Venezia F.C.

Full name Venezia F.C. S.r.l.
Nickname(s) Arancioneroverdi (Orange-Black-Greens)
Lagunari (Lagoonal Ones)
Leoni Alati (Winged Lions)
Founded 1907 (as Venezia Foot Ball Club)
2005 (as SSC Venezia)
2009 (as FBC Unione Venezia)
2015 (as Venezia FC)
Dissolved 2005 (AC Venezia)
2009 (SSC Venezia)
2015 (FBC Unione Venezia)
Ground Stadio Pierluigi Penzo,
Sant'Elena, Venice, Italy
Ground Capacity 7,450
Chairman Joe Tacopina
Manager Filippo Inzaghi
League Lega Pro
2015–16 Serie D, Girone C, 1st (promoted)

Venezia F.C., commonly referred to as "Venezia", is an Italian football club from Venice that is playing in Lega Pro, the Italian third division, in the 2016–17 season.

Founded by a merger in 1907, Venezia have spent a large part of their history in Serie A and Serie B, the top two divisions in Italy.

Venezia won the Coppa Italia in 1941.


Venezia's current home stadium, the Pierluigi Penzo, is the second-oldest stadium in Italy (the oldest being Genoa's Stadio Luigi Ferraris), and is primarily reached by boat or by foot.


The club was founded as Venezia Foot Ball Club on 14 December 1907,[1] by members of two local sports clubs coming together; Palestra Marziale and Costantino Reyer. It was originally based at Campo San Bartolomeo in the city of Venice. Fifteen men including the first president Davide Fano were involved in the club's founding;.[1] In 1919, the name was translated into Italian as Associazione Calcio Venezia.

A closeup of Valentino Mazzola.

The most notable trophy success in Venezia's history is winning the Coppa Italia during the 1940–41 season. The Cup-winning Venezia team included some of the players who went on to form the Torino F.C. side of the 1940s who died in the Superga air disaster in 1949, such as Ezio Loik and Valentino Mazzola.

In 1941–42, Venezia earned its highest ever Serie A position, finishing in third place in the league.

A.C. Venezia 1907

In the summer 1990, the club was renamed Associazione Calcio Venezia 1907.

Venezia has spent the majority of its history in Serie A and Serie B, Italy's two top divisions. The club was last relegated from Serie A in 2002. This last season in Serie A began a period of decline for the club. Frustrated with the team and the inability to agree on plans for a larger stadium with the local council, then president Maurizio Zamparini decided to purchase U.S. Città di Palermo, and he took with him a large portion of the squad.

Álvaro Recoba played for Venezia.

Notable recent former players include Álvaro Recoba, Filippo Maniero and Christian Vieri.

In 2005 the club was relegated to Serie B and declared insolvent because of bankruptcy.

S.S.C. Venezia

In the summer 2005 the club was refounded as Società Sportiva Calcio Venezia and was admitted in Serie C2 due to Lodo Petrucci.

At the end of the 2008–09 Lega Pro Prima Divisione season, the club was declared bankrupt.

Foot Ball Club Unione Venezia

After the club's second bankruptcy, the club was re-founded as Foot Ball Club Unione Venezia, and was admitted to Serie D – the top level non-professional league in Italian football.

in 2011–12, Venezia won the Scudetto Dilettanti.

Venezia Football Club

After the club's third bankruptcy, the club was re-founded as Venezia F.C. S.r.l.d., and was admitted to Serie D for the 2015–16 season.

In October 2015, New York lawyer Joe Tacopina and a group of American investors announced the purchase of Venezia.[2] Tacopina was previously the President of Bologna and is also the former Vice President and minority investor in A.S. Roma.

In Tacopina's first season, Venezia earned promotion to Lega Pro.


As of 10 August, 2016

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 Davide Facchin
Italy GK Guglielmo Vicario
Italy GK Nicola Sambo

Italy DF Paolo Pellicanò
Italy DF Alessandro Malomo
Italy DF Marco Modolo
Italy DF Maurizio Domizzi
Italy DF Francesco Cernuto
Italy DF Luigi Luciani
Italy DF Agostino Garofalo
Italy DF Leonardo Galli
Italy DF Ivano Baldanzeddu

Italy MF Alex Pederzoli
No. Position Player
Italy MF Evans Soligo
Italy MF Vittorio Fabris
Slovenia MF Leo Stulac
Italy MF Simone Bentivoglio
Italy MF Alberto Acquadro

Italy FW Davide Marsura
Italy FW Gianni Fabiano
Italy FW Simone Basso
Italy FW Loris Tortori
Spain FW Álex Geijo
Italy FW Nicola Ferrari
Italy FW Francesco Virdis

Colours, badge and nicknames

Venezia's original kit.

Originally Venezia's colours were blue and red and the shirt features halves in those colours, the kit was very similar to that of Genoa.[3] However just a year after the club founded, it changed colours to black and green in 1908.[3]

1963–64 Venezia with its historical black and green kit

Much later, in 1987 when the club merged with a local side Associazione Calcio Mestre from Mestre who wore orange and black,[4] orange would also become one of Venezia's official colours, giving them the nickname arancioneroverdi ("orange-black-greens").[5] Venezia's colours and kit are very distinctive; the shirt, shorts and socks are usually black with the shirt having a green and orange trim.

The symbol of the Venetian club is a winged-lion, commonly mistaken for a griffin. The golden winged-lion is the official symbol carries by the city of province of Venice;[6] the symbol has led to one of the club's most popular nicknames in the form of leoni alati ("winged-lions").[5]

As the club has been renamed numerous times during its history, the badge has also changed several times; the most common one features the golden winged lion, along with the green and orange club colours with a golden border.[7] As the city of Venice is situated on the Venetian Lagoon, the club is also nicknamed lagunari ("Lagoonal ones").[8]



Venezia receives the 1940–41 Coppa Italia

Coppa Italia:

  • Winners (1): 1940–41

Serie B:

  • Champions (2): 1960–61; 1965–66
  • Runners-up (3): 1938–39; 1948–49; 1997–98
  • Promoted (1): 2000–01

Serie C / Serie C1:

  • Champions (2): 1935–36; 1955–56
  • Runners-up (1): 1990–91

Serie C2:

  • Champions (1): 2005–06
  • Runners-up (1): 1987–88

Serie D:

  • Scudetto Dilettanti: Winners 1: 2011–12
  • Winners (2): 1982–83, 2011–12
  • Runners-up (1): 1978–79


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