U.S. Fiorenzuola 1922

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Full name Unione Sportiva Fiorenzuola 1922
Nickname(s) Rossoneri
Founded 1922
Ground Stadio Comunale,
Fiorenzuola d'Arda, Italy
Ground Capacity 4,000
Chairman Luigi Pinalli
Manager Settimio Lucci
League Eccellenza Emilia–Romagna
2011–12 Serie D/B, 19th

Unione Sportiva Fiorenzuola 1922 is an Italian association football club from Fiorenzuola d'Arda, Emilia-Romagna. It currently plays in Eccellenza Emilia–Romagna.

It was founded in 1922: in its history, Fiorenzuola mostly played in amateur and lower professional leagues, except for a brief stint in the 1990s when the club reached Serie C1 and narrowly missed promotion to Serie B, after losing the 1995 promotion playoff final to Pistoiese on penalty shoot-outs. Also in 1995, Fiorenzuola made a great exploit in the Coppa Italia, being defeated 2–1 at home by Inter Milan after having previously eliminated Brescia and Torino. In the following years Fiorenzuola started a slow decline which brought the club down to the Eccellenza.

Several Serie A players in the late 1990s and 2000s played for Fiorenzuola during its best years, including Italian football stars such as Luca Toni, Massimo Oddo and Flavio Roma.


From the dawn to the 80 The Sporting Union was founded in 1922 Fiorenzuola 1922. The following year played a friendly match against Blackburn Rovers. The first championship Fiorenzuola dates back to the Fourth Division, season 1923-1924, where the Fiorenzuola is included in group A by the regional committee of Emilia, the Fiorenzuola ending the season in second place after winning the play-off against a 1-0 Sant'Ilario But this tie is then canceled and the Fiorenzuola a shift to third. The next year the Fiorenzuola dominating his round of the Fourth Division, scoring 11 points and wins access to the group semifinals for access in the Third Division, part of the group B, the winner with nine points, gaining access to the finals against Aurora Bologna: the first leg ended 1-1 in Fiorenzuola, while the return of Hilary to win is by Enza Fiorenzuola 6-0. In 1925-1926 the Fiorenzuola participate in the third division championship in Group B of the regional committee of Emilia, finishing in fourth place with 13 points [3]. The next year the Fiorenzuola, quote this time in Group A, finished the season in third place with 21 points, one point less than the leaders Mirandolese. In the 1927-1928 season Fiorenzuola dispute still a high-ranking league, finishing his round in second place behind the GS 72d Legion MSVN "Farini 'in Modena with 16 points and gaining promotion to the Second Division. The following season the dispute Fiorenzuola a quiet second division league, finishing in sixth place in the group E with twenty-two points. In 1929-1930 the Fiorenzuola has a good season and finished in second place with 35 points, a length behind the leaders Desio and gaining promotion to the First Division. The following season the Fiorenzuola participated for the first time in its history to the First Division and was placed in Group B along with teams like Reggiana, Empoli, Pisa, Piacenza and ending the season in eleventh place with 20 points. In 1931-1932 the Fiorenzuola obtains salvation, ending his round in eleventh place with 19 points. The following season the Fiorenzuola retires at the fourth day of the season, all his races have been canceled and gets so relegation to second division. Between 1933 and 1936 he played with the second division. Between 1936 and 1939 he played with free samples. Participates in the First Division in 1939-1940 Lombard, being placed in Group E, finishing second with 19 points, behind the reserve of Fanfulla. The Fiorenzuola remains so even in the first division next season, when it is placed in Group A, finished in fifth place with 12 points. In 1941-1942 it is still included in Group A and get a fifth place with 7 points. Between 1943 and 1945 is inactive because of the Second World War. By the end of the war, the best companies in the 1945-1946 season of Serie B Serie C were admitted to Northern Italy and so many companies were allowed in C from the First Division including Fiorenzuola that was included in Group H of the Series C League North finished seventh round. The Fiorenzuola is also in C the following season when inserted in the D group, gets the tenth place with 26 points. In 1947-1948 the FIGC puts into practice a radical pruning of the Series C, providing for relegation from the third place: Fiorenzuola however dispute a negative season and ends the season in last place with 16 points, being relegated to the First Division and Promotion in the newly formed Inter. In the 1949-1950 season Fiorenzuola participates in the First Division of Lombardia region, in Group L and obtains salvation with the thirteenth place and 19 points. From 1950 to 1954 the Fiorenzuola is idle. In 1954-1955 is in the Lombard League Promotion in Group E, finished fourth with 37 points. The following season another positive sample dispute getting fifth place with 34 points. In 1956-1957 ended the season in sixth place with 33 points. The following season the league changed its name and is called Diletttanti Championship, the Fiorenzuola, contained in Group E Lombard, dispute a positive year and ending in second place with 42 points behind the leaders Derthona. In 1958-1959 the dispute Fiorenzuola an excellent year by winning its group with 41 points in front of Codogno, and accede to the finals for the admission in Serie D, but can not get the promotion. The following season the league changed the name again, becoming the first category, however, does not change the substance and Fiorenzuola still wins its group with 44 points, always in front of Codogno, and gains access to the finals for the admission in Serie D: quarter-final defeat to the 1-0 Rizzoli, however, in the semifinals then defeated 2-1 at home to dawn Desio, thus remaining in the first category. In 1960-1961 obtained the sixth place with 35 points in a group dominated by Pavia. The following season however is very negative and Fiorenzuola ending on the second lowest in Group A with 20 points, one more than the Toscolano, then that is not relegated to the rejection of splitting in two areas of the First Category Lombardy in 1962-1963 the Fiorenzuola is placed in Group F, which ends in seventh place with 29 points. In 1963-1964 is included in group E and get the tenth place with 23 points. The next season is very negative: the Fiorenzuola ending on the D group at the fourteenth place with 22 points and were relegated to the second category with a Pontenurese and Stradellina, and was then subsequently rescued. The 1965-1966 season is difficult and the Fiorenzuola closes the D group in fourteenth place with 22 points like the Melegnanese. In the final relegation next season arrives. Fiorenzuola ends the round and the last place with just six points behind the Belgaum Constantes and remains in first class is relegated to the imposition of promotion. Between 1967 and 1972 he played with the first category, until, at the end of the 1971-1972 season is not promoted in the Promotion. The first year of promotion, see the Fiorenzuola 1972-1973, contained in the group B, end the season in twelfth place with 26 points, thus resulting in salvation. In 1973-1974 the Group C Fiorenzuola ending in tenth place with 26 points, managing to avoid relegation. The following season ends with another salvation and ninth place at an altitude of 28 points, like Sannazzarese. Also in the 1975-1976 Fiorenzuola obtains salvation finishing the season in eleventh place with 25 points, equal to the Mortara and the young lion. In 1976-1977 there comes a thirteenth place with 25 points and one salvation. The following season the Fiorenzuola, contained in the D group, dispute a good championship and finished the season in fourth place with 34 points, tied the Casteggio. In 1978-1979 comes another good season with 33 points and sixth place. The following season comes fourth place with 31 points like the Magenta. In 1980-1981 the dispute Fiorenzuola good season, finishing second in Group D with 41 points, behind all'Abbiategrasso and getting access to the play-off between the second to obtain the fifth POSR nell'Interregionale due to Lombardy, but does not get the promotion [35]. In 1981-1982 the Fiorenzuola is placed in Group C and ends the season in fifth place with 34 points, while striker Bertelli won the top scorer with 16 goals [36].

The '80 in Interregionale[edit]

The Fiorenzuola nell'Interregionale wins his first promotion at the end of the 1982-1983 season: the team coached by Mauro Masi finished in first place of Group D Promotion Lombard and then was promoted to winning the play-offs [37]. Nell'Interregionale The first season is very positive and the team, which also militates Gene Simmons, is never mired in the lower areas of the standings, finishing fifth in the league [38]. The following year the party Fiorenzuola very strong and after eight days is first in the standings in the second round but the team is on the wane and the dream of promotion to C2 vanishes: at the end of the season and is fifth Fiorenzuola his attacker Talignani top scorer in the group [39]. In 1985-1986 the stated objective is the promotion, but the departure is stunted and after four days Mauro Masi was sacked. The next game is entrusted to the bench dt Bolledi before Masi is invoked. After losing 4-1 with the Suzzara Masi is finally exonerated and in its place is called Aristide Guarneri, former Inter star Helen Herrera. At the end of the season and is sixth Fiorenzuola Talignani is top scorer of the round for the second time in a row [40]. The next season opens with a corporate crisis and President Antonio Villa, which threatens to leave. Company resolved the crisis, he was hired as coach Aldo Jacopetti and there shall be a strengthening of the team with players like Hubert Pircher, Richard Cenci, Marco Torres, a former in Serie A. The team is very ambitious and strong party, however, comes a crisis and after seventeen days, the penultimate in Fiorenzuola with 15 points. To pay for the bad situation that is Jacopetti is replaced by Torres in the role of coach / player. At the end of season torresani Fiorenzuola can ferry the sixth and salvation [41]. In 1987-1988 he was hired as coach Giampaolo Cleric Fiorenzuola and is placed in Group E along with teams of Tuscany and Liguria. The objective is to promote and Fiorenzuola remains on the upper floors of the league, but after the defeat at the twenty-fourth day against the bottom side Viareggio was sacked and replaced by Cleric Bolledi ds. At the end of the season Fiorenzuola is fourth with 33 points [42]. The following season the bench is headed by Alessandro Gibellini, in the summer market goes away and comes Pircher Giuseppe Corti, among others, also with a background in Serie A. Early in the season Torresani fractures tibia and fibula and is forced to bid farewell to football player. After sixteen days the team is only in ninth place and thus, exempt Gibellini, the bench is entrusted to Torres: the team takes over and, thanks to twelve consecutive useful results, concludes the season in fourth place [43]. For the next season is confirmed Torres on the bench. The start is difficult with two defeats in the first two days, then resigned from the eleventh day Torresani, who retires after the support team. The Fiorenzuola recovers and closes the first round just one point behind leaders Bra. After losing the second leg against the pegliesi, the curls Fiorenzuola a number of useful results and the end of the season Fiorenzuola is promoted in Serie C2 with 45 points, ahead of Valencia and Vogherese [44].

The golden years in Serie C[edit]

In the 1990-1991 season Fiorenzuola Gianni Seghedoni the expert relies. Due to works at the stadium the first season matches are played at the stadium of Salsomaggiore, only to then return to the City in November. The Fiorenzuola closes the season in a quiet spot to eighth place, thanks to twenty ties [45]. The following season the Fiorenzuola group confirms the previous season, but is separated from Seghedoni and his philosophy, aimed to break even, instead ingagggiando Pierluigi Busatta. The Fiorenzuola starts and fits well in the fight for promotion, but the season finale is negative with a victory in his last ten games, and so the championship is finished in fourth place [45]. In 1992-93 the Fiorenzuola part with the aim of promoting and relies on Giorgio Veneri: the first half of the season is a bit 'sluggish, but then recovers and the Fiorenzuola with a great second half of the season can end the season in second place behind the Mantua and win promotion to Serie C1 [45]. In the first season in Serie C1 Fiorenzuola the dispute and a positive year in the first round seems to be competitive for promotion, but then has a difficult time to end the season with eleven games without a win, but the season is concluded in however, a good seventh place [45]. In 1994-95 finished the regular season in third place and get access to the play-offs for promotion to the Serie B [46] in the semifinal for than the Monza win after losing 1-0 at home, also for 1 - 0, in Brianza and via the best ranking regularly. In the end there comes the Pistoiese: Fiorennzuola playing well and hitting the woodwork twice, but the game is locked at 0-0 and you get to penalty kicks, where the error is critical to enabling the Pistoiese Bottazzi getting into B and leaves the Fiorenzuola in C1 [47]. In the following season, the playoffs are just touched, in fact the Fiorenzuola ending the championship level on points with Como, not being admitted to the playoffs for the classification divorced [48]. In that season, but there is the historical challenge of the Italian Cup quarter-final against Inter Milan, played at the stadium Garilli of Piacenza and finished at 2-1 in favor of Milan [49]. The 1996-97 season ended with a twelfth place colorless, while the next season is a disaster and ends with the last place and relegation in C2 [50]. The first year in C2 is discreet and ends with a sixth place by touching the play-off [51], but subsequent years are more negative with a twelfth place in 1999-2000, while in 2000-2001 the Fiorenzuola relegated after losing play-out against Novara [52]. At the end of the season is the repechage, but still comes in the following season relegation after losing the play-out with Trent [53].

The Return of the amateurs[edit]

The first year in D is negative and the Fiorenzuola get salvation only defeat in the play-out the area of Bergamo. After a year quite finished in sixth place in 2004-05 comes in restrocessione Excellence. Excellence in the first year is finished in third place, while in 2006-07 there comes a second place that allows access to the national playoffs, lost against Savignanese. In the 2007-08 season, the team of the capital valdardese is promoted to Serie D, after the splendid season finished at the head of their group (A) [54]. Here the goal is salvation, but the team goes well beyond valdardese and occupies the top of the league until the winter break where the team is eliminated and slows sharply in the first round of the playoffs by Salo at home 3-2. [ 55]. The next year the Excellence in Fiorenzuola retreats after losing the play-out against Caratese, but then being rescued.

In the season 2011-12 it was relegated to Eccellenza.

Colors and badge[edit]

Its official and colours are red and black.

Notable former players[edit]

International players

Notable former managers[edit]

Serie A manager


Fiorenzuola play their home games at Stadio Comunale, also known as Velodrome Attilio Pavesi. The stadium was inaugurated on October 17, 1923 with a friendly match between Fiorenzuola and reigning champions Pro Vercelli. It was originally named after Aldo Milano and had a grandstand with a wooden roof. After the war he took the name of Hall [57], while in the early 60's was built a concrete grandstand seats from about 1000 [57]. In the early '80s are performed major renovations affecting the dressing room and head office, in addition to the cycling track, which had previously fallen into disuse [57]. Is then made to the tunnel entrance in the field of players [57]. With the promotion of Fiorenzuola in Serie C is made a new discovery of 2400 steps located on the eastern sector [57], the grandstand seats are numbered and equipped with armchairs [57] and the new changing rooms were built on the south-east [ 57]. In 1996 he inaugurated a new grandstand for 2000 people dedicated to historic president Eugenio Villa [57], bringing the capacity of 4000 people [57]. In 1995 with the Fiorenzuola one step away from Serie B was drawn up a plan to extend the City which included a new grandstand and the rise of the stairs without the creation of curves, making the stadium similar to the Castellani Empoli [47] .


The early embryos of typhus in Fiorenzuola you have organized in the late 70's in the stands with animated by gerassari promotion, fans warmer the Fiorenzuolani "the rock" (the inhabitants of the district Gerassa) armed with flags, banners and drums Rossoneri craft [58]. In the 1984-85 season with the team that makes its debut nell'Interregionale the banner Ultrà Fiore in the home match against, Sant'Angelo and the following Sunday away against Orceana, however, but the group split up at birth without specific reasons [58]. In 1990, at the end of the season that will bring the Fiorenzuola in Serie C2, is the first genuine group of ultras accompanying Fiorenzuola: Young people from that trip to the Flower Albenga begin to follow the team of their country wherever games [58]. Over the years, C Series are the only organized gurppo Ultrà Fiore, in the stadium with a banner or black with red edged in white, Uncle Sam in the middle and his index finger to exclaim, "from Come with us, Follow the Flower, follow the team of your country! [58] With the promotion to Serie C1 group changed its name to Rusty Nails, inspired by cocktails. The new name represents a novelty in the panorama of Italian ultras, as it had never been adopted before [58]. By relegation to Serie C2 group is dissolved, but in the last two years of C2 fans continue to follow the team in all trsferte, by its own means and without banners [58]. Back in Series D, in the 2002-2003 season the fans can bring about a new group, the Ultras Fiorenzuola, which remains even with the team relegated to excellence and continues to follow the games both home and away in the Fiorenzuola [58].


Supporters of Fiorenzuola are friendly with the fans of the Spanish team of Palencia, who played in Segunda División B [58].


Currently, the strong demand from the fans fiorenzuolani rivalry is with the Fidenza [59], which is only 15 km from Fiorenzuola. This rivalry is very recent and was born with the derby being played in Excellence and Regional Amateur Italian Cup in the 2005-2006 season [59]. Previously they had played very few games due to differences in class [59] and the fact that the Rossoneri was considered more Emilian than Lombard, which was then inserted into the Lombard group [59]. At the time, were most felt derby against, Sant'Angelo and Orceana [59].