Benevento Calcio, commonly referred to as Benevento, is an Italian football club based in Benevento, Campania. The club was originally founded in 1929 and then re-founded in 2005. They currently compete in Serie B. Benevento has played in Serie A, the top flight of Italian football, only once in its history, in the 2017–18 season.

Benevento
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Full nameBenevento Calcio S.r.l.
Nickname(s)Gli Stregoni (The Sorcerers)
Founded1929; 91 years ago (1929)
2005; 15 years ago (2005) (re-founded)
GroundStadio Ciro Vigorito,
Benevento, Italy
Capacity16,867
PresidentOreste Vigorito
ManagerFilippo Inzaghi
LeagueSerie B
2018–19Serie B, 3rd of 19
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

The club was founded as Associazione Calcio Benevento in 1929,[1] their original home was the Meomartini which was built by Ciccio Minocchia.[2]

After working their way up the country's lower divisions during their early years, Benevento reached Prima Divisione, Italy's third highest professional league at the time, in the 1934–35 season. They finished above clubs such as Reggina during the club's first season within the league. Although they did not win promotion to Serie B, the team did remain in the third tier of Italian football for the 1935–36 season, re-organized to a smaller 64-team league renamed Serie C.

21st centuryEdit

The club F.C. Sporting Benevento S.r.l. folded in 2005. At the same time Benevento Calcio S.p.A. was founded, using the same stadium and playing kit.

In the 2007–08 Serie C2 regular season the team finished first in Girone C, winning direct promotion to the now called Lega Pro Prima Divisione for the 2008–09 season. In the 2008–09 season, Benevento's first season in Lega Pro Prima Divisione, they finished in 2nd place. This meant Benevento would be in a two-legged play-off. They won their first two-legged play-off, but lost to Crotone 1–0 (2–1) on aggregate in the final.

Gaetano Auteri was appointed as the head manager for the 2015–16 season. In this season, Benevento won its league and reached Serie B for the first time in its history. The mathematical certainty arrived on 30 April 2016, after defeating Lecce 3–0.[3]

On 8 June 2017, they were promoted to Serie A, for the first time in their history, after defeating Carpi in the Serie B play-offs 1–0 on aggregate.[4] They set a record for the worst start to a season in any of Europe's top five leagues by losing their first 14 Serie A matches.[5] This streak ended on 3 December 2017, with a 95th minute equalising header from goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli for a 2–2 home draw against A.C. Milan.[6][7] Benevento's time in Serie A lasted one season and were relegated after a last-place finish in Serie A.

Colours and badgeEdit

The team's colors are yellow and red, and their badge features red and yellow stripes and the black image of a witch riding a broom. Benevento are nicknamed the Stregoni, Italian for sorcerers, or occasionally, the Streghe, Italian for witches, a reference to the legends dating to the 13th century of the witches of Benevento.

Current squadEdit

As of 7 January 2020[8]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Lorenzo Montipò
2   DF Francesco Rillo
3   DF Gaetano Letizia
4   MF Lorenzo Del Pinto
5   DF Luca Caldirola
6   MF Siriki Sanogo
7   MF Oliver Kragl
8   MF Andrés Tello
9   FW Massimo Coda
10   MF Nicolas Viola (Vice-captain)
11   DF Christian Maggio (Captain)
12   GK Niccolò Manfredini
13   DF Alessandro Tuia
14   DF Massimo Volta
No. Position Player
16   MF Riccardo Improta
17   MF Abdallah Basit
18   DF Bright Gyamfi
19   MF Roberto Insigne
20   FW Giuseppe Di Serio
21   MF Përparim Hetemaj
22   GK Pier Graziano Gori
23   DF Luca Antei
25   FW Marco Sau
27   MF Dejan Vokić
28   MF Pasquale Schiattarella
32   FW Gabriele Moncini
33   FW Samuel Armenteros

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  DF Gianluca Di Chiara (at Perugia)
  DF Luca Sparandeo (at Virtus Francavilla)
  DF Salvatore Tazza (at Arzignano)
  MF Alessio Donnarumma (at Picerno)
  MF Cy Goddard (at Pafos)
No. Position Player
  MF Guilherme (at Yeni Malatyaspor)
  MF Giovanni Volpicelli (at Arezzo)
  FW Biagio Filogamo (at Picerno)
  FW Pietro Iemmello (at Perugia)

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Filippo Inzaghi
Assistant Coach   Maurizio D'Angelo
Goalkeeper Coach   Gaetano Petrelli
Fitness Coach   Luca Alimonta
Fitness Coach   Daniele Cenci
Physiotherapist   Ernesto Galliano
Physiotherapist   Luca Lepore
Physiotherapist   Simone Sigillo
Physiotherapist   Claudio Patti
Chief Doctor   Franco De Cicco
Club Doctor   Stefano Salvatori
Club Doctor   Rafaele Fuiano
Osteopath   Giuseppe Nota
Technical Collaborator   Simone Baggio
Video Analyst   Simone Bonomi

Notable former playersEdit

Notable former managersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Italian Benevento Calcio". WeltFussballArchiv.com. 25 August 2007.
  2. ^ "La Storia". Unofficial news portal of Benevento Calcio. 25 August 2007. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2007.
  3. ^ (in Italian) "Lega Pro: Benevento gained the Serie B". Corriere dello Sport, 30-4-2016
  4. ^ "Serie A: Benvenuto, Benevento! - Football Italia". www.football-italia.net. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Benevento 1-2 Sassuolo". BBC Sport. 19 November 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Brignoli: 'Closed my eyes and jumped'". Football Italia. 3 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Benevento: Bottom of Serie A but now the most talked about team in Italy". BBC Sport. 7 December 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  8. ^ http://www.beneventocalcio.club/squadra/giocatori/ Accessed on 17 July 2017

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