Calcio Padova

Calcio Padova, commonly referred to as Padova, is an Italian football club based in Padua, Veneto. Founded in 1910, Padova currently play in Serie C Group B, having last been in Serie A in 1996. The team's official colours are white and red.

Full nameAssociazione 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)I Biancoscudati (The White-Shielded)
The Patavini (The Patavins)
Founded29 January 1910; 111 years ago (1910-01-29)
2014 (re-founded)
GroundStadio Euganeo,
Padua, Italy
Capacity32,420 (often limited to 18,060)
OwnerAmber Capital LP
ChairmanGiuseppe Bergamin
ManagerAndrea Mandorlini
LeagueSerie C Group B
2020–21Serie C Group B, 2nd of 20
WebsiteClub website

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.


In the 1940s, the team was coached by Béla Guttmann. 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 the 1994–95 season, Padova looked like fulfilling most experts' predictions of a swift return to Serie B. 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 contesting 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 2008–2009 season.

In total, Calcio Padova participated in 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 finished 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 16 July 2021.[7]

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 Gianmarco Vannucchi
4 DF  ITA Andrea Gasbarro
5 MF  ITA Simone Della Latta
7 FW  ITA Claudio Santini
8 MF  ITA Umberto Germano
9 MF  ISL Emil Hallfreðsson
10 MF  BRA Ronaldo (captain)
11 MF  SVN Enej Jelenič
12 GK  ITA Michele Voltan
13 DF  ITA Enrico Biancon
14 MF  ITA Aljosa Vasic
17 FW  ITA Tommaso Biasci
18 MF  TUN Saber Hraiech
19 DF  SVN Siniša Anđelković
20 FW  ITA Francesco Nicastro
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 GK  ITA Davide Merelli
23 FW  ITA Daniele Paponi
24 DF  ITA Carlo Pelagatti
25 DF  ITA Luca Rossettini
28 MF  ITA Alfredo Bifulco
29 FW  GUI Karamoko Cissé
DF  SEN Joel Baraye
DF  ITA Marco Ruggero
MF  ARG Nahuel Valentini
MF  ITA Davide Buglio
MF  ITA Simone Franchini
FW  COD Benjamin Mokulu
FW  ITA Luca Moro
FW  ITA Enrico Piovanello
FW  ITA Cosimo Chiricò

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
FW  ITA Edoardo Soleri (at Palermo)


Winners: 1979–80
Winners: 2018
Winners: 1947–48 (group B)
Winners: 1936–37 (group C), 2017–18 (group B)
Winners: 1980–81 (group B), 2000–01 (group A)
Winners: 2014–15 (group C)

Divisional movements

A 161995–96- 5 (1930, 1934, 1952, 1962, 1996)
B 382018–19 4 (1932, 1948, 1955, 1994) 6 (1935, 1969, 1985, 1998, 2014✟, 2019)
2020–21 5 (1937, 1983, 1987, 2009, 2018)
2 (1981 C2, 2001 C2)
2 (1979 C1, 1999 C1)

88 out of 89 years of professional football in Italy since 1929
D 12014–15 1 (2015)never