AC Cesena

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AC Cesena
Basic data
Surname Associazione Calcio Cesena SpA
Seat Cesena , Italy
founding 1940
resolution 2018
Colours White black
president ItalyItaly Igor Campedelli
First soccer team
Head coach ItalyItaly Fabrizio Castori
Venue Stadio Dino Manuzzi
Places 23,860
league Series D
2017/18 13th place ( Serie B )    

The AC Cesena (officially: Associazione Calcio Cesena ) was an Italian football club from the Romagna city ​​of Cesena . The nickname of the association is Cavallucci Marini ( German  Die Seepferdchen ).



Before the Second World War , there was an association in Cesena called US Renato Serra , named after a young poet who died near Cesena in the First World War . When the Second World War began and Italy fought on the side of Hitler Germany , all players in the US Renato Serra had to take part in the war effort. Thereupon Count Alberto Rognoni founded the AC Cesena in 1940. The club initially consisted of three members, Count Alberto Rognoni, student of law at the University of Modena , Arnaldo Pantani, former soccer player of AC Prato , and Renato Piraccini, former director of US Renato Serra. A short time later, at the first meeting of the newly founded club, the club's colors were set to black and white. The first president was Alberto Rognoni, who held this office until 1964. Arnaldo Pantani became the first coach. AC Cesena saw its first game in November 1940 in a 1: 8 against Rimini Calcio .

1940s to 1970s

In the first year after the establishment, the year 1941, when the Italian football from the great team of AC Turin , the so-called Grande Torino was dominated, the AC Cesena promotion to the Serie C . There the club took third place in the first season of the Girone F. After a short excursion into Serie B , AC Cesena established itself in the following years in Serie C. In 1957 a new stadium was built in Cesena, which the name Stadio La Fiorita and held 30,000 spectators. The stadium was renamed in 1982 in Stadio Dino Manuzzi ( Dino Manuzzi (1907-1982) was from 1964 to 1980 second president of AC Cesena).

In the 1967/68 season, the AC Cesena succeeded for the first time in a good 20 years of promotion to Serie B. In the first year, the club only narrowly escaped relegation after finishing 16th. The same table position occupied Cesena 1970/71 after reaching 11th place the year before. But then things got better. In 1971/72 AC Cesena was still in 6th place, but a year later the club secured promotion to Serie A for the first time as second behind CFC Genoa .

1970s to 1990s

After being promoted to the top Italian division in the previous season, AC Cesena reached 11th place in their debut season in Serie A when they won the title of Lazio Rome , while US Foggia , CFC Genoa and Hellas Verona were relegated to Serie B. A year later they managed to stay in the league again with 11th place. This time Vicenza Calcio , Ternana Calcio and Varese FC had to relegate . In the 1975/76 season, AC Cesena finished sixth, which meant that the club was allowed to participate in the UEFA Cup the following season . There, it came in the first round to clash with the East German club 1. FC Magdeburg . After a 3-0 defeat in Magdeburg and a 3-1 defeat in Cesena, however, the end followed in the first round, while league rivals Juventus Turin won the title. In the year of the UEFA Cup participation, so in the 1976/77 season, AC Cesena rose from the bottom of the table together with Sampdoria Genoa and US Catanzaro from Serie A. After three years in Serie B, Cesena rose back to Serie A in 1981 as third in the table behind AC Milan and CFC Genoa. There they stayed for two seasons before relegation to Serie B in 1983. After several promotions and relegations you saw the AC Cesena in the 1990/91 season for the time being for the last time in the first Italian league.

1990s to 2000s

In 1994, three years after relegation from Serie A, AC Cesena finished fifth in Serie B, whereupon they were allowed to play play-off games for promotion, but where they lost to Calcio Padova . In 1997 the club then rose together with Cosenza Calcio , US Palermo and US Cremonese in the C1 series, now called Lega Pro Prima Divisione . There, with a sovereign first place, the direct rise before Cremonese succeeded. After two years you had to go back to the Lega Pro Prima Divisione after losing play-out games against AC Pistoiese . After returning to Serie B in 2003, AC Cesena stayed in the second division until 2008. During this time, Cesena failed in the play-offs for promotion to Turin in 2006 . In 2008 it went back to the Lega Pro Prima Divisione, where the team rose again. In the following season in Serie B , AC Cesena managed the surprise and, thanks to an excellent defense, achieved promotion to Serie A with second place behind US Lecce , for the first time in 20 years.

From 2010

Promotion coach Pierpaolo Bisoli resigned after the promotion, switched to Cagliari Calcio and was replaced in Cesena by Massimo Ficcadenti . This led the newcomer to surprisingly sovereign relegation and finished with his team in 15th place in Serie A 2010/11 with seven points ahead of the first relegation place, which was also surprisingly occupied by Sampdoria Genoa . After the season Ficcadenti resigned and, like Bisoli a year earlier, took over the coaching position in Cagliari. Successor in Cesena was Marco Giampaolo this time , who did not bring the hoped-for success. Despite three coach changes in the 2011/12 season, the company failed to keep up and AC Cesena had to go after they had only 22 points in Serie A 2011/12 on the credit side was last, relegated to Serie B after two years.


On July 16, 2018, the club went bankrupt after 78 years. A successor club was founded on July 23, 2018 under the name ASD Romagna Centro Cesena , after the newly founded club, the starting place of the ASD Romagna Centro , accepted the starting place in the four-class Serie D and was incorporated into the new club.

Former players

Former trainers


Once, AC Cesena was able to qualify for a European Cup competition. In the first round of the UEFA Cup in 1976/77 to hit the 1. FC Magdeburg from the GDR and was eliminated despite a 3: 1 success in the second leg of after the first leg 0: 3 defeat was.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Fallimento Ac Cesena: c'è la sentenza = 16 July 2018 ( Italian ) In: AC Cesena . Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  2. Scelta la cordata di Pubblisole, nasce la nuova avventura del "Cesena FC" (Italian) . In: Cesena Today , July 23, 2018. Retrieved August 6, 2018.