Frosinone Calcio

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Frosinone
Frosinone Calcio logo.png
Full name Frosinone Calcio SRL
Nickname(s) Canarini (The Canaries),
Gialloazzurri (The Yellow-Light Blues),
Ciociari (The Ciociarians)
Founded 1928
Ground Stadio Matusa,
Frosinone, Italy
Ground Capacity 9,680
Chairman Italy Maurizio Stirpe
Manager Italy Roberto Stellone[1]
League Serie B
2013–14 Lega Pro Prima Divisione/B, 2nd (promoted via playoff)
Website Club home page
Current season
Old crest of Frosinone Calcio (before 2006)

Frosinone Calcio is an Italian association football club, based in Frosinone, Lazio. The club was founded in 1928 and refounded in 1991, following cancellation by the Italian Football Federation.

Currently it plays in Serie B.

History[edit]

Foundation and early years[edit]

The true original football club in the city of Frosinone was Bellator Frusinate, founded in the thirties by a group of citizens. The colors of the team were originally red and blue which were later changed to the current yellow and blue. It is from these colours, the nickname gialloblu is derived.

Bellator Frusinate managed to reach the National First Division in 1934. The figure of president Emilio Frongasse was crucial in this period. In the later half of the thirties, Bellator Frusinate disbanded, and was replaced by FF.GG. Frosinone which played its football in an interprovincial tournament.

All the championships were suspended during the Second World War and the football club Frusinate disappeared.

The rebirth of Frosinone occurred in the 1945–1946 championship, the team competed in the Seconda Categoria championship and rose to Prima Categoria the following year, and later, following an excellent championship season, managed to gain promotion into Serie C-Lego Centro. From 1948–49 to 1951–52, the gialloblu competed in the Promozione-Interregionale della Lega Centro championship, and were included in the new Quarta Serie championship during the summer of 1952.

From 1952 to 1958, for six consecutive years, the canarini competed in the Quarta Serie championship, with their best placing being fourth place, which was achieved in 1953. The most significant match this time was against Cosenza on 24 November 1957. Cosenza were playing for promotion but Frosinone took the lead (and duly won) with three minutes remaining.

The referee, struck by a Cosenza player, fell to the ground and was booed until the end of the game. Several episodes of violence then took place and the game was transformed into a "western". After leaving the stadium, the referee was chased for a few kilometers by some Frosinone supporters. Cosenza forwarded an appeal and the CAF overturned the result of the match. Frosinone expressed their resentment against the Lega for the injustice suffered and threatened to withdraw from the league. Following this, Frosinone missed the return fixture in Cosenza and other penalties by the Lega were imposed.

The most important people of this time were the presidents Domenico Ferrante and Angelo Cristofaro (one of the leading figures in the history of the club), a former coach Genta and players Azzoni, Gabriele, Diglio, Dini and Spinato.

1960s–80s[edit]

In 1958, U.S. Frosinone was founded, competing in both the Seconda Categoria and Promozione championships. Football returned to Frosinone in 1963 when president Cristofari together with Dante Spaziani and Augusto Orsini, announced the formation of Sporting Club Frosinone. In Serie D, Frosinone always finished among the top positions, and in 1966 won promotion to Serie C after an encounter with Latina. The following year, the canarini were relegated back to Serie D, where in 1967–68 they came third, then fifth and second. The leading figures at the club during this period were the Stirpe brothers, coaches De Angelis and Rambone and players Benvenuto, Caputi, Da Col, Del Sette, Fumagalli and Trentini.

In 1970–71, Frosinone, under club president Marocco, boasted the national record for the best defence (with goalkeeper Recchia only conceding 8 goals) and again managed promotion to Serie C, where the canarini played out four good seasons (the best finish was seventh in 1972) and their star player Massimo Palanca entered the football firmament, top goalscorer of the central group of Serie C in 1974 and then later was successful representing Catanzaro in Serie A. From 1975 to 1978 the canarini played in Serie D, reaching promotion to Serie C2 in 1976–77. In 1977–78, Frosinone were again relegated back to Serie D and remained there until 1982. The club's key protagonists of the seventies were the presidents Marocco and Battista, coaches Giuseppe Banchetti and Giuseppe Lupi and players Brunello, Colletti, Dal Din, Santarelli, Masiello,Vescovi and,as mentioned earlier, Massimo Palanca.Frosinone started the next decade in the best possible way.

In 1980–81, the gialloblu were promoted to C2 without losing a game. Among the professionals, Frosinone managed good placements and produced new talent such as Gabbriellini, Perrotti and De Paola.Despite a precarious financial condition, Frosinone led by president Di Vito and coach Alberto Mari were promoted to Serie C1. In 1987–88 the gialloblu played their first season in Serie C1 and finished mid-table. They returned immediately to C2 the next season however despite a good start. Goalkeeper Marco Cari and coach Alberto Mari (later replaced by Robotti) were suspended for a football related betting offence.Among the most important players during the 80s were Davato, Atzori, Di Liso, Cristiano, Bellini, Perrotti and Edoardo Artistico Poli, who then began an enviable football career.

Bankruptcy and return to Serie C[edit]

In the summer of 1990, having missed out on promotion to C1 by just three points, Frosinone was removed from the FIGC because of their financial state. When it seemed they would return to the Promozione division, the club was placed in the Interregionale, where they remained for four years.

In 1993–94, after the championship was almost completed, the gialloblu were overtaken by both Giulianova and Albanova, and relegated, but were reinstated to Serie C after the season ended.

After a mid-table placing in Serie C2 in 1996, Frosinone, the leader of Girone C of C2 on the last day of the championship were defeated by Benevento and passed in the standings by Avezzano. They also lost in the play-offs as they were beaten in the semi final by Albanova. They then played out three consecutive mediocre seasons. Luckily they survived the first two, in play-outs against Casertana and Albanova, while the third attempt saw Frosinone defeated by Tricase and relegated.

In Serie D, Frosinone finished fifth in 2000, while in their second year of D, the team was involved in an exciting head to head battle with A.C. Martina of Puglia. In the end they finished second, but with an impressive 81 points. Under president Navarra and coaches Luca and Stefano Sanderra, the team returned to Serie C2.

In their first two championships back in C2, Frosinone were managed by five different tacticians. After a good start, the team seemed able to reach the play-offs, however finished mid-table. In 2003 the club was taken over by a group of entrepreneurs led by Maurizio Stirpe, son of Benito, a former president of the club back in the sixties.

Stirpe called Enrico Graziani to Frosinone as a general director. Graziani had already worked at Teramo, gaining the Abruzzese club promotion to C1. The managerial position was entrusted to Giorgini, who had spent the previous season with Serie C2 side Brindisi. After an average start to the season, Giorgini was replaced by Daniele Arrigoni, former coach of Messina and Palermo in Serie B.

With an already strong side, including players such as Arno, Vitali, Dario Rossi, Gianluca and Stefano De Angelis, Manca, Tatomir, Galuppi and the goalkeeper de Juliis, being improved in the transfer market adding quality players such as De Cesare, Aquino and Buonocorre. Much expectation was placed upon Enrico Buonocorre, but the trequartista live up to them. He did however, score a crucial free kick in the match against Castel Di Sangro.

The team performed well in 2003–04, fighting for supremacy near the top of the table with Brindisi. The two teams will take turns to occupy first place until the very end of the season. On the final day, Frosinone, with a point less than Brindisi, travelled to Melfi, while Brindisi faced a tough trip away to Sicilian club Igea Virtus. Both Melfi and Igea were in the running for a place in the play-offs, leaving it all to play for in these two clashes. Frosinone beat Melfi thanks to a great goal by Ciro De Cesare, while Brindisi failed to beat Igea.

Frosinone were now back in Serie C1 for the first time in sixteen years. The 2003–04 season is remembered not only for the historic promotion back to C1, but also victories in the derby with Latina, with whom there is a heated rivalry. Frosinone won both matches 1–0, with goal from Manca away and Aquino scoring at home.

Upon their return to C1, which saw them travel to such historic cities as Cremona, Mantova and Pisa, Frosinone appointed Dino Pagliari as coach, while the likes of Salvatore Mastronunzio, Di Deo (later sold to Ternana in B), Molinari, Nicola Pagani, Mauro Zaccagnini, goalkeeper Zappino, promoted, Alfredo Cariello, Davide D'Antoni, Francesco Mocarelli, Antonio Di Nardo, Michele Ischia were all signed to bloster the playing squad. Famous people who have played for Frosinone include sport commentator Sandro Ciotti.

The season saw Frosinone go through highs and lows, in the end finishing fifth and reaching the play-offs, where they were eliminated by Mantova.

Serie B[edit]

In the following season, 2005–06, Frosinone were coached by Ivo Iaconi, who had offers from two Serie B teams, Fermana and Pescara, yet opted to manage the gialloblu.

Several players were signed to help the club in their push for promotion including Ciro Ginestra, Stefano Bellè, Jimmy Fialdini, Paolo Antonioli, Massimo Perra, Marco Martini, Marco Ogliari and Giuseppe Anaclerio.

Despite the presence of fallen giant and former Scudetto winners S.S.C. Napoli in the league, Frosinone emerged as strong challengers. They began the season well, with a 4–1 victory at Perugia.

Frosinone continued their strong form right throughout the championship, finally finishing second behind Napoli and favourites to win the play-offs. Their first opponents were Tuscan side Sangiovannese, who had finished fifth. Both matches ended scoreless and Frosinone progressed to the final by virtue of their higher placed finish in the league.

In the final they met another team from Tuscany, Grosseto, drawing 0–0 at home and winning 1–0 away thanks to a goalkeeping error. For the first time ever, Frosinone were promoted to Serie B.

For their first season at Serie B level, the club made several signings to keep the team competitive. They included Massimo Margiotta, Francesco Lodi, Roberto Lucas Rimoldi and Fabio Di Venanzio. Meanwhile, work began on restructuring the Stadium Matusa, whose capacity was increased from 5,000 to almost 10,000 seats.

The first game of the season was a 1–0 loss away at the Stadio Nereo Rocco against Triestina. This was followed by draws at home against Spezia and Arezzo and another away defeat at Rimini. Their first victory came away from home at the Stadio Romeo Menti against Vicenza. It finished 2–1 with goals from Margiotta and Di Nardo.

Among the most important victories of the season were the 2–1 wins against Bolgona and U.S. Lecce and the thrilling 1–0 win against A.S. Bari, where the goalkeeper Zappino saved a penalty. On 28 October 2006, Frosinone met giants Juventus. The goal from Alessandro Del Piero (his 200th for Juve) decided the game, however the Frusinati returned home with their heads held high.

The season concluded with a draw against Modena, and Frosinone finished 13th, a more than satisfactory position for their debut season.

The canarini improved on this during their second Serie B season, finishing 10th in 2007–08, and for much of the season were in real contention for a play-off place and a highly unlikely promotion to Serie A.

On May 21, 2011 it was relegated from Serie B to Lega Pro Prima Divisione after finishing bottom of the table.

On June 7, 2014 it was promoted from Lega Pro Prima Divisioneto Serie B after winning the playoff 1-1, 3-1 (4-2 aggregate) against U.S. Lecce.

Colors and badge[edit]

Its colours are yellow and light blue.

Current squad[edit]

As of 25 August 2014.[2]

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 Massimo Zappino
2 Italy DF Damiano Zanon
3 Italy DF Roberto Crivello
4 Italy DF Adriano Russo
5 Italy MF Mirko Gori
6 Italy DF Leonardo Blanchard
7 Italy MF Alessandro Frara (captain)
8 Austria MF Robert Gucher
9 Italy FW Daniel Ciofani
10 Italy MF Danilo Soddimo
11 Italy FW Davis Curiale
12 Italy GK Victor De Lucia
13 Italy DF Matteo Ciofani
14 Italy MF Gianluca Musacci (on loan from Parma)
No. Position Player
16 Panama DF Luis Fraiz (on loan from Panama Árabe Unido)
17 Italy FW Luca Paganini
18 Italy FW Federico Dionisi
20 Italy MF Andrea Gessa
21 Italy DF Davide Bertoncini
22 Italy GK Mirko Pigliacelli (on loan from Parma)
23 Italy DF Raffaele Schiavi
24 Italy MF Lorenzo Ranelli
25 Italy MF Daniele Altobelli
26 Italy FW Gaetano Masucci
28 Italy MF Enrico Crescenzi
29 Italy FW Massimiliano Carlini
30 Italy DF Fabio Formato

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
12 Italy GK Michele Mangiapelo (at Grosseto)
14 Italy FW Giuliano Regolanti (at Gubbio)
15 Italy DF Daniele Frabotta (at Lupa Roma)

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
15 Italy MF Fabio Savone
19 Italy MF Damiano Sterpone
27 Italy MF Daniele Illiano

Notable former players[edit]

See also Category:Frosinone Calcio players.

Notable former managers[edit]

See also Category:Frosinone Calcio managers.

Records[edit]

Source: Frosinone Calcio official website[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.frosinonecalcio.com/rosa.htm
  2. ^ "Rosa prima squadra 2014/2015". frosinonecalcio.com (in Italian). Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  3. ^ (Italian) La storia del Frosinone Calcio

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