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Full name Associazione Calcio Padova (1910–1930)
Associazione Fascista Calcio Padova (1930–1940)
Associazione Calcio Padova (1940–1967)
Calcio Padova SpA (1967–2014, 2015–)
Biancoscudati Padova (2014–2015)
Nickname(s) I Biancoscudati (The White-Shielded)
The Patavini (The Patavins)
Founded 29 January 1910; 113 years ago (1910-01-29) as ACP
24 July 2014; 9 years ago (2014-07-24) as Biancoscudati Padova
Ground Stadio Euganeo,
Padua, Italy
Ground Capacity 32,420 (often limited to 18,060)
Owner Amber Capital LP
Chairman Daniele Boscolo Meneguolo
Manager Bruno Caneo
League Serie C Group B
2018–19 Serie B, 18th of 19 (relegated)

Calcio Padova, commonly referred to as Padova, is an Italian football club based in Padua, Veneto. Founded in 1910, Padova currently play in Serie C Group B, having last been in Serie A in 1996. The team's official colours are white and red.

The team was refounded in 2014 after the sports title was awarded to Biancoscudati Padova for the 2014–15 Serie D season as a phoenix club. The old holder of the title was in the process of liquidation after it was expelled from 2014–15 Lega Pro. The original Padova was renamed Football Padova in order to allow the new iteration of Padova to use the original name of the club, Calcio Padova in 2015.


In the 1940s, the team was coached by Béla Guttmann. Padova's golden days were the late 1950s, when the team managed by Nereo Rocco, reached the heights of third place in 1958 thanks to the wing wizardry of Kurt Hamrin. Forwards Sergio Brighenti and Aurelio Milani would star as Padova remained a force in Serie A, before relegation in 1962. The rest of the 1960s would see the club in Serie B before going into a serious decline ahead of a 1980s revival.

The revival would see Padova return to Serie B in the early 1980s, and within a decade they would be serious promotion contenders. A play-off win over Cesena in 1994 saw the club return to Serie A after 32 years. After a dire start to the 1994–95 season, Padova looked like fulfilling most experts' predictions of a swift return to Serie B. They nonetheless found their form in the second half of the year and when they recorded a 1–0 win away to Juventus, they were six points clear of the drop zone. However, they eventually ended up contesting the relegation play-off against Genoa, due to a late Inter Milan goal assisted by a Rubén Sosa corner, which they won on penalties.

There would be no such luck the following year, as Padova were relegated, with further relegations in 1998 and 1999. Since 2001, they have resided in Serie C1 and Lega Pro Prima Divisione. The team returned in Serie B at the end of the 2008–2009 season.

In total, Calcio Padova participated in 11 Prima Divisione/Divisione Nazionale championships between 1914–15 and 1928–29 (best place being 3rd in 1922–23) and 16 Serie A championships between 1929–30 and 1995–96 (best place being 3rd in 1957–58); in Coppa Italia, the best place was runner-up in 1967. Padova won a Coppa Italia Serie C in 1980, and played also 34 Serie B championships (won in 1947–48) and 29 Serie C1/C2/Lega Pro Prima Divisione championships (won in 1936–37, 1980–81 and 2000–01). Padova finished runner-up the Anglo-Italian Cup of 1983.

In the 2013–14 Serie B season, Padova were relegated after finishing 20th, and on 15 July 2014, the team did not sign up to the 2014–15 Lega Pro championship. In April 2015, the company was put into liquidation.

Biancoscudati Padova

Biancoscudati Padova logo
The logo used in the 2014–15 season.

The club was founded in the summer of 2014, with the name Società Sportiva Dilettantistica a r.l. Biancoscudati Padova, after the non-inclusion of Calcio Padova in Lega Pro and Serie D.

The first official match was Biancoscudati Padova-Castellana (2–0), valid for the Coppa Italia Serie D, played 24 August 2014.

On 19 April 2015, by virtue of a 2–1 away victory against Legnago, the team secured promotion to Lega Pro.

On 5 June 2015, changed its name to Biancoscudati Padova Spa.

On 6 July 2015, changed its name to Calcio Padova Spa, after the old Calcio Padova changed its name to Football Padova Spa – società in liquidazione.

Vincenzo Italiano Padova
Vincenzo Italiano, former captain of Padova.


First team squad


No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Alessandro Zanellati
3 Argentina DF Nahuel Valentini
4 Italy DF Francesco Belli
5 Romania DF Matei Ilie
6 Italy DF Salvatore Monaco
7 Italy MF Enrico Piovanello
8 Italy MF Umberto Germano
9 Italy FW Fabio Ceravolo
10 Italy MF Igor Radrezza
11 Italy MF Jacopo Dezi
12 Italy GK Mattia Fortin
14 Italy MF Aljosa Vasic
16 Italy MF Jacopo Bacci
18 Italy MF Giovanni Terrani
19 Italy FW Luca Gagliano
No. Position Player
20 Italy FW Simone Russini
21 Italy FW Michael Liguori
22 Italy GK Antonio Donnarumma
23 Slovenia MF Enej Jelenič
24 Italy MF Carmine Cretella
25 Italy DF Bernardo Calabrese
26 New Zealand DF Niko Kirwan
27 Brazil DF Felipe Curcio
28 Italy MF Alfredo Bifulco
29 Italy DF Andrea Zanchi
30 Italy DF Andrea Gasbarro
31 Italy FW Tommaso Ghirardello
33 Italy MF Simone Franchini
34 Italy MF Massimiliano Busellato
37 Italy FW Michael De Marchi

Other players under contract

No. Position Player
Senegal DF Joel Baraye

Out on loan

No. Position Player
Italy DF Jacopo Gasparini (at Adriese until 30 June 2023)


Winners: 1947–48 (group B)
Winners: 1936–37 (group C), 2017–18 (group B)
  • Serie C2
Winners: 1980–81 (group B), 2000–01 (group A)
Winners: 2014–15 (group C)
  • Coppa Italia Serie C
Winners: 1979–80, 2021–22
  • Supercoppa di Serie C
Winners: 2018

Divisional movements

Series Years Last Promotions Relegations
A 16 1995–96 - Decrease 5 (1930, 1934, 1952, 1962, 1996)
B 38 2018–19 Increase 4 (1932, 1948, 1955, 1994) Decrease 6 (1935, 1969, 1985, 1998, 2014✟, 2019)
2021–22 Increase 5 (1937, 1983, 1987, 2009, 2018)
Increase 2 (1981 C2, 2001 C2)
Decrease 2 (1979 C1, 1999 C1)

89 out of 90 years of professional football in Italy since 1929
D 1 2014–15 Increase 1 (2015) never

See also

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