History of U.S. Puteolana
The history of Unione Sportiva Puteolana has covered 107 years of the football from the club based in Pozzuoli, Campania. It was a professional Italian football club, founded in 1902 as Puteoli Sport, changing its name to U.S. Puteolana in 1919 and was refounded as Comprensorio Puteolano in 1992. In 2008, by union between the club with Gragnano (Serie D), was born A.S.D. Atletico Puteolana 2008. In the summer 2009 his sports title was transferred to Real Boschese and so was excluded from all Italian football.
The nicknames of the team were Diavoli rossi (Red Devils).
- 1 From 1902 to 2009
- 2 Colors and badge
- 3 Chronology
- 4 Notable former players
- 5 Notable former managers
- 6 Honours
- 7 References and notes
From 1902 to 2009
The club was founded during 1902 as an eclectic institution oriented to multiple sports under the banner of Puteoli Sport, this is the foundation date that the club officially carries with it today. A few years later in 1909 the name was changed to Puteoli Sporting Club.
Italian Football Championship
After World War I the club was renamed for the third time, this time to Unione Sportiva Puteolana. They were entered into the Prima Categoria Championship (Serie A) for the 1919–20 season; here they competed against the top clubs in the Campania region and qualified for the semi-finals of Southern Italy, eventually losing out to Fortitudo Roma.
The following season they were entered into the championship again, beating sides such as Naples and Salernitana. Despite qualifying for the next round FIGC put them in last place due to irregularities, ending their season early.
As Italian football split into two factions after the main teams had a disagreement with FIGC, Puteolana played in the CCI run league (called Prima Divisione) which featured most of the big clubs. In the Campania section they competed against six other teams and won all 12 fixtures. They then defeated Anconitana, before facing Fortitudo in Rome for a chance to meet Pro Vercelli in the league's final for the championship. However, Putelolana lost 2–0 to Fortitudo, essentially meaning they ended the season with a top four finish.
Despite their respectable position in the previous season, the club were not enrolled into the newly reunited league (because of economic problems), instead competing in the far lower III Divisione. The club climbed up two divisions and by 1925–26 were back in the top level championship, however they lasted just one season as they lost all of their games in the Campania section.
The club disappeared from upper level competition for a large period of time, from 1926 until 1947. During this period they competed in competitions such as the provincial ULIC youth leagues and various seasons spent in purely amateur divisions such as I Divisione, II Divisione and III Divisione.
Eventually Puteolana won I Divisione in 1947–48 and were promoted up to the Promozione Interregionale, which was just one step below Serie C at the time. They would bounce between Serie D and Promozione Campania for much of the 1950s and 1960s. After being promoted from Promozione Campania in 1969–70, they spent the entire decade of the 1970s in Serie D generally around mid table area, the closest they came to gaining promotion was a 4th place finish in 1973–74.
The start of the 1980s brought the club into turmoil, they were relegated in three successive seasons before becoming defunct in 1982. However, that season a team from the city of Naples called Internapoli moved to Pozzuoli because they were having problems with their home Stadio Arturo Collana and thus changed their name to S.C. Puteolana 1909. After just four seasons in Serie D and one in Promozione, the new club too was folded in 1986.
A club originally founded in 1975 in the Province of Caserta but had moved to Ponticelli in Naples, moved again in 1986 to Pozzuoli as a means to carry on the older clubs legacy in the city. It was a man named Mario Giocondo Mauriello who engineered the move and the club changed its name from Campania Ponticelli to Società Sportiva Calcio Campania Puteolana.
Campania Puteolana was playing in Serie C1 gaining a 6th place finish in their first season since the rebirth. The same season in the Coppa Italia Serie C they finished as runners-up to Livorno, after losing the two-legged final 3–1. Under the management of Claudio Ranieri (his first managerial job) the club were relegated to Serie C2 the following year, however Brazilian manager Jarbas Faustinho Canè led them straight back up as champions.
After two more seasons in the lower half of Serie C1 they were relegated down and then relegated from Serie C2 by 1992, instead of carrying on in the city the Campania club moved back to Naples and would eventually fall into obscurity.
From Comprensorio Puteolano to F.C. Puteolana 1902
To carry on the legacy of the city's historic club, it was refounded as Comprensorio Puteolano in 1992 by Fiore, Corvo, Morelli and Cesarano; the club started the 1992–93 season in the Promozione Campania. After one season back, the club was promoted up into Eccellenza and then straight back up into Serie D.
Puteolano spent several seasons in Serie D during this period, generally finishing in respectable positions (notching up a 3rd and 4th place finish). Eventually in 1999–00 promotion into Serie C2 came, the club were now back at professional level, they came very close to recording a successive promotion with a 4th place finish. However, by 2002–03 the club were once again relegated to Serie D and two years later back down to Eccellenza Campania. Between 2005 and 2008, the legal entity of the club has been Football Club Puteolana 1902; they remained in the Eccellenza league for three seasons, before being relegated into Promozione.
2008-09: A.S.D. Atletico Puteolana 2008
The club was born by Football Club Puteolana and Gragnano (a Serie D club) union, becoming in Serie D for the 2008–09 season.
The definitive exclusion from football
Colors and badge
The team's colours were maroon, known locally as granata.
Notable former players
Notable former managers
III Divisione / Serie C
- Winners: 1924–25
- Winners: 1988–89
- Runners-up: 1986–1987
- Winners: 1999–00
- Winners: 1969–70
- Promoted: 1993–94
- Winners: 1962–63
- Promoted: 1951–52, 1992–93
- Winners: 1947–48
References and notes
- "F.C. Puteolana 1902 – matricola FIGC 65.374". Calcio Dilettante. Archived from the original on 29 June 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2007.
- Modena, Panini Edizioni (2005). Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio – La Storia 1898–2004.
- "Storia". InternapoliCalcio.it. 22 June 2007.