Associazione Calcio Monza (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmontsa] (About this soundlisten)) is an Italian professional association football club based in Monza, Lombardy. Re-founded in 2015 as S.S.D. Monza 1912, it is the successor to the club founded on 1 September 1912 as Monza Foot Ball Club. The team went through various re-foundations and mergers, the last of which being Associazione Calcio Monza Brianza 1912, declared bankrupt and expelled from professional football at the end of the 2014–15 season.

Monza
AC Monza 2019 logo.svg
Full nameAssociazione Calcio Monza S.p.A.
Nickname(s)I Bagai (Brianzolo: The Boys)
I Biancorossi (The White and Reds)
I Brianzoli
Short nameMNZ, MON
Founded1 September 1912; 107 years ago (1 September 1912), as Monza F.B.C.
3 June 2004; 15 years ago (3 June 2004), as A.C. Monza Brianza 1912
2 July 2015; 4 years ago (2 July 2015), as S.S.D. Monza 1912
GroundStadio Brianteo
Capacity18,568 (7,499 operational)
OwnerSilvio Berlusconi[1]
PresidentPaolo Berlusconi
Head coachCristian Brocchi
LeagueSerie C Group A
2018–19Serie C Group B, 5th of 20
WebsiteClub website

Monza is among the Italian teams with the most appearances in Serie B, taking part in 38 editions, with the last time being during the 2000–01 season. In its history, the club has never reached the Serie A, making it the team that has participated in the most Italian second division seasons without ever achieving promotion to the first division. Monza holds the record of victories in the Coppa Italia Serie C, winning it four times. They also won six Serie C championships,[a] an Anglo-Italian Cup and a Coppa delle Alpi.[b]

Known as i Bagai ("the Boys"), Monza's kit colours have traditionally been red and white. They have played at the Stadio Brianteo since 1988.

HistoryEdit

The club's history began in 1912, when the fusion of various city societies gave life to Monza Foot Ball Club. Starting from the Terza Categoria, the club climbed the divisional ladders Italian football during the 1920s and 1930s. In 1939, although still playing in Terza Divisione, the club reached the Coppa Italia quarter-finals (the only team of this level to be able to achieve the same result was Bari in 1984, to then be overcome in 2016 by Alessandria who reached the semifinals).[2] In 1951 Monza gained promotion to the Serie B and stayed in the division for fifteen years,[3] before going back to Serie C. Returning immediately to the second division, Monza opened its first success cycle in the mid-seventies, when it was noted for its performance in the Coppa Italia Serie C: they played three consecutive finals, winning the first two over Lecce and Sorrento, but losing in 1976 in a second confrontation with the Apulians. At the end of the season, the team won the Anglo-Italian Cup in the final against Wimbledon FC. At the end of the seventies the Lombard club came close to gaining promotion to the Serie A, but lost the chance two matches from the end of the season.

Between the eighties and nineties, Monza saw an era of success between the second and third division: in 1988 and 1991 they won the Coppa Italia Serie C, both times against Palermo. In 1996, the club lost in the Coppa Italia Serie C final against Empoli. At the beginning of the 2000s, the club returned to Serie C1 again and in the mid-2000s, after losing the Coppa Italia Serie C final against Salernitana, Monza entered administration and started again from Serie D.[4] In 2017 the club won the Serie D and returned to the Serie C, before losing their fourth Coppa Italia Serie C final in 2019, against Viterbese.

Colours and badgeEdit

BadgeEdit

The Monza badge used between 2004 and 2013 (left), and the badge used since 2019 (right)

Monza's first known logo (in use from the 1920s until 1933) had the appearance of a blue shield with a red border, containing the design of the Iron Crown, also colored red. On top there was a white band containing the epigraph "A.C. MONZA" in black letters. When, in 1933, the club changed its colors, replacing blue with white, the emblem was redesigned. The shield became circular, with red and while halves. The Iron Crown was moved downwards and was made golden; above the monogram "ACM" was added, also golden.

Monza's official badge underwent various changes throughout its history, with the epigraphs changing as the club changed its name. The re-foundation of the club in 2004 also involved a redesign of the logo: it had the shape of a shield, rounded on the edges, and its main colour was red, with white being used for details and text. Stylized versions of the Visconteo sword and the Iron Crown were present in the center of the badge, with the text "AC MONZA BRIANZA" above, and the year of foundation (1912) below. In 2013, the badge was changed once again: the Iron Crown was moved to the top of the badge, while inside are present the name of the club, and the double crossed sword. Between 2015 and 2019, the badge remained largely the same, with a single sword being preferred to the double crossed version, and the text on the badge changing as the name of the club changed.

AnthemEdit

Since 2006, the club's official anthem has been the song Monza Alè, written and composed ad hoc by the footballer Michele Magrin, who at the time played for Monza, in collaboration with the singer-songwriter Giò Fattoruso. The musical part was performed by the band Amusia (of which Magrin was a co-founder and vocal solist) with Alessandro Fè on the piano, Carlo Cassera on the bass, Fabrizio Zambuto on the guitar, and Fabio Ariano on the drums and percussion. Other players who played for the club at the time also took part in the recording: Vinicio Espinal, Valerio Capocchiano, Alberto Bertolini and Marco Guidone.

Starting from the official presentation, Monza Alè is used to accompany all the official occasions involving Monza, including home matches: typically it is broadcast by the speakers of the Stadio Brianteo as the teams enter the pitch.

Shirt sponsors and manufacturersEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
1978–1981 Admiral Sportswear None
1981–1986 Adidas Ponteggi Dalmine
1986–1987 None
1987–1988 Fratelli Beretta
1988–1989 Virma Philco
1989–1990 Geotronics
1990–1992 Umbro Zincol
1992–1994 Adidas Philco
1994–1995 Progetto Brianza
1995–1996 Reusch Banca Popolare di Monza e Brianza
1996–1997 Reebok
1997–1998 Firestone
1998–2000 Adidas Vismara
2000–2001 Legea ghostyclub.com
2001–2002 Centrale Latte Monza
2002–2003 Garman Gruppo IPQ
2003–2004 None
2004–2005 Erreà Alexia Alluminio
2005–2006 Sangalli G.
2006–2007 Adidas Vitali
2007–2008 Vitali/Malegori & SeRist
2008–2009 Vitali
2009–2010 Sangalli G./Provincia di Monza Brianza
2010–2011 Sangalli G.
2011–2012 Kopron
2012–2013 Monza CittàCardioprotetta (only used once)
2013–2014 Acerbis Stop Racism
2014–2015 Umbro Biffi Mobili (only used once)
2015–2017 Macron Mobil Plastic
2017 Mobil Plastic/Enerxenia
2017–2018 Pontenossa/Dell'Orto/Enerxenia/Mobil Plastic
2018–2019 Boxeur Des Rues Pontenossa/Giostyle
2019–present Lotto Edison

SupportersEdit

"Il nostro Calcio Monza è in C1, e non andremo mai in Serie A,
ma io non mollerò, questa è la mia mentalità
segui anche tu la squadra della tua città"

—Curva Davide Pieri chant

The organized support in the city has its roots since the early seventies: the first purely ultras group were the Commandos. In 1977, the Brigate Biancorosse were born, alongside smaller groups such as Prima Linea and Fossa Arditi. In the early eighties the various components of the ultras movement in Monza decided to gather behind a single banner, that of the Legione d'Assalto, which was joined shortly after by the Eagles Monza, the most representative group, in terms of longevity and numbers, of tifo in Monza. In those years, nearing the retirement of the Stadio Sada in favor of the new Stadio Brianteo, several minor groups, in addition to the Eagles, were born: Vedano Erotika, Wild Kaos, Libertà Korps, Gruppo Avvinazzato, Inferno Biancorosso, and Indians. Those groups decided to abandon the central steps in favor of the Curva Lambro.

Following the transfer of Monza to the new stadium, the cheering experienced a period of liveliness, especially as regards the Monza Clubs, which came to multiply and count several members throughout Brianza. After the dissolution of the Eagles in 1992, the Gioventù Brianzola was born in 1993 from the union of the remaining ultras groups. They decided to adopt an eagle as a symbol, in tribute to the work done by the Eagles over the years. In 1994 the S.A.B. (Sempre Al Bar, Italian for "Always at the Bar") were born: the split was due to a different way of understanding the tifo and for basic differences. In the beginning it was a closed and goliardic group, dedicated to eating well (and above all to drinking) and that organizing itself with private cars or minibuses for away matches.

 
Choreography by Monza fans in the Curva Davide Pieri in 2019.

In 2001 the Gioventù Brianzola broke up, and the S.A.B. became the driving group of the Curva Davide Pieri: from that moment the organization of transfers by bus and with special trains began. Since 1999 the Graziosa Group also appeared, marked by mutual support with the S.A.B. The Graziosa Group, the S.A.B. remained the only ultra group to attend the Brianteo for a few years, except in 2009 when they were joined by the 1912 group, and in 2017 by the N.D.O.; until 2017, the latter group occupied the West Stand of the stadium. Recently, several groups were born in the Curva, including Libertà, Ultras Cederna (from the name of the homonymous district), Pollakis (active, until 2019, in the grandstand sector) and Ronco, while the clubs of fans multiplied, with the return of several "Monza Club" in the city and in the province.

The Curva Sud of the Brianteo is also called Curva Davide Pieri, in memory of a young fan who died prematurely in December 1998.[5] The West tribune bears the name of the historic fan Angelo Scotti, who died in 2018, while the press tribune was named in memory of Claudio Parma, a journalist and Biancorosso fan, who died on 3 July 2008.[6]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 31 January 2020[7]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Eugenio Lamanna
3   DF Armando Anastasio
4   MF Giorgio Galli
5   MF Marco Fossati
6   DF Giuseppe Bellusci
7   FW Cosimo Chiricò
8   MF Tommaso Morosini (on loan from Südtirol)
9   FW Andrea Brighenti
10   MF Andrea D'Errico (captain)
11   FW Mattia Finotto
12   GK Daniele Sommariva
14   FW Nicola Rauti (on loan from Torino)
15   DF Ivan Marconi
16   FW Dany Mota (on loan from Juventus)
No. Position Player
17   MF Nicola Mosti (on loan from Juventus)
18   MF Andrea Palazzi (on loan from Inter)
19   DF Filippo Scaglia
20   MF Simone Iocolano
21   MF Marco Armellino
22   GK Federico Del Frate
23   MF José Machín (on loan from Parma)
24   MF Nicola Rigoni
29   DF Gabriel Paletta
30   DF Michele Franco
31   DF Mario Sampirisi
32   DF Franco Lepore
33   FW Ettore Gliozzi (on loan from Sassuolo)
35   MF Luca Lombardi

Out on loanEdit

As of 31 January 2020

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

No. Position Player
  DF Stefano Negro (at Viterbese until 30 June 2020)[8]
  DF Maicol Origlio (at Rende until 30 June 2020)[9]
  MF Gianluca Barba (at Pontedera until 30 June 2020)[10]
  MF Alessandro Di Munno (at Vis Pesaro until 30 June 2020)[11]
  MF Filippo Lora (at Ravenna until 30 June 2020)[12]
  MF Federico Marchesi (at Lecco until 30 June 2020)[13]
No. Position Player
  MF Luca Palesi (at Pro Patria until 30 June 2020)[14]
  FW Luca Giudici (at Lecco until 30 June 2020)[13]
  FW Ettore Marchi (at Juventus U23 30 June 2020)[15]
  FW Hervé Otélé (at Milano City until 30 June 2020)[16]
  FW Giacomo Tomaselli (at Gozzano until 30 June 2020)[17]

Notable players and managersEdit

The following is a list of players and managers that are part of the Hall of Fame on the official club website.[18]

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

ContinentalEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Also includes Prima Divisione and Seconda Divisione titles, when they represented the third-highest division in the Italian football league system.
  2. ^ a b Monza was one of eight teams that represented the Italian selection in the 1961 tournament.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Silvio Berlusconi: Ex-Italian PM buys Italian club Monza". 28 September 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Coppa Italia 1938/39". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  3. ^ "51-52". www.asromaultras.org. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Il Monza è di Armstrong! Seedorf ha venduto tutto il Monza". www.monza-news.it (in Italian). Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Curva Sud "Davide Pieri"". SAB Monza. Archived from the original on 29 July 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Tu sei sempre qui con noi: Ciao Claudio!". Monza News. Archived from the original on 15 May 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Prima Squadra". www.monzacalcio.com (in Italian). Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Associazione Calcio Monza S.p.A." Associazione Calcio Monza S.p.A. (in Italian). Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Origlio in prestito al Rende - Associazione Calcio Monza S.p.A." www.monzacalcio.com (in Italian). Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Le prime ufficialità del mercato biancorosso - Associazione Calcio Monza S.p.A." www.monzacalcio.com (in Italian). Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Di Munno alla Vis Pesaro a titolo temporaneo - Associazione Calcio Monza S.p.A." www.monzacalcio.com (in Italian). Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Filippo Lora in prestito al Ravenna - Associazione Calcio Monza S.p.A." www.monzacalcio.com (in Italian). Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  13. ^ a b "Giudici e Marchesi in prestito al Lecco - Associazione Calcio Monza S.p.A." www.monzacalcio.com (in Italian). Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  14. ^ "Palesi in prestito alla Pro Patria - Associazione Calcio Monza S.p.A." www.monzacalcio.com (in Italian). Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Marchi in prestito alla Juventus - Associazione Calcio Monza S.p.A." www.monzacalcio.com (in Italian). Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  16. ^ "Chiusura di mercato col botto per il Milano City" (Press release) (in Italian). Milano City. 31 January 2020.
  17. ^ "Giacomo Tomaselli in prestito al Gozzano - Associazione Calcio Monza S.p.A." www.monzacalcio.com (in Italian). Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  18. ^ "AC Monza - Hall of Fame - I più grandi biancorossi di tutti i tempi". www.monzacalcio.com. Retrieved 2 February 2019.

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