Founded2000
GroundArena Civica,
Milan, Italy
Capacity35,000
ChairmanAlessandro Aleotti
ManagerAmedeo Mangone
LeaguePrima Categoria

Brera Football Club is an Italian association football located in Milan, Lombardy. It currently plays in Prima Categoria. The team plays its home matches in Arena Civica stadium.[1][2]

Colours

Its colours are green and black.

History

Brera Football Club was founded in 2000 by the young publisher and journalist Alessandro Aleotti. The first manager appointed was former Inter and Sampdoria goalkeeper Walter Zenga.[3][4] The team played its matches in the newly reopened Arena Civica,[5] but was relegated from Serie D. In the season 2003/2004, through a partnership with the FIGC and Carcere di Opera (one of the biggest prisons in Milan and in Italy), Brera founded FreeOpera Brera, a team composed of detainees.[6] Allowed to take part to 2003/2004 Terza Categoria, the team won the championship and was promoted to Seconda Categoria. The initiative obtained a lot of praise and RAI talked about it in a "Sfide" episode.[7] In the season 2006/2007 Brera, under the leading of coach Noureddine Zekri, obtained its first promotion, beating Bresso in the playoff and gaining the right to take part to Promozione the following season. In the season 2011/2012, after temporarily ceasing the first team's activity, Brera took part to the Torneo di Viareggio under the name of Brera Emergence Gabon, a team composed of young Gabonian footballers. In the season 2014/2015 the team, with Andrea Mazza appointed as coach, won its first championship, getting promoted from Seconda Categoria to Prima Categoria. In January 2016, in collaboration with the Serbian Roma actress and activist Dijana Pavlovic, Brera started managing the Romani People football team.[8][9][10] From 2016/2017 Brera played in Eccellenza and Enzo Gambaro has been appointed as new coach. Due to a poor beginning of season, in October 2016 Enzo Gambaro has resigned and has been replaced with former Brera manager Andrea Mazza. The season ended with the team's relegation and Andrea Mazza's resignment. In July Andrea Valle was appointed as new coach. The 2017/2018 season saw some changes on the roster side, as it was mostly composed by young foreign players: the adaption to the league was hard and, despite some outstanding performances, the team eventually got relegated. In August 2018 Marco Resca was appointed as new coach of the team now facing the Prima Categoria division. After a promising start, the team went through some tough time and in March, after Resca's resignation, former AS Roma defender Amedeo Mangone came in as new coach and led the team so a smooth season ending. The following season, with former Brera legend Marco Nichetti in charge of the team, was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which suspended the ongoing championship. In September 2020 Amedeo Mangone agreed on resuming his activity as Brera head coach.[11]

Notable managers

Notable players

Current squad

[12] 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 Italy ITA Jacopo Mancuso
2 DF The Gambia GAM Foday Jarju
3 DF Venezuela VEN Alfredo De Sousa
4 DF Italy ITA Massimo Michieli
5 DF The Gambia GAM Malang Tamba
6 MF Bolivia BOL Reny Valdivia
7 MF Peru PER Carlos Loayza
8 MF The Gambia GAM Abdoulie Thomas
9 FW Bolivia BOL Carlos Garcia
10 FW Italy ITA Alberto Paone (captain)
11 FW The Gambia GAM Mustapha Bah
12 GK Ecuador ECU Angelo Alvarado
No. Pos. Nation Player
13 DF Peru PER Leyther Cabrera
14 DF Morocco MAR Abdellah Bellali
15 DF The Gambia GAM Sulayman Bah
16 FW Italy ITA Francesco Marchetti
17 DF Mali MLI Siby Abdramane
18 MF The Gambia GAM Ousman Sonko
19 MF Peru PER Nilson Olaya
20 MF Bolivia BOL Luigi Bocapine
21 MF Guinea GUI Mohamed Cherif Camara

Current coaching, technical and administrative staff

Position[13]
President Alessandro Aleotti
Head Coach Amedeo Mangone
Club Manager Leonardo Aleotti
Assistant Coach Gianfranco Cotrina

References

  1. ^ "Terzo tempo e sociale: Ecco la realta' del Brera Calcio". 24 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-11. Retrieved 2016-04-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Domain Default page".
  4. ^ "Espulso e battuto l' esordio nero di mister Zenga - la Repubblica.it".
  5. ^ "Cibi esotici, bambini e calcio: Il Brera ha riaperto l' Arena".
  6. ^ http://milano.corriere.it/speciali/2003/09_Settembre/22/opera.shtml
  7. ^ ""Sfide" adotta il carcere di Opera".
  8. ^ "Romani People".
  9. ^ "Romani People Football Team AI Mondiali Conifa". 31 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Stateless populations find an international stage at the 2016 ConIFA World Cup".
  11. ^ "Brera F.C. » CLUB".
  12. ^ "Brera F.C. » Prima squadra".
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-11. Retrieved 2016-04-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)