Reggina Calcio

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Full name Reggina Calcio SpA
Nickname(s) Amaranto (Dark-reds)
Founded 1914 (US Reggio Calabria)
1986 (Reggina Calcio)
Ground Stadio Oreste Granillo,
Reggio Calabria, Italy
Ground Capacity 27,763
Owner Pasquale Foti
Chairman Giuseppe Ranieri
Manager Roberto Alberti
League Lega Pro/C
2013–14 Serie B, 21st (relegated)
Not to be confused with A.C. Reggiana 1919, a Lega Pro Prima Divisione team based in Reggio Emilia.

Reggina Calcio are an Italian association football club, the main club of the city of Reggio Calabria. Founded in 1914, they currently play in the Italian Lega Pro, and play their home matches at the 27,763 seater Stadio Oreste Granillo. They are one of the few "big" teams to hail from Calabria. Their majority shareholder is local entrepreneur Pasquale Foti. He first became managing director in 1986, to later serve as president from 1991 until 2014. They are nicknamed amaranto (amaranth) after their official colours.


The logo used by the club between 2007–09

The club was founded in 11 January 1914 as Unione Sportiva Reggio Calabria, and changed name many times (Società Calcistica Reggio, Reggio Foot Ball Club, Associazione Sportiva Reggina, Società Sportiva La Dominante), finally assuming their current denomination in 1986. In recent years, Reggina have been alternating between the top two levels of the Italian league. They reached the Italian top division Serie A for the first time in 1999. Two years later, they lost a relegation playoff against Verona, being consequently relegated to Serie B. Reggina finished third in Serie B in 2002, earning a return to Serie A. In 2003, Reggina survived a relegation playoff against Atalanta. They would spend the next 7 years maintaining their Serie A status until their eventual relegation in 2008–09 season

They were indicted in 2006 for sporting fraud as part of the second wave of Serie A scandal investigations. Originally punished with a 15-point deduction for the Serie A 2006-07,[1] then reduced to 11 points following appeal.[2] Despite the heavy deduction of points, Reggina managed to save themselves from relegation, defeating fresh UEFA Champions League winners Milan on the final matchday and ending the season with 40 points (including the deduction), just one single point above the third relegation spot, occupied by Chievo. They however poorly started their 2007–08 campaign, causing head coach Massimo Ficcadenti to be sacked and replaced by Renzo Ulivieri.[3] A third managerial change, with Ulivieri fired and replacing with team scout Nevio Orlandi, proved to be successful as Reggina improved their results and performances, escaping relegation with key wins at Catania, and home to Empoli. Orlandi was subsequently confirmed at the helm of the amaranto for the 2008–09 season.

Serie B[edit]

Since their relegation in 2008–09 season, Reggina has become slightly inconsistent in their attempts to return Italy's top flight. The 2009–10 season would see three different coaches at the helm; Walter Novellino, Ivo Iaconi, Roberto Breda.Despite possessing Bonazzoli, Carmona, Tedesco, Brienza and home grown star Missiroli they were unable to gain a better position than 13th.[4] Disappointing for a team just relegated from the top division. Top goal scorer for the campaign was Brienza with 12.

The 2010-11 season was regarded as one of the Amaranto's best in Serie B. Shockingly they would conduct their usual coaching merry go round, as Gianluca Atzori would lead them to a 6th place finish and playoff's to Serie A.[5] they would stumble at the last hurdle losing to Novara in a two legged play off. Top players include; Acerbi, Missiroli, Tedesco, Brienza, Bonazzoli (C) and Milan Loanee Adiyiah. Top goal scorer: Bonazzoli with 19 goals[5]

The 2011-12 season was another disappointing season from the Amaranto, with a 12th placed finish. Two coaches took charge of Reggina this season; Roberto Breda initially, before being sacked and replaced by Angelo Gregucci, only to be replaced by Breda again towards the end of the season. Unlike the previous season they did not make the play-offs.[6] Top players in this season's squad include: Adejo, Emerson, (Ramos Borges Emerson), Missiroli, Bonazzoli (C), and Ceravolo. Top scorcer was Ceravolo with 11

The 2012-13 season would be marred with yet another controversy similar to that of 2006. Reggina were penalised for the latest match fixing scandal that hit Italian shores and were given a −4 penalty as a result[7] After appeal it was reduced to −2 instead. Padova where in contention for playoff places right until the last few rounds where poor form saw them end the season in 11th place. Aniello Cutolo led the scoring with 12 goals.

The 2013–14 season ended in disaster, as Reggina won just six out of 42 games and finished second bottom, resulting in relegation to Lega Pro. The season also marked Foti's retirement from his role as president, who was handed over to Giuseppe Ranieri.

For the club's 2014–15 Lega Pro campaign, Reggina appointed two former players to fill main coaching roles: Francesco Cozza as head coach and Mozart Santos Batista Júnior as assistant coach.


Reggina are fierce rivals with neighbours Messina, who are just a fifteen-minute ferry ride apart from each other. Twice every season they clash in the Derby dello Stretto (Strait of Messina Derby), which is currently on hiatus following Messina's relegation to Serie D for the 2008–09 season due to financial problems. There is also a major Calabrian derby between Reggina and Crotone as well as a mini derby with Napoli.

Current squad[edit]

As of February 17, 2015[8]

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 Emanuele Belardi
- Italy GK Giulio Cetrangolo
- Hungary GK Ádám Kovácsik
- Italy GK Daniel Leone
- Italy DF Salvatore Aronica
- Italy DF Amedeo Benedetti (on loan from Chievo Verona)
- Italy DF Vincenzo Camilleri
- Italy DF Bruno Cirillo
- Italy DF Giovanni Di Lorenzo
- Greece DF Vasilios Karagounis (on loan from Olympiacos)
- Italy DF Kevin Magri (on loan from Chievo Verona)
- Italy DF Gaetano Ungaro
- Italy MF Riccardo Aldo Ammirati
- Italy MF Marco Armellino
- Italy MF Marco Condemi
No. Position Player
- Italy MF Jacopo Dall'Oglio
- Italy MF Marco Gallozzi
- Italy MF Giuseppe Maimone
- Italy MF Mattia Maita
- Italy MF Domenico Mazzone
- Italy MF Francesco Salandria
- Italy MF Mirko Velardi
- Slovenia MF Urban Zibert
- Italy FW Pietro Balistreri (on loan from Torres)
- Italy FW David Di Michele
- Albania FW Ador Gjuci
- Italy FW Salvatore Lancia
- Brazil FW Adriano Louzada
- Italy FW Simone Masini
- Italy FW Alessio Viola

Out on loan 2014-15[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 Mattia Licastro (at Bisceglie)
Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Orly Akuku (at Potenza)
Italy DF Filadelfio Carroccio (at HinterReggio)
Italy DF Flavio Cianci (at HinterReggio)
Italy DF Consalvo Cordova (at Maceratese)
Italy MF Antonio Porcino (at Taranto)
No. Position Player
Italy FW Giuseppe Rizzo (at Perugia)
Italy FW Federico Caruso (at Rende)
Italy FW Francesco Perrone (at Akragas)
Italy FW Francesco Russo (at Taranto)
Senegal FW Samba Sadio (at Montebelluna)

Notable former players[edit]


Managerial history[edit]

Reggina have had many managers and trainers throughout the history of the club, in some seasons more than one manager was in charge. Here is the chronological list of them from 1928.

Kit manufacturer & sponsors[edit]

Kit manufacturer[edit]

  • 1981–1987:NR
  • 1987-1991:Adidas
  • 1991–1995:Devis
  • 1995–2005:ASICS
  • 2005–2011:Onze
  • 2011–2013:Givova
  • 2013–2014:Lotto
  • 2014-:Legea


  • 1982–1983:Peugeot-Talbot
  • 1983–1984:Kalabria
  • 1984–1985:JONICAGRUMI
  • 1986–1987:A & O Discount
  • 1987–1988:Mangiatorella
  • 1988–1989:Balocco
  • 1990–1993:Gis Gelati
  • 1993–1994:Eurokeller
  • 1994–1995:A & O Supermercati
  • 1995–2003:Mauro Caffe
  • 2003–2004:Spi/Stocco&Stocco/Credit Suisse/FamilyMart
  • 2004–2006:Gicos/Stocco&Stocco
  • 2006–2009:Gicos/Regione Calabria
  • 2009–2010:Stocco&Stocco/Guglielmo Caffe/Ipac/La Gru
  • 2010–2011:Provincia De Reggio Calabria/Stocco&Stocco/La Fabrica Dello Sport/Zappala/Canale/Mobylia Design/Progetto5/Goalsbet Italia/la Gru
  • 2011–2012:Impresa Canale/Goalsbet Italia/Diano/La Gru/Stocco&Stocco/Progetto5
  • 2012–2013:Stocco&Stocco
  • 2013–2014: Ciao Telecom


  1. ^ "Reggina given Serie A reprieve". 17 August 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2006. 
  2. ^ "Reggina match-fixing penalty reduced by four points". 12 December 2006. Retrieved 12 December 2006. 
  3. ^ "Reggina call on Ulivieri". Football Italia. 1 November 2007. Archived from the original on 3 November 2007. Retrieved 1 November 2007. 
  4. ^ (( |Title: Reggina Serie 2009–10 stats))
  5. ^ a b (( Reggina Serie 20010-2011 stats))
  6. ^ (( Reggina Serie 2011–12 stats))
  7. ^ (( punishments in Italian football corruption scandal))
  8. ^ "REGGINA - Tutti i movimenti di mercato, la rosa completa degli amaranto". tuttoreggina. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 

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