L.R. Vicenza

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Vicenza
LR Vicenza Virtus (logo).svg
Full nameL.R. Vicenza S.p.A.
Nickname(s)I Biancorossi (The White and Reds)
I Berici
Lanerossi
Founded9 March 1902
GroundStadio Romeo Menti
Capacity12,000[1]
OwnerOTB Group[citation needed]
ChairmanRenzo Rosso[2]
Head coachFrancesco Baldini
LeagueSerie C Group A
2021–22Serie B, 17th of 20 (relegated via play-offs)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

L.R. Vicenza, commonly referred to as Vicenza, is an Italian football club based in Vicenza, Veneto. Founded in 1902 as Associazione del Calcio in Vicenza, they became Lanerossi Vicenza in 1953, then Vicenza Calcio from 1990 to 2018, a year which saw the club going bankrupt and being put under controlled administration in order to preserve the Serie C spot at the end of the 2017–18 season. Renzo Rosso, owner of fashion brand Diesel, merged its Bassano Virtus and some of the assets of Vicenza Calcio into one team, L.R. Vicenza Virtus, which will play in Vicenza, while the two sides will preserve their distinct youth teams. Vicenza is the oldest team in Veneto; officially founded on 9 March 1902 by the then dean of Liceo Lioy, Tito Buy, and the physical education teacher of the same school, Libero Antonio Scarpa.

The club currently plays in Italy's Serie C, having spent the entire 1960s, most of the 1970s and a large part of the 1990s in Serie A. They won the 1996-97 Coppa Italia and reached the semi finals of the Cup Winners' Cup the following season, losing to eventual winners Chelsea.

History[edit]

The performance of Vicenza in the Italian football league structure since the first season of a unified Serie A (1929/30).

Vicenza competed in the Italian Championship for the first time in 1911; reaching the finals for the title before being defeated by Pro Vercelli, one of the top Italian clubs at the time. During the 1920s and the 1930s, the team played in the lower divisions, reaching the first division for the first time in 1942. In the last round of the season, a 6–2 win versus Juventus in Turin, meant a final relegation escape.

In 1947, Vicenza finished fifth in Serie A, but were relegated at the end of the following season.

Lanerossi Vicenza[edit]

1953–54 L.R. Vicenza

The early 1950s were quite troublesome due to economic problems, but in 1953 the club was bought by Lanerossi, a woollen firm from Schio, with the side being renamed Lanerossi Vicenza.[citation needed]

Between 1955 and 1975 Vicenza never left the top level, always putting a hard fight against more established clubs. In this period the side was also known as Nobile Provinciale (Noble Provincial).[citation needed]

In 1964 and 1966 it finished 6th, with the Brazilian Luis Vinicio finishing league's top-scorer in the former with 25 goals.[citation needed]

In 1975 the club was relegated, however, after winning the 1976–77 second division, they would eventually finish runners-up in the following season with a young Paolo Rossi led the scoring charts with 24 goals. In that year the side was nicknamed Real Vicenza. Club chairman Giuseppe Farina had just bought the striker from Juventus for a then record fee of 2.6 billion lire, but the team would eventually drop two divisions in just three seasons.[citation needed]

1973–74 L.R. Vicenza

In the mid-1980s, Roberto Baggio started his career at the club, leading it in 1984-85 to the Serie B. In 1986 Vicenza achieved a top flight promotion that was subsequently denied due to its involvement in the second Totonero match-fixing scandal. The club was soon relegated back to Serie C1.

Vicenza Calcio[edit]

1990–2018 Vicenza Calcio logo

In 1990 Vicenza took back its current name and was promoted to Serie B in 1993, thanks to coach Renzo Ulivieri. His successor, Francesco Guidolin took the team back to Serie A in 1995, and led it through successive successful seasons. After finishing ninth in the league, the club won the 1996–97 Italian Cup with a 3–1 aggregate win over Napoli, eventually reaching next year's Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals, being defeated by Chelsea after winning the first leg in Vicenza for 1–0.

In 1999 the team was relegated to Serie B and after a return to the top flight in 2000–01, was relegated to Lega Pro Prima Divisione in 2005, after losing a relegation playout against Triestina. However, the club was readmitted to Serie B as F.I.G.C. had determined that Genoa C.F.C. had fixed the final match of the season.

In the season 2011–12 the club was relegated to Lega Pro Prima Divisione after losing the relegation play-off against Empoli. Vicenza, however, were reinstated in Serie B at the eve of the 2012–13 season in place of Lecce for its role in the 2011–12 Italian football scandal.[3] However, the club finished the 2012–13 in 19th place; missing out on the play-out and were finally relegated after reprieves in the previous two seasons.

2014–15 Vicenza Calcio

Vicenza ended the 2013–14 season in fifth place, being successively defeated by Savona in the promotion play-offs, and were due to play the 2014–15 season in the unified Lega Pro division, that would have featured an unprecedented crosstown derby against Real Vicenza. However, the dissolution of Siena meant Vicenza were promoted to become the 22nd team in Serie B. Vicenza were relegated again at the conclusion of the 2016–17 Serie B after finishing 20th.

Changes in ownership[edit]

The club entered a debt restructuring process since March 2016, which the new director stating that the club required a re-capitalization of at least €20 million.[4] Vi.Fin. S.p.A., a special purpose vehicle for a consortium of new investors, provided just €2.5 million new shares of the club in May 2016. Immediately before the recapitalization, Vi.Fin. acquired most of the shares of the club from Finalfa S.r.l., a company owned by Sergio Cassingena.[5]

Former Vicenza chairman Tiziano Cunico and CEO Dario Cassingena were also sued by the prosecutor of Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in September 2016 for allegations of reporting false profits from player exchanges with Parma; where prices were inflated relative to their performances in the first team.[6] The players under the investigation that involving Vicenza were Sandrini (sold to Parma for Malivojević; both players were tagged for €1.2 million)[6] Eventually the club and directors were inadmissible from the charge due to expiry of the legal proceeding.[7][8][9] In a different matter, Dario Cassingena was sentenced 10 months (in probation) by the Court of Vicenza, after the football club failed to paid the value-added tax in time.[10]

On 1 June 2017 the contract of general manager Andrea Gazzoli was resolved in a mutual consent[11] and on 5 June, Alfredo Pastorelli resigned as the chairman; citing the financial troubles of the club.[12] On 10 July 2017, Luxembourg-based Boreas Capital Sàrl announced it would buy the club. The parent company of Boreas Capital was Dubai-based G.S. Holding.[13]

However, the club faced another financial trouble during the first season of new ownership. Football Italia reported that the club failed to pay the wage since September 2017.[14]

Vicenza was declared bankrupt on 18 January 2018.[15] The team finished as the 17th of the group B of 2017–18 Serie C season, beating Santarcangelo in a relegation "play-out" matches.[16]

The Rosso years: L.R. Vicenza Virtus/L.R. Vicenza[edit]

On 24 May 2018, Bassano Virtus, a fellow Serie C team also from the Province of Vicenza owned by Renzo Rosso and his family, were relocated to Vicenza for the 2018–19 Serie C, starting using also the white-and-red Vicenza colours and being renamed L.R. Vicenza Virtus, while keeping both the youth systems of Vicenza and Bassano.[17] The new club was lately formalized as a merger between the original Vicenza and Bassano Virtus, following Rosso family's OTB Group's acquisition of some of the assets of Vicenza Calcio in order to make the merger possible.[18][19]

The newly-formed L.R. Vicenza Virtus finished in eighth place in the 2018–19 Serie C season.[20] They were promoted the following season as Group B champions, thus marking Vicenza's return to Serie B after just two years.

On 1 July 2021, the club dropped "Virtus" from its official name, thus being renamed L.R. Vicenza S.p.A..[21]

Kit Manufacturer and sponsors[edit]

Kit Manufacturer[edit]

Sponsors[edit]

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[edit]

International friendly[edit]

Divisional movements[edit]

Series Years Last Promotions Relegations
A 30 2000–01 - Decrease 5 (1948, 1975, 1979, 1999, 2001)
B 37 2021–22 Increase 5 (1942, 1955, 1977, 1995, 2000) Decrease 5 (1935, 1981, 1987, 2013, 2017)
C 22 2019–20 Increase 6 (1933, 1940, 1985, 1993, 2014, 2020) never
89 out of 90 years of professional football in Italy since 1929
D 1 1929–30 Increase 1 (1930) never

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 September 2022[25]

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 Slovenia SVN Rok Bržan
2 DF Italy ITA Federico Valietti (on loan from Genoa)
4 DF Italy ITA Christian Corradi
5 DF Italy ITA Marco Bellich
6 MF Italy ITA Loris Zonta (Captain)
7 MF Italy ITA Nicola Dalmonte
8 MF Brazil BRA Ronaldo
9 FW Italy ITA Franco Ferrari
10 FW Italy ITA Stefano Giacomelli
11 FW Italy ITA Alex Rolfini
13 DF Italy ITA Nicola Pasini
14 DF Italy ITA Emanuele Padella
15 MF Italy ITA Jean Freddi Greco
17 MF Italy ITA Fabio Scarsella
19 FW Slovenia SVN Tjaš Begić
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 MF Spain ESP Kaleb Jiménez Castillo (on loan from Salernitana)
21 MF Italy ITA Riccardo Cataldi
22 GK Italy ITA Matteo Grandi
23 DF Italy ITA Daniel Cappelletti
24 FW Italy ITA Filippo Alessio
27 FW Italy ITA Matteo Stoppa (on loan from Sampdoria)
31 GK Italy ITA Sebastiano Desplanches
68 DF Italy ITA Mario Ierardi
73 DF Italy ITA Thomas Sandon
77 MF Italy ITA Michele Cavion
80 MF Italy ITA Alessandro Favero
88 MF Italy ITA Enrico Oviszach
94 FW Italy ITA Tommaso Busatto
98 GK Italy ITA Alessandro Confente

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 Nicolas Gerardi (at Montebelluna until 30 June 2023)
DF France FRA Sebastien De Maio (at Modena until 30 June 2023)
DF Italy ITA Nicholas Fantoni (at Ancona until 30 June 2023)
DF Italy ITA Mattia Santi (at Virtus Verona until 30 June 2023)
MF Italy ITA Stefano Cester (at Arzignano until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Togo TOG Malik Djibril (at Fidelis Andria until 30 June 2023)
MF Italy ITA Matteo Manfredonia (at Imolese until 30 June 2023)
MF Italy ITA Federico Proia (at SPAL until 30 June 2023)
MF Italy ITA Raul Talarico (at Virtus Verona until 30 June 2023)
MF Italy ITA Simone Tronchin (at Virtus Verona until 30 June 2023)

Retired numbers[edit]

3 – Italy Giulio Savoini[26]
25 – Italy Piermario Morosini, Midfielder (2007–09, 2011) – posthumous honour.[27]

Notable former players[edit]

Notable former managers[edit]

In Europe[edit]

source:[28]

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1997–98 First Round Poland Legia Warsaw 2–0 1–1 3–1
Second Round Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 2–1 3–1 5–2
Quarter-finals Netherlands Roda 5–0 4–1 9–1
Semi-finals England Chelsea 1–0 1–3 2–3

UEFA Cup[edit]

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1978–79 First round Czech Republic Dukla Prague 1–1 0–1 1–2

References[edit]

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