|Surname||Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor|
|Seat||Ferrara , Italy|
|First soccer team|
|Head coach||Luigi Di Biagio|
|Venue||Stadio Paolo Mazza|
|2019/20||20th place, Serie A|
The Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor (formerly AC Ferrara , SPAL 1907 , Real Spal and SPAL 2013 ), SPAL for short and generally known in German-speaking countries as SPAL Ferrara , is an Italian football club from the city of Ferrara , in the Emilia-Romagna region .
The club colors are white and blue. The name of the club means sports club ( ital. Società Polisportiva) skill and work ( lat. Ars et Labor). The club's stadium is the Stadio Paolo Mazza ; after an expansion in 2018, it now offers space for 16,000 spectators. Since the season 2017/18, the club again played by 49-year break in the top division in the Italian professional football, the Serie A . The team's nicknames are Spallini and Biancazzurri .
The club played first class from 1921, first in the regional championship of Emilia, later in the Lega Nord. After relegation in 1926, the club also missed qualification for the newly created Serie B in 1930 . It was not until 1933 that the promotion to the second class succeeded, from which they were relegated again in 1936. In the 1938/39 season they managed to return, which ended, however, with immediate relegation.
After the Second World War SPAL played since 1945 in the now comprehensive 36 Teams series B. 1951 succeeded the title and promotion to the Serie A . In the first two years positions were secured in the middle of the field.
In the 1953/54 season SPAL played against relegation and ended the round level on points with Udinese Calcio and US Palermo in 15th place, so playoffs were necessary to determine the seventeenth and relegated team from the three teams. After Udinese drew against the other two teams, SPAL managed a 2-1 win against Palermo, which meant relegation for SPAL and relegation for US Palermo.
In the following season SPAL occupied a relegation place, but the license withdrawals of Udinese Calcio and Catania Calcio meant relegation. The club occupied positions in the midfield in the following years, in 1960 the season was even finished fifth, tied with FC Bologna and Calcio Padova . 1964 ended the season in 17th place in the table and SPAL had to relegate to Serie B.
SPAL succeeded as third in the second division of the immediate promotion and was able to receive the class in Serie A with one point ahead of relegated Sampdoria Genoa . In 1968, the club had to again leave Serie A relegated, it was followed by the direct relegation to the Serie C .
It was not until 1973 that SPAL was promoted to the second tier, from which the club relegated in 1977. However, the team managed to get promoted again immediately. The class could be maintained until 1982, then the third-class C1 series. In 1989, the move to fourth class, the C2 series.
In 1991 SPAL was able to leave the C2 series again and even made it through to Series B. There, however, one point was missing to stay in the league and the club played again in Series C1. There, in the following years, the rise failed only in the relegation games. 1997 SPAL lost in the relegation games for relegation to the C2 series and had to return to the fourth division. As a master, the direct rise was achieved.
SPAL played in Serie C1 until 2005. Due to irregularities in the balance sheet, SPAL was sentenced to relegation to Serie C2, where the club played until 2008. After an eleventh place (2006) and a third place (2007), the team finished fourth in 2008, but was divided into the newly founded third-tier Lega Pro Prima Divisione , replacing Serie C1, due to the withdrawal of licenses from some teams in the third-highest division , in which they were in the Girone in 2009 A finished sixth and in 2010 in Girone B seventh place. In 2010/11 she competed in Girone A and in 2016 the team was promoted to Serie B. They achieved direct promotion to Serie A in the 2016/17 season and thus play first class again in the 2017/18 season after 49 years.
On December 8, 2014, Leonardo Semplici took over as coach from Oscar Brevi at SPAL . In February 2020, the relegation-threatened Club Semplici fired. He led the team from the third-tier Serie C to the Italian first division. He was succeeded by the former U-20 and U-21 men's national coach Luigi Di Biagio . He initially received a contract until the end of the season . Di Biagio should save the bottom of the table from relegation.
Current squad 2018/19
As of January 31, 2019
- Official website (Italian)
- Ferrara returns to Serie A. In: sport1.de . Sport1 , May 13, 2017, accessed June 2, 2017 .
- Coach led SPAL from third to first division - end of an era: Ferrara fires Semplici and brings Di Biagio. In: kicker.de. Kicker , February 10, 2020, accessed on February 10, 2020 .
- Squadra. In: spalferrara.it. Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor 2013, accessed March 2, 2018 (Italian).