A.S. Cittadella

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Cittadella
AS Cittadella logo.svg
Full nameAssociazione Sportiva Cittadella S.r.l.
Nickname(s)Citta
Founded1973 (48 years ago) (1973)
GroundStadio Pier Cesare Tombolato,
Cittadella, Veneto, Italy
Capacity7,623[1]
ChairmanAndrea Gabrielli
ManagerRoberto Venturato
LeagueSerie B
2019–20Serie B, 5th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Associazione Sportiva Cittadella, commonly known as Cittadella, is an Italian professional football club based in the city of Cittadella, Veneto, currently playing in Serie B.

The team was founded in 1973 and play their home games at the Stadio Pier Cesare Tombolato, which has a capacity of 7,623 seats.[2]

History[edit]

Cittadella was founded in 1973, after the merger of U.S. Cittadellense and A.S. Olympia. The club spent most of its first years in amateur football, and then professional football at Serie C2 and Serie C1 ranks. Cittadella won its first promotion to Serie B in 1999 after defeating Brescello in the playoff finals, and spent a total two seasons in the Italian second-highest ranked division, being then relegated in 2001–02 Serie B. During their first stay in Serie B, the club played in Stadio Euganeo in Padua and, in an attempt to expand the fanbase, was renamed A.S. Cittadella Padova, being Padua (Padova in Italian) the capital city of Cittadella's referring province.

Cittadella returned to Serie B in 2008, after defeating Cremonese in the 2007–08 Serie C1/A playoffs, under the guide of head coach Claudio Foscarini. In the 2008–09 Serie B season, the club was involved to projects focused to boost the capacity of the Stadio Tombolato to 7,500, in order to let the club play in their home town (with dispensation from the FIGC, since a stadium of at least 10,000 seats is required for Serie B). Thus, Cittadella played the first season games in Stadio Omobono Tenni in Treviso, about 40 km away.[3][4] After some delays, the first Serie B game played in Cittadella was played on 29 October 2008, Ancona being the opponents. The club escaped relegation in the final days of the season, thus ensuring another year of Serie B football to the local fans.

The following season, Cittadella thrashed Lecce 5–1 and Mantova 6–0 to finish 6th, and only losing to Brescia in the playoffs due to Brescia's superior league placing, despite a late 1–0 win in the second leg.

The club produced two strikers who later left for Serie A teams, namely, Riccardo Meggiorini (50% rights sold for €2.5M), Matteo Ardemagni (sold for €3.75M). Moreover, 2010–11 Serie B topscorer Federico Piovaccari also left for Sampdoria in 2011 for €3.5M which Samp relegated from Serie A in 2011.

They reached the promotion play-off final to Serie A in 2018/2019 against Hellas Verona and, after winning the first match by 2–0 at home, conceded the comeback to Verona in the 2nd leg, losing 3–0 away after going down to 10 men when the score was still 1–0.[5]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2021[6]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF Italy ITA Romano Perticone
3 DF Italy ITA Amedeo Benedetti
4 MF Italy ITA Manuel Iori (Captain)
5 DF Italy ITA Davide Adorni (Vice-captain)
6 DF Italy ITA Agostino Camigliano
7 MF Italy ITA Marco Rosafio
8 MF Italy ITA Federico Proia
9 FW Italy ITA Frank Tsadjout (on loan from Milan)
10 MF Italy ITA Christian D'Urso
11 FW Italy ITA Giacomo Beretta
15 DF Italy ITA Domenico Frare
16 MF Italy ITA Alessio Vita
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 DF Italy ITA Daniele Donnarumma
20 MF Italy ITA Mario Gargiulo
21 FW Italy ITA Camillo Tavernelli
23 MF Italy ITA Simone Branca
24 DF Italy ITA Luca Ghiringhelli
26 MF Italy ITA Nicola Pavan
29 MF Italy ITA Valerio Mastrantonio
32 FW Italy ITA Roberto Ogunseye
36 GK Albania ALB Elhan Kastrati
77 GK Italy ITA Luca Maniero
84 DF Italy ITA Tommaso Cassandro
92 MF Italy ITA Enrico Baldini

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 Italy ITA Alberto Paleari (at Genoa, obligation to buy)
GK Italy ITA Gabriele Plechero (at Union San Giorgio-Sedico)
DF Italy ITA Gianluca Bassano (at Bisceglie)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Italy ITA Michael De Marchi (at Virtus Verona)
FW Italy ITA Paolo Grillo (at Catanzaro)

Other players under contract[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
MF Italy ITA Luca Maniero (1998)

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Italy Roberto Venturato
Assistant Coach Italy Edoardo Gorini
Assistant Coach Italy Roberto Musso
Goalkeeper Coach Italy Andrea Pierobon
Fitness Coach Italy Andrea Redigolo
Chief Doctor Italy Ilario Candido
Club Doctor Italy Roberto Bordin

Notable players[edit]

See Category:A.S. Cittadella players.

Managers[edit]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A.S. Cittadella – Stadio" (in Italian). A.S. Cittadella – Sito ufficiale. Archived from the original on 29 January 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Cittadella, la B al Tombolato" (in Italian). Calciopress.net. 14 June 2008. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2008.
  3. ^ "Cittadella, la B al Tombolato" (in Italian). Calciopress.net. 14 June 2008. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2008.
  4. ^ "Cittadella: scelto lo stadio" (in Italian). C1siamo.net. 17 July 2008. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2008.
  5. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/football/top-stories/hellas-verona-promoted-back-to-serie-a/articleshow/69627064.cms
  6. ^ "Prima Squadra". A.S. Cittadella (in Italian). Retrieved 11 August 2014.

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