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Full name Pisa Sporting Club S.r.l.
Nickname(s) I Nerazzurri (The Black and Blues)
Founded 1909; 115 years ago (1909)
Ground Arena Garibaldi
Ground Capacity 25,000
Owner Alexander Knaster
Chairman Giuseppe Corrado
Manager Alberto Aquilani
League Serie B
2018–19 Serie C Group A, 3rd of 20 (promoted via play-offs)
Third colours

Pisa Sporting Club, commonly referred to as Pisa, is an Italian football club based in Pisa, Tuscany. The team currently plays in Serie B.

The club was founded in 1909 as Pisa Sporting Club and refounded in 1994 as Pisa Calcio (and registered in Eccellenza, the regional football division in Italy), after the cancellation of the former because of economical troubles. It was excluded again from Italian football in 2009, after the property failed to collect enough money to pay off the club's debts. In summer 2009 it was refounded with the denomination A.C. Pisa 1909.

Pisa won two Mitropa Cups, in 1986 and 1988. They play their home matches at Arena Garibaldi – Stadio Romeo Anconetani, named after Romeo Anconetani, the chairman who brought and led the club in Serie A during the 1980s. In 2016, Giuseppe Corrado bought the club and planned the new Pisa stadium. In January 2021, billionaire Alexander Knaster acquired a 75% stake in the club.


Pisa S.C.

After promotion to Serie B in 1965, Pisa took three years to reach Serie A for the first time. Despite a brave effort, Pisa was relegated on the final day of the 1968–69 season.

Spending much of the 1970s in Serie C, Pisa returned to Serie B in 1979 (by which time the club had come under the presidency of the much-loved Romeo Anconetani) and were promoted to Serie A in 1982, embarking on a period of six out of nine seasons in Serie A. With Danish international Klaus Berggreen among their stars, Pisa managed a credible 11th place in the 1982–83 Serie A with 27 points and 27 goals scored and conceded in 30 games. The following season brought relegation (during which they recorded just 3 wins and 16 draws) with 15,000 fans travelling to Milan for the fateful penultimate game.

Promotion followed in 1985, and the team seemed capable of staying up until losing their last three games. The cycle was repeated in 1987, only for a side containing players like Dunga and Paul Elliott to stay up. The last promotion to Serie A was achieved in 1990, and with the talents of players like Maurizio Neri, Michele Padovano and Lamberto Piovanelli up front and Diego Simeone, Henrik Larsen and Aldo Dolcetti in midfield, the side started well and was briefly atop the standings, only to suffer another relegation.

Relegation brought considerable financial strains to the club, and by 1994 they had lost a relegation play-off and were condemned to Serie C1.

Pisa Calcio

Bankruptcy saw Pisa reformed in Eccellenza, only to return to Serie C2 in 1996 and C1 in 1999. Pisa have since worked towards attaining Serie B status, which was achieved in 2007. Their crowds have been among the better in Italy's lower divisions owing to the dedication of their fans.

In May 2002 Maurizio Mian's "Gunther Reform Trust" became the owner of Pisa, installing wealthy celebrity German Shepherd dog Gunther IV as honorary president. In the 2002–03 Serie C1 season, Pisa reached the play-off final but were defeated in extra-time by UC AlbinoLeffe. President Gunther would attend matches at Arena Garibaldi and bark in support of the team. On one occasion Rival Livorno ultras unfurled a banner bearing the legend: "Poisoned meatballs for Gunther". After two further seasons ended in mid-table finishes, Mian sold Pisa in 2005.

In 2005–06, the team, initially thought to be a protagonist for the promotion, were in continuous struggles, and avoided relegation after playoffs in two dramatic regional derbies against Massese. The 2006–07 season, with new boss Piero Braglia, brought Pisa back to fight for a promotion spot: the nerazzurri ended the regular season in third place, and eventually won the promotion playoffs by defeating Venezia in the semi-finals and Monza in the finals.

For the 2007–08 Serie B campaign, the first in 13 years, Gian Piero Ventura was named to replace Braglia at the helm of the nerazzurri. Despite initial predictions of a mid-low table place, Pisa's impressive performances brought the team to fight for a direct promotion spot, also thanks to a forward line composed by Alessio Cerci, José Ignacio Castillo and Vitali Kutuzov which proved to be among the finest in the league. The club ended the regular season in sixth place, therefore achieving a spot to the promotion playoffs, where Pisa was later defeated by Lecce.

In 2008–09, the club was acquired by Rome entrepreneur Luca Pomponi, who initially failed into appointing Alessandro Costacurta as new head coach, thus confirming Ventura as nerazzurri boss. The club, which was weakened by the departures of Cerci, Castillo, Kutuzov and several other players, did not manage to repeat its performances, with Ventura being ultimately sacked in March 2009, with the club in mid-table place. The appointment of Bruno Giordano, which was made to improve the team results, however proved to be disappointing in terms of results, as Pisa slowly lost positions in the table, and shockingly got directly relegated in the final game of the season due to an injury-time home defeat to Brescia which left the Tuscans in 18th place. The unexpected relegation also unveiled a number of massive financial issues which prevented the club from registering in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione, and in July 2009 the club was excluded by the Italian Football Federation for the second time in its history.

Arena Garibaldi – Stadio Romeo Anconetani A.C. Pisa
Home of Pisa S.C. as seen from the Leaning Tower of Pisa

A.C. Pisa 1909

Pisa has been refounded with the denomination of A.C. Pisa 1909 S.S.D. (in which S.S.D. is a legal suffix required by FIGC) to start again from Serie D under new ownership. At the end of the season Pisa won Group D (Italian: Girone D) of Serie D and was promoted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione for the 2010–11 season.

The team was then admitted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione for the 2010–11 season to fill vacancies created by a row of club exclusions in second and third tier of Italian football league system. Thus the S.S.D. legal suffix was drop and replaced by S.r.l.

On 12 June 2016 Pisa gained promotion to Serie B after seven years by defeating Maceratese (3–1), Pordenone (3–0 on aggregate) and Foggia in the two-legged play-off final (5–3 on aggregate), however, the club was relegated to Serie C the following season after finishing second-last.

Pisa Sporting Club

Having moved back to Serie B in 2019, the club changed back its name to Pisa Sporting Club in the summer of 2021.

Current squad

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Nícolas
3 France DF Maxime Leverbe
4 Italy DF Antonio Caracciolo
5 Italy DF Simone Canestrelli
6 Iceland DF Hjörtur Hermannsson
7 France FW Lisandru Tramoni
8 Romania MF Marius Marin (Captain)
9 Italy FW Nicholas Bonfanti
10 Venezuela FW Ernesto Torregrossa
11 France MF Mattéo Tramoni
12 Croatia GK Ante Vuković
15 Germany MF Idrissa Touré
17 Slovenia FW Jan Mlakar
19 Portugal DF Tomás Esteves
No. Position Player
20 Italy DF Pietro Beruatto
22 Italy GK Leonardo Loria
26 Italy FW Gaetano Masucci
27 Italy MF Mattia Valoti (on loan from Monza)
28 Italy FW Alessandro Arena
30 Italy MF Alessandro De Vitis
32 Italy FW Stefano Moreo
33 Italy DF Arturo Calabresi
34 Italy GK Matteo Campani
36 Italy FW Gabriele Piccinini
40 Portugal MF Miguel Veloso
42 Italy DF Tommaso Barbieri (on loan from Juventus)
51 Italy MF Andrea Barberis
77 Italy MF Marco D'Alessandro (on loan from Monza)

Other players under contract

No. Position Player
Italy DF Andrea Beghetto

Out on loan

No. Position Player
Italy GK Alessandro Livieri (at Cremonese until 30 June 2024)
Sweden GK Johan Guadagno (at Latina until 30 June 2024)
Romania DF Adrian Rus (at Pafos until 30 June 2024)
Italy MF Davide Di Quinzio (at Fiorenzuola until 30 June 2024)
Moldova MF Artur Ioniță (at Lecco until 30 June 2024)
Croatia MF Roko Jureškin (at Spezia until 30 June 2024)
Hungary MF Ádám Nagy (at Spezia until 30 June 2024)
Italy MF Salvatore Santoro (at Pro Vercelli until 30 June 2024)
Italy MF Christian Sussi (at Fiorenzuola until 30 June 2024)
No. Position Player
Italy MF Emanuele Zuelli (at Carrarese until 30 June 2024)
Lithuania FW Edgaras Dubickas (at Feralpisalò until 30 June 2024)
Italy FW Elia Giani (at Legnago until 30 June 2024)
Italy FW Lorenzo Lucca (at Udinese until 30 June 2024)
Senegal FW Assane Seck (at Fiorenzuola until 30 June 2024)
Italy FW Giuseppe Sibilli (at Bari until 30 June 2024)
The Gambia FW Bamba Susso (at Aluminij until 30 June 2024)
Italy FW Emanuel Vignato (at Salernitana until 30 June 2024)

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Italy Alberto Aquilani
Assistant coach Italy Cristian Antonio Agnelli
Goalkeeper coach Italy Maurizio Pugliesi
Fitness coach Italy Valter Vio
Physiotherapist Italy Giovanni Santarelli
Physiotherapist Italy Alessandro Frosini
Chief doctor Italy Cataldo Graci
Club doctor Italy Virgilio Di Legge

Notable former players

  • England Paul Elliott
  • Netherlands Wim Kieft
  • Belarus Vitali Kutuzov
  • Denmark Henrik Larsen
  • Italy Roberto Muzzi


  • Mitropa Cup
    • Winners: 1985–86, 1987–88
  • Serie B
    • Winners: 1984–85, 1986–87
  • Serie C
    • Winners: 1933–34, 1964–65
  • Serie C2
    • Winners: 1998–99
  • Coppa Italia Serie C
    • Winners: 1999–2000

Divisional movements

Series Years Last Promotions Relegations
A 7 1990–91 Decrease 5 (1969, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1991)
B 37 2023–24 Increase 5 (1968, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1990) Decrease 5 (1952, 1971, 1994✟, 2009✟, 2017)
2018–19 Increase 6 (1934, 1965, 1979, 2007, 2016, 2019)
Increase 1 (1999 C2)
Decrease 1 (1954)
85 out of 92 years of professional football in Italy since 1929
D 5 2009–10 Increase 3 (1958, 1996, 2010) Decrease 1 (1956)
E 2 1994–95 Increase 2 (1957, 1995) never

See also

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