Ternana Calcio

Ternana Calcio, commonly referred to as Ternana, is an Italian football club based in Terni, Umbria. In 2017 the club was bought by Unicusano, thus adding the name of the private university to the club. The word "Unicusano" was also added to the crest in 2017–18 season, but was removed in May 2018.[1]

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Full nameTernana Calcio S.p.A.
Nickname(s)I Rossoverdi (The Red and Greens)
Le Fere ("The Beasts" in Umbrian)
Founded1925; 97 years ago (1925)
GroundStadio Libero Liberati,
Terni, Italy
OwnerStefano Bandecchi
ChairmanStefano Ranucci
ManagerCristiano Lucarelli
LeagueSerie B
2020–21Serie C Group C, 1st of 20 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website

The club was founded in 1925 and refounded in 1993. In its history, Ternana has twice played in Serie A (in the 1972–73 and 1974–75 seasons) and 28 times in Serie B, where it will play during the 2021–22 season, having earned promotion from Serie C the season before.

The first team from Umbria to reach Serie A, Ternana enjoys a local rivalry with Perugia whose fans are also jokingly referred as "cuniji" by the Ternani - which translates to "rabbits" due to their tendency to run away during clashes outside stadiums between supporters. Ternana plays its home matches at the legendary Stadio Libero Liberati.


Serie AEdit


The club was founded in 1925 as Terni F.B.C after the merger between Terni Football Club and Unione Sportiva Ternana, reaching the II Division in 1926 and the I Division (nowadays known as Serie B) just a year later.

From Serie C to Serie BEdit

The club, however, folded in due to financial difficulties, being refounded in 1929 as Unione Fascista Ternana (a denomination that was common during the Italian fascist regime). Folding again in 1933, the club returned to footballing action in 1935 under the name Polisportiva Mario Umberto Borzacchini, after a racing car driver and a native of Terni who had died at the 1933 Monza Grand Prix. In 1938 the new club reached promotion to Serie C, missing a second consecutive promotion the following year.

In 1946, after the World War II, football restarted in Italy and Ternana played in the Serie B, missing promotion for two consecutive years, and being relegated to Serie C in 1949 and IV Serie in 1950. A third relegation, this time to Promozione, came in 1953, and was followed by two years in the regional division for Ternana before returning to IV Serie in 1955. The club returned to Serie C in 1964, and Serie B in 1968, the latter under coach Corrado Viciani.

1970s–1993: From Serie A to bankruptcyEdit

1972–73 Ternana, at its first Serie A season.

In 1972, Ternana finally won Serie B and reached Serie A for their first time, again with Viciani as coach. However, the club did not prove to be ready for Serie A, as they were promptly relegated in their debut appearance in the top flight, managing only three wins in 30 matches. In 1974, again in Serie B, Ternana managed to reach one of the three top spots, winning their second promotion to Serie A; this was, however, followed by yet another sad relegation. In the following years, despite a number of noted head coaches such as Edmondo Fabbri, Cesare Maldini and Renzo Ulivieri, Ternana did not manage to return in the top flight, and instead were relegated to Serie C in 1980, despite a prestigious run in the 1979–80 Coppa Italia, where Ternana reached the semi-finals, being then eliminated 3–1 on aggregate by Roma.

During the 1980s Ternana played between Serie C1 and Serie C2, before going bankrupt on 12 December 1987. Managed by an official liquidator, Ternana ended the season and escaped relegation. The club, bought in the summer of 1988 by a consortium headed by Gaspare Gambino, won promotion to Serie C in 1988–89 after winning the penalty shootout in a playoff against Chieti. Successively, Ternana won Serie C1 in 1992 and marked their return to Serie B. The promotion was, however, followed by financial troubles that prevented new signings. At the end of the season, which the team finished in the last position, Ternana went officially bankrupt.

1993–1998: From the refoundation to Serie BEdit

On the summer 1993 the club was refounded as Ternana Calcio and was being forced to begin again from Serie D. In their first Serie D campaign, Ternana missed promotion, ending in third place behind Teramo and local rivals Narnese. This was followed by another unsuccessful attempt, as Ternana lost promotion to Viterbese; despite this, the club was later readmitted to Serie C2 to fill a league vacancy (ripescaggio). In 1996–97 and 1997–98, with a new president and Luigi Delneri as head coach, Ternana won two consecutive promotions, thus returning to Serie B.

1998–present: From Serie B to Lega Pro Prima Divisione and backEdit

Ternana played Serie B from 1998 until 2006. In 2004 missed a promotion in Serie A finishing 4 points behind Fiorentina.

In 2006 they were relegated to Serie C1 (since the season 2008–09 Lega Pro Prima Divisione).

In the season 2010–11 the club was relegated to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione after losing the play-out, but it was later readmitted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione on 4 August 2011 to fill vacancies.[2]

In the following season 2011–12 it was promoted from Lega Pro Prima Divisione to Serie B.

Back in Serie B, Ternana has avoided relegation as well as play-outs for 6 consecutive seasons.

In June 2017, the ownership of the club passed to the Stefano Bandecchi[citation needed] (owner of the Università degli Studi Niccolò Cusano).

Ternana was relegated from Serie B on 12 May 2018.[3]

Colors and badgeEdit

The team's colours are red and green. It is the only Italian professional team with a red and green combination.


Current squadEdit

As of 21 January 2022[4]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ITA Antony Iannarilli
3 DF   ITA Alessandro Celli
4 DF   SEN Ndir Mame Ass
5 MF   ITA Antonio Palumbo
6 DF   CRO Ivan Kontek
7 MF   ITA Federico Furlan
8 MF   ITA Mattia Proietti
9 FW   ITA Simone Mazzocchi (on loan from Atalanta)
11 FW   ITA Christian Capone (on loan from Atalanta)
12 GK   ITA Tommaso Vitali
13 DF   FRA Modibo Diakité
15 DF   DEN Frederik Sørensen
17 MF   URU César Falletti (on loan from Bologna)
19 DF   ITA Marco Capuano
20 MF   ITA Fabrizio Paghera
21 MF   ITA Anthony Partipilo
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 GK   LTU Titas Krapikas
23 DF   ITA Luca Ghiringhelli
24 MF   ITA Diego Peralta
25 MF   ITA Marino Defendi (captain)
28 MF   ITA Aniello Salzano
29 DF   FRA Salim Diakite
32 FW   ITA Stefano Pettinari
33 GK   ITA Angelo Casadei
34 MF   ITA Davide Agazzi
42 DF   SVN Matija Boben
70 FW   ITA Gabriele Capanni (on loan from Milan)
80 MF   GRE Ilias Koutsoupias (on loan from Virtus Entella)
87 DF   ITA Bruno Martella
88 MF   ITA Leonardo Mazza
99 FW   ITA Alfredo Donnarumma (on loan from Brescia)

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 Andrea Tozzo (at Seregno)
DF   ITA Mattia Lucarelli (at Pro Sesto)
DF   ITA Federico Mazzarani (at Pro Sesto)
DF   ITA Francesco Siragusa (at Chieti)
MF   ITA Filippo Damian (at ACR Messina)
MF   CUB Davide Incerti (at Atletico Uri)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   ITA Kingsley Boateng (at Fermana)
FW   ITA Alexis Ferrante (at Foggia)
FW   ITA Guido Marilungo (at Pescara)
FW   ITA Gabriele Onesti (at Bologna U19)
FW   ITA Pietro Rovaglia (at Fermana)



Winners: 1971–72
Winners: 2020–21 (Group C)


  • Armadori, Giorgio; Christian Armadori (2001). Tra storia e leggenda, almanacco illustrato della Ternana dalle origini al 2000 (in Italian). Ternana Calcio. ISBN 88-434-0859-3.


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