Venezia F.C.

Full name Venezia Football Club S.r.l.
Nickname(s) Arancioneroverdi (Orange-Black-Greens)
Lagunari (Lagoonal Ones)
Leoni Alati (Winged Lions)
Founded 1907 (1907) (as Venezia Foot Ball Club)
2005 (2005) (as SSC Venezia)
2009 (2009) (as FBC Unione Venezia)
2015 (2015) (as Venezia FC)
Ground Stadio Pierluigi Penzo
Sant'Elena, Venice, Italy
Capacity 7,450
Chairman Joe Tacopina
Manager Stefano Vecchi
League Serie B
2017–18 Serie B, 5th
Website Club website

Venezia Football Club S.r.l. commonly referred to as Venezia, is an Italian football club from Venice that is playing in Serie B, the Italian second division.

Founded by a merger in 1907, Venezia have spent a large part of their history in Serie A and Serie B, the top two divisions in Italy.

Venezia won the Coppa Italia in 1941.


Venezia's current home stadium, the Pierluigi Penzo, is the second-oldest stadium in Italy (the oldest being Genoa's Stadio Luigi Ferraris).

It is a multi-use stadium in Venice, Italy. It is the largest sports facility in Venice. The stadium was first opened in 1913 and takes its name from World War I pilot Pierluigi Penzo.

Originally constructed from wood, the stadium was largely upgraded with a concrete main stand in the 1920s and further improvements were made in the decades that followed. The record attendance of 26,000 was for a 1966 Serie A match against A.C. Milan.

On September 11, 1970 a tornado hit Venice and caused extensive damage to the stadium. Due to the club's decline the stadium was only partially reinstated, and the capacity was reduced to just over 5,000. The club rose back up to Serie A in 1998 and additional makeshift stands were added, bringing capacity back up to 13,400, but it has since been reduced again to the current capacity of 7,450.

The stadium is notable as it is primarily accessible by boat.


The club was founded as Venezia Foot Ball Club on 14 December 1907,[1] by members of two local sports clubs coming together; Palestra Marziale and Costantino Reyer. It was originally based at Campo San Bartolomeo in the city of Venice. Fifteen men including the first president Davide Fano were involved in the club's founding;.[1] In 1919, the name was translated into Italian as Associazione Calcio Venezia.

The most notable trophy success in Venezia's history is winning the Coppa Italia during the 1940–41 season. The Cup-winning Venezia team included some of the players who went on to form the Torino F.C. side of the 1940s who died in the Superga air disaster in 1949, such as Ezio Loik and Valentino Mazzola.

In 1941–42, Venezia earned its highest ever Serie A position, finishing in third place in the league.

A.C. Venezia 1907

In the summer 1990, the club was renamed Associazione Calcio Venezia 1907.

Venezia has spent the majority of its history in Serie A and Serie B, Italy's two top divisions. The club was last relegated from Serie A in 2002. This last season in Serie A began a period of decline for the club. Frustrated with the team and the inability to agree on plans for a larger stadium with the local council, then president Maurizio Zamparini decided to purchase U.S. Città di Palermo, and he took with him a large portion of the squad.

Notable recent former players include Álvaro Recoba, Filippo Maniero and Christian Vieri.

In 2002 the club was relegated to Serie B and declared insolvent because of bankruptcy.[2]

S.S.C. Venezia

In the summer 2005 the club was refounded as Società Sportiva Calcio Venezia and was admitted in Serie C2 due to Lodo Petrucci.

At the end of the 2008–09 Lega Pro Prima Divisione season, the club was declared bankrupt.

Foot Ball Club Unione Venezia

After the club's second bankruptcy, the club was re-founded as Foot Ball Club Unione Venezia, and was admitted to Serie D – the top level non-professional league in Italian football.

in 2011–12, Venezia won the Scudetto Dilettanti.

Venezia Football Club

After the club's third bankruptcy, the club was re-founded as Venezia F.C. S.r.l.d., and was admitted to Serie D for the 2015–16 season.

In October 2015, New York lawyer Joe Tacopina and a group of American investors announced the purchase of Venezia.[3] Tacopina was previously the President of Bologna and is also the former Vice President and minority investor in A.S. Roma.

In Tacopina's first season, Venezia earned promotion to Lega Pro.

On 7 June 2016, Filippo Inzaghi was hired as the new coach of club.[4] On 19 April 2017, Venezia managed to beat Parma to top spot in Lega Pro and eventually gaining a promotion to Serie B.[5] The team finished 5th in points, and lost the promotion semifinals to Palermo.

Current squad

As of 14 August, 2018

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Davide Facchin
3 DF Matteo Bruscagin
4 DF Siniša Anđelković
5 DF Mauro Coppolaro (on loan from Udinese)
6 DF Maurizio Domizzi
7 MF Simone Bentivoglio
8 MF Sergiu Suciu
9 FW Gianmarco Zigoni
10 FW Gianni Fabiano
11 FW Harvey St Clair
12 GK Guglielmo Vicario
13 DF Marco Modolo
14 DF Marco Pinato (on loan from Sassuolo)
17 FW Davide Marsura
No. Position Player
18 MF Jacopo Segre (on loan from Torino)
19 FW Álex Geijo
20 MF Francesco Di Mariano
21 MF Andrea Schiavone
22 GK Luca Lezzerini
23 MF Marcello Falzerano
25 DF Francesco Cernuto
26 DF Agostino Garofalo
27 DF Giuseppe Zampano
28 FW Nicola Citro (on loan from Frosinone)
29 FW Gianluca Litteri
30 DF Lorenzo Migliorelli (on loan from Atalanta)
32 FW Giacomo Vrioni (on loan from Sampdoria)

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
GK Stefano Camerlengo (at Clodiense S.S.D.)
MF Youssef Maleh (at Ravenna F.C.)
No. Position Player
FW Samuele Chicchiarelli (at Carrarese Calcio)
FW Giuseppe Caccavallo (at Viareggio 2014)

Colours, badge and nicknames

Venezia's original kit.

Originally Venezia's colours were blue and red and the shirt features halves in those colours, the kit was very similar to that of Genoa.[6] However just a year after the club founded, it changed colours to black and green in 1908.[6]

Much later, in 1987 when the club merged with a local side Associazione Calcio Mestre from Mestre who wore orange and black,[7] orange would also become one of Venezia's official colours, giving them the nickname arancioneroverdi ("orange-black-greens").[8] Venezia's colours and kit are very distinctive; the shirt, shorts and socks are usually black with the shirt having a green and orange trim.

The symbol of the Venetian club is a winged-lion (see Lion of Venice), commonly mistaken for a griffin. The golden winged-lion is the official symbol carries by the city of province of Venice;[9] the symbol has led to one of the club's most popular nicknames in the form of leoni alati ("winged-lions").[8]

As the club has been renamed numerous times during its history, the badge has also changed several times; the most common one features the golden winged lion, along with the green and orange club colours with a golden border.[10] As the city of Venice is situated on the Venetian Lagoon, the club is also nicknamed lagunari ("Lagoonal ones").[11]



Coppa Italia:

  • Winners (1): 1940–41

Serie B:

  • Champions (2): 1960–61; 1965–66
  • Runners-up (3): 1938–39; 1948–49; 1997–98
  • Promoted (1): 2000–01

Serie C / Serie C1:

  • Champions (3): 1935–36; 1955–56; 2016–17
  • Runners-up (1): 1990–91

Coppa Italia Lega Pro

Serie C2:

  • Champions (1): 2005–06
  • Runners-up (1): 1987–88

Serie D:

  • Scudetto Dilettanti: Winners 1: 2011–12
  • Winners (2): 1982–83, 2011–12
  • Runners-up (1): 1978–79


  1. 1 2 "La Storia del Venezia". 24 June 2007.
  2. 2001–02 Serie A#League table
  3. US lawyer Joe Tacopina buys Italian club Venezia
  4. "Ufficiale: Pippo Inzaghi allenatore del Venezia". Sport Mediaset (in Italian). 7 June 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  5. "THE REBIRTH OF VENEZIA FC". 19 Apr 2017.
  6. 1 2 "Storia". Venezia Calcio. 24 June 2007.
  7. "Italian Ultras Scenedate=29 June 2007". View from the Terrace. Archived from the original on 8 May 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2009.
  8. 1 2 "SSC Venezia Information". 24 June 2007.
  9. "Stemma Provincia di Venezia". Comuni-Italiani. 24 June 2007.
  10. "SSC Venezia". 24 June 2007.
  11. "La presunta combine Genova-Venezia Preziosi: "Mai fatto quella chiamata"". 24 June 2007.
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