U.S. Salernitana 1919

Unione Sportiva Salernitana 1919, commonly referred to as Salernitana, is an Italian football club based in Salerno, Campania. Salernitana returned to Serie A in 2021, after a break of 23 seasons, having finished second in Serie B. The club is the heir of the former Salernitana Calcio 1919[4] and there is a sports continuity also with the former Salerno Calcio in the 2011–12 season which restarted from Serie D[5] due to Article 52 NOIF of FIGC.[6]

US Salernitana 1919 logo.svg
Full nameUnione Sportiva Salernitana 1919 S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Granata (The Garnets)
Founded1919; 103 years ago (1919)
2005; 17 years ago (2005) (refounded)
2011; 11 years ago (2011) (refounded)
GroundStadio Arechi[1]
CEODanilo Iervolino[3]
ManagerStefano Colantuono
LeagueSerie A
2020–21Serie B, 2nd of 20 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website
Current season


From Unione Sportiva Salernitana to Salernitana Calcio 1919Edit

The Salerno-based club was originally founded in 1919 as the Unione Sportiva Salernitana. The club was known as Società Sportiva Salernitanaudax for a time during the 1920s following a merger with Audax Salerno. In 1978, the club was renamed Salernitana Sport. The club has spent the majority of their history at the Serie B and Serie C levels of Italian football.

Salernitana play their home matches at Stadio Arechi. In their early years, Salernitana competed in the regional Italian Football Championship. 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.

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

In 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.[citation needed]

Club refoundation: from Serie D to the top flightEdit

Salernitana-Cosenza 2014–15

On 21 July 2011, following the exclusion of the original Salernitana club, Salerno mayor Vincenzo De Luca, in compliance with Article 52 of N.O.I.F., assigned the new title to Marco Mezzaroma, brother-in-law of Lazio owner and chairman Claudio Lotito. The new club was admitted to Serie D under the denomination of Salerno Calcio.[1][7][8]

In the 2011–12 season, Salernitana was immediately promoted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione after winning Group G of Serie D.

On 12 July 2012, the club was renamed US Salernitana 1919.[4] 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.

After several seasons at Serie B level, Salernitana won promotion to Serie A at the end of the 2020–21 Serie B season under the tenure of head coach Fabrizio Castori, finishing in 2nd place behind champions Empoli. Promotion was secured with a 3–0 victory over Pescara on the final matchday. Salernitana's return to Serie A however required Lotito and Mezzaroma to sell the club, due to Italian football laws not allowing two clubs from the same owner to play in the same league.[9] On 7 July 2021, the FIGC Federal Council approved the trust of Salernitana to take control of the club, meaning it was officially enrolled in Serie A for the first time in 23 years.[10]

Return to Serie A: 2021–presentEdit

Salernitana's first match in its return to the top flight was a 3–2 defeat against Bologna on 22 August 2021.[11] After a poor start to the season, earning only one point from the first six matches, the club picked up its first Serie A victory against Genoa on matchday seven, winning 1–0 due to a goal from Milan Đurić.[12] In October, the Salernitana board fired Castori after a 2–1 loss to Spezia had left the club at the bottom of the table, with four points from their opening eight league games. Stefano Colantuono was named as his replacement, returning for a second spell as head coach having previously led Salernitana from December 2017 to December 2018.[13]

Colours, badge and nicknamesEdit

Salernitana's original kit.

Salernitana originally wore light blue and white striped shirts, known in Italy as biancocelesti.[14] 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 port city. In the 1940s, the club changed to garnet coloured shirts, which has gained them the nickname granata in their homeland.

During the 2011–12 season their kit colours were striped blue and deep red, resembling F.C. Barcelona. The symbol of St. Matthew, patron saint of Salerno, was also a part of the redesigned kit.[15]

Since renaming the club US Salernitana 1919, however, their home colours have again been the traditional garnet.[4]

The 100th anniversary logo was announced on June 24, 2019, and appeared on their 2019–20 season kits.[16]


Winners: 1946–47 (Group C), 1997–98
Runners-up: 2020–21
Winners: 1937–38; 1965–66; 2007–08; 2014–15
Runners-up: 1989–90; 1993–94
Runners-up: 1980
Winners: 2013–14 against Monza Calcio[17]
Winner: 2012–13
Winners: 2012–13
Winner: 2011–12 (as Salerno Calcio)

Divisional movementsEdit

Series Years Last Promotions Relegations
A 3 2021–22 -   2 (1948, 1999)
B 30 2020–21   3 (1947, 1998, 2021)   6 (1939, 1956, 1967, 1991, 2005✟, 2010)
2014–15   7 (1938, 1943, 1966, 1990, 1994, 2008, 2015)
  1 (2013 C2)
  1 (2011✟)
89 out of 90 years of professional football in Italy since 1929
D 1 2011–12   1 (2012) never


Current squadEdit

As of 23 October 2021

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 Vincenzo Fiorillo
2 MF   SEN Mamadou Coulibaly (on loan from Udinese)
3 DF   ITA Matteo Ruggeri (on loan from Atalanta)
4 DF   POL Paweł Jaroszyński (on loan from Genoa)
5 DF   ALB Frédéric Veseli
6 DF   NOR Stefan Strandberg
7 MF   FRA Franck Ribéry (captain)
8 MF   ITA Andrea Schiavone
9 FW   ITA Federico Bonazzoli (on loan from Sampdoria)
11 FW   BIH Milan Đurić
12 GK   ITA Antonio Russo
13 DF   ITA Ramzi Aya
14 MF   ITA Francesco Di Tacchio (vice-captain)
15 FW   CIV Cedric Gondo
18 MF   MLI Lassana Coulibaly
19 DF   ITA Luca Ranieri (on loan from Fiorentina)
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 MF   CYP Grigoris Kastanos (on loan from Juventus)
21 DF   ITA Nadir Zortea (on loan from Atalanta)
22 MF   NGA Joel Obi
23 DF   SVK Norbert Gyömbér
24 DF   TUN Wajdi Kechrida
25 FW   NGA Simy (on loan from Crotone)
26 DF   CRO Luka Bogdan
28 MF   ITA Leonardo Capezzi
31 DF   SWE Riccardo Gagliolo
33 DF   ITA Filippo Delli Carri (on loan from Juventus)
35 DF   MDA Andrei Moțoc
37 DF   ITA Mario Perrone
63 FW   ITA Edoardo Vergani
72 GK   SVN Vid Belec
96 GK   ITA Guido Guerrieri

Other players under contractEdit

Include players not registered for current season.

As of 4 October 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ITA Sedrick Kalombo
No. Pos. Nation Player

Out on loanEdit

As of 31 August 2021

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 Alessandro Micai (at Reggina until 30 June 2022)
DF   ITA Valerio Mantovani (at Alessandria until 30 June 2022)
DF   ITA Mirko Esposito (at Mantova until 30 June 2022)
DF   ITA Gioacchino Galeotafiore (at Seregno until 30 June 2022)
DF   FRA Sanasi Sy (at Cosenza until 30 June 2022)
MF   ITA Luca Castiglia (at Modena until 30 June 2022)
MF   NED Reda Boultam (at Cosenza until 30 June 2022)
MF   ESP Kaleb Jimenez Castillo (at Seregno until 30 June 2022)
MF   ITA Michele Cavion (at Brescia until 30 June 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ITA Agostino Del Regno (at Paganese until 30 June 2022)
MF   ITA Carmine Iannone (at Paganese until 30 June 2022)
MF   ITA Edoardo Iannoni (at Ancona-Matelica until 30 June 2022)
MF   ITA Francesco Orlando (at Alessandria until 30 June 2022)
MF   ITA Gaetano Vitale (at Seregno until 30 June 2022)
FW   ITA Filippo D'Andrea (at Seregno until 30 June 2022)
FW   ITA Giuseppe Fella (at Palermo until 30 June 2022)
FW   NOR Julian Kristoffersen (at Cosenza until 30 June 2022)

National Team playersEdit

These current and former players have recorded starts for their respective national teams.

Players from the Italian national football team:

Players from other national football teams:



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Further readingEdit

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

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