U.S. Catanzaro 1929

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U.S. Catanzaro 1929[1] is an Italian football club based in Catanzaro, Calabria.

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Full nameUnione Sportiva
Catanzaro 1929[1]
Nickname(s)Aquile del sud (Southern Eagles)

Regina del Sud(Southern Queen), Timore del Nord(Fear of the North)


Giallorossi(The Red-Yellows)
GroundStadio Nicola Ceravolo,
Catanzaro, Italy
OwnerCatanzaro Calcio 2011 S.r.l.[2]
ChairmanFloriano Noto
ManagerGaetano Auteri
LeagueSerie C Group C
2018–19Serie C Group C, 3rd of 19

Founded in 1927 (officially in 1929), plays since that year.[3][citation needed]

In the course of its history the society was refounded twice: in 2006 and again in 2011, both for financial reasons.

The official colors of the club are, since its foundation, yellow and red. Its symbol is the golden eagle, same as the city of Catanzaro. The team plays its home matches at the Stadio Nicola Ceravolo, built in 1919, the oldest sports facility in Calabria.

In the 2019–2020 season, Catanzaro was playing in Serie C, the third level of the Italian soccer championship

In its history, Catanzaro has played for seven seasons in Serie A, five of which were consecutive. The best performance in Serie A was a seventh place in 1981-82 and an eighth place obtained in 1980–81. From its foundation to date it as only won seven championship: 1 of the First Division, 2 of Serie C, 3 of Serie C1 and 1 of the IV Series. Also at national level, a title of the IV Series, among the cups, is a Cup of the Alps in 1960 together with Rome, Alessandria, Verona, Naples, Catania, Triestina, Palermo for the Italian Federation and, at youth level, a Dante Berretti Trophy of Serie C in 1991–1992.

In Coppa Italia it has a second place, in the season 1965–1966, and two semi-finals in 1978–1979 and 1981–1982.

On 30 May 2018 the company, which already used the historic logo since 2011, announced the return of the old name "Unione Sportiva Catanzaro", with the final addition of "1929".[4][5]


Foundation and refoundationsEdit

The club were founded in 1927 as Unione Sportiva Catanzarese, then changed their denomination to Unione Sportiva Fascista Catanzarese in 1929, in 1946 to Unione Sportiva Catanzaro, and in 2006 to Football Club Catanzaro. The team assumed the current title in 2011, following the cancellation of the previous club's registration because of financial troubles.[6]

From Serie A to the first bankruptcyEdit

Catanzaro achieved promotion to Serie B in 1959, and reached the Coppa Italia final in 1966. In 1971, they defeated Bari in a play-off to win promotion to Serie A for the first time.

Catanzaro's inaugural Serie A season saw them struggle and succumb to relegation on the final day with only 3 wins and 15 draws for 21 points. However, their first-ever Serie A win came in Round 16 with a 1–0 win over Juventus. After narrowly missing out on a return to Serie A in 1975, they bounced back in 1976 but once again lasted just one year.

A third promotion in 1978 ushered in the club's golden era with a five-year stay in Serie A. With a team including Claudio Ranieri, Gianni Improta and the iconic Massimo Palanca, Catanzaro managed a highly credible 9th place in 1979. Though they finished 14th and would have been relegated for the following season, they won a reprieve thanks to forced relegations of AC Milan and Lazio. They managed 8th place in 1981 and 7th the following year before a dismal relegation in 1983. Much of the next four years was spent bouncing between Serie B and C1.

Catanzaro emerged as promotion contenders once more in 1988, with the ageless Palanca having returned to the club after a fruitless spell at Napoli. Finishing 5th, they succumbed to successive relegations in 1990 and 1991, staying in Serie C2 until 2003.

In 2005, after two consecutive promotions, Catanzaro returned to Serie B after a 15-year absence. However, after a poor season they ended their Serie B campaign in last place, meaning relegation to Serie C1. Catanzaro would immediately get another chance, the team being reinstated to Serie B due to vacancies related to the exclusion of other teams from Serie B. In its 2005/2006 Serie B campaign, Catanzaro came last again and was relegated to Serie C1; the relegation was followed by financial troubles which led to the federation cancelling the club's registration.

F.C. CatanzaroEdit

Old logo of FC Catanzaro (used from 2006 until 2011)

In the summer 2006 the club was refounded with the new name of F.C. Catanzaro and registered to Serie C2 for the 2006–2007 season, with the hope to return to the upper divisions.

In season 2010–11, they were initially relegated from Lega Pro Seconda Divisione group C to Serie D,[7] but due to the relegation of Pomezia to last place, the club was saved from relegation.[8]

On 18 July 2011 it is excluded by the Federal Council from Lega Pro Seconda Divisione,[9] but on 27 July 2011 it wins appeal to Tnas and then can play in 2011–12 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.[10]

U.S. Catanzaro 1929Edit

On 30 June 2011 the company Catanzaro Calcio 2011 acquired permanently the company branch of the bankrupt F.C. Catanzaro.[11][12]

Since 6 August 2011, the company switched to the current denomination, after having purchased the historical brand and logo of U.S. Catanzaro.[1]

In the 2011–12 season, Catanzaro obtained a respectable second place in the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione and was promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione after playoffs. The following two seasons saw Catanzaro ending in tenth and fourth place respectively, and also a participation in the promotion play-offs (then lost to Benevento) in the latter case.

Colors and badgeEdit


The team's colours, since foundatuon, are red and yellow, just as the whole city

The most used uniform in the eigthy years of history of the Aquile is the solid red one, with the yellow V collar with red shorts and socks with yellow edges.

Those pairings have accompanied the Calabrians in the golden years of the Serie A and therefore are the most dear to the Catanzaro environment. Equally used was the vertical striped yellow and red shirt with red shorts and socks with yellow edges, especially in the post-failure years of 2006.

Most rarely Catanzaro has used a shirt with yellow and red horizontal stripes. However, this uniform was used by the Calabrians in the historic match in Turin, won against Juventus, in the Italian Cup 1965-66, which was to launch the Catanzaro in the final, then lost against the lilies of Florence.

As for the away shirt is, the most used is completely blue with references to the Giallorossi ,but also completely white or yellow seals were worn

Occasionally le Aquile, have also used a third uniform which, depending on the color of the home squad, could be either blue or white or yellow. Same for the fourth currency


The corporate coat of arms consists of a shield in which stands the historic symbol of Catanzaro, the Golden eagle, faithfully taken from the city's coat of arms, which holds a blue ribbon on its beak bearing the motto Sanguinis effusione, motivated by the losses reported in various battles by the Catanzaro fighters.

On the belly of the eagle takes place a shield that reproduces the three hills on which the city stands. A vertical line splits the emblem in two, so as to allow the insertion of the team's social colors, which is completed by the name of the company, placed at the top on a blue background.

Presidential historyEdit

Below is a presidential history list of Catanzaro, from when they were founded in 1927, until the present day.[13]

Name Years
Antonio Susanna 1927–1928
Enrico Talamo 1928–1937
Arnaldo Pugliese 1937–1944
Italo Paparazzo 1944–1945
Umberto Riccio 1945–1946
Giuseppe Zamboni Pesci 1946–1948
Gino Guarnieri 1948–1950
Aldo Ferrara 1950–1958
Nicola Ceravolo 1958–1979
Adriano Merlo 1979–1984
Giuseppe Albano 1984–1995
Giuseppe Soluri 1995–1999
Name Years
Giovanni Mancuso 1999–2003
Domenico Cavallaro 2003
Claudio Parente 2003–2006
Bernardo Colao 2006
Domenico Cavallaro 2006
Giancarlo Pittelli 2006–2008
Pasquale Bove 2008–2009
Antonio Aiello 2009–2010
Maurizio Ferrara 2010–2011
Giuseppe Santaguida 2011
Giuseppe Cosentino 2011–2017
Floriano Noto 2017-

Managerial historyEdit

Name Nationality Years
Dino Baroni   1928–1931
Géza Kertész   1931–1933
Yuri Koszegi   1933–1936
Remo Migliorini
Gorni Schoenfeld
Walter Colombati   1937–1938
Riccardo Mottola   1938–1946
Pietro Piselli   1946–1947
Todor Veselinović   1986
Claudio Tobia   1986-1987
Vincenzo Guerini   1987-1988
Tarcisio Burgnich   1988-1989
Gianni Di Marzio   1989
Fausto Silipo   1989-1990
Renzo Aldi   1990
Fausto Silipo   1990
Claudio Sala   1990-1991
Francesco Brignani   1991
Claudio Sala   1991
Gennaro Rambone   1991-1992
Franco Selvaggi   1992-1993
Adriano Banelli   1993
Paolo Dal Fiume   1993
Adriano Banelli   1993
Gianni Improta   1993-1995
Enrico Nicolini   1995
Saverio Leotta   1995
Enrico Nicolini   1995
Mauro Zampollini   1995-1996
Marcello Pasquino   1996
Adriano Banelli   1996
Rino Lavezzini   1996-1997
Giuseppe Sabadini   1997
Rino Lavezzini   1997
Francesco Paolo Specchia   1997-1998
Giuseppe Vuolo   1998
Juan Carlos Morrone   1998-1999
Salvatore Esposito   1999-2000
Fortunato Torrisi   2000
Giuseppe Galluzzo   2000
Agatino Cuttone   2000-2001
Leonardo Bitetto   2001-2002
Massimo Morgia   2002
Franco Dellisanti   2002-2003
Piero Braglia   2003-2005
Luigi Cagni   2005
Bruno Bolchi   2005
Sergio Buso   2005-2006
Vincenzo Guerini   2006
Bruno Giordano   2006
Franco Cittadino   2006
Manuele Domenicali   2006-2007
Fausto Silipo   2007-2008
Franco Cittadino   2008
Agatino Cuttone   2008
Nicola Provenza   2008-2009
Gaetano Auteri   2009-2010
Zé Maria   2010-2011
Antonio Aloi   2011
Francesco Cozza   2011–2013
Fulvio D'Adderio   2013
Oscar Brevi   2013-2014
Francesco Moriero   2014-2015
Massimo D’Urso   2015
Stefano Sanderra   2015
Massimo D’Urso   2015
Alessandro Erra   2015-2016
Giulio Spader   2016
Mario Somma   2016
Nunzio Zavettieri   2016-2017
Alessandro Erra   2017
Davide Dionigi   2017-2018
Giuseppe Pancaro   2018
Gaetano Auteri   2018-2019
Gianluca Grassadonia   2019-2020
Gaetano Auteri   2020-

Current squadEdit

As of 31 January 2020

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 Raffaele Di Gennaro
3   DF Zhivko Atanasov
4   MF Francesco Corapi
5   DF Daniele Celiento
6   DF Manuel Nicoletti
7   FW Mamadou Kanouté
8   MF Francesco Urso
9   FW Matteo Di Piazza
10   FW Luca Giannone
11   FW Giuseppe Statella
12   GK Rocco Mittica
14   DF Cristian Riggio
17   FW Gabriele Novello
No. Position Player
18   FW Andrea Bianchimano (on loan from Perugia)
19   MF Carlo De Risio
20   MF Lorenzo Di Livio
21   MF Massimiliano Carlini
22   GK Marco Bleve (on loan from Lecce)
23   DF Sergio Contessa
24   MF Alberto Cristiano
25   DF Luca Martinelli
26   FW Giacomo Tulli
27   FW Giacomo Casoli
28   MF Álvaro Juliano (on loan from Potenza)
30   DF Paride Pinna
31   DF Danilo Quaranta (on loan from Ascoli)

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 Andrea Signorini (at Triestina)
  MF Andrea Risolo (at Virtus Francavilla)
No. Position Player
  FW Doudou Mangni (at Gozzano)


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