Delfino Pescara 1936

Delfino Pescara 1936, commonly referred to as Pescara, is a professional Italian football club based in Pescara, Abruzzo.

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Full nameDelfino Pescara 1936 S.p.A.
Nickname(s)I Delfini (The Dolphins)
I Biancazzurri (The White and Blues)
Gli Adriatici (The Adriatics)
Founded1936; 86 years ago (1936)
GroundStadio Adriatico
ChairmanDaniele Sebastiani
ManagerGaetano Auteri
LeagueSerie C Group B
2020–21Serie B, 19th of 20 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club was formed in 1936 and currently plays in Serie C. Pescara has competed in seven seasons in Serie A, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1992–93, 2012–13 and last participated in 2016–17. The team's official colors are white and light blue varied between either azure or sky blue, manifested in striped shirts with white socks and shorts.


Aside from a spell in Serie B in the 1940s, Pescara had a relatively undistinguished history until promotion to Serie B in 1974. With players like Giorgio Repetto and Bruno Nobili in the midfield, they managed to win their first promotion to Serie A in 1977 after winning the promotion play-off, but ultimately finished their first season in Serie A in last place. A second promotion after a play-off followed, but once more they would be relegated from the top flight and then descended to Serie C1 within two years.

The performance of Pescara in the Italian football league structure since the first season of a unified Serie A (1929/30).

Nonetheless, after returning to Serie B after a year, Pescara would enjoy a revival after the appointment of Giovanni Galeone as coach in 1986. His philosophy of attacking football saw the Biancazzurri promoted to Serie A as champions in 1987, where they lasted two years with players such as Júnior and Blaž Slišković among the club's star players. Galeone would return during the 1990–91 season and oversaw another promotion the following year.

After relegation, Pescara remained in Serie B side throughout the 1990s, narrowly missing promotion in 1999. Relegation to C1 followed in 2001, with promotion in 2003 being followed by two revoked relegations in a row due to bankruptcy and scandals affecting other clubs. Pescara was ultimately relegated in the 2006–07 season, with three presidential and managerial changes during the season. In December 2008, the debt-ridden club was legally declared out of business and its control passed to a bankruptcy trustee appointed by the Court of Pescara. In February 2009, a takeover from a group named Delfino Pescara 1936 was finalized with Deborah Caldora becoming the first woman to serve as chairman of the club. In the meantime, results did not improve significantly and in March, Giuseppe Galderisi was dismissed from the head coaching post with Antonello Cuccureddu being appointed as the new boss.

At the beginning of the 2009–10 season, Eusebio Di Francesco was appointed as the new coach. Pescara finished second in Girone B of Lega Pro Prima Divisione and qualified for the promotional play-offs. They defeated Reggiana in the semi-final and Verona in the final and subsequently returned to Serie B after a three-year absence. The following season started with the appointment of Zdeněk Zeman as new head coach; the Czech manager immediately brought Pescara back into national coverage thanks to his well-known all-attacking playing style that turned out to match perfectly with promising youngsters such as Marco Verratti with loanees Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne, who guided the squad to promotion to Serie A. Pescara secured promotion to the top-level after a 19-year absence after defeating Sampdoria with a 3–1 score in an away match on 20 May 2012. In the last minute of the final game of the regular season, Pescara striker Riccardo Maniero netted the winner in a match against Nocerina to claim Pescara's second Serie B title after Torino's draw away to AlbinoLeffe.

Pescara's 2012–13 campaign in Serie A – after losing Zeman, Verratti, Immobile and Insigne – ended with relegation back to the second tier.[1] Three years later, under World Cup winner Massimo Oddo, the team returned to Serie A with a 3–1 aggregate win over Trapani in the playoff final.[2] Zeman returned in February 2017 to the team,[3] who again lasted just one year at the top before being relegated in last place.[4]

In August 2018, Pescara launched a public mini-bond investment opportunity via sports investment platform Tifosy to raise a minimum of €2,000,000.[5] The investment scheme raised a total of €2,300,000 to develop the club's youth sector and facilities.[6]

Following an online competition to ease children's boredom during the coronavirus lockdown, the team adopted six-year-old Luigi D'Agostino's shirt design for the 2020 season.[7]

After a poor 2020-21 campaign, the side were relegated to Serie C, the third tier of Italian football.


One of Pescara's main rivals is AS Bari.[8]


Current squadEdit

As of 21 January 2022[9]

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 Gianluca Longobardi
3 DF   ITA Alessio Rasi
5 DF   ARG Julián Illanes
7 FW   ITA Eugenio D'Ursi (on loan from Napoli)
8 MF   ALB Ledian Memushaj (Captain)
9 FW   ITA Franco Ferrari (on loan from Napoli)
10 FW   ITA Guido Marilungo (on loan from Ternana)
11 FW   ITA Cristian Galano
13 DF   ITA Davide Zappella (on loan from Empoli)
14 GK   ITA Alessandro Iacobucci
15 MF   ITA Simone Madonna
16 MF   GHA Amadou Diambo
17 FW   ITA Nicola Rauti (on loan from Torino)
18 DF   ITA Mirko Drudi
21 MF   ITA Marco Pompetti (on loan from Inter)
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 GK   ITA Alessandro Sorrentino
23 DF   ITA Tommaso Cancellotti
24 FW   SRB Miloš Bočić
27 DF   ITA Davide Veroli
28 DF   ITA Gianmarco Ingrosso
29 DF   BEL Mardochee Nzita
30 FW   ITA Michael De Marchi
33 GK   ITA Raffaele Di Gennaro
38 DF   ITA Paolo Frascatore
43 FW   MDA Vladislav Blănuță
44 MF   ESP Arman Lazcano
52 MF   ITA Marco Chiarella
91 MF   ITA Giuseppe Rizzo
97 MF   ITA Luca Clemenza (on loan from Juventus U23)
MF   ITA Carlo De Risio (on loan from Bari)

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 Nicolò Radaelli (at Alcione)
DF   ITA Giuseppe Ciafardini (at Pineto)
DF   URU Edgar Elizalde (at Peñarol)
DF   ITA Edoardo Masciangelo (at Benevento, obligation to buy)
MF   ITA Luca Crecco (at Vicenza)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ITA Marco D'Aloia (at Latina)
MF   ARG Nicolas Mercado (at Pergolettese)
FW   ARG Nicolas Belloni (at Imolese)
FW   ITA Gennaro Borrelli (at Monopoli)
FW   ITA Andrea Di Grazia (at Foggia)

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Luciano Zauri
Assistant Coach   Davide Ruscitti
Goalkeeper Coach   Gabriele Aldegani
Fitness Coach   Francesco Petrarca
Fitness Coach   Dario Dian
Physiotherapist   Marco Rossi
Physiotherapist   Rocco Trivarelli
Chief Doctor   Vincenzo Salini
Club Doctor   Ernesto Sabatini
Video Analyst   Diego Labricciosa

Managerial historyEdit

Name Nationality Years
Edmondo De Amicis   1937–38
Pietro Piselli   1938–39
Armando Bonino   1939–40
Mario Pizziolo   1940–41
Luigi Ferrero   1941–43
Edmondo De Amicis   1944–45
Giuseppe Marchi   1945–46
József Bánás   1946–47
Mario Pizziolo   1947–48
Gino Piccinini   1948–49
Benedetto Stella   1949–50
Luigi Del Grosso   1950–53
Umberto De Angelis   1953–55
Alfredo Notti   1955–56
Alfredo Monza
Renato Piacentini
Orazio Sola
Renato Piacentini   1957–58
Aurelio Marchese
Mario Tontodonati
Ljubo Benčić
Mario Tontodonati
Umberto De Angelis   1961–62
Leonardo Costagliola   1962–63
Ljubo Benčić
Renato Piacentini
Ljubo Benčić
Vincenzo Marsico
Antonio Giammarinaro
Alfredo Notti
Sergio Cervato   1966–67
Antonio Giammarinaro   1967–68
Gianni Seghedoni
Mario Tontodonati
Dante Lacorata
Mario Tontodonati
Name Nationality Years
Francesco Capocasale   1970–71
Enzo Falini
Vitaliano Patricelli
Domenico Rosati   1972–76
Giancarlo Cadé   1976–78
Antonio Valentín Angelillo   1978–79
Gustavo Giagnoni
Claudio Tobia
Mario Tontodonati
Aldo Agroppi   1980–81
Giuseppe Chiappella
Saul Malatrasi
Mario Tiddia
Domenico Rosati   1982–84
Enrico Catuzzi   1984–86
Giovanni Galeone   1986–89
Ilario Castagner
Edoardo Reja
Giovanni Galeone
Carlo Mazzone
Giovanni Galeone   1991–92
Vincenzo Zucchini   1992–93
Gianni Corelli
Giorgio Rumignani
Franco Scoglio
Vincenzo Zucchini
Francesco Oddo
Giorgio Rumignani
Luigi Maifredi
Francesco Oddo
Delio Rossi   July 1996 – June 97
Adriano Buffoni
Maurizio Viscidi
Luigi De Canio
Francesco Giorgini
July 1998 – June 99
Giovanni Galeone   July 1999 – Nov 2000
Name Nationality Years
Tarcisio Burgnich
Giovanni Galeone
Delio Rossi
Ivo Iaconi   July 2001 – May 2004
Cetteo Di Mascio   2004
Giovanni Simonelli   2004 – June 2005
Maurizio Sarri   July 2005 – July 2006
Davide Ballardini
Aldo Ammazzalorso
Luigi De Rosa
Vincenzo Vivarini
July 2006 – June 2007
Franco Lerda   July 2007 – June 2008
Giuseppe Galderisi   July 2008 – March 2009
Antonello Cuccureddu   2009–10
Eusebio Di Francesco   Jan 2010 – June 2011
Zdeněk Zeman   June 2011 – June 2012
Giovanni Stroppa   June–November 2012
Cristiano Bergodi   November 2012 – March 2013
Cristian Bucchi   March–June 2013
Pasquale Marino   June 2013 – February 2014
Serse Cosmi   February 2014 – July 2014
Marco Baroni   August 2014 – May 2015
Massimo Oddo   May 2015 – February 2017
Luciano Zauri (caretaker)   February 2017
Zdeněk Zeman   February 2017 – March 2018
Massimo Epifani   March  – April 2018
Giuseppe Pillon   April 2018 – May 2019
Luciano Zauri   June 2019 – January 2020
Nicola Legrottaglie   January 2020 – July 2020
Andrea Sottil   July 2020 – August 2020
Massimo Oddo   August 2020 –


Divisional movementsEdit

Series Years Last Promotions Relegations
A 7 2016–17 -   6 (1978, 1980, 1989, 1993, 2013, 2017)
B 39 2020–21   6 (1977, 1979, 1987, 1992, 2012, 2016)   5 (1949, 1982, 2001, 2007, 2021)
C 29 2021–22   5 (1941, 1974, 1983, 2003, 2010)   3 (1935✟, 1950, 1972)
75 out of 90 years of professional football in Italy since 1929
D 10 1972–73   1 (1938, 1958, 1973) never
E 1 1936–37   1 (1937) never

• Forerunner red-blue AC Pescara (1932–1935) included


  1. ^ Sargeant, Jack (27 May 2013). "Serie A 2012-13 season review: Pescara sink into Serie B". SB Nation. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  2. ^ Manfredi, Jacopo (9 June 2016). "Trapani-Pescara 1-1, Verre porta i biancazzurri in A con un gol da 40 metri" [Trapani-Pescara 1-1, Verre takes the Biancazzurri to A with a goal from 40 metres]. La Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  3. ^ Bandini, Nicky (20 February 2017). "Zemanlandia back open for business as Pescara exchange freefall for free-scoring". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Empoli relegated as Crotone beat Lazio to secure Serie A survival". FourFourTwo. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Il Pescara lancia un mini-bond su Tifosy: obiettivo 3 milioni, renderà l'8% annuo" [Pescara launches a mini-bond on Tifosy: target 3 million, will make 8% per annum]. Calcio e Finanza (in Italian). 12 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Pescara, completata la sottoscrizione del bond su Tifosy: incassati 2,3 milioni" [Pescara, bond campaign of Tifosy complete: 2.3 million raised] (in Italian). Calcio e Finanza. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Pescara football club adopts Italian boy's shirt design". BBC News. 21 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Dead rooster warning for Bari coach Grosso". France 24. 15 April 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Rosa Stagione" [Season Team]. Delfino Pescara 1936 (in Italian). Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  10. ^ "Ex aequo con il Pescara. Almanacco del calcio" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 April 2015.

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