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Atalanta
AtalantaBC.svg
Full name Atalanta Bergamasca
Calcio S.p.A.
Nickname(s) La Dea (The Goddess), Orobici, Nerazzurri (The Black and Blues)
Founded 17 October 1907; 110 years ago (1907-10-17)[citation needed]
Ground Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia
Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore (european competitions mathces)
Ground Capacity 21,300[1]
President[2] Antonio Percassi
Head Coach Gian Piero Gasperini
League Serie A
2017–18 Serie A, 7th
Website Club website
Current season

Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio, commonly known as just Atalanta, Atalanta Bergamo or the abbreviation Atalanta BC, is an Italian football club based in Bergamo, Lombardy. The club currently plays in Serie A, having gained promotion from Serie B in 2010–11.

They are nicknamed the Nerazzurri and the Orobici. Atalanta play in blue-and-black vertically striped shirts, black shorts and black socks. The club stadium is the 21,300 seat Atleti Azzurri d'Italia.

In Italy, Atalanta is sometimes called Regina delle provinciali (queen of the provincial clubs) to mark the fact that the club is the most consistent among clubs not based in a metropolitan area, having played 56 times in Serie A (11th overall for number of participations in the top division), 28 times in Serie B and only once in Serie C1.

The club won the Coppa Italia in 1963 and reached the Cup Winners' Cup semi-final in 1988, when it was still competing in Serie B. This is still the best ever performance by a non-first division club in a major UEFA competition (together with Cardiff City). Atalanta also participated twice in the UEFA Cup, reaching the quarter-finals in 1990–91.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1907.[3] A football club had existed in Bergamo since 1903. Founded by Swiss immigrants, it was known as Foot Ball Club Bergamo. The rival Atalanta club grew out of a division between different sporting societies in the town. The name is taken from the female athlete of Greek mythology. The FIGC was unimpressed with the new club and did not officially recognize them until 1914. The current club is the result of a merger between Atalanta and a third team called Bergamasca. The first, black and white coloured and the second wearing a blue and white shirt, merged in 1924 as Atalanta Bergamasca di Ginnastica e Scherma 1907. The team moved to the site of the current ground, on the Viale Giulio Cesare, in 1928.

Atalanta joined the Italian league in 1929. The club first reached Serie A in 1937, but was relegated immediately. The club returned in 1940 and remained in Serie A until 1959; after a single season in Serie B, the club was promoted and lasted a further decade in Serie A before relegation in 1973 led to an uncertain period of promotion and relegation between the two levels.

The club achieved its highest position so far in 1948, finishing in fifth place, a feat only bettered in 2017. In 1981, the club fell into Serie C1, a blow which revitalised the club. The team returned to Serie B the next season and made it back to Serie A in 1984. The club's form in Serie A remains uncertain, as it was relegated in 1987, 1994, 1998, 2003, 2005 and 2010. After a change of ownership,[4] in 2011, Atalanta immediately came back to Serie A, where it has been ever since.

The 1962–63 Coppa Italia

In terms of titles the club has won little, their sole silverware is the 1963 Coppa Italia. The club has had a few good runs in Europe, on several occasions being eliminated by the eventual winners.

Welsh club Merthyr Tydfil caused an upset in the 1987–88 European Cup Winners' Cup, beating Atalanta 2–1 in the first leg of their first round match at Penydarren Park. After winning the second leg 2–0 in Bergamo, Atalanta went on to reach the semi-finals, losing to eventual winners Mechelen of Belgium, but in the process becoming one of only two teams in the competition's history to reach the penultimate round while playing their football outside of the national top flight league. Oddly enough, the only other team to do so being Merthyr Tydfil's countrymen at Cardiff City.

Atalanta reached the UEFA Cup quarter-finals in the 1990–91 season, losing to local rivals Internazionale, who went on to beat another Italian side, Roma, in the final to win the tournament. The club never played European club competitions after 1991, although turned down the opportunity to play in the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2001 after finishing in seventh place in Serie A, regional rivals of Brescia played the tournament instead, losing only in the final against French side Paris Saint-Germain.

In recent years, the club was relegated after the 2002–03, 2004–05 and 2009–10 seasons, but gained the promotion to Serie A after only one season every time.

In 2011–12, Atalanta was docked six points in the league table due to the outcomes of an Italian football scandal. Nevertheless, the club managed to secure another year in Serie A by gaining 52 points in 38 games. The following year, for the same reasons, the club was docked two points in the league but avoided relegation reaching the 15th spot in the final table. In the 2013–14, Atalanta enjoyed another strong campaign, finishing in 11th place.

Atalanta struggled during the 2014–15 season despite some impressive results. At the beginning of the season, manager Stefano Colantuono committed his future to the club. On 4 March 2015, however, he was sacked after a poor run of form which left Atalanta only three points above the relegation zone. He was replaced by Edoardo Reja, who secured the club's status in Serie A for 2015–16, where Atalanta finished 13th.

In 2016–17 Atalanta stuttered at the beginning of the season and new coach Gian Piero Gasperini was on the verge of dismissal, but with an amazing run of positive results the team secured an impressive 4th-placed finish with 72 points, thus celebrating its return to Europe after 26 years, qualifying for the UEFA Europa League.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 22 July 2018[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 Albania GK Etrit Berisha
3 Brazil DF Rafael Tolói (vice-captain)
5 Italy DF Andrea Masiello
6 Argentina DF José Luis Palomino
8 Germany MF Robin Gosens
9 Denmark FW Andreas Cornelius
10 Argentina MF Alejandro Gómez (captain)
11 Switzerland MF Remo Freuler
15 Netherlands MF Marten de Roon
21 Belgium DF Timothy Castagne
23 Italy MF Filippo Melegoni
28 Italy DF Gianluca Mancini
31 Italy GK Francesco Rossi
32 Switzerland MF Nicolas Haas
No. Position Player
33 Netherlands DF Hans Hateboer
40 Italy MF Matteo Pessina
72 Slovenia MF Josip Iličić
91 Italy GK Pierluigi Gollini
99 The Gambia FW Musa Barrow
Italy DF Davide Bettella
Albania DF Berat Djimsiti
Italy DF Marco Varnier (on loan from Cittadella)
Italy MF Marco Carraro
Italy MF Luca Valzania
Italy FW Marco Tumminello
Poland FW Arkadiusz Reca
Colombia FW Duván Zapata (on loan from Sampdoria)

Other players under contract[edit]

As of 22 July 2018

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 Mirco Miori
Serbia GK Boris Radunović
Italy GK Luca Zanotti
Ghana DF Patrick Asmah
Italy DF Alberto Dossena
Italy DF Luca Milesi
Italy DF Valerio Nava
Romania DF Constantin Nica
Italy DF Alex Redolfi
Italy DF Emanuele Suagher
Ecuador MF Bryan Cabezas
Italy MF Janis Cavagna
No. Position Player
Italy MF Marco D'Alessandro
Italy MF Nicolò Fazzi
Italy MF Salvatore Molina
Italy MF Mario Pugliese
Italy MF Roberto Ranieri
Italy FW Christian Capone
Italy FW Simone Emmanuello
Italy FW Gabriel Lunetta
Italy FW Guido Marilungo
Italy FW Giacomo Parigi
Italy FW Luca Vido

On loan[edit]

As of 22 July 2018

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 Stefano Mazzini (at Pordenone until 30 June 2020)[6]
Italy GK Alessandro Santopadre (at Paganese until 30 June 2019)[7]
Italy GK Marco Sportiello (at Frosinone until 30 June 2019)[8]
Italy GK Roberto Taliento (at Giana Erminio until 30 June 2019)[9]
Italy GK Alessandro Turrin (at Virtus Francavilla until 30 June 2019)[10]
Slovenia GK Matevž Vidovšek (at Reggina until 30 June 2019)[11]
Italy DF Alberto Alari (at Carrarese until 30 June 2019)[12]
Italy DF Federico Mattiello (at Bologna until 30 June 2019)[13]
Italy DF Alberto Almici (at Hellas Verona until 30 June 2019)[14]
Italy DF Andrea Boffelli (at Pro Patria until 30 June 2019)[15]
Italy DF Fabio Eguelfi (at Hellas Verona until 30 June 2019)[16]
Italy DF Alessandro Eleuteri (at Ravenna until 30 June 2019)[17]
Italy DF Riccardo Gatti (at Monopoli until 30 June 2019)[18]
Croatia DF Anton Krešić (at Cremonese until 30 June 2019)[19]
Italy DF Stefano Marchetti (at Rimini until 30 June 2019)[20]
Italy DF Lorenzo Migliorelli (at Venezia until 30 June 2020)[21]
Italy DF Andrea Rizzo Pinna (at Inter Primavera until 30 June 2019)[22]
Senegal DF Mbaye Seck (at Giana Erminio until 30 June 2019)[23]
Italy DF Eyob Zambataro (at Padova until 30 June 2019)[24]
Italy DF Enrico Zanoni (at Modena until 30 June 2019)[25]
No. Position Player
Italy MF Davide Agazzi (at Livorno until 30 June 2019)[26]
Albania MF Isnik Alimi (at Rimini until 30 June 2019)[27]
The Gambia MF Modou Badjie (at Rimini until 30 June 2019)[28]
Italy MF Bryan Cristante (at Roma until 30 June 2019)[29]
Ivory Coast MF Franck Kessié (at Milan until 30 June 2019)[30]
Italy MF Nicolas La Vigna (at Pontedera until 30 June 2019)[31]
Italy MF Christian Mora (at Pro Patria until 30 June 2019)[32]
Italy MF Giorgio Pagliari (at Vastese until 30 June 2019)[33]
Brazil MF João Schmidt (at Portugal Rio Ave until 30 June 2019)[34]
Italy MF Tommaso Tentoni (at Alessandria until 30 June 2019)[35]
Ivory Coast FW Emmanuel Latte Lath (at Pistoiese until 30 June 2019)[36]
Italy FW Simone Mazzocchi (at Sudtirol until 30 June 2019)[37]
Italy FW Gaetano Monachello (at Pescara until 30 June 2019)[38]
Italy FW Andrea Petagna (at SPAL until 30 June 2019)[39]
Italy FW Tiziano Tulissi (at Reggina until 30 June 2019)[40]

Youth team[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

12 – Dedication to fans, in particularly for Pisani Curve ones
14 – Italy Federico Pisani, Forward (1991–97) – posthumous honour.
80 – Elio Corbani, radio journalist.[41]

Noted players[edit]

Youth System[edit]

A young Gaetano Scirea, one of the most famous footballers produced by the Atalanta youth system, during the 1972–73 season

The Atalanta youth system consists of four men's teams that participate in separate national leagues (Primavera, Allievi Nazionali A and B, and Giovanissimi Nazionali) and two that participate at a regional level (Giovanissimi Regionali A and B).[42]

The first person who was committed to set up the Atalanta youth teams was Giuseppe Ciatto. Every organisational aspect was dealt with and resolved by him, and he also took care to train the various teams. In 1949 Atalanta won the Campionato Ragazzi.

In the late 1950s former Atalanta player Luigi Tentorio (then Special Commissioner of the club) felt the need to start investing more systematically in youth: he decided to create a real youth sector, with its own independent structure from the first team. The youth sector was entrusted to Giuseppe Brolis, who created a partnership with various clubs in the Veneto and Friuli regions, building a network of scouts and young coaches.

A crucial step in the history of the Bergamo youth sector took place in the early 1990s when the president Antonio Percassi implemented a new investment policy, especially at the youth level. He managed to convince Fermo Favini to leave Como and entrusted him with the responsibility of the youth sector.

The Atalanta youth system not only continued to increase the production of players for the first team, but began to win several honours in the most important national leagues. From 1991 to 2014, the various youth teams have won 17 national titles.

Apart from successes at youth level, the Atalanta youth system is also one of the most highly regarded in Europe: according to a ranking by the study centre in Coverciano, Atalanta have the top youth system in Italy and the sixth in Europe, behind Real Madrid, Barcelona and three French teams. The parameters used were the amount of first division players produced by the club.[43] In the 2007–08 season, 22 players from Atalanta's youth played in Serie A, 32 in Serie B and 3 abroad.[43]

In 2014, a global study of the "CIES Football Observatory", placed the Atalanta youth system eighth place in the world, with 25 former youth players who play in the top 5 European leagues.[44]

Presidential history[edit]

Atalanta have had several presidents (chairmen) (Italian: presidenti, lit. 'presidents' or Italian: presidenti del consiglio di amministrazione, lit. 'chairmen of the board of directors') over the course of their history. Some of them have been the main shareholder of the club. The longest-serving chairman is Ivan Ruggeri, who was relieved of his duties after he suffered a stroke in January 2008, being replaced by his son Alessandro[45] who was named chairman of Atalanta in September 2008. Alessandro's father was unable to manage the team due to the consequences of the stroke.[46] In June 2010, after another relegation to Serie B, Alessandro Ruggeri sold his share of the club to Antonio Percassi, who became the new chairman of Atalanta.[4]

 
Name Years
Enrico Luchsinger 1920–1921
Antonio Gambirasi 1926–1928
Pietro Capoferri 1928–1930
Antonio Pesenti 1930–1932
Emilio Santi 1932–1935
Lamberto Sala 1935–1938
Nardo Bertoncini 1938–1944
Guerino Oprandi 1944–1945
Daniele Turani 1945–1964
Attilio Vicentini 1964–1969
 
Name Years
Giacomo "Mino" Baracchi 1969–1970
Achille Bortolotti 1970–1974
Enzo Sensi 1974–1975
Achille Bortolotti 1975–1980
Cesare Bortolotti 1980–1990
Achille Bortolotti 1990
Antonio Percassi 1990–1994
Ivan Ruggeri 1994–2008
Alessandro Ruggeri 2008–2010
Antonio Percassi 2010–

Managerial history[edit]

Atalanta have had many managers and head coaches throughout their history, below is a chronological list of them from when Serie A was changed into a league format, from 1929–30 onwards.

 
Name Nationality Years
Cesare Lovati Italy 1923–27
Imre Payer Hungary 1927–29
Enrico Tirabassi Italy 1928–29
Luigi Cevenini Italy 1929–30
József Viola Hungary 1930–33
Imre Payer Hungary 1933
Angelo Mattea Italy 1933–35
Imre Payer Hungary 1935–36
Ottavio Barbieri Italy 1936–38
Géza Kertész Hungary 1938–39
Ivo Fiorentini Italy 1939–41
János Nehadoma Hungary 1941–46
Giuseppe Meazza Italy 1946
Luis Monti Italy 1946
Ivo Fiorentini Italy 1946–49
Alberto Citterio
Carlo Carcano
Italy
Italy
1949
Giovanni Varglien Italy 1949–51
Denis Charles Neville[47] England 1951–52
Carlo Ceresoli Italy 1952
Luigi Ferrero Italy 1952–54
Francesco Simonetti
Luigi Tentorio
Italy
Italy
1954
Luigi Bonizzoni Italy 1954–57
 
Name Nationality Years
Carlo Rigotti Italy 1957–58
Giuseppe Bonomi Italy 1958
Karl Adamek Austria 1958–59
Ferruccio Valcareggi Italy 1959–62
Paolo Tabanelli Italy 1962–63
Carlo Alberto Quario Italy 1963–64
Carlo Ceresoli Italy 1964
Héctor Puricelli Uruguay 1965–66
Stefano Angeleri Italy 1966–67
Paolo Tabanelli Italy 1967–68
Stefano Angeleri Italy 1968–69
Silvano Moro Italy 1969
Carlo Ceresoli Italy 1969
Corrado Viciani Italy 1969–70
Renato Gei Italy 1970
Giovan Battista Rota Italy 1970
Giulio Corsini Italy 1970–74
Heriberto Herrera Udrizar Paraguay 1974–75
Angelo Piccioli Italy 1975
Giancarlo Cadè Italy 1975–76
Gianfranco Leoncini Italy 1976
Giovan Battista Rota Italy 1976–80
Bruno Bolchi Italy 1980–81
Giulio Corsini Italy 1981
 
Name Nationality Years
Ottavio Bianchi Italy 1981 – 30 June 1983
Nedo Sonetti Italy 1 July 1983 – 30 June 1987
Emiliano Mondonico Italy 1 July 1987 – 30 June 1990
Pierluigi Frosio Italy 1990–91
Bruno Giorgi Italy 1991–92
Marcello Lippi Italy 1 July 1992 – 30 June 1993
Francesco Guidolin Italy 1 July 1993 – 30 September 1993
Andrea Valdinoci
Cesare Prandelli
Italy
Italy
1 November 1993 – 30 June 1994
Emiliano Mondonico Italy 1 July 1994 – 30 June 1998
Bortolo Mutti Italy 1 July 1998 – 30 June 1999
Giovanni Vavassori Italy 1 July 1999 – 30 November 2002
Giancarlo Finardi Italy 1 December 2002 – 30 June 2003
Andrea Mandorlini Italy 1 July 2003–05
Delio Rossi Italy 6 December 2004 – 30 June 2005
Stefano Colantuono Italy 1 July 2005 – 30 June 2007
Luigi Delneri Italy 1 July 2007 – 30 June 2009
Angelo Gregucci Italy 1 July 2009 – 21 September 2009
Antonio Conte Italy 21 September 2009 – 7 January 2010
Valter Bonacina (interim) Italy 7 January 2010 – 10 January 2010
Bortolo Mutti Italy 11 January 2010 – 10 June 2010
Stefano Colantuono Italy 14 June 2010 – 4 March 2015
Edoardo Reja Italy 4 March 2015 – 14 June 2016
Gian Piero Gasperini Italy 14 June 2016 –

Supporters[edit]

Atalanta's supporters are considered very loyal. When Atalanta plays at the Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, the supporters in the Curva Nord (North Curve) encourage the team with their chants during the entire match.

The biggest rivalry is with the neighbouring supporters of Brescia,[48] and there are strong rivalries also with supporters of Verona, Genoa, Fiorentina, Roma,[49] Lazio, Napoli, Milan, Internazionale, Torino; while there has been a long-standing friendship with Ternana, fans of the German Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt and fans of the Austrian club Wacker Innsbruck[50].

On special occasions, Atalanta supporters display a very large black and blue flag called Bandierù which covers the whole Curva Nord stand.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Winners (1): 1962–63
Runners-up (2): 1986–87, 1995–96
Winners (6):[51] 1927–28, 1939–40, 1958–59, 1983–84, 2005–06, 2010–11
Runners-up (4): 1936–37, 1970–71, 1976–77, 1999-00
Winners (1): 1981–82
Winners (2): 1992–93, 1997–98
Runners-up (3): 2001–02, 2004–05, 2012–13
Winners (3): 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03
Winners (2): 1969, 1993
Winners (3): 2005–06, 2009–10, 2012–13

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