AC Reggiana 1919

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Full nameAssociazione Calcio Reggiana S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Granata (The Maroons)[citation needed]
I Leoni (The Lions)[citation needed]
Regia (local dialect for Reggiana)[citation needed]
Teste Quadre (Square Heads) from an ancient Poem[citation needed]
Founded25 September 1919; 104 years ago (1919-09-25)
GroundMapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore
Capacity21,584[citation needed][contradictory]
OwnerRomano Amadei; Carmelo Salerno; Giuseppe Fico; [1]
ChairmanCarmelo Salerno[citation needed]
ManagerAlessandro Nesta
LeagueSerie B
2022–23Serie C – Group B, 1st (promoted)
WebsiteClub website

Associazione Calcio Reggiana, commonly referred to as Reggiana, is a professional football club based in Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. The club was formed in 1919, reformed in 2005 (Serie C2) and 2018 (Serie D) after going bankrupt twice, and currently plays in the Serie B, the second tier of Italian football. Reggiana is known as i Granata ("the Maroons") in reference to the club's main colour: maroon.

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



The first football game in Reggio Emilia was played under the roof of the old market in 1909, via an exhibition promoted by the local multi-sports association “Forti per Essere Liberi” (Strong to be Free). The first football clubs emerged subsequently in the coming years, with Reggio Football Club, formed in 1912, rising to prominence as the main local side due to its participation to Promozione, the then Italian second tier, divided into regional groups. In 1914, a group of Reggio FC members in disagreement with the presidency at the time decided to leave the club and form Juventus FC. The two sides clashed in 1914-15 Promozione.[vague] The entry of Italy into World War 1 in May 1915 caused a vacuum in the local football scene, as many young players were drafted into the army and lost their lives in the war. On 25 September 1919, in the main town square (today’s Piazza Prampolini), a group of former footballers, assembled by former Reggio FC footballer Severino Taddei, decided to form a new local club, using Juventus’ ground Campo Mirabello and Reggio FC colours (maroon and blue). The new club was formed as Associazione Calcio Reggiana.

AC Reggiana (1919–2005)[edit]

The club was originally founded in 1919 under the name AC 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.

AC Reggiana 1919 (2005–2018)[edit]

In July 2005, the sports title of AC Reggiana S.p.A. was transferred to a new investor, Reggio Emilia FC S.p.A.,[2][3] before being renamed as AC 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 FC (2018–2020)[edit]

On 31 July 2018, a new entity was formed in Reggio Emilia, called Reggio Audace FC. 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.

AC Reggiana 1919 (2020–present)[edit]

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

Colours and badges[edit]

The team's home jersey colour 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 US Sassuolo Calcio.[citation needed]


Like other Italian cities, the birth of the "ultras" phenomenon in the 1980s also affected AC 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 have been "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:

Czech Republic

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:[why?]



Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2024[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 Alex Sposito
3 DF Italy ITA Edoardo Pieragnolo (on loan from Sassuolo)
4 DF Italy ITA Paolo Rozzio (captain)
7 FW Portugal POR Muhamed Varela
8 MF Italy ITA Luca Cigarini
9 FW Italy ITA Luca Vido
11 FW Ivory Coast CIV Cedric Gondo (on loan from Cremonese)
12 GK Italy ITA Giacomo Satalino (on loan from Sassuolo)
14 MF Nigeria NGA Shaibu Nuhu
15 DF Italy ITA Riccardo Fiamozzi
16 MF Argentina ARG Tobías Reinhart
17 DF Italy ITA Lorenzo Libutti
18 FW Nigeria NGA Orji Okwonkwo (on loan from Bologna)
19 DF Italy ITA Filippo Romagna (on loan from Sassuolo)
20 MF Spain ESP Álex Blanco
21 MF Italy ITA Jacopo Da Riva (on loan from Atalanta)
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 GK Italy ITA Francesco Bardi
23 FW Italy ITA Stefano Pettinari
25 DF Poland POL Przemysław Szymiński (on loan from Frosinone)
27 DF Italy ITA Alessandro Marcandalli (on loan from Genoa)
28 FW France FRA Janis Antiste (on loan from Sassuolo)
29 DF Croatia CRO Marko Pajač (on loan from Genoa)
30 MF Italy ITA Antonio Vergara (on loan from Napoli)
31 DF Italy ITA Mario Sampirisi
33 MF Slovenia SVN Domen Črnigoj (on loan from Venezia)
42 MF Italy ITA Alessandro Bianco (on loan from Fiorentina)
72 MF Italy ITA Filippo Melegoni (on loan from Genoa)
77 MF Albania ALB Elvis Kabashi
78 MF Italy ITA Bryan Blanco
80 MF Switzerland SUI Natan Girma
90 MF Italy ITA Manolo Portanova (on loan from Genoa)

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
DF Italy ITA Diego Stramaccioni (at Juventus Next Gen until 30 June 2024)

Coaching Staff[edit]

Manager Italy Alessandro Nesta
Assistant Manager Italy Lorenzo Rubinacci
Assistant Manager Italy Massimo Lo Monaco
Goalkeeping Coach Italy Marco Bizzarri
Match Analyst Italy Vincenzo Varrica

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

Backdoor and directors staff[edit]

Honorary President and majority shareholder Italy Romano Amadei
Chairman and CEO Italy Carmelo Salerno
Vice-President Italy Giuseppe Fico
Vice-President and Director of Operations Italy Vittorio Cattani
Director of Football Italy Roberto Goretti
Head of the Academy Italy Marco Amaranti
Head of Commercial Area Italy Luca Tedeschi
General Secretary Italy Nicola Simonelli
Head of Media and Marketing Italy Alessandro Marconi
Press Officer Italy Andrea Montanari
Social Media Manager Italy Marcello Tosi

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


The team's most famous[why?] 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[contradictory] Everton.


  • 1919-1923: Kingdom of Italy Giuseppe Cassoli
  • 1923-1925: Kingdom of Italy Vittorino Palazzi Trivelli
  • 1925-1928: Kingdom of Italy Giovanni Bonini
  • 1928-1930: Kingdom of Italy Renato Bertolini
  • 1930-1931: Kingdom of Italy Mario Muzzarini and Franco Fontanili
  • 1931-1932: Kingdom of Italy Enrico Bottazzi
  • 1932-1936: Kingdom of Italy Marcello Bofondi
  • 1936-1937: Kingdom of Italy Giuseppe Pietranera
  • 1937-1938: Kingdom of Italy Eugenio Bolondi
  • 1938-1939: Kingdom of Italy Giovanni Marzi
  • 1939-1941: Kingdom of Italy Giovanni Robba
  • 1941-1942: Kingdom of Italy Alberto Ferrari
  • 1942-1943: Kingdom of Italy Antonio Alessio
  • 1943-1945: Kingdom of Italy Regolo Ferretti
  • 1945-1946: Kingdom of Italy Carlo Visconti and Mario Curti
  • 1946-1947: Italy Carlo Visconti
  • 1947-1948: Italy Mario Dallaglio
  • 1948-1951: Italy Renato Simonini
  • 1951-1955: Italy Enzo Dal Conte
  • 1955-1956: Italy Gianni Landini
  • 1956-1965: Italy Carlo Visconti, Gino Lari and Giorgio Degola
  • 1965-1979: Italy Carlo Visconti
  • 1979-1982: Italy Franco Vacondio
  • 1982-1988: Italy Giovanni Vandelli
  • 1988-1993: Italy Ermete Fiaccadori
  • 1993-1994: Italy Gianfranco Morini
  • 1994-1995: Italy Luciano Fantinel
  • 1995-1996: Italy Loris Fantinel
  • 1996-2001: Italy Luciano Ferrarini
  • 2001-2002: Italy Federico Spallanzani
  • 2002-2004: Italy Chiarino Cimurri
  • 2004-2005: Italy Federico Spallanzani
  • 2005-2009: Italy Vando Veroni
  • 2009-2010: Italy Clarfiorello Fontanesi
  • 2010-2015: Italy Alessandro Barilli
  • 2015-2016: Italy Stefano Compagni
  • 2016-2018: United States Italy Mike Piazza
  • 2018-2020: Italy Luca Quintavalli
  • 2020-present: Italy Carmelo Salerno


Divisional movements[edit]

Series Years Last Promotions Relegations
A 3 1996–97 - Decrease 4 (1926, 1929, 1995, 1997)
B 34 2023–24 Increase 4 (1924, 1927, 1993, 1996) Decrease 8 (1930, 1942, 1952, 1962, 1970, 1976, 1983, 1999, 2021)
2022–23 Increase 9 (1940, 1946, 1958, 1964, 1971, 1981, 1989, 2020, 2023)
Increase 1 (2008 C2)
Decrease 3 (1953, 2005✟, 2018✟)

86 out of 90 years of professional football in Italy since 1929
D 4 2018–19 Increase 2 (1956, 2019) never


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