is a football (soccer) club from Italy.
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A.S. Varese 1910 is an Football in Italy club from Varese, founded 22 March 1910. It currently plays in Serie B, ranked one division below Serie A in the Italian football league.
The club was formed on 22 March 1910, as Varese Football Club, with the goal of promoting football and other open air games. All members, both players and management, paid dues of 1 Lira every month. The club's colours were white and purple and the local market place doubled as the club's first ground. A rope fenced off the pitch from the public, and dressing rooms were improvised in an alley restaurant.
The club played numerous friendly matches before joining any sort of league or organised competition. Early opponents included the "Aurora" of Busto Arsizio, the "Libertas" of Gallarate, the Luino, the Unione Sportiva Milanese, the Ausonia, and the great Internazionale Milano F.C.. The club took the first steps on the Italian league ladder by entering the Lega Regionale Lombarda
in 1914, and the first official championship saw the Varesini
playing in their original colours of purple and white silk. The club's American Goalkeeper (association football), Sormani, distinguished himself in this first official season as one of Varese's star players.
In May 1915 the war interrupted the season, but by 1919, World War I had ended and life returned to its regular rhythm with a resurgence of interest in football and other recreational activities.
In 1926–27, the club's colours became white and red ("bianco-rosso"), to match the colours of the city. In the quarter of Masnago, a stadium named Stadio del Littorio
was constructed. It was renamed in September 1950 to Stadio Franco Ossola
, in honour of a player who had transferred from Varese to Torino Calcio and died in the in 1949 Superga air disaster.
Varese, a town not far from Milan, is highly regarded by various athletes who dress "bianco-rosso" (white-red) thanks to Military Territorial Compartments (between the most known players Giuseppe Meazza).
In 1964, with the entrepreneur Giovanni Borghi as president, the Varese achieved a place in Serie A after two consecutive promotions from the Serie C. Among the notable players who have worn the white and red shirt are Pietro Anastasi, Roberto Bettega, and the Football World Cup winners Claudio Gentile, Giampiero Marini and Riccardo Sogliano. After a decade in the top-flight, the golden era of Varese ended with relegation in 1975.
Since further relegation in 1985, the club had not succeeded in returning to Serie B: 10 of the next 20 seasons were spent in C2, where the club were readmitted after promotion from Campionato Nazionale Dilettanti in 1994.
The club returned to the C1 Series within four years thanks to the work of general manager Stefano Capozucca, brought to Varese by the entrepreneur Claudio Milanese, who was then co-owner of the club with the President, Paolo Binda, and other lesser associates.
In 2001, after financial conflicts between entrepreneur Gianvittorio Gandolfi and sponsors SiViaggi and Cit, the Turri family arrived at the club, bringing a series of innovations but also of problems and unkept promises. In the summer of 2004, under the Turri-Tacconi co-presidency, came economic financial ruin that made the club sink to its lowest ebb.
In July 2004, the bankrupt Varese Football Club was reformed under a new board, and called A.S. Varese 1910. The club was forced to start afresh in the Eccellenza league. The Sogliano family took control of the team, with Riccardo Sogliano assuming overall control. The former player of Varese and A.C. Milan, has experience controlling clubs in Serie A; Parma F.C and the Genoa C.F.C.
In its first season the new board suffered from delay and inexperience, and promotion to Serie D was missed narrowly due to points dropped early on in the season to the club's eventual title-rivals. Club President Peo Maroso and General Manager Luca Sogliano, son of Riccardo and also a former player, decided to instate a new first-team coach from within. Devis Mangia, at just 32 years of age, is the youngest head coach of the division and, probably, the entire league.
The club has also had problems with its supporters (in particular a supporters group named "Blood and Honour") who treated black players badly. It happened in spring of 2002 with French players, Mohamed Benhassen, Samir Benhassen and the Cameroonian goalkeeper, Andrè Joel Eboué
In season 2005/2006, Varese won the Serie D/A league, thus gaining promotion to Serie C2, three matches before the end of the season.
In season 2008/2009, they won the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione, and were promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione, the third level of Italian football system. Varese finished 2nd in Girone (Group) A of League Pro Prima Divisione and qualified for promotion play-offs at next season. Varese defeated Benevento Calcio in semi-final and U.S. Cremonese in final and returned to Serie B after 25 years of absence with making second consecutive promotion.
Out on loan
Notable former players
This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.
- André-Joël Eboué
- Nestor Combin
- Horst Szymaniak
- Pietro Anastasi
- Federico Balzaretti
- Fabio Bazzani
- Roberto Bettega
- Roberto Boninsegna
- Egidio Calloni
- Giorgio Dellagiovanna
- Antonio Di Natale
- Dario Dolci
- Claudio Gentile
- Benito Lorenzi
- Massimo Maccarone
- Giampiero Marini
- Alessandro Mazzola (footballer born 1969)
- Giuseppe Meazza
- Giorgio Morini
- Sergio Pellissier
- Gianluca Pessotto
- Armando Picchi
- Benito Sarti
- Giovanni Trapattoni
- Paolo Vanoli
- Jero Shakpoke
- Antonio Esposito