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Full name Associazione Calcio Pistoiese
Nickname(s) Arancioni (Orange)
Founded 1921
Ground Stadio Marcello Melani,
Pistoia, Italy
(Capacity: 13,195)
Chairman Massimiliano Braccialini
Manager Moreno Torricelli
League Lega Pro Prima Divisione - B
2007-08 Serie C1/B, 14th
Home colours
Away colours

Associazione Calcio Pistoiese is an Italian football club, based in Pistoia, Tuscany. The club was founded in 1921 and refounded in 1988. Pistoiese currently plays in Lega Pro Prima Divisione, having last been in Serie A in 1981. The team's colors are orange and blue.

The singer-songwriter Francesco Guccini is probably the most famous tifoso of Pistoiese in Italy.



Pistoiese achieved prominence by rising to Serie B in the late 1970s with promotion to Serie A following in 1980. With veterans like Marcello Lippi and Mario Frustalupi and promising young talents such as Paolo Benedetti, Pistoiese made a reasonable start to Serie A life and were as high as 6th after a win at Fiorentina at Round 13. But a dismal freefall resulted in last place in relegation, and the club have not recovered since apart from spells in Serie B in 1995-96 and 1999-2002.

In the 2005–06 Serie C1/B campaign, Pistoiese battled against relegation from Serie C1 with goals proving hard to come by, yet having one of the best defensive records in the division. A good season ending brought the team to a good 9th place in Group A, but just three points ahead the relegation playouts. Pistoiese finished 14th in Group B in 2007–2008 season and played relegation play-off against Sangiovannese. They won by 4–0 aggregate and remained in Lega Pro Prima Divisione (former Serie C1).

The Tuscan club started the 2008–09 season with Roberto Miggiano as head coach, but disappointing results and a bottom-place in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione table led the club to replace him with Salvatore Polverino later in October. However, results did not improve under new boss Polverino, prompting him to tend his resignations on February 2009. He was replaced by former Juventus star Moreno Torricelli, in his first personal stint as professional head coach; under Torricelli's reign, Pistoiese managed to improve results and escape immediate relegation ending in 16th place; Pistoiese are now set to play against Foligno in a two-legged relegation playoff in June 2009.

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A.C. Pistoiese
Full nameAssociazione Calcio
Pistoiese SpA
GroundStadio Marcello Melani,
Pistoia, Italy
(Capacity 13,195)
ChairmanMassimiliano Braccialini
ManagerMoreno Torricelli
LeagueLega Pro Prima Divisione
2008/09Lega Pro Prima Divisione, 16th / Group B

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


  • 1921-1937 UC Pistoiese
  • 1937-1939 AC Pistoiese
  • 1939-1987 US Pistoiese
  • 1987-1989 Pistoiese Calcio
  • 1989-present AC Pistoiese



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