Spezia Calcio

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Spezia
Spezia 1906 logo.svg
Full name Spezia Calcio
Nickname(s) Aquilotti (Little eagles)
Founded 1906
2008 (refounded)
Ground Stadio Alberto Picco,
La Spezia, Italy
Ground Capacity 10,336
Owner Gabriele Volpi
Chairman Matteo Volpi
Manager Nenad Bjelica
League Serie B
2012–13 Serie B, 13th
Website Club home page

The Spezia Calcio is an Italian football club, based in La Spezia, Liguria. Currently it plays in Serie B.

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

Spezia Calcio was founded in 1906.

1944 scudetto[edit]

See also Campionato Alta Italia 1944

In 1944, because of the World War II the Italian football federation decided to split the top league in regional rounds. The team, named 42° Corpo dei Vigili del Fuoco della Spezia (Firefighters of La Spezia) after a merger with the local firefighter to have a sufficient number of players, was included in Round D of Emilia-Romagna, together with Corradini Suzzara, Fidentina, Orlandi Busseto and Parma. Spezia won the round and qualified to the semi-finals, in which it challenged Suzzara, Carpi and Modena. Spezia won also this round, winning five of the six matches played, losing only to Carpi. By winning the semi-final round, Spezia was admitted to play a two-legs play-off against Bologna.

The first match, played in Bologna, was suspended because of incidents started after the 1–0 goal of Spezia, contested by the Bologna supporters; Spezia was awarded a 2–0 win because of that. The return match, scheduled to be played in La Spezia, was first moved to Carpi, because of the heavy bombings underwent by the Ligurian city in the period, then cancelled because of protest by Bologna chairman Renato Dall'Ara, so Spezia was admitted to the final without playing the return match.

The finals, held in Milan, were played against Venezia and Torino. On 9 July 1944, the first match between Spezia and Venezia was played: it ended in a 1–1 draw, commented by the Gazzetta as "surprising result".

On 16 July, Spezia challenged the Great Torino, with Vittorio Pozzo as coach and Silvio Piola as striker. The match ended in an epic 2–1 victory of Spezia. After the third match, in which Torino beat Venezia in a 5–2 win, Spezia was declared champion.

However, the Italian league of 1944 was not immediately considered as official by the Italian federation, because it was obtained during war times in a reduced league, and the only scudetto of Spezia was finally awarded only in 2002 by the Federation, even if not counted officially as an Italian championship triumph, but as a "decoration".

Today, Spezia remembers the 1944 triumph by playing with a tricolour badge on the team's official jersey (but different from the Scudetto), with the authorisation of the Football Federation.

From serie B to the bankruptcy[edit]

In 2002, the club reached an agreement with Inter,[1] made the club became Inter's feeder club and reserve team. The team got Goran Pandev, Aco Stojkov (now Macedonian internationals) and Alex Cordaz in the first season. In the second season, Cristian Lizzori, Luca Ceccarelli and Nicola Napolitano was signed from Inter. In 2004–05 season Spezia got Antonio Rizzo from ACF Fiorentina and Paolo Castelli from Inter..

Players likes Alex Cordaz, Riccardo Meggiorini and Paolo Hernán Dellafiore joined the team directly from Inter to boost the team in January 2005. The season ended with winning Coppa Italia Serie C.[2] After the season, Inter sold most of the shares of Spezia.[3]

In 2006, the team won Serie C1 champion and promoted to Serie B. With mid-season signing Guilherme do Prado, Tomás Guzmán, Corrado Colombo and the old member Massimiliano Guidetti and Nicola Santoni, Spezia survived in Serie B. But in the next season, with Isah Eliakwu, Colombo and Do Prado, the club failed to make the miracle happened twice.

In 2008, due to financial difficulty and following their relegation from Serie B, the club was forced to declare bankruptcy.[4] In June 2011 FIGC banned numbers of former board member of old Spezia for sports fraud, namely Giuseppe Ruggeri, Cristina Cappelluti, Rocco Russo, Accursio Scorza, Piero Ausilio and Francesco Meriggi.[5]

The refoundation[edit]

The team was refounded in 2008 as A.S.D. Spezia Calcio 2008 by Gabriele Volpi the owner of water polo team of Pro Recco, winner of numerous scudetti and admitted to Serie D, thanks to Article 52 NOIF of FIGC.[6]

Upon promotion in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione at the end of the Serie D 2008-09 season, A.S.D. Spezia changes its denomination in the current "Spezia Calcio".[7] Spezia finished Girone A of Lega Pro Seconda Divisione as 2nd and quaified for promotion play-offs in 2009–10 season. Spezia defeated Pavia at semifinal and Legnano at final and promoted to Girone A of Lega Pro Prima Divisione with making second consecutive promotion.

2011–12 season: triplete[edit]

The club in the season 2011–12 obtains for the first time in Lega Pro a prestigious "triplete":

Colors and badge[edit]

The team's colours are black and white.

Stadium[edit]

The club's home ground is Stadio Alberto Picco.

Current squad[edit]

As of 20 August, 2014.[8]

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

No. Position Player
1 Argentina GK Leandro Chichizola
2 Italy DF Nicola Madonna
3 Italy DF Filippo De Col
4 Italy DF Andrea Lisuzzo
5 Italy DF Luca Ceccarelli
6 Italy DF Pietro Ceccaroni
7 Italy MF Paolo Sammarco
8 Spain MF Juande
9 Italy FW Niccolò Giannetti
10 Italy MF Andrea Catellani
11 Italy FW Matteo Ardemagni (on loan from Atalanta)
12 Italy GK Leonardo Bazzucchi (on loan from Bastia)
13 Italy FW Patrick Ciurria
14 Italy FW Juri Cisotti (on loan from Verona)
No. Position Player
15 Croatia MF Antonini Čulina (on loan from Rijeka)
17 Italy DF Francesco Migliore
18 Croatia MF Mario Šitum (on loan from Dinamo Zagreb)
20 Croatia DF Niko Datković (on loan from Rijeka)
21 Nigeria FW Osarimen Ebagua
22 Italy GK Timothy Nocchi (on loan from Juventus)
23 Italy MF Pasquale Schiattarella (captain)
26 Argentina DF Nahuel Valentini
28 Italy MF Simone Bastoni
29 Montenegro MF Marko Bakić (on loan from Fiorentina)
33 Italy GK Gianluca Bedei
Croatia DF Mato Miloš (on loan from Rijeka)
Italy MF Gennaro Acampora

Out on loan[edit]

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 Alex Valentini (at Cittadella)
Italy DF Martino Borghese (at Varese)
Italy DF Ivano Baldanzeddu (at Virtus Entella)
No. Position Player
Italy FW Pietro Iemmello (at Foggia)
Italy FW Manuel Marras (at Südtirol)

Seasons[edit]

  • 1906: Sport Club Spezia is founded.
  • 1911: Foot Ball Club Spezia is founded.
  • 1911–1917: Friendly matches.
  • 1919–20: 1st in Promozione Ligure. Promoted to I Categoria Ligure.
  • 1920–21: 4th in I Categoria Ligure.
  • 1921–22: 11th in Lega Nord – I Divisione gir. A (C.C.I. Championship).
  • 1922–23: 9th in Lega Nord – I Divisione gir. B.
  • 1923–24: 11th in Lega Nord – I Divisione gir. B.
  • 1924–25: 12th in Lega Nord – I Divisione gir. A. Relegated to II Divisione.
  • 1925–26: 1st in II Divisione gir. B. Promoted to I Divisione.
  • 1926–27: 6th in I Divisione gir. A.
  • 1927–28: 3rd in I Divisione gir. C.
  • 1928–29: 1st in I Divisione gir. A. Promoted to Serie B. I Divisione Italian champion.
  • 1929–30: 13th in Serie B.
  • 1930–31: 11th in Serie B.
  • 1931–32: 7th in Serie B.
  • 1932–33: 4th in Serie B.
  • 1933–34: 7th in Serie B.
  • 1934–35: 11th in Serie B. Relegated to Serie C.
  • 1935–36: 1st in Serie C gir. C. Promoted to Serie B.
  • 1936: Name changed in Associazione Calcio Spezia.
  • 1936–37: 4th in Serie B.
  • 1937–38: 13th in Serie B.
  • 1938–39: 15th in Serie B. Relegated to Serie C.
  • 1939–40: 1st in Serie C gir. E. Promoted to Serie B.
  • 1940–41: 12th in Serie B.
  • 1941–42: 6th in Serie B.
  • 1942–43: 6th in Serie B.
  • 1943–44: 1st in Campionato Alta Italia. Italian Champion.
  • 1944–45: league suspended due to World War II.
  • 1945–46: 3rd in I Divisione Ligure gir. A.
  • 1946–47: 3rd in Serie B gir. A.
  • 1947–48: 4th in Serie B gir. A.
  • 1948–49: 18th in Serie B.
  • 1949–50: 7th in Serie B.
  • 1950–51: 17th in Serie B. Relegated to Serie C.
  • 1951–52: 14th in Serie C gir. C. Relegated to IV Serie.
  • 1952–53: 15th in IV Serie gir. D. Relegated to Promozione.
  • 1953–54: 4th in Promozione Ligure.
  • 1954 Name changed in A.C. Spezia-Arsenal.
  • 1954–55: 6th in IV Serie gir. A.
  • 1955 Name changed in Foot Ball Club Spezia 1906.
  • 1955–56: runners-up in IV Serie gir. E.
  • 1956–57: 3rd in IV Serie gir. E.
  • 1957–58: 1st in IV Serie I Serie gir. A. Promoted to Serie C. IV Serie Italian Champion.
  • 1958–59: 3rd in Serie C gir. A.
  • 1959–60: 6th in Serie C gir. A.
  • 1960–61: 8th in Serie C gir. A.
  • 1961–62: 18th in Serie C gir. B. Relegated to Serie D.
  • 1962–63: 3rd in Serie D gir. A.
  • 1963–64: 4th in Serie D gir. A.
 
  • 1964–65: 4th in Serie D gir. A.
  • 1965–66: 1st in Serie D gir. A. Promoted to Serie C.
  • 1966–67: 4th in Serie C gir. B.
  • 1967–68: runners-up in Serie C gir. B.
  • 1968–69: 17th in Serie C gir. B.
  • 1969–70: 11th in Serie C gir. B.
  • 1970–71: 9th in Serie C gir. B.
  • 1971–72: 11th in Serie C gir. B.
  • 1972–73: 14th in Serie C gir. B.
  • 1973–74: 12th in Serie C gir. B.
  • 1974–75: 12th in Serie C gir. B.
  • 1975–76: 12th in Serie C gir. B.
  • 1976–77: 3rd in Serie C gir. B.
  • 1977–78: 7th in Serie C gir. B.
  • 1978–79: 17th in Serie C1 gir. A. Relegated to Serie C2.
  • 1979–80: 3rd in Serie C2 gir. A. Promoted to Serie C1.
  • 1980–81: 17th in Serie C1 gir. A. Relegated to Serie C2.
  • 1981–82: 10th in Serie C2 gir. A.
  • 1982–83: 16th in Serie C2 gir. A.
  • 1983–84: 14th in Serie C2 gir. A.
  • 1984–85: 13th in Serie C2 gir. A.
  • 1985–86: runners-up in Serie C2 gir. A. Promoted to Serie C1.
  • 1986: Name changed in Associazione Calcio Spezia.
  • 1986–87: 12th in Serie C1 gir. A.
  • 1987–88: 6th in Serie C1 gir. A.
  • 1988–89: 3rd in Serie C1 gir. A.
  • 1989–90: 12th in serie C1 gir. A.
  • 1990–91: 6th in Serie C1 gir. A.
  • 1991–92: 8th in Serie C1 gir. A.
  • 1992–93: 15th in Serie C1 gir. A.
  • 1993–94: 17th in Serie C1 gir. A.
  • 1994–95: 8th in Serie C1 gir. A.
  • 1995: Name changed in Spezia Calcio.
  • 1995–96: 15th in Serie C1 gir. A.
  • 1996–97: 18th in Serie C1 gir. A. Relegated to Serie C2.
  • 1997–98: 5th in Serie C2 gir. B.
  • 1998–99: 5th in Serie C2 gir. A.
  • 1999–00: 1st in Serie C2 gir. A. Promoted to Serie C1.
  • 2000–01: 5th in Serie C1 gir. A.
  • 2001–02: runners-up in Serie C1 gir. A.
  • 2002–03: 6th in Serie C1 gir. A.
  • 2003–04: 6th in Serie C1 gir. A.
  • 2004–05: 7th in Serie C1 gir. A. Wins Coppa Italia Serie C.
  • 2005–06: 1st in Serie C1 gir. A. Promoted to Serie B. Wins Supercoppa di Lega Serie C1.
  • 2006–07: 19th in Serie B. Wins the relegation play-out.
  • 2007–08: 21st in Serie B. Relegated to Serie C1.
  • 2008: Excluded from Lega Pro I div. A new society restarts as A.S.D. Spezia Calcio 2008.
  • 2008–09: 2nd in Serie D gir.A. Rescued to Lega Pro II div. by FIGC. Becames Spezia Calcio.
  • 2009–10: 2nd in Lega Pro II div. gir.A Promoted to Lega Pro I div. after play-offs
  • 2010–11: 6th in Lega Pro I div. gir.A
  • 2011–12: 1st in Lega Pro I div. gir.B. Promoted to Serie B. Wins Coppa Italia Lega Pro and Supercoppa di Lega di Prima Divisione.
  • 2012–13: 13th in Serie B.
 

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