A.C. Monza

Associazione Calcio Monza (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmontsa] (About this soundlisten)) is a professional football club based in Monza, Lombardy, Italy. Founded in 1912 as Monza Foot Ball Club, they play in the Serie B, the second tier of Italian football, following promotion in the 2019–20 season. In its history, the club has never reached the Serie A and has participated in 40 second division seasons as of the 2021–22 season, the most by any Italian club without ever achieving promotion to the first division.[2]

Monza
Monza's crest
Full nameAssociazione Calcio Monza S.p.A.
Nickname(s)I Bagai (Brianzolo: The Boys)
I Biancorossi (The White and Reds)
I Brianzoli
Founded1 September 1912; 109 years ago (1 September 1912), as Monza F.B.C.
3 June 2004; 17 years ago (3 June 2004), as A.C. Monza Brianza 1912
2 July 2015; 6 years ago (2 July 2015), as S.S.D. Monza 1912
GroundStadio Brianteo
Capacity18,568 (10,000 operational)
OwnerSilvio Berlusconi[1]
PresidentPaolo Berlusconi
Head coachGiovanni Stroppa
LeagueSerie B
2020–21Serie B, 3rd of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

In 2020, Monza returned to the Serie B after a 19-year absence; the club's last participation in the Italian second division dated back to the 2000–01 season. Monza holds the record of victories in the Coppa Italia Serie C, winning it four times. They also won four Serie C championships and an Anglo-Italian Cup. 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 1973–74 Coppa Italia Serie C

The club's history began in 1912, when the fusion of various city societies gave life to Monza Foot Ball Club.[citation needed] Starting from the Terza Categoria, the club climbed the divisional ladders Italian football during the 1920s and 1930s.[citation needed] In 1939, although still playing in the 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).[3] In 1951 Monza gained promotion to the Serie B and stayed in the division for fifteen years,[4] before going back to Serie C.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] At the end of the season, the team won the Anglo-Italian Cup in the final against Wimbledon FC.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] In 1996, the club lost in the Coppa Italia Serie C final against Empoli.[citation needed] 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.[5]

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.[citation needed] In 2020 Monza returned to the Serie B, after a 19-year absence from the competition.[6] In 2021, they reached the Serie B promotion play-offs, but were unable to achieve three promotions in four years, losing in the semi-finals to Cittadella.[7]

Colours and badgeEdit

BadgeEdit

 
The Monza badge used between 2004 and 2013

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.[citation needed] On top there was a white band containing the epigraph "A.C. MONZA" in black letters.[citation needed] When, in 1933, the club changed its colors, replacing blue with white, the emblem was redesigned.[citation needed] The shield became circular, with red and while halves.[citation needed] The Iron Crown was moved downwards and was made golden; above the monogram "ACM" was added, also golden.[citation needed]

Monza's official badge underwent various changes throughout its history, with the epigraphs changing as the club changed its name.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] The musical part was performed by the band Amusia (of which Magrin was a co-founder and vocal soloist) with Alessandro Fè on the piano, Carlo Cassera on the bass, Fabrizio Zambuto on the guitar, and Fabio Ariano on the drums and percussion.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] In 1977, the Brigate Biancorosse were born, alongside smaller groups such as Prima Linea and Fossa Arditi.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] Those groups decided to abandon the central steps in favor of the Curva Lambro.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] After the dissolution of the Eagles in 1992, the Gioventù Brianzola was born in 1993 from the union of the remaining ultras groups.[citation needed] They decided to adopt an eagle as a symbol, in tribute to the work done by the Eagles over the years.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

 
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.[citation needed] 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, in 2006 by the C.U.B. and in 2017 by the N.D.O.;[citation needed] until 2017, the latter group occupied the West Stand of the stadium.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

The Curva Sud of the Brianteo is also called Curva Davide Pieri, in memory of a young fan who died prematurely in December 1998.[8] 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.[9]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 31 August 2021[10]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ITA Eugenio Lamanna
2 DF   ITA Giulio Donati
4 MF   ITA Luca Mazzitelli
5 DF   ITA Luca Caldirola
6 DF   ITA Giuseppe Bellusci
7 MF   EQG José Machín
8 MF   ITA Andrea Barberis
9 FW   DEN Christian Gytkjær
10 MF   ITA Mattia Valoti
11 FW   ITA Mattia Finotto
12 GK   ITA Daniele Sommariva
13 DF   POR Pedro Pereira (on loan from Benfica)
16 GK   ITA Michele Di Gregorio (on loan from Inter Milan)
17 MF   ITA Antonino Barillà
18 DF   ITA Davide Bettella (on loan from Atalanta)
19 FW   ITA Andrea Favilli
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 MF   GRE Antonis Siatounis
22 GK   ITA Stefano Rubbi
23 MF   ITA Matteo Scozzarella
26 DF   BUL Valentin Antov (on loan from CSKA Sofia)
28 MF   ITA Andrea Colpani (on loan from Atalanta)
29 DF   ITA Gabriel Paletta
30 DF   BRA Carlos Augusto
31 DF   ITA Mario Sampirisi
33 MF   ITA Marco Brescianini (on loan from AC Milan)
34 DF   ITA Luca Marrone
47 FW   POR Dany Mota
77 MF   ITA Marco D'Alessandro
80 FW   ITA Samuele Vignato
84 FW   ITA Patrick Ciurria
98 DF   ITA Lorenzo Pirola (on loan from Inter Milan)

Youth academyEdit

As of 1 July 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
60 FW   ITA Luigi Caccavo
No. Pos. Nation Player
61 MF   ITA Vittorio Saul Pucci

Out on loanEdit

As of 31 August 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   ITA Armando Anastasio (at Reggiana until 30 June 2022)[11]
MF   ITA Luca Lombardi (at Vis Pesaro until 30 June 2022)[12]
MF   ITA Tommaso Morosini (at Lecco until 30 June 2022)[13]
MF   ITA Nicola Mosti (at Modena until 30 June 2022)[14]
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ITA Nicola Rigoni (at Cesena until 30 June 2022)[15]
FW   ITA Davide Diaw (at Vicenza until 30 June 2022)[16]
FW   CRO Mirko Marić (at Crotone until 30 June 2022)[17]

Hall of FameEdit

The following is a list of players who are part of the Hall of Fame on the club's official website.[18]

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

LeagueEdit

CupsEdit

EuropeanEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Only as a coach
  2. ^ a b c d Serie C1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Silvio Berlusconi: Ex-Italian PM buys Italian club Monza". 28 September 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Il Monza di Berlusconi torna in Serie B. Non accadeva da 19 anni". GQ Italia (in Italian). Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Coppa Italia 1938/39". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  4. ^ "51-52". www.asromaultras.org. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Il Monza è di Armstrong! Seedorf ha venduto tutto il Monza". www.monza-news.it (in Italian). Archived from the original on 16 April 2019. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Monza in B, la B è in Brianza! - Associazione Calcio Monza S.p.A." www.acmonza.com (in Italian). Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  7. ^ Sport, Sky. "Monza-Cittadella LIVE". sport.sky.it (in Italian). Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  8. ^ "Curva Sud "Davide Pieri"". SAB Monza. Archived from the original on 29 July 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Tu sei sempre qui con noi: Ciao Claudio!". Monza News. Archived from the original on 15 May 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Prima Squadra". A.C. Monza (in Italian). Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  11. ^ "Anastasio in prestito alla Reggiana" [Anastasio on loan to Reggiana]. A.C. Monza (in Italian). Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  12. ^ "Luca Lombardi joins Vis Pesaro on loan". A.C. Monza. 20 July 2021. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  13. ^ "Morosini e Di Munno al Lecco" [Morosin and Di Munno join Lecco]. A.C. Monza (in Italian). 26 August 2021. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  14. ^ "Nicola Mosti al Modena" [Nicola Mosti to Modena]. A.C. Monza (in Italian). 16 July 2021. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  15. ^ "Nicola Rigoni in prestito al Cesena" [Nicola Rigoni on loan to Cesena]. A.C. Monza (in Italian). Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  16. ^ "Davide Diaw on loan at LR Vicenza". A.C. Monza. 8 July 2021. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  17. ^ "Maric in prestito al Crotone" [Maric on loan at Crotone]. A.C. Monza (in Italian). 17 August 2021. Retrieved 17 August 2021.
  18. ^ "Hall of Fame Monza". acmonza.com. Retrieved 8 May 2021.

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