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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; 99 years ago (1919)
Ground Stadio Arechi,
Salerno,[1] Italy
Capacity 31,300[2]
Manager Stefano Colantuono
League Serie B
2017–18 Serie B, 12th
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 restarted from Serie D[7] rather than from Terza Categoria, thanks to Article 52 NOIF of FIGC.[8]

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

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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 17 August, 2018

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 Gianmarco Vannucchi
2   DF Raffaele Pucino
3   DF Luigi Vitale
4   DF Alessandro Bernardini
5   DF Valerio Mantovani
6   MF Moses Odjer
7   DF Djavan Anderson (on loan from Lazio)
8   MF Davide Di Gennaro (on loan from Lazio)
9   FW Agustín Vuletich
10   MF Alessandro Rosina (captain)
11   FW Milan Đurić
12   GK Alessandro Micai
13   DF Guillaume Gigliotti
14   MF Francesco Di Tacchio
No. Position Player
15   DF Tiago Casasola
16   MF Nicola Bellomo
18   MF Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro
20   MF Antonio Palumbo (on loan from Sampdoria)
21   DF Raffaele Schiavi
22   GK Stefano Russo
23   MF Luca Castiglia
24   FW Riccardo Bocalon
27   FW Francesco Orlando
28   MF André Anderson (on loan from Lazio)
29   DF Romano Perticone
30   FW Lamin Jallow (on loan from Chievo)
31   MF Franco Signorelli
32   MF Andrea Mazzarani

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 Sedrick Kalombo (at Pro Piacenza)
  MF Daniele Altobelli (at Ternana)
  MF Oliver Urso (at Pro Piacenza)
No. Position Player
  FW Giovanni Cappiello (at Paganese)
  FW Emanuele Cicerelli (at Foggia)
  FW Emilio Volpicelli (at Pro Piacenza)

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. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013.
  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. Archived from the original on 27 February 2008.
  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. Archived from the original on 14 May 2014.
  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