F.C. Esperia Viareggio
|Full name||Football Club Esperia Viareggio|
|Founded||1919 (as Viareggio Calcio)
|Ground||Stadio Torquato Bresciani,
|League||Terza Categoria Tuscany|
It currently plays in Terza Categoria, the ninth and lowest tier in Italian football.
The club is the successor of Viareggio Calcio, founded in 1919 and dissolved due to bankruptcy in 2002, that spent several seasons in Serie C, notably from 1990 to 1994 and from 1997 to 2002. The current club name is a homage to the first team founded in the city, Esperia 1911. The club played in Serie B between 1933-1937 and 1946-1948.
Promoted in 2006 after having won its Eccellenza Tuscany round, Esperia Viareggio gained its second consecutive promotion on 22 April 2007 by winning Group E of Serie D four matches before the end of the season.
Long serving players retired including Samuele Barsotti and Giuseppe Costantino in 2010 and Michele Fusi in 2009. Alberto Reccolani also left the club. In 2009-10 and 2010-11 the team finished the season in the relegation places, but managed to win play-offs to remain in the Prima Divisione. In 2010–11 the only defenders on a long-term contract were Lorenzo Fiale and Sergio Carnesalini, whilst others were borrowed from other teams. The starting goalkeeper Carlo Pinsoglio was loaned from Juventus and called up to the Italy national under-21 football team during his stay with club. In 2014 the club was excluded from the new third-tier Lega Pro for economic reasons, joining Terza Categoria instead.
Colors and badge
Its colors are white and black.
Notable former players
- Samuele Barsotti
- Pierpaolo Bisoli
- Antonio Di Natale
- Valerio Fommei
- Michele Fusi
- Andrea Giallombardo
- Marco Landucci
- Daniele Mannini
- Walter Mazzarri
- Alberto Reccolani
- Luciano Spalletti
Notable former managers
- Dini, Gabriele. "Crac del Viareggio calcio, condannato ex-presidente (Crash of Viareggio Calcio, former president sentenced)". Il Tirreno (in Italian). Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso Spa. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
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