Reggina Calcio

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Full name Reggina Calcio SpA
Nickname(s) Amaranto (Dark-reds)
Founded 1914 (U.S. Reggio Calabria)
1986 (Reggina Calcio)
Ground Stadio Oreste Granillo,
Reggio Calabria, Italy
Ground Capacity 27,763
Chairman Pasquale Foti
Manager Francesco Gagliardi
League Serie B
2012–13 Serie B, 17th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
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 Serie B, 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 president is local entrepreneur Pasquale Foti. He first became managing director in 1986, to later become presidant in 1991. 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 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 coachs 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.


This 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]


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 seasons squad include: Adejo, Emerson, (Ramos Borges Emerson), Missiroli, Bonazzoli (C), and Ceravolo. Top scorcer was Ceravolo with 11

Current campaign: 2012-13[edit]

This 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. Current coach is former star Davide Dionigi. At the mid way point of the current Serie B campaign, Reggina sit 16th their worst current placing of the past fours of participating. They have made some key changes as of this winter transfer season; selling Ceravolo to Ternana for 500K.[8] They have signed Angelo Antonazzo[9] and former star Davide Di Michele on free from Chievo Verona of Serie A [10]


Reggina are fierce rivals with neighbours F.C. Messina Peloro, 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 January 31, 2014.[11]

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

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Mirko Pigliacelli (on loan from Parma)
2 Sierra Leone MF Rodney Strasser (on loan from Genoa)
3 Brazil MF Maicon Da Silva
4 France MF Yves Pambou
5 Italy DF Fabio Lucioni
6 Croatia DF Kristijan Ipša
7 Italy MF Valerio Foglio
8 Italy MF Alessandro Sbaffo (on loan from Chievo)
9 Italy FW Federico Gerardi
10 Italy FW David Di Michele
11 Italy FW Manuel Fischnaller
12 Italy GK Giovanni Zandrini
No. Position Player
13 Brazil FW Adriano Louzada
15 Poland DF Paweł Bochniewicz
16 Italy DF Giovanni Di Lorenzo
17 Italy FW Nicolao Dumitru (on loan from Napoli)
20 Italy DF Paolo Frascatore (on loan from Roma)
21 Italy DF Sergio Contessa
22 Italy GK Mattia Licastro
23 Nigeria DF Daniel Adejo
24 Italy MF Jacopo Dall'Oglio
27 Spain MF Miguel Ángel Maza
28 Italy MF Antonino Barillà

Out on loan 2013-14[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Italy GK Paolo Baiocco (at Benevento)
Hungary GK Ádám Kovácsik (at Carpi)
Italy GK Daniel Leone (at Torres)
Italy GK Vincenzo Mormile (at Arzanese)
Italy DF Lorenzo Burzigotti (at Grosseto)
Italy DF Vincenzo Camilleri (at Barletta)
Italy DF Filadelfio Carroccio (at Tuttocuoio)
Italy DF Francesco Cernuto (at Venezia)
Italy DF Flavio Cianci (at Pontedera)
Italy DF Antonio Giosa (at Como)
Italy MF Aaron Akrapovic (at HinterReggio)
No. Position Player
Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Guy Akuku (at Brindisi)
Italy MF Marco Armellino (at Cremonese)
Italy MF Francesco Bombagi (at Grosseto)
Italy MF Francesco Bontà (at Castel Rigone)
Italy MF Francesco De Rose (at Lecce)
Italy MF Antonio Porcino (at Santarcangelo)
Italy FW Manuel Angelilli (at L'Aquila)
Italy FW Giovanni Catanese (at Tuttocuoio)
Italy FW Antonio Cherillo (at Tuttocuoio)
Italy FW Andrea Luca Picone (at Pontedera)
Italy FW Alessio Viola (at Frosinone)

Youth team[edit]

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

No. Position Player
14 Italy FW Federico Caruso
18 Italy DF Mauro Coppolaro
25 Italy MF Marco Condemi
26 Italy FW Francesco Perrone

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
  • 2013-2016:Lotto


  • 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


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