A.C. Cesena

Full name Associazione Calcio Cesena SpA
Nickname(s) Cavallucci Marini (Seahorses)
Bianconero (Black and whites)
Founded 1940 (1940)
Ground Stadio Dino Manuzzi,
Cesena, Italy
Ground Capacity 23,900
President Giorgio Lugaresi
Head Coach Andrea Camplone
League Serie B
2015–16 Serie B, 6th
Website Club home page

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 13 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 B, relegated after one season in the Serie A at the end of the 2014–15 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.

Yo-yoing between Serie A and B

Cesena returned to Serie A after 19 years of absence in 2010. 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 revered merger 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 €9.5 million during 2013–14 season 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 30 June 2014, with a nominal value of €1 per shares.[6] In February 2014 Cesena was under criminal investigation for the fraud in Campedelli era.[7] Campedelli was banned 6 months in March 2013 by FIGC.[8]

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). Financially, Cesena had another year of negative EBITDA in 2013–14 season, for about €11 million, if excluding windfall profit from player trading from the calculation.[9]

Colors and badge

The team's colours are white and black.


Current squad

As of 29 August 2016.[10]

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

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Federico Agliardi
2 Italy DF Romano Perticone
3 Italy DF Lorenzo Filippini (on loan from Lazio)
4 Italy MF Emmanuel Cascione
5 Italy MF Karim Laribi (on loan from Sassuolo )
6 Italy MF Antonio Cinelli
7 Italy FW Luca Garritano
8 Italy MF Andrea Schiavone
9 Spain FW Alejandro Rodríguez
10 Italy FW Camillo Ciano
13 Italy MF Matteo Gasperi
14 Italy DF Antonio Balzano (on loan from Cagliari)
15 Italy FW Mirco Severini
16 Italy DF Michele Rigione
17 Italy FW Giuseppe Panico (on loan from Genoa)
No. Position Player
18 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Milan Đurić
20 Italy DF Nicola Falasco (on loan from Roma)
22 Italy GK Michael Agazzi
23 Ivory Coast MF Moussa Koné
24 Italy MF Mattia Vitale (on loan from Juventus)
25 Italy DF Daniele Capelli
27 Italy DF Alessandro Ligi
28 Italy MF Carmine Setola
29 Italy MF Aleksandros Dhamo
31 Italy DF Lorenzo Pompei
32 Italy GK Lorenzo Bardini
33 Italy DF Francesco Renzetti (on loan from Genoa)
34 Italy FW Nunzio Di Roberto
35 Poland MF Bartosz Wolski (on loan from Genoa)

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
Italy GK Mattia Grandi (at Catanzaro)
Italy GK Riccardo Melgrati (at Prato)
Italy DF Carlo Crialese (at Bassano)
Italy DF Matteo Ronchi (at Santarcangelo)
Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Marko Đurić (at Ancona)
No. Position Player
Italy MF Andrea Tabanelli (at Pisa)
Italy MF Federico Varano (at Pistoiese)
Italy FW Salvatore Maiorana (at Santarcangelo)
Italy FW Gabriele Moncini (at Prato)

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
Guinea DF Mohamed Traoré
Italy MF Felice Di Cecco
Italy FW Antonio Romano

Retired numbers

No. Player Nationality Position Reason Ref
12 Tifosi  Italy Not applicable Reserved for the Cesena supporters [11]
21 Martelli, PaoloPaolo Martelli  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). romagnanoi.it. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  3. 1 2 "Cesena, il cuore in Romagna e il portafoglio a Milano" (in Italian). tuttob.com. 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. A.C. Cesena S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2014 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
  7. "Sequestri della polizia nella sede del Cesena Calcio" (in Italian). AC Cesena. 3 February 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  8. http://www.figc.it/Assets/contentresources_2/ContenutoGenerico/60.$plit/C_2_ContenutoGenerico_35305_StrilloComunicatoUfficiale_lstAllegati_Allegato_0_upfAllegato.pdf
  9. Marotta, Luca (25 January 2015). "Bilancio Cesena 2013/14: la rateizzazione del debito fiscale e la continuità aziendale col Piano." (in Italian). Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  10. "I numeri di maglia per la stagione 2015/2016" (in Italian). AC Cesena. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  11. "Eugeo ritira la maglia n. 12" [Eugeo retire shirt number 12] (in Italian). 29 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2011.

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