Padania national football team

The Padania representative football team is an unofficial football team that represents Padania, a geographical region composed by the eight regions of Northern Italy. The team is not a member of UEFA, nor is it affiliated with the Italian Football Federation. They have established the Lega Federale Calcio Padania.[1]

Padania national football team
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationPadania Football Association A.S.D.
ConfederationCONIFA
Head coachItaly Arturo Merlo
Most capsAndrea Rota (24)
Top scorerMatteo Prandelli (14)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Italy Ausonia 2–0 Padania 
(Benevento, 1 March 1998)
Biggest win
 Padania 20–0 Darfur 
(Östersund; 1 June 2014)
Biggest defeat
Italy Ausonia 2–0 Padania 
(Benevento, 1 March 1998)
VIVA World Cup
Appearances3 (first in 2008)
Best resultChampions 2008, 2009, 2010
Websitehttp://www.padaniasports.it
Padania - County of Nice - Debrecen, 21 June 2015.

Padania had gained provisional membership of the NF-Board in 2008 and was able to take part in the 2008 VIVA World Cup along with Arameans Suryoye, Iraqi Kurdistan, Provence and Sápmi, which they won beating the Arameans Suryoye football team in the final by 2–0. Padania retained their crown when they hosted the 2009 finals, beating Kurdistan in the final. They defeated the Kurds again in 2010 to lift their third VIVA World Cup. Their non-appearance at the 2012 finals meant they didn't make it to four consecutive titles. Now the team is a member of ConIFA.

Tournament recordsEdit

World Cup recordEdit

Year Position GP W D L GS GA
VIVA World Cup
  2006 Did not enter
  2008 Champion 5 5 0 0 16 3
  2009 Champion 4 4 0 0 9 1
  2010 Champion 4 4 0 0 6 1
  2012 Did not enter
ConIFA World Football Cup
  2014 Quarter-Finals 4 2 1 1 25 4
  2016 Fourth place 5 1 1 3 9 7
  2018 Third place 6 4 1 1 21 5
  2020 Did not enter
Total 3 titles 28 20 3 5 86 21

European Cup recordEdit

Year Position GP W D L GS GA
ConIFA European Football Cup
  2015 Champion 4 4 0 0 13 3
  2017 Champion 5 4 1 0 5 2
  2019 Quarterfinals 5 2 1 2 10 5
  2021
Total 2 titles 14 10 2 2 28 10

Selected internationalsEdit

Date Venue Opponent Score
4 June 2022 2022 CONIFA European Football CupNice   Padania   Kárpátalja
3 June 2022 2022 CONIFA European Football CupNice   Padania   Western Armenia
5 June 2010 2010 VIVA World CupGozo   Padania   Kurdistan Region 1–0
4 June 2010 2010 VIVA World CupGozo   Padania   Two Sicilies 2–0
1 June 2010 2010 VIVA World CupGozo   Padania   Occitania 1–0
31 May, 2010 2010 VIVA World CupGozo   Gozo   Padania 1–2
11 March 2010 Rodengo Saiano   Padania   Provence 1–3
27 June 2009 2009 VIVA World CupPadania   Padania   Kurdistan Region 2–0
25 June 2009 2009 VIVA World CupPadania   Padania   Sápmi 4–0
24 June 2009 2009 VIVA World CupPadania   Padania   Kurdistan Region 2–1
22 June 2009 2009 VIVA World CupPadania   Padania   Occitania 1–0
30 April 2009 Darfo Boario Terme, Brescia   Padania   Two Sicilies 0–0 (3–1 pk)
13 July 2008   Padania   Arameans Suryoye 2–0
12 July 2008 2008 VIVA World CupSápmi   Padania   Arameans Suryoye 4–1
11 July 2008 2008 VIVA World CupSápmi   Sápmi   Padania 0–2
9 July 2008 2008 VIVA World CupSápmi   Padania   Kurdistan Region 2–1
10 July 2008 2008 VIVA World CupSápmi   Padania   Provence 6–1
4 July 1999 St. Pierre (Aosta Valley)   Arpitania   Padania 2–1
5 April 1999 Corte Franca Franciacorta   Padania 3–3 (7–8 pk)
18 July 1998 Bassano del Grappa   Padania   South Tyrol 12–0
7 June 1998 Marnaz (Savoy)   Savoy   Padania 3–3 (8–7 pk)
24 May, 1998 Alassio   Padania   Còsta Azzura/Côte d'Azur 4–1
13 April 1998 Broni Oltrepò   Padania 1–0
22 March 1998 Stadio F. Ossola (Varese)   Padania Ausonia 3–0
1 March 1998 Benevento Ausonia   Padania 2–0

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up to the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup

Head Coach:   Arturo Merlo

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Marco Murriero (1983-01-20) 20 January 1983 (age 39) 5 0   Derthona
2 2DF Michele Bonfanti (1992-01-07) 7 January 1992 (age 31) 0 0   Arconatese
3 2DF Nicolas Dossi (1997-06-26) 26 June 1997 (age 25) 4 0   Grumellese
4 3MF Gianluca Rolandone (1989-01-19) 19 January 1989 (age 33) 8 0   Castellazzo
5 2DF Stefano Tignonsini (1981-11-25) 25 November 1981 (age 41) 18 2   Valcalepio
6 3MF Stefano Baldan (1991-05-29) 29 May 1991 (age 31) 0 0   ASD NibionnOggiono
7 4FW Ersid Pllumbaj (1989-04-26) 26 April 1989 (age 33) 4 1   Virtus Bergamo
8 3MF Andrea Rota (1976-10-10) 10 October 1976 (age 46) 17 7   Castellanzese
9 4FW Federico Corno (1989-04-06) 6 April 1989 (age 33) 0 0   Caronnese
10 3MF Giacomo Innocenti (1989-08-01) 1 August 1989 (age 33) 5 5   Castellazzo
11 3MF Gabriele Piantoni (1988-09-11) 11 September 1988 (age 34) 4 0   Grumellese
12 1GK Riccardo Zarri (1997-12-21) 21 December 1997 (age 25) 1 0   Greensboro Spartans
13 2DF Roberto Rudi (1987-04-13) 13 April 1987 (age 35) 8 0   Varese Calcio
14 3MF Nicola Mazzotti (1987-02-06) 6 February 1987 (age 35) 7 1   Fiorenzuola
15 2DF Nicolò Pavan (1993-09-11) 11 September 1993 (age 29) 0 0   Chieri
16 4FW William Rosset (1983-02-13) 13 February 1983 (age 39) 10 2   Castellazzo
17 2DF Marius Stankevičius (1981-07-15) 15 July 1981 (age 41) 0 0   Crema
18 4FW Giulio Valente (1992-06-24) 24 June 1992 (age 30) 3 0   Inveruno
19 3MF Marco Garavelli (1981-03-04) 4 March 1981 (age 41) 15 5   Casale
20 2DF Luca Ferri (1980-03-19) 19 March 1980 (age 42) 11 1   Caravaggio
21 4FW Riccardo Ravasi (1994-12-09) 9 December 1994 (age 28) 0 0   Grumellese
22 2DF Danny Magnè (1990-05-21) 21 May 1990 (age 32) 12 0   Arquatese
23 4FW Asante Gullit Okyere (1988-05-23) 23 May 1988 (age 34) 0 0   Giana Erminio

Important personalitiesEdit

ManagersEdit

Manager Period Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
  Leopold Siegel 1998–2000 10 3 4 3 030.0
  Renzo Bossi 2007–2012 19 17 2 0 089.5
  John Motta 2014 5 2 2 1 040.0
  Arturo Merlo 2015–20.. 27 15 6 6 055.6
Totals 61 37 14 10 60.65

Presidents of the Padania FAEdit

Name Périod
  Marco Camerotto 1998–2000
Vacant position from 2000 to 2007
  Renzo Bossi 2007–2012
  Ivan Orsi 2013–2015
  Fabio Cerini 2015–20..

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A luglio in Lapponia il Viva World Cup: partecipa la nostra rappresentativa. Siegel e Caldi alla guida della Lega Federale Calcio Padania" (in Italian). Padania Online. 7 March 2008. Archived from the original on 19 May 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2008.