Polisportiva Nuovo Campobasso Calcio
|Full name||Unione Sportiva Campobasso 1919|
|2012-13||Lega Pro Seconda Divisione B, 11th|
The current club was refounded in 2013 to represent the city of Campobasso after the cancellation of Polisportiva Nuovo Campobasso Calcio. The nickname of the club is lupi (Italian for "wolves") after the official and historical club logo, and they play their home matches at Stadio Nuovo Romagnoli.
The first football club in Campobasso was founded in 1919 under the denomination of Società Sportiva Campobasso, and achieved their first promotion to Serie C in 1975. After three seasons in Serie C, Campobasso were admitted to Serie C1 following the league split into two different tiers (Serie C1 and Serie C2); they played Serie C1 until 1981–82, when Campobasso, thanks to a second place in the final league table, achieved a historical first promotion to Serie B.
Campobasso played at the Serie B level for five consecutive seasons, the best result being in 1983–84 (seventh place); they also enjoyed a surprising 1–0 home win to Juventus in a Coppa Italia match on 13 February 1985. In 1986–87, Campobasso were relegated after losing a three-way relegation playoff to Lazio and Taranto. In 1987–88 Campobasso obtained a fourth place in the Serie C1 table, and hosted a Coppa Italia match against Arrigo Sacchi's AC Milan. The club however experienced two consecutive relegations in 1988–89 and 1989–90, and a successive cancellation because of financial troubles in the summer of 1990. Refounded as Football Club Campobasso, they were admitted to play Prima Categoria, and returned to Serie D in 1993, but were again cancelled in 1996. Another refoundation, as Associazione Calcio Campobasso, happened soon later, with the new club joining Eccellenza and returning to Serie C2 in 2000. In their first Serie C2 campaign, Campobasso narrowly missed immediate promotion to Serie C1 after being defeating to promotion playoffs despite a second place in the regular season; however, this successful campaign was followed by relegation in 2001–02 and another cancellation weeks later.
In 2003, Polisportiva Nuovo Campobasso Calcio were founded, reaching promotion to Serie D two years later. In 2009, they were promoted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione to fill a vacancy. In 2013, they finished 11th in Group B, but they were later excluded by Lega Pro from playing the 2013-14 season due to economic failures. Per FIGC rules and its president's imperative, they suffered cancellation once again. But in August 2013 a group of fans named Noi siamo il Campobasso (We are Campobasso), operated by entrepreneurs, later acquired and refounded the club as U.S. Campobasso 1919 to allow the new club to compete in Eccellenza.
Colors and badge
The official home colors are blue and red.
- "Italy – Coppa Italia history". RSSSF. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
- US Campobasso 1919 Italian Wikipedia