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Venezia FC logo.svg
Full nameVenezia Football Club S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Leoni ałati (The Winged Lions)
I Łagunari (The Lagoonal Ones)
Gli Arancioneroverdi (The Orange-Black-Greens)
Founded1907; 114 years ago (1907), as Venezia Foot Ball Club
2005 (re-founded)
GroundStadio Pierluigi Penzo
Sant'Elena, Venice, Italy
ChairmanDuncan L. Niederauer
ManagerPaolo Zanetti
LeagueSerie B
2019–20Serie B, 11th of 20
WebsiteClub website
The progress of Venezia in the Italian football league structure since the first season of a unified Serie A (1929/30).

Venezia Football Club, commonly referred to as Venezia, is a professional football club based in Venice, Veneto, Italy, that currently plays in Serie B, the second tier of Italian football. The team is owned by Duncan L. Niederauer, the former CEO of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Founded by a merger in 1907, Venezia have spent a large part of their history in Serie A and Serie B, the top two divisions in Italy. Venezia won the Coppa Italia in 1941, defeating Roma in a two-legged final. The win remains Venezia's only major trophy to date.[1]


Venezia's current home stadium, the Pierluigi Penzo, is the second-oldest stadium in Italy (the oldest being Genoa's Stadio Luigi Ferraris).

Stadio Pierluigi Penzo

It is a multi-use stadium in Venice, Italy. It is the largest sports facility in Venice. The stadium was first opened in 1913 and takes its name from World War I pilot Pierluigi Penzo.

Originally constructed from wood, the stadium was largely upgraded with a concrete main stand in the 1920s and further improvements were made in the decades that followed. The record attendance of 26,000 was for a 1966 Serie A match against A.C. Milan.

On September 11, 1970 a tornado hit Venice and caused extensive damage to the stadium. Due to the club's decline the stadium was only partially reinstated, and the capacity was reduced to just over 5,000. The club rose back up to Serie A in 1998 and additional makeshift stands were added, bringing capacity back up to 13,400, but it has since been reduced again to the current capacity of 7,450.

The stadium is notable as it is primarily accessible by boat.


The club was founded as Venezia Foot Ball Club on 14 December 1907,[2] by members of two local sports clubs coming together; Palestra Marziale and Costantino Reyer. It was originally based at Campo San Bartolomeo in the city of Venice. Fifteen men including the first president Davide Fano were involved in the club's founding;.[2] In 1919, the name was translated into Italian as Associazione Calcio Venezia.

A closeup of Valentino Mazzola.

The most notable trophy success in Venezia's history is winning the Coppa Italia during the 1940–41 season. The Cup-winning Venezia team included some of the players who went on to form the Torino F.C. side of the 1940s who died in the Superga air disaster in 1949, such as Ezio Loik and Valentino Mazzola.

In 1941–42, Venezia earned its highest ever Serie A position, finishing in third place in the league.

A.C. Venezia 1907[edit]

In the summer 1990,[citation needed] the club was renamed Associazione Calcio Venezia 1907.

Venezia has spent the majority of its history in Serie A and Serie B, Italy's two top divisions. The club was last relegated from Serie A in 2002. This last season in Serie A began a period of decline for the club. Frustrated with the team and the inability to agree on plans for a larger stadium with the local council, then president Maurizio Zamparini decided to purchase U.S. Città di Palermo, and he took with him a large portion of the squad.

Álvaro Recoba played for Venezia.

Notable recent former players include Álvaro Recoba, Filippo Maniero and Christian Vieri.

In 2002 the club was relegated to Serie B and declared insolvent because of bankruptcy.[3][circular reference]

S.S.C. Venezia[edit]

In the summer 2005 the club was refounded as Società Sportiva Calcio Venezia and was admitted in Serie C2 due to Lodo Petrucci.

At the end of the 2008–09 Lega Pro Prima Divisione season, the club was declared bankrupt.

Foot Ball Club Unione Venezia[edit]

After the club's second bankruptcy, the club was re-founded as Foot Ball Club Unione Venezia, and was admitted to Serie D – the top level non-professional league in Italian football.

In 2011–12, Venezia won the Scudetto Dilettanti.

The club was promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione in the 2013-14 season. They finished the 2013-14 season at 10th position, just short of one position to reach the promotion playoffs to Serie B.

Venezia Football Club[edit]

After the club's third bankruptcy, the club was re-founded as Venezia F.C. S.r.l.d., and was admitted to Serie D for the 2015–16 season.

In October 2015, New York lawyer Joe Tacopina and a group of American investors announced the purchase of Venezia.[4] Tacopina was previously the President of Bologna and is also the former Vice President and minority investor in A.S. Roma.[citation needed]

In Tacopina's first season, Venezia earned promotion to Lega Pro.

On 7 June 2016, Filippo Inzaghi was hired as the new coach of the club.[5] On 19 April 2017, Venezia managed to beat Parma to top spot in Lega Pro and eventually gaining a promotion to Serie B.[6] The team finished 5th in points, and lost the promotion semifinals to Palermo. The club struggled the following season and were slated for relegation to Serie C after they lost the Serie B playout to Salernitana. They were ultimately spared when, on 12 July 2019, Palermo was punished with relegation for administrative irregularities.[7]


Current squad[edit]

As of 15 February 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Finland FIN Niki Mäenpää
2 DF Italy ITA Gabriele Ferrarini (on loan from Fiorentina)
3 DF Italy ITA Cristian Molinaro
4 MF France FRA Anthony Taugourdeau
5 MF Italy ITA Antonio Junior Vacca
6 DF Italy ITA Michele Cremonesi
7 MF Italy ITA Pasquale Mazzocchi
8 MF Italy ITA Jacopo Dezi
10 FW Italy ITA Mattia Aramu
11 FW Italy ITA Francesco Forte
12 GK Italy ITA Luca Lezzerini
13 DF Italy ITA Marco Modolo (Captain)
14 DF Italy ITA Gian Filippo Felicioli
15 DF Italy ITA Antonio Marino
16 MF Italy ITA Luca Fiordilino
17 FW Norway NOR Dennis Johnsen
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF Italy ITA Domenico Rossi
19 FW Iceland ISL Bjarki Steinn Bjarkason
20 FW Italy ITA Francesco Di Mariano
21 MF Finland FIN Lauri Ala-Myllymäki
22 GK Italy ITA Alberto Pomini
23 FW Scotland SCO Harvey St Clair
24 FW Italy ITA Riccardo Bocalon
26 GK Italy ITA Riccardo Pigozzo
28 FW Iceland ISL Óttar Magnús Karlsson
29 MF Italy ITA Youssef Maleh (on loan from Fiorentina)
30 DF Austria AUT Michael Svoboda
31 DF Italy ITA Giacomo Ricci (on loan from Parma)
32 DF Italy ITA Pietro Ceccaroni
33 MF Slovenia SVN Domen Črnigoj
70 FW Italy ITA Sebastiano Esposito (on loan from Inter)

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. Pos. Nation Player
GK Brazil BRA Bruno Bertinato (at Vis Pesaro)
DF Italy ITA Emanuele Cigagna (at Paganese)
DF Italy ITA Mario De Marino (at Bisceglie)
MF Italy ITA Filippo Serena (at Gubbio)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Italy ITA Nicolas Galazzi (at Piacenza)
FW Italy ITA Yuri Senesi (at Cavese)
FW Italy ITA Nicolò Simeoni (at Grosseto)
FW Italy ITA Gianmarco Zigoni (at Mantova)

Colours, badge and nicknames[edit]

Venezia's original kit.

Originally Venezia's colours were blue and red and the shirt features halves in those colours, the kit was very similar to that of Genoa.[8] However just a year after the club founded, it changed colours to black and green in 1908.[8]

1963–64 Venezia with its historical black and green kit

Much later, in 1987 when the club merged with a local side Associazione Calcio Mestre from Mestre who wore orange and black,[9] orange would also become one of Venezia's official colours, giving them the nickname arancioneroverdi ("orange-black-greens").[10] Venezia's colours and kit are very distinctive; the shirt, shorts and socks are usually black with the shirt having a green and orange trim.

The symbol of the Venetian club is a winged-lion (see Lion of Venice), commonly mistaken for a griffin. The golden winged-lion is the official symbol carried by the city of province of Venice;[11] the symbol has led to one of the club's most popular nicknames in the form of leoni alati ("winged-lions").[10]

As the club has been renamed numerous times during its history, the badge has also changed several times; the most common one features the golden winged lion, along with the green and orange club colours with a golden border.[12] As the city of Venice is situated on the Venetian Lagoon, the club is also nicknamed lagunari ("Lagoonal ones").[13]


Venezia receives the 1940–41 Coppa Italia

Coppa Italia

Serie B

Serie C/Serie C1

Coppa Italia Lega Pro

  • Winners: 2016–17

Serie C2

Serie D

  • Champions: 1982–83, 2011–12
  • Runners-up: 1978–79

Divisional movements[edit]

Series Years Last Promotions Relegations
A 12 2001–02 - Decrease 6 (1947, 1950, 1963, 1967, 2000, 2002)
B 37 2020–21 Increase 6 (1939, 1949, 1961, 1966, 1998, 2001) Decrease 4 (1935, 1952, 1968, 2005✟)
2016–17 Increase 4 (1936, 1956, 1991, 2017)
Increase 3 (1988 C2, 2006 C2, 2013 C2)
Decrease 4 (1977, 1982, 2009✟, 2015✟)
82 out of 89 years of professional football in Italy since 1929
D 7 2015–16 Increase 4 (1979, 1983, 2012, 2016) Never


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  2. ^ a b "La Storia del Venezia". 24 June 2007.
  3. ^ 2001–02 Serie A#League table
  4. ^ "U.S. lawyer Joe Tacopina buys Italian club Venezia FC".
  5. ^ "Ufficiale: Pippo Inzaghi allenatore del Venezia". Sport Mediaset (in Italian). 7 June 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  6. ^ "THE REBIRTH OF VENEZIA FC". 19 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Palermo relegated to Serie C over administrative irregularities". Reuters UK. 13 May 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Storia". Venezia Calcio. 24 June 2007.
  9. ^ "Italian Ultras Scenedate=29 June 2007". View from the Terrace. Archived from the original on 8 May 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2009.
  10. ^ a b "SSC Venezia Information". 24 June 2007.
  11. ^ "Stemma Provincia di Venezia". Comuni-Italiani. 24 June 2007.
  12. ^ "SSC Venezia". 24 June 2007.
  13. ^ "La presunta combine Genova-Venezia Preziosi: "Mai fatto quella chiamata"". 24 June 2007.

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