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]
ManagerDomenico Toscano
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] It 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 6 September 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 Andrea Tozzo
3 DF Italy ITA Mario Mercadante
4 DF Croatia CRO Ivan Kontek
5 DF Italy ITA Luca Coccolo
6 MF France FRA Jonathan Bumbu
7 FW Italy ITA Giacomo Zecca
8 MF Italy ITA Saber Hraiech
9 FW Italy ITA Alexis Ferrante (on loan from Ternana)
10 MF Italy ITA Riccardo Chiarello
11 FW Albania ALB Stiven Shpendi
14 DF Italy ITA Daniele Celiento (on loan from Bari)
15 DF Italy ITA Andrea Ciofi
16 DF Italy ITA Alessandro Albertini
17 MF Italy ITA Emanuele Adamo
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 FW Italy ITA Simone Corazza
19 DF Italy ITA Giuseppe Prestia
20 MF Italy ITA Francesco De Rose
23 GK Italy ITA Stefano Minelli
24 MF Italy ITA Nicolò Bianchi
27 DF Italy ITA Marco Calderoni
31 FW Italy ITA King Udoh
32 FW Albania ALB Cristian Shpendi
44 GK United States USA Luca Lewis
73 DF Italy ITA Simone Pieraccini
77 MF Italy ITA Alessio Brambilla
88 MF Italy ITA Matteo Francesconi
97 GK Italy ITA Lorenzo Pollini
98 DF Italy ITA Tomas Lepri

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 Pietro Guerra (at Forlì until 30 June 2023)
MF Italy ITA Tommaso Berti (at Fiorentina U19 until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Italy ITA Giovanni Nannelli (at Fermana until 30 June 2023)
FW Italy ITA Filippo Pittarello (at Feralpisalò until 30 June 2023)


  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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