U.S. Città di Pontedera

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Pontedera
US Pontedera 1912 logo.png
Full name Unione Sportiva Città di Pontedera
Nickname(s) Granata
Founded 1912
Ground Stadio Ettore Mannucci,
Pontedera, Italy
Ground Capacity 5,014
Chairman Gianfranco Donnini
Manager Paolo Indiani
League Serie C/A
2016–17 Lega Pro/A, 14th

Unione Sportiva Città di Pontedera (formerly Unione Sportiva Pontedera 1912) is an Italian association football club located in Pontedera, Tuscany. Currently it plays in Serie C, the third tier of Italian football.

History[edit]

Founded in 1912, Pontedera, a team from a city in the Pisa neighbourhood, played Serie C for several years without never gaining a single promotion to Serie B. In 1993/1994, a second place in Serie C2/B allowed Pontedera to be promoted to Serie C1: during that season, the team was known for having longily been the only undefeated team in all Italian professional leagues, and for having incredibly won 2–1 to the Italy national football team coached by Arrigo Sacchi in a friendly match played in April 1994. Pontedera played Serie C1 just in 1994/1995, and relegated to Serie D in 2001, and even Eccellenza in 2002. Pontedera returned to Serie D in 2005, after having won its Eccellenza round.

In summer 2006, The Gunther Corporation purchased Pontedera. It was reported in The Guardian newspaper on 17 May 2007 that the owner of Pontedera is a dog named Gunther IV, who inherited it from Gunther III who in turn inherited it from his owner Countess Libenstein.[citation needed]

Marcello Lippi, head coach of Italy national team and World Cup champion in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, started his professional managing career as Pontedera head coach in 1985–1986.

Serie D 2010–11[edit]

At the end of the 2010-11 Serie D season, Pontedera gained access to the Serie D play-off for promotion in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione, but they were eliminated in the third round.

Back into professionalism[edit]

In the 2012-13 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season, Pontedera finished second in Girone B, and was promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione. This was the second consecutive promotion for the team. The 2013–14 season saw Pontedera topping the Lega Pro Prima Divisione table for the earlier weeks of the season, and then completing the regular season in eighth place and thus ensuring a Serie B promotion playoff spot, then losing to Lecce on penalties in the first round.

Colors and badge[edit]

Its colours are all-dark red.

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 August 2017.[1][2] 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 Nikita Contini Baranovsky (on loan from Napoli)
2 Italy DF Niccolò Tofanari (on loan from Roma)
3 Italy DF Gianluca Romiti
4 Italy DF Giacomo Risaliti
5 Italy DF Federico Vettori
6 Italy DF Lorenzo Borri
7 Italy MF Emanuele Spinozzi (on loan from Roma)
8 Italy MF Andrea Caponi
9 Italy FW Massimiliano Pesenti
10 Italy FW Luigi Grassi
11 Italy FW Lorenzo Pinzauti
12 Italy GK Matteo Biggeri
13 Italy DF Riccardo Mastrilli (on loan from SPAL)
14 Italy MF Giuseppe Pandolfi
No. Position Player
15 Italy MF Roberto Bonaventura
16 Italy MF Francesco Corsinelli (on loan from Genoa)
17 Italy MF Mario Gargiulo
18 Italy DF Francesco Ferrari (on loan from SPAL)
19 Italy DF Riccardo Calcagni
20 Italy DF Domenico Frare
21 Italy MF Simone Paolini (on loan from Ascoli)
22 Romania GK Eduard Marinca
23 Italy MF Francesco Posocco (on loan from SPAL)
26 Italy MF Hamza Malih
27 Italy MF Giovanni Benericetti
28 Italy DF Giorgio Cavalli
29 Italy FW Davide Borgioli
31 Italy FW Fabio Cassani

Notable former managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.uspontedera.it/atleti/
  2. ^ "PONTEDERA, I NUMERI DELLE MAGLIE" (in Italian). U.S. Città di Pontedera. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 

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