 as Atalanta Bergamasca di Ginnastica e Scherma 1907. The team moved to the site of the current ground, on the Viale Giulio Cesare, in 1928.23

Atalanta joined the Italian league in 1929. The club first reached Serie A in 1937, but was relegated immediately. The club returned in 1940 and remained in Serie A until 1959; after a single season in Serie B, the club was promoted and lasted a further decade in Serie A before relegation in 1973 led to an uncertain period of promotion and relegation between the two levels.

The club achieved its highest position in 1948, finishing in fifth place. In 1981, the club fell into Serie C1, a blow which revitalised the club. The team returned to Serie B the next season and made it back to Serie A in 1984. The club's form in Serie A remains uncertain, as it was relegated in 1987, 1994, 1998, 2003, 2005, and 2010. After a change of ownership,[2] in 2011, Atalanta immediately came back to Serie A, where it has been ever since.

In terms of titles the club has won little, their sole silverware is the 1963 Coppa Italia. The club has had a few good runs in Europe, on several occasions being eliminated by the eventual winners.

Welsh club Merthyr Tydfil caused an upset in the 1987–88 European Cup Winners' Cup, beating Atalanta 2–1 in the first leg of their first round match at Penydarren Park. After winning the second leg 2–0 in Bergamo, Atalanta went on to reach the semi-finals, losing to eventual winners Mechelen of Belgium, but in the process becoming one of only two teams in the competition's history to reach the penultimate round while playing their football outside of the national top flight league. Oddly enough, the only other team to do so being Merthyr Tydfil's countrymen at Cardiff City.

Atalanta reached the UEFA Cup quarter-finals in the 1990–91 season, losing to local rivals Internazionale, who went on to beat another Italian side, Roma, in the final to win the tournament. The club never played European club competitions after 1991, although turned down the opportunity to play Intertoto in 2001 after reaching the 7th place in Serie A, regional rivals of Brescia played the tournament instead, losing only in the final against French side Paris Saint Germain.

In recent years the club was relegated in 2002–03, 2004–05, 2009–10, but gained the promotion to Serie A after only one season every time. In 2011–12 Atalanta was deducted 6 points in the league table due to the outcomes of the Italian Football Scandal, nevertheless the club managed to secure another year in Serie A by gaining 52 points in 38 games (which is the club record, to date). The following year, for the same reasons the club was deducted 2 points in the league but avoided relegation reaching the 15th spot in the final table.

Reputation[edit]

Over the years, Atalanta has earned the reputation of being a feeder team within the league, mostly due to their highly acclaimed and much vaunted youth policy which has enabled the club to produce a number of players who went on to bigger clubs. The clubs has also launched (or re-launched) the careers of many other players, however, either by loan or co-ownership, who came to the club and developed before moving on. Names such as the now disgraced Cristiano Doni and the likes of Andrea Consigli, Massimo Donati, Fabrizio Ferron, Sergio Floccari, Maurizio Ganz, Filippo Inzaghi, Paolo Montero, Sergio Porrini, Alessio Tacchinardi, and Christian Vieri all came to notice while playing for Atalanta with players such as Germán Denis and Gianluigi Lentini rebooting their careers while on loan at the club.

Further proof of the club's youth credential comes in the form of Gianpaolo Bellini. The defender came through the team's youth system, making his first team debut in Serie B on 11 April 1999 and has been with the club ever since, rising to become a regular first team choice and is now the current first team captain.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 2 September 2013.[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 Guglielmo Stendardo
4 Argentina DF Lionel Scaloni
6 Italy DF Gianpaolo Bellini (captain)
7 Nigeria FW Emmanuel Azbawakwe
8 Italy MF Giulio Migliaccio
9 Uruguay FW Rubén Bentancourt
10 Italy MF Giacomo Bonaventura
11 Argentina MF Maximiliano Moralez
17 Chile MF Carlos Carmona
18 Italy MF Daniele Baselli
19 Argentina FW Germán Denis
21 Italy MF Luca Cigarini
No. Position Player
23 Italy MF Franco Brienza
27 Italy DF Cristiano Del Grosso
28 Italy DF Davide Brivio
37 Italy GK Marco Sportiello
47 Italy GK Andrea Consigli
77 Italy MF Cristian Raimondi
78 Italy GK Giorgio Frezzolini
Italy DF Michele Canini
Italy MF Marco D'Alessandro
Italy MF Roberto Gagliardini
Italy FW Matteo Ardemagni

Youth team[edit]

Main article: Atalanta Primavera

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

No. Position Player
Italy GK Francesco Rossi (at Pavia)
Italy DF Carlo Cremaschi (at Lumezzane)
Italy DF Valerio Nava (at Novara)
Italy DF Emanuele Suagher (at Crotone)
Italy MF Gianluca Barba
Sweden MF Joakim Olausson
Italy MF Mario Pugliese
Italy MF Salvatore Molina (at Modena)
No. Position Player
Italy MF Daniele Mologni (at Ponte San Pietro Isola)
Italy MF Antonio Palma (at Como)
Italy MF Stefano Romano (at Varese)
Italy MF Matteo Scozzarella (at Spezia)
Italy MF Michele Villanova (at Aversa Normanna)
Italy FW Davide Cais (at Reggiana)
Italy FW Leonardo Gatto (at Virtus Lanciano)

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
Italy GK Luca Zanotti (at Carrarese)
Italy DF Daniele Capelli (at Cesena)
Italy DF Alberto Almici (at Latina)
Italy DF Luca Milesi (at Pro Vercelli)
Italy DF Alex Redolfi (at Pontedera)
Italy DF Mattia Caldara (at Trapani)
Italy DF Matteo Contini (at Bari)
Italy DF Andrea Conti (at Lanciano)
France DF Prince-Désir Gouano (at Portugal Rio Ave)
Romania DF Constantin Nica (at Cesena)
No. Position Player
Italy MF Luigi Giorgi (at Cesena)
Italy MF Federico Varano (at Venezia)
Italy MF Riccardo Cazzola (at Cesena)
Ivory Coast MF Moussa Koné (at Avellino)
Italy MF Nicolò Tonon (at Bassano Virtus)
Italy MF Nadir Minotti (at Crotone)
Italy FW Guido Marilungo (at Cesena)
Italy FW Giuseppe De Luca (at Bari)
Italy FW Doudou Mangni (at Latina)
Italy FW Simone Magnaghi (at Venezia)

Retired numbers[edit]

12 – Dedication to fans, in particularly for Pisani Curve ones
14Italy Federico Pisani, Forward (1991–97) – posthumous honour.
80Elio Corbani, radio journalist.[4]

Primavera[edit]

Main article: Atalanta Primavera

Noted players[edit]

Presidential history[edit]

Atalanta have had several presidents over the course of their history. Some of them have been the main shareholder of the club, while others have been honorary presidents. The past president is Ivan Ruggeri, who was relieved of his duties after he suffered a stroke in January 2008, being replaced by his son Alessandro[5] that was named President of Atalanta in September 2008. Alessandro's father is unable to manage the team due to the consequences of the stroke.[6] In June 2010, after another relegation in Serie B, Alessandro Ruggeri sold his share of Atalanta to Antonio Percassi, who became the new President of Atalanta.[2]

 
Name Years
Enrico Luchsinger 1920–21
Antonio Gambirasi 1926–28
Pietro Capoferri 1928–30
Antonio Pesenti 1930–32
Emilio Santi 1932–35
Lamberto Sala 1935–38
Nardo Bertoncini 1938–44
Guerino Oprandi 1944–45
Daniele Turani 1945–64
Attilio Vicentini 1964–69
 
Name Years
Mino Baracchi 1969–70
Achille Bortolotti 1970–74
Enzo Sensi 1974–75
Achille Bortolotti 1975–80
Cesare Bortolotti 1980–90
Achille Bortolotti 1990
Antonio Percassi 1990–94
Ivan Ruggeri 1994–08
Alessandro Ruggeri 2008–10
Antonio Percassi 2010–

Managerial history[edit]

Atalanta have had many managers and head coaches throughout their history, below is a chronological list of them from when Serie A was changed into a league format, from 1929–30 onwards.

 
Name Nationality Years
Cesare Lovati Italy 1923–27
Imre Payer Hungary 1927–29
Enrico Tirabassi Italy 1928–29
Luigi Cevenini Italy 1929–30
József Viola Hungary 1930–33
Imre Payer Hungary 1933
Angelo Mattea Italy 1933–35
Imre Payer Hungary 1935–36
Ottavio Barbieri Italy 1936–38
Géza Kertész Hungary 1938–39
Ivo Fiorentini Italy 1939–41
János Nehadoma Hungary 1941–46
Giuseppe Meazza Italy 1946
Luis Monti Italy 1946
Ivo Fiorentini Italy 1946–49
Alberto Citterio
Carlo Carcano
Italy
Italy
1949
Giovanni Varglien Italy 1949–51
Denis Charles Neville[7] England 1951–52
Carlo Ceresoli Italy 1952
Luigi Ferrero Italy 1952–54
Francesco Simonetti
Luigi Tentorio
Italy
Italy
1954
Luigi Bonizzoni Italy 1954–57
 
Name Nationality Years
Carlo Rigotti Italy 1957–58
Giuseppe Bonomi Italy 1958
Karl Adamek Austria 1958–59
Ferruccio Valcareggi Italy 1959–62
Paolo Tabanelli Italy 1962–63
Carlo Alberto Quario Italy 1963–64
Carlo Ceresoli Italy 1964
Héctor Puricelli Uruguay 1965–66
Stefano Angeleri Italy 1966–67
Paolo Tabanelli Italy 1967–68
Stefano Angeleri Italy 1968–69
Silvano Moro Italy 1969
Carlo Ceresoli Italy 1969
Corrado Viciani Italy 1969–70
Renato Gei Italy 1970
Battista Rota Italy 1970
Giulio Corsini Italy 1970–74
Heriberto Herrera Udrizar Paraguay 1974–75
Angelo Piccioli Italy 1975
Giancarlo Cadè Italy 1975–76
Gianfranco Leoncini Italy 1976
Battista Rota Italy 1976–80
Bruno Bolchi Italy 1980–81
 
Name Nationality Years
Giulio Corsini Italy 1981
Ottavio Bianchi Italy 1981 – June 30, 1983
Nedo Sonetti Italy July 1, 1983 – June 30, 1987
Emiliano Mondonico Italy July 1, 1987 – June 30, 1990
Pierluigi Frosio Italy 1990–91
Bruno Giorgi Italy 1991–92
Marcello Lippi Italy July 1, 1992 – June 30, 1993
Francesco Guidolin Italy July 1, 1993 – Sept 30, 1993
Andrea Valdinoci
Cesare Prandelli
Italy
Italy
Nov 1, 1993 – June 30, 1994
Emiliano Mondonico Italy July 1, 1994 – June 30, 1998
Bortolo Mutti Italy July 1, 1998 – June 30, 1999
Giovanni Vavassori Italy July 1, 1999 – Nov 30, 2002
Giancarlo Finardi Italy Dec 1, 2002 – June 30, 2003
Andrea Mandorlini Italy July 1, 2003–05
Delio Rossi Italy Dec 6, 2004 – June 30, 2005
Stefano Colantuono Italy July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2007
Luigi Delneri Italy July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2009
Angelo Gregucci Italy July 1, 2009 – Sept 21, 2009
Antonio Conte Italy Sept 21, 2009 – Jan 7, 2010
Valter Bonacina (interim) Italy Jan 7, 2010 – Jan 10, 2010
Bortolo Mutti Italy Jan 11, 2010 – June 10, 2010
Stefano Colantuono Italy June 14, 2010–

Honours[edit]

Supporters[edit]

Atalanta's supporters are considered very loyal. When Atalanta plays at the Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, the supporters in the Curva Nord (North Curve) encourage the team with their chants during the entire match.

The biggest rivalry is with the neighbouring supporters of Brescia, and there are strong rivalries also with supporters of Verona, Genoa, Fiorentina, Roma, Lazio, Napoli, Milan, Internazionale, Torino; while there has been a long-standing friendship with Ternana, fans of the German Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt and fans of the Austrian club Wacker Innsbruck.

On special occasions, Atalanta supporters display a very large black and blue flag called Bandierù which covers the whole Curva Nord stand.

References[edit]

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