A.S. Avellino 1912

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AS Avellino
AS Avellino badge.png
Full name Associazione Sportiva Avellino 1912
Nickname(s) Lupi (Wolves),
Biancoverdi (White-greens),
Irpini (Irpinians)
Founded 1912
2009 (as Avellino Calcio.12)
2010 (as AS Avellino 1912)
Ground Stadio Partenio,
Avellino, Italy
Ground Capacity 26,308
Chairman Walter Taccone
Manager Massimo Rastelli
League Serie B
2013–14 Serie B, 11th
Website Club home page
Current season

Associazione Sportiva Avellino 1912 (formerly Unione Sportiva Avellino and Avellino Calcio.12 S.S.D.), is an Italian football club, based in Avellino, Campania. They currently play in Serie B.



A historic logo of US Avellino

The club was founded as U.S. Avellino during 1912 to give the town of Avellino a footballing representative. The early history of the club is quite obscure as they only competed at a lower level against regional sides. Avellino competed in IV Divisione from 1913 until after the Second World War; today's equivalent of that level is Serie D.

Post-War emergence[edit]

For the earlier part of their history the club did not achieve anything of note, until being placed in Serie C for the 1945–46 post-War season. In the 1946–47 season they narrowly missed out on getting through to the interregional final, after finishing third in their group.

Avellino beat out the likes of Catania, Reggina and Messina to win promotion to Serie B at the end of the 1940s. However, the club were accused of match fixing and the federation decided to strip them of their promotion, instead relegating them down to Serie D. Although they were able to return to Serie C after one season, Avellino were relegated back down to spend six seasons in a row at Serie D level.

Eventually Avellino returned, but in the space of six seasons, Avellino gained promotion to Serie C in three of them and were relegated back down twice.


Avellino were promoted to Serie B in 1973 and Serie A in 1978. A truly remarkable feat for a southern provincial side was a 10-year stay in Serie A between 1978 and 1988, with the club holding a mid-table place for the majority of that period. Their best finish was 8th in 1987, with a team starring Angelo Alessio, Paolo Benedetti, Franco Colomba and Dirceu. The club has tended to shift between Serie B and C1 in the years since.

More recently, the club marked a Serie B return after defeating neighbours Napoli in the Serie C1/B play-off finals. An unsuccessful 2005–06 campaign ended in a loss on relegation playoffs to Albinoleffe (0–2, 3–2). The 2006–07 season, with Giuseppe Galderisi as head coach, then replaced by Giovanni Vavassori, ended in a second place in the Serie C1/B regular season; this was then followed by a successful campaign in the promotion playoffs, in which Avellino defeated Foggia in the finals, being therefore promoted to Serie B once again. However, this was followed by Vavassori's resignations on 16 July 2007, shortly after his confirmation as Avellino boss,[1] being then replaced by Maurizio Sarri two days later.[2] Sarri himself resigned one month later, being replaced by Guido Carboni and later Alessandro Calori. Despite this, the club did not manage to escape relegation, ending the season in 19th place. The club was however readmitted to Serie B later on to fill a league vacancy created by Messina's disbandment.

Relegation and exclusion from Lega Pro[edit]

The team finished second from bottom in the 2008–09 season and was therefore relegated. On 9 July 2009, the Covisoc (Commissione di Vigilanza sulle Società Calcistiche, Vigilancy Commission on Football Clubs) organization announced that the team did not pass the financial requirements in order to be admitted to the league. The club was allowed to appeal the decision until 11 July 2009.[3] On 11 July, Avellino failed to appeal the exclusion.[4][5]

Logo of the team as Avellino Calcio.12

Avellino Calcio.12 S.S.D. restarts from serie D[edit]

A new club founded in the summer 2009 as Avellino Calcio.12 S.S.D. restarts from Serie D, finishing 5th, but 4 August 2010 they were later admitted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione to fill vacancies. This ordeal saw them become the latest in a long line of Italian clubs that have faced severe financial difficulties, such as Napoli and Fiorentina.

From Lega Pro Seconda Divisione to Serie B[edit]

In the 2010–11 season the team became Associazione Sportiva Avellino 1912 and played in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione finishing 4th, being defeated by Trapani in the play-off final, but 4 August 2011 it was later admitted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione, again, to fill vacancies.[6] In the season 2012-2013 Avellino won Lega Pro Prima Divisione and the team obtains the promotion in Serie B.

Colors and badge[edit]

Its traditional colours are green and white. Avellino are nicknamed the "Lupi", which means wolves, and their club crest displays a wolf head.


Avellino has many supporters despite the size of the town. Majority of fans come from the city and its neighbourhood but also from northern Italy where many of them are emigrated. Principal rivalties are with supporters of other regional teams like Salernitana, Benevento, Napoli and Juve Stabia. There are also rivalties with Foggia, Bari, Taranto, Catania and Verona. Nowadays there aren't official twinnings but in the years of Serie A there was a twinning with Juventus. Friendships are with supporters of Messina, Nocerina, Trapani, Sambenedettese, Cavese and Casertana.


Current squad[edit]

As of 3 February, 2015.[7]

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 Pierluigi Frattali
3 Italy MF Antonio Zito
4 Italy MF Mariano Arini
5 Brazil DF Rodrigo Ely
6 Italy DF Alessandro Fabbro
7 Italy MF Alessandro Sbaffo (on loan from Chievo)
8 Italy MF Angelo D'Angelo (captain)
9 Italy FW Gianmario Comi (on loan from Milan)
10 Italy FW Luigi Castaldo
12 Italy GK Andrea Bavena
13 Italy DF Pietro Visconti
14 Italy MF Paolo Regoli (on loan from Pontedera)
15 Belgium FW Mohamed Soumaré
No. Position Player
17 Colombia DF Jherson Vergara (on loan from Milan)
18 Italy MF Eros Schiavon
19 Italy DF Fabio Pisacane
20 Italy DF Luca Bittante
21 Ivory Coast MF Moussa Koné (on loan from Atalanta)
22 Italy GK Alfred Gomis (on loan from Torino)
23 Belgium MF Arnor Angeli
25 Italy DF Alberto Almici (on loan from Atalanta)
26 Hungary MF Attila Filkor (on loan from Milan)
27 Italy DF Marco Chiosa (on loan from Torino)
29 Italy FW Marcello Trotta
30 Belgium FW Benjamin Mokulu

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
25 Brazil MF Eugênio Rômulo Togni (at S.P.A.L.)
- Panama MF Eric Herrera (at A.C. Rimini 1912)

Youth team[edit]

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

No. Position Player

Retired numbers[edit]

10 - Italy Adriano Lombardi, Midfielder (1975–79) - posthumous honor, number retired in 2007.

Notable former players[edit]

See also Category:A.S. Avellino 1912 players.

Notable former coaches[edit]

See also Category:U.S. Avellino managers.



Level Category Participations Debut Last season Total
Serie A 10 1978-1979 1987-1988 10
Serie B 15 1973-1974 2014-2015 16
Serie C 17 1945-1946 1972-1973 31
Serie C1 12 1992-1993 2006-2007
Lega Pro Prima Divisione 2 2011-2012 2012-2013
Seconda Divisione 3 1930-1931 1934-1935 19
Prima Divisione 4 1940-1941 1945
Promozione 2 1949-1950 1951-1952
IV Serie 5 1952-1953 1956-1957
Interregionale 2 1957-1958 1958-1959
Serie D 2 1961-1962 1963-1964
Lega Pro Seconda Divisione 1 2010-2011
Terza Divisione 2 1929-1930 1932-1933 4
Seconda Divisione 1 1935-1936
Serie D 1 2009-2010


  1. ^ US Avellino (16 July 2007). "ALLENATORE PRIMA SQUADRA" (in Italian). Retrieved 16 July 2007. 
  2. ^ "ALLENATORE PRIMA SQUADRA" (in Italian). US Avellino. 18 July 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2007. 
  3. ^ "Iscrizioni: 16 squadre non iscritte in Lega Pro" (in Italian). tuttosport.com. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 20 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "CALCIO, TREVISO: NIENTE LEGA PRO, QUATTRO ANNI FA ERA SERIE A" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 11 July 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Da Venezia ad Avellino, l'Italia cancellata" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 11 July 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  6. ^ http://sport.repubblica.it/news/sport/calcio-lega-pro-ripescaggi-5-in-i-divisione-e-rimini-in-ii/4014274
  7. ^ "Rosa" [Squad]. A.S. Avellino 1912. 

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