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Full nameAssociazione Sportiva Reggina 1914[1]
Nickname(s)Gli Amaranto (The Amaranth)
Founded1914; 110 years ago (1914), as US Reggio Calabria
GroundStadio Oreste Granillo
OwnerAntonino Ballarino, Alice Ballarino, Marika Ballarino, Virgilio Minniti, Fabio Vitale
ChairmanVirgilio Minniti
ManagerRosario Pergolizzi
LeagueSerie D Group I
2023–24Serie D Group I, 4th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Associazione Sportiva Reggina 1914, commonly referred to as Reggina, is an Italian football club based in Reggio Calabria. They play their home matches at the 27,763 seater Stadio Oreste Granillo and are currently playing in the Serie D league.

They are nicknamed the Amaranto (amaranth) after their official dark red colours. The club was formerly known as Reggina Calcio before declaring bankruptcy in 2015, as well as A.S.D. Reggio Calabria in the 2015–16 season, Urbs Reggina 1914 from 2016 to 2019, Reggina 1914 from 2019 to 2023, and LFA Reggio Calabria in the 2023–24 season.

In its previous guise, the club played in the Serie A for nine seasons between 1999 and 2009, including a seven-year consecutive spell starting in 2002. During these years, the club narrowly avoided relegation in most seasons and never finished in the top half. After failing to make a return in the first few years, the club fell into financial and sporting difficulties, culminating in falling into the lower tiers of Italian football before returning to Serie B in 2020.



The club was founded on 11 January 1914 as Unione Sportiva Reggio Calabria. It changed name many times (Società Calcistica Reggio, Reggio Foot Ball Club, Associazione Sportiva Reggina, Società Sportiva La Dominante), finally assuming the denomination Reggina Calcio in 1986.

After the 2015 bankruptcy, the club had used A.S.D. Reggio Calabria as the new name of the new legal person, and then the club changed to the denomination Urbs Reggina 1914 S.r.l. in 2016, and, between 2019 and 2023, Reggina 1914 S.r.l..

Following the most recent club exclusion in 2023, the club was refounded as LFA Reggio Calabria.[2]



The club was founded on 11 January 1914.

Serie A (1999–2009)


From the late 1990s to the 2000s, Reggina has been alternating between the top two levels of the Italian league system. They reached the Italian top division Serie A for the first time in 1999.[3] Two years later, they lost a relegation playout to Verona, being consequently relegated to 2001–02 Serie B.[4] Reggina finished third in Serie B in 2002, earning a return to Serie A. In 2003, Reggina survived a relegation playout against Atalanta. They would spend the next 7 years maintaining their Serie A status until their eventual relegation in the 2008–09 season.

In August 2006, they were indicted as part of the second wave of Calciopoli investigations. Originally punished with a 15-point deduction for the 2006–07 Serie A,[5] then reduced to 11 points following appeal.[6] Despite the heavy deduction of points, Reggina managed to save themselves from relegation, defeating newly crowned UEFA Champions League winners Milan on the final matchday and ending the season with 40 points (including the deduction), just one single point above the third relegation spot, occupied by Chievo. They poorly started the Serie A 2007-08, causing head coach Massimo Ficcadenti to be sacked and replaced by Renzo Ulivieri.[7] A third managerial change, with Ulivieri fired and replacing with team scout Nevio Orlandi, proved to be successful as Reggina improved their results and performances, escaping relegation with key wins at Catania, and home to Empoli. Orlandi was subsequently confirmed at the helm of the amaranto for the Serie A 2008–09.

Serie B (2009–2014)


Since their relegation in the 2008–09 season, Reggina has become slightly inconsistent[according to whom?] in their attempts to return to Italy's top flight. The 2009–10 season would see three coaches at the helm: Walter Novellino, Ivo Iaconi, Roberto Breda. Despite possessing Bonazzoli, Carmona, Tedesco, Brienza and homegrown star Missiroli, they were unable to gain a better position than 13th.[8] Disappointing for a team just relegated from the top division. Top goal scorer for the campaign was Brienza with 12.

The 2010–11 season was regarded as one of the Amaranto's best in Serie B. Shockingly they would conduct their usual coaching merry-go-round, as Gianluca Atzori would lead them to a 6th-place finish and playoffs to Serie A.[9] they would stumble at the last hurdle losing to Novara in a two-legged playoff. Top players include Acerbi, Missiroli, Tedesco, Brienza, Bonazzoli (C) and Milan Loanee Adiyiah. Top goal scorer: Bonazzoli with 19 goals[9]

The 2011–12 season was another disappointing season for the Amaranto, with a 12th-placed finish. Two coaches took charge of Reggina this season; Roberto Breda initially, before being sacked and replaced by Angelo Gregucci, only to be replaced by Breda again towards the end of the season. Unlike the previous season, they did not make the play-offs.[10] Top players in this season's squad include: Adejo, Emerson, (Ramos Borges Emerson), Missiroli, Bonazzoli (C), and Ceravolo. Top scorer was Ceravolo with 11.

The 2012–13 season would be marred with yet another controversy similar to that of 2006. Reggina were penalized for the latest match-fixing scandal that hit Italian shores and was given a −4 penalty as a result.[11] After appeal it was reduced to −2 instead. They were in contention for playoff places right until the last few rounds, where poor form saw them end the season in 11th place.

The 2013–14 season ended in disaster, as Reggina won just six out of 42 games and finished second bottom, resulting in relegation to Lega Pro. The season also marked Foti's retirement from his role as president, who was handed over to Giuseppe Ranieri.

Lega Pro


For the club's 2014–15 Lega Pro campaign, Reggina began the season with former captain Francesco Cozza as head coach. After a difficult start to the season and two coaching changes, youth team coach and former player Giacomo Tedesco was hired as head coach for the final three weeks of the season. Despite winning two of the final three matches, Reggina finished last in the league and would have to rely on an appeal of their point penalty to lift them out of the relegation zone. The appeal was successful, and 2 points were returned to move them out of last place. Tedesco guided the team to survival in the playout over rivals Messina.

Serie D one-year stint


Despite avoiding relegation in the 2014–15 season, Reggina failed to meet the deadline to register for Lega Pro and the club declared bankruptcy.[12] A new legal person of the club, "A.S.D. Reggio Calabria", was formed to play in Serie D for the 2015–16 season,[13] Reggio Calabria ended the season in 4th place, losing in the first round of playoffs against Cavese. During the season the club also re-incorporated from associazione sportiva dilettantistica to società sportiva dilettantistica a responsabilità limitata legal form.

Reggio Calabria was owned by Mimmo Praticò,[14] former regional president of CONI.[15]

Back to Serie C


In June 2016, it was reported that the club was renamed from "S.S.D. Reggio Calabria a r.l." to "S.S.D. Urbs Sportiva Reggina 1914 a r.l.".[16] The club was then renamed as Urbs Reggina 1914 S.r.l.

Despite finishing as the losing side in the first round of the promotion playoffs of 2015–16 Serie D, the club filed for Lega Pro (later renamed Serie C) repechage to fill one of the vacancies for the 2016–17 season[17] and was successfully admitted.[18] Reggina ended the season in 13th place.

In January 2019, facing a crisis with a potential player strike due to non-payment of salaries,[citation needed] the club was sold to Italian entrepreneur Luca Gallo.[19]

On 1 July 2019, the club announced to change the name to "Reggina 1914 S.r.l.".[20]

Serie B return


Reggina won its Serie C group in 2020, earning a promotion back to the Serie B for the upcoming season. The team upon its Serie B return included experienced players from higher levels including Jérémy Ménez and Germán Denis.

In the 2022-23 season under the guidance of manager Filippo Inzaghi, Reggina finished in a playoff position, despite suffering a five point deduction for failing to pay taxes and player salaries on time. The deduction was initially seven points, but was reduced to five following an appeal.

2023 exclusion and restart


On 1 July 2023, Reggina was excluded from Serie B for the 2023-24 season after Covisoc rejected their application due to financial irregularities.[21] On appeal, the Federal Council confirmed Reggina's exclusion. The following level of appeal, the Collegio di Garanzia of the Italian Olympic Committee, withheld the decision. On 3 August, the Administrative Court of Rome again rejected Reggina's request for readmission. On 30 August, Reggina was again rejected at the final level of appeals, the Council of State. Brescia was readmitted to the league after Reggina's confirmed exclusion.

On 1 September 2023, acting mayor of the Metropolitan City of Reggio Calabria, Paolo Brunetti, received approval from the Italian Football Federation to enroll a club in Serie D for the 2023–24 season. The club was successively handed over to a Catania-based consortium led by Antonino Ballarino, named La Fenice Amaranto (The amaranth phoenix), which submitted a league application and will take part to the season under the new denomination of LFA Reggio Calabria, as the new club was forbidden to use the Reggina 1914 name or logo for the upcoming season.[why?]

On 29 May 2024, Ballarino and LFA Reggio Calabria acquired the rights to the name and history of Reggina; the club was formally renamed to AS Reggina 1914 on 18 July 2024.[1]



Reggina are fierce rivals with neighbours Messina, who are just a twenty-minute ferry ride apart from each other. Twice every season, they clash in the Derby dello Stretto (Strait of Messina Derby). In the 2014–15 season, Reggina defeated Messina in both legs of the playout to send Messina down to Serie D. There is also a major Calabrian derby between Reggina and Crotone, but both teams have not played in the same league in for two years. Reggina also has a derby with fellow Calabrian team Catanzaro, which is currently in Serie B.

Colours and badges


Reggina used a logo with a letter R and a football on it. Some variant of the logo, had 1986, the year of foundation of Reggina Calcio on it.[22] Due to 2015 bankruptcy, the new owner introduced a new logo as the old design was tied to the old legal person of the club. Due to 2016 renaming, some modification was introduced, which a letter R was re-introduced in the logo.[23] However, the design of the ball on the 2016 logo was different from the historical logo, which the 2016 logo used a leather ball.[23] In 2019, the club reverted to use the historical design of the logo.[24]



Current squad

As of 19 July 2024

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF Nigeria NGA Daniel Adejo
4 MF Italy ITA Francesco Salandria
5 DF Italy ITA Andrea Ingegneri
6 DF The Gambia GAM Eliman Cham
7 MF Italy ITA Domenico Mungo
8 MF Italy ITA Emanuele Zucco
14 DF Italy ITA Andrea Zanchi
17 MF Italy ITA Antonino Barillà
20 FW Italy ITA Alessandro Provazza
22 GK Spain ESP Miguel Ángel Martínez
23 MF Italy ITA Marcel Perri
27 FW Italy ITA Lorenzo Rosseti
36 MF Italy ITA Cristiano Belpanno
No. Pos. Nation Player
40 MF Italy ITA Pietro Simonetta
43 DF Serbia SRB Milan Kremenovic
66 DF Italy ITA Stefano Parodi
68 DF Italy ITA Domenico Girasole
71 DF Italy ITA Antonio Porcino
95 FW France FRA Bertony Renelus
- DF Italy ITA Christian Bonacchi
- DF Italy ITA Riccardo Malara
- DF Italy ITA Raffaele Mariano
- MF Morocco MAR Mohamed Laaribi
- FW Argentina ARG Bruno Barranco
- FW Italy ITA Antonino Ragusa

On loan

As of 1 July 2024

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

No. Pos. Nation Player

Notable players


Club staff

Position Name
Manager Italy Rosario Pergolizzi
Athletic Training Coordinator Italy Paolo Albino
Athletic Trainer Italy Giuseppe Lazzaro
Goalkeeping Coach Italy Marco Cervino
Match Analyst Italy Danilo Polito
Team Doctor Italy Pasquale Favasuli
Owner Italy Nino Ballarino
President Italy Virgilio Minniti
Vice President Italy Fabio Vitale
Technical Director Italy Giuseppe Bonanno
General Manager Italy Giuseppe Praticò
General Secretary Italy Sergio Miceli
Labor Consultant Italy Francesca Serra
Treasurer Italy Marika Ballarino
Marketing Manager Italy Consuelo Apa
Communications Manager Italy Giuseppe Praticò
General Affairs Italy Amalia Nucaro
Photographer Italy Lillo D'Ascola
Graphic Designer Italy Pietro Nania
Videographer Italy Marco Verduci
Ticket Office Manager Italy Maurizio Albanese
Service Level Objectives Italy Pietro Casile
Referree Hospitality Italy Vincenzo Maglio

Managerial history


Reggina have had many managers and trainers throughout the history of the club, in some seasons more than one manager was in charge. Here is the chronological list of them from 1928.

Kit manufacturer & sponsors


Kit manufacturer

  • 1981–1987: NR
  • 1987-1991: Adidas
  • 1991–1995: Devis
  • 1995–2005: ASICS
  • 2005–2011: Onze
  • 2011–2013: Givova
  • 2013–2014: Lotto
  • 2014–2015: Legea
  • 2015–2017: Onze
  • 2017-2020: Legea
  • 2020-2022: Macron
  • 2023-....: Givova


  • 1982–1983: Peugeot-Talbot Bi.effe.di
  • 1983–1984: Kalabria
  • 1984–1985: JONICAGRUMI
  • 1986–1987: A & O Discount
  • 1987–1988: Mangiatorella Acqua
  • 1988–1989: Balocco Dolciumi
  • 1990–1993: Gis Gelati
  • 1993–1994: Eurokeller Caldaie
  • 1994–1995: A & O Supermercati
  • 1995–2003: Mauro Caffè
  • 2003–2004: Spi/ Stocco & Stocco/ Credit Suisse/ FamilyMart
  • 2004–2006: Gicos/ Stocco & Stocco
  • 2006–2009: Gicos/ Regione Calabria
  • 2009–2010: Stocco & Stocco/ Guglielmo Caffe/ Ipac/ La Gru
  • 2010–2011: Provincia Di Reggio Calabria/ Stocco & Stocco/ La Fabrica Dello Sport/ Zappala/ Canale/ Mobylia Design/ Progetto5/ Goalsbet Italia/ La Gru
  • 2011–2012: Impresa Canale/ Goalsbet Italia/ Diano/ La Gru/ Stocco & Stocco/ Progetto5
  • 2012–2013: Stocco & Stocco
  • 2013–2014: Ciao Telecom
  • 2014–2015: Canale Costruzioni
  • 2015–2016: La Saline Resort
  • 2016-2017: Ecoenergy/ Polimeno Pietro srl/ Apollo/ Clichè/ Generali assicurazioni
  • 2017-2018: Patea; Volkswagen Bencivenni Group/ Puliservice/ Sudauto/ hotel


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