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
ManagerPasquale Catalano
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 1 February 2023[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
1 GK Italy ITA Alessandro Siano
4 DF Italy ITA Riccardo Baroni (on loan from Modena)
6 DF Albania ALB Cristian Shiba
7 FW Italy ITA Cristian Mutton
8 MF Italy ITA Riccardo Ladinetti
9 FW Italy ITA Simone Ianesi (on loan from Udinese)
11 FW Italy ITA Antonio Cioffi (on loan from Napoli)
12 GK Italy ITA Daniele Cagnina
13 MF Italy ITA Giovanni Catanese
14 DF Italy ITA Leonardo Di Bella
15 DF Italy ITA Giovanni Bonfanti (on loan from Sampdoria)
16 MF Italy ITA Nicolas Izzillo (on loan from Pisa)
17 FW Italy ITA Marzio Casadidio
18 MF Italy ITA Matteo Guidi
19 DF Argentina ARG Marcos Espeche
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 MF Italy ITA Giacomo Benedetti
21 MF Italy ITA Gabriele Perretta
22 GK Italy ITA Giuseppe Stancampiano
23 MF Italy ITA Marco De Ioannon
24 DF Armenia ARM Arman Markosian
25 FW Italy ITA Francesco Nicastro
26 MF Italy ITA Cosimo Tripoli
27 DF Italy ITA Alessandro Marcandalli (on loan from Genoa)
28 DF Italy ITA Marco Somma (on loan from Sampdoria)
29 DF Italy ITA Riccardo Martinelli
30 GK Italy ITA Niccolò Vivoli
DF Portugal POR Tiago Gonçalves (on loan from Novara)
MF Italy ITA Tomás Sosa (on loan from Vis Pesaro)
FW Italy ITA Lorenzo Peli (on loan from Atalanta)

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 Italy ITA Mattia Di Furia (at Arezzo U19 until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Italy ITA Mattia Pretato (at Arezzo until 30 June 2023)

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 squad". Soccerway. Retrieved 26 September 2022.

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