2011–12 U.S. Città di Palermo season

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U.S. Città di Palermo
2011–12 season
Chairman Maurizio Zamparini
Head coach Stefano Pioli (pre-season, until 31 August 2011)
Devis Mangia (from 31 August to 19 December 2011)
Bortolo Mutti (from 19 December 2011)
Serie A 16th
UEFA Europa League 3rd Preliminary Round
Coppa Italia Round of 16
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

U.S. Città di Palermo played the 2011–12 season in Serie A, the eighth consecutive season for the Sicilian club in the Italian top flight since their return to the league in 2004. The club ended the season in sixteenth place, the worst result in all the last eight Serie A seasons.

The Sicilian club took part to two cup competitions as well (UEFA Europa League and Coppa Italia) being eliminated immediately in both of them.

Review and events[edit]

Incumbent head coach Bortolo Mutti, appointed on December 2011 in place of Devis Mangia.

Following Palermo's last game of the 2010–11 season, a 3–1 loss to Internazionale in the Coppa Italia final, Chairman Maurizio Zamparini announced to have parted company with head coach Delio Rossi,[1] and announced Stefano Pioli as new trainer the very next day.[2] Pioli's own coaching staff will be composed by four members: assistant Giacomo Murelli, technical collaborator Davide Lucarelli, fitness coach Matteo Osti, and Graziano Vinti (a past Palermo player in the 1990s) as goalkeeping coach.[3] The club then announced to have hired Sean Sogliano as new director of football on 8 June, filling a vacancy created by the resignation of Walter Sabatini in November 2010.[4]

As in previous seasons, Palermo also acquired a number of young international starts. Many of these acquisitions were announced before the end of the previous seasons: signings of defenders Carlos Labrín and Milan Milanović,[5][6] as well as striker Pablo Andrés González, were made public already in January 2011. Later on in May, the club confirmed the acquisitions of Eros Pisano from Serie B club Varese,[6] Israeli international Eran Zahavi from Hapoel Tel Aviv, and Ádám Simon from Szombathelyi Haladás in Hungary.[6] In June, the club also announced the free signing of defender Mauro Cetto from Toulouse FC in France.[7]

On 17 June, the club confirmed to have appointed Varese youth coach Devis Mangia at the helm of the Primavera under-19 squad, replacing Paolo Beruatto.[8]

On 2 July, the squad officially gathered together in Verona, and on the same day, Maurizio Zamparini personally introduced new head coach Stefano Pioli to the press; on the following day, the players and non-playing staff moved to Malles Venosta, South Tyrol for the pre-season training camp that took place until 20 July.[9]

On 5 July, defender Andrea Mantovani joined the Palermo squad, after the Sicilian club managed to find an agreement with Chievo regarding his signing.[10] The acquisition was formally confirmed by the club the following day, the player signing a four-year deal with the Sicilians.[11]

On 9 July, Palermo confirmed the acquisition of Uruguayan youngster Ignacio Lores from Defensor Sporting, in a five-year deal.[12] On 25 July, the club announced to have sold Dorin Goian to Scottish champions Rangers and Pajtim Kasami to English Premier League Fulham.[13]

On 28 July, Palermo and Paris Saint-Germain completed the move of first-choice goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu from Sicily to France;[14][15] the same day, the rosanero made their seasonal debut, playing at home the first leg of the UEFA Europa League third preliminary round against Swiss side FC Thun: the game ended in a disappointing 2–2 draw thanks to an injury time free kick equalizer from veteran striker Fabrizio Miccoli.[16] Palermo were successively eliminated on the away goals rule after only achieving a 1–1 draw in the return leg in Thun.[17]

On 6 August, after weeks of speculation linking him to several top-ranked European clubs, Argentine playmaker Javier Pastore left Palermo in order to join Paris Saint-Germain, thus following teammate Salvatore Sirigu in France; the bid was speculated to be in the range of 43 million €, a record for the rosanero.[18] In an attempt to reply to dissatisfied supporters after the sales of top players Sirigu and Pastore and rumours of possible transfers involving other key elements, on 9 August the club published the list of all bid amounts spent in new signings during the summer transfer window, also implicitly confirming the acquisitions of Matías Silvestre from fellow islanders Catania,[19] then formalized the very next day.[20]

By the end of August, Palermo also sold two long-time defenders, Cesare Bovo and Mattia Cassani, loaned out respectively to Genoa and Fiorentina.[21][22]

On 26 August Palermo confirmed the acquisition of Greek international goalkeeper Alexandros Tzorvas from Panathinaikos F.C..[23]

On 31 August an eventful day saw Palermo selling Italy international midfielder Antonio Nocerino to Milan[24] and acquire three midfielders: Edgar Álvarez from Bari, Francesco Della Rocca from Bologna and Édgar Barreto from Atalanta.[25] Later on that day, Palermo announced to have surprisingly sacked Stefano Pioli, appointing newly hired youth team coach Devis Mangia on a temporary basis.[26] His first game in charge of team duties, played on 11 September against European powerhouse Inter, ended in an astonishing 4–3 win for the rosanero thanks to a brace from captain Fabrizio Miccoli.[27]

Under debutant coach Mangia, Palermo won all its first five home games, defeating also Cagliari, Siena, Bologna and Lecce; such performances were not confirmed in away games, where the rosanero regularly struggled in winning points and never scored a single goal as of November 2011.

On 2 November 2011, director of football Sean Sogliano tended his resignation due to disagreements with chairman Maurizio Zamparini.[28][29] He was replaced by Luca Cattani, formerly chief scout at the same club. Sogliano's resignation led to rumours regarding a possible future removal of Devis Mangia as caretaker, which was promptly dismissed two days later, when Palermo announced to have agreed a two-year contract as permanent head coach with the young tactician.[30]

Palermo also enjoyed a string of seven consecutive home wins that ended with a 0–1 loss to Cesena on 10 December. Three days later, the rosanero were surprisingly eliminated from the Coppa Italia after losing 4–7 at home on penalties to Siena (3–3; 4–4 after extra time). A third consecutive loss, a 0–2 defeat in the Sicilian derby against Catania, led to the dismissal of Mangia and his replacement with veteran coach Bortolo Mutti. The first game under his tenure ended in a 2–2 draw at Novara, that also featured the first goals scored by Palermo in an away league fixture during the season.

In the December break, Palermo formalized the signings of attacking midfielder Franco Vázquez and striker Agon Mehmeti, who both made their debut in the first game of the year 2012, a 1–3 home loss to Napoli. Two major signings followed in January as goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano and midfielder Massimo Donati joined the rosanero squad. They made both their debut in Palermo's first win under coach Mutti, a 5–3 home win against Genoa. On 1 February, Palermo achieved a surprise 4–4 draw at San Siro against Inter, three of the goals being scored by Fabrizio Miccoli, that made him the most prolific goalscorer in the whole club history. After snatching a row of positive results, Palermo entered into another string of winless games by February, leaving the club in the second half of the league table and leaving Mutti again in a delicate position.

On 20 March 2012, Palermo announced former Italian international player Christian Panucci as the team's new team manager.[31] This was preceded by weeks of speculation surrounding future potential investments of Arab entrepreneurs in the club, a move that was confirmed as possible by Zamparini himself between February and March. Palermo's first away win of the season finally came on the 1st of April, as the rosanero achieved a 3–1 victory at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara against former coach Pioli's Bologna, thus ending an 11-month winless streak.[32] However, Palermo kept struggling in the final part of the season, and obtained mathematical safety of a Serie A place for the next season only in the 36th matchday, despite a 2–0 defeat at the hands of Napoli.

On 24 April 2012, it was confirmed Christian Panucci had resigned from his non-playing role after only one month, due to a strained relationship with chairman and owner Maurizio Zamparini.[33]

Confirmed summer transfer market bids[edit]

In
Chile DF Carlos Labrín (from Huachipato, €1.3m[19])
Italy DF Eros Pisano (from Varese, €1.85m[6])
Israel MF Eran Zahavi (from Hapoel Tel Aviv, €1.675m[34])
Hungary MF Ádám Simon (from Szombathelyi Haladás, €980k[6])
Argentina DF Mauro Cetto (from Toulouse, end of contract, €450k[7])
Italy MF Luca Di Matteo (from Vicenza, co-ownership resolution[35])
Italy MF Gianluca Di Chiara (from Reggiana, co-ownership, €140k[36])
Italy DF Andrea Mantovani (from Chievo, €3.5m[11])
Uruguay MF Ignacio Lores (from Defensor Sporting, €2.8m[12])
Italy GK Alessandro Micai (free transfer, from Varese, €35k[13])
Italy MF Andrea Barberis (on loan from Varese[37])
Italy MF Pasquale De Vita (on loan from Atalanta[38])
Italy DF Alexander Caputo (from Rosignano, €50k[38])
Argentina DF Matías Silvestre (from Catania, €7.3m[19][20])
Switzerland FW Cephas Malele (from FC Zürich, €900k[19])
Serbia DF Jevrem Kosnić (from Bežanija[19])
Paraguay MF Óscar Nery Arzamendia (from Club Nacional[19])
Paraguay FW César Verdún Servin (from Club Nacional[19])
Paraguay MF Roger Miller Rojas (from Club Nacional[39])
Uruguay DF Matías Aguirregaray, €250k (on loan from Wanderers[40])
Greece GK Alexandros Tzorvas (from Panathinaikos F.C., €700k[23])
Honduras MF Edgar Álvarez (from Bari, €700k[25])
Paraguay MF Édgar Barreto (from Atalanta, €5.3m[25])
Italy MF Francesco Della Rocca (from Bologna, €3.5m[25])
Italy DF Luca Piscopo (from Napoli[19])
Out
Italy MF Fabio Liverani (end of contract)
Italy MF Francesco Ardizzone (to Reggiana, co-ownership[36])
Italy DF Adriano Siragusa (to Reggiana[36])
Italy DF Emanuele Terranova (to Sassuolo, €400k[41])
Italy GK Mattia Migani (to San Marino, co-ownership[42])
Italy FW Dario Maltese (to Viareggio, co-ownership[42])
Poland DF Kamil Glik (to Torino, co-ownership, €300k[43])
Albania FW Edgar Çani (to Polonia Warszawa[44][45])
Italy MF Guido Davì (to Juve Stabia[45][46])
Italy DF Moris Carrozzieri (released, to Lecce[45][47])
Italy MF Gianni Munari (from Lecce, co-ownership resolution;[48] to Fiorentina, €800k[49])
Italy MF Roberto Guana (to Cesena[50])
Romania DF Dorin Goian (to Rangers, €500k[13])
Switzerland MF Pajtim Kasami (to Fulham, €1.6m[13])
Italy DF Samuele Romeo (to Sorrento[13])
Italy GK Salvatore Sirigu (to Paris Saint-Germain, €3.9m[14][15])
Argentina MF Javier Pastore (to Paris Saint-Germain, €22.8m[18])
Italy FW Davide Lanzafame (from Juventus, co-ownership resolution; to Catania, co-ownership, €1m[20])
Italy DF Andrea Raggi (to Bologna[51])
Italy MF Antonio Nocerino (to Milan, €500k[24])
Italy FW Davis Curiale (to Triestina[52])
Out on loan
Italy DF Daniel Cappelletti (to Sassuolo[41])
Italy MF Karim Laribi (to Sassuolo[41])
Italy FW Michele Pieri (to San Marino[42])
Italy DF Andrea Adamo (to Portogruaro[42])
Italy DF Matteo Darmian (to Torino[43])
Argentina DF Santiago García (to Novara[53])
Slovenia MF Jasmin Kurtić (to Varese[37])
Slovenia DF Siniša Anđelković (to Ascoli[54])
Brazil MF João Pedro (to Peñarol[55])
Italy DF Cesare Bovo (to Genoa, €200k[21])
Italy DF Mattia Cassani (to Fiorentina, €2m[22])
Argentina FW Pablo Andrés González (from Novara, €5m; to Siena, €100k[52][56])
Italy FW Davide Succi (to Padova[52])
Romania MF Cristian Melinte (to Petrolul Ploiești[52])
Italy DF Gianmarco Corsino (to Ebolitana[52])
Italy FW Umberto Nappello (to Monza[52])
Italy DF Francesco Mirko Velardi (to Monza[52])
Serbia DF Milan Milanović (from Lokomotiv Moscow, free transfer, €1.77m; to Siena[5][6][56])
Chile DF Carlos Labrín (from Huachipato, €1.3m; to Novara)

Confirmed winter transfer market bids[edit]

In
Argentina MF Franco Vázquez (from Belgrano[19])
Sweden FW Agon Mehmeti (from Malmö FF[57])
Serbia DF Milan Milanović (loan return from Siena[58])
Chile DF Carlos Labrín (loan return from Novara[59])
Italy GK Emiliano Viviano (from Inter, co-ownership[60])
Italy MF Massimo Donati (from Bari[61])
Italy MF Nicolas Viola (from Reggina, co-ownership[62])
Out
Brazil GK Rubinho (released[63])
Italy DF Fabio Piscopo (loan return to Napoli[64])
Out on loan
Italy DF Daniel Cappelletti (loan return from Sassuolo, to Juve Stabia[65])
Italy GK Francesco Benussi (to Torino[66])
Hungary MF Ádám Simon (to Bari[67])
Chile FW Mauricio Pinilla (to Cagliari[68])
Argentina DF Mauro Cetto (to Lille[69])
Italy MF Luca Di Matteo (to Lecce[70])
Italy MF Nicolas Viola (to Reggina[62])

Squad information[edit]

As of 25 March 2012[71][72][73][74][75]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Serie A Europa League Coppa Italia
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 Italy GK Emiliano Viviano 18 -32 18 -32 0 0 0 0
12 Italy GK Giacomo Brichetto 1 -2 0 0 0 0 1 -2
33 Greece GK Alexandros Tzorvas 12 -17 11 -15 0 0 1 -2
61 Italy GK Alessandro Micai 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Italy DF Andrea Mantovani 25 2 22 2 2 0 1 0
3 Argentina DF Matías Silvestre 28 4 28 4 0 0 0 0
6 Argentina DF Ezequiel Muñoz 20 1 18 1 2 0 0 0
13 Uruguay DF Matías Aguirregaray 12 0 11 0 0 0 1 0
15 Serbia DF Milan Milanović 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
18 Chile DF Carlos Labrín 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0
31 Italy DF Eros Pisano 26 0 26 0 0 0 0 0
42 Italy DF Federico Balzaretti 28 0 26 0 2 0 0 0
55 Italy DF Luigi Silvestri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
95 Italy DF Giuseppe Prestia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Paraguay MF Édgar Barreto 33 1 33 1 0 0 0 0
7 Italy MF Francesco Della Rocca 22 0 21 0 0 0 1 0
8 Italy MF Giulio Migliaccio 31 2 28 2 2 0 1 0
14 Argentina MF Nicolás Bertolo 27 4 25 3 1 0 1 1
16 Israel MF Eran Zahavi 21 2 19 2 2 0 0 0
17 Argentina MF Franco Vázquez 12 0 12 0 0 0 0 0
20 Ghana MF Afriyie Acquah 23 0 20 0 2 0 1 0
21 Slovenia MF Armin Bačinović 14 0 13 0 1 0 0 0
23 Italy MF Massimo Donati 17 1 17 1 0 0 0 0
26 Uruguay MF Ignacio Lores 6 0 5 0 0 0 1 0
27 Slovenia MF Josip Iličić 36 7 33 3 2 1 1 3
53 Italy MF Andrea Barberis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
90 Honduras MF Edgar Álvarez 9 0 8 0 0 0 1 0
10 Italy FW Fabrizio Miccoli (captain) 29 14 27 13 2 1 0 0
11 Uruguay FW Abel Hernández 19 6 19 6 0 0 0 0
19 Croatia FW Igor Budan 21 7 20 7 0 0 1 0
24 Sweden FW Agon Mehmeti 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
58 Italy FW Mauro Bollino 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Players sold or loaned out during the summer transfer market:
5 Italy DF Cesare Bovo 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
16 Italy DF Mattia Cassani 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
23 Italy MF Antonio Nocerino 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
19 Argentina FW Pablo Andrés González 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
Players sold or loaned out during the winter transfer market:
99 Italy GK Francesco Benussi 9 -12 7 -9 2 -3 0 0
4 Argentina DF Mauro Cetto 8 0 7 0 0 0 1 0
22 Italy MF Luca Di Matteo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 Hungary MF Ádám Simon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
51 Chile FW Mauricio Pinilla 14 2 13 2 1 0 0 0

Match results[edit]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Serie A[edit]

Date and time Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance Report
11 September 2011 – 20:45 Internazionale Home Won 4–3 Miccoli, Hernández, Miccoli, Pinilla 20,795 1, 2
18 September 2011 – 12:30 Atalanta Away Lost 0–1 ~ 20,000 1, 2
21 September 2011 – 20:45 Cagliari Home Won 3–2 Zahavi, Bertolo, Miccoli 18,965 1, 2
25 September 2011 – 15:00 Lazio Away Drew 0–0 ? 1, 2
2 October 2011 – 15:00 Siena Home Won 2–0 Migliaccio, Hernández 1, 2
15 October 2011 – 20:45 Milan Away Lost 0–3 47,765 1, 2
23 October 2011 – 15:00 Roma Away Lost 0–1 ~ 35,000 1, 2
27 October 2011 – 20:45 Lecce Home Won 2–0 Pinilla, Hernández 19,730 1, 2
30 October 2011 – 15:00 Udinese Away Lost 0–1 ~ 20,000 1, 2
5 November 2011 – 18:00 Bologna Home Won 3–1 Zahavi, Silvestre, Iličić 18,507 1, 2
20 November 2011 – 15:00 Juventus Away Lost 0–3 ~ 40,000 1, 2
27 November 2011 – 15:00 Fiorentina Home Won 2–0 Miccoli, Iličić 19,536 1, 2
4 December 2011 – 20:45 Parma Away Drew 0–0 11,815 1, 2
10 December 2011 – 20:45 Cesena Home Lost 0–1 18,474 1, 2
18 December 2011 – 15:00 Catania Away Lost 0–2 16,471 1, 2
21 December 2011 – 20:45[76] Novara Away Drew 2–2 Ludi (og), Bertolo 8,392 1, 2
8 January 2012 – 20:45 Napoli Home Lost 1–3 Miccoli 22,110 1, 2
15 January 2012 – 15:00 Chievo Away Lost 0–1 ~10,000 1, 2
22 January 2012 – 15:00 Genoa Home Won 5–3 Budan, Silvestre, Mantovani, Miccoli, Migliaccio 15,658 1, 2
29 January 2012 – 15:00 Novara Home Won 2–0 Budan (2) 16,224 1, 2
1 February 2012 – 20:45 Internazionale Away Drew 4–4 Mantovani, Miccoli (3) 18,320 1, 2
5 February 2012 – 15:00 Atalanta Home Won 2–1 Miccoli, Budan 15,320 1, 2
12 February 2012 – 15:00 Cagliari Away Lost 1–2 Hernández ? 1, 2
19 February 2012 – 15:00 Lazio Home Won 5–1 Barreto, Donati, Silvestre, Budan, Miccoli 18,364 1, 2
26 February 2012 – 15:00 Siena Away Lost 1–4 Budan ? 1, 2
3 March 2012 – 18:00 Milan Home Lost 0–4 22,246 1, 2
10 March 2012 – 20:45 Roma Home Lost 0–1 16,451 1, 2
18 March 2012 – 15:00 Lecce Away Drew 1–1 Muñoz ~10,000 1, 2
24 March 2012 – 20:45 Udinese Home Drew 1–1 Miccoli 17,918 1, 2
1 April 2012 – 15:00 Bologna Away Won 3–1 Donati, Hernández, Morleo (og) ? 1, 2
7 April 2012 – 15:00 Juventus Home Lost 0–2 28,941 1, 2
11 April 2012 – 20:45 Fiorentina Away Drew 0–0 ~ 20,000 1, 2
22 April 2012 – 15:00 Cesena Away Drew 2–2 Bertolo, Silvestre ~ 8,000 1, 2
25 April 2012 – 15:00 Parma Home Lost 1–2 Hernández 14,365 1, 2
28 April 2012 – 18:00 Catania Home Drew 1–1 Miccoli 18,462 1, 2
1 May 2012 – 20:45 Napoli Away Lost 0–2 41.397 1, 2
6 May 2012 – 15:00 Chievo Home Drew 4-4 Miccoli (3), Silvestre 22.617 [1]
13 May 2012 – 20:45 Genoa Away[77] Lost 0-2 Closed Doors [2]

UEFA Europa League[edit]

Date and time Round Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance Report
July 28, 2011 – 20:30 3rd Preliminary Round – 1st Leg Switzerland Thun Home Drew 2–2 Iličić, Miccoli
August 4, 2011 – 19:30 3rd Preliminary Round – 2nd Leg Switzerland Thun Away Drew 1–1 González

Coppa Italia[edit]

Date and time Round Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance Report
13 December 2011 – 21:00 Round of 16 Siena Home Lost 4–4 (0-3 p) Iličić (3), Bertolo 6,489 1, 2

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  76. ^ originally scheduled on 28 August 2011, then delayed due to Serie A footballers' protest regarding contract negotiations with Lega Serie A
  77. ^ neutral field, behind closed doors, as punishment for supporters' behaviour during the league game Genoa vs Siena