Carpi F.C. 1909

Carpi Football Club 1909 is an Italian professional football club based in Carpi a city in the province of Modena. The club was founded in 1909 and re-founded in 2000.[1]

Full nameCarpi Football Club 1909 S.r.l.
Nickname(s)i Biancorossi (The White-and-Reds)
Founded1909; 112 years ago (1909)
GroundStadio Sandro Cabassi
ChairmanFederico Marcellusi
ManagerSandro Pochesci
LeagueSerie C Group B
2020–21Serie C Group B, 15th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Carpi's colours are white and red, hence the nickname "Biancorossi".[1] At the end of the 2012–13 season, Carpi won their first promotion to Serie B. On 28 April 2015, the Biancorossi won their first promotion to Serie A, but were relegated back to Serie B after only one season. The Golden Era ended in 2019, with the relegation back in Serie C after five seasons in Serie B and one season in Serie A.

In its history, the Biancorossi have won a handful of league titles, including: the old Lega Pro Seconda Divisione; Serie B once; Serie C once; and Serie D four times. At the regional level, Carpi has won Promozione, Prima Divisione, and two Prima Categoria titles.[1]


A.C. Carpi (1909–2000)

The club was founded in the summer of 1909 by local student Adolfo Fanconi as Jucunditas (Latin for "gaiety"), and changed their denomination to Associazione Calcio Carpi a few years later.[2] Carpi played three seasons in the Italian Football Championship, the precursor to Serie A, from the 1919–20 season until 1921–22. Starting from the 1930s, they mostly played between Serie C and Serie D. Carpi achieved their best result in 1997, a third-placed finish under coach Luigi De Canio which allowed them to play the Serie B promotion playoffs then lost to Monza.[2] The club was cancelled in 2000 following relegation to Serie D and subsequent bankruptcy.

Carpi F.C. 1909 (2000–present)

A new club, named Calcio Carpi, was therefore admitted to Eccellenza Emilia–Romagna. The club assumed the current denomination in 2002, following promotion to Serie D and a merger with the second team of the city, Dorando Pietri Carpi, that had just reached Serie D as well. Pietri Carpi also sold its license to Boca.

At the end of the 2009–10 season, through repechage due to the numbers of teams in financial difficulty, the club was admitted into Lega Pro Seconda Divisione. In 2010–11, the club's first season in the higher division, it was promoted again to Lega Pro Prima Divisione. In the 2011–12 season, as a result of the work being done on their stadium, the Sandro Cabassi, the team played in the Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore.

Serie B (2013)

In the season 2012–13 the team was promoted from Lega Pro Prima Divisione to Serie B for the first time ever when they defeated Lecce in the Girone A Play-off Final 2–1 on aggregate. This was the club's third promotion in just four seasons.

Carpi FC's first ever fixture at Serie B level ended in a 1–0 defeat away to Ternana on 24 August 2013. Their first win came in the manner of a 2–0 victory at Spezia courtesy of goals from Fabio Concas & Roberto Inglese. Carpi's first season in Serie B ended in a 12th-place finish, only three points away from a promotion play-off place, ensuring their place for another season.

Serie A debut promotion (2015)

The 2014–15 Serie B campaign saw Carpi, managed by experienced coach Fabrizio Castori, completing the first half of the season (21 games) in a surprising 1st place, with a record of 43 points and a nine-point advantage over second-placed Frosinone. On 28 April 2015, after a goalless draw with Bari, the club gained an historic first ever promotion to Serie A.

Carpi's first season saw a complete overhaul of the squad from the season previous, as a consequence of the departure of long-time director of football Cristiano Giuntoli, who had masterminded the club's rise from the amateur Serie D to the top flight, to Napoli; he was subsequently replaced by Sean Sogliano.

On 28 September 2015, after a 1–5 loss to Roma, the club announced it had relieved Castori of his coaching duties with immediate effect, replacing him with Giuseppe Sannino in the first managerial change of the 2015–16 Serie A season.[3] Carpi had achieved just two points from its opening six matches. On 3 November, the club performed a U-turn, and Castori was rehired.[4] The club's debut top-flight season ultimately ended in relegation by a single point, with the club having found itself in a relegation dogfight from virtually the start of the season.

The following season saw another complete reconstruction of the first-team, with several important players returning to their parent clubs from loan, as Carpi sought an immediate return to Serie A. It ended in heartbreak after they fell to Benevento in the play-off final.



  • Winners (1): 1922–23
  • Winners (1): 1945–46
  • Winners (3): 1963–64, 1973–74, 1977–78


Club records


Level Category Participation Debut Final season Total
Prima Categoria31919–201921–224
Serie A12015–16
Seconda Divisione41922–231925–268
Prima Divisione21926–271927–28
Serie B22013–142014–15
Prima Divisione71928–291934–3532
Serie C131936–371974–75
Serie C1101989–901998–99
Lega Pro Prima Divisione22011–122012–13
IV Serie51952–531958–59
Campionato Interregionale – Seconda Categoria11957–58
Campionato Interregionale11958–59
Serie D131962–631977–78
Serie C231978–791999–00
Lega Pro Seconda Divisione12010–11
Campionato Interregionale71981–821987–8816
Serie D91980–812009–10

In 81 football seasons starting from the onset at the national level in the Northern League in 1922:

Level Category Participation Debut Final season Total
Prima Divisione31935–361949–50
Prima Categoria31959–601961–62

In 12 seasons starting from the onset at the regional level in Promozione in 1914:


Record of appearances
  • 329 Claudio Pressich
  • 282 Aurelio Dotti
  • 254 Giancarlo Magnani
  • 243 Simone Teocoli
  • 239 Giuseppe Pantaleoni
  • 232 Carlo Forghieri
  • 226 Luigi Silvestri
  • 224 Vittorio Soliani
  • 220 Archimede Pellizzola
  • 217 Raffaello Papone
Record of goals
  • 78 Gianfranco Poletto
  • 78 Giorgio Vernizzi
  • 76 Armando Onesti
  • 57 Alberto Bonaretti
  • 50 Enrico Gherardi
  • 40 Marco Gibertini
  • 36 Mauro Sberveglieri
  • 34 Armando Aguzzoli
  • 33 Ennio Bergonzini
  • 33 Stefano Roncarati

Current squad

First team squad

As of 1 July 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK  ITA Alessio Pozzi
3 DF  ITA Simone Gozzi
3 DF  ITA Luca Ercolani
6 DF  ITA Fabio Varoli
8 MF  ITA Filippo Bellini
10 FW  ITA Carmine De Sena
11 MF  ITA Carlo Martorelli
12 GK  ITA Matteo Rossi
13 DF  MNE Minel Šabotić
14 FW  ITA Sebastiano Sassi
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF  ITA Romeo Giovannini
17 MF  ITA Niccolò Marcellusi
21 MF  CIV Lamine Fofana
22 GK  ITA Andrea Rossini
23 MF  ITA Michael Venturi
26 DF  ITA Matteo Lomolino
31 MF  ROU Andrei Moțoc
MF  ITA Federico Danovaro
FW  ITA Cristian Carletti

Notable former managers


  1. "Storia". Archived from the original on 29 August 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2007.
  2. "La storia" (in Italian). Carpi FC 1909. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 27 October 2007.
  3. "Giuseppe Sannino succeeds Fabrizio Castori as Carpi boss". ESPN FC. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  4. Official: Sannino out, Castori in at Carpi