A.C. Reggiana 1919

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Full nameAssociazione Calcio Reggiana 1919 S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Granata (The Maroons)
I Leoni (The Lions)
Regia (local dialect for Reggiana)
Founded25 September 1919; 102 years ago (1919-09-25)
2005 (refounded)
2018 (refounded)
GroundMapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore
OwnerRomano Amadei (37.36%); Carmelo Salerno (25.00%); Conad Centro Nord (14.00%); Cesare Roberto (7.00%); Giuseppe Fico, Luca Quintavalli, Mauro Carretti (4.38%); Gianni Perin (2.00%); Iller Reggiani (1.50%)[1]
ChairmanCarmelo Salerno
ManagerAimo Diana
LeagueSerie C Group B
2020–21Serie B, 18th of 20 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

Associazione Calcio Reggiana 1919, commonly referred to as Reggiana, is a professional football club based in Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. The club was formed in 1919, and plays in the Serie C, the third tier of Italian football. Reggiana is known as i Granata ("the Maroons") in reference to the club's main colour: maroon.

The club was refounded two times after going bankrupt: in 2005 as Reggio Emilia Football Club, and in 2018 as Reggio Audace Football Club. In both occasions, the club subsequently regained the naming rights and the trophies of A.C. Reggiana via judicial auction. The club has participated in the Serie A, the top tier of Italian football, seven times; their last appearance dates back to the 1996–97 season.


A.C. Reggiana (1919–2005)[edit]

The club was originally found in 1919 under the name A.C. Reggiana, and played in the Italian First Division for several seasons in the 1920s. More recently, it played in the Italian Serie A in 1993–94, 1994–95, and 1996–97. Their highest ranking was 13th place in the 1993–94 Serie A championship, where its main name was Brazilian goalkeeper Cláudio Taffarel, who would go on to win the 1994 FIFA World Cup after the season.

A.C. Reggiana 1919 (2005–2018)[edit]

In July 2005, the sports title of A.C. Reggiana S.p.A. was transferred to a new investor, Reggio Emilia F.C. S.p.A.,[2][3] before being renamed as A.C. Reggiana 1919 S.p.A. soon after the start of the 2005–06 season.

In the 2007–08 Serie C2 regular season, the team finished first in Group B, and won direct promotion to Lega Pro Prima Divisione (formerly known as Serie C1 until that year) for the 2008–2009 season. Reggiana also won 2008 Supercoppa di Serie C2, a competition for three group stage winners of Serie C2.

The club was acquired by Italian-American former baseball player Mike Piazza in 2016. After the 2017–18 season, the Piazza family decided not to register the team in the 2018–19 Serie C season, leading the club to the loss of its sporting title and subsequent exclusion from the Italian professional leagues.[4]

Reggio Audace F.C. (2018–2020)[edit]

On 31 July 2018, a new entity was formed in Reggio Emilia, called Reggio Audace F.C.. The name was given in honour of a precursor entity of the 1910s, where Reggiana founder Severino Taddei used to play before founding the granata club.[5] The new club, whose ownership was the expression of local entrepreneurs from Reggio Emilia, subsequently announced former Ravenna manager Mauro Antonioli as the new gaffer of the newborn club, admitted into the 2018–19 Serie D.[6] Two days later a three-year partnership was signed with Macron.[7][8] On 20 August 2018 striker Nicola Luche became the first ever signing of the club.[9]

The club gained promotion to the Serie B, after having been admitted by repechage to the Serie C due to vacancies left by bankrupt clubs in the third tier of Italian football and winning the 2019-20 Serie C playoff, returning to Serie B after an absence of 21 years, gaining subsequently two consecutive promotions.

A.C. Reggiana 1919 (2020–present)[edit]

On 28 July 2020, the club changed its name back to A.C. Reggiana 1919.[10][11]

Colors and badges[edit]

The team's home jersey color is granata (maroon), hence the nickname "Granata" or "Regia". However, the team's shorts are traditionally dark blue, and their badge has traditionally been an orange football surrounded by the text: "Associazione Calcio Reggiana " surrounded by a Granata border.


Reggiana played all of its matches in Stadio Mirabello until 1994, when it moved to a modern arena, Stadio Città del Tricolore (a site previously known as Stadio Giglio). The stadium was subsequently bought by U.S. Sassuolo Calcio.[citation needed]


Like other Italian cities, the birth of the "ultras" phenomenon in the 1980s also affected A.C. Reggiana. With Reggiana battling for Serie B and Cantine Riunite Reggio Emilia competing in Lega Basket Serie A, the youth of the city formed and gathered in ultras every Sunday.[citation needed]

The leading group of Reggiana "Curva Sud" was "Ultras Ghetto", which was famous for its choreography. Since the late 1990s, the leading groups are "Teste Quadre" and "Gruppo Vandelli", which situate themselves in the East Stand of the stadium. Reggiana fans have always had good numbers on away days with a peak of 10,000 fans in Milan in 1994.[citation needed]

Friendships and rivalries[edit]

Reggiana fans have good and friendly relationships with fans from:

The main rivals are:

Notable players[edit]

Former Reggiana players have included:

Youth sector[edit]

Reggiana have always had a good tradition in developing youth players, being a rare club with a training ground which has 16 football pitches, located in the nearbies of the club house. The youth teams play their games in Stadio Mirabello, via Agosti training ground or in small grounds located in the local province.

The academy has produced various players, notably:



Current squad[edit]

As of 15 July 2021[12]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Italy ITA Matteo Voltolini
3 DF Italy ITA Sergio Contessa
4 DF Italy ITA Paolo Rozzio (captain)
5 MF Italy ITA Fausto Rossi
6 DF Italy ITA Agostino Camigliano
7 MF Italy ITA Marco Rosafio
8 MF Italy ITA Luca Cigarini
9 FW Italy ITA Stefano Scappini
10 FW Italy ITA Daniele Sorrentino
11 MF Italy ITA Samuele Neglia
12 GK Italy ITA Alessandro Marconi
14 DF Italy ITA Denis Chiesa
16 DF Italy ITA Alessio Luciani
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 DF Italy ITA Lorenzo Libutti
21 MF Italy ITA Igor Radrezza
22 GK Italy ITA Giacomo Venturi
23 DF Italy ITA Giuliano Laezza
24 DF Italy ITA Armando Anastasio
28 MF Italy ITA Lorenzo Del Pinto
30 FW Italy ITA Luca Zamparo
33 DF Italy ITA Cristian Cauz
44 MF Italy ITA Davide Guglielmotti
88 MF Italy ITA Daniele Sciaudone
94 FW Italy ITA Eric Lanini
96 MF Italy ITA Mattia Muroni

Backdoor and directors staff[edit]

Honorary President Italy Romano Amadei
Chairman Italy Carmelo Salerno
Vice-President Italy Cesare Roberto
Vice-President Italy Giuseppe Fico
Chief Executive Officer Italy Carmelo Salerno
General Manager Italy Vittorio Cattani
Director of Football Italy Doriano Tosi
Head of the Academy Italy Vittorio Cattani
Head of Commercial Area Italy Luca Tedeschi
General Secretary Italy Nicola Simonelli
Press Officer Italy Andrea Montanari

Updated to match played 1 July 2019
Source: Reggio Audace Website

Notable managers[edit]

The team's most famous coach was Carlo Ancelotti, who coached AC Milan from 2001 to 2009 and then managed Juventus, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Napoli and currently Everton.



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  8. ^ "Finalmente la fumata bianca: nasce la Reggio Audace Fc - Reggionline - Telereggio Reggionline – Telereggio". www.reggionline.com (in Italian). Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  9. ^ "UFFICIALE: Reggio Audace, preso l'attaccante Luche dalla Feralpisalò". Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  10. ^ Redazione (28 July 2020). "Reggio Audace addio: torna l'AC Reggiana 1919". Calcio e Finanza (in Italian). Retrieved 11 August 2020.
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