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Piacenza Calcio 1919, commonly referred to as Piacenza, is an Italian football club based in Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna. The club currently plays in Serie C.

Piacenza
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Full namePiacenza Calcio 1919 S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Biancorossi (The Red and Whites)
I Papaveri (The Poppies)
I Lupi (The Wolves)
Founded1919
2012 (refounded)
GroundStadio Leonardo Garilli
Capacity21,668
OwnerMarco and Stefano Gatti[1]
ChairmanMarco Gatti
ManagerArnaldo Franzini
LeagueSerie C Group A
2017–18Serie C Group A, 8th
WebsiteClub website

Re-founded in 2012, Piacenza Calcio 1919 acquired the rights to use the brand of the original club Piacenza Calcio (also known as Piacenza F.C.) from Salva Piace.

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HistoryEdit

Foundation of Piacenza F.C.Edit

Piacenza Football Club was founded in 1919 with Giovanni Dosi as the first club president. Dosi was an ambitious manager, taking control of every social, technical, and administrative aspect of the club, with the sole focus at bringing the club into the national championship under the FIGC.

After spending much of the club's early life in the regional leagues, they entered into Serie C for the 1935–36 season, coming close to gaining promotion into Serie B during 1938 but lost out to Fanfulla.

From Serie B to Serie DEdit

After World War II, Piacenza competed in Serie B for the first time, competing there for two seasons before falling back down to Serie C in 1948.

The club were punished for illicit sportsmanship in 1956 and were relegated to Serie D. This proved to be quite a heavy blow for the club as they would continue to yo-yo between Serie C and D until 1964. Piacenza finally returned to Serie B in 1969, under coach Tino Molina and president Vincenzo Romagnoli.

 
1975–76 Piacenza

Piacenza's history until recent times was mostly undistinguished, with brief spells in Serie B in the 1940s and further spells in 1969–70, 1975–76, and 1987–88 to 1988–89.

Between Serie A and Serie BEdit

Promotion in 1991 saw a rise in the side's fortunes under coach Gigi Cagni, with the club promoted to Serie A for the first time in 1993, but was immediately relegated in the next season, despite the presence of players such as midfielder Daniele Moretti, winger Francesco Turrini, and forward Giampietro Piovani. For much of the season, Piacenza had battled into mid-table and were even a few points short of a European place, but were relegated on the last day of the season in a tight scrap. The club wisely chose to retain Cagni and most of his squad, and they would achieve promotion as Serie B champions in 1995.

The following five years saw the club win many supporters with its all-Italian lineup and successful battles against relegation. In 1997 the club acquired legendary hard man defender Pietro Vierchowod. Despite his advancing years, Vierchowod proved an outstanding purchase, more than holding his own in defence and even scoring decisive goals in the relegation battle. Relegation in 2000 was followed by an instant return to Serie A for two years with outstanding form shown by players like midfielder Enzo Maresca.

The club has since remained in Serie B without threatening to mount a promotion challenge.

However following a poor 2010–11 Serie B season, Piacenza found themselves in a relegation playoff against Albinoleffe which they lost due to Albinoleffe's higher league position.

2012: Final bankruptcy after relegationEdit

On 22 March 2012 Piacenza Calcio in strong financial difficulty was declared bankrupt by the court of Piacenza.[2] In this season it was ranked 15th and relegated from Lega Pro Prima Divisione to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione after play-out. On 19 June 2012 the club was finally declared bankrupt and the team was disbanded.[3]

The refoundation: from Lupa Piacenza to Piacenza Calcio 1919Edit

Following the bankruptcy of Piacenza Football Club, regional amateur club A.C.D. LibertaSpes, recently promoted in the season 2011–12 to Eccellenza Emilia–Romagna after winning Promozione Emilia–Romagna Group A, was renamed to Lupa Piacenza[4] after the obtaining the brand for four years from an association "Salva Piace",[5] in order to continue the football history of Piacenza Football Club (aka Piacenza Calcio). LibertaSpes, formerly known as A.C.D. Pontolliese Libertas 1907 until 2010,[6] was a merger of U.S. Pontolliese, based in Ponte dell'Olio and A.C. Libertas, based in Piacenza.[7] However, in 2010, G.S.D. BettolaSpes was renamed to A.S.D. BettolaPonte,[6] while "Pontolliese Libertas" was renamed to LibertaSpes[6] as part of the demerger of Pontolliese, which Pontolliese "merged" with Bettola instead.[8] BettolaPonte is one of the predecessors of major city rival A.S. Pro Piacenza 1919.[8]

In mid-2013 Lupa Piacenza was renamed Piacenza Calcio 1919.[9] At the same time, LibertaSpes was also re-founded, but under the name Associazione Calcistica Dilettantistica LibertaSpes,[10] which did not use the usual Associazione Calcio Dilettantistica in the denomination.[11]

In 2013–14 Serie D season Piacenza Calcio was placed in the group B along with city rival Pro Piacenza 1919 (formerly Atletico B.P. Pro Piacenza).[12] In the 2015-16 Serie D season, the club secured promotion to Lega Pro by winning the Group B title with 96 points and 30 wins over the course of the season, beating second placed Lecco by 16 points.

StadiumEdit

Piacenza Calcio 1919 and Piacenza Calcio play their home matches at the 21,668 capacity, Stadio Leonardo Garilli, located in the city of Piacenza.[13][14]

The youth sector of the club was based in Steel Acciai Sport Center – Centro Sportivo "F. Gaudino" on "via Enrico Millo", Piacenza.[15] The facility was named after the former chairman of [old] LibertaSpes (formerly Pontolliese Libertas), Fabio Gaudino,[16] as LibertaSpes, one of the predecessors of the current club Piacenza Calcio 1919, also used the facility.[16]

The 2013 re-founded LibertaSpes was based in nearby Campo "G. Calamari",[17] which was also used by Pontolliese Libertas in the past.[18]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 31 January 2019[19]

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 Ermanno Fumagalli
2   FW Youssouph Sylla
3   DF Cristian Cauz (on loan from Parma)
4   DF Antonio Pergreffi
5   DF Davide Bertoncini
6   DF Jacopo Silva (Captain)
7   FW Alessio Sestu
8   MF Gianluca Nicco
9   FW Franco Ferrari (on loan from Genoa)
10   MF Mattia Corradi
11   FW Simone Corazza
16   DF Giulio Mulas (on loan from Carpi)
No. Position Player
17   MF Filippo Porcari
18   MF Simone Della Latta
19   DF Matteo Bachini (on loan from Spezia)
20   FW Davide Di Molfetta
21   MF Matteo Marotta
22   GK Tomasch Calore (on loan from Pescara)
23   MF Francesco Corsinelli
24   DF Michele Troiani (on loan from Chievo)
25   DF Luca Barlocco (on loan from Juventus)
31   FW Giovanni Terrani
33   FW Leonardo Pérez (on loan from Cosenza)

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
  DF Ilario Furlotti (at Vigor Carpaneto)
  MF Michelangelo Amore (at Lentigione)
No. Position Player
  MF Jacopo Scaccabarozzi (at Vibonese)

Former playersEdit

Notable former managersEdit

HonoursEdit

Anglo-Italian Cup

  • Winners: 1986

Serie B

Serie C

Serie D

Seconda Divisione

  • Promoted: 1927/28
  • Group runners-up: 1922/23, 1924/25

Emilian Championship:

  • Champions: 1919/20

(*) Finished equal first position but lost play-off game to A.C. Fanfulla 1874

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Company profile" (PDF) (in Italian). Piacenza Calcio 1919. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Depositata la sentenza di fallimento del Piacenza Calcio". Ilpiacenza.it. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Piacenza e Triestina: triste epilogo, è fallimento". Calcioblog.it. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Emilia Romagna - Lupa Piacenza, il 49% ai tifosi con l'azionariato popolare".
  5. ^ "Accordo tra Lupa e Salva Piace". ilpiacenza.it (in Italian). 18 July 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "CAMBI DI DENOMINAZIONE" (Microsoft Word). Comitato Regionale Emilia Romagna. Comunicato Ufficiale (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. 2010–11 (1). 2 July 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Fusioni" (PDF). Il Presidente Federale. Comunicato Ufficiale (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. 2002–03 (100/A). 3 December 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Atletico BP, l'obiettivo futuro è la fusione con il Piacenza". Il Tirreno (in Italian). Lucca: Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Piacenza Calcio 1919".[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ CONI database
  11. ^ "Tipologia e denominazione sociale" (PDF). Delegazione Provinciale di Catania. Comunicato Ufficiale (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. 2015–16 (57). 9 June 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Le squadre del girone B di serie D 2013–14". direttaradio.it (in Italian). Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  13. ^ "Stadio" (in Italian). Piacenza Calcio. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Stadio Leonardo Garilli" (in Italian). Piacenza Calcio 1919. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  15. ^ "organigramma S.G." (in Italian). Piacenza Calcio 1919. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Il centro sportivo di via Millo intitolato a Fabio Gaudino". Piacenza 24 (in Italian). Radio Sound. 23 December 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Calcio Dilettanti - Rinasce la LibertaSpes". Sport Piacenza (in Italian). Giacomo Spotti & C (Gruppo Editoriale Citynews). 31 May 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  18. ^ "ASSOCIAZIONI ISCRITTE NEL REGISTRO PROVINCIALE DELLE ASSOCIAZIONI DI PROMOZIONE SOCIALE" (PDF). Ufficio Sistema sociale e socio-sanitario (in Italian). Government of the Province of Piacenza. December 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  19. ^ "Prima squadra 2018/19" [First team squad 2018–19] (in Italian). Piacenza Calcio 1919. September 2018 [circa]. Retrieved 10 September 2018.

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