Urbs Reggina 1914

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Full nameUrbs Reggina 1914 S.r.l.
Nickname(s)Amaranto (Dark-reds)
Founded1914 (US Reggio Calabria)
1934 (AS Reggina)
1986 (Reggina Calcio)
2015 (Urbs Reggina 1914)
GroundStadio Oreste Granillo,
Reggio Calabria, Italy
OwnerMimmo Praticò
ManagerRoberto Cevoli
LeagueSerie C
2017–18Lega Pro/C 14th

Urbs Reggina 1914 S.r.l., commonly referred to as Reggina, is an Italian association football club, the main club of the city of Reggio Calabria. Founded in 1914, they currently play in Serie C, and play their home matches at the 27,763 seater Stadio Oreste Granillo. Their majority shareholder is Mimmo Praticò,[1] former regional president of CONI.[2] He took over control of the club in 2015 after bankruptcy was declared. They are nicknamed the amaranto (amaranth) after their official colours. The club also formerly known as Reggina Calcio as well as A.S.D. Reggio Calabria or S.S.D. Reggio Calabria in 2015–16 season.


The logo used by the club between 2007–09

The club was founded on 11 January 1914 as Unione Sportiva Reggio Calabria, and changed name many times (Società Calcistica Reggio, Reggio Foot Ball Club, Associazione Sportiva Reggina, Società Sportiva La Dominante), finally assuming their current denomination in 1986. In recent years, Reggina have been alternating between the top two levels of the Italian league. They reached the Italian top division Serie A for the first time in 1999. Two years later, they lost a relegation playoff against Verona, being consequently relegated to Serie B. 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.

They were indicted in 2006 for sporting fraud as part of the second wave of Serie A scandal investigations. Originally punished with a 15-point deduction for the Serie A 2006-07,[3] then reduced to 11 points following appeal.[4] Despite the heavy deduction of points, Reggina managed to save themselves from relegation, defeating fresh 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 however poorly started their 2007–08 campaign, causing head coach Massimo Ficcadenti to be sacked and replaced by Renzo Ulivieri.[5] 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 2008–09 season.

Serie B[edit]

Since their relegation in 2008–09 season, Reggina has become slightly inconsistent in their attempts to return Italy's top flight. The 2009–10 season would see three different coaches at the helm; Walter Novellino, Ivo Iaconi, Roberto Breda.Despite possessing Bonazzoli, Carmona, Tedesco, Brienza and home grown star Missiroli they were unable to gain a better position than 13th.[6] 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 playoff's to Serie A.[7] they would stumble at the last hurdle losing to Novara in a two legged play off. Top players include; Acerbi, Missiroli, Tedesco, Brienza, Bonazzoli (C) and Milan Loanee Adiyiah. Top goal scorer: Bonazzoli with 19 goals[7]

The 2011–12 season was another disappointing season from 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.[8] Top players in this season's squad include: Adejo, Emerson, (Ramos Borges Emerson), Missiroli, Bonazzoli (C), and Ceravolo. Top scorcer was Ceravolo with 11

The 2012–13 season would be marred with yet another controversy similar to that of 2006. Reggina were penalised for the latest match fixing scandal that hit Italian shores and were given a −4 penalty as a result.[9] 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[edit]

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[edit]

Logo used in 2015–16 season

Despite avoiding relegation in the 2014–15 season, Reggina failed to meet the deadline to register for Lega Pro and the club declared bankruptcy.[10] A new club, A.S.D. Reggio Calabria, was reformed to play in Serie D for the 2015–16 season,[11] 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 dilettantistiche a responsabilità limitata legal form.

Back to Lega Pro[edit]

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..[12] The club was then renamed as Urbs Reggina 1914 S.r.l.. Despite finished as the losing side of the first round of the promotion playoffs of 2015–16 Serie D, the club filed for Lega Pro repechage to fill one of the vacancies for the 2016–17 season[13] and was successfully admitted.[14] Reggina ended the season in 13th place.


Reggina are fierce rivals with neighbours Messina, who are just a fifteen-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 as well as a mini derby with Napoli.

Current squad[edit]

As of 26 October 2018 [15]

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

No. Position Player
1 Slovenia GK Matevž Vidovšek (on loan from Atalanta)
2 Italy DF Diego Conson (captain)
3 Italy DF Davide Seminara (on loan from Empoli)
4 Italy MF Francesco Salandria (vice-captain)
5 Italy DF Marco Curto (on loan from Empoli)
6 Italy MF Simone Franchini (on loan from Sassuolo)
7 Italy FW Michele Emmausso (on loan from Genoa)
8 Slovenia MF Urban Žibert (on loan from Juve Stabia)
9 Italy FW Alessio Viola
10 Italy FW Tiziano Tulissi (on loan from Atalanta)
11 Italy FW Salvatore Sandomenico
12 Italy GK Giorgio Morabito
13 Italy DF Stefano Ciavattini
14 Italy MF Roberto Marino
No. Position Player
15 Italy DF Cesare Pogliano (on loan from Chievo)
16 Italy MF Davide Petermann
17 Italy MF Gaetano Navas
18 Italy FW Piergiuseppe Maritato
19 Italy FW Edoardo Tassi (on loan from Ascoli)
20 Italy DF Alex Redolfi
21 Italy DF Matteo Solini (on loan from Chievo)
22 Italy GK Alessandro Confente (on loan from Chievo)
23 Italy MF Mattia Bonetto
24 Italy FW Giuseppe Ungaro
25 Italy DF Leonardo Mastrippolito
26 New Zealand MF Niko Kirwan
27 Austria DF Petar Zivkov
28 Italy GK Mattia Licastro

On loan[edit]

As of 31 August 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 DF Luca D'Aguì (at Cittanovese until 30 June 2019)
Italy DF Gabrielle Daniello (at Paternò until 30 June 2019)
Italy DF Simone Genovesi (at Cittanovese until 30 June 2019)
Italy DF Marco Iannò (at Acireale until 30 June 2019)
Italy DF Gianfranco Toto Isabella (at Locri until 30 June 2019)
No. Position Player
Italy MF Danilo Amato (at Vis Artena until 30 June 2019)
Ivory Coast MF Moussa Doumbia (at Reggiomediterranea until 30 June 2019)
Italy MF Davide Franco (at Igea Virtus until 30 June 2019)
Italy FW Emanuele Novembre (at Cittanovese until 30 June 2019)

Notable players[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

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[edit]

Kit manufacturer[edit]

  • 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-: Legea


  • 1982–1983: Peugeot-Talbot f.lli Frascati
  • 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/Medinblu hotel


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  2. ^ "Mimmo Praticò rieletto Presidente del Coni Calabria". CONI Comitato Regionale Calabria. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Reggina given Serie A reprieve". UEFA.com. 17 August 2006. Archived from the original on 16 October 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2006.
  4. ^ "Reggina match-fixing penalty reduced by four points". foxsports.com. 12 December 2006. Retrieved 12 December 2006.
  5. ^ "Reggina call on Ulivieri". Football Italia. Channel 4. 1 November 2007. Archived from the original on 3 November 2007. Retrieved 1 November 2007.
  6. ^ "Reggina Serie 2009–10 stats". Football-Lineups.
  7. ^ a b "Reggina Serie 2010–2011 stats". Football-Lineups.
  8. ^ "Reggina Serie 2011–12 stats". Football-Lineups.
  9. ^ "First punishments in Italian football corruption scandal". Marca.
  10. ^ "Reggina, Venezia and Varese bankrupt". Football Italia. Tiro Media. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  11. ^ "L'ASD Reggio Calabria ammessa in Serie D. Il Varese Calcio, in Eccellenza" (Press release) (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Reggina, ufficiale il cambio di denominazione: benvenuta "Urbs Sportiva Reggina 1914", stop a dubbi e fantasie". Strettoweb (in Italian). Editore Socedit. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Licenza d'Uso alla Urbs Reggina per lo Stadio Oreste Granillo" (Press release) (in Italian). Comune di Reggio Calabria. 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Lega Pro, i ripescaggi: Reggina e Taranto tornano tra i professionisti" [Lega Pro, the repechage: Reggina and Taranto back among the professionals]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Milan: RCS MediaGroup. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Numerazione maglie stagione 2018/19". Reggina 1914. 10 September 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.

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