F.C. Südtirol

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FC Südtirol
FC Sudtirol logo 2016.png
Full nameFußball Club Südtirol s.r.l.
Nickname(s)(in Italian and German)
Biancorossi / Weiß-Rote (Whitereds)
Tirolesi / Tiroler (Tyroleans)
Altoatesini, Sudtirolesi / Südtiroler (South Tyroleans)
Short nameFCS
Founded1974 (as SV Milland Fussball)
GroundStadio Druso,
Bolzano, Italy
Capacity5,500
ChairmanGerhard Comper
ManagerLamberto Zauli
LeagueSerie B
2021–22Serie C Group A, 1st of 20 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website

Fußball Club Südtirol is an Italian association football club, based in the city of Bolzano, in the autonomous province South Tyrol.[1][2] The club was formerly known as its bilingual name F.C. Südtirol – Alto Adige. They will play in Serie B for the first time in the 2022–23 season after having been crowned Serie C champions in the current campaign.

History[edit]

In the early 90s came the idea to bring professional football back to South Tyrol, because since the 80s with FC Bolzano no South Tyrolean team played more in a professional league. The negotiations for the takeover of FC Bolzano, which was in financial difficulties, failed. A South Tyrolean entrepreneurial group then took over the SV Milland, founded in 1974 and based in a district of Brixen, which played before the acquisition in the season 1994/95 in the regional Eccellenza, but relegated after the season into the Promozione.

1995-2000: In the amateur leagues[edit]

The team was renamed to FC Südtirol–Alto Adige in 1995; Alto Adige is the Italian name of the province while Südtirol its German indigenous name. The club started its first season in 1995 in the regional Promozione (then still the seventh-highest league in Italy). The immediate promotion to the Eccellenza has been achieved. Also in this league the team immediately reaches the first place. From the 1997/98 season, the club played in the national league Serie D (V). Each season, the FC Südtirol was able to improve and achieved in 2000, then under coach Giuseppe Sannino, the promotion to Serie C2 (IV), the lowest professional league.[3]

2000–2010: FC Südtirol in Serie C2 (IV)[edit]

In 2000 the company incorporated as Fußballclub Südtirol S.r.l., thus becoming F.C. Südtirol and relocating to Bolzano[4][non-primary source needed] (though it was legally based in Brixen until 2011[1]). The club was able to establish itself quickly in the professional league. The aim of the club was to realize the promotion into Serie C1 as soon as possible. The team failed in the following seasons each time in the play-offs. The FC Südtirol got into financial difficulties and then put more on the youth work.
Just before the end of the season 2008/09, the youth coach Alfredo Sebastiani took over the first team. With him, the club could avoid the relegation in the play-outs against Valenzana Calcio.[5] Under Sebastiani, the team reached in 2009/10 for the first time the promotion to Serie C1 (III), by finishing the season on the first place.[6]

2010 to today: from Serie C to the second division[edit]

In the 2010–11 Lega Pro Prima Divisione season, Südtirol was relegated to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione after the relegation "play-out",[7] but on 4 August 2011 was readmitted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione to fill the vacancies.[8]

In the next season, the club hired Giovanni Stroppa, who was at that time youth coach of Milan. The team was able to establish itself in the third tier and narrowly missed the promotion play-offs. With good performances, players like Manuel Fischnaller and Alessandro Iacobucci moved to the Serie B.[9] After the season Stroppa became Coach of the Serie A club Pescara.[10]

In the 2012–13 Lega Pro Prima Divisione season, the team was coached by Stefano Vecchi. With him the team was able to reach the promotion playoffs of the Italian third tier for the first time in club history. In the play-off semi-final the team was eliminated by Carpi, which the latter eventually won the promotion. In the following season, Vecchi was hired by Carpi.[11]

The 2013–14 season started with Lorenzo D'Anna as coach, who was previously youth coach of Chievo. Under him, the team could score five points in the first five matches, which was not enough for the promotion ambitions of the club.[12] They changed coaches and hired Claudio Rastelli to Bolzano. During the championship, the team was able to prevail better and in the end reached the third place of the table. That means the best result of the club's history and the repeated achievement of the play-offs. In the quarterfinals the team could prevail against Como on penalties. In the semi-final, Cremonese was defeated after two legs. The final round for the promotion to Serie B was lost against Pro Vercelli.[13]

Südtirol's 2021–22 season turned out to be the most successful in the club's history, as they won the title race on the final matchday, with a five-point advantage to runners-up Padova, and also reached the 2021–22 Coppa Italia Serie C final, lost on aggregate to Padova. They will therefore play Serie B in the 2022–23 season, for what is meant to be both Südtirol's first time in the league, as well as the very first time a club from Südtirol/Alto Adige qualifies for a spot in the Italian second division.[14]

Colors and badge[edit]

Colors[edit]

The team's colors are white and red. With these colors, the club shows its roots in the Province of South Tyrol and the city of Bolzano, which both have the colors of white and red in their traditional coats of arms and flags. Historically, the home jerseys of the club are white. Most of the time the team plays away matches in red jerseys, but from time to time they can be black as well.

Badge[edit]

The current logo of the association is a slightly different form of the badge used since the club was founded in 1995 to 2016. Among other things, the lettering "Alto Adige" was removed.
The logo of the association is a circular badge with a white-red diamond pattern and a football inside. The logo is circled with the words "FC Südtirol" (German term for "FC South Tyrol") and "Bolzano - Bozen". Compared to the previous badge, the diamond pattern was renewed and the red color darkened slightly.[15]

Club facilities[edit]

Stadium[edit]

The home games of FC Südtirol are played in the Drusus stadium in Bolzano, named after Nero Drusus, a Roman general. Built in 1936 as a multi-sport facility and wholly renovated between 2019 and 2021 as a pure football ground,[16] the Drusus stadium has a main and opposite tribune and it can accommodate up to 5,500 spectators.[17]

FCS Center[edit]

The FCS Center in Eppan, near Bolzano.

The FCS Center is the training center of the team in Eppan, near Bolzano. In 2015, the training areas were completed and include two natural turf pitches, two artificial turf pitches and another small artificial turf pitch. The service center was opened in 2018 and offers the club changing rooms, offices, a gym with a medical department, meeting rooms, a restaurant and a fan shop. In the training center also the championship games of the national youth teams of FC Südtirol are held.[18]
In 2010, the training center was the training camp of the German national football team for the preparation of the World Cup in South Africa. In 2018, the German national team uses again the center for the preparation of the World Cup in Russia.[19]

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 June 2022

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 Giacomo Poluzzi
3 DF Italy ITA Alessandro Fabbri
4 DF Italy ITA Marco Curto
5 DF France FRA Kevin Vinetot
6 MF Italy ITA Alessandro Malomo
7 MF Italy ITA Davide Voltan
8 MF Italy ITA Emanuele Gatto
9 FW Italy ITA Raphael Odogwu
10 MF Italy ITA Hannes Fink (Captain)
11 MF Italy ITA Manuel Fischnaller
14 FW Italy ITA Francesco Galuppini
15 MF Italy ITA Jérémie Broh (on loan from Palermo)
16 MF Ghana GHA Shaka Mawuli
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF Italy ITA Daniele Casiraghi
18 FW Italy ITA Matteo Rover
19 DF Italy ITA Giovanni Zaro
21 MF Italy ITA Fabian Tait
22 GK Italy ITA Gabriel Meli (on loan from Empoli)
23 MF Italy ITA Marco Moscati
24 DF Italy ITA Simone Davi
26 DF Italy ITA Filippo De Col
28 MF Morocco MAR Ismail H'Maidat (on loan from Como)
30 MF Italy ITA Marco Beccaro
37 FW Italy ITA Michael De Marchi (on loan from Pescara)
MF Italy ITA Mirko Carretta

Notable players[edit]

The following list includes players who played or have played more than 10 matches in either Serie A or Serie B.

Notable managers[edit]

The following list includes managers who coached or have coached teams in the Serie A or Serie B.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "L'FC Südtirol è un club bolzanino". SportNews.bz. 17 February 2011. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  2. ^ "L'FCS ha ottenuto la cittadinanza bolzanina!" (in Italian). F.C. Südtirol. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Geschichte". FC Südtirol. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Storia". F.C. Südtirol. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  5. ^ "FC Südtirol bezwingt Valenzana 2:0 und bleibt in der Lega Pro". FC Südtirol. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Der FC Südtirol steigt in die 1. Division auf". FC Südtirol. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Il portiere perde la testa, retrocede il Sudtirol. Video". Il Pallonaro. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  8. ^ "Calcio, Lega Pro; Ripescaggi: 5 in prima divisione e rimnini in seconda". La Repubblica (in Italian).
  9. ^ "Manuel Fischnaller wechselt zu Reggina Calcio" (Press release). F.C. Südtirol. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Conosciamo meglio Giovanni Stroppa". forzapescara.com. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Ende des Rätselratens: Stefano Vecchi verlässt den FC Südtirol" (Press release). F.C. Südtirol. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  12. ^ "LORENZO D'ANNA ALS CHEFTRAINER ENTLASSEN" (Press release) (in Italian). F.C. Südtirol. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Das Wunder von Vercelli bleibt aus:FCS verpasst den Aufstieg". sportnews.bz. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  14. ^ "La favola del Südtirol: batte la Triestina e vola in Serie B". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  15. ^ "NEUES LOGO: EINE ERKLÄRUNG". FC Südtirol. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  16. ^ "gmp Erweiterung Drusus-Stadion Bozen". floornature.de. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  17. ^ "TECHNISCHE DATEN". FC Südtirol. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  18. ^ "FCS Trainingszentrum". FC Südtirol. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  19. ^ "WM 2018: TRAININGSLAGER WIEDER IN SÜDTIROL". Retrieved 10 March 2018.

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