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Arezzo
ACArezzoBadge.png
Full name Associazione Calcio Arezzo SrL
Nickname(s) Amaranto (Dark Reds);
Aretini
Founded 1923
Ground Stadio Città di Arezzo,
Arezzo, Italy
(Capacity: 13,128)
Chairman Piero Mancini
Manager Luciano De Paola
League Lega Pro Prima Divisione A
2008-09 Lega Pro Prima Divisione B, 4th
Home colours
Away colours

Associazione Calcio Arezzo is an Italian football club based in Arezzo, Tuscany. The club was formed in 1923 and will play the 2007-08 season in Italian Lega Pro Prima Divisione, following relegation from Serie B in 2006-07. The club made its return in the Serie B in 2004 after 11 seasons between Serie C and Serie D divisions. The team's home colours are all amaranth. The away colours are all white.

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History

The club was founded on September 10, 1923, by a group of friends, and football fans, as Juventus Football Club Arezzo (in honour of Juventus F.C.). In 1930, following a merge with several other minor Arezzo teams, the club became Unione Sportiva Arezzo, which was admitted in 1935 to new-born Serie C division. The team was relegated from Serie C in 1953, following several financial troubles, returning to Serie C division five years later. In 1961, Arezzo started to play its games in the Stadio Comunale, its current venue. In 1966, Arezzo promoted to Serie B for the first time; in order to celebrate the triumph, Arezzo played a friendly match with Brazilian team Vasco da Gama, winning it 2-1. However, the next year Arezzo was not able to remain in the division, and returned to Serie C the following year. But in 1969 Arezzo again won Serie C, and returned to play in Serie B, where it played until 1975. In 1971, Arezzo signed striker Francesco Graziani, who quickly became a fan favourite and a key player for the team.

The third promotion to Serie B came in 1982, under coach Antonio Valentin Angelillo, with Tullio Gritti as striker. The previous year, Arezzo had won its first (and only) Italy's Serie C Cup, defeating Ternana in the finals. In 1984, Arezzo barely missed promotion to Serie A, ending just five points back from the last promotion place. In 1988, despite a team accordingly built to promote to Serie A, Arezzo relegated to Serie C1. Arezzo disbanded in 1993, following financial troubles, being excluded by Serie C1 seven football days before the end of the season. Following the cancellation, a pool of shareholders led by former Arezzo star Ciccio Graziani founded Associazione Calcio Arezzo, admitted to Serie D. In 1996 an unknown coach with a few lower division experiences, Serse Cosmi, was appointed as new manager. Despite his complete lack of experience in the division, Cosmi immediately won hands down Serie D, leading Arezzo back to professional football. In 1998, again with Cosmi, Arezzo qualified to and won the Serie C2 promotion playoffs, gaining promotion to Serie C1. In 1999/2000, despite the contributions of Fabio Bazzani, Arezzo lost promotion playoffs; the following year, after Cosmi left Arezzo for Serie A side Perugia, Antonio Cabrini was appointed as new coach, and Mario Frick replaced Bazzani as forward. The team returned to Serie B in 2004, with Mario Somma as coach; the next season, which saw Pasquale Marino replacing Somma, who signed for Empoli, Arezzo barely maintained a Serie B place.

Current first team squad

As of 3 May 2008[1]

No. Position Player
Italy GK Matteo Lancini
Italy GK Massimo Marconato
Italy DF Mirko Conte (captain)
Italy DF Fabrizio Grillo
Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Vedin Musić
Italy MF Matteo Sensi
Italy MF Carlo Pelagatti
Italy DF Alessandro Doga
France DF Mohamed Fofana
Italy DF Stefano Fanucci
Brazil MF Renato Rafael Bondi
No. Position Player
Italy MF Andrea Bricca
Italy MF Matteo Cavagna
Italy MF Roberto Goretti
Italy MF Crocifisso Miglietta
Italy MF Daniele Croce
Italy MF Marco Pecorari
Brazil MF Eugênio Rômulo Togni
Italy FW Vincenzo Chianese
Italy FW Fabio Lauria

Notable former players

See also Cat:A.C. Arezzo players.

Notable former managers

See also Cat:A.C. Arezzo managers.

References

  1. ^ "La Squadra" (in Italian). AC Arezzo. http://www.arezzocalcio.it/squadra/squadra.php. Retrieved 2008-05-03.  

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Simple English

Arezzo
Full nameAssociazione Calcio Arezzo SrL
Founded1923
GroundStadio Città di Arezzo,
Arezzo, Italy
(Capacity 13,128)
ChairmanPiero Mancini
ManagerLuciano De Paola
LeagueLega Pro Prima Divisione
2008/09Lega Pro Prima Divisione, 4th

A.C. Arezzo is a football club which plays in Italy.

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