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Torres
Torres sassari logo.png
Full name Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Torres Calcio Femminile
Nickname(s) I Rossoblù (The Red-Blues)
Founded 1980 (as A.C.F. Delco Costruzioni)
Ground Stadio Vanni Sanna,
Sassari
Ground Capacity 12,000
League Serie A
2013–14 2nd, Serie A
Website Club home page

Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Torres Calcio Femminile (usually referred to simply as Torres or sometimes named Eurospin Torres due to sponsorship) is an Italian women's association football club based in Sassari, Sardinia. The club was formed in 1980 and currently plays in women's Serie A. Torres's colours are blue and red. The team has won seven scudetti and eight Italian Women's Cups.

After winning two doubles in 2000 and 2001, Torres became the first team to represent Italy in the newly-founded UEFA Women's Cup. Since 2009–10 the team has been a regular competitor in the rebranded UEFA Women's Champions League, reaching the quarter-finals on three occasions.

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

The club was founded in 1980 as A.C.F. Delco Costruzioni of Sassari and affiliated to the Federazione Italiana Calcio Femminile (FIGCF; Italy's autonomous women's football association).[1] They began playing in the 1981 season, enrolling in the local division of Serie C.

In 1989, by then known as CUS Sassari, the team won the Sardinian section of Serie C and promotion to Serie B. The next season the club won its league again and arrived in Serie A for the first time. In the club's first season at the top level, 1990–91, the team won their first Italian Women's Cup. In 1993–94 the goals of Carolina Morace secured a first Scudetto. The following season, without Morace, the title was lost but the team won their second Italian Cup.

Early trophies[edit]

Between 1999 and 2005, Torres won two league titles, four Italian Cups, two Italian Super Cups and the Italy Women's Cup, as well as establishing the record of 38 consecutive wins in official matches including league and Italian Cup. Torres was the first Italian team to participate in the UEFA Women's Cup, the female version of the UEFA Champions League.

Sporting an orange change strip in October 2006

In 2008, after finishing second in the league, Torres won a seventh Italian Women's Cup by beating Bardolino 1–0 in the final's second leg, overturning a 3–2 defeat in the first leg. Throughout this period, Torres' success rested on the prolific goal-scoring of players such as Rita Guarino, Pamela Conti and the Spaniard Ángeles Parejo.[2]

Burgeoning success[edit]

In the 2009–10 season Torres won a fourth Scudetto by dominating the league since the first day. The club also secured the Super Cup, but were beaten in the final of the Italian Women's Cup. A successful season was crowned by an appearance in the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-finals. 2010–11 culminated in a treble of the Super Cup, Scudetto and Italian Women's Cup. In the following season, Torres collected a Scudetto and Super Cup double, but lost out in the semi-finals of the Italian Women's Cup. In 2013 they retained the league title and were named fifth in the year's best women's clubs by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).[3]

The 2013–14 season yielded a Super Cup and runners-up finishes in the league and Italian Women's Cup, as well as another quarter-final placing in the UEFA Women's Champions League. Patrizia Panico scored more than 40 league goals. But Torres were thrashed 12–1 on aggregate by Turbine Potsdam and overall the season was considered to be below expectations. A dispute over funding and the club's strategic direction saw the departure of both president Leonardo Marras and coach Manuela Tesse in 2014.[4]

Current squad[edit]

As of 5 July 2014.[5]

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

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Arianna Criscione
3 Italy DF Linda Tucceri Cimini
4 Italy MF Daniela Stracchi
5 Italy DF Elisabetta Tona (Captain)
6 Italy FW Silvia Fuselli
7 Italy FW Giulia Domenichetti
9 Italy FW Patrizia Panico
11 Italy MF Sandy Iannella
13 Italy DF Elisa Bartoli
No. Position Player
16 Italy MF Aurora Galli
17 Italy FW Sabrina Marchese
18 Italy FW Erika Campesi
19 Iceland MF Hallbera Guðný Gísladóttir
21 Italy DF Giorgia Motta
22 Switzerland GK Gaëlle Thalmann
24 Italy DF Eleonora Piacezzi
Slovenia DF Kristina Erman

Former players[edit]

For details of current and former players, see Category:Torres Calcio Femminile players.

Record in UEFA competitions[edit]

Competition Round Country Club Result
2001–02 UEFA Women's Cup Group stage Finland HJK Helsinki 1–2
Austria USC Country House 5–0
Faroe Islands KÍ Klaksvík 4–0
2009–10 UEFA Women's Champions League Group stage Slovakia Slovan Duslo Šaľa 1–0
Turkey Trabzonspor 9–0
Slovenia ŽNK Krka 3–0
Round of 32 Iceland Valur 6–2 (4–1 h, 2–1 a)
Round of 16 Austria SV Neulengbach 8–2 (4–1 h, 4–1 a)
Quarter finals France Olympique Lyonnais 1–3 (0–3 a, 1–0 h)
2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League Round of 32 Switzerland FC Zürich 7–3 (3–2 a, 4–1 h)
Round of 16 France FCF Juvisy 3–4 (1–2 h, 2–2 a aet)
2011–12 UEFA Women's Champions League Round of 32 Israel ASA Tel Aviv University 5–2 (2–0 a, 3–2 h)
Round of 16 Denmark Brøndby IF 2–5 (1–2 a, 1–3 h)
2012–13 UEFA Women's Champions League Round of 32 Cyprus Apollon Limassol 6–3 (3–2 a, 3–1 h)
Round of 16 Romania CFF Olimpia Cluj 7–1 (4–1 h, 3–0 a)
Quarter finals England Arsenal 1–4 (1–3 a, 0–1 h)
2013–14 UEFA Women's Champions League Round of 32 Austria Spratzern 5–3 (2–2 a, 3–1 h)
Round of 16 Russia Rossiyanka 2–1 (0–1 a, 2–0 h)
Quarter finals Germany Turbine Potsdam 1–12 (0–8 h, 1–4 a)

Honours[edit]

Torres have won the most trophies of all Italian women's clubs.[6]

League[edit]

  • Serie A (level 1)
    • Winners (7): 1993–94, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
  • Serie B (level 2)
    • Winners (1): 1989–90

Cups[edit]

  • Coppa Italia
    • Winners (8): 1990–91, 1994–95, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2010–11
  • Supercoppa Italiana[7]
    • Winners (8): 2000, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "La Nostra Storia" (in Italian). Torres Calcio Femminile. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Roldán, Isabel (25 May 2011). [Italia despide a su última gran 'donna' española "Italia despide a su última gran 'donna' española"] Check |url= scheme (help). Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "The world's best woman club". International Federation of Football History & Statistics. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Merati, Mario (12 June 2014). "Torres femminile: quale futuro?". Calcio Donne (in Italian). Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "La Squadra" (in Italian). Torres Calcio Femminile. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Campioni D'Italia..." (in Italian). Torres Calcio Femminile. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2014. "Con la vittoria del sesto Scudetto, la Torres e' da oggi la più titolata squadra d'Italia." 
  7. ^ "Italy - List of Women's Super Cup Finals". RSSSF. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 

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