U.S. Siracusa

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Siracusa
Full name Unione Sportiva Siracusa S.r.l.
Nickname(s)
  • Azzurri (All-Blues)
  • Aretusei
Founded
  • 1956 (as Aldo Marcozzi)
  • 1996 (rename)
Dissolved
  • 2012 (first team)
  • 2014 (youth teams)
Ground Stadio Nicola De Simone, Syracuse
Ground Capacity 5,946

U.S. Siracusa S.r.l., commonly referred to as simply Siracusa, was an Italian association football club located in Syracuse, Sicily.

The club withdrew from professional football in 2012. An illegitimate phoenix club, was promoted to Lega Pro in 2016 as Siracusa Calcio (known as A.S.D. Città di Siracusa from 2014 to 2016 and Sport Club Siracusa from 2013 to 2014). Another illegitimate phoenix club, also known as A.S.D. Città di Siracusa, lasted for only one season from 2012 to 2013.

U.S. Siracusa itself was an illegitimate phoenix club of A.S. Siracusa.

History[edit]

U.S. Siracusa was an illegitimate heir of A.S. Siracusa, which focused on youth football from 1995, until folded circa 2006.

U.S. Siracusa[edit]

Unione Sportiva Aldo Marcozzi 1956 was a team from Syracuse. Circa 1991 the team became a S.r.l. with a P.IVA 01007200890.[1] The team played in 1995–96 Promozione Sicily (7-tier at that time). In 1996[citation needed] the club switched the name to Unione Sportiva Dilettanti Siracusa S.r.l.,[2] as the major team representing the city in in senior football, after the expel of A.S. Siracusa from the professional league in 1995.[3] However, one of the affiliated youth club of U.S. Siracusa, was remained to use the name Aldo Marcozzi at least until 2004–05 season.[4] That season, Aldo Marcozzi finished as the 4th of Group B of Siracusa Provincial Allievi League, while A.S. Siracusa finished as the 8th.[5] U.S. Siracusa's under-17 team was played in National Allievi League – Serie D Division that season.

The team reached Serie D in 1999 (fifth tier at that time), but quickly relegated back to Eccellenza Sicily. Siracusa returned to play Serie D in 2002; since then, the Sicilian team unsuccessfully tried to reach a spot into professional football until 2009, when they dominated the Group I of Serie D, getting finally promoted back to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione (ex-Serie C2) in advance of six weeks, after a 2–0 home win to Rosarno in front of 5,000 local supporters.[6] After the promotion the club dropped the word "amateur" from the denomination, to become Unione Sportiva Siracusa S.r.l..

In their first season back into professionalism, Siracusa have re-appointed Giuliano Sonzogni as head coach; fan favourite Sonzogni had already served as head coach in what then proved to be the most successful season in the club history, in 1994–95 (as A.S. Siracusa).[citation needed]

During the 2011–12 season, headed by coach Andrea Sottil, at his first season into professional football, Siracusa actually won the Lega Pro Prima Divisione by earning more points than any other team in that year. However, due to financial troubles again, instead of being directly promoted to Serie B, U.S. Siracusa was inflicted a penalty of 5 points in the same season, which caused the relegation of the club to a final third position. Losing then the play-off semifinal to Lanciano did not help with their promotion to Serie B after almost six decades.

After the end of the 2011-12 season, U.S. Siracusa did not appeal against the exclusion by the federal council of Italian Football Federation and it is excluded by the Italian professional football.[7][8]

However, U.S. Siracusa's youth teams were still allowed to play in 2012–13 season, as well as retaining the registration number of the club: 79957.[9] Their Giovanissimi team relegated from Sicilian Giovanissimi League directly; while their Allievi team finished as the 4th of Group H of Sicilian Allievi League .[10] In the next season the Allievi team finished as the 11th of Group E. However, 2 positions higher than the illegitimate heir, Sport Club Siracusa.[11] U.S. Siracusa also applied a dormant status by withdraw the youth teams from the league from 2014 onward.[11]

Legacy[edit]

On 31 August 2012 an illegitimate phoenix club was restarted from Terza Categoria – Syracuse Province as A.S.D. Città di Siracusa (registration number: 936289).[12][13] The was club dissolved in 2013, which S.C. Siracusa / A.S.D. Città di Siracusa / Siracusa Calcio (registration number: 917156) took over as the main football club of the city.

Colours and badge[edit]

The colours of the team are sky blue and white.

Stadium[edit]

U.S. Siracusa's first team played in Stadio Nicola De Simone which can hold 5,946 people.[14]

Notable former players[edit]

Notable former managers[edit]

Honours[edit]

  • Promoted (1): 2008–09
  • Winners (1): 1997–98
  • Promoted (1): 2001–02
  • Promoted (1): 1995–96

References[edit]

  1. ^ Verifica partita IVA Agenzia delle Entrate (in Italian)
  2. ^ "Distribuzione delle scelte e degli importi per le associazioni sportive dilettantistiche riconosciute ai fini sportivi dal CONI escluse dal beneficio al 10 febbraio 2010" (PDF) (in Italian). Agenzia delle Entrate (Italy). 11 March 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "IL NAPOLI RISCHIA DI SPARIRE". la Repubblica (in Italian). Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso. 15 June 1995. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  4. ^ Storia U.S. Aldo Marcozzi 1956 fansite at jimdo.com (in Italian)
  5. ^ "C.U. N°38 (2004–05)" (in Italian). FIGC Syracuse Province. 8 June 2005. Archived from the original on 23 October 2007. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Siracusa promosso in Seconda Divisione" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport – Stadio. 29 March 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2009. 
  7. ^ "Lega Pro: escluse Spal, Foggia e Siracusa - calcio news 184635 - SPORTMEDIASET". Sportmediaset.mediaset.it. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  8. ^ "C.U. N°9/A (2012–13)" (PDF) (in Italian). FIGC. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Comunicato Ufficiale N°3 (2012–13)" (in Italian). FIGC Province of Siracusa. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "C.U. N°529 (N°126/SGS)" (in Italian). FIGC Sicily. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "C.U. N°582 (N°129/SGS)" (in Italian). FIGC Sicily. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "C.U. N°306 (2012–13)" (in Italian). FIGC Sicily. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "C.U. N°8 (2012–13)" (in Italian). FIGC Province of Siracusa. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "Capienza complessiva del Nicola De Simone" (in Italian). 5 June 2015.