S.P.A.L. 2013

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SPAL
Club crest
Full name Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor 2013
Nickname(s) Spallini;
Biancazzurri (The White-Blues);
Estensi
Founded 1907 (as "Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor")
2005 (refounded)
2012 (refounded)
Ground Stadio Paolo Mazza,
Ferrara, Italy
Ground Capacity 12,348
Chairman Walter Mattioli
Manager Leonardo Semplici
League Serie A
2016–17 Serie B, 1st (promoted)
Website Club website
Current season

S.P.A.L. 2013, better known as SPAL (Italian pronunciation: [spal]), an acronym for Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor, is a professional Italian football club, founded in 1907 and based in Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna. The club plays in Serie A, the highest level of the Italian football league system. SPAL has played its home matches since 1928 at Stadio Paolo Mazza, named after Paolo Mazza (chairman of the club from 1946 to 1977).

The club is currently playing their 22nd seasons in the top-flight league, in which the best result achieved was a 5th-place finish in the 1959–60 season. They last played in Serie A during the 1967–68 season where they finished 14th out of 16 clubs. After spending 14 years between Serie B and Serie C, the club, struggling with multiple difficulties, stayed most of the following decades between the 3rd and 4th tiers. In 2016, S.P.A.L. finally came back to Serie B after a 1st-place finish in the group B of the 2015–16 Lega Pro, and was subsequently promoted to Serie A at the end of the 2016–17 season after a 49-year absence.

History[edit]

Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor[edit]

The club was founded in 1907 as Circolo Ars et Labor by the Salesian priest Pietro Acerbis, then was renamed in 1913 as Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor. The team played in Serie A from 1920 to 1925, then again from 1951 to 1968: their best finish was fifth in the 1959–60 league season. SPAL also reached the 1962 Coppa Italia final. It was refounded in 2005, after a bankruptcy, as Spal 1907.

S.S.D. Real S.P.A.L.[edit]

In the summer of 2012, after suffering a second bankruptcy, the club was refounded for the second time as Società Sportiva Dilettantistica Real S.P.A.L. and would begin life in Serie D[1] thanks to Article 52 of N.O.I.F..[2]

S.P.A.L. 2013[edit]

At the end of the 2012–13 Serie D season the club took back its original denomination. Giacomense, a club founded in 1967 at Masi San Giacomo, a frazione of Masi Torello had moved to the city of Ferrara; on 12 July 2013, owner Roberto Benasciutti made a deal with the Colombarini family for a merger between S.P.A.L. and Giacomense, with the latter giving its sports title to S.P.A.L. and continuing to play in Ferrara. The club changed its name to S.P.A.L. 2013 in order to continue the soccer history of S.P.A.L.

The new club completed the 2013–14 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season in sixth place, thus qualifying for the inaugural unified 2014–15 Lega Pro season.

On Saturday 23 April 2016, the squad secured promotion to Serie B for the first time since the 1992–93 season.

In March 2017, while in Serie B, young goalkeeper Alex Meret was called up to the senior Italy national team. In May 2017, the squad secured promotion to Serie A for the first time in 49 years.[3]

Colours and badge[edit]

The team's colours are blue and white.

Current squad[edit]

As of 20 August 2017. [4]

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

No. Position Player
1 Senegal GK Alfred Gomis (on loan from Torino)
2 Greece DF Marios Oikonomou (on loan from Bologna)
5 Italy DF Daniele Gasparetto
6 Italy DF Michele Cremonesi
7 Italy FW Mirco Antenucci
8 Italy FW Alessandro Bellemo
10 Italy FW Sergio Floccari
11 Italy MF Luca Rizzo (on loan from Bologna)
12 Sweden DF Pa Konate
14 Italy DF Federico Mattiello (on loan from Juventus)
15 Finland DF Sauli Väisänen
17 Italy GK Giacomo Poluzzi
18 Italy MF Eros Schiavon
20 Italy MF Luca Mora (captain)
No. Position Player
21 Poland DF Bartosz Salamon (on loan from Cagliari)
22 Italy FW Marco Borriello
23 Italy DF Francesco Vicari
26 Italy DF Lorenzo Polvani
27 Brazil DF Felipe dal Belo
28 Italy MF Pasquale Schiattarella
29 Italy MF Manuel Lazzari
33 Italy MF Filippo Costa
43 Italy FW Alberto Paloschi (on loan from Atalanta)
77 Italy MF Federico Viviani (on loan from Hellas Verona)
88 Italy MF Alberto Grassi (on loan from Napoli)
92 Italy GK Gabriele Marchegiani
97 Italy GK Alex Meret (on loan from Udinese)

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
Senegal GK Thiam Ngagne Demba (on loan to Fano until 30 June 2018)
Italy DF Riccardo Mastrilli (on loan to Pontedera until 30 June 2018)
Senegal MF Shaka Mawuli Eklu (on loan to Fano until 30 June 2018)
Italy MF Francesco Posocco (on loan to Pontedera until 30 June 2018)
Italy MF Michele Castagnetti (on loan to Empoli until 30 June 2018)
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Gabriel Strefezza (on loan to Juve Stabia until 30 June 2018)
Italy FW Tommaso Costantini (on loan to Juve Stabia until 30 June 2018)
Italy FW Mattia Finotto (on loan to Ternana until 30 June 2018)
Italy FW Jacopo Murano (on loan to Trapani until 30 June 2018)

Honours[edit]

Runners-up (1): 1961–62
Winners (2): 1950–51, 2016–17
Promoted (1): 1964–65
Winners (3): 1937–38, 1972–73, 1977–78
Runners-up (4): 1941–42, 1942–43 , 1969–70 , 1970–71
Winners (1): 1991–92
Winners (1): 2015–16
Winners (1): 1997–98
Promoted (1): 1990–91
Winners (1): 1998–99
Runners-up (1): 1988–89
Winners (1): 2016
Winners (1): 1968

Notable former players[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]