Atletico Roma F.C.
|Full name||Atletico Roma Football Club|
|Founded||1972 (as AS Lodigiani)
2004 (refounded as Cisco Lodigiani)
2005 (refounded as Cisco Roma)
2010 (refounded as Atletico Roma)
|2010-11||Lega Pro Prima Divisione B 3rd|
From Lodigiani to Cisco Lodigiani
The club was founded in 1972 as A.S. Lodigiani.
A.S. Lodigiani was known for having one of the finest Italian youth systems, with players such as Luigi Apolloni, Valerio Fiori, Emiliano Moretti, Francesco Totti and Antonio Candreva among its former youth team footballers.
In 2003-04 Serie C2 it was bought by the family Tulli of Cisco, already owners of Cisco Calcio in Serie D (formerly called Cisco Tor Sapienza and Cisco Collatino) which becomes Lupa Frascati, the next season.
In 2004-05 Serie C2 Lodigiani was so renamed A.S. Cisco Lodigiani.
The team's colors were red and white.
The new Lodigiani
In 2005, was founded A.S.D. Lodigiani Calcio, by some of the old club's directors, that becomes so the new Lodigiani, playing in the regional levels.
In the season 2005-06 it was renamed A.S. Cisco Calcio Roma (referred to as simply Cisco Roma).
Cisco Roma played from 2005-06 to 2009-10 in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione (formerly called Serie C2), although it started the 2006-07 Serie C2 season with great ambitions of promotion, after signing former West Ham and Lazio star Paolo Di Canio: it finished 2nd in Serie C2/C, but lost to Reggiana in the promotion playoffs semifinals.
On 11 June 2009 it was bought by Mario and Davide Ciaccia which immediately relaunch the team that in fact at the end of the 2009-10 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season, was promoted to Prima Divisione as play-off winners.
On 7 July 2010, the club changed its name to Atletico Roma F.C. and its colors to blue and white, to distance itself from Lodigiani's history and abandon a corporate name, as both Lodigiani and Cisco are firms based in Rome.
Notable former players
- Giorgos Pelagias
- Paolo Di Canio
- David Di Michele
- Mauro Esposito
- Valerio Fiori
- Emiliano Moretti
- Andrea Silenzi
- Christian Terlizzi
- Luca Toni
- Daniel Bogdanović
- "A.S.D. Lodigiani 2005" (in Italian). A.S.D. Lodigiani 2005. Retrieved 2010-09-20.