San Marino Calcio

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This article is about the football club from San Marino. For the national team, see San Marino national football team.
San Marino
Club crest
Full name San Marino Calcio Srl
Nickname(s) Titani (The Titans)
Founded 1960
Ground Stadio Olimpico
Serravalle, San Marino
Ground Capacity 7,000
President Italy Luca Mancini
Head Coach Spain Alex Covelo
League Lega Pro/B
2013–14 Lega Pro Prima Divisione/A, 15th

San Marino Calcio is a Sanmarinese football club based in Serravalle.

The club was founded in 1960[1] as S.S. Serenissima (Società Sportiva Serenissima). Serenissima merged with S.S. Juvenes in 1973, changing its name to A.C. San Marino[1] (Associazione Calcio San Marino) and in 1988–89 to its current name, San Marino Calcio.[1]

Currently it plays in Lega Pro.

History[edit]

The club was founded as Società Sportiva Serenissima in 1960 by the San Marino Football Federation,[1] in order to have a team representing the Republic of San Marino in the Italian league. The club was later purchased by Sanmarinese and Italian entrepreneurs.[1]

The foundation year is still disputed, mainly due to another team sponsored (but not owned) by the San Marino Football Federation, called Libertas-Tre Penne, having taken part in the Italian championship in 1959. The crest of Tre Penne is still visible on that of San Marino Calcio. Serenissima also inherited Libertas-Tre Penne's colors.[1]

San Marino Calcio is the only professional football team in the Republic of San Marino that is allowed to play exclusively in the Italian football league system. Since the San Marino Football League is completely amateur, the club is also the only professional team in the Republic.[1] Another team from San Marino, A.C. Juvenes/Dogana, competed in both the amateur levels of Italian football and in the Sanmarinese league in the past, but has since withdrawn from the FIGC.[2]

Early years[edit]

A.C. San Marino began playing in 1960 in the Seconda Categoria, since the Terza Categoria did not exist in the Italian football league system at that time. After being promoted from the Seconda and Prima Categoria, the team began playing in the higher level, the Promozione before being relegated to the Prima Categoria in the 1976–77 season. They continued to play in the Prima Categoria for the next four seasons until they won the championship and were promoted to the Promozione again in the 1979–80 season. A.C. San Marino's stay in the Promozione was short lived, however; within two seasons they were relegated to the Prima Categoria.[1]

The team established themselves as a yo-yo club as they were once again promoted to the Promozione as champions in the 1984–85 season. The team then saw back-to-back championships as they won the Promozione the following season, and were promoted for the first time to the Serie D, the highest amateur league in Italy. San Marino's success continued as they finished in second place in Serie D in the 1986–87 season, a championship they went on to win in the following year. In the 1988–89 season, the team appeared in the lowest level of the Italian professional league (Serie C2) for the first time.[1]

In 1988 A.C. San Marino became a joint stock company and changed its name from A.C. San Marino to San Marino Calcio. The renamed team was relegated to Serie D in the 1989–90 season after finishing second-last in Serie C2. After finishing 17th in the 1991–92 season San Marino Calcio were relegated again, this time to the Eccellenza, but were again promoted to Serie D in the 1992–93 season. In the 1995–96 season San Marino Calcio were relegated to the Eccellenza again after a three-year stay in Serie D, but they were again promoted in the 1996–97 season.[1]

The club's success was due in part to the appointment of the San Marino national football team manager Giampaolo Mazza, who led them to two non-consecutive Eccellenza championships. In the 1999–2000 season San Marino Calcio were promoted to the Serie C2 as champions of Serie D.[1]

Post millennium[edit]

San Marino Calcio began the new millennium in the fourth level of Italian professional football, receiving a major boost with the arrival of the legendary San Marino international Andy Selva. Napoli (old Napoli which bankrupted in 2004) also takeover the club as investor in 2000[3] but re-sold in November 2002.[4] San Marino Calcio consolidated their place in Serie C2 by finishing in the top half of the league standings for the next three seasons.[1] The team was able to reach the 2003–04 play-off final, but was defeated, and remained in Serie C2 after finishing fourth in the league.[5] San Marino Calcio's 2004–05 season was more successful: they were victorious in the play-off final, and thus reached Lega Pro Prima Divisione (formerly Serie C1) for the first time. This is the highest level the team has ever reached in its history.[6] The team was relegated again to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione during the 2006–07 season.[7]

In December 2006 Werther Cornieti, the chairman of the club, left due to controversial allegations and criticism during a sports broadcast. Daniele De Luigi was later confirmed as the new chairman of San Marino Calcio.[7]

In the season 2011-12 it was promoted from Lega Pro Seconda Divisione to Lega Pro Prima Divisione.

Colours and badge[edit]

The club's home kit consists of a light blue shirt with white and black inserts, black shorts, and black socks.[8] Their away kit consists of a white shirt with dark blue inserts, white shorts, and black socks.[8] San Marino Calcio released a third kit for merchandising, which consists of a red shirt with dark blue inserts, red shorts, and red socks.[8]

The golden frame of their badge contains the team name and the phrase "Titanus aggressurus Olympum", which refers to the Titans in Greek mythology. Pictured in the center of the badge is a Titan. In Italian, the word "Titan" signifies both the race of mythological gods and Monte Titano, the highest point in San Marino. The left-hand circle represents the badge of Tre Penne, one of San Marino Calcio's two founding teams, and the right-hand circle represents the old San Marino Calcio badge.

Stadio Olimpico[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Stadio Olimpico (San Marino).

The Stadio Olimpico is the home of San Marino Calcio in Serravalle and was constructed in 1969. It is also home to the San Marino national football team and, in the past, to the Serravalle-based football club A.C. Juvenes/Dogana. The Stadio Olimpico is an all-seater stadium and has a capacity of 7,000.[9]

Honours[edit]

As of 8 May 2012.[1]

Serie C2

  • Champions:
  • Runner-up: 2011-12
  • Promoted by Play–offs 1: 2004–05

Lega Pro Seconda Divisione

  • Champions:
  • Runners-up 1: 2011-12 (promoted)
  • Promoted by Play–offs:

Serie D

  • Champions 2: 1987–88, 1999–2000
  • Runners-up 1: 1986–87

Eccellenza Emilia-Romagna

  • Champions 2: 1992–93, 1996–1997

Promozione Emilia-Romagna

  • Champions 1: 1985–86

Prima Categoria

  • Champions 2: 1979–80, 1984–85

Current squad[edit]

As of 2 January 2014 [10]

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 Marco Quadrelli
Italy GK Giacomo Venturi (on loan from Bologna)
Italy GK Gianluca Vivan
San Marino GK Simone Benedettini
Italy DF Gianluigi Bamonte
Spain DF Juan Cruz
Italy DF Gabriele Farina
Italy DF Alessandro Fogacci
San Marino DF Mirko Palazzi
Italy DF Marco Paolini (on loan from Parma)
Italy DF Luca Russo
San Marino DF Juri Biordi
San Marino DF Gabriele Genghini
Italy MF Cristiano Spirito (on loan from Parma)
Brazil MF Yago Del Piero (on loan from Cesena)
Italy MF Federico Filippucci
Italy MF Luca Magnanelli
No. Position Player
Italy MF Marco Marchesi
Italy MF Gabriele Pacciardi
Italy MF Luca Pigini
Italy MF Stefano Sensi
Montenegro FW Saša Čičarević (on loan from Cesena)
Italy FW Lorenzo Crocetti
Spain FW Manuel Gavilán (on loan from Bologna)
Italy FW Gianluca Draghetti (on loan from Bologna)
Italy FW Mattia Graffiedi
Italy FW Nicolò Lolli (on loan from Cesena)
Italy FW Davide Poletti
Italy FW Moreno Beretta (on loan from Sampdoria)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "San Marino Calcio history" (in Italian). www.sanmarinocalcio.com. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  2. ^ Emilia Romagna Amateur football yearbook 2007/08
  3. ^ SSC Napoli SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2002 (Italian)
  4. ^ SSC Napoli SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2003 (Italian)
  5. ^ "Serie C2/B 2003–04 league table" (in Italian). www.sanmarinocalcio.com. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  6. ^ "Serie C2/B 2004–05 league table" (in Italian). www.sanmarinocalcio.com. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  7. ^ a b "Serie C2/B 2006–07 league table". www.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2007-10-25. [dead link]
  8. ^ a b c "San Marino Calcio shirts colours" (in Italian). www.sanmarinocalcio.com. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  9. ^ "San Marino Calcio's Stadio Olimpico" (in Italian). www.sanmarinocalcio.com. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  10. ^ "Prima Squadra" (in Italian). San Marino Calcio. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 

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