A.C. Cesena

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Cesena
AC Cesena.svg
Full nameAssociazione Calcio Cesena SpA
Nickname(s)Cavallucci Marini (Seahorses)
Founded1940
GroundStadio Dino Manuzzi,
Cesena, Italy
(capacity: 23,900)
PresidentIgor Campedelli
Head CoachPierpaolo Bisoli
LeagueSerie B
2011-12Serie A, 20th (relegated)
WebsiteClub home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season
 
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Cesena
AC Cesena.svg
Full nameAssociazione Calcio Cesena SpA
Nickname(s)Cavallucci Marini (Seahorses)
Founded1940
GroundStadio Dino Manuzzi,
Cesena, Italy
(capacity: 23,900)
PresidentIgor Campedelli
Head CoachPierpaolo Bisoli
LeagueSerie B
2011-12Serie A, 20th (relegated)
WebsiteClub home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Associazione Calcio Cesena (Italian pronunciation: [tʃɛˈzeːna]) is an Italian football club based in Cesena, Romagna.

The club was formed in 1940 and won the first promotion to Serie A in 1973. Since then, the club have been in the Italian Premier League for a total of in 11 seasons, reaching the best achievement in 1976 with the 6th position in Serie A and a short run in the UEFA Cup. The other three promotions in serie A have been achieved in 1981, 1987 and 2010, the last one after two consecutive promotion from the third league (Lega Pro) in 2009, and from Serie B in 2010, both won in the final game of the season. The club has played 11 seasons in Serie A championship.

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History

Founded in 1940, Cesena reached Serie B in 1968 and were promoted to Serie A for the first time in 1973. With players such as Pierluigi Cera and Gianluigi Savoldi, the club held its own and finished a respectable 11th place in their debut season, repeating that finish the following year. In 1975–76, Cesena surprised everybody by finishing 6th and qualifying for the UEFA Cup. The glory was short-lived and they would be relegated the next year.

A second promotion to Serie A followed in 1981 and finished a respectable 10th before being relegated once more in 1983, staying in Serie B for four years. After winning a play-off, they were back in Serie A for 1987–88 and enjoyed a four-year stay, being obdurate enough to just avoid relegation in this time.

After relegation in 1991, Cesena had another chance to return to Serie A in 1994. With players such as Alessandro Teodorani, Emiliano Salvetti, Luigi Piangerelli, Aldo Dolcetti and Dario Hübner, this was a team of considerable ability. However, they finished level on points with Padova, and lost a promotion play-off which would be a bitter blow for the club, who would suffer relegation to Serie C1 in 1997. Whilst promotion followed, a relegation play-off against Pistoiese in 2000 would see them condemned to a four-year stay in the third division.

In the 2005–06 Serie B league, Cesena surprisingly emerged as contenders for promotion to Serie A, ending in sixth place and being therefore qualified for the promotion playoffs. They escaped relegation the following season, but not in 2007–08.

Cesena first campaign in Serie C1, now rebranded Lega Pro Prima Divisione, started with former Foligno boss Pierpaolo Bisoli as new head coach. Throughout the season, Cesena quickly emerged as major contenders for direct promotion, and managed to take first place in the league on Week 33, with only one game remaining and a two-point advantage to challengers Pro Patria. On the final week of the season, Cesena's 0–0 draw with Verona, coupled with Pro Patria's 0–0 draw with Padova, gave the bianconeri the league title and direct promotion back to Serie B, after only one season in the Italian third tier.[1] Cesena went to as 3rd in Round 33 1 point behind Brescia in 2009–10 season. Cesena made second consecutive promotion after a 1–0 winning at Piacenza and Brescia's 2–1 loss at Padova against Padova on 30 May 2010 and finished 19 years of absence from Serie A after finishing Serie B as runner-up. In the season 2011-12 it was relegated to Serie B.

Colors and badge

The team's colours are white and black.

Current squad

As of 20 August, 2012[2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.PositionPlayer
1ItalyGKNicola Ravaglia
2ArgentinaDFSantiago Morero (on loan from Chievo)
3ItalyDFAlessandro Favalli (on loan from Cremonese)
4ItalyDFDaniele Forte
5ItalyDFDenis Tonucci
6ParaguayMFDavid Meza
7ItalyMFMarco D'Alessandro (on loan from Roma)
8NetherlandsMFDamjan Đoković
9ItalyFWGianluca Lapadula
11ItalyMFManuel Iori (on loan from Chievo)
13CameroonMFLouisse Parfait
14ItalyDFGianluca Comotto
15PortugalDFGonçalo Brandão (on loan from Parma)
16ItalyDFRiccardo Martinelli
No.PositionPlayer
17ItalyDFGianluigi Bamonte
18ItalyMFGianluca Turchetta
19ItalyFWDavide Succi
20ItalyMFAndrea Gessa
22ItalyGKEmanuele Belardi
23ItalyMFAndrea Tabanelli
24ItalyFWMattia Graffiedi
25ItalyDFLuca Ceccarelli
26ItalyDFLuca Caldirola
27FranceMFGregoire Defrel
29ItalyDFAndrea Rossi (on loan from Parma)
30SpainFWAlejandro Rodríguez
33ItalyGKRiccardo Melgrati

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.PositionPlayer
ItalyGKAlex Teodorani (at Pavia)
TunisiaDFYohan Benalouane (at Parma)
ItalyDFLuigi Palumbo (at Fondi)
ItalyDFLuca Ricci (at Ascoli)
ItalyMFMarco Parolo (at Parma)
CroatiaMFTibor Čiča (at NK Zagreb)
No.PositionPlayer
ItalyFWCaio De Cenco (at Reggiana)
ItalyFWSacha Cori (at Empoli)
Republic of the CongoFWDominique Malonga (at Vicenza)
ItalyFWMarco Tattini (at Bellaria)
GhanaFWEphraim O'Neal (at Bellaria)

Other under contracted players

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.PositionPlayer
ItalyDFGiacomo Bassoli
ItalyMFJacopo Luppi
ItalyMFLuca Righini
ItalyFWEdoardo Bonicelli

Retired numbers

No.PlayerNationalityPositionReasonRef
12Tifosi ItalyNot applicableReserved for the Cesena supporters[3]
21Martelli, PaoloPaolo Martelli ItalyDefenderPosthumous recognition. Died in a car accident on 01999-04-1212 April 1999

Notable former players

This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.

Achievements

References

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