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Associazione Calcio Monza is an Italian football club based in Monza, Lombardy, Italy. 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 refoundations 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 Bagaj (Brianzolo: The Boys)
I Biancorossi (The White and Reds)
I Brianzoli
Short nameMNZ, MON
Founded1 September 1912; 106 years ago (1 September 1912), as Monza F.B.C.
2004; 15 years ago (2004), as A.C. Monza Brianza 1912
2015; 4 years ago (2015), as S.S.D. Monza 1912
GroundStadio Brianteo
Capacity18,568 (7,499 operational)
OwnerSilvio Berlusconi[1]
PresidentPaolo Berlusconi
Head coachCristian Brocchi
LeagueSerie C
2018–19Serie C/B, 5th
WebsiteClub website

Monza is one of 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 tournaments without ever achieving promotion in the first division. Monza holds the record of victories in the Coppa Italia Serie C, winning it four times. They also won four Serie C championships, an Anglo-Italian Cup and a Coppa delle Alpi.

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

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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

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 None

SupportersEdit

 
Monza fans in the Curva Davide Pieri in 2019.

At the end of the 1980s, the supporters group in the South Curve were the Eagles Monza; after the dissolution of the Eagles in 1992, in 1993 the union of the remaining groups created the Gioventù Brianzola.

In 1994 is born the group of S.A.B. (which means Sempre al Bar – Always to the Bar): the split was due to a different way of understanding typhus and basic divergence. At first it was a closed and gleaming group, devoted to eating and drinking, organizing with private cars; it was customary to flip the banner if the bar in the stadium was devoid of alcoholic drinks.

In 2001, Gioventù Brianzola dissolved and S.A.B. remained the only group in the Davide Pieri Curve: from then on he started organizing coach transfers and special trains. In 1999 he was joined by the Graziosa Group. The South Curve of Brianteo, is also called Curve Davide Pieri in memory of a young supporter who died prematurely in December 1998. The press tribune of the stadium was titled in the memory of Claudio Parma, journalist and fan, who died in July 2008.

PlayersEdit

Notable playersEdit

The following is a list of players that are part of the Hall of Fame on the official website of the club.[6]

HonoursEdit

NationalEdit

EuropeanEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/45678724
  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. ^ "MONZA". www.monza1912.it. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Monza1912 - Hall of Fame - I più grandi biancorossi di tutti i tempi". www.monza1912.it. Retrieved 2 February 2019.

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