Calcio Lecco 1912

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Lecco
Calcio Lecco 1912 logo.png
Full nameCalcio Lecco 1912 S.p.A.
Nickname(s)I Blucelesti (The Navy and Sky Blues)
Founded1912
GroundStadio Rigamonti-Ceppi,
Lecco, Italy
Capacity4,997
ChairmanPaolo Di Nunno
ManagerAlessio Tacchinardi
LeagueSerie C Group A
2021–22Serie C Group A, 6th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Calcio Lecco 1912, better known as Lecco , is a football club in Lecco, Lombardy, Italy. The club currently plays in Serie C, the third division of the Italian Football

Founded in 1912, it has played in three Serie A tournaments (the last of which in the 1966–1967 season) and eleven in Serie B (the last of which in the year 1972–1973). He includes in his palmarès the victory of one Italian Semi-professional Cup in the national field, and one Anglo-Italian Cup in the international field.

History[edit]

From Società Canottieri Lecco to '' 'Associazione Calcio Lecco' '[edit]

The football section of the city of Lecco was officially born on 22 December 1912 thanks to the idea of Vico Signorelli, member of the board of directors of the Società Canottieri Lecco, established on 27 September 1895 in the Caffè del Teatro Sociale. Since its foundation, the team's scolors have been blue-celestial, inspired by the Canottieri uniform.[1] The first historical headquarters of the company was located in via Francesco Nullo.

On April 13, 1912, the blucelesti played their first match against Milan Cricket and Football Club, 4–1 thanks to the opposing goals of Saverio and Rigoli, then, in the first years of competitive activity, Lecco played friendly matches and tournaments on a regional and local scale at the "Primavera" pitch trained by Achille Todeschini and then making his debut in an official championship organized by F.I.G.C. in the 1920–1921 season starting from the Promotion championship and reaching the finals-promotion for "Prima Categoria", touching the feat after the 0–0 against the comaschi of Esperia.

A year later, in 1922, after Eugenio Ceppi's election as president of the club, the stadium where the blue-celestial players still play their home matches was inaugurated, called "Campo sportivo di via Cantarelli", today stadium Rigamonti-Ceppi.

On 22 July 1931, after having formed a provisional commission, Canottieri decided to leave the football sector due to the high economic efforts required and, to avoid the dissolution of the team, the '' Associazione Calcio Lecco 'was created. ', with Professor Gennaro Pensa as the first president and Mario Ceppi, son of the former president of Canottieri Eugenio Ceppi who died in 1931, as a member of the board of directors who will be the protagonist of the club's golden years. The first headquarters of this new company was the Salone del Caffè Commercio in Piazza XX Settembre.

From the era-Ceppi to the arrival in Serie A[edit]

In the second football decade, Lecco played championships at a decent level, at first remaining in the running for promotion to Serie B during the season in First Division 1931-1932 until the last day, until the last minute, then always remaining in the new Serie C finishing the championship between the high and medium-low positions of the standings.

At the corporate level, the situation was dramatic due to a great and serious economic crisis that was resolved in the summer of 1941 when the Provincial Committee of the C.O.N.I. appoints the accountant Mario Ceppi as extraordinary commissioner, who thanks also to local political aid , he succeeded in saving the Lecco football by smoothing out most of the debts. In the post-war period, during the 1945–1946 season the blu-celesti participated in the mixed Serie B-C Alta Italia, ending the season in second place behind the Pro Patria and managing to earn the play-off to access the finals for the promotion in A. In the play-off, however, at the Milan Arena the match ended 0–0 and the Federation subsequently canceled one of the bustocchi's matches by ordering the repetition of the match that brought Lecco third one step away from Serie A.

Attilio Bravi

In the following years, from 1946 to 1948, Lecco collected two relegations, one of which caused by the new federal regulation that made Lecco overhang in the Promotion championship.

On 3 August 1948, a revolution began for Lecco with the appointment of Mario Ceppi as president, who led the team to a period of unstoppable growth and a leap in quality towards the highest category. During his stay at the top of the blue, Lecco in the space of seven years in which he concluded the seasons in Serie C starting from championship 1953–1954 always in the top positions of the standings , except for a brief parenthesis in Series IV, thanks to Angelo Piccioli on the bench, a former blue-sky player, in the Serie B 1959-1960 season, he won the Serie A to the team amid the enthusiasm of the fans and of an entire city.

The adventure in Serie A for Lecco began on 25 September 1960, when in their debut in the top flight, the Blucelesti lost 4–0 away to Fiorentina. The first victory for the Blucelesti in the top flight came on 9 October when on the slopes of Resegone, Lecco beat Padova at home for 2–1 and after a season of ups and downs culminating in the play-offs -final salvation against Udinese and Bari, the Lecchesi saved themselves tooth and nail thanks to Arienti's goals.

In the following season, in Serie A, although the team was strengthened with the purchase of Bengt Lindskog and Beniamino Di Giacomo, the blucelesti were relegated in Serie B to the penultimate place before with Angelo Piccioli and then with Camillo Achilli on the bench.

The blue goalkeeper Giuseppe Meraviglia neutralizes a Nerazzurri attack during Inter-Lecco (1–1) on 25 February 1967

After four top cadet championships in Serie B from the championship 1962–1963 to the season (1965–1966) the Blucelesti managed to earn their last championship of Serie A in the season 1966–1967, always with Angelo Piccioli at the helm, but in the last year the team suffered in the back, with a surprise in the last game, when the team already relegated , managed to snatch a 1–1 to A.C. Milan at San Siro thanks to a goal by Schiavo.

Serie C and the last season in Serie B[edit]

Once the glories of Serie A ended, a two-year hell period began for the Blucelestos in cadeteria, where the volcanic presidentissimo Mario Ceppi in 1967 left the presidency to Giovanni Mambretti and then returned to the club a short time later, where in first year of Serie B, the team survived the play-offs, beating the competition of Messina and Venezia and then relegated to Serie C the following year closing in penultimate place in the standings with Renato Gei on the bench.

The first year in Serie C, Lecco barely touched the return to Serie B, collecting a series of eight consecutive useful games and reaching only one point from the top of the table thanks to nine goals from Pedroni, then, in the following two seasons in the third series, the team first finished the championship in eighth place and subsequently, in the tournament of Serie C 1971–72, the blucelesti found the Serie B after three years winning group A.

The championship of Serie B 1972-1973 for Lecco was not easy and was characterized by excellent sales such as that of Chinellato and the technical changes that led to the exemption of Angelo Longoni and the bench call of Francesco Meregalli which brought the team to the last place in the standings with only 25 points.

From that moment on, for Lecco football after the "era-Ceppi" began a slow decline that brought the team up to the amateur categories.

From post-Ceppi to the 2000s[edit]

The seven years that followed between Serie C and the new Serie C1 from 1974 to 1980 with Carlo Rizza as the new helmsman of the company in place of Ceppi who died on 15 June 1983, the team sailed in mid-ranking positions and then relegated to Serie C2 from season 1979–1980, at the end of the third consecutive championship in the fourth professional division, the Blucelesti sank in the Interregional Championship gained after a last place in the standings.

After the change of ownership, and the arrival of Alberto Frigerio, a difficult period began for Lecco due to the unfulfilled promises of the top management to bring the club back to Serie C2 quickly and the wrong market choices that led to the blucelesti to touch several times the return among the professionals. Among these sensational that occurred in the 1985–86 season with the hiring as technician of the unknown Agostino Alzani, such as to "burst" the "Alzani grain": a large part of the blue people , including the Lecco Club Mario Ceppi, said he was ready to totally desert the stadium if Lecco was confirmed for the entire season, which, after an Italian Cup match, was exonerated already at the end of the first day of championship, as well as quickly replaced by the President with Stefano Angeleri. [2]

The satisfactions came, at the end of the Interregional Championship 1989-1990, when after six years spent among the amateurs, the Blucelesti after a second final place were fished in Serie C2 to complete organic.

Between amateurism and professionalism[edit]

At the end of the championship Lega Pro Second Division the company was purchased by the Italian-American entrepreneur Joseph Cala in 2012, former ex-president of the Salernitana for 11 days, becoming part of the holding company Cala Corporation, a company listed on the US stock exchange.

Cala's presidency lasted forty-two days, after which he left the team due to the impossibility of managing it, also leading to the resignation of Paolo Cesana, who had declared a disorganization that made it impossible to work within society.

The company was then managed transiently by Mario Micheli as president pro tempore, to then pass ownership to the company One hundred blue, made up of Lecco entrepreneurs, with president Antonio Rusconi.

During spring 2014 Stefano Galati became president of the association and during summer 2014 he was joined by Daniele Bizzozero as majority shareholder. Shortly thereafter, in August, Galati resigned and Bizzozero acquired the entire share package of the company, appointing the former Nerazzurri star as new president Evaristo Beccalossi ( which will resign in 2016 to enter the corporate cadres of Brera di Milan). In the 2014-2015 Serie D championship the team fought in the top positions, finally closing their group in second place, behind the Castiglione. A similar result was obtained in the D 2015-2016 Series, where the blucelesti placed second in their group behind the solo Piacenza and they accessed the playoffs, which finally won by passing Pontisola and Seregno, acquiring the pre-emption for any repechage in Lega Pro.

However, the good results on the field were accompanied by a growing corporate instability: in 2016 the patron Daniele Bizzozero was twice reached by measures of pre-trial detention for judicial problems unrelated to the team. At the same time, the sole director Sandro Meregalli was commissioned to enter into negotiations aimed at the sale of the blucelesti to new buyers, without however obtaining any concrete results. The accounting situation worsened more and more: already in May 2016 various corporate assets ( including the benches of the Rigamonti-Ceppi stadium and there'bus of the first team ) came foreclosed and auctioned in the summer months. Also in summer 2016, considerable difficulties were encountered in registering for the 2016-2017 championship: it proved impossible to access the Lega Pro, in July the club was re-registered in extremis to Series D.

Calcio Lecco 1912 s.p.a. was finally declared failed by the city court on December 5 2016: the corporate offices were completely eliminated and the club was placed in provisional exercise under the direction of the curator Mario Motta, in charge of ending the sports season and holding the club up to the liquidation auction. In order to relieve the social debt situation ( quantified in a liability of more than one million euros ), the trustee decided first of all to exempt the coach Stefano Cuoghi, whose compensation had been deemed disproportionate to the possibilities of the extraordinary administration: in its place was called the former bluceleste player Alberto Bertolini, already hired by the previous management for a few days in October 2016. The squad, orphaned by various players who freed themselves following the club's arrears, was integrated with elements of the youth selections. Again in order to find the funds necessary for the regular performance of the club's activities, Motta proposed to third parties ( private individuals and companies ) to take charge directly of paying the engagement of the players, also appealing to subscriptions by fans.

Despite the above difficulties, the bluceleste team managed to close the regular season in 16th place and finally to save themselves by defeating the playouts'Olginatese for 2-3.

At the end of the championship, on May 29 the auction for the purchase of tangible and intangible assets ( debt liabilities included ) of the failed Calcio Lecco 1912 was convened, which ( in spite of some expressions of interest, then incorrectly formalized ) ended up deserted: in agreement with the curator Motta, the city court decreed the convocation of a second enchantment for 8 and 9 June.

Just at the supplementary auction on 9 June following, the partnership was awarded to the sole tenderer, the entrepreneur brianzolo Paolo Di Nunno, who became its new owner: there newco retained the denomination Calcio Lecco 1912, but was formed in limited liability company.

After a first season closed in seventh place in its group, in the 2018-2019 vintage the Lecco ( led by the technician Marco Gaburro) dominated Serie D group A, winning it five days earlier than the end of the championship: at the end of the season the blucelesti accumulated 86 points, with + 27 lengths in second place.

The return season in Series C ( after seven years of absence ) proves more complicated: the team stands in the low ranking of group A and this costs the place of the technician Gaburro ( replaced interim by the deputy Gianbattista Boffetti and then by Gaetano D'Agostino), as well as to the sports director Mario Tesini and the team manager Mauro Brambilla. In addition, the patron Paolo Di Nunno, who for several months had already taken to complain about the scarce presence of the public at home games, as well as a widespread climate of hostility and/or indifference towards him by fans and institutions, at the end of November 2019 he announces his resignation from corporate offices, while ensuring that support for the club continues immediately. To succeed him in the role of president is his son, Cristian Di Nunno.

Stadium[edit]

The club play their home games at the Rigamonti-Ceppi Stadium, located in via Don Pozzi, in the Castello district, which also houses the company's headquarters. At the third millennium the stadium, after adjustments to safety standards, it has a capaciy of 5,000 seats.

The stadium, initially called Sports field in via Cantarelli at the time of construction, dating back to 1922, over the years has been titled a Mario Rigamonti and then also to the "very presidential" bluceleste Mario Ceppi, after his death in the 80s.

Before the construction of the stadium in the early years of the clubs history, a playground had been set up, called Spring, in via Ponchielli.

Crest and Colours[edit]

Colours[edit]

The social colours of Lecco are blue and the celestial: the chromatic combination was invented in 1895 when the Lecco tank tops, whose first president, Antonio Cima, stated that they would best evoke the lake panorama enjoyed from the city, merging the tint of water with that of the sky. According to another theory, supported by the journalist Aaron Angleri, the colours would instead have been taken from those of a broken bucket that was located at the first registered office.

Since Lecco was born as a football section of Canottieri, it was therefore natural that it too chose the aforementioned colours for its game uniforms. Unlike the original uniform of the "mother" club, which has the colours arranged in horizontal bands, the football club has instead opted for shirts palate.

Crest[edit]

Records and statistics[edit]

Participation in the championships[edit]

The following table takes into consideration the 86 sports seasons played in the national championships starting from the debut on 26 October 1924 in Second Division; the team also participated in the tournament of Serie B-C Alta Italia 1945-1946 with Serie C sports title and regional championships, namely:

  • 2 championships of Promotion of the Lombardy (1920-1921 is 1921-1922)
  • 2 championships of Third Division of the Lombardy (1922-1923 is 1923-1924)
  • 1 championship of Lombard excellence (2002-2003).
Tier Category Participations Debut Last Season Total
Serie A 3 1960-1961 1966-1967 3
Second Division 2 1924-1925 1925-1926 14
First Division 1 1927-1928
Serie B 11 1946-1947 1972-1973
Second Division 1 1926-1927 45
First Division 7 1928-1929 1934-1935
Serie B-C Alta Italia[3] 1 1945-1946
Serie C 26 1935-1936 2021-2022
Serie C1 8 1978-1979 2007-2008
Lega Pro Prima Divisione 2 2008-2009 2009-2010
Promozione 2 1948-1949 1949-1950 22
IV Serie 1 1952-1953
Serie C2 12 1980-1981 2006-2007
Lega Pro Seconda Divisione 2 2010-2011 2011-2012
Serie D 5 2014-2015 2018-2019
Campionato Interregionale 7 1983-1984 1989-1990 11
Serie D 4 2003-2004 2013-2014

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[edit]

Affiliated clubs[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 January 2023.[5]
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 Riccardo Melgrati
2 DF Croatia CRO Vedran Celjak
3 DF Italy ITA Christian Maldini
5 DF Italy ITA Patrick Enrici
6 DF Italy ITA Simone Pecorini
7 FW Italy ITA Luca Giudici
8 MF Albania ALB Erald Lakti
9 FW Italy ITA Umberto Eusepi
10 FW Italy ITA Luca Scapuzzi
11 FW Italy ITA Mattia Tordini
13 DF Italy ITA Matteo Battistini
14 DF Italy ITA Luca Stanga
17 MF Italy ITA Carlo Martorelli
18 FW Italy ITA Lorenzo Pinzauti
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 MF Italy ITA Carlo Ilari
21 MF Italy ITA Stefano Girelli (on loan from Cremonese)
22 GK Italy ITA Simone Stucchi
23 MF Ethiopia ETH Eyob Zambataro
31 DF Italy ITA Francesco Cusumano (on loan from Vis Pesaro)
32 DF Italy ITA Franco Lepore
44 DF Italy ITA Alessandro Bianconi (on loan from Ancona)
45 FW Italy ITA Cristian Bunino (on loan from Pro Vercelli)
90 FW Italy ITA Doudou Mangni
92 MF Italy ITA Francesco Ardizzone (on loan from Turris)
96 MF Italy ITA Giorgio Galli
98 MF Italy ITA Federico Zuccon (on loan from Atalanta)
99 FW Italy ITA Nicolò Buso

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 Enrico Rossi (at San Donato Tavarnelle until 30 June 2023)
FW Italy ITA Lorenzo Berra (at Città di Varese until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Italy ITA Stefano Longo (at Livorno until 30 June 2023)
FW Italy ITA Gian Marco Nesta (at Viterbese until 30 June 2023)

Former players[edit]

       Main page: Calcio Lecco players

Former managers[edit]

       Main page: Calcio Lecco managers

References[edit]

  1. ^ Annalisa Borghese (1992). "The Larian territory from prehistory to the present day – The nineteenth century". The Larian territory and its municipalities. Vol. 25. Milan: Editorial of the Dragon. p. 391.
  2. ^ hibees 1875 (15 August 2011). History of Lecco Calcio. Stories of Lombardia-World Football Forum. p. 1.
  3. ^ Campionato della Lega Nazionale Alta Italia affrontato con titolo sportivo di Serie C ai sensi del regolamento ufficiale.
  4. ^ Bonacina, Matteo (17 August 2022). "VIDEO Serie C | Bath City, il bluceleste porta bene: vittoria thrilling per gli inglesi a Eastbourne". Lecco Channel News (in Italian). Retrieved 3 October 2022.
  5. ^ "Lecco squad". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 September 2022.

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