Cesena F.C.

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Cesena FC logo.png
Full nameCesena Football Club
Nickname(s)I Cavallucci Marini (The Seahorses)
I Bianconeri (The White and Blacks)
GroundStadio Dino Manuzzi
ChairmanAugusto Corrado Patrignani[1]
ManagerWilliam Viali
LeagueSerie C Group B
2021–22Serie C Group B, 3rd of 20
WebsiteClub website

Cesena Football Club is an Italian football club based Cesena, Emilia-Romagna. Currently it plays in Italy's Serie C. It has claimed to be the phoenix club of A.C. Cesena since 2018, the year that the club folded.



The club was founded in 1973.[2] The club was known as Polisportiva Martorano.[2][3]

Serie D[edit]

The logo of the club as Romagna Centro

In the 2012–13 season, the team was promoted for the first time, from Eccellenza Emilia-Romagna Group B to 2013–14 Serie D Group D, as Romagna Centro.[2][4] The club was also compared to Chievo,[4] which was a second team behind Hellas Verona, but promoted to Serie A.

R.C. Cesena[edit]

The transitional logo until the agreement with folded AC Cesena was found in late 2018

In July 2018, after the bankruptcy of the main football team of the city, A.C. Cesena, a group of local businessmen acquired Romagna Centro and proposed to rename it to Cesena F.C., to act as a phoenix club. However, the image rights of A.C. Cesena were acquired later.[5] The club played a friendly match against Romanian club Universitatea Cluj in 2018–19 pre-season.[6] In July 2018, Romagna Centro announced that the youth sector would train with former A.C. Cesena players.[7] However, the club was later known as R.C. Cesena, and was assigned to Group F of 2018–19 Serie D.[8]

After instantly winning promotion to Serie D, the club was renamed Cesena Football Club.

In the 2019–20 season the club is competing in the Serie C's Girone B.

Colours and badge[edit]

As Romagna Centro, the team's colours were lightblue and white.[2][9][10]

The current shirt colors are black and white, so that the nickname of the club is "bianconeri"


The club played their home matches in Centro Sportivo Romagna Centro, located in Via Calcinaro, Martorano frazione.[2][4][10] The club also played their Serie D home matches in Stadio Dino Manuzzi,[11][12] the larger stadium in the city.

The stadium is quite famous in Italy, and has also hosted some euro 2019 u-21 matches, charity matches and some other events like concerts.


  • Eccellenza:
    • Winner (1): 2012–13

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2022[13].

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 Davide Fabbri
2 DF Italy ITA Antonio Candela (on loan from Genoa)
3 DF Italy ITA Rosario Maddaloni
4 MF Italy ITA Nicola Rigoni (on loan from Monza)
5 MF Italy ITA Demetrio Steffè
6 MF Italy ITA Alessio Brambilla
7 FW Italy ITA Giacomo Zecca
8 MF Italy ITA Francesco Ardizzone
9 FW Italy ITA Salvatore Caturano
10 FW Italy ITA Nicholas Pierini
11 FW Italy ITA Filippo Pittarello
13 DF Italy ITA Erasmo Mulè (on loan from Juventus U23)
14 MF Italy ITA Tommaso Berti
15 DF Italy ITA Andrea Ciofi
16 MF Italy ITA Carlo Ilari
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 FW Italy ITA Mattia Bortolussi
22 GK San Marino SMR Elia Benedettini
25 MF Italy ITA Simone Missiroli
27 DF Italy ITA Lorenzo Gonnelli
28 DF Italy ITA Cesare Pogliano
30 DF Italy ITA Giulio Favale
31 MF Austria AUT Dominik Frieser
32 DF Italy ITA Marco Calderoni
33 GK Italy ITA Michele Nardi
34 GK Italy ITA Alessandro Bizzini
35 DF Italy ITA Nicholas Allievi
44 FW Albania ALB Cristian Shpendi
45 FW Albania ALB Stiven Shpendi
98 DF Italy ITA Tomas Lepri
99 FW Italy ITA Riccardo Tonin (on loan from Milan)

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 Lorenzo Dominici (at Flaminia)
MF Italy ITA Davide Munari (at Piacenza)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Italy ITA Nicola Zanni (at Fano)
FW Italy ITA Manuel Bernardi (at Borgosesia)


  1. ^ "Organigramma | CDA A.S.D. RC CESENA" (in Italian). A.S.D. Romagna Centro Cesena. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Romagna Centro, l'inesorabile scalata dalla Terza alla serie D". Il Tirreno (Massa-Carrara edition) (in Italian). Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  3. ^ "La Storia" (in Italian). A.S.D. Romagna Centro Cesena. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Romagna Centro in "D": una promozione storica". Corriere Cesenate (in Italian). 2 May 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Scelta la cordata di Pubblisole, nasce la nuova avventura del "Cesena FC"". Cesena Today (in Italian). 23 July 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Studenții în Italia. "U" a făcut scor cu cei de la Romagna Centro: 8-1. Sâmbătă întâlnim Perugia!" (Press release) (in Romanian). FC Universitatea Cluj. 19 July 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  7. ^ "COMUNICATO SETTORE GIOVANILE" (Press release) (in Italian). A.S.D. Romagna Centro Cesena. 25 July 2018. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Gironi 2018/2019" (Press release) (in Italian). Lega Nazionale Dilettanti. 30 August 2018. Archived from the original on 31 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Romagna Centro". TuttoCalciatori (in Italian). Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  10. ^ a b "A.S.D. Romagna Centro". emiliaromagnasport.com (in Italian). Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Romagna Centro-Piacenza anticipata a sabato 21 febbraio". Sport Piacenza (in Italian). 16 February 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Il Romagna Centro per rafforzare il vivaio del Cesena: accordo fatto". Cesena Today (in Italian). 4 July 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Cesena squad". Soccerway.

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