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A.C. Cesena

Full name Associazione Calcio Cesena SpA
Nickname(s) Cavallucci Marini (Seahorses)
Founded 1940 (76 years ago) (1940)
Ground Stadio Dino Manuzzi,
Cesena, Italy
Ground Capacity 23,900
President Giorgio Lugaresi
Head Coach Domenico Di Carlo
League Serie B
2014–15 Serie A, 19th (relegated)
Website Club home page
33px 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 Serie A for a total of 11 seasons, reaching the best achievement in 1976 with a sixth place finish and a short run in the following season's UEFA Cup. The other three promotions in Serie A have been achieved in 1981, 1987, and 2010, the last one after two consecutive promotions — 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 currently plays in the Serie A, promoted at the end of the 2013–14 season.


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 the 1975–76 season, Cesena surprised Italy by finishing sixth and subsequently 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. They finished level on points with Padova, however, 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, Cesena surprisingly emerged as contenders for promotion to Serie A, ending in sixth place and being therefore qualified for the promotion play-offs. They escaped relegation the following season, but not in 2007–08.

Cesena's 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, one point behind Brescia in the 2009–10 season. Cesena earned their second consecutive promotion after a 1–0 victory at Piacenza and Brescia's 2–1 loss in Padua against Padova on 30 May 2010, finishing 19 years of absence from the Serie A. After the 2011–12 season, Cesena were relegated from the top tier to the Serie B.

Since relegation Cesena also restructured their finance, which the company merged with intermediate holding company Cesena 1940 Srl in December 2012.[2] The company held 98.23% shares of AC Cesena SpA. After the merger, another intermediate holding company, Opera Cesena Calcio Srl represented by Igor Campedelli (from unknown investor through Romagna Sport Srl), which previously own 65.03% shares on Cesena 1940 Srl,[3] sold 27.6% shares of Cesena to GMG Srl,[4] a company of Giorgio Lugaresi, who already owned 30.06% shares of Cesena 1940 Srl before the merger.[3] On 24 April 2013 Giorgio Lugaresi was re-elected as the president of A.C. Cesena SpA.[5] After the transactions the club also recapitalized in order to avoid bankruptcy, which GMG Srl through subsidiary Cesena & Co. Scarl, held 9,499,000 out of 9,500,000 shares (99.9895%) of Cesena as of 31 March 2014. In February 2014 Cesena was under criminal investigation for the fraud in Campedelli era.[6] Campedelli was banned 6 months in March 2013 by FIGC.[7]

Despite the financial difficulties, Cesena won promotion back to Serie A on 18 June 2014, winning Latina in playoffs in 4–2 aggregate. In that match, most of the players (12 out of 20) were on loan from other clubs, with only 4 players were under Cesena contract in starting lineup (Renzetti, De Feudis, Garritano and Defrel) and 4 players on the bench (Alberto Iglio, Consolini, Rodríguez and Succi).

Colors and badge

The team's colours are white and black.


  • Promozione Regionale:
    • Winners (2): 1952–53, 1956–57

Current squad

As of 1 September 2014.[8]

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

No. Position Player
1 23x15px GK Nicola Leali (on loan from Juventus)
2 23x15px DF Constantin Nica (on loan from Atalanta)
4 23x15px MF Luca Valzania
5 23x15px MF Luigi Giorgi (on loan from Atalanta)
6 23x15px DF Stefano Lucchini
7 23x15px MF Carlos Carbonero (on loan from Roma)
8 23x15px MF Giuseppe De Feudis
9 23x15px FW Alejandro Rodríguez
11 23x15px FW Franco Brienza
14 23x15px DF Massimo Volta (on loan from Sampdoria)
15 23x15px DF Luka Krajnc
16 23x15px GK Alberto Iglio
17 Template:Country data ISL DF Hörður Magnússon (on loan from Juventus)
18 23x15px FW Milan Đurić
No. Position Player
19 23x15px FW Davide Succi
23 23x15px MF Andrea Tabanelli
24 23x15px DF Gabriele Perico
25 23x15px DF Daniele Capelli (on loan from Atalanta)
26 23x15px MF Gaby Mudingayi
30 23x15px GK Federico Agliardi
33 23x15px DF Francesco Renzetti
34 23x15px MF Emmanuel Cascione
44 23x15px MF Riccardo Cazzola (on loan from Atalanta)
56 23x15px MF Nico Pulzetti (on loan from Bologna)
77 23x15px MF Zé Eduardo
81 23x15px GK Walter Bressan
89 23x15px FW Guido Marilungo (on loan from Atalanta)
92 23x15px FW Grégoire Defrel

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
23x15px GK Matteo Grandi (at Bassano Virtus)[9]
23x15px GK Riccardo Melgrati (at Südtirol)
23x15px DF Leonardo Arrigoni (at Forlì)
23x15px DF Ismaël Bangoura (at San Marino)
23x15px DF Antonio Mazzotta (at Catania)
23x15px DF Filippo Capitanio (at Santarcangelo)
23x15px DF Carlo Crialese (at Cremonese)
23x15px DF Andrea Ingegneri (at Bassano Virtus)
23x15px DF Fabio Reato (at Forlì)
23x15px DF Mohamed Traoré (at Santarcangelo)
23x15px DF Davide Adorni (at Santarcangelo)
No. Position Player
23x15px DF Matteo Zanini (at Cosenza)
23x15px MF Tommaso Arrigoni (at Forlì)
23x15px MF Fabrizio Bramati (at Savona)
23x15px MF Nicola Capellini (at Forlì)
23x15px MF Marco Đurić (at L'Aquila)
23x15px MF Stefano Sensi (at San Marino)
23x15px MF Felice Di Cecco (at Gorica)
23x15px FW Saša Čičarević (at San Marino)
23x15px FW Sacha Cori (at Cosenza)
23x15px FW Luca Garritano (at Modena)

Other under contract players

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

No. Position Player
23x15px DF Nicolò Lini
23x15px MF Yago Del Piero
No. Position Player
23x15px FW Antonio Romano


Only sold from Cesena were listed

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

No. Position Player
23x15px GK Andrea Rossini (with Parma until 30 June 2015)
23x15px DF Thomas Fabbri (with Parma until 30 June 2015)
23x15px MF Caio De Cenco (with Pavia until 30 June 2015)
No. Position Player
23x15px MF Damjan Djoković (with Bologna until 30 June 2015)
23x15px FW Daniele Ferri (with Brescia until 30 June 2015)
23x15px FW Manuel Canini (with Brescia until 30 June 2015)

Retired numbers

No. Player Nationality Position Reason Ref
12 Tifosi 23x15px Italy Not applicable Reserved for the Cesena supporters [10]
21 Martelli, PaoloPaolo Martelli 23x15px Italy Defender Posthumous recognition. Died in a car accident on 12 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.



  1. ^ "Esplode un urlo di felicità Il Cesena torna in serie B" (in Italian). Il Resto del Carlino. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "Calcio: ecco il nuovo assetto bianconero" (in Italian). 12 October 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Cesena, il cuore in Romagna e il portafoglio a Milano" (in Italian). 9 October 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "La NewCo. entra nel Cesena Calcio" (in Italian). AC Cesena. 13 April 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Giorgio Lugaresi è il nuovo Presidente del Cesena Calcio" (in Italian). AC Cesena. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sequestri della polizia nella sede del Cesena Calcio" (in Italian). AC Cesena. 3 February 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  7. ^$plit/C_2_ContenutoGenerico_35305_StrilloComunicatoUfficiale_lstAllegati_Allegato_0_upfAllegato.pdf
  8. ^ "I numeri di maglia 2014/2015" (in Italian). AC Cesena. 28 July 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ufficiale: Matteo Grandi e Nicolò Tonon al Bassano Virtus" (in Italian). Bassano Virtus 55 ST. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Eugeo ritira la maglia n. 12" [Eugeo retire shirt number 12] (in Italian). 29 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 

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