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Full name Associazione Calcio Mantova SRL
Nickname(s) Virgiliani (Virgilians),
Founded 1911
Ground Stadio Danilo Martelli,
Mantua, Italy
(Capacity: 14,884)
Chairman Italy Fabrizio Lori
Manager Italy Michele Serena
League Serie B
2008–09 Serie B, 13rd
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Associazione Calcio Mantova is an Italian football club, based in Mantua, Lombardy. AC Mantova has played consecutively in the Italian Serie B since the 2005–06 season, after having been promoted from Serie C1 thanks to play-offs won in a double final match against A.C. Pavia (3-0, 3-1; 6-1 on aggregate).



Mantova was founded in 1911. They played in Serie A for 7 seasons (1961/62, 1964/65, 1966/67, 1967/68, 1971/72), being nicknamed in its initial period as Little Brazil (Piccolo Brasile). The third team shirt, green and yellow, actually remembers that period, by far the best one in the team history. Mantova also played for 8 seasons in Serie B, and won it in 1970/71.

Mantova was cancelled two times from the Italian football panorama, in 1983 and 1994, both times because of insolvency.

Former famous players include Dino Zoff, Angelo Sormani,Anton Alleman and Karl-Heinz Schnellinger.

Mantova promoted from Serie C2 to Serie B in two consecutive seasons, in 2003-2004 season as league champions and in 2004-2005 as runners-up and playoff winners. Mantova begun the 2005/06 Serie B football campaign introducing itself as a strong potential candidate for promotion to Serie A, despite its lack of players experienced with these levels (almost the same squad which promoted to Serie B the previous season) and a coach, Domenico Di Carlo, on just his second year as first team football trainer. The team led the Serie B table for a long part of the season, gaining an unexpected interest by the media. However, Mantova was not able to maintain the head of the league in the end, and the team concluded its season in fourth place, gaining a spot in the promotion playoffs. Successively, AC Mantova won its playoff semifinal against Modena F.C. after two ties (0-0, 1-1), being qualified thanks to its best placement in the regular season. The first playoff final, against Torino, saw Mantova winning at home 4-2. However, Mantova was not able to maintain this advantage in the return match, lost 3-1 in Turin after extra time, which allowed Torino FC to be promoted in Serie A because of a better placement in the regular season.

During the 2006–07 season, they became the first team to beat Juventus F.C., La Vecchia Signora, in a Serie B match. They ended the season in eighth place, confirming themselves in the top side of the league table. Following Di Carlo's resignations, Mantova appointed Attilio Tesser as new head coach for their 2007–08 Serie B campaign. As part of an ambitious summer transfer market, Mantova signed on 23 August 2007 the former Italian international Stefano Fiore. However their campaign proved to be disappointing as the team failed to break into the promotion playoff zone, resulting in the sacking of Tesser in the mid-season. He was replaced by Giuseppe Brucato, a young manager with no previous experience in the league, who guided the club to a mid-table finish in the season.

Brucato was confirmed as head coach of Mantova for the 2008–09 season. As Fiore parted company with the club following an unimpressive season with the virgiliani, he was replaced by Tomas Locatelli. However, Mantova failed to assure themselves a place in the higher ranks of the league, causing the sacking of Brucato following a 1–3 home defeat to Parma. The club successively appointed former AC Milan defender Alessandro Costacurta as new head coach. Costacurta later resigned and was replaced by Mario Somma, who led the club to a final 13rd place, only two points ahead the relegation play-off zone.

For the 2009–10 season, Mantova will be guided by former Italian international Michele Serena.

Current squad

As of 2009-09-20[1]

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Mirko Bellodi
2 Italy MF Andrè Cuneaz
3 Italy DF Marco Esposito
4 Italy MF Manuel Spinale
5 Italy DF Mattia Notari
7 Italy MF Mattia Marchesetti
8 Italy MF Gianluca Nicco
9 Italy MF Simone Cavalli (on loan from AS Bari)
10 Italy MF Gaetano Caridi
11 Italy FW Simone Malatesta
12 Italy GK Alex Valentini
14 Italy MF Claudio Grauso
16 Italy MF Davide Carrus
17 Italy MF Stefano Mondini
18 Senegal MF Alain Mendy
No. Position Player
19 Italy MF Fabio Avanzini
20 Italy MF Tomas Locatelli
21 Italy FW Giovanni Abate
22 Italy DF Matteo Lanzoni (on loan from Sampdoria)
23 Italy DF Federico Rizzi
28 Italy DF Simone Pizzuti
31 Slovenia GK Jasmin Handanovič
32 Italy DF Riccardo Fissore
33 Italy MF Emiliano Tarana
44 Italy DF Alessandro Lambrughi (on loan from Pro Sesto)
64 Italy FW Federico Coppiardi
71 Italy DF Carlo Gervasoni
77 Italy DF Simone Salviato
91 Italy FW Maurizio Nassi
99 Italy GK Alessandro Iacobucci

Notable former players

See also Cat:A.C. Mantova players.

Notable former coaches

See also Cat:A.C. Mantova managers.



  1. ^ "Team" (in Italian). AC Mantova. Retrieved 2009-11-19.  

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Simple English

A.C. Mantova
Full nameAssociazione Calcio Mantova SRL
GroundStadio Danilo Martelli,
Mantua, Italy
(Capacity 14,884)
ChairmanFabrizio Lori
ManagerMichele Serena
LeagueSerie B
2008/09Serie B, 13th

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


  • 1911-1956 AC Mantova
  • 1956-1960 Ozo Mantova
  • 1960-present AC Mantova



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