A.C. Perugia Calcio

Associazione Calcistica Perugia Calcio,[1] previously A.C. Perugia, Perugia Calcio, and commonly referred to as simply Perugia, is a football club based in Perugia, Umbria, Italy. Founded in 1905, and refounded in 2005 and 2010 due to financial troubles, Perugia has won the 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup, and has finished as runners-up in the 1978–79 Serie A season, in which they finished unbeaten. The team currently plays in Serie C Group B.

Perugia
Ac Perugia logo.svg
Full nameAssociazione Calcistica Perugia Calcio S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Grifoni (The Griffins)
Founded1905; 115 years ago (1905)
1940 (re-founded)
2005 (re-founded)
GroundStadio Renato Curi,
Perugia, Italy
Capacity28,000
ChairmanMassimiliano Santopadre
Head coachMassimo Oddo
LeagueSerie C Group B
2019–20Serie B, 16th of 20 (relegated via play-offs)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

A.C. PerugiaEdit

A.C. Perugia were founded on 9 June 1905, after the merger of U.S. Fortebraccio and Libertas.

Promotion to Serie B in 1966 would mark the beginning of one of the club's most successful periods. Perugia spent the next eight years in Serie B before promotion to Serie A for the first time in 1975.

 
1933–34 Perugia

In the club's first Serie A season, Perugia finished eighth with 31 points- just short of a European place. Star players in the side included defender Pierluigi Frosio and midfielders Renato Curi and Franco Vannini. The side remained in the top half of the table for the rest of the decade, finishing runners-up in 1979 with 11 wins and 19 draws, resulting in the only unbeaten side not to win a title. However, tragedy and scandal marred this period. In 1977, Curi died of a heart attack during a league match with Juventus, while Vannini's career was ended by injury in 1979. The Totonero scandal in 1980 led to a 5-point penalty and relegation in 1981. Ilario Castagner was coach during this period.

The club spent the first half of the 1980s trying to get back to Serie A, nearly succeeding in 1984–85. Another scandal in 1986 forced Perugia down to Serie C2. It was during this time that Fabrizio Ravanelli would be discovered, he would later go on to a career with Reggiana, Juventus, Middlesbrough and several other clubs before returning to Perugia.

The controversial and eccentric Luciano Gaucci took control of the club. The side returned to Serie B in 1994 and under the guidance of Giovanni Galeone reached Serie A in 1996. Perugia started well before Gaucci's decision to replace Galeone with Nevio Scala. The side's form subsequently declined before a late rally gave them a chance of survival- a 2–1 defeat at Piacenza in the final round sealed their fate. With Castagner back in charge, Perugia won a play-off with Torino to secure a return to the top flight.

 
1974–75 Perugia

The next six seasons saw Perugia hold their own in Serie A with foreign imports including the Japanese international Hidetoshi Nakata in 1998.[2] The team came under scrutiny when Gaucci criticised and eventually terminated the contract of his own player, Ahn Jung-Hwan of South Korea, for scoring the golden goal that knocked Italy out of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and allegedly insulting the Italian nation. Ahn's national manager Guus Hiddink spoke out against the sacking.[3] Following the outcry, Ahn's sacking was reversed, but by then the player himself expressed no desire to return to the club anymore.

In the summer of 2003, Perugia signed English striker Jay Bothroyd, and Al-Saadi Gaddafi (the son of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi).[4] Soon after, the club were one of three winners of the 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup after beating VfL Wolfsburg of Germany 3–0 on aggregate. This qualified the team to the 2003–04 UEFA Cup, in which they were eliminated in the third round by PSV Eindhoven.[5]

Perugia CalcioEdit

The new chairman Vincenzo Silvestrini had re-established the club in 2005 as Perugia Calcio.

After a takeover, in 2009 Perugia Calcio property passed to Perugian entrepreneur and former Pisa owner and chairman Leonardo Covarelli. On 21 May 2010 the Court of Perugia declared the bankruptcy of Perugia Calcio srl.[6] Nobody decided to take over the society at the subsequent auction[7] and on 30 June 2010 the club was unable to join the Italian third level championship 2010–2011. The Italian Football Federation decided on 8 July 2010 to revoke the affiliation of the bankrupt Perugia Calcio Srl.[8]

From A.S.D. Perugia Calcio to A.C. Perugia CalcioEdit

During the summer break 2010, this new club with the same denomination and inheriting the old side history, was entered into the Serie D Girone E.

On 10 April 2011, Perugia became the first team of the season to get promoted from Serie D to the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione 2011–12, after a 3–2 home victory against Castel Rigone.[9] They eventually won the Girone E. The club also won the 2010–11 Coppa Italia Serie D, beating Turris 1–0 in the final.[10]

In summer 2011 the club was renamed Associazione Calcistica Perugia Calcio, thus becoming a professional company, to play in the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione/B obtaining immediate promotion to Lega Pro Prima Divisione. On May 4, 2014, beating Frosinone 1–0, A.C. Perugia won the 2013–14 Lega Pro Prima Divisione championship and gained promotion to Serie B after a 9-year absence from Italy's second highest football division.

Current squadEdit

As of 17 September 2020[11]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   ITA Aleandro Rosi (Captain)
3 DF   BEL Mardochee Nzita
6 DF   ITA Filippo Sgarbi
7 DF   ITA Pasquale Mazzocchi
10 MF   ROU Vlad Dragomir
15 MF   GUI Amara Konate
22 GK   ITA Andrea Fulignati (on loan from Ascoli)
23 MF   ITA Marcello Falzerano
27 DF   ITA Gianluca Di Chiara
28 MF   CIV Christian Kouan
No. Pos. Nation Player
33 DF   ITA Gabriele Angella
36 FW   ITA Federico Melchiorri (Vice-captain)
37 GK   ITA Marco Albertoni
DF   ITA Salvatore Monaco
DF   ITA Marco Moscati
DF   ITA Stefano Negro (on loan from Monza)
MF   ITA Salvatore Burrai
FW   ITA Andrea Bianchimano
FW   ITA Jacopo Murano

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   ITA Nicola Leali (at Ascoli)

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Massimo Oddo
Assistant Coach   Marcello Donatelli
Assistant Coach   Stefano Fiore
Goalkeeper Coach   Gianfranco Gagliardi
Fitness Coach   Andrea Arpili
Fitness Coach   Luca D'Angeli
Physiotherapist   Matteo Moroni
Chief Doctor   Giuliano Cerulli
Club Doctor   Michele Bisogni

Notable former playersEdit

See also Category:A.C. Perugia Calcio players

HonoursEdit

Serie A:

UEFA Intertoto Cup:

Supercoppa di Lega di Seconda Divisione:

  • Winner: 2012

Supercoppa di Lega di Prima Divisione:

  • Winner: 2014

Coppa Italia Serie D:

  • Winner: 2010–11

Serie B:

  • Winner: 1974–75

Lega Pro Prima Divisione:

  • Winner: 1932–33, 1945–46, 1966–67, 1993–94, 2013–14

Lega Pro Seconda Divisione:

  • Winner: 1987–88, 2011–12

Serie D:

  • Winner: 1929–30 (as Terza Divisione), 2010–11

In EuropeEdit

UEFA CupEdit

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate Reference
1979–80 First Round   Dinamo Zagreb 1–0 0–0 1–0 [12]
Second Round   Aris 0–3 1–1 1–4
2003–04 First Round   Dundee 1–0 2–1 3–1 [13]
Second Round   Aris 2–0 1–1 3–1
Third Round   PSV Eindhoven 0–0 1–3 1–3

UEFA Intertoto CupEdit

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate Reference
1999 Second Round   Pobeda 1–0 0–0 1–0 [14]
Third Round   Trabzonspor 0–3 (f) 2–1 2–4
2000 Second Round   Standard Liège 1–2 1–1 2–3 [15]
2002 Third Round   Stuttgart 2–1 1–3 3–4 [16]
2003 Third Round   Allianssi 2–0 2–0 4–0 [17]
Semi-final   Nantes 0–0 1–0 1–0
Final   Wolfsburg 1–0 2–0 3–0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 2011-11-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.iht.com/articles/1998/11/30/nakata.t.php IHT, 30 November 1998
  3. ^ "Hiddink condemns 'childish' Perugia". 20 June 2002. Retrieved 25 August 2016 – via bbc.co.uk.
  4. ^ "Bothroyd signs for Perugia". BBC. 11 July 2003. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  5. ^ "UEFA Intertoto Cup 2003". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  6. ^ Erika Pontini (21 May 2010). "I giudici: buco da 100 milioni. Falliti Perugia e Mas" (in Italian). La Nazione. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  7. ^ "CALCIO: ASTA DESERTA PER RILEVARE PERUGIA DOPO FALLIMENTO" [Football: Perugia auction deserted after Bankruptcy] (in Italian). SPR / La Repubblica. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  8. ^ "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE N. 7/A" (PDF) (in Italian). FIGC (Italia football federation). 8 July 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Perugia promosso in Lega Pro, la Turris matematicamente ai playoff!". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Serie D, il Perugia vince la Coppa Italia". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Prima Squadra" (in Italian). A.C. Perugia Calcio. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  12. ^ "European Competitions 1979-80". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  13. ^ "European Competitions 2003–04". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  14. ^ "UEFA Intertoto Cup 1999". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  15. ^ "UEFA Intertoto Cup 2000". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  16. ^ "UEFA Intertoto Cup 2002". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  17. ^ "UEFA Intertoto Cup 2003". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 August 2017.

External linksEdit

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