S.S. Monza 1912
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|Full name||S.S. Monza 1912 Srl|
1 September 1912 as Monza F.B.C.|
2004 (A.C. Monza Brianza 1912)
2015 (S.S.D. Monza 1912)
|Owner||Silvio Berlusconi |
|Head coach||Marco Zaffaroni|
|2017–18||Serie C, 4th|
- 1 History
- 1.1 Before Calcio Monza (1906-1912)
- 1.2 Early years (1912-1932)
- 1.3 Serie C, record in Italian Cup and Serie B (1932-1951)
- 1.4 Simmenthal Monza, Nils Liedholm and Gigi Radice (1951-1970)
- 1.5 Patron Cappelletti and the Anglo-Italian Cup (1970-1980)
- 1.6 Patron Giambelli and the decline (1980-2004)
- 1.7 A.C. Monza Brianza 1912 and the Anglo-Brazilian owner (2004-2015)
- 1.8 Another bankruptcy, new owner and Scudetto Serie D (2015-2017)
- 1.9 The return in Serie C and the arrive of Berlusconi (2017-2018)
- 1.10 Divisional movements
- 2 Supporters
- 3 Players
- 4 Honours
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Before Calcio Monza (1906-1912)
Football in Monza came in the early twentieth century when the first city companies were founded, including Pro Victoria (existing again), Pro Monza and Pro Italia. The latter two companies then merged into the football section of Veloce Club Monzese.
Early years (1912-1932)
Monza was founded from Veloce Club Monzese on 1 September 1912 and the first home of the newborn club was located at the Caffè Pasticceria Roma. The club took the name of Monza Foot-Ball Club and adopted the blue and white colours.
The club's first win came on 20 September 1912 against Juventus Italia of Milan. The setting for the game was outside the town limits at Triante (Monza's west suburbs) commonly called "out doors", a pitch lent from the Township. There Monza F.C. played many friendly matches including the Colli's Cup. Monza won the Cup with a score of 3 to 2, defeating Saronno F.C. in the final.
When at the end of 1912–13 season that football section abandoned the V.C.M. for unknown reasons, they changed name in Pro Monza and asked Monza F.C. for merging with them and another team called Juventus (the football team of a gymnic monzese association called S.G.M. Forti e Liberi).
The merged club took the name of Associazione Calcio Monza, or commonly known as A.C. Monza. A.C. Monza entered the Italian Football Federation (F.I.G.C.) and debuted in the league system in the Terza Categoria (the lower level) in the season 1913–14, where they won third place in their section. After changing pitch in 1914 they entered the upper level, the top Lombardy's league called Promozione, where they finished in 6th.
Monza had been promoted top division (Prima Categoria, first category) in 1919–20 after ending second the Promozione finals, top level they played up to 1922. Relegated in Division 2 because of important changes in F.I.G.C. championships, was promoted to Prima Divisione (Division 1) (second level of Italian championships) at the end of 1926/27. Challenged several times the top charts and failed promotion after entering Prima Divisione finals in 1934–35.
Serie C, record in Italian Cup and Serie B (1932-1951)
In the 1932/33 season, Monza adopted its current colours, red and white and on September 18, the leading executives wanted to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the society and they organized the Coppa del Ventennio; In the first final Falck took third place defeating the Fanfulla 4-2, while the final between Monza and Pavia ended 2-2. Pavia will win the cup in a subsequent match because the penalty kicks wasn't yet scheduled. In Coppa Italia Monza established the record for Serie C in Italian Cup reaching up to the quarter finals where he was eliminated at home from Genoa for 2-1. The record was only beaten in 1984 by Bari who reached the semi-finals.
In 1949, Monza's president Giuseppe Borghi goes on a spending spree, bringing in twelve players of value. He also hired Annibale Frossi as manager, a member of the Italian squad during their victory at the 1936 Olympics. On 4 June 1951, a 1–0 victory allows their promotion to the Serie B and the supporters exploded with unrestrainable and passionate enthusiasm.
Simmenthal Monza, Nils Liedholm and Gigi Radice (1951-1970)
During the difficult championship of the 1954–55 season bursts a managing crisis that puts Monza in the hands of Claudio Sada, owner of the A.C. Simmenthal (Simmenthal was a famous Italian corned beef cannery). A.C. Monza merged with Simmenthal in 1956 becoming A.S. Simmenthal Monza. In 1962 Monza celebrates fifty years of its existence, while two years after, on 28 May, the president of Simmenthal Monza leaves an official notice in which it announces the abandonment of the group as sponsor. On 8 July the mayor, Giovanni Centemero, asks Sada to stay and the president remains the guide for another year.
The sad summer of 1966 coincides with necessary rebuilding. The team is demoted to the Serie C after 19 years in the Serie B. The new players are younger, and with a fury of victories the team makes sure to regain promotion. In the final match against Como, the decisive game is played in Bergamo and Monza win on a goal by Maggioni. After one year they return to the Serie B.
In the 1969–70 season, Monza approached promotion to the Serie A under coach Gigi Radice. With two matches left, the biancorossi were within two points of promotion, behind Foggia, Catania and Varese. At the last game it was down to Varese and the "brianzoli". A loss to Taranto sealed Monza's fate. Monza is consoled only with the numbers: 11 wins at home, 15 total, with only one defeat standing between them and promotion. Goalkeeper Luciano Castellini was scored on only 7 times at home, with 19 goals against in the entire season.
Patron Cappelletti and the Anglo-Italian Cup (1970-1980)
In the 1972–73 season, a man who will become one of the more loved presidents of Monza, Giovanni Cappelletti, was hired. Cappelletti was a well-known industrial man and soccer player. A new era is born, led by Cappelletti and Italo Allodi, considered the prototype of the modern general manager. The field players are of high quality, but the mechanism jams in the demotion playoff. A trip to Bari ends in a 3 to 1 defeat on the last day, sentencing the Monza to the Serie C. Cappelletti does not throw in the towel and returns to lead the team again.
The Monza played its first Italy's Cup of Serie C on 29 June 1974 to the "Porta Elisa" of Lucca, against Lecce. It ended 1 to 0 with a goal of Di Somma and the trophy comes delivered in the hands of the red and white captain Anzolin. The Monza twices win in the edition 1974/1975, defeating the Sorrento on 29 June 1975. The trophy was ended by the penalties. It finishes 4 to 3 with the final goal of Sanseverino. The following championship is one a real run wild. Monza wants to return in Serie B and adjudicates the pass for the series B with five turns of advance payment. The look is turned to the final of the Anglo-Italian Cup. Adversary is Wimbledon, a team which was renowned for its physicality, the Monza does not let to intimidate, and Casagrande firms the goal of the ko that worths the win of the prestigious trophy. A rematch of this final was played in a friendly in July 2013 at the Stadio Brianteo with Monza running out 3–0 winners over AFC Wimbledon. The 1976–77 season coincided with the first great illusion red and white. The Monza faced the B series with the label of "matriculation", but it very soon became one of the protagonists, to the par of blasonate formations like the Vicenza of Paolo Rossi and the Cagliari of Virdis. The defeat for 2 to 1 suffered in Modena preclude of a breath the play-off with Atalanta, Cagliari and Pescara. To the Monza the lean consolation of the score remains previously record (48 points) never caught up between the cadets. The Obstinate mister Alfredo Magni, reconfirmed to the guide, in the 1978/79 maintains the Monza in the high quarters of classifies; an incredible one "harakiri" to the "Sada" in the match against Lecce (0–1) prevents to the Monza the promotion directed in Serie A. Pescara trip up the Monza to the third party place and obtain the access at the final match on the neutral stadium of Bologna. The "abruzzesi", followed to Bologna by almost thirty thousand supporters, strike the biancorossi. It was the last time that Monza and his supporter cherish a dream called Serie A.
Patron Giambelli and the decline (1980-2004)
Season 1980–81 marked the advent of Valentino Giambelli that took over the presidency from Cappelletti. The Monza began badly and ended worse: an irreversible crisis will carry it straight in the abyss of series C. After only one year, Monza returns in the serie B. The Calcio Monza to the penultimate day guarantees the return between the cadets storming Trieste. On the wings of the promotion it comes confirmed in park bench mister Franco Fontana, but the 1982/83 season was a very hard championship with team like Milan and Lazio. The mathematical salvation only arrives to the last day with the 2 to 2 of Bologna. In the 1986/87 there is space for the champions of the future: Alessandro Costacurta and Pierluigi Casiraghi. With Piero Frosio like mister, Monza finds the return in Serie B in the 1987/88 season. Brianzoli unstoppable: they secured the promotion and they win the third Italy's Cup of Serie C in the delirium of the "Sada" Palermo for 2 to 1. The end is also the last match played in the old stadium. The following year the Monza moves to the new Brianteo stadium.
A.C. Monza Brianza 1912 and the Anglo-Brazilian owner (2004-2015)
In 2004 Calcio Monza went bankrupt. Associazione Calcio Monza Brianza 1912 successfully acquired the club from administrator as well as transferred the sports title to the new company. In the season 2010–11 from Lega Pro Prima Divisione Monza was relegated in the play out to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione, but rescued in place of Alessandria relegated for sports judgement. In the season 2011–12 it was relegated again to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.
In April 2013, the club was purchased by Anglo-Brazilian real estate magnate Anthony Armstrong Emery. The new President has stated that he wishes to use the Monza's connections to Formula One to increase the global profile of the club and aims for the team to play in Serie B in 24 months. He also plans to launch a new academy, the Telos Academy, in Monza and states he considers the business models of clubs like Udinese and Heerenveen, who are known for regularly selling players for a significant profit, as examples for Monza to follow.
In the season 2013–14 Monza came 4th and was promoted in Lega Pro (third division).
Another bankruptcy, new owner and Scudetto Serie D (2015-2017)
In May 2015 Monza won the promotion playoffs. However, the club was unable to register for 2015–16 Lega Pro due to financial reasons. Thanks to Article 52 of N.O.I.F., a new company S.S.D. Monza 1912 S.r.l. was admitted to 2015–16 Serie D to replace the old company.
The return in Serie C and the arrive of Berlusconi (2017-2018)
At the end of September 2018, Silvio Berlusconi acquired the club, buying the 100% of the shares. The acquisition was masterminded by Adriano Galliani, a Monza native and longtime supporter, who joined the board as the club's CEO, with previous chairman Nicola Colombo confirmed on his role.
A.C. Monza was included before World War One in the Lombard championship of Promozione (second regional level)
- 1919–20: Promotion to Lombard championship of Prima Categoria (first regional level)
- 1922: A league's pyramid reform transforms regional first level into second national level, called Seconda Divisione and belonging to Northern League
- 1926: A league's pyramid reform relegates minor clubs of Northern League into new Lower Directory organizing third pyramid's level, called Seconda Divisione Nord
- 1926–27: Promotion to Higher Directory's Prima Divisione Nord (second level)
- 1928: A league's pyramid reform plans demotion of Prima Divisione Nord to national third level, which will become Prima Divisione, Serie C from 1935/36
- 1940–41: Relegation to regional championships of Prima Divisione (fourth level)
- 1941–42: Promotion to Serie C
- 1950–51: Promotion to Serie B
- 1965–66: Relegation to Serie C
- 1966–67: Promotion to Serie B
- 1972–73: Relegation to Serie C
- 1975–76: Promotion to Serie B
- 1980–81: Relegation to Serie C1
- 1981–82: Promotion to Serie B
- 1985–86: Relegation to Serie C1
- 1987–88: Promotion to Serie B
- 1989–90: Relegation to Serie C1
- 1991–92: Promotion to Serie B
- 1993–94: Relegation to Serie C1
- 1996–97: Promotion to Serie B
- 2000–01: Relegation to Serie C1
- 2001–02: Relegation to Serie C2
- 2004–05: Promotion to Serie C1
- 2010–11: Relegation to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione, but rescued
- 2011–12: Relegation to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione
- 2013–14: Promotion to Lega Pro
- 2014–15: Won relegation playoffs; bankruptcy and re-found in Serie D
On their first match in August in friendly game with Parma they won by 1 – 0
At the end of the 1980s, the supporters group in the South Curve were the Eagles Monza; after the dissolution of the Eagles in 1992, in 1993 the union of the remaining groups created the Gioventù Brianzola.
In 1994 is born the group of S.A.B. (which means Sempre al Bar - Always to the Bar): the split was due to a different way of understanding typhus and basic divergence. At first it was a closed and gleaming group, devoted to eating and drinking, organizing with private cars; it was customary to flip the banner if the bar in the stadium was devoid of alcoholic drinks.
In 2001, Gioventù Brianzola dissolved and S.A.B. remained the only group in the Davide Pieri Curve: from then on he started organizing coach transfers and special trains. In 1999 he was joined by the Graziosa Group. The South Curve of Brianteo, is also called Curve Davide Pieri in memory of a young supporter who died prematurely in December 1998. The press tribune of the stadium was titled in the memory of Claudio Parma, journalist and fan, who died in July 2008.
- As of 15 September 2018
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Out on loan
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Champions (4): 1946–47; 1950–51; 1966-67; 1975-76
- Winners (4): 1973-74; 1974-75; 1987-88; 1990-91
- Champions (1): 1933-34
- Champions (1): 1926-27
- Scudetto Dilettanti: Winners 1: 2016-17
- Winners (1): 2016–17
- Champions (1): 1976
- Champions (1): 1961
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