S.S. Robur Siena

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Robur Siena
Robur Siena SSD logo (2014).png
Full name Società Sportiva Robur Siena
Nickname(s) Bianconeri ("White-black"),
Robur ("Strength")
Founded 1904; 112 years ago (1904)
2014 (refounded)
Ground Stadio Artemio Franchi – Montepaschi Arena,
Siena, Italy
Ground Capacity 15,373
Chairman Antonio Ponte
Head coach Guido Carboni
League Lega Pro
2014–15 Serie D/E, 1st (promoted)
Website Club home page

Società Sportiva Robur Siena, formerly known as Associazione Calcio Siena and often referred to as 'Robur' or simply 'Siena', is an Italian football club based in Siena, in the region of Tuscany. The club was refounded in 2014 after the bankruptcy of the previous football club, known as AC Calcio Siena and born in 1904, inheriting the city historical football tradition.

Siena plays their home games at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. The ground's capacity is 15,373 and is located in the very centre of beautiful and enchanting Siena itself.

Robur Siena achieved 3.893 stadium subscribers in season 2014/2015 in Serie D, establishing the all-time record[1] for that league (surpassed by Parma Calcio in the season 2015/2016) and achieved 3.293 subscribers in season 2015/2016 in Lega Pro, ranking 1st[2] in Group B and 4th[3] among the 60 teams playing in the League.

History[edit]

Formed in 1904 as Società Studio e Divertimento (Society for Study and Entertainment), as a sports club characterised by a black and white striped jersey which was derived from the City of Siena coat of arms. It founded its football club, named Società Sportiva Robur in 1908. Today the name "Robur" is widely used by the local supporters to distinguish itself from the two basketball teams, "Mens Sana" and "Virtus".

Former AC Siena logo

The team finally became known as Associazione Calcio Siena in 193334. In 193435 Siena were promoted for the first time to Serie B. In the post-war season 1945–46, Siena played in the top division of Italian football for the first time. During that season, a mixed wartime league was composed of both Serie A and Serie B teams. Some of the southern sides that took part in the top division, including Siena, were Serie B teams, while northern Serie B teams played at the second level with the Serie C teams. Therefore, although Siena played in the top division, it was not considered as having officially played in Serie A during that season and not having qualified for the National Round.

After having spent 55 years playing in several lower divisions, Siena were promoted back to Serie B for the start of the 200001 season. Following a good first up season in Serie B, the following season saw Siena in serious trouble and coach Giuseppe Papadopulo sacked however later recalled. He was able to save the team from relegation on the last day of the season.

The following season, again with Papadopulo as head coach, Siena were promoted to Serie A for the first time officially, led by players such as Rodrigo Taddei and Pinga. It had been 58 years since their last appearance in the top division of Italian football.

In the 200304 campaign, the first Serie A season in the club's history, Siena ended in a respectable 13th place.

In the 200405 Serie A campaign, with Luigi De Canio as head coach, Siena struggled for long periods of the season, languishing in the relegation zone for a great part of the campaign, and with the team drawing far too many games and barely recording any wins, they looked almost certain to be relegated. However, a resurgence of form towards of the end of the season gave them hope, and a 2–1 win against already relegated Atalanta on the last day saw them secure safety and an acceptable 14th place in the table.

The 200506 season also saw Siena fighting hard and it successfully kept its place in Serie A. They ended the season in 17th place. For the 2006–07 season, Mario Beretta, who led Parma in the previous season, was appointed as new head coach. He kept Siena in Serie A after a 2–1 home win against Lazio in the final matchday.

During the 2006–07 season, club chairman Paolo De Luca, who took over in 2001 and helped the club to their first historical Serie A promotion, started talks to sell AC Siena to a conglomerate of Tuscan businessmen led by Giovanni Lombardi Stronati, president of Valle del Giovenco.[4] The bid was finalised on 30 March 2007, one day before De Luca died after a long illness.[5]

The head coach for the 2007–08 campaign was expected to be Andrea Mandorlini, but he left the club by mutual consent on 12 November. Former coach Mario Beretta once again took charge.

The club also explored the possibility of changing its denomination to include the name of their main sponsor, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena.[6] On 9 July 2007 the club announced it had changed their denomination to A.C. Siena Montepaschi. However, the name change needed to be accepted by the Italian Football Federation to become official:[7] After the refusal by FIGC, this idea was abandoned.

The club was then acquired by Massimo Mezzaroma, with Valentina Mezzaroma as vice-president. On 7 May 2011, A.C. Siena were once again promoted to the Serie A after finishing in the runner-up spot in the 2010-11 Serie B. The club's stint into the top flight lasted two seasons, as they were relegated after ending the 201213 Serie A in 19th place.

Siena failed to register for 2014–15 Serie B on 15 July 2014,[8] later announcing their bankruptcy.

In summer 2014 the club was refounded as Società Sportiva Dilettantistica Robur Siena, restarting from Serie D. It was promoted the next year to the new Lega Pro as champions of Group E.

In season 2015/2016, Robur won the derby against Ac Pisa at the Garibaldi Arena[9] after 57 years and qualified for semifinal of National Cup against Foggia, winning the first leg at home with the result of 5-2.[10]

Colors and badge[edit]

The team's home colours are black and white.

Retired numbers[edit]

4 Italy Michele Mignani, Defender (1996–97, 1998–2006)

Notable former players[edit]

For a list of all former and current A.C. Siena players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:A.C. Siena players.

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 24 January 2016[11]

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 Lorenzo Montipò (on loan from Novara)
2 Italy DF Lorenzo Paramatti (on loan from Bologna)
3 Senegal DF Moustapha Beye (on loan from Novara)
4 Italy DF Daniele Celiento (on loan from Napoli)
5 Italy MF Salvatore Burrai
6 Italy DF Daniele Portanova (captain)
7 France FW Arthur Yamga (on loan from Chievo)
8 Italy MF Alberto Torelli (on loan from Carpi)
9 Italy FW Sacha Cori
10 Italy MF Nadir Minotti (on loan from Atalanta)
11 Italy DF Andrea Boron (on loan from Carpi)
12 Italy GK Alessandro Bacci (on loan from Fiorentina)
13 Italy FW Antonio Rozzi (on loan from Lazio)
No. Position Player
14 Italy MF Giorgio La Vista
15 Italy FW Salvatore Mastronunzio
16 Cameroon FW Cédric Tchoutou (on loan from Roma)
17 Italy MF Roberto Masullo
18 Italy FW Eugenio Dinelli
19 Italy FW Gianmarco De Feo (on loan from Lanciano)
20 Italy DF Daniele Ficagna
21 Slovakia MF Lukáš Opiela
22 Brazil MF Vitor Saba
23 Italy MF Eros Pellegrini
24 Italy MF Simone Bastoni (on loan from Spezia)
25 Italy GK Tommaso Biagiotti
26 Italy MF Giuseppe Fella

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
27 Italy FW Francesco Venuto (at Colligiana for the 2015–16 season)
28 Italy FW Ettore Mendicino (at Arezzo for the 2015–16 season)

Management[edit]

Management and Coaching Staff[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Head coach Guido Carboni Italy Italian
Assistant coach Emiliano Biliotti Italy Italian
Fitness coach Leonardo Ceccherini Italy Italian
Goalkeeping coach Giovanni Vecchini Italy Italian
Technical assistant Carlo Simionato Italy Italian
Physiotherapist Michele Bisogni Italy Italian
Physiotherapist Leonardo Cavaliere Italy Italian

Club officials[edit]

Position Name Nationality
President Antonio Ponte Italy Italian
Managing Director Alessandra Amato Italy Italian

Honours[edit]

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NUOVO RECORD PER LA ROBUR". www.repubblica.it. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  2. ^ "Abbonamenti: Robur Siena, quarta in Lega Pro e tredicesima in serie B SIENA CLUB FEDELISSIMI". www.sienaclubfedelissimi.it. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  3. ^ "Abbonamenti: Robur Siena, quarta in Lega Pro e tredicesima in serie B SIENA CLUB FEDELISSIMI". www.sienaclubfedelissimi.it. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  4. ^ "Siena sell to new investors". Football Italia. 3 March 2007. Archived from the original on 13 June 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2007. 
  5. ^ "Siena mourn President De Luca". Football Italia. 31 March 2007. Archived from the original on 10 June 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2007. 
  6. ^ "Siena set for name change?". Football Italia. 10 May 2007. Archived from the original on 12 May 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2007. 
  7. ^ "L'Assemblea Straordinaria" (in Italian). Football Italia. 9 July 2007. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2007. 
  8. ^ "Comunicato Ac Siena" (in Italian). AC Siena. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Sport, Sky. "Siena al top: vince a Pisa dopo 57 anni. Akragas, che fatica in casa | Sky Sport". sport.sky.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  10. ^ "Siena 5 - 2 Foggia Calcio Match preview - 2016/02/24 Coppa Italia Lega Pro - Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  11. ^ "Prima Squadra" (in Italian). S.S. Robur Siena. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 

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