U.S. Salernitana 1919

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Full name Unione Sportiva Salernitana 1919 S.r.l.
Nickname(s) i Granata (The Garnets)
Founded 1919
2005 (re-founded)
2011 (re-founded)
Ground Stadio Arechi,
Salerno,[1] Italy
Ground Capacity 31,300[2]
Chairman Marco Mezzaroma and Claudio Lotito
Manager Leonardo Menichini
League Serie B
2014–15 Lega Pro/C, 1st (Promoted)
Website Club home page

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

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.


From Unione Sportiva Salernitana to Salernitana Calcio 1919

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 of Covisoc and it is excluded by the Italian football.

From Salerno Calcio to US Salernitana 1919

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 Divisione

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 nicknames

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]


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 squad

As of 16 January 2016

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

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Pietro Terracciano (on loan from Catania)
2 Italy DF Gianluca Pollace (on loan from Lazio)
3 Italy DF Michele Franco
4 Italy MF Manolo Pestrin (Captain)
5 Italy MF Andrea Nalini
6 Italy DF Trevor Trevisan
7 Italy DF Riccardo Colombo
8 Italy MF Davide Moro
9 Italy FW Massimo Coda
11 Senegal FW Mamadou Tounkara (on loan from Lazio)
12 Albania GK Thomas Strakosha (on loan from Lazio)
13 Brazil DF Alan Empereur (on loan from Fiorentina)
15 Croatia DF Ricardo Bagadur (on loan from Fiorentina)
16 Italy DF Alessandro Tuia
17 Romania FW Sergiu Buș (on loan from Sheffield Wednesday)
No. Position Player
18 Italy FW Leonardo Gatto (on loan from Atalanta)
19 Brazil MF Ronaldo Pompeu (on loan from Lazio)
20 Ghana MF Moses Odjer (on loan from Catania)
21 Italy MF Andrea Bovo
23 Italy DF Raffaele Schiavi
26 Croatia DF Franjo Prce (on loan from Lazio)
27 Italy DF Luca Ceccarelli
28 Italy MF Antonio Zito
29 Italy DF Andrea Rossi (on loan from Pescara)
30 Italy FW Alfredo Donnarumma
33 Italy DF Alessandro Bernardini
35 Australia MF Chris Ikonomidis (on loan from Lazio)
36 Italy FW Antonio Martinello
Italy GK Antonio Rosti

Former players

From Italian national football team:

From other national football team:



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Further reading

  • Giovanni Vitale (2010). Salernitana storia di gol sorrisi e affanni. International printing. ISBN 9-788878-680944.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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