Bassano Virtus 55 S.T.

Bassano Virtus
Full name Bassano Virtus 55 Soccer Team
Nickname(s) Giallorossi (yellow-reds)
Founded 1920
1968 (refounded)
Ground Stadio Rino Mercante,
Bassano del Grappa, Italy
Ground Capacity 2,952
Owner Renzo Rosso
Chairman Stefano Rosso OTB
Manager Antonino Asta
League Lega Pro
2014–15 Lega Pro, 2nd (Group A)

Bassano Virtus 55 Soccer Team is an Italian association football club, based in Bassano del Grappa, Veneto. The club currently plays in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.

The team is owned by Renzo Rosso, the entrepreneur "king of the casual" and the President of OTB Group, the holding group of Maison Martin Margiela, Marni, Viktor & Rolf, Diesel and Staff International.



Bassano Virtus 55 Soccer Team was founded in 1920 as U.S. Bassano (Unione Sportiva Bassano) and merged with cross-city rivals A.C. Virtus in 1968. In 1996 the club took its current name: the number 55 stands for 1955, owner Renzo Rosso's birthyear. Nowadays, Bassano Virtus is also the only Italian professional football club to use soccer instead of football in its full name.

Serie C2 and Lega Pro Seconda Divisione

In the 2005–06 season the club debuted in Serie C2, but after suffering a defeat in Montichiari in the last match, they finished only 12th.

In the 2006-07 Serie C2 season the club reached the playoffs, but was defeated by Calcio Lecco 1912, which was later promoted to Serie C1.

In their third consecutive season in Serie C2 (now renamed Lega Pro Seconda Divisione), Bassano had an excellent start: the club peaked the league after 5 days and kept the position in isolation until the 23rd day, thanks to a series of eight consecutive wins. The attacking tactics of coach Ezio Gelerean led the team a step away from promotion: with only 4 matches left, the club is first, 3 points ahead of runners-up A.C. Reggiana 1919. In the end of the season Bassano Virtus was surpassed by Reggiana and later lost the promotion play-off final with Calcio Portogruaro-Summaga (2–3 in Portogruaro and 1–2 in Bassano del Grappa) also due to a penalty not granted to Bassano, that could have changed the outcame of the match. However, the club was able to win Coppa Italia Lega Pro by defeating Benevento Calcio with the overwhelming result of 5–0.

Lega Pro Prima Divisione

At the end of 2009-10 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season, the club obtained the repechage in Lega Pro Prima Divisione, given the number of teams in financial difficulty.

Lega Pro Seconda Divisione

Bassano in the season 2011–12 was relegated from Lega Pro Prima Divisione to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione. In 2013–14 season the club promoted as champions of Group A of Seconda Divisione. At the end of season also saw the merger of the two divisions of Lega Pro, as well as reduction of 69 teams to 60 teams. In 2013–14 Seconda Divisione season already saw re-admission of 2 teams that originally relegated, as well as 4 additional teams from Serie D.

Serie C

Bassano was among the original 60 teams in Serie C since its reestablishment in 2014.

Colors and badge

The team's colors are yellow and red.

Current squad

As of 19 August, 2016[1]

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 Elia Bastianoni
Italy GK Gian Maria Rossi
Italy DF Alberto Barison
Italy DF Nicola Bizzotto
Italy DF Filippo Stevanin
Italy DF Tommaso Bortot
Italy DF Carlo Crialese (on loan from Cesena)
Italy DF Giovanni Formiconi
Italy DF Nicola Pasini
Italy DF Marco Soprano (on loan from Genoa)
Italy MF Nicolò Bianchi
Italy MF Roberto Candido
No. Position Player
Italy MF Marcello Falzerano
Italy MF Giacomo Cenetti
Italy MF Janis Cavagna (on loan from Atalanta)
Italy MF Gianluca Laurenti
Italy MF Mattia Minesso
Italy MF Mattia Proietti
Italy MF Alberto Tronco
Italy FW Micheal Fabbro
Italy FW Francesco Grandolfo
France FW Julien Rantier
Italy FW Tommy Maistrello


The team plays their home games at the Stadio Rino Mercante of Bassano del Grappa, with 2,952 seats.


National competitions


Notable former players

Notable former coaches


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