Delfino Pescara 1936

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Pescara Calcio
Full name Delfino Pescara 1936 Srl
Nickname(s) Delfini (The Dolphins)
Biancazzurri (The White-Light Blues)
Founded 1936
2009 (refounded)
Ground Stadio Adriatico,
Pescara, Italy
Ground Capacity 24,500
Chairman Daniele Sebastiani [1]
Manager Serse Cosmi
League Serie B
2013–14 Serie B, 15th
Website Club home page
Current season

Delfino Pescara 1936, simply known as Pescara Calcio or just Pescara, is an Italian football club based in Pescara, Abruzzo.

The club was formed in 1936 and currently plays in Italian Serie B. Pescara has competed in six seasons in Serie A, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1992–93, 2012–13). The team's official colors are white and light blue.


Aside from a spell in Serie B in the 1940s, Pescara had a relatively undistinguished history until promotion to Serie B in 1974. With players like Giorgio Repetto and Bruno Nobili in the midfield, they managed to win their first promotion to Serie A in 1977 after winning the promotion play-off, but ultimately finished their first season in Serie A in last place. A second promotion after a play-off followed, but once more they would be relegated from the top flight and then descended to Serie C1 within two years.

Nonetheless, after returning to Serie B after a year, Pescara would enjoy a revival after the appointment of Giovanni Galeone as coach in 1986. His philosophy of attacking football saw the Biancazzurri promoted to Serie A as champions in 1987, where they lasted two years with players such as Júnior and Blaž Slišković among the club's star players. Galeone would return during the 1990–91 season and oversaw another promotion the following year.

After relegation, Pescara remained in Serie B side throughout the 1990s, narrowly missing promotion in 1999. Relegation to C1 followed in 2001, with promotion in 2003 being followed by two revoked relegations in a row due to bankruptcy and scandals affecting other clubs. Pescara was ultimately relegated in the 2006–07 season, with three presidential and managerial changes during the season. In December 2008, the debt-ridden club was legally declared out of business and its control passed to a bankruptcy trustee appointed by the Court of Pescara. In February 2009, a takeover from a group named Delfino Pescara 1936 was finalized with Deborah Caldora becoming the first woman to serve as chairman for the club. In the meantime, results did not improve significantly and in March, Giuseppe Galderisi was dismissed from the head coaching post with Antonello Cuccureddu being appointed as the new boss.

At the beginning of the 2009–10 season, Eusebio Di Francesco was appointed as the new coach. Pescara finished second in Girone B of Lega Pro Prima Divisione and qualified for the promotional play-offs. They defeated Reggiana in the semi-final and Verona in the final and subsequently returned to Serie B after a three-year absence. The following season started with the appointment of Zdeněk Zeman as new head coach; the Czech manager immediately brought Pescara back into national coverage thanks to his well-known all-attacking playing style that turned out to match perfectly with promising youngsters such as Marco Verratti, Ciro Immobile, and Lorenzo Insigne, who guided the squad to promotion to the Serie A. Pescara secured promotion to the top-level after a 19-year absence after defeating Sampdoria with a 3–1 score in an away match on 20 May 2012. In the last minute of the final game of the regular season, Pescara striker Riccardo Maniero netted the winner in a match against Nocerina to claim Pescara's second Serie B title after Torino's draw away to AlbinoLeffe.

Pescara's began looking for a new manager before the season started with the Manager Zdeněk Zeman leaving the club to go manage AS Roma.

Pescara started their new season in Serie A with a 3-0 loss to Internazionale. They would not pick up their first win until the 5th game of the season a 1-0 win against Palermo.

Pescara's stint into the top flight however lasted only one season, as the club ended the season as last placed team in the league. With a record of 6 Wins, 4 Draws and 28 loses. While having the fewest clean sheets with 5. That season winger and leading scorer Vladimir Weiss was also noted for picking up 2 red cards.


Vicenza and Messina are known as Gemellaggi (English: Twinning) with Pescara. It is a similar concept to having a twin or sister city between cities.

Lazio and Verona are known to be rivals with Pescara. Pescara's regional rivals are Chieti and L'Aquila; however, they haven't faced either team since 2002 due to financial troubles. Pescara also shares notable rivalries with regional neighbors, namely the Marche clubs such as Ancona, Ascoli, and Sambenedettese.


Current squad[edit]

As of 31 January 2014.[2][3]

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

No. Position Player
1 Lithuania GK Tomas Švedkauskas (on loan from Roma)
3 Italy DF Simone Salviato (on loan from Novara)
5 Italy DF Marco Capuano
6 Italy DF Luciano Zauri
7 Italy MF Matteo Politano
8 Italy FW Gianluca Caprari
10 Mali FW Mamadou Samassa
11 Italy FW Aniello Cutolo
14 Italy DF Antonio Balzano (captain)
15 Italy DF Antonio Bocchetti
16 Uruguay FW Gastón Brugman
17 Italy MF Giuseppe Fornito (on loan from Napoli)
18 Italy MF Giuseppe Rizzo
19 Italy FW Riccardo Maniero
20 Denmark MF Matti Lund Nielsen
No. Position Player
21 Italy DF Raffaele Schiavi (on loan from Parma)
22 Italy GK Ivan Pelizzoli
23 Serbia DF Uroš Ćosić
25 Italy GK Emanuele Belardi
26 Italy FW Federico Di Francesco (on loan from Parma)
27 Italy MF Antonino Ragusa
28 Italy MF Andrea Bovo
29 Italy DF Andrea Rossi (on loan from Parma)
30 Croatia MF Hrvoje Miličević
32 Italy FW Ferdinando Sforzini
33 Croatia DF Dario Župarić
39 Brazil MF Lucas Chiaretti
40 Italy GK Luca Savelloni
46 Italy FW Giuseppe Mascara

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
2 Italy DF Marco Perrotta (at Paganese)
13 Croatia FW Ante Vukušić (at Switzerland Lausanne-Sport)
25 Italy GK Salvatore Falso (at Sulmona)
28 Argentina DF Nicolás Bianchi Arce (at Argentina Banfield)
37 Italy MF Alessio Bruno (at Olbia)
41 Italy MF Carmine Marinaro (at Ischia)
No. Position Player
Italy GK Riccardo Ragni (at Aprilia)
Italy DF Loris Bacchetti (at Catanzaro)
Italy DF Matteo Masciovecchio (at Manfredonia)
Senegal DF David Mbodj (at Aprilia)
Italy DF Marco Vittiglio (at Virtus Entella)
Italy MF Marco Iannascoli (at Aprilia)

Reserves & Youth team[edit]

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

No. Position Player
13 Italy FW Cristiano Ingretolli
24 Italy GK Tomasch Calore
38 Italy DF Francesco Caratelli
42 Italy DF Francesco Karkalis
43 Italy MF Tiziano Cherubini
No. Position Player
44 Italy GK Giacomo Agresta
45 Italy FW Manuel Di Sante
47 Ghana MF Ransford Selasi
48 Italy MF Danilo Bulevardi
49 Italy DF Davide Benedetti

Managerial history[edit]

Name Nationality Years
Edmondo De Amicis Italy 1937–38
Pietro Piselli Italy 1938–39
Armando Bonino Italy 1939–40
Mario Pizziolo Italy 1940–41
Luigi Ferrero Italy 1941–43
Edmondo De Amicis Italy 1944–45
Giuseppe Marchi Italy 1945–46
József Bánás Hungary 1946–47
Mario Pizziolo Italy 1947–48
Gino Piccinini Italy 1948–49
Benedetto Stella Italy 1949–50
Luigi Del Grosso Italy 1950–53
Umberto De Angelis Italy 1953–55
Alfredo Notti Italy 1955–56
Alfredo Monza
Renato Piacentini
Orazio Sola
Renato Piacentini Italy 1957–58
Aurelio Marchese
Mario Tontodonati
Ljubo Benčić
Mario Tontodonati
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Umberto De Angelis Italy 1961–62
Leonardo Costagliola Italy 1962–63
Ljubo Benčić
Renato Piacentini
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Ljubo Benčić
Vincenzo Marsico
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Antonio Giammarinaro
Alfredo Notti
Sergio Cervato Italy 1966–67
Name Nationality Years
Antonio Giammarinaro Italy 1967–68
Gianni Seghedoni
Mario Tontodonati
Dante Lacorata
Mario Tontodonati
Francesco Capocasale Italy 1970–71
Enzo Falini
Vitaliano Patricelli
Domenico Rosati Italy 1972–76
Giancarlo Cadè Italy 1976–78
Antonio Valentín Angelillo Italy 1978–79
Gustavo Giagnoni
Claudio Tobia
Mario Tontodonati
Aldo Agroppi Italy 1980–81
Giuseppe Chiappella
Saul Malatrasi
Mario Tiddia
Domenico Rosati Italy 1982–84
Enrico Catuzzi Italy 1984–86
Giovanni Galeone Italy 1986–89
Ilario Castagner
Edoardo Reja
Giovanni Galeone
Carlo Mazzone
Giovanni Galeone Italy 1991–92
Vincenzo Zucchini Italy 1992–93
Gianni Corelli
Giorgio Rumignani
Franco Scoglio
Vincenzo Zucchini
Francesco Oddo
Giorgio Rumignani
Luigi Maifredi
Francesco Oddo
Name Nationality Years
Delio Rossi Italy July 1996–June 97
Adriano Buffoni
Maurizio Viscidi
Luigi De Canio
Francesco Giorgini
July 1998–June 99
Giovanni Galeone Italy July 1999–Nov 00
Tarcisio Burgnich
Giovanni Galeone
Delio Rossi
Ivo Iaconi Italy July 2001–May 2004
Cetteo Di Mascio Italy 2004
Giovanni Simonelli Italy 2004–June 2005
Maurizio Sarri Italy July 2005–July 2006
Davide Ballardini
Aldo Ammazzalorso
Luigi De Rosa
Vincenzo Vivarini
July 2006–June 2007
Franco Lerda Italy July 2007–June 2008
Giuseppe Galderisi Italy July 2008–March 2009
Antonello Cuccureddu Italy 2009–10
Eusebio Di Francesco Italy Jan 2010–June 2011
Zdeněk Zeman Czech Republic June 2011–June 2012
Giovanni Stroppa Italy June–November 2012
Cristiano Bergodi Italy November 2012–March 2013
Cristian Bucchi Italy March–June 2013
Pasquale Marino Italy June 2013–February 2013



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  2. ^ "Rosa Stagione" [Season Team]. Delfino Pescara 1936 (in Italian). Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Numerazione Ufficiale" [Official Numbering]. Delfino Pescara 1936 (in Italian). 25 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tim Cup: i convocati". Delfino Pescara 1936 (in Italian). 10 August 2013. 

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