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Delfino Pescara 1936 S.p.A., also known as Pescara Calcio 1936 or simply as Pescara, is a professional Italian football club based in Pescara, Abruzzo.

Pescara
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Full name Delfino Pescara 1936 S.p.A.
Nickname(s) Delfini (The Dolphins)
Biancazzurri (The White-Light Blues)
Founded 1936; 82 years ago (1936)
2009; 9 years ago (2009) (new legal person as Delfino Pescara 1936)
Ground Stadio Adriatico
Capacity 20,515
Chairman Daniele Sebastiani
Manager Giuseppe Pillon
League Serie B
2017–18 Serie B, 17th
Website Club website
Current season

The club was formed in 1936 and currently plays in Serie B. Pescara has competed in six 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.

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HistoryEdit

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.

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, 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 began the 2012–13 campaign looking for a new manager after Zdeněk Zeman left the club to manage Roma. Pescara started their new season in Serie A with a 3–0 loss to Internazionale and would not earn their first win until the fifth game of the season, a 1–0 win over Palermo. Pescara's stint in the top flight lasted just one season, as the club ended the season bottom of the table with a record of six wins, four draws and 28 loses, also recording the fewest clean sheets in the league, with five. That season, winger and leading-scorer Vladimír Weiss was also noted for picking up two red cards.

SupportersEdit

The main grouping of the club's supporters is called Pescara Rangers, and it has a gemellaggio (English: twinning) with the supporters of Vicenza, a similar concept to twinning between towns and cities. The previous twinning with Messina is no longer in place. Lazio and Verona are seen as rivals of Pescara, whose traditional rivals within the region include Chieti, Virtus Lanciano, and L'Aquila; however, neither of those teams has been played since 2002, due to their financial troubles. Pescara also shares notable rivalries with other regional neighbors, namely clubs of the Marche such as Ancona, Ascoli and Sambenedettese Calcio, and with A.S. Bari and Foggia Calcio from Apulia.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 17 August, 2018.[1]

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 Vincenzo Fiorillo
2   DF Hugo Campagnaro
3   DF Cristiano Del Grosso
5   DF Andrew Gravillon
6   DF Gennaro Scognamiglio
7   MF Leonardo Mancuso (on loan from Juventus)
8   MF Ledian Memushaj
9   FW Gaetano Monachello (on loan from Atalanta)
10   MF Pepín
11   FW Cristian Bunino
12   GK Elhan Kastrati
13   DF Michele Fornasier
14   DF Antonio Balzano
15   DF Edgar Elizalde
16   MF Gastón Brugman
No. Position Player
17   FW Andrea Cocco
18   DF Christian Ventola
19   FW Manuel Marras
20   MF Andrea Palazzi (on loan from Inter)
21   MF Mattia Proietti
22   GK Francesco Galante
23   DF Marco Perrotta
24   MF Luca Forte
25   MF Luca Crecco
26   FW Mirko Antonucci (on loan from Roma)
28   MF Filippo Melegoni (on loan from Atalanta)
29   MF Christian Capone (on loan from Atalanta)
30   MF Franck Kanouté
31   DF Matteo Ciofani
32   FW Arthur Yamga (on loan from Chievo)
33   FW Alexis Ferrante

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
  GK Tomasch Calore (at Pro Piacenza)
  DF Ibrahima Diallo (at Fano)
  DF Leonardo Maloku (at Fano)
No. Position Player
  DF Francesco Zampano (at Frosinone)
  FW Cristian Bunino (at Juventus U23)

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
 
 
 
1956–57
Renato Piacentini   1957–58
Aurelio Marchese
Mario Tontodonati
 
 
1958–59
Ljubo Benčić
Mario Tontodonati
 
 
1959–61
Umberto De Angelis   1961–62
Leonardo Costagliola   1962–63
Ljubo Benčić
Renato Piacentini
 
 
1963–64
Ljubo Benčić
Vincenzo Marsico
 
 
1964–65
Antonio Giammarinaro
Alfredo Notti
 
 
1965–66
Sergio Cervato   1966–67
 
Name Nationality Years
Antonio Giammarinaro   1967–68
Gianni Seghedoni
Mario Tontodonati
 
 
1968–69
Dante Lacorata
Mario Tontodonati
 
 
1969–70
Francesco Capocasale   1970–71
Enzo Falini
Vitaliano Patricelli
 
 
1971–72
Domenico Rosati   1972–76
Giancarlo Cadè   1976–78
Antonio Valentín Angelillo   1978–79
Gustavo Giagnoni
Claudio Tobia
Mario Tontodonati
 
 
 
1979–80
Aldo Agroppi   1980–81
Giuseppe Chiappella
Saul Malatrasi
Mario Tiddia
 
 
 
1981–82
Domenico Rosati   1982–84
Enrico Catuzzi   1984–86
Giovanni Galeone   1986–89
Ilario Castagner
Edoardo Reja
 
 
1989–90
Giovanni Galeone
Carlo Mazzone
 
 
1990–91
Giovanni Galeone   1991–92
Vincenzo Zucchini   1992–93
Gianni Corelli
Giorgio Rumignani
Franco Scoglio
Vincenzo Zucchini
 
 
 
 
1993–94
Francesco Oddo
Giorgio Rumignani
 
 
1994–95
Luigi Maifredi
Francesco Oddo
 
 
1995–96
 
Name Nationality Years
Delio Rossi   July 1996 – June 97
Adriano Buffoni
Maurizio Viscidi
 
 
1997–98
Luigi De Canio
Francesco Giorgini
 
 
July 1998 – June 99
Giovanni Galeone   July 1999 – Nov 2000
Tarcisio Burgnich
Giovanni Galeone
Delio Rossi
 
 
 
2000–01
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 –

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rosa Stagione" [Season Team]. Delfino Pescara 1936 (in Italian). Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 

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