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Delfino Pescara 1936

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

Full nameDelfino Pescara 1936 S.p.A.
Nickname(s)I Delfini (The Dolphins)
I Biancazzurri (The White and Blues)
Founded1936; 83 years ago (1936)
2009; 10 years ago (2009) (new legal entity as Delfino Pescara 1936)
GroundStadio Adriatico
ChairmanDaniele Sebastiani
ManagerLuciano Zauri
LeagueSerie B
2018–19Serie B, 4th
WebsiteClub website

The club was formed in 1936 and currently plays in Serie B. 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.


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 losses, 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.

In August 2018, Pescara Calcio launched a public mini-bond investment opportunity via sports investment platform Tifosy to raise a minimum of €2,000,000.[1] The investment scheme raised a total of €2,300,000, which was €300,000 more than the minimum target, with funds being used to develop the club's youth sector and facilities. Chairman Daniele Sebastiani said funds from the bond would help:

"To grow the youth sector and the sports center , already at the forefront. The scouting activity has always been important for the club, from which came talents like Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne,  Marco Verratti and Lucas Torreira."


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.


Current squadEdit

As of 2 September 2019.[2]

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   MF Alessandro Bruno
6   DF Gennaro Scognamiglio
7   FW Andrea Cisco (on loan from Sassuolo)
8   MF Ledian Memushaj
9   MF Marco Camilleri
10   MF Matteo Brunori (on loan from Parma)
11   FW Cristian Galano
12   GK Elhan Kastrati
13   DF Matteo Ciofani
14   DF Antonio Balzano
15   MF Stefano Palmucci
16   DF Mirko Drudi
18   DF Davide Bettella (on loan from Atalanta)
19   FW Riccardo Maniero
20   MF Luca Palmiero (on loan from Napoli)
21   DF Davide Vitturini
No. Position Player
22   GK Simone Farelli
23   MF Andrea Di Grazia
24   MF Pepín Machín (on on loan from Parma)
25   MF Luca Crecco
26   MF Willy Ta Bi (on loan from Atalanta)
27   DF Gabriele Zappa
28   DF Andrea Marafini
29   FW Gennaro Borrelli
31   MF Massimiliano Busellato
32   FW Marco Tumminello (on loan from Atalanta)
33   DF Alessandro Celli
34   GK Alessandro Sorrentino
35   MF Filippo Melegoni (on loan from Atalanta)
36   MF Ivaylo Chochev
37   MF Grigoris Kastanos (on loan from Juventus)
38   MF Davide Cipolletti
39   MF Svante Ingelsson (on loan from Udinese)
40   DF Edoardo Masciangelo (on loan from Juventus)
41   FW Miloš Bočić

Other players under contractEdit

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

No. Position Player
  DF Ibrahima Diallo
  DF Francesco Karkalis
  FW Valentino Cernaz
No. Position Player
  FW Luca Forte
  FW Simone Mancini

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 Edgar Elizalde (at Catanzaro)
  DF Cristian Ventola (at Cittadella)
  MF Gastón Brugman (at Parma)
  MF Franck Kanouté (at Cosenza)
  MF Simone Tascone (at Catanzaro)
No. Position Player
  FW Cristian Bunino (at Padova)
  FW Alexis Ferrante (at Ternana)
  FW Salvatore Festa (at Pineto)
  FW Fabio Morselli (at Rende)
  FW Stefano Sarritzu (at Pineto)

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
Name Nationality Years
Antonio Giammarinaro   1967–68
Gianni Seghedoni
Mario Tontodonati
Dante Lacorata
Mario Tontodonati
Francesco Capocasale   1970–71
Enzo Falini
Vitaliano Patricelli
Domenico Rosati   1972–76
Giancarlo Cadè   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
Name Nationality Years
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
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 –



  1. ^ "The Pescara launches a mini-bond on Tifosy: target 3 million, will make 8% per annum". Calcio e Finanza. 12 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Rosa Stagione" [Season Team]. Delfino Pescara 1936 (in Italian). Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Ex aequo con il Pescara. Almanacco del calcio" (PDF).

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