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Livorno
As livorno calcio.png
Full name Associazione Sportiva
Livorno Calcio S.r.l.
Nickname(s) Amaranto (Dark red)
Labronici (Lighbourners)
Founded 1915
Ground Stadio Armando Picchi,
Livorno, Italy
(Capacity: 19,238)
Chairman Italy Aldo Spinelli
Manager Serse Cosmi
League Serie A
2008-09 Serie B, 3rd (Play-off Winners)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Associazione Sportiva Livorno Calcio is an Italian football club based in Livorno, Tuscany. The club was formed in 1915 and currently plays in Italian Serie A, just achieving promotion last year. The team's colors are dark red or maroon (amaranto in Italian, from which the team nickname derives). The best placement in Italian Serie A was second place in 1942–43 season, during which the amaranto gave life to a head-to-head competition with Torino. The team play their home matches at the 18,200 seater Stadio Armando Picchi.

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History

Founded in 1915 as U.S. Livorno, the club ended the Italian Football Championship 1919–20 in second place, losing the final to Internazionale. One year later, they were defeated in the semi-final by arch-rivals Pisa. In 1933, the club moved to the current stadium, originally named after Edda Ciano Mussolini, daughter of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Successively, Livorno ended as Serie A runners-up in the 1942–43 season. Livorno left Serie A in 1949 after seven consecutive seasons. They relegated to Serie C soon after, making a return to Serie B in 1955 for a single season and again from 1964 to 1972. The club was then cancelled in 1991, being forced to start from Eccellenza; two consecutive promotions led the team back to Serie C2. The club was promoted to Serie C1 in 1997 and was acquired by Aldo Spinelli two years later. Under the new property, Livorno returned to Serie B in 2001.

Livorno were promoted to Serie A after finishing third in the Serie B 2003–04, one of six clubs to be promoted that season. It had been 55 years since Livorno's last season in the top flight, and as a result of this, most were predicting an instant return to Serie B for the club. The first match in the major league was attended by Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, a Livorno's citizen and team supporter in his childhood. There were spells of struggle during the season, but there were many more good performances shown, and Livorno finished a surprise and creditable ninth place in the league for the Serie A 2004–05, also thanks to goals by striker Cristiano Lucarelli, who won the Serie A top scorer award that season, outscoring even the likes of Andriy Shevchenko and Adriano.

The Serie A 2005–06 saw Livorno in sixth place after the first half of the season the team, being involved for qualification to the next UEFA Cup. However, shortly after Roberto Donadoni announced his resignations after having been criticised by club's chairman Aldo Spinelli. Donadoni was replaced by veteran coach Carlo Mazzone, who was only able to save a UEFA Cup place due to the expulsion of three teams from Europe in the 2006 Serie A match fixing scandal. Mazzone then saw his team suffer a run of seven straight defeats. In May 2006, Daniele Arrigoni was appointed new coach for the next season.

In the Serie A 2006–07 season, Livorno took part to the UEFA Cup for their first time ever. The Tuscan side were drawn to face Austrian team SV Pasching in the first round, beating them comfortably 3-0 on aggregate. They thus qualified for the group stages being drawn in Group A, along with Rangers, Auxerre, FK Partizan, and Maccabi Haifa. After a home loss to Rangers (2-3) and two 1-1 draws against Partizan in Belgrade (where goalkeeper Marco Amelia scored in the 87th minute) and Maccabi (in Livorno), the Tuscan side gained a 1-0 victory over Auxerre in the last game played in France, thus earning a spot in the Round of 32 of the competition. However, Spanish team RCD Espanyol knocked out Livorno from the UEFA Cup by winning 4-1 on aggregate.

After day 19 of the Italian Serie A, Arrigoni was sacked by chairman Spinelli, but his position was kept due to the strong opposition by the team. His dismissal was, however, only delayed, as Arrigoni was eventually fired on 21 March 2007, and replaced by Fernando Orsi, who managed to keep the team away from the relegation battle. For the 2007–08 campaign, Orsi was confirmed as head coach and a number of notable signings such as Francesco Tavano, Diego Tristan and Vikash Dhorasoo were finalized, but also the transfer of Lucarelli to Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk. The club, however, did not start well, making a mere two points in the first seven matches, and Orsi was sacked on 9 October and replaced by Giancarlo Camolese. Despite showing some positive signals at the beginning, Livorno found himself again at the bottom of league table. On 28 April 2008 Camolese was fired as Orsi was re-appointed, but in the penultimate day of the season, the team could not avoid relegation, due to a 1-0 home defeat against Torino. They finished last in the Serie A standings of the 2007–08 season. Thus, being relegated to Serie B. They finished Serie B as the third place team in 2008-09 season and returned to Serie A after winning promotion play-offs after defeating successively Grosseto with a 4-3 aggregate score and Brescia with a 5-2 aggregate score.

Players

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Current squad

As of 19 January 2010[1][2] Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Alfonso De Lucia
2 Italy DF Romano Perticone
3 Italy MF Antonio Filippini
4 Colombia DF Nelson Rivas (on loan from Inter)
5 Italy MF Davide Marchini
6 Italy DF Fabio Galante
7 Italy MF Nico Pulzetti
8 Denmark MF Martin Bergvold
9 Lithuania FW Tomas Danilevičius
10 Italy FW Francesco Tavano (captain)
13 Croatia DF Dario Knežević
16 Italy DF Andrea Esposito (on loan from Genoa)
17 Uruguay DF Leonardo Miglionico
No. Position Player
19 Italy FW Davide Di Gennaro (on loan from Milan)
20 Italy FW Claudio Bellucci (on loan from Sampdoria)
21 Italy MF Davide Moro (on loan from Empoli)
22 Austria MF Jürgen Prutsch
24 Brazil MF Mozart
25 Brazil GK Rubinho (on loan from Palermo)
44 Italy DF Alessandro Bernardini
46 Italy DF Mirko Pieri
59 Brazil DF Marcus Diniz (on loan from Milan)
77 Italy MF Cristian Raimondi
87 Italy MF Luigi Vitale (on loan from Napoli)
99 Italy FW Cristiano Lucarelli (on loan from Parma)

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
15 Argentina FW Gastón Cellerino (at Celta Vigo)
18 Italy DF Federico Dionisi (at Salernitana)
22 Italy DF Alessandro Grandoni (at Gallipoli)
-- Italy FW Francesco Volpe (at Triestina)

Retired numbers

In December 2005, Livorno officially retired the #10 jersey previously issued to striker Igor Protti, who played with Livorno from 1985 to 1988 and then from 1999 until his retirement from football in 2005. However, Protti, who led the forward line and captained his side in two promotions from Serie C1 to Serie A, quickly gaining a reputation as a fan favourite, announced his willingness to see the #10 number reissued to another player, in order to "give anybody back a dream to dress it one day." This was made effective starting from the 2007–08 season, in which Francesco Tavano played with the #10 number.[3]

Notable former players

See also Category:A.S. Livorno Calcio players

Managers

Notable former managers

See also.

Supporters

No Serie A club’s supporters wear their political allegiance more boldly than Livorno’s and those leanings are strongly to the left, the city of Livorno being the birthplace of Italy’s Communist party

Livorno's supporters are known for their left-wing politics and their fierce, often violent, rivalries with several "right wing" team supporters, especially those of Lazio, Internazionale, Verona, and with some elements of Roma's support. The notorious right-wing Lazio striker Paolo Di Canio gave a fascist salute to his own fans during a match between his side and Livorno, where tensions were running particularly high due to the political contrasts of each club's respective ultra groups.[5]

Livorno has, since 2005, a group of supporters based in northern Europe, named Partigiani Livornesi Scandinavia.

There is also a so-called "triangle of brotherhood" between the most populous fan clubs of Olympique de Marseille, Livorno, and AEK Athens, namely between Commando Ultras 84, Brigate Autonome Livornesi 99, and Original 21. Their connection is mostly an ideological one. They also have a connection with Adana Demirspor (Şimşekler), St. Pauli, and Omonoia of Nicosia. The team's friendly game in September 2009 with Adana Demirspor created a leftist rally in the city of Adana, surprising everyone in Turkey.

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Simple English

A.S. Livorno Calcio
Full nameAssociazione Sportiva
Livorno Calcio SrL
Founded1915
GroundStadio Armando Picchi,
Livorno, Italy
(Capacity 19,238)
ChairmanAldo Spinelli
ManagerGennaro Ruotolo
LeagueSerie A
2008/09Serie B, 3rd

A.S. Livorno Calcio is a football club which plays in Italy.

Name

  • 1915-1991 US Livorno
  • 1991-present AS Livorno Calcio

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