Calcio Padova

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Full nameCalcio Padova SpA
Nickname(s)I Biancoscudati (The White-Shielded)
The Patavini (The Patavins)
Founded29 January 1910; 114 years ago (1910-01-29) as ACP
GroundStadio Euganeo,
Padua, Italy
Capacity32,420 (often limited to 18,060)
OwnerAmber Capital LP
ChairmanDaniele Boscolo Meneguolo
ManagerBruno Caneo
LeagueSerie C Group A
2022–23Serie C Group A, 5th of 20
WebsiteClub website

Calcio Padova, commonly referred to as Padova, is an Italian football club based in Padua, Veneto. Founded in 1910, Padova currently play in Serie C Group A, having last been in Serie A in 1996. The team's official colours are white and red.

The team was refounded in 2014 after the sports title was awarded to Biancoscudati Padova for the 2014–15 Serie D season as a phoenix club. The previous holder of the title was in the process of liquidation after it was expelled from 2014–15 Lega Pro. The original Padova was renamed Football Padova in order to allow the new iteration of Padova to use the original name of the club, Calcio Padova in 2015.


In the 1940s, the team was coached by Béla Guttmann.[citation needed] It is widely regarded that, Padova's golden days[tone] were the late 1950s, when the team managed by Nereo Rocco, reached the heights[tone] of third place in 1958 thanks to players such as; Kurt Hamrin.[citation needed], Sergio Brighenti and Aurelio Milani.[tone] as Padova remained a force[tone] in Serie A, before relegation in 1962.[citation needed] The rest of the 1960s would see the club in Serie B before going into a serious decline ahead of a 1980s revival.[citation needed]

The revival would see Padova return to Serie B in the early 1980s, and within a decade they would be serious[why?][vague][tone] promotion contenders.[citation needed] A play-off win over Cesena in 1994 saw the club return to Serie A after 32 years.[citation needed] After a dire[why?][vague][tone] start to the 1994–95 season, Padova looked like fulfilling most experts' predictions of a swift return to Serie B.[citation needed] They nonetheless found their form in the second half of the year and when they recorded a 1–0 win away to Juventus, they were six points clear of the drop zone.[citation needed] However, they eventually ended up contesting the relegation play-off against Genoa, due to a late Inter Milan goal assisted by a Rubén Sosa corner, which they won on penalties.[clarification needed][citation needed]

There would be no such luck[tone] the following year, as Padova were relegated, with further relegations in 1998 and 1999.[citation needed] Since 2001, they have resided in Serie C1 and Lega Pro Prima Divisione.[citation needed] The team returned in Serie B at the end of the 2008–2009 season.[citation needed]

In total, Calcio Padova participated in 11 Prima Divisione/Divisione Nazionale championships between 1914–15 and 1928–29 (best place being 3rd in 1922–23) and 16 Serie A championships between 1929–30 and 1995–96 (best place being 3rd in 1957–58); in Coppa Italia, the best place was runner-up in 1967.[citation needed] Padova won a Coppa Italia Serie C in 1980, and played also 34 Serie B championships (won in 1947–48) and 29 Serie C1/C2/Lega Pro Prima Divisione championships (won in 1936–37, 1980–81 and 2000–01). Padova finished runner-up the Anglo-Italian Cup of 1983.[citation needed]

In the 2013–14 Serie B season, Padova were relegated after finishing 20th, and on 15 July 2014, the team did not sign up to the 2014–15 Lega Pro championship.[citation needed] In April 2015, the company was put into liquidation.[1]

Biancoscudati Padova[edit]

The logo used in the 2014–15 season.

The club was founded in the summer of 2014, with the name Società Sportiva Dilettantistica a r.l. Biancoscudati Padova, after the non-inclusion of Calcio Padova in Lega Pro and Serie D.[2]

The first official match was Biancoscudati Padova-Castellana (2–0), valid for the Coppa Italia Serie D, played 24 August 2014.[3]

On 19 April 2015, by virtue of a 2–1 away victory against Legnago, the team secured promotion to Lega Pro.[4]

On 5 June 2015, changed its name to Biancoscudati Padova Spa.[5]

On 6 July 2015, changed its name to Calcio Padova Spa, after the old Calcio Padova changed its name to Football Padova Spa – società in liquidazione.[6]

Vincenzo Italiano, former captain of Padova.


First team squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2024.[7]

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 Antonio Donnarumma
2 DF Italy ITA Filippo Delli Carri
3 DF Italy ITA Marco Perrotta
4 DF Italy ITA Francesco Belli
6 MF Italy ITA Lorenzo Crisetig
7 MF Ecuador ECU Kevin Varas
8 MF Italy ITA Pietro Fusi
9 MF Italy ITA Nicola Valente
10 MF Italy ITA Igor Radrezza
11 MF Italy ITA Jacopo Dezi
12 GK Italy ITA Riccardo Rossi
14 DF Italy ITA Luca Villa
15 MF Italy ITA Nicolò Bianchi
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF Italy ITA Alessandro Capelli
19 FW Italy ITA Simone Palombi
20 FW Italy ITA Mattia Bortolussi
21 FW Italy ITA Michael Liguori
22 GK Italy ITA Pablo Mangiaracina
26 DF New Zealand NZL Niko Kirwan
30 DF Italy ITA Giulio Favale
58 MF Italy ITA Carmine Cretella
72 DF Italy ITA Carlo Faedo
77 FW Italy ITA Simone Russini
90 FW Italy ITA Mattia Tordini (on loan from Lecco)
94 FW Italy ITA Luca Zamparo (on loan from Virtus Entella)
99 GK Italy ITA Alessandro Zanellati

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 Mattia Fortin (at Legnago until 30 June 2024)
DF Italy ITA Bernardo Calabrese (at Gubbio until 30 June 2024)
DF Italy ITA Antonio Granata (at Virtus Entella until 30 June 2024)
DF Italy ITA Giovanni Leoni (at Sampdoria until 30 June 2026)
MF Italy ITA Jacopo Bacci (at Empoli until 30 June 2025)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Italy ITA Simone Franchini (at Pescara until 30 June 2024)
MF Italy ITA Tommaso Miccoli (at Treviso until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Luca Gagliano (at Foggia until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Tommaso Ghirardello (at Genoa U19 until 30 June 2024)


Divisional movements[edit]

Series Years Last Promotions Relegations
A 16 1995–96 Decrease 5 (1930, 1934, 1952, 1962, 1996)
B 38 2018–19 Increase 4 (1932, 1948, 1955, 1994) Decrease 6 (1935, 1969, 1985, 1998, 2014✟, 2019)
2021–22 Increase 5 (1937, 1983, 1987, 2009, 2018)
Increase 2 (1981 C2, 2001 C2)
Decrease 2 (1979 C1, 1999 C1)

89 out of 90 years of professional football in Italy since 1929
D 1 2014–15 Increase 1 (2015) never


  1. ^ (in Italian) Info on
  2. ^ "Avv. Chiacchio: "Non solo l'ACP1910 ha fatto richiesta di ammissione alla D, ma è arrivata anche la risposta. Padova caso clamoroso, poteva essere in B"" (in Italian). 20 August 2014. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Biancoscudati Padova, buona la prima davanti a 2.000 spettatori" (in Italian). 24 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  4. ^ Il Padova torna nel calcio che conta: battuto il Legnago, è Lega Pro!
  5. ^ (in Italian) Definito il cambio di ragione sociale in Biancoscudati Padova Spa
  6. ^ (in Italian) Ora è davvero ufficiale, torniamo a chiamarci CALCIO PADOVA
  7. ^ "Padova squad". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 September 2022.

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