A.S. Cittadella

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Cittadella
AS Cittadella logo.svg
Full nameAssociazione Sportiva Cittadella S.r.l.
Nickname(s)Citta
Founded1973(48 years ago) (1973)
Ground Stadio Pier Cesare Tombolato,
Cittadella, Veneto, Italy
Capacity7,623 [1]
ChairmanAndrea Gabrielli
Manager Roberto Venturato
League Serie B
2019–20 Serie B, 5th of 20
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Associazione Sportiva Cittadella, commonly known as Cittadella, is an Italian professional football club based in the city of Cittadella, Veneto, currently playing in Serie B.

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The team was founded in 1973 and play their home games at the Stadio Pier Cesare Tombolato, which has a capacity of 7,623 seats. [2]

History

Cittadella was founded in 1973, after the merger of U.S. Cittadellense and A.S. Olympia. The club spent most of its first years in amateur football, and then professional football at Serie C2 and Serie C1 ranks. Cittadella won its first promotion to Serie B in 1999 after defeating Brescello in the playoff finals, and spent a total two seasons in the Italian second-highest ranked division, being then relegated in 2001–02 Serie B. During their first stay in Serie B, the club played in Stadio Euganeo in Padua and, in an attempt to expand the fanbase, was renamed A.S. Cittadella Padova, being Padua (Padova in Italian) the capital city of Cittadella's referring province.

Cittadella returned to Serie B in 2008, after defeating Cremonese in the 2007–08 Serie C1/A playoffs, under the guide of head coach Claudio Foscarini. In the 2008–09 Serie B season, the club was involved to projects focused to boost the capacity of the Stadio Tombolato to 7,500, in order to let the club play in their home town (with dispensation from the FIGC, since a stadium of at least 10,000 seats is required for Serie B). Thus, Cittadella played the first season games in Stadio Omobono Tenni in Treviso, about 40 km away. [3] [4] After some delays, the first Serie B game played in Cittadella was played on 29 October 2008, Ancona being the opponents. The club escaped relegation in the final days of the season, thus ensuring another year of Serie B football to the local fans.

The following season, Cittadella thrashed Lecce 5–1 and Mantova 6–0 to finish 6th, and only losing to Brescia in the playoffs due to Brescia's superior league placing, despite a late 1–0 win in the second leg.

The club produced two strikers who later left for Serie A teams, namely, Riccardo Meggiorini (50% rights sold for €2.5M), Matteo Ardemagni (sold for €3.75M). Moreover, 2010–11 Serie B topscorer Federico Piovaccari also left for Sampdoria in 2011 for €3.5M which Samp relegated from Serie A in 2011.

They reached the promotion play-off final to Serie A in 2018/2019 against Hellas Verona and, after winning the first match by 2–0 at home, conceded the comeback to Verona in the 2nd leg, losing 3–0 away after going down to 10 men when the score was still 1–0. [5]

Players

Current squad

As of 1 February 2021 [6]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
2 DF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Romano Perticone
3 DF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Amedeo Benedetti
4 MF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Manuel Iori (Captain)
5 DF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Davide Adorni (Vice-captain)
6 DF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Agostino Camigliano
7 MF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Marco Rosafio
8 MF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Federico Proia
9 FW Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Frank Tsadjout (on loan from Milan )
10 MF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Christian D'Urso
11 FW Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Giacomo Beretta
15 DF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Domenico Frare
16 MF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Alessio Vita
No.Pos.NationPlayer
17 DF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Daniele Donnarumma
20 MF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Mario Gargiulo
21 FW Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Camillo Tavernelli
23 MF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Simone Branca
24 DF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Luca Ghiringhelli
26 MF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Nicola Pavan
29 MF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Valerio Mastrantonio
32 FW Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Roberto Ogunseye
36 GK Flag of Albania.svg  ALB Elhan Kastrati
77 GK Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Luca Maniero
84 DF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Tommaso Cassandro
92 MF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Enrico Baldini

Out on loan

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
GK Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Alberto Paleari (at Genoa, obligation to buy)
GK Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Gabriele Plechero(at Union San Giorgio-Sedico)
DF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Gianluca Bassano(at Bisceglie)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
FW Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Michael De Marchi (at Virtus Verona)
FW Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Paolo Grillo (at Catanzaro)

Other players under contract

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Luca Maniero (1998)

Coaching staff

PositionName
Head Coach Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Venturato
Assistant Coach Flag of Italy.svg Edoardo Gorini
Assistant Coach Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Musso
Goalkeeper Coach Flag of Italy.svg Andrea Pierobon
Fitness Coach Flag of Italy.svg Andrea Redigolo
Chief Doctor Flag of Italy.svg Ilario Candido
Club Doctor Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Bordin

Notable players

See Category:A.S. Cittadella players.

Managers

Honours

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