Novara Calcio

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Novara
Novara Calcio logo.svg
Full name Novara Calcio S.p.A.
Nickname(s) Biancoazzurri (The White-Blues)
Founded 1908; 106 years ago (1908)
Ground Stadio Silvio Piola,
Novara, Italy
Ground Capacity 17,875
Chairman Carlo Accornero
Manager Alfredo Aglietti
League Serie C
2013–14 Serie B, 19th (Relegated)
Website Club home page

Novara Calcio is an Italian football club based in Novara, Piedmont.

History[edit]

In December 1908 the F.A.S. (Football Association Studenti) was created by eight students of Liceo Carlo Alberto, aged between 15–16 years; among them an engineer, Gianni Canestrini, and a lawyer, Piero Zorini. In Novara in those days, there were other small clubs like Voluntas, Pro Scalon, Ginnastica e Scherma, Forza & Speranza, Collegio Gallarini and many other student bodies. The best players from these teams came together to form Novara Calcio, and made their debut in the Italian league on 3 November 1912.

The first match was played against a team already then established as Torino, who won 2–1, with the first Novara goal scored by Mario Menendez.

In the years between World War I and World War II, Novara merged with Pro Vercelli, Alessandria and Casale to make the so-called "quadrilatero piemontese" (Piedmont Quadrilateral). Novara's highest finish came in 1952 when they finished in eighth place in Serie A.

During these years of staying in the top flight, Novara had Silvio Piola to thank. His many goals (which at the end of his career was over 300), made a huge contribution to the cause of Novara. Following his death in 1996, the stadium at which Novara play was dedicated in his name.

In 1956 came relegation to Serie B, and another five years afterwards, they slipped down to Serie C due to a fraudulent complaint by a Sambenedettese player.

A few successful seasons in Serie B followed, but then Novara stumbled again in 1977 with relegation to Serie C and worse in 1981 to Serie C2. In the 1995–96 season, Novara were back in Serie C1, but this joy was short-lived as the following year, the biancoazzurri again had to deal with relegation.

Years were spent in the shadows of Italian football until more recently when the league was won in the 2002–03 season.

From Lega Pro Prima Divisione to Serie A[edit]

Consolidation in Serie C1 followed, later becoming Lega Pro Prima Divisione, until the historic promotion of the 2009–10 season where the club returned to Serie B after 33 years.[1]

In June 12, 2011, Novara remarkably secured its promotion to Serie A after an absence of 55 years, by defeating Padova in the play-off final.[2] Both consecutive promotions were achieved under the tenure of head coach Attilio Tesser, who was confirmed as Novara boss also for the following 2011–12 top flight campaign.

2011-12 Serie A[edit]

On 20 September 2011, the first home game in Serie A for 55 years, Novara recorded a historic 3-1 victory over the World Champions[3] of Inter.[4]

This remarkable feat however turned to be just occasional, and Novara managed to win only one more game until end-January, when manager Attilio Tesser was before replaced with veteran coach Emiliano Mondonico and after a month recalled in a vain desperate attempt from the ownership to save the club from relegation. In fact in this season the club was immediately relegated again to Serie B.

The decision of the club to sign Greek footballer Giorgos Katidis has caused world wide rejection. Katidis was banned for life from the Greek league after he showed the nazi "Sieg Heil" salute on the field. [5]

Novara finished Serie B as 5th in 2012-13 season but was eliminated by Empoli in promotion play-offs. But next season was terrible for Novara. The club finished 19th in Serie B and lost play-out aganist Varese with 4-2 aggregate. Thus Novara relegated to Serie C.

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 January 2014.[6]

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 Romano Perticone
3 Greece DF Ioánnis Potourídis
4 Italy MF Pancrazio Faragò
5 Italy DF Carlalberto Ludi (vice-captain)
6 Italy MF Daniele Buzzegoli
7 France FW Matthias Lepiller
8 Italy MF Francesco Marianini
9 Italy FW Raffaele Rubino (captain)
11 Italy DF Alessandro Crescenzi (on loan from Roma)
12 Italy GK Lorenzo Montipò
13 Italy DF Francesco Vicari
14 Italy MF Marco Rigoni
15 Republic of Macedonia FW Filip Pivkovski
17 Italy DF Valerio Nava (on loan from Atalanta)
18 Italy FW Marco Sansovini (on loan from Spezia)
No. Position Player
19 Argentina FW Pablo González
20 Italy MF Flavio Lazzari
21 Italy MF Francesco Parravicini
23 Italy MF Simone Pesce
24 Serbia DF Uroš Radaković (on loan from Bologna)
26 France MF Gaël Genevier (on loan from Siena)
28 Italy FW Jacopo Manconi
30 Switzerland FW Zoran Josipovic (on loan from Juventus)
31 Italy DF Alessandro Lambrughi (on loan from Livorno)
32 Uruguay MF Jorge Martínez (on loan from Juventus)
33 Italy GK Luca Tomasig
37 Serbia DF Petar Golubović (on loan from Roma)
38 Italy MF Simon Laner (on loan from Verona)
Argentina GK Alan Martínez

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
16 Italy DF Alessandro Bastrini (at Cagliari)
18 Italy FW Alberto Libertazzi (at L'Aquila)
26 Italy DF Andrea Peverelli (at Südtirol)
27 Italy DF Simone Salviato (at Pescara)
Italy GK Enrico Tonozzi (at Südtirol)
Italy DF Paolo Balzaretti (at Pro Sesto)
Italy DF Lorenzo Del Prete (at Crotone)
No. Position Player
Brazil DF Neuton (at Udinese)
Italy DF Alberto Sorrentino (at Folgore Caratese)
Italy MF Nicolò Bianchi (at Monza)
Italy MF Lorenzo Galassi (at Viareggio)
Italy MF Christian Jidayi (at Forlì)
France FW Alain Baclet (at Casertana)
France FW Laurent Lanteri (at Paganese)

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
22 Italy GK Fabio Pegorin
29 Italy MF Michele Rocca
34 Italy DF Davide Mansi
35 Italy DF Niccolò Dondoni
No. Position Player
36 Italy MF Stefano Pisoni
39 Italy MF Andrea Casarini (on loan from Parma)
40 Senegal DF Moustapha Beye

Notable former players[edit]

References[edit]

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