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Robur Siena, commonly referred to as Siena, is an Italian football club based in Siena, Tuscany. The club was re-incorporated in 2014 after the bankruptcy of the previous legal person Associazione Calcio Siena S.p.A.. A.C. Siena's predecessor was founded in 1904.

Siena
Robur Siena SSD logo (2014).png
Full nameRobur Siena S.p.A.
Nickname(s)I Bianconeri (The White and Blacks)
The Robur (The Strength)
Founded1904; 115 years ago (1904)
2014; 5 years ago (2014) (refounded)
GroundMontepaschi Arena,
Siena, Italy
Capacity15,373
ChairmanAnna Durio
Head coachMichele Mignani
LeagueSerie C
2017–18Serie C (Group A), 2nd
WebsiteClub website

Siena plays its home games at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. The ground's capacity is 15,373 and is located in the centre of Siena.

Robur Siena achieved 3,893 stadium subscribers in the 2014–15 season in Serie D, setting the all-time record[1] for that league (later surpassed by Parma in 2015–16) and achieved 3,293 subscriber in the season 2015–16 Lega Pro season, ranking first[2] in Group B and fourth[3] amongst the 60 teams playing in the league.

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HistoryEdit

Formed in 1904 as Società Studio e Divertimento (Society for Study and Entertainment), as a sports club characterised by a black and white striped jersey which was derived from the city of Siena coat of arms. It founded its football club, named Società Sportiva Robur in 1908. Today, the name "Robur" is widely used by the local supporters to distinguish itself from the two basketball teams, "Mens Sana" and "Virtus".

 
Former AC Siena logo

The team finally became known as Associazione Calcio Siena in 1933–34. In 1934–35, Siena were promoted for the first time to Serie B. In the post-war 1945–46 season, Siena played in the top division of Italian football for the first time. During that season, a mixed wartime league was composed of both Serie A and Serie B teams. Some of the southern sides that took part in the top division, including Siena, were Serie B teams, while northern Serie B teams played at the second level with the Serie C teams. Therefore, although Siena played in the top division, it was not considered as having officially played in Serie A during that season and not having qualified for the National Round. Siena won the fourth tier league championship in 1955–56 as the Scudetto IV Serie.

After having spent 55 years playing in several lower divisions, Siena were promoted back to Serie B for the start of the 2000–01 season. Following a good first up season in Serie B, the following season saw Siena in serious trouble and coach Giuseppe Papadopulo was sacked, although he would later be recalled and was able to save the club from relegation on the season's final matchday.

The following season, again with Papadopulo as head coach, Siena were promoted to Serie A for the first time officially, led by players such as Rodrigo Taddei and Pinga. Their return marked 58 years since their last appearance in the top division of Italian football.

In the 2003–04 campaign, the first Serie A season in the club's history, Siena finished in a respectable 13th place.

In the 2004–05 Serie A campaign, with Luigi De Canio as head coach, Siena struggled for long periods of the season, languishing in the relegation zone for a great part of the campaign, and with the team drawing far too many games and barely recording any wins, they looked almost certain to be relegated. However, a resurgence of form towards of the end of the season gave them hope, and a 2–1 win against already relegated Atalanta on the last day saw them secure safety and an acceptable 14th place in the table.

The 2005–06 season also saw Siena fighting hard and it successfully kept its place in Serie A. They ended the season in 17th place. For the 2006–07 season, Mario Beretta, who led Parma during the previous season, was appointed as new head coach. He kept Siena in Serie A after a 2–1 home win against Lazio in the final matchday.

During the 2006–07 season, club chairman Paolo De Luca, who took over in 2001 and helped the club to their first historical Serie A promotion, started talks to sell the club to a conglomerate of Tuscan businessmen led by Giovanni Lombardi Stronati, chairman of Valle del Giovenco.[4] The bid was finalised on 30 March 2007, one day before De Luca died after a long illness.[5]

The head coach for the 2007–08 campaign was expected to be Andrea Mandorlini, but he left the club by mutual consent on 12 November. Former coach Mario Beretta once again took charge.

The club also explored the possibility of changing its denomination to include the name of their main sponsor, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena.[6] On 9 July 2007, the club announced it had changed their denomination to "A.C. Siena Montepaschi". However, the name change needed to be accepted by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) to become official:[7] After the refusal by FIGC, this idea was abandoned.

The club was then acquired by Massimo Mezzaroma, with Valentina Mezzaroma as vice-chairman. On 7 May 2011, Siena were once again promoted to Serie A after finishing second in the 2010–11 Serie B. The club's stint into the top flight lasted two seasons, as they were relegated after ending the 2012–13 Serie A in 19th place.

Siena failed to register for 2014–15 Serie B on 15 July 2014,[8] later announcing their bankruptcy. Former A.C. Siena chairman Massimo Mezzaroma was also sued by the prosecutor for false accounting in player swap (RossiGaluppo)[9] Eventually the club and Mezzaroma were inadmissible from the charge due to expiry of the legal proceeding.[10][11] Nevertheless, Guardia di Finanza seized €8.5 million from Mezzaroma for charges related to the bankruptcy.[12]

In July 2014, thanks to the article 52 of N.O.I.F., the club was refounded under new legal person società sportiva dilettantistica Robur Siena, restarting from 2014–15 Serie D.[13] It was promoted to 2015–16 Lega Pro as champions of Group E in June 2015.

In the 2015–16 season, Robur won the regional derby against Pisa at the Garibaldi Arena[14] after 57 years and qualified for semifinal of Coppa Italia Lega Pro against Foggia, winning the first leg at home, 5–2.[15]

Due to the non-admission of Avellino, Bari and Cesena, Siena became one of the repechage candidates to 2018–19 Serie B on 1 August 2018.[16] Siena finished as the runner-up in the 2017–18 Serie C promotion playoffs, as well as runner-up in the group stage, losing to Cosenza and Livorno respectively. However, after a lengthy legal battles, Serie B decided to leave the 3 spots vacate.

Colours and badgeEdit

The team's home colours are black and white.

PlayersEdit

First team squadEdit

As of 31 January 2019[17]

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

No. Position Player
1   MF Nikita Contini (on loan from Napoli)
2   DF Atila Varga
3   DF Luca Zanon (on loan from Fiorentina)
4   MF Tommaso Arrigoni
5   DF Dario D'Ambrosio (Captain)
6   MF Stefano Guberti
7   MF Alessandro Cesarini
8   MF Danilo Bulevardi
9   FW Ettore Gliozzi (on loan from Sassuolo)
10   FW Mattia Aramu
11   MF Lorenzo Di Livio (on loan from Roma)
13   DF Marco Rossi
14   DF Mirko Romagnoli
No. Position Player
15   DF Nicola Belmonte
16   MF Fabio Gerli
17   MF Alessio Cristiani
18   FW Michael Fabbro (on loan from Chievo)
20   MF Giovanni Sbrissa (on loan from Sassuolo)
22   GK Riccardo Melgrati
23   DF Mirko Esposito
24   FW Pietro Cianci
25   MF Francesco Vassallo
26   DF Marco Imperiale (on loan from Empoli)
27   DF Ivan Pedrelli
28   MF Federico Chiossi (on loan from Atalanta)

Other players under contractEdit

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

No. Position Player
  GK Federico Florindi
No. Position Player
  DF Andrea Bizzarri

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
  GK Alessio Rossi (at Poggibonsi)
  DF Eros De Santis (at Monza)
  DF Alessio Gianneschi (at Empoli U19)
  DF Matteo Lomolino (at Trapani)
  DF Niccolò Nassi (at San Donato Tavarnelle)
No. Position Player
  MF Filippo Damian (at Pordenone)
  MF Matteo Miccoli (at Poggibonsi)
  MF Loris Rrokaj (at Fezzanese)
  FW Sebastiano Biancalani (at Sangimignano)
  FW Alessio Campagnacci (at Gubbio)

Retired numbersEdit

4   Michele Mignani, Defender (1996–97, 1998–2006)

Notable former playersEdit

ManagementEdit

Management and coaching staffEdit

Position Name Nationality
Head coach Michele Mignani   Italian
Assistant coach Simone Vergassola   Italian
Fitness coach Marco Coralli   Italian
Technical assistant Lorenzo Spina   Italian
Goalkeeping coach Giorgio Rocca   Italian
Technical assistant Alessandro Signorini   Italian
Technical assistant Riccardo Tappa Brocci   Italian
Team manager Ivan Sarra   Italian

HonoursEdit

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NUOVO RECORD PER LA ROBUR". www.repubblica.it. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Abbonamenti: Robur Siena, quarta in Lega Pro e tredicesima in serie B SIENA CLUB FEDELISSIMI". www.sienaclubfedelissimi.it. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Abbonamenti: Robur Siena, quarta in Lega Pro e tredicesima in serie B SIENA CLUB FEDELISSIMI". www.sienaclubfedelissimi.it. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Siena sell to new investors". Football Italia. Channel 4, JDT Sports Productions. 3 March 2007. Archived from the original on 13 June 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2007.
  5. ^ "Siena mourn President De Luca". Football Italia. Channel 4, JDT Sports Productions. 31 March 2007. Archived from the original on 10 June 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2007.
  6. ^ "Siena set for name change?". Football Italia. Channel 4, JDT Sports Productions. 10 May 2007. Archived from the original on 12 May 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2007.
  7. ^ "L'Assemblea Straordinaria" (Press release) (in Italian). A.C. Siena. 9 July 2007. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2007.
  8. ^ "Comunicato Ac Siena" (Press release) (in Italian). A.C. Siena. 15 July 2014. Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Procura Federale: deferiti 12 dirigenti sportivi e 4 società" (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Comunicato Ufficiale №125/CFA" (PDF). Corte Federale d'Appello (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Comunicato Ufficiale №93/TFN – Sezione Disciplinare (2016–17)" (PDF). Tribunale Federale Nazionale – Sezione Disciplinare (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Siena: sequestrati 8,5 milioni in beni all'ex presidente Mezzaroma". LaPresse.it (in Italian). 8 August 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2018 – via eurosport.com.
  13. ^ "Voglio riportare la Robur ai livelli che le competono". La Nazione (in Italian). 30 July 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Siena al top: vince a Pisa dopo 57 anni. Akragas, che fatica in casa". Sky Sport (in Italian). Sky Italia. 18 November 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Robur Siena v Foggia Live Commentary & Result, 24/02/2016, Coppa Italia Serie C". Goal.com. 24 February 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  16. ^ "Novara e Catania con un piede in B, il Siena spera ancora". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Milan: RCS MediaGroup. 1 August 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Prima Squadra" (in Italian). S.S. Robur Siena. Retrieved 2 February 2017.

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