Full Name : Brescia Calcio Team Colours : blue and white Nicknames : biancoazzurri Coach : Giuseppe Iachini Stadium : Stadio Mario Rigamonti, Via Novogani, Brescia Capacity : 27,500 Official Website : bresciacalcio.it

The "V" disappeared again in 1969; replaced by a diagonal white sash, and returned, but much smaller, in 1974 for two years. The "V" was situated over the heart with the inclusion of the lioness, the symbol of the city of Brescia. The shirt remained plain blue until 1991, when the "V" returned and has been used ever since.[3]

Founded in 1911, Brescia Calcio's record in the top flight is erratic, with no long periods passed in Serie A. The most successful period in the club's history came at the start of the last decade when, thanks particularly to the dynamic presence of national hero Roberto Baggio, they had four good years in Serie A.

Nicknamed Leonessa d'Italia ("The Lioness of Italy"), Brescia is the home of Italian caviar, and is known for being the original production area of the Franciacorta sparkling wine as well as the prestigious Mille Miglia classic car race that starts and ends in the city. In addition, Brescia is the setting for most of the action in Alessandro Manzoni's 1822 play Adelchi.

The Rondinelle are struggling badly and on the edge of disappearing off the Italian footbal map.

“I spoke to important people, those who really mean something in this fight. You know much I care about Brescia, so I’m suffering to see the club I grew up in and the one I support in this situation.

They began the renovation and construction of the stands to the existing ground at Via Giovanni Novagani. This was completed in 1959 and Brescia began to play their home games in the new Mario Rigamonti stadium (named after the Torino player, Mario Rigamonti, who died in the Superga air disaster).

The stadium is located north of the centre of Brescia. From the station, take buses C or D.

After a falling out with Marcello Lippi at Inter Milan in the year 2000, the Divine Ponytail Roberto Baggio found himself, at the age of 33, without a club.

A historic city located at the foot of the Alps and close to Lake Garda, Brescia is often overlooked by tourists who use its Airport which is served by Ryanair. Despite this, Brescia is worth visiting in its own right: perhaps in passing or in combination with one of the more traditional holiday destinations nearby.

Now a large busy city, Brescia's historic heart is small and easily walkable. The main sights include the two chuches, Duomo Vecchio and Duomo Nuovo, the castle and the attractive square, Piazza della Loggia.

The most important museums of Brescia are the following:

Over the years, the stadium has undergone several refurbishments (construction of roofing, press room, etc.), the most significant of which was in 2007 with the installation of new security measures.

Andrea Pirlo is prepared to invest in Serie B side Brescia to avoid bankruptcy with Roberto Baggio possibly as Coach.

The Lion that, due to a misunderstanding of history, many believe to be a lioness (the definition of Leonessa d'Italia was assigned to Brescia following the uprisings, but the lion as a symbol of Brescia dates back to the Republic of Venice), has undergone a total redesign which aims to fix some errors in heraldic iconography (the absence of nails, muscle weakness and weak curvature of the tail) and to restore a more toned and ferocious looking lion, the symbol a football team should have.[4]

They were relegated in 2005 and haven’t been seen in Serie A since.

Winter is not very cold and snowfall is rare, mainly occurs from December through February, but snow cover does not usually remain for long. Summer can be sultry, when humidity levels are high and peak temperatures can reach 35 °C (95 °F). Spring and autumn are generally pleasant, with temperatures ranging between 10 °C (50 °F) and 20 °C (68 °F).

There are also reports that a new-look Brescia could bring in another ex-player, Baggio, as their Coach.

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Around that time, something magical started happening to this quaint little city in the north of Italy.

Two-time treble-winning manager Pep Guardiola, the Romanian Gheorghe Hagi, striker Luca Toni and playmaker Andrea Pirlo – born in Brescia – have also spent time playing for the club.

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The first ground at which football was played in Brescia was Campo Fiera, where the English workers at the Tempini plant played on their breaks.

He started his career at Brescia’s youth academy and wore the jersey from 1994 to 1998.

The relative humidity is high throughout the year, especially in winter when it causes fog, mainly from dusk until late morning, although the phenomenon has become increasingly less frequent in recent years.

The crest was changed for the centenary of Brescia Calcio in 2011, featuring higher visibility, leaves, and a substantial redesign of the old logo.

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And he actually scored a few of goals. Fifteen in 44 games to be precise. Not too shabby.

Although sadly the world was robbed of a glorious Guardiola-Pirlo midfield axis, as Pep had popped off to Roma for a bit by then.

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But the whole project revolved around Baggio, and it was he who, despite various injury crises, kept Brescia punching above their weight in the Italian top flight.

× Memory Lane Remembering a time when Brescia was the centre of the footballing universe Edward Bearryman At the turn of the century, Brescia was the centre of the footballing universe.

Roberto fell in love with Brescia because it is the only club where he truly felt at home -Gino Corioni, Brescia president Brescia president Gino Corioni

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The first Brescia kit in 1911 was blue (the national colour) with a thick white vertical stripe down the middle, a design which has returned for the centenary season in 2011. The first appearance of a white "V" was in 1927; added so that the team could use Stadium, the newly built home of another team, Virtus. This style remained until 1940 when the "V" was removed and a plain blue shirt was used.

Pep was later cleared on those drugs charges and he can at least boast about his part in the team which achieved Brescia’s eighth-place finish that season, their best ever in Serie A.

In 1911, in the wake of enthusiasm following the foundation of the new club, it is thought a fenced ground was built shortly after on Via Milano.

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It was in 1956 that the municipality had the idea to move the club to a stadium more suited to host the matches of the new Serie B.

And while Brescia never reached those dizzy mid-table heights again, they kept on attracting big names.

He also scored a stonker of a penalty against Inter Milan, when they were good, at the San Siro.