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S.P.A.L.

Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor, commonly known as S.P.A.L. (Italian pronunciation: ), is a professional football club based in Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. The team plays in Serie B, the second tier of the Italian football league system.

SPAL
Full nameSocietà Polisportiva Ars et Labor S.p.A.
Nickname(s)Gli Spallini
I Biancazzurri (The White and Blues)
Gli Estensi (The House of Este)
Founded1907; 114 years ago (1907) (as "Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor")
2005; 16 years ago (2005) (refounded)
2012; 9 years ago (2012) (refounded)
GroundStadio Paolo Mazza,
Ferrara, Italy
Capacity16,134
ChairmanJoe Tacopina
Head coachPep Clotet
LeagueSerie B
2020–21Serie B, 9th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Founded in 1907, since 1928 they have played their home matches at Stadio Paolo Mazza, named after Paolo Mazza (chairman of the club 1946–1977).

In total, SPAL have participated in 24 top-tier, 27 second-tier, 41 third-tier, 7 fourth-tier and 1 fifth-tier league seasons. The club's best finish was when they came fifth in the 1959–60 Serie A; they also reached the 1961–62 Coppa Italia final.

The club is chaired by the American Joe Tacopina, the current manager is the Spanish Pep Clotet.

Contents

From foundation to World War II

The club was founded in March 1907 as Circolo Ars et Labor (latin for Art and Work Club) by the Salesian priest Pietro Acerbis. In the early stages, it was mainly a cultural and religious association, then in 1913 it became a multi-sports company, taking the name of Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor (SPAL). The team began its professional activity under the aegis of the Italian Football Federation (Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio) in 1919, competing in the second-tier tournament.

SPAL played in the top flight league from 1920 to 1925, reaching the qualification playoff for the National Finals in 1921–22. From 1925 until the Second World War, they played in Serie B and Serie C: in this period, the club's all-time top striker Mario Romani scored 130 goals in 189 games during two different periods with the white-blues (1925–32 and 1937–38).

Between 1939 and 1943 the club temporarily changed its name to A.C. Ferrara, wearing the black and white colours of the city. After the suspension of the championships due to war, in 1945 the club returned to the name SPAL and to the light blue and white kits.

The golden period in Serie A

Fabio Capello at SPAL in 1966.

In 1946 Paolo Mazza became chairman of the club. After five consecutive seasons in Serie B, SPAL won promotion to Serie A after finishing the championship first in 1950–51. The white-blues subsequently stayed in the top division for most of the 1950s and 1960s, competing in 16 out of 17 Serie A seasons from 1951 to 1968.

SPAL finished fifth in 1959–60, thus obtaining the best finish in its history. Also, in 1961–62 they played in the Coppa Italia final, losing against Napoli. In the early stages of 1962–63 season, in which the club finished in eighth place, the white and blues managed to reach the top of the league table. During those years, the club was a launchpad for many young players who became stars, among them Fabio Capello.

In 1963–64 they were relegated to Serie B, but they came back to Serie A after only one year, and remained in the top division until 1968. At the end of the last season in the top flight, SPAL won the Cup of Italian-Swiss Friendship.

From 1970s to 21st century

SPAL fans celebrating a goal scored in 1992.

During 1970s, 1980s and 1990s SPAL played mostly in Serie B and Serie C/C1.

Paolo Mazza quit the presidency in December 1976 and was replaced by Primo Mazzanti. The former chairman died in December 1981 and three months later Ferrara's Stadio Comunale was named after him.

In 1990, Giovanni Donigaglia became chairman of the club: between 1990 and 1992 SPAL obtained back-to-back promotions from Serie C2 to Serie B, under the management of Giovan Battista Fabbri. Donigaglia left the presidency in 2002 with the squad in Serie C1. He was replaced by Lino di Nardo.

Recent years

The club went bankrupt in 2005, and were reformed as SPAL 1907 S.r.l., under the terms of Article 52 of N.O.I.F.. In the summer of 2012, after suffering a second bankruptcy, the club was refounded for the second time as Società Sportiva Dilettantistica Real SPAL and would begin life in Serie D again under Article 52 of N.O.I.F..

At the end of the 2012–13 season the club took back its original name. Giacomense, a club founded in 1967 at Masi San Giacomo, a frazione of Masi Torello, had moved to the city of Ferrara; on 12 July 2013, owner Roberto Benasciutti made a deal with the Colombarini family for a merger between SPAL and Giacomense, with the latter giving its sports title to SPAL and continuing to play in Ferrara. The club changed its name to S.P.A.L. 2013, in order to continue the football history of SPAL. They finished the 2013–14 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season in sixth place, thus qualifying for the inaugural unified 2014–15 Lega Pro season.

In 2015–16, the squad won promotion to Serie B for the first time since the 1992–93 season, after finishing first in group B of the Lega Pro. The following year they came first in Serie B, thus obtaining promotion to Serie A after a 49-year absence. In their first season back in Serie A, SPAL avoided relegation by finishing in 17th place. At the end of the 2018–19 season they confirmed their presence in the top flight for a third consecutive year, finishing 13th. The club had mixed fortunes in the 2019–2020 season and, after gaining just 15 points in 23 games, coach Leonardo Semplici was dismissed in February 2020, replaced by Luigi Di Biagio. SPAL were relegated to Serie B, finishing in last place with 20 points. The club reached the 2020–21 Coppa Italia quarter-finals, becoming the only team from Serie B to advance to that stage in the competition.

The team's colours are light blue and white, which derive from the Salesians' emblem. The home kit, since 1962, has been composed of a vertical striped light blue-white shirt, white trainers and white socks. The only exception to light blue and white was when the club adopted a black and white kit between 1939 and 1943 (when it was named A.C. Ferrara), in honour of Ferrara's civic colours.

Currently the badge features an oval-shaped light blue escutcheon, with a white band in the upper section, on which is written the acronym S.P.A.L. in golden characters. Also, in the lower section, the black and white emblem of the city is featured. From 1980 until mid-1990s the official badge featured a fawn, another symbol of the club.

SPAL's most common nicknames are Biancazzurri (from the club colours, light blue and white) and Estensi (from the House of Este, ancient European noble dynasty that ruled Ferrara from 1240 to 1597).

Main article: Stadio Paolo Mazza
Internal view of the stadium in 2018.
  • Campo di Piazza d'Armi (1919–28)
  • Stadio Paolo Mazza (1928–)

The current home ground of SPAL is the 16,134 seater Stadio Paolo Mazza. The stadium was opened in September 1928 as Stadio Comunale, then took on its current name in February 1982, in honour of the former president of the club Paolo Mazza, who died two months earlier.

Initially it had a capacity of 4,000. Then, in concomitance with the promotion of SPAL to Serie A, in 1951 it was subjected to a heavy restructuring that brought capacity to 25,000. Between 1960s and 1980s it was renovated again, reducing the number of possible spectators to 22,000 until the mid-2000s.

From 2005 to 2016 the capacity was limited to 7,500 due to safety reasons and cost containment. In 2016–17, after the club's promotion to Serie B and then to Serie A, the stadium was restructured again to match the modern needs of comfort and safety. In the summer of 2018 a further remodeling took place, in order to bring the stadium capacity from 13,135 seats to 16,134.

Kit sponsors

  • 1981–86: Adidas
  • 1986–87: Marix
  • 1987–89: Fitness
  • 1989–91: WBS
  • 1991–04: Asics
  • 2004–05: Zeus
  • 2005–09: Legea
  • 2009–10: Asics
  • 2010–12: Givova
  • 2012–13: Legea
  • 2013–16: Erreà
  • 2016–17: HS Football
  • 2017–22: Macron

Official sponsors

Current squad

As of 31 August 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK ITA Alberto Pomini
3 DF ITA Alessandro Tripaldelli (on loan from Cagliari)
4 MF MAR Ayoub Abou
5 MF ITA Salvatore Esposito
7 MF ITA Giovanni Crociata (on loan from Empoli)
8 MF ITA Marco Mancosu
9 FW ITA Lorenzo Colombo (on loan from Milan)
11 FW ITA Federico Melchiorri (on loan from Perugia)
14 MF ARG Franco Zuculini
17 DF ITA Elio Capradossi (on loan from Spezia)
19 MF ITA Luca Mora
20 FW ISL Mikael Ellertsson (on loan from Spezia)
21 FW SEN Demba Seck
22 GK SEN Demba Thiam
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 DF ITA Francesco Vicari (captain)
24 DF ITA Lorenzo Dickmann
25 DF ITA Riccardo Spaltro
29 DF POL Patryk Peda
33 DF ITA Luca Coccolo (on loan from Juventus)
40 MF ITA Jacopo Da Riva (on loan from Atalanta)
77 MF ITA Federico Viviani
87 DF CZE David Heidenreich (on loan from Atalanta)
90 GK ITA Andrea Seculin
91 DF ITA Raffaele Celia
97 FW ITA Ludovico D'Orazio
98 FW ITA Kevin Piscopo (on loan from Empoli)
99 FW CIV Emmanuel Latte Lath (on loan from Atalanta)

Out on loan

As of 31 August 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK ITA Marco Meneghetti (at Gubbio)
GK ITA Cesare Galeotti (at Pergolettese)
DF POL Jakub Iskra (at Śląsk Wrocław)
DF ITA Moustapha Yabre (at Cesena)
MF ITA Emmanuel Cuomo (at Nocerina)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF ITA Federico Zanchetta (at Lucchese)
MF EST Georgi Tunjov (at Carrarese)
MF ITA Alessandro Murgia (at Perugia)
MF ITA Mattia Valoti (at Monza, obligation to buy)
FW ITA Federico Di Francesco (at Empoli, right to buy)

Notable former players

Captains

Below a chronological list of SPAL captains since 1950.

Name Years
Giovanni Emiliani 1950–53
Marcello Castoldi 1953–54
Edoardo Dal Pos 1954–59
Oscar Massei 1959–61
Sergio Cervato 1961–65
Oscar Massei 1965–68
Carlo Dell'Omodarme 1968–69
Enrico Cairoli July 1969 – October 1973
Lucio Mongardi October 1973 – June 1975
Sergio Reggiani 1975–76
Ottavio Bianchi 1976–77
Franco Pezzato 1977–79
Mauro Gibellini 1979–81
Rosario Rampanti 1981–82
Name Years
Mirco Brilli 1982–83
Giuseppe De Gradi 1983–85
Elio Gustinetti 1985–86
Fabio Perinelli 1986–87
Arturo Vianello 1987–88
Massimo Pellegrini 1988–89
Francesco Cini 1989–90
Franco Fabbri 1990–91
Giuseppe Brescia 1991–93
Andrea Mangoni 1993–94
Giuseppe Brescia 1994–96
Eugenio Sgarbossa 1996–97
Fausto Pari 1997–98
Alfonso Greco 1998–99
Massimo Gadda 1999–00
Name Years
Emanuele Cancellato July 2000 – January 2002
Cristian Servidei January 2002 – June 2002
Francesco Zanoncelli 2002–03
Manuel Milana 2003–06
David Sesa 2006–08
Luis Fernando Centi July 2008 – February 2009
Marco Zamboni February 2009 – June 2012
Davide Marchini 2012–13
Massimiliano Varricchio 2013–14
Nicolas Giani 2014–17
Luca Mora July 2017 – January 2018
Mirco Antenucci January 2018 – June 2019
Sergio Floccari 2019–21
Francesco Vicari 2021–
Position Staff
Head of technical staff Massimo Tarantino
Sporting director Giorgio Zamuner
Sporting director assistant Ivone De Franceschi
Head coach Pep Clotet
Vice coach Francisco Javier Bernal
Technical assistant José Alberto Escobar
Technical assistant Fabrizio Franceschetti
Fitness coach Emanuele Tononi
Goalkeeping coach Cristiano Scalabrelli
Injury recovery Carlo Voltolini
Team manager Alessandro Andreini
Head of medical staff Raffaella Giagnorio
Team doctor Francesco Palummieri
Physiotherapist Daniele Zannini
Physiotherapist Matteo Evangelisti
Physiotherapist Piero Bortolin
Physiotherapist Vittorio Bronzi

Source: [1]

SPAL have had several presidents (chairmen) (Italian: presidenti, lit. 'presidents' or Italian: presidenti del consiglio di amministrazione, lit. 'chairmen of the board of directors') over the course of their history. Some of them have been the main shareholder of the club. The longest-serving chairman is Paolo Mazza.

Name Years
Don Pietro Acerbis 1907–11
Conte Buosi 1911–12
Aminta Gulinati 1912–15
Antonio Santini 1919–21
Enrico Bassani 1921–24
Gaetano Ridolfi 1924–27
Giannino Bonfiglioli 1927–28
On. Ferri 1928–31
Giuseppe Turbiani
Carlo Osti
1931–32
Comm. Gandini 1932–33
Name Years
Umberto Barbè
Giulio Divisi
1933–34
Luigi Orsi 1934–35
Giovanni Argazzi 1935–36
Nino Fiorini 1936–37
Angelo Vissoli 1937–39
Annio Bignardi 1939–41
Augusto Caniato 1941–43
Edmondo Bucci 1945–46
Paolo Mazza 1946–77
Primo Mazzanti 1977–85
Giorgio Rossatti 1985–86
Name Years
Francesco Nicolini 1986–89
Albersano Ravani 1989–90
Giovanni Donigaglia 1990–96
Vanni Guzzinati 1996–97
Giovanni Donigaglia 1997–02
Lino Di Nardo 2002–05
Gianfranco Tomasi 2005–08
Cesare Butelli 2008–12
Roberto Ranzani 2012–13
Walter Mattioli 2013–21
Joe Tacopina 2021–

SPAL have had many managers and head coaches throughout their history, below is a chronological list of them.

Name Nationality Years
Carlo Marchiandi 1919–22
Armand Halmos 1922–23
Giuseppe Ticozzelli 1923–24
Walter Alt 1924–27
Carlo Osti
Carlo Marchiandi

1927–28
Béla Károly 1928–29
György Hlavay 1929–31
Francesco Mattuteia
Adolf Mora Murer

1931–32
Walter Alt 1933–34
Mihály Balacics 1934–35
György Hlavay
Guido Testolina

1935–36
Paolo Mazza 1936–37
Euro Riparbelli 1937–39
Paolo Mazza 1939–42
Giorgio Armari
Bruno Maini

1942–43
József Viola July 1945 – June 1946
Guido Testolina July 1946 – June 1947
Giuseppe Marchi July 1947 – June 1948
Bruno Vale July 1948 – June 1949
Antonio Janni July 1949 – June 1954
Bruno Biagini July 1954 – June 1955
Fioravante Baldi July 1955 – June 1956
Paolo Tabanelli July 1956 – June 1958
Fioravante Baldi July 1958 – April 1960
Serafino Montanari April 1960 – June 1960
Luigi Ferrero July 1960 – September 1961
Serafino Montanari September 1961 – April 1963
Aurelio Marchese April 1963 – June 1963
Giacomo Blason July 1963 – April 1964
Giovan Battista Fabbri April 1964 – November 1964
Francesco Petagna November 1964 – October 1968
Serafino Montanari October 1968 – May 1969
Giovan Battista Fabbri May 1969 – October 1969
Tito Corsi October 1969 – June 1970
Cesare Meucci July 1970 – June 1972
Eugenio Fantini July 1972 – October 1972
Mario Caciagli October 1972 – January 1975
Guido Capello January 1975 – June 1975
Francesco Petagna July 1975 – December 1975
Umberto Pinardi December 1975 – February 1976
Guido Capello February 1976 – November 1976
Giovanni Ballico November 1976 – December 1976
Ottavio Bugatti December 1976 – February 1977
Luis Suárez February 1977 – June 1977
Mario Caciagli July 1977 – June 1980
Battista Rota July 1980 – March 1982
Name Nationality Years
Ugo Tomeazzi March 1982 – June 1982
Gaetano Salvemini July 1982 – December 1982
Giovanni Seghedoni December 1982 – June 1983
Giovanni Galeone July 1983 – October 1984
Giancarlo Danova October 1984 – December 1984
Giovanni Galeone December 1984 – June 1986
Ferruccio Mazzola July 1986 – June 1987
Giancarlo Cella July 1987 – November 1987
Giovan Battista Fabbri November 1987 – June 1988
Giorgio Veneri July 1988 – December 1988
Francesco Paolo Specchia December 1988 – June 1989
Luciano Magistrelli July 1989 – January 1990
Nello Santin January 1990 – June 1990
Paolo Lombardo July 1990 – February 1991
Giovan Battista Fabbri February 1991 – October 1992
Rino Marchesi October 1992 – April 1993
Giovan Battista Fabbri April 1993 – June 1993
Gian Cesare Discepoli July 1993 – January 1995
Vincenzo Guerini January 1995 – September 1995
Salvatore Bianchetti September 1995 – February 1997
Alfredo Magni February 1997 – June 1997
Gianni De Biasi July 1997 – June 1999
Giancarlo D'Astoli July 1999 – June 2000
Alessandro Scanziani July 2000 – November 2000
Mauro Melotti November 2000 – November 2001
Fabio Perinelli November 2001 – March 2002
Mauro Melotti March 2002 – June 2002
Walter De Vecchi July 2002 – October 2002
Giuliano Sonzogni October 2002 – October 2003
Gian Cesare Discepoli October 2003 – June 2004
Massimiliano Allegri July 2004 – June 2005
Paolo Beruatto July 2005 – February 2006
Walter Nicoletti February 2006 – June 2006
Leonardo Rossi July 2006 – June 2007
Francesco Buglio July 2007 – February 2008
Roberto Labardi February 2008
Angelo Alessio February 2008 – June 2008
Aldo Dolcetti July 2008 – November 2009
Egidio Notaristefano November 2009 – February 2011
Gian Marco Remondina February 2011 – June 2011
Stefano Vecchi July 2011 – June 2012
David Sassarini July 2012 – June 2013
Leonardo Rossi July 2013 – October 2013
Massimo Gadda October 2013 – June 2014
Oscar Brevi July 2014 – December 2014
Leonardo Semplici December 2014 – February 2020
Luigi Di Biagio February 2020 – August 2020
Pasquale Marino August 2020 – March 2021
Massimo Rastelli March 2021 – June 2021
Pep Clotet July 2021 –

Domestic

League titles

Cups

European

Youth

Level / Tier Series Years Last Promotions Relegations
1st Serie A / Prima Categoria / Prima Divisione 24 2019–20 - 4 (1925, 1964, 1968, 2020)
2nd Serie B / Prima Divisione / Seconda Divisione 27 2021–22 4 (1920, 1951, 1965, 2017) 7 (1929, 1936, 1939, 1969, 1977, 1982, 1993)
3rd Serie C / Serie C1 / Prima Divisione / Lega Pro Prima Divisione / Lega Pro 41 2015–16 7 (1933, 1938, 1946, 1973, 1978, 1992, 2016 4 (1989, 1997, 2005✟, 2012✟)
4th Serie C2 / Lega Pro Seconda Divisione 7 2013–14 4 (1991, 1998, 2008, 2014) 1 (2012✟)
5th Serie D 1 2012–13 1 (2013) -

✟= Relegation due to bankruptcy.

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S.P.A.L.
S P A L Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from SPAL Societa Polisportiva Ars et Labor commonly known as S P A L Italian pronunciation spal is a professional football club based in Ferrara Emilia Romagna Italy The team plays in Serie B the second tier of the Italian football league system SPALFull nameSocieta Polisportiva Ars et Labor S p A Nickname s Gli Spallini I Biancazzurri The White and Blues 1 Gli Estensi The House of Este Founded1907 114 years ago 1907 as Societa Polisportiva Ars et Labor 2005 16 years ago 2005 refounded 2012 9 years ago 2012 refounded GroundStadio Paolo Mazza Ferrara ItalyCapacity16 134ChairmanJoe TacopinaHead coachPep ClotetLeagueSerie B2020 21Serie B 9th of 20WebsiteClub websiteHome coloursAway coloursThird coloursCurrent season Founded in 1907 since 1928 they have played their home matches at Stadio Paolo Mazza named after Paolo Mazza chairman of the club 1946 1977 In total SPAL have participated in 24 top tier 27 second tier 41 third tier 7 fourth tier and 1 fifth tier league seasons The club s best finish was when they came fifth in the 1959 60 Serie A they also reached the 1961 62 Coppa Italia final The club is chaired by the American Joe Tacopina the current manager is the Spanish Pep Clotet Contents 1 History 1 1 From foundation to World War II 1 2 The golden period in Serie A 1 3 From 1970s to 21st century 1 4 Recent years 2 Colours badge and nicknames 3 Stadium 4 Sponsors 4 1 Kit sponsors 4 2 Official sponsors 5 Players 5 1 Current squad 5 2 Out on loan 5 3 Notable former players 5 4 Captains 6 Technical staff 7 Chairmen history 8 Managerial history 9 Honours 9 1 Domestic 9 1 1 League titles 9 1 2 Cups 9 2 European 9 3 Youth 10 Divisional movements 11 References 12 External linksHistory EditFrom foundation to World War II Edit The club was founded in March 1907 as Circolo Ars et Labor latin for Art and Work Club by the Salesian priest Pietro Acerbis In the early stages it was mainly a cultural and religious association then in 1913 it became a multi sports company taking the name of Societa Polisportiva Ars et Labor SPAL The team began its professional activity under the aegis of the Italian Football Federation Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio in 1919 competing in the second tier tournament SPAL played in the top flight league from 1920 to 1925 reaching the qualification playoff for the National Finals in 1921 22 From 1925 until the Second World War they played in Serie B and Serie C in this period the club s all time top striker Mario Romani scored 130 goals in 189 games during two different periods with the white blues 1925 32 and 1937 38 Between 1939 and 1943 the club temporarily changed its name to A C Ferrara wearing the black and white colours of the city After the suspension of the championships due to war in 1945 the club returned to the name SPAL and to the light blue and white kits The golden period in Serie A Edit Fabio Capello at SPAL in 1966 In 1946 Paolo Mazza became chairman of the club After five consecutive seasons in Serie B SPAL won promotion to Serie A after finishing the championship first in 1950 51 The white blues subsequently stayed in the top division for most of the 1950s and 1960s competing in 16 out of 17 Serie A seasons from 1951 to 1968 SPAL finished fifth in 1959 60 thus obtaining the best finish in its history Also in 1961 62 they played in the Coppa Italia final losing against Napoli In the early stages of 1962 63 season in which the club finished in eighth place the white and blues managed to reach the top of the league table During those years the club was a launchpad for many young players who became stars among them Fabio Capello In 1963 64 they were relegated to Serie B but they came back to Serie A after only one year and remained in the top division until 1968 At the end of the last season in the top flight SPAL won the Cup of Italian Swiss Friendship From 1970s to 21st century Edit SPAL fans celebrating a goal scored in 1992 During 1970s 1980s and 1990s SPAL played mostly in Serie B and Serie C C1 Paolo Mazza quit the presidency in December 1976 and was replaced by Primo Mazzanti The former chairman died in December 1981 and three months later Ferrara s Stadio Comunale was named after him In 1990 Giovanni Donigaglia became chairman of the club between 1990 and 1992 SPAL obtained back to back promotions from Serie C2 to Serie B under the management of Giovan Battista Fabbri Donigaglia left the presidency in 2002 with the squad in Serie C1 He was replaced by Lino di Nardo Recent years Edit The club went bankrupt in 2005 2 and were reformed as SPAL 1907 S r l under the terms of Article 52 of N O I F 3 In the summer of 2012 after suffering a second bankruptcy the club was refounded for the second time as Societa Sportiva Dilettantistica Real SPAL and would begin life in Serie D 4 again under Article 52 of N O I F 5 At the end of the 2012 13 season the club took back its original name Giacomense a club founded in 1967 at Masi San Giacomo a frazione of Masi Torello had moved to the city of Ferrara on 12 July 2013 owner Roberto Benasciutti made a deal with the Colombarini family for a merger between SPAL and Giacomense with the latter giving its sports title to SPAL and continuing to play in Ferrara The club changed its name to S P A L 2013 in order to continue the football history of SPAL They finished the 2013 14 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season in sixth place thus qualifying for the inaugural unified 2014 15 Lega Pro season In 2015 16 the squad won promotion to Serie B for the first time since the 1992 93 season after finishing first in group B of the Lega Pro The following year they came first in Serie B thus obtaining promotion to Serie A after a 49 year absence 6 In their first season back in Serie A SPAL avoided relegation by finishing in 17th place 7 At the end of the 2018 19 season they confirmed their presence in the top flight for a third consecutive year finishing 13th The club had mixed fortunes in the 2019 2020 season and after gaining just 15 points in 23 games coach Leonardo Semplici was dismissed in February 2020 replaced by Luigi Di Biagio 8 SPAL were relegated to Serie B finishing in last place with 20 points The club reached the 2020 21 Coppa Italia quarter finals becoming the only team from Serie B to advance to that stage in the competition Colours badge and nicknames EditThe team s colours are light blue and white which derive from the Salesians emblem The home kit since 1962 has been composed of a vertical striped light blue white shirt white trainers and white socks The only exception to light blue and white was when the club adopted a black and white kit between 1939 and 1943 when it was named A C Ferrara in honour of Ferrara s civic colours Currently the badge features an oval shaped light blue escutcheon with a white band in the upper section on which is written the acronym S P A L in golden characters Also in the lower section the black and white emblem of the city is featured From 1980 until mid 1990s the official badge featured a fawn another symbol of the club SPAL s most common nicknames are Biancazzurri from the club colours light blue and white and Estensi from the House of Este ancient European noble dynasty that ruled Ferrara from 1240 to 1597 Stadium EditMain article Stadio Paolo Mazza Internal view of the stadium in 2018 Campo di Piazza d Armi 1919 28 Stadio Paolo Mazza 1928 The current home ground of SPAL is the 16 134 seater Stadio Paolo Mazza The stadium was opened in September 1928 as Stadio Comunale then took on its current name in February 1982 in honour of the former president of the club Paolo Mazza who died two months earlier Initially it had a capacity of 4 000 Then in concomitance with the promotion of SPAL to Serie A in 1951 it was subjected to a heavy restructuring that brought capacity to 25 000 Between 1960s and 1980s it was renovated again reducing the number of possible spectators to 22 000 until the mid 2000s From 2005 to 2016 the capacity was limited to 7 500 due to safety reasons and cost containment In 2016 17 after the club s promotion to Serie B and then to Serie A the stadium was restructured again to match the modern needs of comfort and safety In the summer of 2018 a further remodeling took place in order to bring the stadium capacity from 13 135 seats to 16 134 9 Sponsors EditKit sponsors Edit 1981 86 Adidas 1986 87 Marix 1987 89 Fitness 1989 91 WBS 1991 04 Asics 2004 05 Zeus 2005 09 Legea 2009 10 Asics 2010 12 Givova 2012 13 Legea 2013 16 Errea 2016 17 HS Football 2017 22 Macron Official sponsors Edit 1981 82 Sauber 1982 89 Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara 1989 90 Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara Ravani Acciai 1990 05 Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara 2005 08 Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara Tomasi Case 2008 09 Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara 2009 10 Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara Lega del Filo d Oro 2010 11 Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara Trasea 2011 13 Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara 2013 15 Vetroresina Veneto Banca 2015 16 Vetroresina Reale Mutua BMW ErreEffe Group 2016 17 Vetroresina Magnadyne 958 Santero BMW ErreEffe Group 2017 18 InterSpar Tassi Group BMW ErreEffe Group 2018 19 Tassi Group BMW ErreEffe Group Pentaferte 2019 20 Omega Group Krifi Caffe OrOil VB Impianti Errebi Technology Pentaferte 2020 21 Omega Group Adamant BioNRG Errebi Technology Pentaferte 2021 22 Adamant BioNRG Golden Group Errebi TechnologyPlayers EditCurrent squad Edit As of 31 August 2021 10 Note Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules Players may hold more than one non FIFA nationality No Pos Nation Player1 GK ITA Alberto Pomini3 DF ITA Alessandro Tripaldelli on loan from Cagliari 4 MF MAR Ayoub Abou5 MF ITA Salvatore Esposito7 MF ITA Giovanni Crociata on loan from Empoli 8 MF ITA Marco Mancosu9 FW ITA Lorenzo Colombo on loan from Milan 11 FW ITA Federico Melchiorri on loan from Perugia 14 MF ARG Franco Zuculini17 DF ITA Elio Capradossi on loan from Spezia 19 MF ITA Luca Mora20 FW ISL Mikael Ellertsson on loan from Spezia 21 FW SEN Demba Seck22 GK SEN Demba Thiam No Pos Nation Player23 DF ITA Francesco Vicari captain 24 DF ITA Lorenzo Dickmann25 DF ITA Riccardo Spaltro29 DF POL Patryk Peda33 DF ITA Luca Coccolo on loan from Juventus 40 MF ITA Jacopo Da Riva on loan from Atalanta 77 MF ITA Federico Viviani87 DF CZE David Heidenreich on loan from Atalanta 90 GK ITA Andrea Seculin91 DF ITA Raffaele Celia97 FW ITA Ludovico D Orazio98 FW ITA Kevin Piscopo on loan from Empoli 99 FW CIV Emmanuel Latte Lath on loan from Atalanta Out on loan Edit As of 31 August 2021 Note Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules Players may hold more than one non FIFA nationality No Pos Nation Player GK ITA Marco Meneghetti at Gubbio GK ITA Cesare Galeotti at Pergolettese DF POL Jakub Iskra at Slask Wroclaw DF ITA Moustapha Yabre at Cesena MF ITA Emmanuel Cuomo at Nocerina No Pos Nation Player MF ITA Federico Zanchetta at Lucchese MF EST Georgi Tunjov at Carrarese MF ITA Alessandro Murgia at Perugia MF ITA Mattia Valoti at Monza obligation to buy FW ITA Federico Di Francesco at Empoli right to buy Notable former players Edit See also Category S P A L players Mirco Antenucci Mario Astorri Osvaldo Bagnoli Gastone Bean Savino Bellini Etrit Berisha Niels Bennike Ottavio Bianchi Alberto Bigon Kevin Bonifazi Marco Borriello Gianfranco Bozzao Ottavio Bugatti Ruben Buriani Fabio Capello Lucas Castro Sergio Cervato Dante Crippa Carlo Dell Omodarme Luigi Delneri Beniamino Di Giacomo Dan Ekner Bulent Esel Felipe Dal Bello Mohamed Fares Matteo Ferrari Sergio Floccari Adolfo Gori Matthew Kemp Jasmin Kurtic Manuel Lazzari Saul Malatrasi Thomas Manfredini Alex Meret Simone Missiroli Egidio Morbello Marco Nappi Fulvio Nesti Oscar Massei Dante Micheli Alberto Paloschi Egisto Pandolfini Michele Paramatti Fausto Pari Luigi Pasetti Sergio Pellissier Andrea Petagna Armando Picchi Gennaro Olivieri Alberto Orlando Dion Ornvold Edoardo Reja Mario Romani Nils Ake Sandell Andy Selva David Sesa Abdon Sgarbi Mirko Valdifiori Carl Valeri Mattia Valoti Emiliano Viviano Erwin Waldner Franco Zaglio Captains Edit Below a chronological list of SPAL captains since 1950 Name Years Giovanni Emiliani 1950 53 Marcello Castoldi 1953 54 Edoardo Dal Pos 1954 59 Oscar Massei 1959 61 Sergio Cervato 1961 65 Oscar Massei 1965 68 Carlo Dell Omodarme 1968 69 Enrico Cairoli July 1969 October 1973 Lucio Mongardi October 1973 June 1975 Sergio Reggiani 1975 76 Ottavio Bianchi 1976 77 Franco Pezzato 1977 79 Mauro Gibellini 1979 81 Rosario Rampanti 1981 82 Name Years Mirco Brilli 1982 83 Giuseppe De Gradi 1983 85 Elio Gustinetti 1985 86 Fabio Perinelli 1986 87 Arturo Vianello 1987 88 Massimo Pellegrini 1988 89 Francesco Cini 1989 90 Franco Fabbri 1990 91 Giuseppe Brescia 1991 93 Andrea Mangoni 1993 94 Giuseppe Brescia 1994 96 Eugenio Sgarbossa 1996 97 Fausto Pari 1997 98 Alfonso Greco 1998 99 Massimo Gadda 1999 00 Name Years Emanuele Cancellato July 2000 January 2002 Cristian Servidei January 2002 June 2002 Francesco Zanoncelli 2002 03 Manuel Milana 2003 06 David Sesa 2006 08 Luis Fernando Centi July 2008 February 2009 Marco Zamboni February 2009 June 2012 Davide Marchini 2012 13 Massimiliano Varricchio 2013 14 Nicolas Giani 2014 17 Luca Mora July 2017 January 2018 Mirco Antenucci January 2018 June 2019 Sergio Floccari 2019 21 Francesco Vicari 2021 Technical staff EditPosition StaffHead of technical staff Massimo TarantinoSporting director Giorgio ZamunerSporting director assistant Ivone De FranceschiHead coach Pep ClotetVice coach Francisco Javier BernalTechnical assistant Jose Alberto EscobarTechnical assistant Fabrizio FranceschettiFitness coach Emanuele TononiGoalkeeping coach Cristiano ScalabrelliInjury recovery Carlo VoltoliniTeam manager Alessandro AndreiniHead of medical staff Raffaella GiagnorioTeam doctor Francesco PalummieriPhysiotherapist Daniele ZanniniPhysiotherapist Matteo EvangelistiPhysiotherapist Piero BortolinPhysiotherapist Vittorio BronziSource 1 Chairmen history EditSPAL have had several presidents chairmen Italian presidenti lit presidents or Italian presidenti del consiglio di amministrazione lit chairmen of the board of directors over the course of their history Some of them have been the main shareholder of the club The longest serving chairman is Paolo Mazza Name Years Don Pietro Acerbis 1907 11 Conte Buosi 1911 12 Aminta Gulinati 1912 15 Antonio Santini 1919 21 Enrico Bassani 1921 24 Gaetano Ridolfi 1924 27 Giannino Bonfiglioli 1927 28 On Ferri 1928 31 Giuseppe Turbiani Carlo Osti 1931 32 Comm Gandini 1932 33 Name Years Umberto Barbe Giulio Divisi 1933 34 Luigi Orsi 1934 35 Giovanni Argazzi 1935 36 Nino Fiorini 1936 37 Angelo Vissoli 1937 39 Annio Bignardi 1939 41 Augusto Caniato 1941 43 Edmondo Bucci 1945 46 Paolo Mazza 1946 77 Primo Mazzanti 1977 85 Giorgio Rossatti 1985 86 Name Years Francesco Nicolini 1986 89 Albersano Ravani 1989 90 Giovanni Donigaglia 1990 96 Vanni Guzzinati 1996 97 Giovanni Donigaglia 1997 02 Lino Di Nardo 2002 05 Gianfranco Tomasi 2005 08 Cesare Butelli 2008 12 Roberto Ranzani 2012 13 Walter Mattioli 2013 21 Joe Tacopina 2021 Managerial history EditSee also Category S P A L managers SPAL have had many managers and head coaches throughout their history below is a chronological list of them Name Nationality YearsCarlo Marchiandi 1919 22Armand Halmos 1922 23Giuseppe Ticozzelli 1923 24Walter Alt 1924 27Carlo Osti Carlo Marchiandi 1927 28Bela Karoly 1928 29Gyorgy Hlavay 1929 31Francesco Mattuteia Adolf Mora Murer 1931 32Walter Alt 1933 34Mihaly Balacics 1934 35Gyorgy Hlavay Guido Testolina 1935 36Paolo Mazza 1936 37Euro Riparbelli 1937 39Paolo Mazza 1939 42Giorgio Armari Bruno Maini 1942 43Jozsef Viola July 1945 June 1946Guido Testolina July 1946 June 1947Giuseppe Marchi July 1947 June 1948Bruno Vale July 1948 June 1949Antonio Janni July 1949 June 1954Bruno Biagini July 1954 June 1955Fioravante Baldi July 1955 June 1956Paolo Tabanelli July 1956 June 1958Fioravante Baldi July 1958 April 1960Serafino Montanari April 1960 June 1960Luigi Ferrero July 1960 September 1961Serafino Montanari September 1961 April 1963Aurelio Marchese April 1963 June 1963Giacomo Blason July 1963 April 1964Giovan Battista Fabbri April 1964 November 1964Francesco Petagna November 1964 October 1968Serafino Montanari October 1968 May 1969Giovan Battista Fabbri May 1969 October 1969Tito Corsi October 1969 June 1970Cesare Meucci July 1970 June 1972Eugenio Fantini July 1972 October 1972Mario Caciagli October 1972 January 1975Guido Capello January 1975 June 1975Francesco Petagna July 1975 December 1975Umberto Pinardi December 1975 February 1976Guido Capello February 1976 November 1976Giovanni Ballico November 1976 December 1976Ottavio Bugatti December 1976 February 1977Luis Suarez February 1977 June 1977Mario Caciagli July 1977 June 1980Battista Rota July 1980 March 1982 Name Nationality YearsUgo Tomeazzi March 1982 June 1982Gaetano Salvemini July 1982 December 1982Giovanni Seghedoni December 1982 June 1983Giovanni Galeone July 1983 October 1984Giancarlo Danova October 1984 December 1984Giovanni Galeone December 1984 June 1986Ferruccio Mazzola July 1986 June 1987Giancarlo Cella July 1987 November 1987Giovan Battista Fabbri November 1987 June 1988Giorgio Veneri July 1988 December 1988Francesco Paolo Specchia December 1988 June 1989Luciano Magistrelli July 1989 January 1990Nello Santin January 1990 June 1990Paolo Lombardo July 1990 February 1991Giovan Battista Fabbri February 1991 October 1992Rino Marchesi October 1992 April 1993Giovan Battista Fabbri April 1993 June 1993Gian Cesare Discepoli July 1993 January 1995Vincenzo Guerini January 1995 September 1995Salvatore Bianchetti September 1995 February 1997Alfredo Magni February 1997 June 1997Gianni De Biasi July 1997 June 1999Giancarlo D Astoli July 1999 June 2000Alessandro Scanziani July 2000 November 2000Mauro Melotti November 2000 November 2001Fabio Perinelli November 2001 March 2002Mauro Melotti March 2002 June 2002Walter De Vecchi July 2002 October 2002Giuliano Sonzogni October 2002 October 2003Gian Cesare Discepoli October 2003 June 2004Massimiliano Allegri July 2004 June 2005Paolo Beruatto July 2005 February 2006Walter Nicoletti February 2006 June 2006Leonardo Rossi July 2006 June 2007Francesco Buglio July 2007 February 2008Roberto Labardi February 2008Angelo Alessio February 2008 June 2008Aldo Dolcetti July 2008 November 2009Egidio Notaristefano November 2009 February 2011Gian Marco Remondina February 2011 June 2011Stefano Vecchi July 2011 June 2012David Sassarini July 2012 June 2013Leonardo Rossi July 2013 October 2013Massimo Gadda October 2013 June 2014Oscar Brevi July 2014 December 2014Leonardo Semplici December 2014 February 2020Luigi Di Biagio February 2020 August 2020Pasquale Marino August 2020 March 2021Massimo Rastelli March 2021 June 2021Pep Clotet July 2021 Honours EditDomestic Edit League titles Edit Serie B Winners 2 1950 51 2016 17 Serie C Serie C1 Lega Pro Winners 5 1937 38 1972 73 1977 78 1991 92 2015 16 Runners up 5 1941 42 1942 43 1969 70 1970 71 1995 96 Serie C2 Winners 1 1997 98 Runners up 1 1990 91Cups Edit Coppa Italia Runners up 1 1961 62 Coppa Italia Serie C Winners 1 1998 99 Runners up 1 1988 89 Supercoppa di Serie C Lega Pro Winners 1 2016European Edit Cup of Italian Swiss Friendship Winners 1 1968Youth Edit Campionato Primavera B Winners 1 1964 65Divisional movements EditLevel Tier Series Years Last Promotions Relegations1st Serie A Prima Categoria Prima Divisione 24 2019 20 4 1925 1964 1968 2020 2nd Serie B Prima Divisione Seconda Divisione 27 2021 22 4 1920 1951 1965 2017 7 1929 1936 1939 1969 1977 1982 1993 3rd Serie C Serie C1 Prima Divisione Lega Pro Prima Divisione Lega Pro 41 2015 16 7 1933 1938 1946 1973 1978 1992 2016 4 1989 1997 2005 2012 4th Serie C2 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione 7 2013 14 4 1991 1998 2008 2014 1 2012 5th Serie D 1 2012 13 1 2013 Relegation due to bankruptcy References Edit Soattin Davide 15 April 2020 La SPAL gioca contro il Coronavirus tutte le iniziative dei biancazzurri tuttomercatoweb in Italian Retrieved 21 May 2020 Hooper Alasdair 18 August 2017 Who are SPAL The incredible rise of Serie A s new boys as club prepare for first top flight fixture since 1968 talkSPORT Retrieved 23 March 2018 Carraro Franco 16 August 2005 Comunicato Ufficiale Nº66 A 2005 06 PDF Consiglio Federale Press release in Italian Rome Italian Football Federation Retrieved 19 January 2018 FIGC registers SPAL in Serie D il Resto del Carlino in Italian 8 August 2012 Retrieved 25 March 2018 First day in school for SPAL It will return to his real level estense com in Italian 3 August 2012 Retrieved 25 March 2018 SPAL promoted to Serie A Football Italia 13 May 2017 Retrieved 25 March 2018 Serie A basement battle football italia net Spal ufficiale l esonero di Semplici al suo posto Di Biagio la repubblica com in Italian 10 February 2020 Retrieved 13 May 2020 SPAL 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