Robur Siena

Founded In
Siena, Italy

Robur Siena

About Robur Siena

Associazione Calcio Siena was formed in 1904 as the football section of the Società Studio e Divertimento sports club. Initially called Società Sportiva Robur, the club became known as Associazione Calcio Siena ahead of the 1933-34 season.

The vast majority of the club's history has been spent in the lower levels of the Italian league system. In 1934-35, Siena were promoted to Serie B for the first time. In 1945-46, the club played its first ever season in the top flight, although the league had been mixed to include southern-based Serie B teams as a result of the Second World War. Due to the fact that Siena were not officially promoted to the top flight and the leagues were mixed up, it is not generally regarded as a top flight campaign. After the war, the club spent 55 years in the lower leagues.

At the end of the 1999-00 season, Siena were promoted to Serie B once again. Then, after the 2002-03 season, Siena were promoted to Serie A for the first time. Although Siena have never won a major domestic or continental trophy, the club has finally established itself in the Italian game and has bounced between Serie A and Serie B in recent seasons. The 2006-2007 was to prove the most dramatic in the clubs history as survival in the top division wasn't finalised until the last match of the season with a 2-1 win against Lazio.

Michele Mignani is viewed by most as the club's most legendary player. Mignani spent ten seasons with the club and captained the side during their first Serie A season. As a tribute, his shirt number (#4) was retired when he left the club in 2006. Other noteable players to represent Siena include Massimo Maccarone, Vincent Candela and Tore André Flo.

The club currently plays its home matches in the Stadio Artemio Franchi – Montepaschi Arena. The ground is named after the former Federazione Italiana Gioco Calcio president Artemio Franchi and has a capacity of 15,373. In 2011, the club announced plans to move to a revolutionary 20,000 seater stadium, which will be built below ground level.