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

Full namePiacenza Calcio S.r.l.
Nickname(s)Il Piace (The Piace)
I Biancorossi (The Red and Whites)
I Papaveri (The Poppies)
I Lupi (The Wolves)
GroundStadio Leonardo Garilli
OwnerRoberto Pighi, Polenghi Group S.p.A., Artigiana Farnese S.r.l
ChairmanRoberto Pighi
ManagerManuel Scalise
LeagueSerie D Group B
2022–23Serie C Group A, 20th of 20 (relegated)
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.

History edit

The performance of Piacenza in the Italian football league structure since the first season of a unified Serie A (1929/30).

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 D edit

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 B edit

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. This period also saw Piacenza produce a generation of talented players from its youth academy, such as future Italian international players Filippo Inzaghi, Simone Inzaghi, Alberto Gilardino, as well as Alessandro Lucarelli. 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, as the club reached as high as 12th place in the 2001-02 season.

Piacenza was relegated in 2002-03, finishing in 16th position and thus returned to Serie B. The club 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.

Midfielder Enzo Maresca who played the 2002–2003 season on loan at Piacenza.

2012: Final bankruptcy after relegation edit

On 22 March 2012 Piacenza Calcio in strong financial difficulty was declared bankrupt by the court of Piacenza.[1] 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.[2]

The refoundation: from Lupa Piacenza to Piacenza Calcio 1919 edit

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[3] after the obtaining the brand for four years from an association "Salva Piace",[4] in order to continue the football history of Piacenza Football Club (aka Piacenza Calcio). In mid-2013 Lupa Piacenza was renamed Piacenza Calcio 1919.[5] In 2013–14 Serie D season Piacenza Calcio was placed in the group B along with other team of the same city Pro Piacenza 1919 (formerly Atletico B.P. Pro Piacenza).[6] In the 2015–16 Serie D season, Piacenza Calcio 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.

Stadium edit

Stadio Leonardo Garilli in 2019.

Piacenza Calcio 1919 and Piacenza Calcio play their home matches at the 21,668-capacity Stadio Leonardo Garilli, located in the city of Piacenza.[7][8]

Players edit

Current squad edit

As of 31 January 2023[9]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
3 DF   ITA Alessio Rizza (on loan from Empoli)
4 DF   ITA Riccardo Nava
5 DF   ITA Francesco Cosenza
6 MF   ITA Francesco Giorno (on loan from Virtus Francavilla)
7 FW   ITA Vincenzo Plescia (on loan from Avellino)
8 MF   BIH Ćazim Suljić
9 FW   ITA Claudio Morra
10 MF   ITA Alessandro Cesarini
11 FW   ITA Marco Zunno (on loan from Cremonese)
12 GK   ITA Nicola Tintori
15 DF   ITA Tino Parisi
18 MF   ITA Luca Chierico (on loan from Genoa)
20 MF   ITA Nicolò Palazzolo
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 FW   ITA Davide Luppi (on loan from Torres)
22 GK   POL Mikołaj Reclaf
23 MF   RUS Juri Gonzi
24 MF   ITA Angelo Persia
27 MF   ITA Davide Munari
29 FW   ITA Samuele Vianni (on loan from Torino)
32 DF   ITA Gianmaria Zanandrea (on loan from Avellino)
33 DF   ITA Mattia Capoferri
40 DF   ITA Andrea Accardi
56 DF   ITA Lorenzo Masetti (on loan from Pisa)
77 GK   ITA Filippo Rinaldi (on loan from Parma)
88 GK   ITA Timothy Nocchi

Out on loan edit

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   LVA Klavs Bethers (at Catania until 30 June 2023)
MF   ITA Stefano Currò (at Sestri Levante until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ITA Filippo Magnaldi (at Fanfulla until 30 June 2023)
FW   ITA Andrea Cappadonna (at Seregno until 30 June 2023)

Former players edit

Notable former managers edit

See Category:Piacenza Calcio 1919 managers.

Honours edit

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

  • Winners: 1919–20
  1. ^ Finished equal in first position but lost play-off game to A.C. Fanfulla 1874

References edit

  1. ^ "Depositata la sentenza di fallimento del Piacenza Calcio". Ilpiacenza.it. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Piacenza e Triestina: triste epilogo, è fallimento". Calcioblog.it. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Emilia Romagna - Lupa Piacenza, il 49% ai tifosi con l'azionariato popolare".
  4. ^ "Accordo tra Lupa e Salva Piace". ilpiacenza.it (in Italian). 18 July 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Piacenza Calcio 1919".[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Stadio" (in Italian). Piacenza Calcio. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Stadio Leonardo Garilli" (in Italian). Piacenza Calcio 1919. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Piacenza squad". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 September 2022.

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