A.C. Reggiana 1919

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Not to be confused with Urbs Sportiva Reggina 1914.
Reggiana
AC Reggiana 1919 logo.svg
Full name Associazione Calcio Reggiana 1919 SRL
Nickname(s) Teste quadre (Square heads),
Granata
Founded 1919
2005 (refounded)
Ground Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore,
Reggio Emilia, Italy
Ground Capacity 23,717
Owner Mike Piazza
Chairman Stefano Compagni
Manager Leonardo Menichini
League Lega Pro
2015–16 Lega Pro/A, 7th

Associazione Calcio Reggiana 1919 is an Italian association football club based in Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna. The club currently plays in the Lega Pro football league.

History[edit]

The club was originally found in 1919 under the name A.C. Reggiana, and played in the Italian First Division for several seasons in the 1920s. More recently, it played in the Italian Serie A in 1993–94, 1994–95, and 1996–97. Their highest ranking was 13th place in the 1993–94 Serie A championship, where its main name was Brazilian goalkeeper Cláudio Taffarel, who would go on to win the 1994 FIFA World Cup after the season. The club is owned by Italian-American Mike Piazza, a former baseball player.

In July 2005, the sports title of A.C. Reggiana S.p.A. was transferred to a new investor, Reggio Emilia F.C. S.p.A.,[1][2] before being renamed as A.C. Reggiana 1919 S.p.A. soon after the start of the 2005–06 season.

In the 2007–2008 Series C2 regular season, the team finished first in Group B, and won direct promotion to Lega Pro Prima Divisione (formerly known as Serie C1 until that year) for the 2008–2009 season. Reggiana also won 2008 Supercoppa di Serie C2, a competition for three group stage winners of Serie C2.

Colors and badges[edit]

The team's home jersey color is maroon, hence the nickname "Granata" (which is Italian for maroon). However, the team's shorts are traditionally dark blue, and their badge has traditionally been an orange football surrounded by the text: "Associazione Calcio Reggiana " surrounded by a maroon border.

Stadium[edit]

Reggiana played all of its matches in Stadio Mirabello until 1994, when it moved to a modern arena, Stadio Città del Tricolore (a site previously known as Stadio Giglio).

Fans[edit]

Like other Italian cities, the birth of the "ultras" phenomenon in the 1980s also affected A.C. Reggiana. With Reggiana battling for Serie B and Cantine Riunite Reggio Emilia competing in Lega Basket Serie A, the youth of the city formed and gathered in ultras every Sunday.

The leading group of Reggiana "Curva Sud" was "Ultras Ghetto", which was famous for its choreography. Since the late 1990s, the leading groups are "Teste Quadre" and "Gruppo Vandelli", which situate themselves in the East Stand of the stadium. Reggiana fans have always had good numbers on away days with a peak of 10,000 fans in Milan in 1994.

Reggiana includes former EU commissioner and Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, singer Paolo Belli and Zucchero.[3][not in citation given]

Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza is a part owner of the team [4]

Squad[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 18 August 2016[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 Italy GK Simone Perilli
3 Italy DF Daniele Pedrelli
5 Italy MF Alessandro Sbaffo (on loan from Avellino)
6 Italy DF Alessandro Spanò
7 Italy MF Alessandro Cesarini
8 Italy MF Dario Maltese
9 Italy FW Ettore Marchi (Captain)
10 Spain MF Martí Riverola
11 Italy FW Massimiliano Carlini
12 Italy GK Davide Narduzzo
14 France MF Gaël Genevier
No. Position Player
15 Italy DF Paolo Rozzio
16 Italy MF Andrea Bovo
18 Italy MF Bryan Mecca
19 Italy MF Mattia Lombardo
20 Montenegro DF Minel Šabotić
21 Italy MF Simone Calvano (on loan from Verona)
22 Greece GK Armando Demalija
23 Italy DF Erik Panizzi
24 Italy DF Luca Ghiringhelli
25 Italy DF Trevor Trevisan
26 Italy MF Mattia Bonetto
27 Italy FW Marco Guidone
30 Italy MF Daniele Rocco

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 Jacopo Viola (at Melfi until 30 June 2017)
Ivory Coast FW Alfred Mamadou Koné (at A.S.D. Martinsicuro until 30 June 2017)
 

Notable players[edit]

Former Reggiana players have included: Andrea Silenzi, Paolo Ponzo, Felice Romano, Angelo Di Livio, Ruggiero Rizzitelli, Fabrizio Ravanelli, Luca Bucci, Claudio Taffarel, Paulo Futre, Stefano Torrisi, Francesco Antonioli, Igor Simutenkov, Angelo Adamo Gregucci, Sunday Oliseh, Filippo Galli, Alberigo Evani, Luigi Sartor, Marco Ballotta, Max Tonetto, Adolfo Valencia, Cristiano Zanetti, and Obafemi Martins.

Notable managers[edit]

The team's most famous coach was Carlo Ancelotti, who coached AC Milan from 2001 to 2009 and then managed Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich

Honours[edit]

  • Serie B Championship Winner: 1
  • Serie C Championship Winner: 6
  • Seasons played in Serie A: 3
  • Seasons played in Italian First Division: 4
  • Seasons played in Serie B: 33
  • Seasons played in second division/first division (second level 1920s/1940s): 4

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