A.C. Pisa 1909

Associazione Calcio Pisa 1909, commonly referred to as Pisa, is an Italian football club based in Pisa, Tuscany. The team currently plays in Serie B.

Pisa
Logo Associazione Calcio Pisa 1909.svg.png
Full nameAssociazione Calcio Pisa 1909 S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Nerazzurri (The Black and Blues)
Founded1909 (original)
1994 (initial refoundation)
2009 (recent refoundation)
GroundArena Garibaldi
Capacity25,000[1]
ChairmanGiuseppe Corrado
ManagerLuca D'Angelo
LeagueSerie B
2019–20Serie B, 9th of 20
WebsiteClub website

The club was founded in 1909 as Pisa Sporting Club and refounded in 1994 as Pisa Calcio (and registered in Eccellenza, the regional football division in Italy), after the cancellation of the former because of economical troubles. It was excluded again from Italian football in 2009, after the property failed to collect enough money to pay off the club's debts.[2] In summer 2009 it was refounded with the current denomination.

Pisa won two Mitropa Cups, in 1986 and 1988. They play their home matches at Arena Garibaldi - Stadio Romeo Anconetani, named after Romeo Anconetani, the chairman who brought and led the club in Serie A during the 1980s. In 2016, Giuseppe Corrado bought the club and planned the new Pisa stadium.

HistoryEdit

Pisa S.C.Edit

After promotion to Serie B in 1965, Pisa took three years to reach Serie A for the first time. Despite a brave effort, Pisa was relegated on the final day of the 1968–69 season.

Spending much of the 1970s in Serie C, Pisa returned to Serie B in 1979 (by which time the club had come under the presidency of the much-loved Romeo Anconetani) and were promoted to Serie A in 1982, embarking on a period of six out of nine seasons in Serie A. With Danish international Klaus Berggreen among their stars, Pisa managed a credible 11th place in the 1982–83 Serie A with 27 points and 27 goals scored and conceded in 30 games. The following season brought relegation (during which they recorded just 3 wins and 16 draws) with 15,000 fans travelling to Milan for the fateful penultimate game.

Promotion followed in 1985, and the team seemed capable of staying up until losing their last three games. The cycle was repeated in 1987, only for a side containing players like Dunga and Paul Elliott to stay up. The last promotion to Serie A was achieved in 1990, and with the talents of players like Maurizio Neri, Michele Padovano and Lamberto Piovanelli up front and Diego Simeone, Henrik Larsen and Aldo Dolcetti in midfield, the side started well and was briefly atop the standings, only to suffer another relegation.

Relegation brought considerable financial strains to the club, and by 1994 they had lost a relegation play-off and were condemned to Serie C1.

Pisa CalcioEdit

Bankruptcy saw Pisa reformed in Eccellenza, only to return to Serie C2 in 1996 and C1 in 1999. Pisa have since worked towards attaining Serie B status, which was achieved in 2007. Their crowds have been among the better in Italy's lower divisions owing to the dedication of their fans.

In 2005–06, the team, initially thought to be a protagonist for the promotion, were in continuous struggles, and avoided relegation after playoffs in two dramatic regional derbies against Massese. The 2006–07 season, with new boss Piero Braglia, brought Pisa back to fight for a promotion spot: the nerazzurri ended the regular season in third place, and eventually won the promotion playoffs by defeating Venezia in the semi-finals and Monza in the finals.

For the 2007–08 Serie B campaign, the first in 13 years, Giampiero Ventura was named to replace Braglia at the helm of the nerazzurri. Despite initial predictions of a mid-low table place, Pisa's impressive performances brought the team to fight for a direct promotion spot, also thanks to a forward line composed by Alessio Cerci, José Ignacio Castillo and Vitali Kutuzov which proved to be among the finest in the league. The club ended the regular season in sixth place, therefore achieving a spot to the promotion playoffs, where Pisa was later defeated by Lecce.

In 2008–09, the club was acquired by Rome entrepreneur Luca Pomponi, who initially failed into appointing Alessandro Costacurta as new head coach, thus confirming Ventura as nerazzurri boss. The club, which was weakened by the departures of Cerci, Castillo, Kutuzov and several other players, did not manage to repeat its performances, with Ventura being ultimately sacked in March 2009, with the club in mid-table place. The appointment of Bruno Giordano, which was made to improve the team results, however proved to be disappointing in terms of results, as Pisa slowly lost positions in the table, and shockingly got directly relegated in the final game of the season due to an injury-time home defeat to Brescia which left the Tuscans in 18th place. The unexpected relegation also unveiled a number of massive financial issues which prevented the club from registering in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione, and in July 2009 the club was excluded by the Italian Football Federation for the second time in its history.

 
Home of A.C. Pisa 1909 as seen from the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

A.C. Pisa 1909Edit

Pisa has been refounded with the current denomination of A.C. Pisa 1909 S.S.D. to start again from Serie D under new ownership.[2] At the end of the season Pisa won Group (Girone) D of Serie D and was promoted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione for the 2010–11 season.[3]

The team was then admitted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione for the 2010–11 season to fill vacancies created by a row of club exclusions in second and third tier of Italian football league system.

On 12 June 2016 Pisa gained promotion to Serie B after seven years by defeating Maceratese (3–1), Pordenone (3–0 on aggregate) and Foggia in the two-legged play-off final (5–3 on aggregate),[4] however, the club was relegated to Serie C the following season after finishing second-last.

SquadEdit

As of 26 January 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
1 GK   ITA Simone Perilli
2 DF   ITA Samuele Birindelli
3 DF   ITA Eros Pisano
4 DF   ITA Francesco Belli
7 MF   ITA Nicholas Siega
8 DF   ITA Antonio Caracciolo
9 FW   ITA Simone Palombi (on loan from Lazio)
10 MF   ITA Danilo Soddimo
12 GK   ITA Matteo Kucich
13 DF   ITA Andrea Meroni (on loan from Sassuolo)
14 MF   ROU Marius Marin
17 FW   ITA Giuseppe Sibilli
19 FW   ITA Luca Vido (on loan from Atalanta)
21 MF   ITA Alessandro Quaini
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 GK   ITA Leonardo Loria
23 DF   ITA Francesco Lisi
24 DF   ITA Marco Varnier (on loan from Atalanta)
25 DF   ITA Lorenzo Masetti
26 FW   ITA Gaetano Masucci
27 MF   AUT Robert Gucher (Captain)
30 MF   ITA Alessandro De Vitis
31 FW   ITA Michele Marconi
33 DF   ITA Simone Benedetti
35 DF   ITA Tommaso Fischer
36 MF   ITA Luca Mazzitelli (on loan from Sassuolo)
FW   ITA Davide Marsura
GK   ITA Stefano Gori (on loan from Juventus)

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   ITA Alessandro Livieri (at Pro Sesto)
GK   SRB Vladan Dekić (at Casertana)
DF   ITA Gianmarco Ingrosso (at Cosenza)
DF   ITA Riccardo Perazzolo (at Paganese)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ITA Christian Langella (at Renate)
MF   ITA Roberto Zammarini (at Pordenone)
MF   ITA Mattia Minesso (at Perugia, obligation to buy)
FW   ITA Claudio Maffei (at Pro Sesto)

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Luca D'Angelo
Assistant Coach   Riccardo Taddei
Goalkeeper Coach   Claudio Rapacioli
Fitness Coach   Marco Greco
Physiotherapist   Remigio Del Sole
Chief Doctor   Cataldo Graci
Club Doctor   Giuseppe Liocio

Notable former playersEdit

HonoursEdit

Winners: 1985–86, 1987–88
Winners: 1984–85, 1986–87[5]
Winners: 1999–2000

Divisional movementsEdit

Series Years Last Promotions Relegations
A 7 1990–91 -   5 (1969, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1991)
B 34 2020–21   5 (1968, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1990)   5 (1952, 1971, 1994✟, 2009✟, 2017)
C
+C2
38
+3
2018–19   6 (1934, 1965, 1979, 2007, 2016, 2019)
  1 (1999 C2)
  1 (1954)
82 out of 89 years of professional football in Italy since 1929
D 5 2009–10   3 (1958, 1996, 2010)   1 (1956)
E 2 1994–95   2 (1957, 1995) never

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ARENA GARIBALDI – STADIO ROMEO ANCONETANI" (in Italian). Pisa Calcio. Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  2. ^ a b "COMUNICATO UFFICIO STAMPA PISA CALCIO" (in Italian). Pisa Calcio. 10 July 2009. Archived from the original on 13 July 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2009.
  3. ^ http://www.speciali.raisport.rai.it/calcio/seried/calendario_girone_d.shtml Group D of Serie D Table
  4. ^ "Gattuso's Pisa promoted". Football Italia. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Ex aequo con il Pescara. Almanacco del calcio" (PDF).

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