The Years 2000
The 2002/2003 Season, Serie C1
Adriano Cadregari was the manager of the team of that year. Reggiana didn’t start badly, but, after three draws and one win, the granata endured the first defeat of the season against Arezzo (3-4). From that moment ongoing the team collected a neverending number of draws (18 total in 34 games) and Reggiana falls in the play-out zone. The team avoids the play outs in spite of the fact that it finished the season with the same points as Spal and Lucchese that went to the play out Russian roulette. Reggiana scored a total of 45 goals (Giandomenico nine goals, Bizzarri six goals, Makinwa and Minetti three goals) but conceded the same amount of them.
The 2003/2004 Season, Serie C1
Adriano Cadregari is still the manager of the team. But he is soon to be fired and in his place, is called Sala as the new manager. The team after a very unconvincing start of the season endures some heavy defeats. In the second part of the season, Reggiana collects nine losses and Cadregari is called by in place of Sala. Cadregari leaves the place before the playouts and is substituted by Bruno Giordano. Reggiana plays against Varese in the playout and avoids relegation for its best position in the final table (wins the first leg 1-0 but loses the second one 2-1).
The 2004/2005 Season, Serie C1
The team has been turned upside down by the new director of football, Valentini. The team gets off a good start of the season with two draws and a rumbling win against Giulianova (5-0). Reggiana wins two games in a row, one of them against Napoli in front of 18.000 people. The team plays well and reaches the playoff. Reggiana plays against Avellino in the first playoff round and has to do it in Cremona because the Giglio stadium is not available for the construction works of the “I Petali” mall. By all means, the Granata have the support of 8.000 people who moved to Cremona to watch the game. In spite of a hard fought game, Avellino wins 2-1 the first leg. Reggiana gets close to the “miracle” but in the end, it’s eliminated by drawing 2-2. Avellino will reach the promotion in Serie B by beating Napoli in the play-off final.
After the bitter final of the season, the club drama explodes. Reggiana runs out of business because of the excessive amount of debts accumulated in the course of the last ten years. Fans manifest in the city square and ask Mayor Delrio to intervene to save professional football in Reggio Emilia. At first, several local entrepreneurs give birth Reggio Emilia F.C. Shortly after that courageus are joined by other professionals and members of Confindustria and Lega delle Cooperative. In the meantime, the club owns back its badge and the name and enrolls at the “11th hour” at the C2 League as Ac Reggiana 1919 SpA. Its president is Vando Veroni.
The 2005/2006 Season, Serie C2
The team is managed by Mr. Luciano Foschi. The start is not what every fan hoped for but Reggiana recovers in the second part of the season, piling up wins and points. The playoff is missed by a thin margin. However, taking into account the premises, the city can accept the outcome.
The 2006/2007 Season, Serie C2
Luciano Foschi is still the manager at the beginning of the season. Unfortunately for him, the team underperforms, and the manager is fired after four games into the season. Foschi is replaced by Alessandro Pane, and the team reaches the playoff with the solid contribution of some young (and bright) talent like Andrea Catellani and Simone Gozzi. The team cruises against Cisco Roma in semifinals and plays against Paganese in the play-off final. In front of more than 7000 people, Reggiana wins the first game 1-0 but lose the second leg and the dream of the promotion in C1 too.
The 2007/2008 Season, Serie C2
The promotion in Serie C1 is the goal. The start of the season is very promising thanks to four wins in a row and the level of performance of the newcomers Alessi and Grieco. After a moment of flexion, the team starts to run again and engages a hard fought duel with Bassano for the first place in the table. Reggiana and Bassano draw 1-1 in the matchup in Reggio, and the latter keep the first place on the table. The direct promotion looks out of reach, but the team doesn’t give up. Reggiana wins three games in a row, while Bassano loses. The granata fly at the top of the table with three points of advantage over Bassano before the last game of the season. It only takes one point to fulfill the dream of the Serie C1 in Castelnuovo Garfagnana. That so much wanted point eventually arrives, and it’s Serie C1… In the end!
The 2008/2009 Season, Prima Divisione
Back in the Italian third division, the club tries another jump: the one in Serie B. The front office builds a competitive team that regularly stays in the play off positions. Unfortunately, the promotions slip away in clutch time. There are the playoffs. In the first leg of the semifinals against Pro Patria, Reggiana falls from 3-0 ahead to lose 4-5 at home. Same thing in the second leg, with Granata ahead 2-0 but lost 3-2 and Reggiana that is eliminated.
The 2009/2010 Season, Prima Divisione
The season opens up with a lot of uncertainties at ownership level with the major shareholders who declare they want to sell their stakes to the club, but the team managed by Mr. Loris Dominissini, after an awkward start, rights the ship and find itself at the top of the table. Unfortunately, Lady Luck doesn’t smile at the granata that lose important players like Saverino, Rossi, Zini and Stefano and arrive at the playoffs without energy. In the playoff semifinals against Pescara, the team draws 0-0 in the first leg and loses in Pescara the second one and gets eliminated
The 2010/2011 Season, Prima Divisione
The club lives a troubling summer, with its uncertainties about the future. On the 28th of October 2010, the club had a new president, Alessandro Barilli, and Campani and Villirillo as shareholders. Amedeo Mangone is the new manager and the team fights to enter into the playoff but the loss against Salernitana, two games before the end of the regular season, shatters the postseason dreams.
The 2011/2012 Season, Prima Divisione
It’s a difficult season this one. Amedeo Mangone is confirmed as the manager of the team, but the team is very inconsistent and can’t find the right rhythm during the first part of the season in spite of the return of the forward Paolo Rossi who was the greatest threat the year before breaking his ACL in Verona. Mangone is fired and arrives Lamberto Zauli. The team improves, Rossi and Beppe Alessi (13 goals in the end for him that season) provides an extraordinary level of performance, but Reggiana, in the end, can avoid relegation.
The 2012/2013 Season, Prima Divisione
Lamberto Zauli is confirmed at the helm of the team, but the results are utterly negative. Zauli is fired, and Luigi Apolloni comes to Reggio as a substitute. Apolloni is a former player of Reggiana (he played for the Granata in the 1986/1987 season), but the team keeps playing poorly. After a long streak of negative results, club president Barilli recalls Zauli for the final part of the season. The team is forced to save the entire season and avoid a hurting relegation against Cuneo in the play out. Reggiana draws 1-1 the first leg and is forced to win the second one in Cuneo.
It was a neverending day for all the Reggiana supporters because everyone knew that the team had only one results to avoid the relegation: winning in Cuneo in the second leg of the Prima Divisione play out.
The balance is broken at the 46′ of the first half when the referee calls for a penalty for the Granata on a foul on Iraci. Beppe Alessi kicks the penalty and scores.
Reggiana ahead 1-0 at the half. The second one is real suffering, with the team left with ten men but the Cuneo’s pressure is useless thanks to the big saves of the goalie Bellucci and some good luck.
Cuneo-Reggiana 0-1 and the Granata “stay up.”
The 2013/2014 Season, Prima Divisione
Pier Luigi Battistini is the new manager of Reggiana, coming from a streak of good seasons in Perugia. The team plays a decent level of football, but with no consistency, whatsoaver to fight for the top of the table. Between the end of the first part of the season and the second part, the team enters in a slump that leads to the firing of Battistini and the call of Marcello Montanari for the last part of the season.
The 2014/2015 Season, LegaPro
The club decides to take a different direction and changes almost everything in the technical staff. Alberto Colombo is the new manager of the team.
Since the beginning, the team shows a good level of football and Reggiana is steadily in the top positions of the table. The team is also able to inspire a lot of enthusiasm in the city that supports the team as much as possible.
Reggiana reaches the playoffs and tries to conquer the Serie B.
In the playoff; the first hurdle is Ascoli. Reggiana defeats the bianconeri 4-2 at the extra time with goals by Bruccini, Spanò, Ruopolo (14 goals in the season) and Giannone.
In the semifinal, Reggiana plays against Bassano. The first leg is played at the Reggio stadium in front of almost 11.000 fans in the stands. The match finishes 0-0, and the everything will be decided in the second one in Bassano. The regulations end 1-1 (Angiulli answers the goal by Pietribiasi).
The extra time sees no goals. Hence everything will be decided by the penalty lottery. Iocolano (Bassano) scores the decisive penalty, the one that abruptly ends the dream of the Granata.