U.S. Città di Pontedera

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Pontedera
US Pontedera 1912 logo.png
Full nameUnione Sportiva Città di Pontedera
Nickname(s)Granata
Founded1912
GroundStadio Ettore Mannucci,
Pontedera, Italy
Capacity5,014
ChairmanGianfranco Donnini
ManagerIvan Maraia
LeagueSerie C Group B
2021–22Serie C Group B, 14th of 20
WebsiteClub website

Unione Sportiva Città di Pontedera (formerly Unione Sportiva Pontedera 1912) is an Italian association football club located in Pontedera, Tuscany. Currently it plays in Serie C, the third tier of Italian football.

History[edit]

Founded in 1912, Pontedera, a team from a city in the Pisa neighbourhood, played Serie C for several years without never gaining a single promotion to Serie B. In 1993/1994, a second place in Serie C2/B allowed Pontedera to be promoted to Serie C1: during that season, the team was known for having longily been the only undefeated team in all Italian professional leagues, and for having incredibly won 2–1 to the Italy national football team coached by Arrigo Sacchi in a friendly match played in April 1994. Pontedera played Serie C1 just in 1994/1995, and relegated to Serie D in 2001, and even Eccellenza in 2002. Pontedera returned to Serie D in 2005, after having won its Eccellenza round.

In 2006 Maurizio Mian's Gunther Corporation briefly held a controlling interest in Pontedera. Pornographic film actor Ilona Staller ("Cicciolina") was installed as the club "godmother", while another pornographic actress Valentine Demy served as one of three club Presidents, alongside a Polish lap dancer named Karolcia and a British rapper named Prodigal1.[1] The performance was related to Mian's left-libertarian views on reproductive rights and his upcoming appearance in the 2006 Italian general election.[2]

Marcello Lippi, head coach of Italy national team and World Cup champion in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, started his professional managing career as Pontedera head coach in 1985–1986.

Serie D 2010–11[edit]

At the end of the 2010-11 Serie D season, Pontedera gained access to the Serie D play-off for promotion in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione, but they were eliminated in the third round.

Back into professionalism[edit]

In the 2012-13 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season, Pontedera finished second in Girone B, and was promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione. This was the second consecutive promotion for the team. The 2013–14 season saw Pontedera topping the Lega Pro Prima Divisione table for the earlier weeks of the season, and then completing the regular season in eighth place and thus ensuring a Serie B promotion playoff spot, then losing to Lecce on penalties in the first round.

Colors and badge[edit]

Its colours are all-dark red.

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 July 2022[3] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
4 MF Italy ITA Fabio Foglia
5 DF Italy ITA Mattia Pretato
6 DF Albania ALB Cristian Shiba
8 MF Italy ITA Andrea Caponi
10 MF Italy ITA Gianluca Barba
11 FW Italy ITA Cristian Mutton
13 MF Italy ITA Giovanni Catanese
15 DF Italy ITA Nicholas Di Meo
16 MF Italy ITA Andrea Marianelli
18 FW Italy ITA Giovanni Benericetti
19 DF Argentina ARG Marcos Espeche
20 MF Italy ITA Giacomo Benedetti
21 MF Italy ITA Gabriele Perretta
22 GK Italy ITA Andrea Nicoli
No. Pos. Nation Player
24 MF Italy ITA Gianmarco Regoli
25 MF Italy ITA Marco De Ioannon
30 GK Italy ITA Lorenzo Santarelli
32 GK Italy ITA Riccardo Melgrati
GK Italy ITA Alessandro Siano (on loan from Juventus)
GK Italy ITA Marco Angeletti
GK Italy ITA Mattia Di Furia
DF Italy ITA Giuseppe Aurelio
DF Italy ITA Riccardo Baroni (on loan from Modena)
DF Italy ITA Stefano Parodi
DF Italy ITA Marco Somma (on loan from Sampdoria)
MF Italy ITA Lorenzo Bisconti
MF Italy ITA Tommaso Fantacci (on loan from Empoli)

Notable former managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tutti pazzi per Mian e Gunther IV". Il Tirreno. 6 June 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Laicità, pillola abortiva e pallone Mian si compra anche il Pontedera" (in Italian). la Repubblica. 24 March 2006. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  3. ^ "PONTEDERA, I NUMERI DELLE MAGLIE" (in Italian). U.S. Città di Pontedera. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016.

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