|Full name||Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor 2013|
Biancazzurri (The White-Blues);
|Founded||1907 (as "Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor")
|Ground||Stadio Paolo Mazza,
|2013–14||Lega Pro Seconda Divisione/A, 6th|
Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor 2013 (or simply SPAL) is a professional Italian football club, based in Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna. The club currently plays in the Lega Pro, having last been in Serie A in 1968. Their highest result in Serie A was fifth place in the 1959-1960 league season.
The history of S.P.A.L. 2013 officially started in 1907, following the bankruptcies in 2005 and 2012 of Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor 2013, based in Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna. It currently plays in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.
Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor
The club was founded in 1907 as Ars et Labor by the salesian priest Pietro Acerbis and was renamed in 1912 as Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor. It has played in serie A from 1920 to 1925 and from 1951 to 1968: their highest result in Serie A was fifth place in the 1959-1960 league season.
It was refounded in 2005 after the bankruptcy as Spal 1907.
Associazione Calcio Giacomense was founded in 1967 and its first president was Tino Droghetti in the league of Terza Categoria Ferrara. It was located in Masi San Giacomo, a frazione of Masi Torello, Emilia-Romagna. The team's colours were red and grey.
After several years in the regional championships, in 2006, the team was promoted to Serie D from Eccellenza Emilia–Romagna/B. In its first season in Serie D, the company won a match in the playoffs but was eliminated in the first round by Castellarano.
On April 20, 2008 achieved its first historic promotion to Serie C2 after winning Serie D Girone D.
On May 17, 2009 concluded its first season in professional leagues, finishing in seventh place in the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.
In football seasons 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 achieved two more salvations. In the first case against Colligiana in the playout (after finishing the season in fourteenth place), and the following year by repeating the best result in its history coming seventh in the league the team was saved.
In the 2011-12 season in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione the team finished in 15th place and it was saved again.
S.S.D. Real S.P.A.L.
At the end of the 2012-13 Serie D season the club took back its original denomination: in fact Giacomense a club founded in 1967 of Masi San Giacomo, a frazione of Masi Torello moved to city of Ferrara. On 12 July 2013, after unsuccessful negotiations for the sale of the company between Vincent Candela and the group Wind4Win, represented by Andrea Cani and Giulio Finzi, owner Roberto Benasciutti made a deal with the Colombarini family for the merger between S.P.A.L. and Giacomense, with the latter giving its sports title to S.P.A.L. and moving to play in Ferrara. The club changed its name to S.P.A.L. 2013 in order to continue the soccer history of S.P.A.L..The new club completed the 2013–14 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season in sixth place, thus qualifying to the inaugural unified 2014–15 Lega Pro season. S.P.A.L. is now officially in the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione and back to professional football after a year among the amateurs. The club accordingly changed its name to the current one.
Colors and badge
The team's colors are blue and white.