S.P.A.L. 2013

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SPAL
Club crest
Full name Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor 2013
Nickname(s) Spallini;
Biancazzurri (The White-Blues);
Estensi
Founded 1907 (as "Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor")
2005 (refounded)
2012 (refounded)
2013 (refounded)
Ground Stadio Paolo Mazza,
Ferrara, Italy
Ground Capacity 19,000
Chairman Italy Walter Mattioli
Manager Italy Leonardo Semplici
League Serie B
2016–17 Lega Pro/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 the Serie B, second level of the Italian football league system, having last been in Serie A in 1968. SPAL plays its home matches at Stadio Paolo Mazza since 1928, named after Paolo Mazza (chairman of the society from 1946 to 1977).

History[edit]

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. Team has played in Serie A from 1920 to 1925, then from 1951 to 1968: their best finish was fifth in the 1959–60 league season. It was refounded in 2005 after the bankruptcy as Spal 1907.

S.S.D. Real S.P.A.L.[edit]

In the summer of 2012, after suffering a second successive bankruptcy, the club was refounded for the third time as Società Sportiva Dilettantistica Real S.P.A.L. and would begin life in Serie D[1] thanks to Article 52 NOIF of FIGC.[2]

S.P.A.L. 2013[edit]

At the end of the 2012–13 Serie D season the club took back its original denomination: in fact Giacomense, a club founded in 1967 at Masi San Giacomo, a frazione of Masi Torello moved to the city of Ferrara. On 12 July 2013, owner Roberto Benasciutti made a deal with the Colombarini family for the merger between S.P.A.L. and Giacomense, with the latter giving its sports title to S.P.A.L. and moving 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 to 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 1992–93 season.

Colours and badge[edit]

The team's colours are blue and white.

Current squad[edit]

As of 27th July 2016

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

No. Position Player
** Italy GK Alex Meret (on loan from Udinese)
** Italy GK Paolo Branduani
** Italy GK Gabriele Marchegiani
** Italy DF Daniele Gasparetto
** Italy DF Tommaso Silvestri
** Italy DF Michele Cremonesi
** Italy DF Kevin Bonifazi (on loan from Torino)
** Italy DF Nicolas Giani
** Italy MF Simone Pontisso (on loan from Udinese)
** Italy MF Michele Castagnetti
** Italy MF Eros Schiavon
** Italy MF Mariano Arini
No. Position Player
** Italy MF Manuel Lazzari
** Italy MF Francesco Posocco
** Italy MF Mirco Spighi
** Italy MF Paolo Ghiglione (on loan from Genoa)
** Italy MF Andrea Beghetto
** Italy MF Luca Mora
** Italy FW Luigi Grassi
** Italy FW Mattia Finotto
** Italy FW Mirco Antenucci
** Italy FW Gianmarco Zigoni (on loan from Milan)
** Italy FW Alberto Cerri (on loan from Juventus)

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