Bassano Virtus 55 S.T.
|Full name||Bassano Virtus 55 Soccer Team|
Stadio Rino Mercante,|
Bassano del Grappa, Italy
|Chairman||Stefano Rosso OTB|
|2014–15||Lega Pro, 2nd (Group A)|
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 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
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.
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.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.