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Reggio Audace F.C. logo.png
Full name Associazione Calcio Reggiana 1919 S.r.l.
Nickname(s) I Granata (The Maroons)
I Leoni (The Lions)
Regia (local dialect for Reggiana)
Teste Quadre (Square Heads) from an ancient Poems
Founded 25 September 1919; 104 years ago (1919-09-25)
Ground Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore
Ground Capacity 21,584
Owner Romano Amadei; Carmelo Salerno; Giuseppe Fico;
Chairman Carmelo Salerno
Manager Aimo Diana
Third colours

Associazione Calcio Reggiana 1919, commonly referred to as Reggiana, is a professional football club based in Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. The club was formed in 2018 upon an idea of 1919, and plays in the Serie C, the third tier of Italian football. Reggiana is known as i Granata ("the Maroons") in reference to the club's main colour: maroon.

The club was refounded two times after going bankrupt: in 2005 as Reggio Emilia Football Club, and in 2018 as Reggio Audace Football Club. In both occasions, the club subsequently regained the naming rights and the trophies of A.C. Reggiana via judicial auction. The club has participated in the Serie A, the top tier of Italian football, seven times; their last appearance dates back to the 1996–97 season.


A.C. Reggiana (1919–2005)

The club was originally found in 1919 under the name A.C. Reggiana, and played in the Italian First Division for several seasons in the 1920s. More recently, it played in the Italian Serie A in 1993–94, 1994–95, and 1996–97. Their highest ranking was 13th place in the 1993–94 Serie A championship, where its main name was Brazilian goalkeeper Cláudio Taffarel, who would go on to win the 1994 FIFA World Cup after the season.

A.C. Reggiana 1919 (2005–2018)

In July 2005, the sports title of A.C. Reggiana S.p.A. was transferred to a new investor, Reggio Emilia F.C. S.p.A., before being renamed as A.C. Reggiana 1919 S.p.A. soon after the start of the 2005–06 season.

In the 2007–08 Serie C2 regular season, the team finished first in Group B, and won direct promotion to Lega Pro Prima Divisione (formerly known as Serie C1 until that year) for the 2008–2009 season. Reggiana also won 2008 Supercoppa di Serie C2, a competition for three group stage winners of Serie C2.

The club was acquired by Italian-American former baseball player Mike Piazza in 2016. After the 2017–18 season, the Piazza family decided not to register the team in the 2018–19 Serie C season, leading the club to the loss of its sporting title and subsequent exclusion from the Italian professional leagues.

Reggio Audace F.C. (2018–2020)

On 31 July 2018, a new entity was formed in Reggio Emilia, called Reggio Audace F.C.. The name was given in honour of a precursor entity of the 1910s, where Reggiana founder Severino Taddei used to play before founding the granata club. The new club, whose ownership was the expression of local entrepreneurs from Reggio Emilia, subsequently announced former Ravenna manager Mauro Antonioli as the new gaffer of the newborn club, admitted into the 2018–19 Serie D. Two days later a three-year partnership was signed with Macron. On 20 August 2018 striker Nicola Luche became the first ever signing of the club.

The club gained promotion to the Serie B, after having been admitted by repechage to the Serie C due to vacancies left by bankrupt clubs in the third tier of Italian football and winning the 2019-20 Serie C playoff, returning to Serie B after an absence of 21 years, gaining subsequently two consecutive promotions.

A.C. Reggiana 1919 (2020–present)

On 28 July 2020, the club changed its name back to A.C. Reggiana 1919.

Colors and badges

The team's home jersey color is granata (maroon), hence the nickname "Granata" or "Regia". However, the team's shorts are traditionally dark blue, and their badge has traditionally been an orange football surrounded by the text: "Associazione Calcio Reggiana " surrounded by a Granata border.


Reggiana played all of its matches in Stadio Mirabello until 1994, when it moved to a modern arena, Stadio Città del Tricolore (a site previously known as Stadio Giglio). The stadium was subsequently bought by U.S. Sassuolo Calcio.


Like other Italian cities, the birth of the "ultras" phenomenon in the 1980s also affected A.C. Reggiana. With Reggiana battling for Serie B and Cantine Riunite Reggio Emilia competing in Lega Basket Serie A, the youth of the city formed and gathered in ultras every Sunday.

The leading group of Reggiana "Curva Sud" was "Ultras Ghetto", which was famous for its choreography. Since the late 1990s, the leading groups are "Teste Quadre" and "Gruppo Vandelli", which situate themselves in the East Stand of the stadium. Reggiana fans have always had good numbers on away days with a peak of 10,000 fans in Milan in 1994.

Friendships and rivalries

Reggiana fans have good and friendly relationships with fans from:

The main rivals are:

Notable players

See also (related category): A.C. Reggiana 1919 players

Former Reggiana players have included:

  • Italy Andrea Silenzi
  • ItalyPaolo Ponzo
  • Italy Argentina Felice Romano
  • ItalyAngelo Di Livio
  • Italy Fabrizio Ravanelli
  • Italy Luca Bucci
  • Italy Stefano Torrisi
  • Italy Francesco Antonioli
  • Italy Angelo Adamo Gregucci
  • Italy Filippo Galli
  • Italy Alberico Evani
  • Italy Luigi Sartor
  • Italy Marco Ballotta
  • Italy Max Tonetto
  • Italy Cristiano Zanetti
  • Italy Michele Padovano
  • Italy Sandro Tovalieri
  • Italy Francesco Pedone
  • Italy Fabrizio Cacciatore
  • Italy Francesco Ruopolo
  • Italy Giuseppe Alessi
  • Italy Alessandro Cesarini
  • Italy Giuseppe Scienza
  • Italy Marco Bresciani
  • Italy Giuseppe Accardi
  • Italy Fernando De Napoli
  • Italy Luigi De Agostini
  • Italy Stefano De Agostini
  • Italy Stefano Nava
  • Italy Massimo Paganin
  • Italy Daniele De Vezze
  • Italy Marco Romizi
  • Italy Raffaele Nuzzo
  • Italy Leonardo Colucci
  • Italy Andrea Catellani
  • Italy Luca Ariatti
  • Italy Marco Ambrosio
  • Italy Igor Protti
  • Italy Alessandro Bastrini
  • Italy Massimiliano Carlini
  • Italy Trevor Trevisan
  • Italy Marco Guidone
  • Italy Cristian Altinier
  • Italy Vito Grieco
  • Italy Andrea Bovo
  • Italy Luca Ghiringhelli
  • Italy Simone Calvano
  • Italy Andrea Parola
  • Italy Raffaele Nolè
  • Italy Michele Pazienza
  • Italy Daniele Mignanelli
  • Italy Federico Angiulli
  • Italy Paolo Zanetti
  • Italy Armando Pantanelli
  • Italy Gian Piero Gasperini
  • Italy Walter Mazzarri
  • Italy Gianluca Piaccitali
  • Austria Michael Hatz
  • Belgium Georges Grün
  • Colombia Adolfo Valencia
  • Croatia Bruno Petković
Czech Republic
  • Czech Republic Edvard Lasota
  • Georgia (country) Georgi Nemsadze
  • Germany Dietmar Beiersdorfer
  • England Franz Carr
  • France Gaël Genevier
  • Montenegro Minel Šabotić
  • Montenegro Hasim Đoković
  • Romania Dorin Mateut
  • Romania Ioan Sabau
  • Romania Vasile Mogoș
  • Russia Igor Simutenkov
  • Spain Marti Riverola
  • Venezuela Italy Massimo Margiotta

Youth sector

Reggiana have always had a good tradition in developing youth players, being a rare club with a training ground which has 16 football pitches, located in the nearbies of the club house. The youth teams play their games in Stadio Mirabello, via Agosti training ground or in small grounds located in the local province.

The academy has produced various players, notably:

  • Italy Gino Giaroli
  • Italy Ettore Agazzani
  • Italy Stefano Aigotti
  • Italy Egidio Anceschi
  • Italy Alessio Badari
  • Italy Silvio Bandini
  • Italy Aldo Bedogni
  • Italy Oreste Benatti
  • Italy Carlo Benelli
  • Italy Roberto Benincasa
  • Italy Andrea Costa
  • Italy Simone Gozzi
  • Italy Danilo Zini
  • Italy Luca Ariatti
  • Italy Elvis Abbruscato
  • Italy Christian Araboni
  • Italy Alessandro Bertoni
  • Italy Leonida Bietti
  • Italy Ottorino Bojardi
  • Italy Leopoldo Bolognesi
  • Italy Alberto Boni
  • Italy Fabio Bonini
  • Italy Enrico Bottazzi
  • Italy Denis Brunazzi
  • Italy Aldo Cagnoli
  • Italy Giovanni Campari
  • Italy Fabio Caselli
  • Italy Ilario Castagner
  • Italy Aldo Catalani
  • Italy Andrea Catellani
  • Italy Maurizio Cavazzoni
  • Italy Gianluca Cherubini
  • Gabon Catilina Aubameyang
  • Ghana Boadu Maxwell Acosty


Current squad

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Matteo Voltolini
3 Italy DF Cristian Cauz
4 Italy DF Paolo Rozzio (captain)
5 Italy MF Fausto Rossi
7 Italy MF Marco Rosafio
8 Italy MF Luca Cigarini
10 Italy FW Eric Lanini (on loan from Parma)
11 Italy FW Jacopo Pellegrini (on loan from Sassuolo)
16 Italy DF Alessio Luciani
17 Italy DF Lorenzo Libutti
18 Portugal FW Muhamed Djamanca
19 Burkina Faso MF Abdoul Guiebre (on loan from Modena)
21 Italy MF Mattia Muroni
22 Italy GK Giacomo Venturi
No. Position Player
23 Italy DF Giuliano Laezza
24 Italy MF Filippo Nardi (on loan from Cremonese)
26 Italy DF Michele Cremonesi
27 Italy MF Santo D'Angelo
29 Italy MF Filippo Orsi
32 Italy FW Adriano Montalto (on loan from Reggina)
33 Italy DF Manuel Nicoletti (on loan from Crotone)
44 Italy MF Davide Guglielmotti
55 Bulgaria DF Andrea Hristov (on loan from Cosenza)
77 Albania MF Elvis Kabashi
88 Italy MF Daniele Sciaudone
99 Slovenia GK Martin Turk (on loan from Parma)
Italy DF Denis Chiesa

Out on loan

No. Position Player
Italy FW Andrea Arrighini (at Pro Vercelli until 30 June 2023)

Backdoor and directors staff

Honorary President Italy Romano Amadei
Chairman Italy Carmelo Salerno
Vice-President Italy Giuseppe Fico
Chief Executive Officer Italy Carmelo Salerno
General Manager Italy Vittorio Cattani
Director of Football Italy Roberto Goretti
Head of the Academy Italy Marco Amaranti
Head of Commercial Area Italy Luca Tedeschi
General Secretary Italy Nicola Simonelli
Press Officer Italy Marcello Tosi

Updated to match played 1 July 2019
Source: Reggio Audace Website

Notable managers

See also (related category): A.C. Reggiana 1919 managers

The team's most famous coach was Carlo Ancelotti, who coached AC Milan from 2001 to 2009 and then managed Juventus, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Napoli and currently Everton.

  • 1919-20: Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) Severino Taddei
  • 1920-22: Austria Karl Stürmer
  • 1922-23: Argentina Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) Felice Romano
  • 1923-24: Austria Karl Stürmer
  • 1924-25: Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) Severino Taddei
  • 1925-26: Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) Ottorino Bojardi
  • 1926: Austria Karl Stürmer
  • 1926-28: Kingdom of Hungary (1920–1946) Vilmos Zsigsmond
  • 1928-29: Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) Anton Ringer
  • 1929-30: Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) Severino Taddei
  • 1930-34: Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) Regolo Ferretti
  • 1934-35: Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) Mauro Maurer
  • 1935-37: Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) Italo Rossi
  • 1937-39: Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) Giuseppe Valenti
  • 1939-1942: Kingdom of Hungary (1920–1946) János Vanicsek
  • 1942: Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) Luigi Bernardi and William Ruozi
  • 1942-43: Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) Alfredo Mazzoni
  • 1943-44: Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) Regolo Ferretti
  • 1945-46: Argentina Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) Felice Romano
  • 1946-47: Italy Bruno Vale
  • 1947: Italy Alcide Ivan Violi
  • 1947-48: Italy Angelo Mattea
  • 1948-49: Italy Piero Ferrari
  • 1949: Italy Bruno Arcari
  • 1949-52: Italy Giuseppe Antonini
  • 1952: Italy Vittorio Malagoli
  • 1952-53: Italy Guido Masetti
  • 1953-54: Italy Alcide Ivan Violi
  • 1954-62: Italy Luigi Del Grosso
  • 1962: Italy Angelo Piccioli
  • 1962-63: Italy Renato Martini
  • 1963: Italy Vittorio Malagoli
  • 1963-64: Italy Giancarlo Cadé
  • 1964-65: Italy Dino Ballacci
  • 1965-70: Italy Romolo Bizzotto
  • 1970-74: Italy Ezio Galbiati
  • 1974: Italy Giampiero Grevi and Giovanni Galbiati
  • 1974-75: Italy Tito Corsi
  • 1975-76: Italy Carmelo Di Bella
  • 1976: Italy Bruno Giorgi
  • 1976-77: Italy Mario Caciagli
  • 1977-79: Italy Guido Mammi
  • 1979-80: Italy Franco Marini
  • 1980-83: Italy Romano Fogli
  • 1983: Italy Giovan Battista Fabbri
  • 1983-84: Italy Lauro Toneatto
  • 1984-86: Italy Franco Fontana
  • 1986: Italy Giancarlo Cadé
  • 1986-88: Italy Nello Santin
  • 1988: Italy Marino Perani
  • 1988-94: Italy Giuseppe Marchioro
  • 1994-95: Italy Enzo Ferrari
  • 1995: Italy Cesare Vitale
  • 1995-96: Italy Giorgio Ciaschini and Carlo Ancelotti
  • 1996: Italy Adelio Moro and Romania Mircea Lucescu
  • 1996-97: Italy Francesco Oddo
  • 1997-98: Italy Franco Varrella
  • 1998-99: Italy Attilio Perotti
  • 1999: Italy Franco Varrella
  • 1999: Italy Angelo Gregucci and Fabiano Speggiorin
  • 1999-00: Italy Giorgio Rumignani
  • 2000: Italy Luigi Maifredi
  • 2000-01: Italy Claudio Testoni
  • 2001-02: Italy Salvatore Vullo
  • 2002: Italy Lorenzo Mossini
  • 2002-03: Italy Adriano Cadregari
  • 2003-04: Italy Antonio Sala
  • 2004: Italy Adriano Cadregari
  • 2004-05: Italy Bruno Giordano
  • 2005-06: Italy Luciano Foschi
  • 2006-09: Italy Alessandro Pane
  • 2009-10: Italy Loris Dominissini
  • 2010-12: Italy Amedeo Mangone
  • 2012: Italy Lamberto Zauli and Salvatore Lanna
  • 2012-13: Italy Lamberto Zauli
  • 2013: Italy Luigi Apolloni
  • 2013: Italy Lamberto Zauli
  • 2013-14: Italy Pierfrancesco Battistini
  • 2014: Italy Marcello Montanari
  • 2014-16: Italy Alberto Colombo
  • 2016-17: Italy Leonardo Colucci
  • 2017: Italy Leonardo Menichini
  • 2017: Italy Massimiliano La Rosa and Andrea Tedeschi
  • 2017-2018: Italy Sergio Eberini
  • 2018-2019: Italy Mauro Antonioli
  • 2019–2021: Italy Massimiliano Alvini
  • 2021–present: Italy Aimo Diana


  • Serie B
    • Winners (1): 1992–93
  • Serie C1
    • Winners (6): 1939–40, 1957–58, 1963–64, 1970–71, 1980–81, 1988–89
  • Serie C2
    • Winners (1): 2007–08,
  • Supercoppa di Serie C2
    • Winners (1): 2008

Divisional movements

Series Years Last Promotions Relegations
A 3 1996–97 - Decrease 4 (1926, 1929, 1995, 1997)
B 34 2020–21 Increase 4 (1924, 1927, 1993, 1996) Decrease 8 (1930, 1942, 1952, 1962, 1970, 1976, 1983, 1999, 2021)
2021–22 Increase 7 (1940, 1946, 1958, 1964, 1971, 1981, 1989, 2020)
Increase 1 (2008 C2)
Decrease 3 (1953, 2005✟, 2018✟)

86 out of 90 years of professional football in Italy since 1929
D 4 2018–19 Increase 2 (1956, 2019) never

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