A.S.D. Akragas 2018

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Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Akragas 2018, commonly referred to as Akragas, is an Italian association football club based in Agrigento, Sicily. The club, in its first inception, was founded in 1929 and has played many years at Serie C level, and currently plays in the regional amateur Promozione league of Sicily.

Akragas
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Full nameAssociazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Akragas 2018
Nickname(s)Giganti, Akragantini, Biancoazzurri, Il Gigante
Founded1939 (inactive)
1952 (re-founded)
2018 (re-founded)
Capacity10,000
PresidentItaly Giovanni Castronovo
ManagerCorrado Mutolo
LeaguePromozione Sicily
2018–19Promozione Sicily/A, 4th

HistoryEdit

The foundationEdit

An ancestor of the club was known to have played since at least the early-1930s as Associazione Calcio Agrigento.[1] The club had moderate success in the lower divisions of Italian football; it progressed beyond the regional Sicilian scene to Serie C for the first time in the 1939–40 season.[2]

By the late 1940s A.C. Agrigento had fallen in stature, competing in the regional Promozione Sicily league after being relegated;[2] their decline fully set in 1952 when the club became defunct due to financial difficulties.[2]

Revival as AkragasEdit

Following the previous club's closure, Akragas was revamped and a new team was set up by chairman Enzo Lauretta during 1952. The club was renamed Unione Sportiva Akragas,[3] rather than using the Italianized version of the name, the club paid homage to the city's Magna Graecia roots. A noted figure in Sicilian football, Carmelo Di Bella was put in place as the club's first manager, while Gaspare Gallo was its first captain.[4] To attract the attention of the supporters of defunct Agrigento, Akragas changed its colour, abandoning its violet and taking the white and blue of Agrigento.

In the 2013–14 season, Akragas barely missed out on promotion to Lega Pro in favour of Savoia, but would go on to achieve this in the next season by winning Group I of the Serie D league. They began to play in the Lega Pro after the 2015–16 season.

Club president Silvio Alessi announced on 13 July 2018, that the team did not register for the upcoming season of Serie D, to which it had been relegated, and the club had been placed in liquidation.[5]

The club was successively refounded and admitted in the Promozione amateur league of Sicily in 2018.

Colours and badgeEdit

The team plays in a light blue and white striped kit.

HonoursEdit

Serie C2:

  • Runner-up (1): 1982–83

Serie D:

  • Winners (3): 1980–81; 1991–92; 2014–15
  • Runner-up (2): 1958–59; 2013–14

Eccellenza Sicily:

  • Winners (1): 2012–13

Promozione Sicily:

  • Winners (3): 1956–57; 1977–78

Prima Categoria Sicily:

  • Runners-up (1): 1952–53

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Coppa Italia: il dossier sulle 19 big in campo". Lega Nazionale Dilettanti. 7 October 2007.
  2. ^ a b c "Storia dell'Akragas Calcio". Criluge Flash. 7 October 2007.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Libri. Presentata la storia ilustrata dell'Unione Sportiva Akragas". Akragas.net. 7 October 2007.
  4. ^ "Fotogallery Anni '50". Conosecrel Akragas. 7 October 2007. Archived from the original on 2 June 2007.
  5. ^ "L'Akragas Non si Iscrive al Campionato di Serie D, la Società sarà Messa in Liquidazione" [Akragas Does Not Register for the Serie D Championship, the Company will be Put into Liquidation]. Giornale di Sicilia (in Italian). 13 July 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.