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Unione Sportiva Salernitana 1919, or simply Salernitana is an Italian professional association football club based in Salerno, Campania. Salernitana returned to Serie B in 2015, having finished first in Lega Pro Prima Divisione Girone C.

Salernitana
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Full name Unione Sportiva Salernitana 1919 S.r.l.
Nickname(s) i Granata (The Garnets)
Founded 1919; 98 years ago (1919)
2005; 12 years ago (2005) (re-founded)
2011; 6 years ago (2011) (re-founded)
Ground Stadio Arechi,
Salerno,[1] Italy
Ground Capacity 31,300[2]
Chairman Marco Mezzaroma and Claudio Lotito
Manager Vacant
League Serie B
2016–17 Serie B, 10th
Website Club website

The club is the legitimate heir of the former Salernitana Calcio 1919[3] and there is a sports continuity also with the former Salerno Calcio[4] in the 2011–12 season[5][6] which has restarted from Serie D[7] rather than from Terza Categoria, thanks to Article 52 NOIF of FIGC.[8]

The club – named Salerno Calcio – is soon after promoted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione as it re-obtained the original name of U.S. Salernitana 1919.[3] It was immediately promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione.

Contents

HistoryEdit

From Unione Sportiva Salernitana to Salernitana Calcio 1919Edit

The origins of the team go back to 1919 when in Salerno was founded the former Unione Sportiva Salernitana renamed Salernitana Sport in 1978, which spent the vast majority of their history at the Serie B and Serie C levels of Italian football.

Salernitana plays their home games at Stadio Arechi. In their earliest years, Salernitana competed in the Italian Football Championship on a regional basis. They played at this level for four seasons during the 1920s. Since that time the club returned to the top level of Italian football twice; they played in Serie A during 1947–48 and 1998–99.

Salernitana, who wear an all-maroon kit, have had several name changes since they first appeared in 1919; one was after a merger with Audax Salerno.

In 2005 the club went bankrupt but were refounded by Antonio Lombardi, changing the name from Salernitana Sport to Salernitana Calcio 1919.

In the summer 2011, it did not appeal against the exclusion by Commissione di Vigilanza sulle Società di Calcio Professionistiche (Co.vi.so.c) and it is excluded by the Italian football.

From Salerno Calcio to US Salernitana 1919Edit

 
Salernitana-Cosenza 2014–15

On 21 July 2011 the mayor of Salerno Vincenzo De Luca chooses the proposal of the company Morgenstern S.r.l. administered by Gianni Mezzaroma making so born the new team Salerno Calcio, thus representing the city in Serie D.[9] Member of society and the great protagonist of the project is Claudio Lotito,[10] president of Lazio. His brother in law and Gianni's son, Marco Mezzaroma is the president of team:[11] he is the husband of the former minister Mara Carfagna, born in the town.[12]

The club in the 2011–12 season was immediately promoted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione winning the Group G of Serie D.

On 12 July 2012 the club was renamed US Salernitana 1919.[3]

2012–13 Lega Pro Seconda DivisioneEdit

In the 2012–13 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season, Salernitana finished first in Girone B, and was promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione. This was the second consecutive promotion for the team. Finally Salernitana won Group C of Lega Pro and returned Serie B in 2014–15 season.

Colours, badge and nicknamesEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Salernitana's original kit.

Salernitana originally wore light blue and white striped shirts, known in Italy as biancocelesti.[13] The blue on the shirt was chosen to represent the sea, Salerno the city lies right next to the Gulf of Salerno and has a long tradition as a porting city. During the 1940s the club changed to maroon coloured shirts, which has gained them the nickname granata in their homeland.

In the 2011–12 season as Salerno Calcio the shirt was striped blue and deep red, with the symbol of St. Matthew, patron of the city, similar to that of Barcelona.[14]

Since 12 July 2012 with the renaming as US Salernitana 1919, the colour of the first shirt is again the traditional garnet.[3]

HonoursEdit

Winners (2): 1946–47; 1997–98
Winners (4): 1937–38; 1965–66; 2007–08; 2014–15
Runners-up (2): 1989–90; 1993–94
Runners-up (1): 1980
Winners (1): 2013–14 against Monza Calcio[15]
Winner (1): 2012–13
Winner (1): 2011–12 (as Salerno Calcio)

Current squadEdit

As of 11 November 2017

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 Marius Adamonis (on loan from Lazio)
2   DF Raffaele Pucino
3   DF Luigi Vitale
4   DF Alessandro Bernardini
5   DF Valerio Mantovani
7   MF Franco Signorelli
8   MF Antonio Zito
9   FW Alejandro Rodríguez (on loan from Chievo)
10   MF Alessandro Rosina (captain)
11   MF Alex
12   GK Michalis Iliadis
13   MF Sofian Kiyine (on loan from Chievo)
14   MF Francesco Della Rocca
15   MF Giuseppe Rizzo
16   DF Alessandro Tuia
17   MF Joseph Minala (on loan from Lazio)
No. Position Player
18   MF Sofiane Ahmed-Kadi
19   MF Leonardo Gatto
20   FW Francesco Orlando (on loan from Lazio)
21   DF Raffaele Schiavi
22   GK Boris Radunović (on loan from Atalanta)
23   MF Moses Odjer
24   FW Riccardo Bocalon
25   MF Nunzio Di Roberto
26   DF Patrick Asmah (on loan from Atalanta)
27   MF Matteo Ricci (on loan from Roma)
28   MF Mattia Sprocati
29   DF Gabriele Perico
30   FW Alessandro Rossi (on loan from Lazio)
31   FW Emanuele Cicerelli
33   GK Stefano Russo
34   DF Ștefan Popescu

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 Maryan Hutsol (to Agropoli)
  FW Giovanni Cappiello (to Monopoli)
  FW Nevio Carrafiello (at Rieti)
No. Position Player
  FW Mauro Infante (to Nuorese)
  FW Roberto (at Arouca)

Former playersEdit

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.salernocalcio1919.it/biglietteria-e-stadio/
  2. ^ "European Football stadiums". Fussballtempel.net. 
  3. ^ a b c d "UFFICIALE. Da adesso chiamatela U.S. SALERNITANA 1919 – Salernitana – Resport". Resport.it. 
  4. ^ "Nasce "Salerno Calcio" Nel simbolo San Matteo" (in Italian). Lacittadisalerno.gelocal.it. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.salernocalcio1919.it/calendario-girone-g/
  6. ^ "LND – Pagina non-trovata". Lnd.it. 
  7. ^ "Salerno Calcio, c'č l'iscrizione Oggi la presentazione dello staff – Corriere del Mezzogiorno". Corrieredelmezzogiorno.corriere.it. 
  8. ^ "Modifica dell'art. 52 delle Norme Organizzative Interne della FIGC (Titolo sportivo)". Civile.it. 
  9. ^ http://www.salernocalcio1919.it/societa/
  10. ^ "Lotito, show a Salerno "Torneremo in alto"". Repubblica.it. 
  11. ^ "E' nata la nuova Salernitana Il Salerno calcio sarà "blau-grana" Lotito: non è un satellite della Lazio" (in Italian). Ilmattino.it. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Mara Carfagna Ťpresidentessať granata La carica degli ex per la Salerno calcio" (in Italian). Corrieredelmezzogiorno.corriere.it. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "La Storia: 1910–1919" (in Italian). Salernitana.it. 24 June 2007. 
  14. ^ "Sarà "Salerno Calcio" il nome della nuova società calcistica della città. Lotito e Mezzaroma hanno presentato i loro progetti" (in Italian). 12mesi.it. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "Festa Arechi nel nome di Ago, alla Salernitana la Coppa Italia". Ilmattino.it. 
  16. ^ "Statistiche del giocatore su Fifa.com". Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  17. ^ "Scheda del giocatore su Hellastory.net". Retrieved 17 August 2009. 
  18. ^ "Francesco Di Jorio". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  19. ^ "Profilo sul sito dell'AaB". Aabsport.dk. 
  20. ^ "Roberto Merino convocato nella Nazionale Peruviana". Retrieved 17 August 2009. 

Further readingEdit

  • Giovanni Vitale (2010). Salernitana storia di gol sorrisi e affanni. International printing. ISBN 978-88-7868-094-4. 

External linksEdit