Unfortunately I arrived too late in the evening to Rimini to be able to catch the football game of the local team.
AC Rimini 1912 is a club with a good story behind and I would have love to see them play. Maybe next time.
The club was founded in 1912 as Libertas Rimini. 1938 it changed the name to Rimini Calcio FC. As long as I can remember they have had a strong support, despite their stadium is a bit old (hrm...). Stadio Romeo Neri was built in 1929/30 and despite it's been renovated both 1976 and 2005 it still looks a bit old. It currently holds 9 768 spectators. Romeo Neri was the first man ever from Rimini to compete in the Olympic Games (1928 and 1932)
The day after the game (3-0 victory against Sambonifacese) I walked over to the stadium, and thanks to a nice gentleman I was even let inside it, despite it should have been closed.
The main stand is quite nice, while the sectors around it look like they have been put there while waiting for something better. And waited they have done for more than 80 years now...
The gentleman told me that Rimini is playing in Serie C now, although that is just close to the truth. They have been going up and down between Serie B and C through the history, but two seasons (2010/11) ago they lost against Albinoleffe in a play out, and was forced down in Serie C again. The club president had had it and left, and with no money Rimini went bankrupt.
It started up again, in Serie D (fifth division) under the name AC Rimini 1912, and immediately managed to reach Serie C2 through playoffs. That's where they are playing in 2011/12, hoping to gain promotion back to Serie C1 again.
In 2006 the club sent shock waves through the italian football when they managed to draw (1-1) against mighty Juventus in Serie B. Nowadays the supporters have to be pleased watching games against SPAL, Casale, Santarcangelo and Savona.
Equipment: The club is playing in red and white, so anything like that could be nice.
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