Aurora Pro Patria 1919

Pro Patria
Full name Aurora Pro Patria 1919 S.r.l.
Nickname(s) Tigrotti (Little Tigers)
Founded 1919
1995 (refounded)
2009 (refounded)
Ground Stadio Carlo Speroni,
Busto Arsizio, Italy
Capacity 4,627
President Patrizia Testa
Manager Ivan Javorčić
League Serie C
2017–18 Serie D/B, 1st (promoted)

Aurora Pro Patria 1919[1] (commonly referred to as Pro Patria) is an Italian association football club, based in Busto Arsizio, Lombardy. They currently play in Serie C.

In Latin, Pro Patria translates to "For the Fatherland".


Pro Patria et Libertate

The club was founded in 1919.

The club has played in Serie A fourteen times mostly during the first half of the 20th century, the last time being in 1955–56.

In 1995 the club, then officially named Pro Patria et Libertate, was disqualified from Serie D.

Pro Patria Gallaratese G.B.

The Gallaratese of Gallarate was admitted to Serie C2, in order to keep the historical brand alive, it changed its name to Pro Patria Gallaratese G.B. (G.B. being for Gallarate and Busto Arsizio, respectively): the club is considered the direct heir of Pro Patria et Libertate.

The club played in the fourth tier until 2002, when the club won promotion to Serie C1 via the playoffs. In 2008 the club was relegated to Serie C2 after losing in the playoffs to Hellas Verona by 2–1 on aggregate, but was later readmitted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione to fill a vacancy.

On June 2008, a club takeover was completed and ambitious plans for a return to Serie B were unveiled. However, impressive performances in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione 2008–09 were accompanied by financial troubles, which led to the club being declared insolvent by the local magistrate in April 2009 due to excessive financial debts. The club's president was later arrested and has to stand trial on charges related to the bankruptcy.[2] The drive to Serie B came to nothing for the team in a most bitter way; badly losing the home return match of their playoff final against Padova, who played with 10 men after an early sending off.

Aurora Pro Patria 1919

On 27 June 2009 Aurora Pro Patria 1919, owned by the Tesoro family, construction businessmen from Apulia, acquired the sports title from the liquidator of the old company.[3]

In the season 2009–10 it was relegated to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione. In the 2012–13 season it was promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione. In the 2014–15 season it was relegated to Serie D, but it was readmitted to Lega Pro to fill vacancies. A second consecutive relegation to Serie D however brought the club down to the amateur levels of Italian football.

2013 racism accuse

On 3 January 2013, the club was hosting A.C. Milan in a friendly, when a small group of people aimed chants at A.C. Milan players, including M'Baye Niang, Urby Emanuelson, Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng. Boateng reacted angrily, kicking the ball into the stands, before the Milan players walked off the field, causing the game to be abandoned.[4] The final verdict on the incident, however, stated that the punishment handed down was not in reference to racism allegations.[5] Pro Patria was forced to play one game behind closed doors because of this incident.[6]


Current squad

As of 29 January 2016[7]

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

No. Position Player
GK Cosimo La Gorga
GK Armando Demalija
DF Michele Ferri
DF Andrea Pisani
DF Giovanni Zaro
DF Alberto Marchiori
DF Alessandro Manti
DF Marcello Possenti
DF Marco Taino
DF Christian Jidayi
DF Matteo D'Alessandro
MF Giorgio De Vincenzi
MF Lorenzo Degeri
MF Gianluca Sampietro
No. Position Player
MF Giuseppe Capua
MF Mario Coppola
MF Georges Douglas
MF Pierluigi Bastone
MF Mosè Guercilena
MF Mario Santana
MF Mirko Bigazzi
FW Simone Vernocchi
FW Diego Vettraino
FW Piá
FW Emanuele Marra
FW Mattia Montini
FW Francesco Filomeno
FW Riccardo Ravasi

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player


  1. "Aurora Pro Patria 1919" (in Italian). Lega Pro. 30 July 2009. Archived from the original on 21 June 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  2. "Choc in Lega Pro, fallisce la Pro Patria" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport – Stadio. 4 April 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  3. "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE N. 159/A (2008–09)" (PDF) (in Italian). FIGC. 27 June 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  4. "AC Milan's Kevin-Prince Boateng leads team off pitch in protest at racist chanting in friendly match with Pro Patria". The Telegraph. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  5. "Boateng, tifosi della Pro Patria assolti: "Non fu razzismo"". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  6. "Soccer-Pro Patria given one-game fan ban over Boateng incident". Reuters. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  7. "PRIMA SQUADRA SECONDA DIVISIONE – STAGIONE SPORTIVA 2011 / 2012". Aurora Pro Patria 1919 (in Italian). Archived from the original on 14 September 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
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