F.B.C. Unione Venezia
|Full name||Foot Ball Club Unione Venezia|
Lagunari (Lagoonal Ones)
Leoni Alati (Winged Lions)
2005 (as SSC Venezia)
2009 (as FBC Unione Venezia)
|Dissolved||2005 (AC Venezia)
2009 (SSC Venezia)
|Ground||Stadio Pierluigi Penzo,
|Manager||Alessandro Dal Canto|
|2014-15||Lega Pro/A, 13th|
Foot Ball Club Unione Venezia, commonly referred to as Venezia for short, is an Italian football club from Venice, Veneto, currently playing in Lega Pro (third tier of Italian league system). Founded by a merger in 1907 as Venezia Foot Ball Club, Venezia have spent a large part of their history bouncing between the top-two tiers of Italian football. In 1941, Venezia won the Coppa Italia.
- 1 Stadium
- 2 History
- 3 Current squad
- 4 Notable former players
- 5 Colours, badge and nicknames
- 6 Friendships
- 7 Rivalries
- 8 Honours
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Venezia's original home stadium, the Pierluigi Penzo, is the only ground in Italy's top flights that must be reached by boat. Problems with the security of the aging stadium forced the club to move to Stadio Piergiovanni Mecchia in Portogruaro.
The club was founded as Venezia Foot Ball Club on 14 December 1907, by members of two local sports clubs coming together; Palestra Marziale and Costantino Reyer. It was originally based at Campo San Bartolomeo in the city of Venice; fifteen men including the first president Davide Fano were involved in the club's founding;. In 1919, the name was translated into Italian as Associazione Calcio Venezia.
The most notable trophy success in the history of Venezia was winning the Coppa Italia during the 1940–41 season. The early 1940s was the pinnacle of the club's footballing prominence so far, as they also recorded their highest ever Serie A league finishing during that period with a 3rd place in 1941–42.
Venezia won the Coppa Italia in 1941. That team contained some of the players who went on to form part of the Torino F.C. side of the 1940s who died in the Superga air disaster in 1949, such as Ezio Loik and Valentino Mazzola.
A.C. Venezia 1907
Since the summer 1990 the club was renamed Associazione Calcio Venezia 1907.
In its history, Venezia has spent a large part of recent years bouncing between Italy's two top divisions (they were last relegated from Serie A in 2002). It was this last season in Serie A which signalled the beginning of the end for the old club. Frustrated with the team and the inability to agree plans for a larger stadium with the council, then President, Maurizio Zamparini, decided to purchase U.S. Città di Palermo, and took with him a large portion of the squad.
In 2005 the club was relegated to Serie B and declared insolvent because of bankruptcy.
At the end of the 2008–09 Lega Pro Prima Divisione season, the club was declared bankrupt.
Foot Ball Club Unione Venezia
The club was refounded again, changing its name to Foot Ball Club Unione Venezia, and starting in Serie D – the top level non-professional league in Italian football. The club has also designed a new logo. Serie D ranks just below Lega Pro Seconda Divisione (the 4th and last professional league), and is thus considered the 5th ranked league in the country. Since the early 1990s, Serie D has been split into 9 regional divisions (Gironi), labelled A to I. For the 2009–2010 season, F.B.C. Unione Venezia will be playing in Girone C. The chairman is Mauro Pizzigati, president of the Venice Casino, and the manager is Paolo Favaretto.
Venezia ranked 2nd in the group C of Serie D, but losing 3-2 with SandonàJesolo it didn't access to the national play-off finals and so will remain also for the next season in this league.
Scudetto Dilettanti 2011-12
On 29 April 2012, after 3 years in Serie D, Venezia clinched automatic promotion to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione after a 5-2 victory over Gradisca. This left them with an unassailable 6 point lead over their nearest challengers Delta Porto Tolle in group C with just one game remaining.
Venezia has won also the Scudetto Dilettanti.
Current squad 2014-2015
To see the players of the current team click here.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
To see the all staff of the current team click here.
- Head coach
- Assistant coach
- Goalkeeper coach:
- Fitness coach:
Notable former players
Colours, badge and nicknames
Originally Venezia's colours were red and red and the shirt features halves in those colours, the kit was very similar to that of Genoa. However just a year after the club founded, it changed colours to black and green in 1908.
Much later, in 1987 when the club merged with a local side Associazione Calcio Mestre from Mestre who wore orange and black, orange would also become one of Venezia's official colours, giving them the nickname arancioneroverdi ("orange-black-greens"). Venezia's colours and kit are very distinctive; the shirt, shorts and socks are usually black with the shirt having a green and orange trim.
The symbol of the Venetian club is a winged-lion, commonly mistaken for a griffin. The golden winged-lion is the official symbol carries by the city of province of Venice; the symbol has led to one of the club's most popular nicknames in the form of leoni alati ("winged-lions").
As the club has been renamed numerous times during its history, the badge has also changed several times; the most common one features the golden winged lion, along with the green and orange club colours with a golden border. As the city of Venice is situated on the Venetian Lagoon, the club is also nicknamed lagunari ("Lagoonal ones").
- Winners (1): 1940–41
- Champions (2): 1960–61; 1965–66
- Runners-up (3): 1938–39; 1948–49; 1997–98
- Promoted (1): 2000–01
- Champions (2): 1935–36; 1955–56
- Runners-up (1): 1990–91
- Champions (1): 2005–06
- Runners-up (1): 1987–88
- Scudetto Dilettanti: Winners 1: 2011-12
- Winners (2): 1982–83, 2011-12
- Runners-up (1): 1978–79
- "La Storia del Venezia". Ombra.it. 24 June 2007.
- UFFICIALE: Yuri Korablin nuovo presidente dell'FBC Unione Venezia
- UnVE (5-2) PROMOSSO in Lega Pro
- "Storia". Venezia Calcio. 24 June 2007.
- "Italian Ultras Scenedate=29 June 2007". View from the Terrace.
- "SSC Venezia Information". ABCGoal.com. 24 June 2007.
- "Stemma Provincia di Venezia". Comuni-Italiani. 24 June 2007.
- "SSC Venezia". WeltFussballArchiv.com. 24 June 2007.
- "La presunta combine Genova-Venezia Preziosi: "Mai fatto quella chiamata"". Repubblica.it. 24 June 2007.