S.S.D. Acireale Calcio 1946
|Full name||Società Sportiva Dilettantistica Acireale Calcio 1946 Srl|
|2011–12||Serie D/I, 14th|
Società Sportiva Dilettantistica Acireale Calcio 1946 is an Italian association football club, based in Acireale, a city of 67,000 inhabitants 18 km away from Catania in Sicily. The club currently plays in Serie D but it have spent most of their history in Serie C, although they have played for two seasons in Serie B.
The club's roots can be traced back to a previous club in the city, from whose ashes the current incarnation rose from; the older club in the city played between 1928 and 1935.
The club was founded in 1946 as A.C. Acireale, making its debut in Serie C.
The team reached its culmination in 1992/1993 when, after a long period played in Serie C1, C2 and D, the team, coached by Giuseppe Papadopulo, surprisingly gained its first promotion to Serie B. During its first Serie B season in 1993/1994, Acireale avoided relegation after having won a play-off against Pisa Calcio on penalties. But, in its next season, Acireale was not able to repeat their feat, and were relegated to Serie C1. Acireale successively played consecutively four season in Serie C2, a period which ended in 2003 after being promoted on playoffs. However, after a disappointing Serie C1 season in 2005/2006, ended with a relegation to Serie C2, Acireale dropped because of financial troubles.
A new property registered the club as Acireale Calcio to the Promozione regional league, the 7th level in the Italian football league system. In its first Promozione season, the club readily won its league round being thus promoted to Eccellenza. The club was renamed to the current denomination in August 2007, and will take part to the Sicilian Group B of Eccellenza in 2007–2008, obtaining the promotion in the season 2009-10 to Serie D, where currently plays.
Notable former players
- Alessandro Zamperini
- Davide Bombardini
- Arturo Di Napoli
- Walter Mazzarri
- Paolo Orlandoni
- Nicola Pavarini
- Gaetano Vasari
Notable former managers
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