Aurora Pro Patria 1919

Pro Patria
Full name Aurora Pro Patria 1919 S.r.l.
Nickname(s) Tigrotti (Little Tigers)
Founded 1919
1995 (refounded)
2009 (refounded)
Ground Stadio Carlo Speroni,
Busto Arsizio, Italy
Ground Capacity 4,627
President Italy Pietro Vavassori
Manager Italy Paolo Tomasoni
League Lega Pro
2014–15 Lega Pro/A, 17th

Aurora Pro Patria 1919[1] (commonly referred to as Pro Patria) is an Italian association football club, based in Busto Arsizio, Lombardy. They currently plays in Lega Pro.

In Latin, Pro Patria translates to "For the Fatherland".


Pro Patria et Libertate

The club was founded in 1919.

It played fourteen times in Serie A during the first half of the 20th century, the last time being in 1955–56.

In 1995 the Pro Patria et Libertate is not enrolled in the Serie D.

Pro Patria Gallaratese G.B.

The Gallaratese of Gallarate admitted to Serie C2, in order to keep the historical brand alive, it changed its name to Pro Patria Gallaratese G.B. (G.B. being for Gallarate and Busto Arsizio, respectively): the club is direct heir of the Pro Patria et Libertate.

It played in the fourth tier until 2002, when the club won promotion to Serie C1 after playoffs. In 2008 the club was relegated to Serie C2 after losing in the playoffs to Hellas Verona by 2–1 on aggregate, but was later readmitted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione to fill a vacancy.

On June 2008, a club takeover was completed, and ambitious plans for a return to Serie B were unveiled. However, impressive performances in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione 2008–09 were accompanied by financial troubles, that led to the club being declared insolvent by the local magistrature in April 2009 due to excessive financial debts. The club's president was later arrested and has to stand trial on charges related to the bankruptcy.[2] The drive to Serie B came to nothing for the team in the most bitter way, badly losing the home return match of their playoff final against Padova, who played with 10 men after an early sending off.

Aurora Pro Patria 1919

On 27 June 2009 Aurora Pro Patria 1919, owned by the Tesoro family, construction businessmen from Apulia, acquired the sports title from the liquidator of the old company.[3]

In the season 2009–10 it was relegated to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.

In the 2012–13 season it was promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione.

In the 2014–15 season it was relegated to Serie D, but it was readmitted to Lega Pro for involvement in the sporting fraud.

2013 racism incident

On 3 January 2013, the club was hosting A.C. Milan in a friendly, when the crowd aimed racist chants at A.C. Milan players, including M'Baye Niang, Urby Emanuelson, Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng. Boateng reacted angrily, kicking the ball into the stands, before the Milan players walked off the field, causing the game to be abandoned.[4]

Pro Patria was forced to play one game behind closed doors because of this incident.[5]


Current squad

As of 29 January, 2016 [6]

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 Cosimo La Gorga
Italy GK Luca Zanotti
Greece GK Armando Demalija
Italy DF Michele Ferri
Italy DF Andrea Pisani
Italy DF Giovanni Zaro
Italy DF Alberto Marchiori
Italy DF Alessandro Manti
Italy DF Marcello Possenti
Italy DF Marco Taino
Italy DF Christian Jidayi
Italy DF Matteo D'Alessandro
Italy MF Giorgio De Vincenzi
Italy MF Lorenzo Degeri
Italy MF Gianluca Sampietro
No. Position Player
Italy MF Giuseppe Capua
Italy MF Mario Coppola
Cameroon MF Georges Douglas
Italy MF Pierluigi Bastone
Italy MF Mosè Guercilena
Argentina MF Mario Santana
Italy MF Mirko Bigazzi
Italy FW Simone Vernocchi
Italy FW Diego Vettraino
Brazil FW Piá
Italy FW Emanuele Marra
Italy FW Mattia Montini
Italy FW Francesco Filomeno
Italy FW Riccardo Ravasi

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


  1. "Aurora Pro Patria 1919" (in Italian). Lega Pro. 30 July 2009. Archived from the original on 21 June 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  2. "Choc in Lega Pro, fallisce la Pro Patria" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport – Stadio. 4 April 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  3. "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE N. 159/A (2008–09)" (PDF) (in Italian). FIGC. 27 June 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  4. "AC Milan's Kevin-Prince Boateng leads team off pitch in protest at racist chanting in friendly match with Pro Patria". The Telegraph. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  5. "Soccer-Pro Patria given one-game fan ban over Boateng incident". Reuters. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  6. "PRIMA SQUADRA SECONDA DIVISIONE – STAGIONE SPORTIVA 2011 / 2012". Aurora Pro Patria 1919 (in Italian). Archived from the original on 14 September 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011.

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