A.S.D. Torres Calcio Femminile
|Full name||Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Torres Calcio Femminile|
|Nickname(s)||I Rossoblù (The Red-Blues)|
|Founded||1980 (as A.C.F. Delco Costruzioni)|
Stadio Vanni Sanna,|
|2014–15||6th, Serie A|
|Website||Club home page|
Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Torres Calcio Femminile (usually referred to simply as Torres or sometimes named Eurospin Torres due to sponsorship) was an Italian women's association football club based in Sassari, Sardinia. The club was formed in 1980 and competed in women's Serie A until 2015. Torres's colours were blue and red. The team won seven scudetti and eight Italian Women's Cups. They were refused a license for the 2015–16 Serie A season due to debts.
After winning two doubles in 2000 and 2001, Torres became the first team to represent Italy in the newly founded UEFA Women's Cup. After 2009–10 the team was a regular competitor in the rebranded UEFA Women's Champions League, reaching the quarter-finals on three occasions.
The club was founded in 1980 as A.C.F. Delco Costruzioni of Sassari and affiliated to the Federazione Italiana Calcio Femminile (FIGCF; Italy's autonomous women's football association). They began playing in the 1981 season, enrolling in the local division of Serie C.
In 1989, by then known as CUS Sassari, the team won the Sardinian section of Serie C and promotion to Serie B. The next season the club won its league again and arrived in Serie A for the first time. In the club's first season at the top level, 1990–91, the team won their first Italian Women's Cup. In 1993–94 the goals of Carolina Morace secured a first Scudetto. The following season, without Morace, the title was lost but the team won their second Italian Cup.
Between 1999 and 2005, Torres won two league titles, four Italian Cups, two Italian Super Cups and the Italy Women's Cup, as well as establishing the record of 38 consecutive wins in official matches including league and Italian Cup. Torres was the first Italian team to participate in the UEFA Women's Cup, the female version of the UEFA Champions League.
In 2008, after finishing second in the league, Torres won a seventh Italian Women's Cup by beating Bardolino 1–0 in the final's second leg, overturning a 3–2 defeat in the first leg. Throughout this period, Torres' success rested on the prolific goal-scoring of players such as Rita Guarino, Pamela Conti and the Spaniard Ángeles Parejo.
In the 2009–10 season Torres won a fourth Scudetto, dominating the league from the first day. The club also secured the Super Cup, but were beaten in the final of the Italian Women's Cup. A successful season was crowned by an appearance in the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-finals. 2010–11 culminated in a treble of the Super Cup, Scudetto and Italian Women's Cup. In the following season, Torres collected a Scudetto and Super Cup double, but lost out in the semi-finals of the Italian Women's Cup. In 2013 they retained the league title and were named fifth in the year's best women's clubs by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).
The 2013–14 season yielded a Super Cup and runners-up finishes in the league and Italian Women's Cup, as well as another quarter-final placing in the UEFA Women's Champions League. Patrizia Panico scored more than 40 league goals. But Torres were thrashed 12–1 on aggregate by Turbine Potsdam and overall the season was considered to be below expectations. A dispute over funding and the club's strategic direction saw the departure of both president Leonardo Marras and coach Manuela Tesse in 2014.
Torres were subsumed into the structure of Torres' male club in June 2014. In September 2015 it was announced that Torres had been refused a license for the forthcoming Serie A season and would be excluded from taking part. La Lega Nazionale Dilettanti, who oversee women's football in Italy, demanded that the club's new owners pay half of the total €90.000 debt up front, rejecting a proposed alternative repayment arrangement which the male club offered to underwrite.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For details of current and former players, see Category:Torres Calcio Femminile players.
Record in UEFA competitions
|2001–02 UEFA Women's Cup||Group stage||HJK Helsinki||1–2|
|USC Country House||5–0|
|2009–10 UEFA Women's Champions League||Group stage||Slovan Duslo Šaľa||1–0|
|Round of 32||Valur||6–2 (4–1 h, 2–1 a)|
|Round of 16||SV Neulengbach||8–2 (4–1 h, 4–1 a)|
|Quarter finals||Olympique Lyonnais||1–3 (0–3 a, 1–0 h)|
|2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League||Round of 32||FC Zürich||7–3 (3–2 a, 4–1 h)|
|Round of 16||FCF Juvisy||3–4 (1–2 h, 2–2 a aet)|
|2011–12 UEFA Women's Champions League||Round of 32||ASA Tel Aviv University||5–2 (2–0 a, 3–2 h)|
|Round of 16||Brøndby IF||2–5 (1–2 a, 1–3 h)|
|2012–13 UEFA Women's Champions League||Round of 32||Apollon Limassol||6–3 (3–2 a, 3–1 h)|
|Round of 16||CFF Olimpia Cluj||7–1 (4–1 h, 3–0 a)|
|Quarter finals||Arsenal||1–4 (1–3 a, 0–1 h)|
|2013–14 UEFA Women's Champions League||Round of 32||Spratzern||5–3 (2–2 a, 3–1 h)|
|Round of 16||Rossiyanka||2–1 (0–1 a, 2–0 h)|
|Quarter finals||Turbine Potsdam||1–12 (0–8 h, 1–4 a)|
|2014–15 UEFA Women's Champions League||Round of 32||Pomurje||7–3 (4–2 a, 3–1 h)|
|Round of 16||Frankfurt||0–9 (0–5 a, 0–4 h)|
- Serie A (level 1)
- Winners (7): 1993–94, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
- Serie B (level 2)
- Winners (1): 1989–90
- Coppa Italia
- Winners (8): 1990–91, 1994–95, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2010–11
- Italy Women's Cup
- Winners (2): 2004, 2008
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- "Uomini e donne, solo una Torres. Capitani: "Rilanciamo e puntiamo sui giovani". Comune Sassari: "Stadio? Si può fare"" (in Italian). SardegnaSport.com. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
- Tiseo, Giandomenico (15 September 2015). "Calcio femminile: Torres esclusa dal campionato di Seria A 2015/2016" (in Italian). Olimpiazzurra. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
- "La Squadra" (in Italian). Torres Calcio Femminile. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
- "Campioni D'Italia..." (in Italian). Torres Calcio Femminile. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
Con la vittoria del sesto Scudetto, la Torres e' da oggi la più titolata squadra d'Italia.
- "Italy - List of Women's Super Cup Finals". RSSSF. Retrieved 5 July 2014.