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Calcio Padova is an Football in Italy club, based in Padua, Veneto. The club was founded in 1910. Padova is playing in Serie B, having last been in Serie A in 1996. The team's colors are red and white.

Some of the famous players who played for Padova include Kurt Hamrin, Walter Zenga, Angelo Di Livio, Alessandro Del Piero, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Demetrio Albertini, Goran Vlaović, Alexi Lalas, and Giuseppe Galderisi.


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 A.C. 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 needed a play-off against Genoa Cricket & Football Club to stave off relegation, 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 Lega Pro Prima Divisione 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/Serie 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.


- 29 January 1910 – founded
- 1922–23 – Italian Football Championship: Italian Football Championship 1922-23, qualified for semi-final round
- 1929–30 – Serie A: among the 18 teams who formed the first Serie A championship (17th place, relegated)
- 1931–32 – Serie B: Serie B 1931-32, promoted to Serie A 1932-33
- 1933–34 – Serie A: 16th, relegated to Serie B
- 1934–35 – Serie B: (girone B): 10th, relegated to Serie C
- 1936–37 – Serie C (girone A): 1st place, promoted to Serie B 1937-38
- 1947–48 – Serie B (girone B): Serie B 1947-48, promoted to Serie A 1948-49
- 1951–52 – Serie A: 19th, relegated to Serie B
- 1954–55 – Serie B: 2nd, promoted to Serie A 1955-56
- 1957–58 – Serie A: Serie A 1957-58
- 1961–62 – Serie A: 16th, relegated to Serie B, never back to Serie A for 32 years
- 1966–67 – Coppa Italia: runner-up, after beating Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli in quarter final and Football Club Internazionale Milano in semi-final, lost 1–0 to Associazione Calcio Milan in final (played in Rome)
- 1968–69 – Serie B: 20th, relegated to Serie C
- 1978–79 – Serie C1 (girone A): 16th, relegated to Serie C2
- 1980–81 – Serie C2 (girone B): 1st place, promoted to Serie C1
- 1980–81 – Coppa Italia Serie C: winners
- 1982–83 – Serie C1 (girone A): 2nd place, promoted to Serie B 1983-84
- 1983 – Anglo-Italian Cup: runner-up
- 1984–85 – Serie B: relegated to Serie C1 for Caso Padova
- 1986–87 – Serie C1 (girone A): 2nd place, promoted to Serie B 1987-88
- 1993–94 – Serie B: Serie B 1993-94, promoted to Serie A 1994-95 (after play-off with A.C. Cesena)
- 1994–95 – Serie A: 14th (after play-out with Genoa C.F.C.)
- 1995–96 – Serie A: 18th place, relegated to Serie B 1996-97
- 1997–98 – Serie B: 19th, relegated to Serie C1
- 1998–99 – Serie C1 (girone A): 14th, lost play-outs to Calcio Lecco 1912, relegated to Serie C2
- 2000–01 – Serie C2 (girone A): 1st place, promoted to Serie C1
- 2002–03 – Serie C1 (girone A): 5th, lost play-offs semi-finals to U.C. AlbinoLeffe
- 2008–09 – Lega Pro Prima Divisione (girone A): 4th place, won play-offs to Ravenna Calcio (semi-finals) and Aurora Pro Patria 1919 (finals), promoted to Serie B 2009-10
- 2009–10 – Serie B, 19th place, remained in Serie B after beating Triestina with 3–0 aggregate after play-outs.
- 2010-11 - Serie B, 5th place, remained in Serie B after losing the play-off against Novara Calcio

Playing squad

Out on loan

Notable former players

- Giorgio Treves de'Bonfili
- Nereo Rocco
- Aurelio Scagnellato
- Alessandro Del Piero
- Demetrio Albertini
- Angelo Di Livio
- Giuseppe Galderisi
- Alexi Lalas
- Walter Zenga
- Kurt Hamrin
- Stephan El Shaarawy
- Vincenzo Iaquinta
- Goran Vlaović

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