A.S. Cittadella

Associazione Sportiva Cittadella, commonly known as Cittadella, is an Italian professional football club based in the city of Cittadella, Veneto, currently playing in Serie B.

Cittadella
AS Cittadella logo.svg
Full nameAssociazione Sportiva Cittadella S.r.l.
Nickname(s)Citta
Founded1973 (50 years ago) (1973)
GroundStadio Pier Cesare Tombolato,
Cittadella, Veneto, Italy
Capacity7,623[1]
ChairmanAndrea Gabrielli
ManagerEdoardo Gorini
LeagueSerie B
2021–22Serie B, 11th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The team was founded in 1973 and play their home games at the Stadio Pier Cesare Tombolato, which has a capacity of 7,623 seats.[2]

HistoryEdit

Cittadella was founded in 1973, after the merger of U.S. Cittadellense and A.S. Olympia. The club spent most of its first years in amateur football, and then professional football at Serie C2 and Serie C1 ranks. Cittadella won its first promotion to Serie B in 1999 after defeating Brescello in the playoff finals, and spent a total two seasons in the Italian second-highest ranked division, being then relegated in 2001–02 Serie B. During their first stay in Serie B, the club played in Stadio Euganeo in Padua and, in an attempt to expand the fanbase, was renamed A.S. Cittadella Padova, Padua (Padova in Italian) being the home province of Cittadella.

Cittadella returned to Serie B in 2008, after defeating Cremonese in the 2007–08 Serie C1/A playoffs, under the guide of head coach Claudio Foscarini. In the 2008–09 Serie B season, the club was involved to projects focused to boost the capacity of the Stadio Tombolato to 7,500, in order to let the club play in their home town (with dispensation from the FIGC, since a stadium of at least 10,000 seats is required for Serie B). Thus, Cittadella played the first season games in Stadio Omobono Tenni in Treviso, about 40 km away.[2][3] After some delays, the first Serie B game played in Cittadella was played on 29 October 2008, Ancona being the opponents. The club escaped relegation in the final days of the season, thus ensuring another year of Serie B football to the local fans.

The following season, Cittadella thrashed Lecce 5–1 and Mantova 6–0 to finish 6th, and only losing to Brescia in the playoffs due to Brescia's superior league placing, despite a late 1–0 win in the second leg.

The club produced two strikers who later left for Serie A teams, namely, Riccardo Meggiorini (50% rights sold for €2.5M), Matteo Ardemagni (sold for €3.75M). Moreover, 2010–11 Serie B topscorer Federico Piovaccari also left for Sampdoria in 2011 for €3.5M, although Samp was relegated shortly afterwards from Serie A in 2010–11.

Cittadella was relegated again to Lega Pro in 2014–15.

The club returned to Serie B for the 2016–17 season following their promotion from the Lega Pro and has since regularly competed for the promotion play-off positions, including finishing as high as 5th place in 2019–20. They reached the promotion play-off final to Serie A in 2018–19 against Hellas Verona and, after winning the first match by 2–0 at home, conceded the comeback to Verona in the 2nd leg, losing 3–0 away after going down to 10 men when the score was still 1–0.[4] Similarly, Cittadella also lost in the play-off final against Venezia at the end of the 2020–21 season to again narrowly miss out on the club's first promotion to Serie A.[5]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 25 January 2023[6]

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 Filippo Manfrin
2 DF   ITA Romano Perticone
3 DF   ITA Gian Filippo Felicioli
5 DF   ITA Dario Del Fabro
6 DF   ARG Santiago Visentin
7 FW   GNB Carlos Embaló
10 MF   ITA Mirko Antonucci
14 DF   ITA Alessandro Salvi
15 DF   ITA Domenico Frare
16 MF   ITA Alessio Vita
17 DF   ITA Daniele Donnarumma
18 DF   ITA Alessandro Mattioli
19 DF   ITA Vincenzo Ciriello
20 MF   ITA Giuseppe Carriero
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF   ITA Giovanni Crociata (on loan from Empoli)
23 MF   ITA Simone Branca
26 MF   ITA Nicola Pavan
29 MF   ITA Valerio Mastrantonio
30 FW   URU Ignacio Lores Varela
32 FW   ITA Tommy Maistrello
36 GK   ALB Elhan Kastrati
70 FW   ITA Giuseppe Ambrosino (on loan from Napoli)
72 MF   ITA Andrea Danzi
77 GK   ITA Luca Maniero
90 FW   ESP Raúl Asencio
92 MF   ITA Enrico Baldini
98 DF   ITA Federico Giraudo (on loan from Reggina)
99 FW   ITA Andrea Magrassi

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
MF   ITA Simone Icardi (at Feralpisalò)
FW   ITA Luigi Cuppone (at Pescara, obligation to buy)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   ITA Camillo Tavernelli (at Triestina)
FW   SEN Mamadou Tounkara (at Avellino, obligation to buy)

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Roberto Venturato
Assistant Coach   Edoardo Gorini
Assistant Coach   Roberto Musso
Goalkeeper Coach   Andrea Pierobon
Fitness Coach   Andrea Redigolo
Chief Doctor   Ilario Candido
Club Doctor   Roberto Bordin

Notable playersEdit

See Category:A.S. Cittadella players.

ManagersEdit

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A.S. Cittadella – Stadio" (in Italian). A.S. Cittadella – Sito ufficiale. Archived from the original on 29 January 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Cittadella, la B al Tombolato" (in Italian). Calciopress.net. 14 June 2008. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2008.
  3. ^ "Cittadella: scelto lo stadio" (in Italian). C1siamo.net. 17 July 2008. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2008.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Venezia overcome Cittadella in playoff to secure return to Serie A". Eurosport. 27 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Prima Squadra". A.S. Cittadella (in Italian). Retrieved 11 August 2014.

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