Cesena FC

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Full nameCesena Football Club
Nickname(s)I Cavallucci Marini (The Seahorses)
I Bianconeri (The White and Blacks)
GroundStadio Dino Manuzzi
ChairmanJohn Aiello[1]
ManagerDomenico Toscano
LeagueSerie C Group B
2022–23Serie C Group B, 2nd of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Cesena Football Club is an Italian football club based Cesena, Romagna. Currently it plays in Italy's Serie C. It has claimed to be the phoenix club of AC Cesena since 2018, the year that the club folded. For the first time since the club was refounded it gained to promotion to Serie B in 2024.



The club was founded in 1940, [2] at which time it was known as Polisportiva Martorano.[2][3]

Serie D[edit]

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.[citation needed]

R.C. Cesena[edit]

In July 2018, after the bankruptcy of the main football team of the city, AC Cesena, a group of local businessmen acquired Romagna Centro and proposed to rename it to Cesena FC, to act as a phoenix club. However, the image rights of AC 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 AC Cesena players.[7] However, the club was later known as RC 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.[citation needed]

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

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"[citation needed]


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.[citation needed]

The stadium is quite famous[why?][vague][tone] in Italy, and has also hosted some Euro 2019 U-21 matches, charity matches and some other events like concerts.[citation needed]


Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2024[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 Matteo Pisseri
4 MF Italy ITA Riccardo Chiarello
5 MF Italy ITA Ivan Varone
7 FW Italy ITA Daniele Donnarumma
8 MF Italy ITA Saber Hraiech
9 FW Albania ALB Cristian Shpendi
10 FW Sierra Leone SLE Augustus Kargbo
11 FW Italy ITA Roberto Ogunseye
13 DF Italy ITA Luca Coccolo
14 MF Italy ITA Tommaso Berti
15 DF Italy ITA Andrea Ciofi
17 MF Italy ITA Emanuele Adamo
18 FW Italy ITA Simone Corazza
19 DF Italy ITA Giuseppe Prestia
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 MF Italy ITA Francesco De Rose
24 MF Italy ITA Edoardo Pierozzi (on loan from Fiorentina)
25 DF Italy ITA Antonio David
26 DF Italy ITA Matteo Piacentini
28 DF Italy ITA Luigi Silvestri
30 MF Italy ITA Alessandro Giovannini
33 GK United States USA Jonathan Klinsmann
34 GK Italy ITA Giulio Veliaj
46 GK Italy ITA Alessandro Bagli
61 GK Italy ITA Alessandro Siano
70 MF Italy ITA Matteo Francesconi
73 DF Italy ITA Simone Pieraccini
77 MF Italy ITA Giovanni Nannelli

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 United States USA Luca Lewis (at Pontedera until 30 June 2024)
GK Italy ITA Lorenzo Pollini (at Trestina until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Albania ALB Stiven Shpendi (at Empoli until 30 June 2025)
FW Italy ITA King Udoh (at Gubbio until 30 June 2024)

Former players[edit]


  1. ^ "LA SOCIETÀ" (in Italian). Cesena FC. Retrieved 13 November 2023.
  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. Archived from the original on 2 May 2019. 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. Archived from the original on 31 August 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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