S.P.A.L. 2013

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Club crest
Full name Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor 2013
Nickname(s) Spallini;
Biancazzurri (The White-Blues);
Founded 1907 (as "Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor")
2005 (refounded)
2012 (refounded)
Ground Stadio Paolo Mazza,
Ferrara, Italy
Ground Capacity 8,500
Chairman Walter Mattioli
Manager Leonardo Semplici
League Serie A
2016–17 Serie B, 1st (promoted)

S.P.A.L. 2013, better known as Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor (or simply SPAL) is a professional Italian football club, based in Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna. The club currently plays in Serie B and has clinched the league title to be promoted to 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 has played 21 seasons in the top-flight league, the best result being a 5th-place finish in the 1959–60 season. It last played in Serie A during the 1967–68 season where it 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.


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. 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 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 5 January 2017

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

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Alex Meret (on loan from Udinese)
2 Italy DF Daniele Gasparetto (vice-captain)
3 Italy DF Tommaso Silvestri
4 Italy MF Mariano Arini
5 Italy DF Nicolas Giani (captain)
6 Italy DF Michele Cremonesi
7 Italy FW Mirco Antenucci
10 Italy FW Sergio Floccari
11 Italy FW Mattia Finotto
12 Italy GK Gabriele Marchegiani
14 Italy DF Kevin Bonifazi (on loan from Torino)
17 Italy FW Gianmarco Zigoni (on loan from Milan)
No. Position Player
18 Italy MF Eros Schiavon
19 Italy MF Luca Mora
20 Italy MF Michele Castagnetti
21 Italy MF Simone Pontisso (on loan from Udinese)
22 Italy GK Giacomo Poluzzi
23 Italy DF Francesco Vicari
24 Italy DF Cristiano Del Grosso (on loan from Atalanta)
25 Brazil DF Gabriel Strefezza
27 Italy MF Paolo Ghiglione (on loan from Genoa)
28 Italy MF Pasquale Schiattarella
29 Italy MF Manuel Lazzari
33 Italy DF Filippo Costa (on loan from Chievo)


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]


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