A.C. Reggiana 1919

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Not to be confused with Reggina Calcio.
Reggiana
AC Reggiana 1919 logo.svg
Full name Associazione Calcio Reggiana 1919 SRL
Nickname(s) Teste quadre (Square heads),
Granata (Morons)
Founded 1919
2005 (refounded)
Ground Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore,
Reggio Emilia, Italy
Ground Capacity 20,084
Owner Mike Piazza
Chairman Stefano Compagni
Manager Giuseppe Colucci
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 founded in 1919 and originally named A.C. Reggiana. The club 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. The club is owned by former American Baseball player, 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Italian-American Mike Piazza

In July 2005 the club was reformed as Reggio Emilia F.C.[1][2] before being renamed as A.C. Reggiana 1919 soon after the start of the 2005–06 season.

In the 2007–08 Serie C2 regular season, the team finished first in Group B, winning direct promotion to Lega Pro Prima Divisione (formerly known as Serie C1 until that year) for the 2008–09 season.

Former Reggiana players have included: Gino Giaroli, 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.

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

Colors and badge[edit]

The team's home jersey color is maroon, hence the nickname "Granata" (Italian for maroon). The shorts are traditionally dark blue. The badge has a traditional orange football surrounded by the text: "associaz. calcio reggiana" and a maroon border.

Stadium[edit]

Reggiana played all its matches in Stadio Mirabello until 1994, when it moved to a modern arena, Stadio Città del Tricolore, which was 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 former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, singer Paolo Belli and Zucchero.[3][not in citation given][citation needed]

Squad[edit]

As of 19 March 2016[4]

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 Simone Perilli
Italy GK Andrea Rossini
Italy DF Christian Maldini
Italy DF Daniele Mignanelli
Italy DF Alessandro Castellana
Italy DF Riccardo De Biasi
Italy DF Paolo Frascatore
Romania DF Vasile Mogos
Italy DF Erik Panizzi
Montenegro DF Minel Sabotić
Italy DF Alessandro Spanò
Italy MF Michele Pazienza
Italy MF Paolo Bartolomei
No. Position Player
Italy MF Mirko Bruccini
Italy MF Riccardo Ceccarelli
Italy MF Dejan Danza
Italy MF Dario Maltese
Italy MF Andrea Parola
Italy MF Francesco Rampi
Morocco FW Rachid Arma
Italy FW Antonio Loi
Italy FW Yuri Meleleo
Italy FW Raffaele Nolè
Italy FW Antonio Letizia
Italy FW Nicholas Siega
Italy FW Christian Silenzi

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 MF Lorenzo Bianciardi (at Vigor Lamezia)[5]
 

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE N. 67/A (2005–06)" (PDF) (in Italian). FIGC. 16 August 2005. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Comunicazioni della F.I.G.C" (PDF).  Archived 2 November 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Dagli Ultras Ghetto alle Teste Quadre: l'amico Paulofutre ci parla del movimento ultras a Reggio Emilia" (in Italian). 
  4. ^ "Lega Pro Stagione 2015–16" (in Italian). A.C. Reggiana 1919. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ceduto Bianciardi alla Vigor Lamezia" (in Italian). A.C. Reggiana 1919. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 

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