F.C. Pro Vercelli 1892

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Pro Vercelli
US Pro Vercelli Calcio.png
Full name Football Club Pro Vercelli 1892 s.r.l.
Nickname(s) Bianche Casacche (White Shirts),
Leoni (Lions)
Founded 1892 (as sport club S.G. Pro Vercelli)
1903 (as football division U.S. Pro Vercelli Calcio)
2010 (refounded)
Ground Stadio Silvio Piola,
Vercelli, Italy
Ground Capacity 8,000
President Massimo Secondo
Head Coach Cristiano Scazzola
League Lega Pro Prima Divisione/A
2013-14 Lega Pro Prima Divisione/A, 2nd

Football Club Pro Vercelli 1892, commonly known as Pro Vercelli, is an Italian association football club based in Vercelli, Piedmont.[1] The team currently plays in Lega Pro Prima Divisione/A .

History[edit]

From 1892 to 2010 by U.S. Pro Vercelli Calcio[edit]

The origins of football in Vercelli go back to 1892 when it was founded as Società Ginnastica Pro Vercelli (Pro Vercelli Gymnastics Society), and 1903 with its Football Division.

The first official match for the football division of S.G. Pro Vercelli took place on 3 August 1903 against the Forza e Costanza.

The club won seven Italian Football Championships from 1908 to 1922: 1908, 1909, 1910–11, 1911–12, 1912–13, 1920–21, 1921–22 and the Scudetto Dilettanti in the season 1993-94.

Due to large debts it was not allowed to participate in the 2010-11 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione and so folded.

In the summer of 2010 the club changed its name to U.S. Vercelli Calcio, Vero Paganoni remained as president of a club that today is inactive, therefore A.S. Pro Belvedere Vercelli became the new Pro Vercelli.

Since 2010 by F.C. Pro Vercelli 1892[edit]

From A.S. Pro Belvedere Vercelli to F.C. Pro Vercelli 1892[edit]

Former Pro Belvedere logo

A.S. Pro Belvedere Vercelli born in the summer of 2006, with the colors yellow and green, after the merger between the A.S. Trino Calcio (based in Trino, Piedmont), who played in Serie D and P.G.S. Pro Belvedere, founded in 1912.

In the Serie D 2006–07 season, the team finished 9th in Girone A. A year later, in the Serie D 2007–08 season, the team finished 3rd in the same division, qualifying for the Serie D playoffs. It won its way to the group stage of the tournament, but failed qualify as one of the top 5 teams of the playoffs, all of which were later promoted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.

In the Serie D 2008–09 season, Pro Belvedere finished first in Girone B, winning direct promotion to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione. Their debut season into professional football also featured, for the first time in the club's history, a crosstown derby with seven-time Italian champions Pro Vercelli, but was not particularly successful, with the team lying in second-last place for most of the time, and promotion winning coach Luca Prina being replaced by the more experienced Gianfranco Motta.

At the end of the 2009-10 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season the club was relegated to Serie D after just one season in the professional ranks. The club, however, was re-ammitted to the league to fill vacancies.

The myth continues with the new Pro Vercelli[edit]

On 6 August 2010 honours and trademark were assigned, after the dissolution of the former U.S. Pro Vercelli, from Vercelli municipality to A.S. Pro Belvedere Vercelli, that changed its denomination to the current one, to maintain the name and the white color of the team.[1]

In the season 2010–11 the team played in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione ranking 3rd and was eliminated from Pro Patria in the semifinal of the play-off, but on August 4, 2011 it was later admitted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione to fill vacancies.[2]

Serie B[edit]

In the season 2011-12 of Lega Pro Prima Divisione the club was promoted to Serie B after 64 years, beating Carpi 3-1 in the final return of the play-off after the 0-0 of the first round.[3]

The club had a very unsuccessful return to Serie B - finishing 21st of 22 teams and with a goal difference of -30, the worst in the league. Their placing in the league meant that they were relegated to Lega Pro Prima Divisione.

In Girone A of Lega Pro 1, Pro Vercelli missed out on an immediate automatic promotion back to Serie B by a single point, finishing second in the league to Virtus Entella and eight points above third placed Südtirol. Striker Ettore Marchi starred throughout the season, scoring 15 goals. In the promotion play off quarter finals, Pro Vercelli demolished FeralpiSalò 3-0. They face Savona in the semi final next.

Colors and badge[edit]

The historical color of the shirts of Pro Vercelli is white.

Current squad[edit]

As of 26 September 2013.[4]

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

No. Position Player
Italy GK Aniello Ambrosio
Italy GK Danilo Russo
Italy DF Mattia Bani
Italy DF Nazzareno Belfasti
Italy DF Tommaso Cancellotti
Italy DF Francesco Cosenza
Italy DF Riccardo Fochesato
France DF Tony Huston (on loan from Verona)
Italy DF Alessandro Ranellucci
Italy DF Massimiliano Scaglia
Italy MF Francesco Ardizzone
Italy MF Donato Disabato
No. Position Player
Argentina MF Horacio Erpen
Italy MF Giuseppe Ruggiero
Italy MF Andrea Marconi
Italy MF Vincenzo Pepe
Italy MF Andrea Rosso
Italy MF Manuel Scavone
Italy MF Mattia Spezzani
Italy FW Guido Gomez
Italy FW Giuseppe Greco
Italy FW Alberto Libertazzi
Italy FW Ettore Marchi

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
Italy MF Umberto Germano (at Lanciano until 30 June 2014)
 

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ecco la nuova F.C. Pro Vercelli 1892". fcprovercelli.it (in Italian) (Football Club Pro Vercelli 1892). 6 August 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Roma, 15:32 - Sport - Repubblica.it
  3. ^ Lega Pro 1° A 2011/2012 Promotion .:. Final Weltfussball.de, accessed: 4 August 2012
  4. ^ "Prima Squadra". F.C. Pro Vercelli 1892 (in Italian). fcprovercelli.it. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 

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