Brescia Calcio

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Brescia
Brescia Calcio Logo.svg
Full name Brescia Calcio S.p.A.
Nickname(s) Rondinelle (Little Swallows),
Biancoazzurri (White-blues),
Leonessa (Lioness)
Founded 1911; 103 years ago (1911)
Ground Stadio Mario Rigamonti,
Brescia, Italy
Ground Capacity 16,308
President Luigi Corioni
Head Coach Ivo Iaconi
League Serie B
2013–14 Serie B, 13th
Website Club home page
Current season

Brescia Calcio (Italian pronunciation: [ˈbreʃʃa ˈkaltʃo]) is an Italian football club in Brescia, Lombardy, currently playing in the Serie B.

In the 2009–10 season, in the return leg of the Serie B playoff final, they defeated Torino 2–1 at home (after a goalless first leg), returning to Serie A football after a five-year absence. In the 2010–11 season, however, they were relegated back to Serie B.

Founded in 1911, the club holds the record for total number of seasons (53) and consecutive seasons (18, from 1947–48 to 1964–65) in Serie B, which they have won three times. Also included in their honours is an Anglo-Italian Cup, won in 1994 against Notts County (1–0). Their best finish in Serie A came in the 2000–01 season in seventh place, when, led by the 1993 Ballon d'Or winner Roberto Baggio, the club qualified for the Intertoto Cup. In the latter competition, Brescia reached the final but were defeated on the away goals rule by Paris Saint-Germain after two draws.

Previously, in the 1928–29 Divisione Nazionale, the team finished joint-second, along with Juventus, eight points behind first-placed Bologna.

The team's colours are blue and white. Its stadium is the 27,547 seater Stadio Mario Rigamonti.

History[edit]

The team was founded in 1911 as Brescia Football Club, joining the Terza Categoria division the same year. In 1913, Brescia was promoted to First Division for its first time ever, and from 1929 it played in Serie A for six of the seven following seasons. Successively, the club played among the two top divisions until 1982, when Brescia was relegated to Serie C1. The club then returned to Serie B in 1985. Brescia played outside the two national tournaments of Lega Calcio (A and B) only four years: under this aspect, only eleven clubs in all Italy marked a better performance.

Brescia won the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1994, the biggest notable achievement in their entire history to date. Brescia actually came to the footballing forefront only in 2000, however, when the previously-unfancied club signed former FIFA World Player of the Year Roberto Baggio, who led Brescia to a seventh place finish in the 2000–01 season, the best result during its time in Serie A, thus qualifying for the UEFA Intertoto Cup. Successively, Brescia reached the Intertoto Cup finals, then lost to Paris Saint-Germain for the away goals rule. Baggio spent four years at Brescia before retiring in 2004 and during those historic four years, Brescia became widely known as "Baggio's Brescia." During Baggio's four-year spell with Brescia, Brescia recorded their best-ever run of staying in Serie A. In the very next season that followed Baggio's retirement (2004–2005), however, Brescia were relegated from Serie A on the last day, finishing a lowly 19th. Brescia struggled for returning to top flight after the relegation and finally returned to Serie A after beating Torino with a 2–1 aggregate in the 2009–10 season.

Former Spanish captain and FC Barcelona manager Josep Guardiola, the Romanian Gheorghe Hagi, striker Luca Toni, and Juventus star Andrea Pirlo – born in Brescia – have also spent time in Brescia.

Colours and badge[edit]

The traditional home kit

Colours and kit[edit]

The first Brescia kit in 1911 was blue (the national colour) with a thick white vertical stripe down the middle, a design which has returned for the centenary season in 2011. The first appearance of a white 'V' was in 1927; added so that the team could use Stadium, the newly built home of another team, Virtus. This style remained until 1940 when the 'V' was removed and a plain blue shirt was used.

Some substanstial changes after World War II saw the shirt become plain white with blue shorts. This was short-lived and, in 1954, the plain blue shirt returned. The white 'V' also returned eventually in 1961 as a show of goodwill by the new chairman at the time.

The 'V' disappeared again in 1969; replaced by a diagonal white sash, and returned, but much smaller, in 1974 for two years. The 'V' was situated over the heart with the inclusion of the lioness, the symbol of the city of Brescia. The shirt remained plain blue until 1991, when the 'V' returned and has been used ever since.[1]

Badge[edit]

Previous badge worn from the 1980s until 2010
Redesigned badge worn for the 2011 centenary year

The first badge appeared on Brescia kits in the 1980s; a blue crest with a golden outline featuring a lion. The city of Brescia is known as Leonessa d'Italia (the Lioness of Italy) after ten days of popular uprising that took place in the city in the spring of 1849 against Austrian rule.

The crest was changed for the centenary of Brescia Calcio in 2011, featuring higher visibility, leaves, and a substantial redesign of the old logo.

The thick profile of the gold shield and laurel branches surrounding the badge are in pure celebration of achieving 100 years of age. The lettering has changed in favour of a font in the style of the period when the team was founded.

The Lion that, due to a misunderstanding of history, many believe to be a lioness (the definition of Leonessa d'Italia was assigned to Brescia following the uprisings, but the lion as a symbol of Brescia dates back to the Republic of Venice), has undergone a total redesign which aims to fix some errors in heraldic iconography (the absence of nails, muscle weakness and weak curvature of the tail) and to restore a more toned and ferocious looking lion, the symbol a football team should have.[2]

Seasons[edit]

  • 1913/14 – North League Qualifiing round Group E 5th place
  • 1914/15 – North League Qualifiing round Group E 3rd place
  • 1915/19 – league suspended due to World War I
  • 1919/20 – North League-Lombardia Group A runner-up, Semifinal Round Group B 5th place
  • 1920/21 – North League-Lombardia Group E 3rd place
  • 1921/22 – North League Group B 11th place
  • 1922/23 – North League Group C 7th place
  • 1923/24 – 1st division Group A 10th place
  • 1924/25 – 1st division Group A 10th place
  • 1925/26 – 1st division Group A 8th place
  • 1926/27 – 1st division Group A 7th place
  • 1927/28 – 1st division Group A 5th place
  • 1928/29 – 1st division Group B runner-up
  • 1929/30 – Serie A 9th place
  • 1930/31 – Serie A 9th place
  • 1931/32 – Serie A17th place, relegated to Serie B
  • 1932/33 – Serie B runner-up, promoted to Serie A
  • 1933/34 – Serie A 12th place
  • 1934/35 – Serie A 10th place
  • 1935/36 – Serie A bottom, relegated to Serie B
  • 1936/37 – Serie B 7th place
  • 1937/38 – Serie B 14th place, relegated to Serie C
  • 1938/39 – Serie C, promoted to Serie B
  • 1939/40 – Serie B 5th place
  • 1940/41 – Serie B 3rd place
  • 1941/42 – Serie B 5th place
  • 1942/43 – Serie B runner-up, promoted to Serie A
  • 1943/45 – league suspended due to World War II
  • 1945/46 – Serie A 4th place
  • 1946/47 – Serie A 18th place, relegated to Serie B group A
  • 1947/48 – Serie B Group A runner-up
  • 1948/49 – Serie B 5th place
  • 1949/50 – Serie B 6th place
  • 1950/51 – Serie B 9th place
  • 1951/52 – Serie B runner-up
  • 1952/53 – Serie B 4th place
  • 1953/54 – Serie B 9th place
  • 1954/55 – Serie B 5th place
  • 1955/56 – Serie B 7th place
  • 1956/57 – Serie B third place
  • 1957/58 – Serie B 8th place
  • 1958/59 – Serie B 13th place
  • 1959/60 – Serie B 7th place
  • 1960/61 – Serie B 15th place
  • 1961/62 – Serie B 8th place
  • 1962/63 – Serie B 4th place
  • 1963/64 – Serie B 7th place
  • 1964/65 – Serie B Champion, promoted to Serie A
  • 1965/66 – Serie A 9th place
  • 1966/67 – Serie A 13th place
  • 1967/68 – Serie A 14th place, relegated to Serie B
 
  • 1968/69 – Serie B runner-up, promoted to Serie A
  • 1969/70 – Serie A 14th place, relegated to Serie B
  • 1970/71 – Serie B 5th place
  • 1971/72 – Serie B 12th place
  • 1972/73 – Serie B 17th place
  • 1973/74 – Serie B 12th place
  • 1974/75 – Serie B 9th place
  • 1975/76 – Serie B 5th place
  • 1976/77 – Serie B 16th place
  • 1977/78 – Serie B 14th place
  • 1978/79 – Serie B 8th place
  • 1979/80 – Serie B third place, promoted to Serie A
  • 1980/81 – Serie A 14th place, relegated to Serie B
  • 1981/82 – Serie B 18th place, relegated to Serie C/1A
  • 1982/83 – Serie C/1A 11th place
  • 1983/84 – Serie C/1A 5th place
  • 1984/85 – Serie C/1A Champion, promoted to Serie B
  • 1985/86 – Serie B runner-up, promoted to Serie A
  • 1986/87 – Serie A 14th place, relegated to Serie B
  • 1987/88 – Serie B 8th place
  • 1988/89 – Serie B 16th place
  • 1989/90 – Serie B 10th place
  • 1990/91 – Serie B 9th place
  • 1991/92 – Serie B Champion, promoted to Serie A
  • 1992/93 – Serie A 16th place, relegated to Serie B
  • 1993/94 – Serie B third place, promoted to Serie A
  • 1994/95 – Serie A bottom, relegated to Serie B
  • 1995/96 – Serie B 16th place
  • 1996/97 – Serie B first place, promoted to Serie A
  • 1997/98 – Serie A 15th place, relegated to Serie B
  • 1998/99 – Serie B 7th place
  • 1999/2000 – Serie B third place, promoted to Serie A
  • 2000/01 – Serie A 8th place
  • 2001/02 – Serie A 14th place, 2001 Intertoto Cup runner-up
  • 2002/03 – Serie A 10th place
  • 2003/04 – Serie A 11th place
  • 2004/05 – Serie A 19th place, relegated to Serie B
  • 2005/06 – Serie B 10th place
  • 2006/07 – Serie B 6th place
  • 2007/08 – Serie B 5th place
  • 2008/09 – Serie B 4th place, lost promotion playoff final to Livorno
  • 2009/10 – Serie B 3rd place, won promotion play-off final against Torino, promoted to Serie A
  • 2010/11 – Serie A 19th place, relegated to Serie B
  • 2011/12 – Serie B 9th place
  • 2012/13 – Serie B
 

Kit Manufacturers and sponsors[edit]

Kit Manufacturers[edit]

  • 1979–1980:Umbro
  • 1979–1981:Prince of Wales
  • 1981–1982:Umbro
  • 1982–1990:Gazelle
  • 1990–1991:Bontemoi Sport
  • 1991–1994:Uhlsport
  • 1994–1997:ABM
  • 1997–1998:Errea
  • 1998–2002:Garman
  • 2002–2004:Umbro
  • 2004–2006:Kappa
  • 2006–2009:ASICS
  • 2009–2012:Mass
  • 2012–2013:Givova
  • 2013–2014:Adidas
  • 2014-  :Joma

Sponsors[edit]

  • 1913–1981:No Sponsor
  • 1981–1982:Inoxriv
  • 1982–1983:Watergate
  • 1983–1986:Fin-Eco
  • 1986–1988:Wuhrer
  • 1988–1989:Watergate
  • 1989–1991:UNICEF
  • 1991–1995:CAB
  • 1995–1996:Polenghi
  • 1996–1997:Brescialat
  • 1997–2001:Ristora
  • 2001–2005:Banca Lombardia
  • 2005–2007:Banco Di Brescia
  • 2007–2008:UBI Banca-Banco Di Brescia-SAMA

Stadium[edit]

The first ground at which football was played in Brescia was Campo Fiera, where the English workers at the Tempini plant played on their breaks.

In 1911, in the wake of enthusiasm following the foundation of the new club, it is thought a fenced ground was built shortly after on Via Milano.

In 1920 came the opening of the new ground on Via Cesare Lombroso, Brescia, which was used by the team until 1923 . From 1923 until 1959 the team had moved into a more modern and larger facility located at Porta Venezia (then Via Naviglio), built for the town's sports club Virtus and called Stadium.

It was in 1956 that the municipality had the idea to move the club to a stadium more suited to host the matches of the new Serie B.

They began the renovation and construction of the stands to the existing ground at Via Giovanni Novagani. This was completed in 1959 and Brescia began to play their home games in the new Mario Rigamonti stadium (named after the Torino player, Mario Rigamonti, who died in the Superga air disaster).

Over the years, the stadium has undergone several refurbishments (construction of roofing, press room, etc.), the most significant of which was in 2007 with the installation of new security measures.

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 September 2014.[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 Michele Arcari
2 Italy DF Edoardo Lancini
4 Italy MF Nicolò Ragnoli
5 Italy MF Alessandro Budel
6 Italy DF Valerio Di Cesare
7 Italy FW Daniele Corvia
8 Italy MF Luigi Scaglia
9 Italy FW Andrea Caracciolo
11 Uruguay MF Rubén Olivera
12 Italy GK Stefano Minelli
14 Ghana MF Isaac Ntow
15 Italy DF Marco Zambelli (captain)
17 Libya MF Ahmad Benali
No. Position Player
18 Belgium MF Ismail H'Maidat
19 Italy MF Alessio Sestu (on loan from Chievo)
20 Italy MF Mario Gargiulo (on loan from Chievo)
21 Italy DF Nicolò Quaggiotto
23 Italy MF Leonardo Morosini
24 Senegal DF Racine Coly
25 Italy DF Gabriele Rocchi
26 Italy MF Fabio Bertoli
28 Italy FW Marco Valotti
29 Italy MF Simone Bentivoglio (on loan from Chievo)
31 Italy DF Alberto Boniotti
33 Italy FW Andrea Razzitti

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
22 Italy GK Federico Serraiocco (at Teramo)
27 Italy DF Nicola Lancini (at Carrarese)
Italy DF Nicola Falasco (at Pistoiese)

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
30 Italy GK Edoardo Tognazzi
32 Italy FW Manuel Gullotta

Retired numbers[edit]

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

No. Position Player
10 Italy FW Roberto Baggio 2000–04.
13 Italy DF Vittorio Mero 1998–2002 (who died following a serious car accident).

Technical staff[edit]

Head coach: Cristiano Bergodi
Assistant coach: Luigi Ciarlantini

Notable players[edit]

See Category:Brescia Calcio players.

Notable managers[edit]

See Category:Brescia Calcio managers.

Achievements[edit]

  • Coppa dell'Amicizia:
    • Winners (1): 1967

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Storia" [History]. Brescia Calcio (in Italian). Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Restyling logo Brescia Calcio" (PDF). Brescia Calcio (in Italian). Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Giocatori" [Players]. Brescia Calcio (in Italian). Retrieved 29 January 2011. 

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