The changes of names of Italian football teams are essentially due
to mergers, bankruptcies and sponsors: often, after some years, the
teams reassume the old name.
Under fascism, teams with politically "incorrect" (e.g. Internazionale) or anglophone (e.g. Milan and Genoa) names saw them changed or italianized.
A particular case is that of Sampdoria, which has changed name more times: that’s due to the nature of Genova, composed by several little towns united to the central city only in 1926; teams of these towns unified themselves and after some years reappeared.
Ancona 1905 Foundation with the name Anconitana 1931 Merger with Bianchi Ancona in Anconitana-Bianchi 1945 Reassume the name Anconitana 1982 The name change in Ancona Ascoli 1898 Foundation with the name Vigor 1911 Change name in Ascoli 1955 Change the name in Del Duca Ascoli 1972 Reassume the name Ascoli Como 1905 Foundation with the name Como 1925 Merger with Esperia with the name Comense 1936 Reassume the name Como Fiorentina 1926 Merger of Libertas and Club Sportivo Firenze 2002 After bankruptcy and relegation in Serie C2 change name in Florentia 1926 Viola 2003 Reassume the name Fiorentina Foggia 1921 Foundation with the name Foggia 1957 Merger with Incedit with name Foggia Incedit 1967 Reassume the name Foggia Genoa 1929 Assume the name Genova 1945 Reassume the name Genoa Inter 1929 Assume the name Ambrosiana (from Ambrosius, patron of Milan) 1945 Reassume the name Internazionale Lecco 1912 Birth of a football team of Canottieri Lecco’s association. 1931 Assume the name Lecco Mantova 1911 Foundation with the name Mantova 1957 Assume the name Ozo Mantova (sponsor: oil) 1961 Reassume the name Mantova Milan 1938 Assume the name Milano 1945 Reassume the name Milan Modena 1912 Foundation with the name Mantove 1957 Assume the name Zenit Modena (sponsor: oil) 1959 Reassume the name Modena Napoli 1904 Foundation of Naples 1912 Foundation of Internazionale 1922 Merger of Naples and Internazionale with the name Internaples 1926 Change name in Napoli Palermo 1898 Foundation with name Palermo 1941 Merger with Juventina with the name Palermo-Juve 1943 Reassume the name of Palermo Parma 1913 Foundation with the name Verdi (from the Parma’s great musician) 1913 Change name in Parma 1969 Merger with Parmense with the name Parma Perugia 1905 Merger of Fortebraccio and Libertas with the name Perugia Pistoiese 1921 Foundation with the name Pistoiese 1937 Change name in Pistoia 1939 Reassume name Pistoiese Roma 1912 In Lazio’s group of Italian championship start to play Roman, Pro Roma and Alba. 1913 In Lazio’s group of Italian championship starts to play Fortitudo. 1926 Merger of Alba, Fortitudo, Roman and Pro Roma with the name Roma Sampdoria 1895 Foundation of Andrea Doria (from a big admiral of the sixteenth century) 1901 Foundation of Sampierdarenese (from the town of Sampierdarena) 1927 Merger of Andrea Doria, Sampierdarenese and Corniglianese with the name Dominante (surname of Genoa) 1930 Merger of Dominante, Sestrese and Rivarolese with the name Liguria 1931 Return to live a team called Andrea Doria 1932 Liguria reassume the name of Sampierdarenese 1937 Merger of Sampierdarenese, Corniglianese and Rivarolese : reassume the name Liguria 1945 Liguria reassume the name of Sampierdarenese 1946 Merger of Andrea Doria and Sampierdarenese with the name Sampdoria (Sampierdarenese-Doria) Torino 1958 Assume the name Talmone Torino (sponsor: chocolate) 1959 Reassume the name Torino Venezia 1907 Foundation with the name Venezia 1929 Change name in Serenissima (surname of Venezia) 1934 Reassume the name Venezia 1986 Merger with the name Venezia-Mestre 1989 Reassume the name Venezia Vicenza 1902 Foundation with the name Vicenza 1955 Assume the name Lanerossi Vicenza (sponsor: wool) 1990 Reassume the name Vicenza
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