S.S.D. Piacenza Calcio 1919
|Full name||Piacenza Calcio 1919 S.s.d.r.l|
|Nickname(s)||I Biancorossi (The Red-and-Whites),
I Papaveri (The Poppies),
I Lupi (The Wolves)
|Ground||Stadio Leonardo Garilli,
|2013–14||Serie D/B, 3rd|
|Website||Club home page|
- 1 History
- 2 Squad
- 3 Stadium
- 4 Former players
- 5 Notable former managers
- 6 Honours
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Foundation of Piacenza F.C.
Piacenza Football Club was founded in 1919 with the first club president as Giovanni Dosi. Dosi was an ambitious manager, taking control of every social, technical and administrative aspect of the club, with the sole focus at bringing the club into the national championship under the FIGC.
After spending much of the club's early life in the regional leagues, they entered into Serie C for the 1935–36 season, coming close to gaining promotion into Serie B during 1938 but lost out to Fanfulla.
From Serie B to Serie D
After World War II, Piacenza competed in Serie B for the first time, competing there for two seasons before falling back down to Serie C in 1948.
The club were punished for illicit sportsmanship in 1956 and were relegated to Serie D. This proved to be quite a heavy blow for the club as they would continue to yo-yo between Serie C and D until 1964. Piacenza finally returned to Serie B in 1969, under coach Tino Molina and president Vincenzo Romagnoli.
Between Serie A and Serie B
Promotion in 1991 saw a rise in the side's fortunes under coach Gigi Cagni with the club promoted to Serie A for the first time in 1993, but was immediately relegated in the next season, despite the presence of players such as midfielder Daniele Moretti, winger Francesco Turrini and forward Giampietro Piovani. For much of the season, Piacenza had battled into mid-table and were even a few points short of a European place, but were relegated on the last day of the season in a tight scrap. The club wisely chose to retain Cagni and most of his squad, and they would achieve promotion as Serie B champions in 1995.
The following five years saw the club win many supporters with its all-Italian lineup and successful battles against relegation. In 1997 the club acquired legendary hard man defender Pietro Vierchowod. Despite his advancing years, Vierchowod proved an outstanding purchase, more than holding his own in defence and even scoring decisive goals in the relegation battle. Relegation in 2000 was followed by an instant return to Serie A for two years with outstanding form shown by players like midfielder Enzo Maresca.
The club has since remained in Serie B without threatening to mount a promotion challenge.
However following a poor 2010-11 Serie B season, Piacenza found themselves in a relegation playoff against Albinoleffe which they lost due to Albinoleffe's higher league position.
2012: Final bankruptcy after relegation
On 22 March 2012 Piacenza Calcio in strong financial difficulty was declared bankrupt by the court of Piacenza. In this season it was ranked 15th and relegated from Lega Pro Prima Divisione to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione after play-out. On 19 June 2012 the club was finally declared bankrupt and the team was disbanded.
The refoundation: from Lupa Piacenza to Piacenza Calcio 1919
Following the bankruptcy of Piacenza Football Club, regional amateur club Libertaspes, recently promoted in the season 2011-12 to Eccellenza Emilia–Romagna after winning Promozione Emilia–Romagna/A, was renamed Lupa Piacenza after the obtaining the brand for four years by the association Salva Piace, in order to continue its football history.
In the summer of 2013 it was renamed Piacenza Calcio 1919.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Piacenza Calcio 1919 play their home matches at the 21,608 capacity, Stadio Leonardo Garilli, located in the city of Piacenza.
Notable former managers
- Winners: 1986
- Promoted: 1927/28
- Group runners-up: 1922/23, 1924/25
- Champions: 1919/20
(*) Finished equal first position but lost play-off game to A.C. Fanfulla 1874
- "Depositata la sentenza di fallimento del Piacenza Calcio". Ilpiacenza.it. 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
- "Piacenza e Triestina: triste epilogo, è fallimento". Calcioblog.it. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
- Accordo tra Lupa e Salva Piace ilpiacenza.it
- Nuova denominazione: Piacenza Calcio 1919
- Le squadre del girone B di serie D 2013-14 direttaradio.it
- (Italian) Official site