Calcio Padova

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Calcio Padova
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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) Biancoscudati (White-Shielded),
Patavini (Patavins)
Founded 29 January 1910; 108 years ago (1910-01-29)
Ground Stadio Euganeo,
Padua, Italy
Capacity 32,420 (often limited to 18,060)
Chairman Giuseppe Bergamin
Manager Claudio Foscarini
League Serie B
2017–18 Serie C/B, 1st (promoted)
Website Club website

Calcio Padova S.p.A. is an Italian football club, based in Padua, Veneto. The club was founded in 1910. Padova currently play in Serie 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 to Football Padova in order to allow the new iteration of Padova to use the original name of the club, Calcio Padova in 2015.


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 1994/95, Padova looked like fulfilling most experts' predictions of a swift return. 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 in 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 season 2008–2009.

In total, Calcio Padova took part to 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 ended as 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.[1]

Biancoscudati Padova

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.[2]

The first official match was Biancoscudati Padova-Castellana (2–0), valid for the Coppa Italia Serie D, played 24 August 2014.[3]

On 19 April 2015, by virtue of a 2–1 success in the field of Legnago, the venetian team reaches mathematics promotion in the Lega Pro.[4]

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

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.[6]


Vincenzo Italiano, former captain of Padova.


First team squad

As of 31 August, 2018.[7]

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

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Samuele Perisan (on loan from Udinese)
3 Italy DF Sergio Contessa
4 Italy MF Riccardo Serena
5 Italy DF Trevor Trevisan
6 Italy DF Pietro Ceccaroni (on loan from Spezia)
7 Italy MF Nico Pulzetti (Captain)
8 Italy MF Mattia Minesso
9 Italy FW Marco Guidone
10 Italy MF Vincenzo Sarno
11 Italy MF Giampiero Pinzi
12 Italy GK Alessandro Favaro
13 Italy DF Daniele Capelli
14 Italy DF Eyob Zambataro (on loan from Atalanta)
15 France MF Jérémie Broh (on loan from Sassuolo)
16 Italy DF Nicola Madonna
18 Italy MF Davide Mazzocco
No. Position Player
20 Italy DF Luca Ravanelli (on loan from Sassuolo)
21 Italy MF Davide Marcandella
22 Italy GK Davide Merelli
23 Italy DF Daniel Cappelletti
25 Italy MF Luca Belingheri
26 Italy FW Andrea Cisco (on loan from Sassuolo)
27 Italy FW Federico Bonazzoli (on loan from Sampdoria)
28 Italy FW Alessandro Capello (on loan from Cagliari)
29 Italy DF Alessandro Vogliacco (on loan from Juventus)
30 Italy MF Matteo Scevola
32 Italy MF Francesco Della Rocca
33 Italy DF Simone Salviato
34 Italy FW Matteo Chinellato
35 Italy MF Matteo Mandorlini
38 Italy MF Luca Clemenza (on loan from Juventus)

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
Italy GK Piero Burigana (at Belluno)
Italy GK Placido Castaldo (at Gela)
Italy DF Pietro Bonato (at San Donà U-19)
No. Position Player
Italy MF Enrico Piovanello (at Bari)
Brazil FW Caio De Cenco (at Südtirol)
Italy FW Davide Rosso (at Bologna U-19)

Current coaching staff

As of 9 July 2017.[8]
Position Name
Head coach Pierpaolo Bisoli
Assistant coach Andrea Bergamo
Goalkeeping coach Adriano Zancopè
Fitness coach Giacomo Tafuro
Fitness coach Paolo Tassetto
Team leader Marcelo Mateos


  1. ^ (in Italian) Info on
  2. ^ "Avv. Chiacchio: "Non solo l'ACP1910 ha fatto richiesta di ammissione alla D, ma è arrivata anche la risposta. Padova caso clamoroso, poteva essere in B"" (in Italian). 20 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Biancoscudati Padova, buona la prima davanti a 2.000 spettatori" (in Italian). 24 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  4. ^ Il Padova torna nel calcio che conta: battuto il Legnago, è Lega Pro!
  5. ^ (in Italian) Definito il cambio di ragione sociale in Biancoscudati Padova Spa
  6. ^ (in Italian) Ora è davvero ufficiale, torniamo a chiamarci CALCIO PADOVA
  7. ^ "Squad season 2017/2018". Padova Calcio. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Squad season 2015/2016". Calcio Padova. Retrieved 20 March 2016.

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