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
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Full nameAssociazione Sportiva Cittadella S.r.l.
Nickname(s)Citta
Founded1973 (47 years ago) (1973)
GroundStadio Pier Cesare Tombolato,
Cittadella, Veneto, Italy
Capacity7,623[1]
ChairmanAndrea Gabrielli
ManagerRoberto Venturato
LeagueSerie B
2018–19Serie B, 7th
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, being Padua (Padova in Italian) the capital city of Cittadella's referring province.

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.[3][4] 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 which Samp relegated from Serie A in 2011.

They reached the promotion play-off final to Serie A in 2018/2019 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. [5]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 15 January 2020.[6]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Alberto Paleari
2   DF Christian Mora (on loan from Atalanta)
3   DF Amedeo Benedetti
4   MF Manuel Iori (Captain)
5   DF Davide Adorni (Vice-captain)
6   DF Agostino Camigliano
7   MF Andrea Bussaglia
8   MF Federico Proia
9   FW Davide Diaw
10   MF Christian D'Urso
11   FW Giuseppe Panico
12   GK Luca Maniero
13   DF Alberto Rizzo
14   FW Davide Luppi
No. Position Player
15   DF Domenico Frare
16   MF Alessio Vita
17   MF Marco Rosafio
18   DF Romano Perticone
19   FW Michael De Marchi
20   MF Mario Gargiulo
21   FW Giacomo Vrioni (on loan from Sampdoria)
22   GK Gabriele Plechero
23   MF Simone Branca
24   DF Luca Ghiringhelli
25   DF Cristian Ventola (on loan from Pescara)
26   MF Nicola Pavan
29   FW Žan Celar (on loan from Roma)
  FW Francesco Stanco

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  MF Luca Maniero (at Imolese)

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. ^ "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, la B al Tombolato" (in Italian). Calciopress.net. 14 June 2008. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2008.
  4. ^ "Cittadella: scelto lo stadio" (in Italian). C1siamo.net. 17 July 2008. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2008.
  5. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/football/top-stories/hellas-verona-promoted-back-to-serie-a/articleshow/69627064.cms
  6. ^ "Prima Squadra". A.S. Cittadella (in Italian). Retrieved 11 August 2014.

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