A.C. Monza

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Associazione Calcio Monza (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmontsa] (audio speaker iconlisten)) is a professional football club based in Monza, Lombardy, Italy. They play in the Serie B, the second tier of Italian football, following promotion in the 2019–20 season.

Monza
Monza's crest
Full nameAssociazione Calcio Monza S.p.A.
Nickname(s)I Bagai (Brianzöö for "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 (through Fininvest S.p.A.)
PresidentPaolo Berlusconi
Head coachGiovanni Stroppa
LeagueSerie B
2020–21Serie B, 3rd of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Founded in 1912 as Monza F.B.C., the club came close to promotion to the Serie A on multiple occasions between the 1960s and 1970s. Following Silvio Berlusconi's takeover in 2018, Monza returned to the Serie B after a 19-year absence in 2020, and came close to Serie A promotion in 2021. 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. 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.[1]

While initially Monza's colours were blue and white, they changed to red and white in 1932: as a result, they are nicknamed i biancorossi (the white and reds). Monza have played their home games at the Stadio Brianteo since 1988. They have rivalries with Como, Pro Sesto and Pisa.

HistoryEdit

Foundation and first tournaments (1912–1927)Edit

 
Monza's first lineup in 1912

The club was founded on 1 September 1912 as Monza F.B.C.,[2] in the Cappello Vecchio trattoria,[3] following the merger of two Monza-based clubs: Pro Monza and Pro Italia.[4] They established their first headquarters in the Caffè-pasticceria Roma,[2] and initially bore the blue and white colours.[4] Monza's first recorded win came on 20 September 1912, when they beat Juventus Italia [it] 2–1 in Triante.[5] The club won their first trophy – the Coppa Colli – in spring 1913, after beating Saronno [it] 3–2 in the final.[6]

In November 1913, Monza F.B.C. merged with Juventus F.B.C., a group of former Forti e Liberi [it] athletes,[7] to form A.C. Monza.[8] Monza first participated in the Terza Categoria (third level) in the 1913–14 season [it]; they played their first match on 4 January 1914,[9] losing 3–1 at home against Fanfulla.[10] The following season [it], Monza took part in the Promozione (second level),[11] finishing fourth out in their group of six.[12] Despite the outbreak of World War I, which forced teams to send their overage players, Monza were able to continue their sporting activity with young players.[13]

Between 1915 and 1918, due to the ongoing war, official tournaments were interrupted.[14] Upon the resumption of football in 1919,[14] Monza took part in the 1919–20 Promozione [it] (second level).[15] Monza hosted the Czechoslovakia national team at the "Grazie Vecchie" the same year, with the match ending in a 1–1 draw.[16] Having finished first in their group,[17] Monza played the promotion finals against Trevigliese [it], losing 2–1.[18] However, the Italian Football Federation decided to promote Monza via repechage,[18] and advanced to the Prima Categoria, the top tier of Italian football.[19]

Monza were grouped with Milan, Cremonese and Pro Patria in their qualifying group.[16] Their first game was played on 24 October 1920, a 4–1 home defeat to Milan; Francesco Mandelli scored Monza's lone goal.[20] They finished the 1920–21 season in last place in their group, with no points.[21] The following season, Monza finished second in their group, missing out on the final stage by one position.[22] Due to a restructuring of the league system, Monza were moved to the Seconda Divisione (second level) for the 1922–23 season;[23] they avoided relegation by beating Chiasso and Canottieri Lecco in the play-offs.[24] In 1926–27, after beating Ponziana 3–2 in the final, Monza were declared champions of the Seconda Divisione Lega Nord (third level), and were promoted to the Prima Divisione (second level).[25]

Biancorossi and Serie B promotion (1932–1953)Edit

 
Monza's lineup against Genoa in the 1938–39 Coppa Italia quarter-finals

Between the 1930s and 1940s, Monza played in the Prima Divisione (third level), which later became the Serie C in 1935.[26] In September 1932, ahead of the 1932–33 season, Monza's new president Giuseppe Riva changed the club's colours to red and white (biancorosso), which they have worn ever since.[27] Monza finished in first place the following season, and played a round-robin tournament with three other teams for promotion to the Serie B; they finished in fourth place, and failed to move up to the second level.[28] On 23 April 1939, the club reached the Coppa Italia quarter-finals as a Serie C club, losing 2–1 to Serie A side Genoa.[29][30] They became the first Serie C team to accomplish the feat.[31]

Between 1942 and 1945, World War II interrupted football in Italy.[32] Following the war, Monza were placed in the Serie C, finishing eighth in the 1945–46 season.[33] They came close to promotion the following season, finishing third in the promotion play-offs.[34] In 1947, Peppino Borghi became president of Monza.[35] Coached by Annibale Frossi, Monza headed into the 1950–51 Serie C with a strong transfer campaign.[36] On 4 June 1951, Monza played away to Omegna [it] in the second-to-last matchday: Carlo Colombetti [it] of Monza scored the lone goal of the game via a penalty kick,[37] mathematically giving his side their first Serie B promotion.[38]

Monza debuted in the Serie B on 9 September 1951, drawing to Siracusa 1–1 away from home.[39] The team only avoided relegation in the last matchday, thanks to a slim 2–1 home win against Piombino.[40] Against most expert's predictions prior to the season, Monza finished the 1952–53 Serie B in fourth position, only three points behind direct promotion in second place.[41]

Simmenthal merger (1955–1967)Edit

In July 1955, ahead of the 1955–56 season, Monza merged with Prima Categoria side G.S. Simmenthal, the football club of the "Simmenthal" food company.[42] The club was renamed A.C. Simmenthal-Monza, and was headed by Simmenthal owner Claudio Sada.[43] The merger helped fund subsequent transfer campaigns.[42] The game between Monza and Verona, played on 8 October 1955, was the first free-to-air televised game in Italy.[44] Monza's first season under the new management was positive, finishing the season in third place.[45] In the following years, until the end of their merger in 1964, Monza alternated positive seasons (fourth and fifth place in 1958 and 1961, respectively) with negative ones (16th and 15th in 1960 and 1964).[46] On 14 July 1964, Simmenthal stoped sponsoring Monza, and the club returned to their former name A.C. Monza.[47]

Despite Monza's strong financial situation,[a] no one was interested in purchasing the club; Sada decided to remain president for the following season.[49] While Monza barely avoided relegation in the 1964–65 season,[50] the same couldn't be said about the next season: following 15 years of second-tier football, Monza were relegated to the Serie C in the last matchday of the season,[51] drawing 0–0 away to Mantova on 19 June 1966.[52] After winning the 1966–67 play-off game against Como 1–0, thanks to a lone goal by Gianluigi Maggioni [it] in the 32nd minute, Monza were promoted back to the Serie B after one year.[53]

Serie A promotion attempts (1969–1979)Edit

 
The 1973–74 Coppa Italia Serie C

Only three years after their promotion, Monza came close to reaching the Serie A for the first time in the 1969–70 Serie B under coach Luigi Radice; they needed a win away to first-placed Varese to keep their promotion chances alive in the second-to-last matchday.[54] On 7 June 1970, after just two minutes of play, Monza took the lead through Roberto Caremi [it]; in the sixth minute, Giampaolo Lanzetti [it] failed to double the lead, wasting a clear chance in front of goal. Varese eventually overturned the result, winning 2–1, mathematically preventing Monza from gaining promotion.[55]

In summer 1972, Giovanni Cappelletti became president of the club.[56] In his first year in charge, Monza were relegated to the Serie C, after losing in the last matchday of the 1972–73 season away to Bari 3–1.[57] Despite their relegation, Monza saw success in the Coppa Italia Serie C; they played three consecutive finals, in 1974, 1975 and 1976, winning the first two over Lecce and Sorrento, and losing the third in a repeat of the first final.[58] In the 1975–76 season, Monza were mathematically promoted back to the Serie B five games before the end of the season;[59] they also won an Anglo-Italian Cup on 19 June 1976, beating Wimbledon 1–0 in the final through a Francesco Casagrande [it] goal.[60]

During the late-1970s, Monza come close to gaining promotion to the Serie A on multiple occasions.[61] The first time was as a newly-promoted team in the 1976–77 season, finishing just shy of promotion in the final matchday after losing 2–1 to Modena through an 81st-minute own goal.[62] The following season went in a similar fashion, losing out to direct promotion in the second-to-last matchday against Pistoiese.[63][64] In the 1978–79 Serie B season, Monza once again failed qualification in the final matchdays, suffering a defeat to an already relegated Lecce in the second-to-last game;[65] tied with Pescara on points for third place, the two played a promotion tie-breaker which Monza lost 2–0.[66]

Valentino Giambelli presidency (1980–1999)Edit

Valentino Giambelli became president in 1980,[67] succeeding from Cappelletti, and the club was renamed Calcio Monza.[68] The first season went badly, with Monza being relegated to the Serie C1,[67][69] but were promoted back just one season later [it].[70][71] In the 1982–83 Serie B, Monza played in an arduous championship which contained historical sides AC Milan and Lazio,[72] both of whom had been relegated from the Serie A following the 1980 Totonero scandal.[73] Monza finished in seventh place, thanks to a 2–2 draw to Bologna in the last matchday.[74] They remained in the Serie B for a further three seasons, before being relegated in 1986.[75]

In the 1986–87 Serie C1 [it], Monza promoted various players from their youth academy, many of whom went on to become established names in Italian football, namely Alessandro Costacurta, Francesco Antonioli and Pierluigi Casiraghi.[61] At the helm of Pierluigi Frosio [it], Monza gained promotion to the Serie B in the 1987–1988 season [it],[76] and also won their third Coppa Italia Serie C, beating Palermo 2–1 at home following a goalless draw away.[77] The second leg, played on 11 June 1988, was Monza's last game in the Stadio Gino Alfonso Sada [it], who moved to the newly-constructed Stadio Brianteo.[78] The first game played at the new stadium came on 28 August 1988, when over 10,000 spectators attended Monza's Coppa Italia game against Serie A side Roma; Monza won 2–1 in a historic victory thanks to goals by Casiraghi and Carmelo Mancuso.[79]

After having barely avoided relegation in 1988–89 on goal difference,[80] Monza lost the 1989–90 Serie B relegation play-off encounter against Messina on 7 June 1990, and were relegated to the Serie C1.[81] On 13 June 1991, Monza won a record-fourth Coppa Italia Serie C, beating Palermo in the final.[82] They gained promotion to the Serie B in the 1991–92 season [it];[83] however, just two years later, Monza finished the 1993–94 season in last place and returned to the third tier.[84]

In March 1997, Giambelli signed a collaboration agreement with AC Milan, with Monza becoming a satellite team of the rossoneri,[85] the first of its kind in Italy.[86] In June 1997, Monza returned to the Serie B after defeating Carpi 3–2 in the promotion play-off final; they were coached by Luigi Radice, who had also helped them to promotion 30 years prior.[87] The following season, newly-promoted Monza changed most of their roster with young players, many coming from Milan's youth sector;[88] the season was underwhelming, with the team barely avoiding relegation.[89]

Financial instability (1999–2018)Edit

 
A bus with advertising by Anthony Armstrong Emery against racism in football (2013)

In April 1999,[86] after 19 years of presidency, Giambelli left the club following criticism concerning his close connection with Milan CEO Adriano Galliani.[78] Monza also ceased to be Milan's satellite team.[86] The club entered a period of instability, changing owners twice over the course of five years; they were relegated to the Serie C1 in 2001,[90] and then to the Serie C2 in 2002,[91] for the first time in their history.[92] Between 2002 and 2004, the Stadio Brianteo was dysfunctional and Monza played their home games in neighbouring Sesto San Giovanni.[92]

On 18 March 2004, Monza were declared bankrupt.[93] The club was acquired by Atalanta vice-president Gian Battista Begnini on 3 June 2004,[94] who renamed it A.C. Monza Brianza 1912.[95] Monza took part in the 2004–05 Serie C2 [it] where, despite being eliminated in the promotion play-off semifinals, they were admitted into the Serie C1 via repechage.[96]

Monza come close twice to promotion to the Serie B, losing two consecutive play-off finals: in the 2005–06 season, after having lost at home 2–0, Monza dominated the away leg to Genoa; they only won 1–0, having missed many chances to score further.[97] The 2006–07 season was even more dramatic: in the first leg at home, Monza beat Pisa thanks to a 74th-minute penalty;[98] in the second leg, a first-half goal by Pisa forced the game into extra time, who scored once more to secure promotion at Monza's expense.[99]

On 13 July 2009, Begnini sold the club to the PaSport holding company, headed by former Milan player Clarence Seedorf.[100] The new ownership didn't last long: in 2012 the club was relegated to the Serie C2 and, on 12 May 2013, was sold to Anthony Armstrong Emery.[101] Following broken promises regarding an increase in finances in the club, Monza was sold again, on 12 December 2014, to Dennis Bingham for €1.[102] The new president was contested straight away by fans for not paying the players' salaries.[103]

Following another sale, to Piero Montaquila in March 2015,[104] Monza was acquired by Nicola Colombo on 2 July 2015: the club was renamed S.S.D. Monza 1912.[105] Monza registered to the Serie D on 31 July,[106] and finished the 2015–16 season mid-table.[107] In May 2016, the club changed their name to S.S. Monza 1912; they achieved promotion back to the Serie C under coach Marco Zaffaroni in 2017.[108]

Berlusconi and Galliani leadership (2018–present)Edit

 
Monza celebrating their win against Brescia in the 2021–22 season

On 28 September 2018, the Fininvest holding company announced the acquisition of Monza, headed by former AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi and CEO Adriano Galliani.[109] In the first season under the new leadership, Monza finished the Serie C in fifth place with Cristian Brocchi as coach,[110] and lost to Viterbese in the Coppa Italia Serie C final in the last minute.[111] On 1 July 2019, the club returned to their historical name A.C. Monza.[112]

Looking to gain direct promotion to the Serie B, Monza reinforced their squad with numerous high-end players with Serie A experience heading into the 2019–20 season.[113] In March 2020, with Monza in first position with a 16 point-lead over second-placed Carrarese, the Lega Pro committee announced the suspension of the league due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy.[114] On 8 June, the Italian Football Federation formally declared Monza champions, who were promoted to the Serie B after a 19-year absence from the competition.[115]

After having closed the first leg of the 2020–21 season in second place,[116] in a spot for direct promotion, Monza dropped one position at the end of the season and took part in the promotion play-offs.[117] After losing the first leg of the semi-finals 3–0 away to Cittadella,[118] Monza came close to overturning the result at home, winning 2–0.[119] It wasn't enough to reach the final, and Monza were unable to achieve three promotions in four years.[119]

Colours and identityEdit

ColoursEdit

Upon their formation in September 1912, Monza first wore a long-sleeved blue shirt, with a white collar and cuffs.[4] The choice of blue as a colour was "forced"; a local cloth dealer, who was a football fan, gifted the newly-founded club a piece of blue cloth which he had not been able to sell for years.[4] Following World War I, in the 1919–20 Promozione [it], the countless washes changed the shirt's colours from blue to white; thus, the shirts were replaced by new half-white-half-blue shirts, with matching sleeves.[16]

The club continued to bear the blue-and-white colours for exactly 20 years, until September 1932, when Monza's new president Giuseppe Riva changed the club's colours to red and white, which they have worn ever since.[27] Monza debuted with their new colours in the "Coppa del ventennio" (Two-decades cup), a friendly tournament in occasion of Monza's 20-year anniversary.[120] The kit was a white shirt with a red vertical stripe in the middle and black shorts.[120] Their away kit was the inverse of the home one; however, in case Monza were to face a team also wearing red and white, Monza wore a blue kit.[120] During the 1950s, the shorts were usually white, rarely black.[121] Goalkeepers wore black or grey kits.[120]

In 1971, Monza's kit underwent a slight but significant change: a horizontal white band appears on the left-hand side, running through the length of the shirt.[121] The following year, the vertical band extended to the shorts, and the kit numbers were displayed on the sleeves.[122] The Corona Ferrea was used as a de facto logo, placed on top of the stripe on the chest.[123] In the seasons following Monza's Coppa Italia Serie C wins – in 1974, 1975, 1988 and 1991 – the cockade of Italy replaced the crown.[123] On 22 August 1979, during a 1979–80 Coppa Italia game against Milan, Monza displayed the players' names on top of the numbers on the back, a novelty at the time dubbed "all'Americana" (American style); the Italian Football Federation didn't approve of the change, and fined them.[124] Monza first displayed a sponsor on their shirt in 1982, showing the text "Ponteggi Dalmine".[124]

 
 
 
 
 
 
Monza's first kit in 1912 was blue-and-white.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In 1920 the kit changed to blue-and-white halves.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The first red-and-white kit appeared in 1932.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In 1937–38 and 1961–62, Monza wore stripes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Variations of a full-red shirt were worn between the 1930s and 2010s...
 
 
 
 
 
 
...which alternated with the white-stripe kit, first introduced in 1972.

BadgeEdit

 
The Corona Ferrea has been used in Monza's badges since 1920

Monza's first crest was designed in 1920:[125] it featured a blue shield with a golden Corona Ferrea (Iron Crown) inside.[126] The text "A.C. Monza" was written inside a white horizontal band on top of the shield; a red line divided the band from the shield.[126] The crest remained until 1932, when Monza's colours changed to red and white.[126] In September 1933, the badge became circular; it was divided vertically in two halves – red and white – and featured golden initials (A.C.M.), with the Corona Ferrea in the bottom.[127] During the 1937–38 season, the badge changed from a circle to an oval, keeping the same details.[127] It stayed the same until 1945, following World War II, when it changed to a rectangular shape, divided into red-and-white halves.[127] The white half on the left featured the name of the club and the founding year, while the crown was placed in the red half on the right.[128]

Following Monza's promotion to the Serie B in 1951, the crest was changed once again, returning to the oval shape and changing the text's orientation from vertical to horizontal.[129] It lasted five years, until Monza's merger with Simmenthal; the logo changed to a more "detailed" one: the badge was shaped like a ox head, including the horns.[129] The colours were placed diagonally, similarly to the 1951 crest, with the letters S (for Simmenthal) and M (Monza) being placed on top of each other in the center of the badge.[129] The crown was included above the letters.[129] After the end of the merger in 1966, the badge changed accordingly: it became a stylised golden Corona Ferrea with red details.[129] The epigraph of the club's name was placed in the inner circle.[129] In 1989, Monza's logo changed to a "French" style shield; a golden "V" joined the top two corners with the base.[130] The red text "Calcio" was written diagonally inside the left line of the "V", while "Monza" was written on the right.[130] A red and gold vertical sword was placed inside the white triangle on top, in reference to Estorre Visconti,[131] while the two right-angled triangles on the bottom were red.[130]

 
The badge used by Monza between 2004 and 2013

Starting from the 2013–14 season, Monza's logo included a red shield with the name of the club (AC Monza Brianza 1912) written in white capital letters inside. The Corona Ferrea was placed above the shield, while two "Visconti" crossed swords were included inside the logo.[131] In 2015, Monza's logo underwent a redesign: keeping the same shield, the text changed to S.S.D. Monza 1912, in order to reflect the club's name change.[132] In 2021, Monza published a brand manual, including information regarding the geometrical construction of the badge, the fonts used by the club, and its unique colour dubbed "Rosso Monza" (Monza Red; hex: #E4032E).[133] While the crown remained on top, the two crossed swords were replaced by one vertical sword, which "cut" the 1912 inscription on the bottom.[132]

AnthemEdit

Since 2006, the club's official anthem has been the song Monza Alè, written and composed by the band Amusia, whose leader is former Monza player Michele Magrin.[131]

StadiumsEdit

First groundsEdit

 
The "Grazie Vecchie" field during a game between Monza and Czechoslovakia in 1919

Pro Monza and Pro Italia, the clubs that then ended up forming Monza in 1912, played in the "Boschetti Reali", in front of the Royal Villa of Monza.[4] Upon the merger of the two, Monza first played in Triante;[4] the field was then-defined "fuori porta" (outside the door), as it was located outside of the city of Monza.[78] Small stands were fitted for a cost of ITL3,000.[134] The opening game of the field was a game between Milan and Chiasso on 13 May 1912, which ended in a 5–2 win for the Milanese team.[134]

Monza's first city-based stadium was the "Grazie Vecchie", inaugurated on 13 May 1915 with a 1–0 win over Juventus Italia [it].[135] The stadium also played host to a friendly game between Monza and the Czechoslovakia national team in 1919, which ended in a 1–1 draw.[16] In winter 1923,[136] Monza relocated to their newly-constructed stadium in "via Ghilini" (Ghilini street), which cost almost ITL70,000.[137] The stadium was inaugurated with a friendly against Gloria, from the newly-annexed city of Fiume, with Monza winning 2–1.[137] The via Ghilini field continued operating until 1939, when World War II made it impracticable.[138]

Stadio Gino Alfonso SadaEdit

 
The Stadio Gino Alfonso Sada [it] (2013) hosted Monza's games between 1945 and 1988.

In 1945, following the war, a new playing field was built on the parade ground of the former GIL,[139] and was called the "San Gregorio" field.[139] It was inaugurated on 21 October, with Monza's 2–0 friendly win over Pavia.[140] Following Monza's promotion to the Serie B in 1951, a grandstand and stands were built, and the stadium was promptly renamed "Stadio Città di Monza"; the supporters, however, continued calling it with its traditional name.[139]

In 1965, the stadium was renamed Stadio Gino Alfonso Sada [it], in honour of the deceased former president of Monza.[141] The club's last game at the "Sada" was played on 11 June 1988, in the away game of the 1987–88 Coppa Italia Serie C final against Palermo, which Monza won 2–1.[78]

Stadio BrianteoEdit

On 28 May 1979, plans for the construction of a new stadium began, which were approved by the Extraordinary Commissioner Alfio Licandro.[142] Construction work for the new Stadio Brianteo began on 13 November 1982, and ended in 1986.[143] In the initial project, the total capacity was expected to be around 30,000.[144] However, for security reasons, the capacity was lowered to just under 20,000.[144]

Monza played their first game at the "Brianteo" on 28 August 1988, when they hosted Serie A side Roma in the Coppa Italia; Monza won their first game in their new stadium 2–1.[79] Monza's training ground is the Centro Sportivo Monzello, which was inaugurated on 3 November 1986.[145]

SupportersEdit

 
A choreography by Curva Sud fans in a match against Renate in 2019

The first signs of organised support emerged in the early-1970s, with the foundation of the ultras group "Commandos" in 1971 and "Club Ultras Monza" in 1972. In the early-1980s, "Eagles Monza" emerged. With Monza having relocated to the new Stadio Brianteo in 1988, various ultras groups began to fold, with "Eagles" abandoning in 1992.[146]

In 1993, "Gioventù Brianzola" were formed, and became the driving force of the Curva Sud: they adopted the eagle as their symbol, as a tribute to the defunct group. In 1994, "Sempre Al Bar" (S.A.B.) were formed. With the dissolution of other groups in 2001, S.A.B. became the main group of the Curva.[146]

Following Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani's takeover of the club, attendance figures started to rise, and new supporter groups began to emerge.[146]

The Curva Sud of the Brianteo is also called "Curva Davide Pieri", in memory of a young fan who died prematurely in December 1998.[147] The West grandstand bears the name of the historic fan Angelo Scotti, who died in 2018, while the press grandstand was named in memory of Claudio Parma, a journalist and biancorosso fan, who died on 3 July 2008.[148]

RivalriesEdit

Monza fans singing "chi non salta è un comasco", following their win against Como in 2021

Monza's main rivalry is with fellow-Lombard club Como; it has been defined as the "hottest derby in Serie B".[149] Their first encounter dates back to 19 November 1922, which ended in a goalless draw in Como.[149] The rivalry, however, began on 4 June 1967, when Monza beat Como 1–0 in the decisive promotion play-off game to the Serie B.[53] The rivalry got even more intense on 13 April 1980: with Monza leading 3–1 on matchday 30, Como overturned the result, equalising via a last-minute penalty; the 3–3 draw ultimately killed Monza's chances of promotion to the Serie A.[149]

Another important rivalry is with Pro Sesto, based in the adjacent city Sesto San Giovanni.[150] Historically, the two sides have had a tradition of beating the other away from home.[151] Monza also have a more recent rivalry with Pisa: on 17 June 2007, the two faced off in the Serie C promotion play-off final.[99] Pisa won, and the opposing supporters began attacking each other.[152]

Monza in the mediaEdit

During the 1955–56 Serie B, Monza's first season under their merger with Simmenthal,[43] Monza's "San Gregorio" stadium played host to the first free-to-air televised game in Italy.[44] Broadcast by RAI, and commentated by Nicolò Carosio,[153] the match was played on 8 October 1955 between Monza and Verona,[44] which ended in a goalless draw.[153] Monza earned ITL700,000 from the broadcast.[153] Only 1,500 spectators attended the game, as most fans were watching the encounter via TV in local bars.[153]

Italian actor Renato Pozzetto, in the 1979 film The Finzi Detective Agency, played the part of private investigator Riccardo Finzi, a supporter of Monza, who in a sentence declared: "I support Monza, we will never be able to reach the Serie A".[154] The quote became a classic in local culture, and was made part of a fan chant: "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" (Our Calcio Monza is in [Serie] C1, and we will never go to Serie A. But I will not give up, this is my mentality. You too follow the team of your city).[155]

Monza formed their esports team in September 2019, to compete in competitive FIFA games.[156] Simone Figura (Figu7rinho) and Raffaele Cacciapuoti (Er_Caccia98) were presented as the team's first pro players.[157] In January 2022, the Osservatorio Italiano Esports (OIES) presented their "OIES Badge" to a select few esports teams;[158] Monza and Inter Milan were the only two football clubs to receive the certification.[159]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 25 January 2022[160]

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
7 MF   EQG José Machín
8 MF   ITA Andrea Barberis
9 FW   DEN Christian Gytkjær
10 MF   ITA Mattia Valoti (on loan from SPAL)
11 FW   ITA Leonardo Mancuso (on loan from Empoli)
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)
18 DF   ITA Davide Bettella (on loan from Atalanta)
19 FW   ITA Andrea Favilli (on loan from Genoa)
20 MF   GRE Antonis Siatounis
21 MF   URU Gastón Ramírez
No. Pos. Nation Player
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
79 MF   ITA Salvatore Molina
80 FW   ITA Samuele Vignato
84 FW   ITA Patrick Ciurria
98 DF   ITA Lorenzo Pirola (on loan from Inter Milan)

Youth academyEdit

As of 25 September 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
61 MF   ITA Vittorio Saul Pucci
No. Pos. Nation Player
62 GK   ITA Andrea Mazza

Out on loanEdit

As of 26 January 2022

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 Pordenone until 30 June 2022)[161]
DF   ITA Giuseppe Bellusci (at Ascoli until 30 June 2022)[162]
MF   ITA Luca Lombardi (at Vis Pesaro until 30 June 2022)[163]
MF   ITA Tommaso Morosini (at Lecco until 30 June 2022)[164]
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ITA Nicola Mosti (at Modena until 30 June 2022)[165]
MF   ITA Nicola Rigoni (at Cesena until 30 June 2022)[166]
FW   ITA Davide Diaw (at Vicenza until 30 June 2022)[167]
FW   CRO Mirko Marić (at Crotone until 30 June 2022)[168]

Hall of FameEdit

The following is a list of players who are part of the Hall of Fame on the club's official website.[169]

Managerial historyEdit

The following is the list of Monza mangers throughout history.[170][171]

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

LeagueEdit

CupEdit

EuropeanEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In 1964, Monza and Serie A club Bologna were the only teams to have positive balances in the first two divisions.[48]
  2. ^ a b Only as a coach
  3. ^ Joined mid-1953–54 season (10 December 1953)
  4. ^ Joined mid-1954–55 season (20 November 1954)
  5. ^ Joined mid-1956–57 season (2 December 1956)
  6. ^ Joined mid-1958–59 season
  7. ^ Joined mid-1963–64 season (17 March 1964)
  8. ^ Joined mid-1964–65 season (3 May 1965)
  9. ^ Joined mid-1965–66 season (2 June 1966)
  10. ^ Joined mid-1967–68 season (28 February 1968)
  11. ^ Joined mid-1973–74 season (1 December 1973)
  12. ^ Joined mid-1974–75 season (21 January 1975)
  13. ^ Joined mid-1980–81 season (17 November 1980)
  14. ^ Joined mid-1980–81 season (22 April 1981)
  15. ^ Joined mid-1982–83 season (10 October 1982)
  16. ^ Joined mid-1983–84 season (6 December 1983)
  17. ^ Joined mid-1985–86 season (10 January 1986)
  18. ^ Joined mid-1990–91 season [it] (5 May 1991)
  19. ^ Joined mid-1993–94 season
  20. ^ Joined mid-1996–97 season [it]
  21. ^ a b Joined mid-1997–98 season
  22. ^ Joined mid-1999–2000 season
  23. ^ Joined mid-2000–01 season
  24. ^ a b c d Joined mid-2001–02 season [it]
  25. ^ Joined mid-2002–03 season [it]
  26. ^ Joined mid-2003–04 season [it]
  27. ^ Joined mid-2004–05 season [it]
  28. ^ Joined mid-2007–08 season
  29. ^ Joined mid-2008–09 season
  30. ^ a b Joined mid-2010–11 season
  31. ^ a b Joined mid-2015–16 season
  32. ^ Joined mid-2018–19 season
  33. ^ a b c d Serie C1

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Further readingEdit

  • "Articolo celebrativo del 50º di fondazione del Simmenthal-Monza". Calcio (in Italian). Lega Nazionale Professionisti. 1961–62: 5. 1962.
  • "Calcio Monza 1984/85". Corriere di Monza e Brianza (in Italian). 1984.
  • Fontanelli, Carlo; Delbue, Matteo; Peduzzi, Stefano (2012). E non andremo mai in Serie A... 100 anni di Monza. Almanacco biancorosso 1912–2012 (in Italian). Geo Edizioni. ISBN 978-8869990267.

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