A.C. Rimini 1912
|Full name||Associazione Calcio Rimini 1912|
|Nickname(s)||Biancorossi (The White-reds)|
Stadio Romeo Neri,|
|Chairman||Fabrizio De Meis|
|League||Eccellenza Emilia-Romagna (5th tier)|
|2015–16||Lega Pro, Group B, 15th (relegated)|
The club was founded in 1912 and currently plays in Lega Pro.
Their home ground is the 9786-seat Stadio Romeo Neri.
The club was founded as Libertas Rimini in 1912, and first adopted their trademark red and white shirts in the 1920s, the 1929–30 season also saw the building of the stadium still used by the club today; Stadio Romeo Neri. The club name was changed to Rimini Calcio in 1939.
Between Serie B and Serie C
During the 1970s the club spent three seasons in Serie B, finishing in the bottom half of the table; they were relegated in 1978–79, but achieved promotion straight back up the following season. Rimini were relegated again during 1981–82, this time however, they did not achieve promotion back up straight away. Rimini spent the next twenty-four seasons in the Serie C league system, dropping as low as C2/C at one point.
However, the 2000s proved to be a brighter time for Rimini; they reached the C2/B playoffs six successive times before gaining promotion to C1/A. In 2004–05, they became Serie C champions (as well as Serie C1 Super Cup winners) and returned to Serie B for the first time since the early 1970s.
From Serie B to Lega Pro Prima Divisione
On 9 September 2006, Rimini gained the national news after having gained a shocking 1–1 home draw against Juventus F.C., with Argentine attacking midfielder Adrián Ricchiuti scoring the equaliser, despite a sending off for Rimini midfielder Domenico Cristiano soon after the 1–0 Juventus lead. They even reached the top of Serie B by early 2007, but at the end of that season they were ranked 5th behind Juventus, Napoli, Genoa and Piacenza.
Two years later, Rimini Calcio has been relegated to Lega Pro Prima Divisione after losing the play-out against the former Ancona.
In the season 2010–11 it would have to play again in the Italian 3rd level championship, but in the spring of 2010 the former ownership left, and nobody took over in the society.
A.C. Rimini 1912
In the summer of 2010 the club was refounded as A.C. Rimini 1912, that began life in Serie D, the 5th tier of Italian football. That year, the club won the national play-off finals against Turris on penalties after a 0–0 draw, being promoted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione (4th tier). At the end of 2011–12 season, Rimini lost the play-off semifinals against Cuneo. The following season was rather complicated for the club, because Rimini had to win two relegation play-off rounds to keep its place in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione. The fall to Serie D came one year after, when 9 of 18 teams were relegated (third and fourth tier were unified into a single league after that edition). In the meanwhile, Fabrizio De Meis assumed the ownership of the club in place of Biagio Amati, who resigned.
Eleven months after the relegation, Rimini came back to Lega Pro after winning the group D of 2014–15 Serie D. In that season, the team collected 86 points, and the striker Manuel Pera scored 30 goals. At the end of 2015–16 Lega Pro, after a season influenced by serious economic problems, A.C. Rimini 1912 couldn't take part to the following championship due to its debts.
Rimini Football Club 1912
In summer 2016, the club was refounded as Rimini Football Club 1912 and competed in Eccellenza Emilia-Romagna for the 2016–17 season.
Notable former players
- Players call-up to national team during at Rimini
- Champions: 1975–76, 2004–05
- Promoted: 1979–80
- Winners: 2004–05
- Promoted: 2002–03
- Promoted: 2010–11, 2014–15
- "Juventus held on debut in Serie B".
- "Calcio. Il Rimini batte la Turris ai rigori (3–1) e va in Seconda Divisione".
- "Fabrizio De Meis nuovo presidente del Rimini".
- "Rimini Calcio. Game over: niente iscrizione alla LegaPro 2016–'17".
- "Rimini Opt Against Registering For The Upcoming Lega Pro Season | IFD" (in Italian). Italian Football Daily. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
- "Lunedì pomeriggio il primo allenamento del Rimini Football Club. Porte aperte ai tifosi • Newsrimini.it". newsrimini.it (in Italian). 7 August 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
- (Italian) Official website