Trapani Calcio

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Trapani
Trapani Calcio Logo.png
Full name Trapani Calcio
Nickname(s) Granata (The garnets)
Founded 1905; 109 years ago (1905)
Ground Stadio Polisportivo Provinciale,
Erice, Italy
Ground Capacity 6,776
Chairman Vittorio Morace
Manager Roberto Boscaglia
League Serie B
2013–14 Serie B, 14th
Website Club home page
Current season

Trapani Calcio is an Italian football club located in Trapani, Sicily. They currently play in Serie B, the 2nd level of Italian football.

They are nicknamed the Granata (the Garnets), after their kit colour.

History[edit]

In brief[edit]

During the club's history they have played mostly in the Serie C and D leagues. In the current season, they play in Serie B for the first time in the club's history.

To date the highest league position the club has finished after the 1929/30 season was 2nd in the third highest level of Italian football, a position the club attained 3 times, in the Prima Divisione during the 1934-35 season,[1] in the Serie C during the 1960-61 season[2] and again during the 1962-63 season.[3]

Before the 1929/30 season, the club played for one season at the then highest level football division in the 1921-22 season,[4] but retired during the championship, forfeiting the last 6 matches.

In recent years, the highest league position the club attained was 4th in the third highest level of Italian football, then called Serie C1, during the 1994–95 season,[5] a result that was bettered in the 2011–12 season when Trapani achieved a second place in the same division. Throughout their long history, Trapani have won at least six recorded league championships in various divisions.

Foundation[edit]

The club's roots can be traced back to 1905;[6] on 2 April of that year, local newspaper the Gazzetta di Trapani ran an advert requesting young people to form a football association for Trapani.[7] The club founded, by professor Ugolino Montagna and young native Abele Mazzarese to represent the West-Sicilian town was named Unione Sportiva Trapanese. It is one of the oldest teams on the island, after Palermo and Messina.

U.S. Trapanese's first president was Giuseppe Platamone and the club played their games at Via Spalti. The first official game for the club came against Palermo in October 1908, the more experienced Palermitan team won emphatically scoring 12 goals. Trapanese bounced back however, playing local derby's against teams from Marsala and Erice. By 1915 play was stopped because of World War I.

Post-war times[edit]

After the war, in 1921 three teams had risen up; Vigor, Bencivegna and Drepanum. During the 1921–22 season Vigor finished 6th in the Sicilian section of the national championship of the C.C.I. (Confederazione Calcistica Italiana). On 22 January 1923 a fusion took place between Vigor and Drepanum, the club decided to revive the previous name U.S. Trapanese.

By June 1926, the name of the club was changed to A.S. Trapani. In the 1930–31 season, under the name Juventus Trapani, the club won promotion from III Divisione into II Divisione, the following season they achieved promotion again this time into the early 1930s equivalent of Serie C. They finished 8th in Serie C during the 1942–43, but then football in Italy was put on hold for the Second World War.

1940s, 50s and 60s[edit]

Just after World War II, the club were using the name A.S. Trapani for one season, before changing its name to A.S. Drepanum. They were entered into Serie C, which at the time was divided into many regional groups. For the 1947–48 season, they qualified for the new, smaller Serie C; even finishing above Messina. Unfortunately for the club, they were relegated down to level which Serie D currently stands, in the 1949–50 after finishing second from bottom.

1990s: peak and decline[edit]

With former Serie A player Ignazio Arcoleo as head coach, Trapani experienced two consecutive promotions from Serie D to Serie C1 in the early 1990s.

In 1995, a strong and qualified team composed mostly by young promising players such as Marco Materazzi and more experienced local footballers such as Francesco Galeoto qualified to the promotion playoff, but ultimately lost to Walter Novellino's Gualdo in the semifinals with a late goal scored on injury time. Since then, Trapani experienced a slow but continuous decline, despite attempts to repeat past successes: Arcoleo left Trapani to coach Palermo along some of the best players, including Galeoto. The club then relegated to Serie C2 in 1997, Serie D in 2000 and even Eccellenza in the 2005–06 season, despite a late attempt by Arcoleo and former star Gaetano Vasari to save the team from relegation. In addition, the club also received a 12-points deduction for the 2006–07 season following a matchfixing attempt recognized by the Football Federation. In its 2006–07 Eccellenza campaign Trapani, coached by former Parma midfielder Tarcisio Catanese, ended the regular season phase to eleventh place, and saved from relegation after having won relegation playoffs to Terrasini in a 5–0 single-legged win. From 2007 onwards Trapani competed in the Serie D with little success.

The Boscaglia years: from Serie D to Serie B[edit]

In 2009, chairman Vittorio Morace appointed Roberto Boscaglia as new head coach, with the aim to bring the club back into professionalism; in his first season in charge, Trapani ended as runners-up behind Milazzo. However, later in August, due to the high number of club cancellations in the higher ranks, Trapani was admitted into the 2010–11 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione (formerly Serie C2), thus ending the club's 13-year absence from the professional ranks.

In 2010-11, Trapani ended as runners-up in the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione group C, and successively won the promotion play-offs to Lega Pro Prima Divisione. In the first campaign in the third tier, Trapani surprised everyone by topping the league against all odds; an end-of-season crisis however led to the Sicilians being overtaken by Spezia in the second-last week of the season and losing direct promotion eventually. In the subsequent promotion playoffs, Trapani defeated Cremonese in the semi-final, but then lost a two-legged final to fourth-placed outsiders Lanciano. In the following season, however, Trapani were crowned champions (this time in group A) and finally promoted to Serie B for their first time ever.

Rivalries[edit]

Trapani's main rival clubs are S.C. Marsala 1912 and Mazara Calcio A.S.D., respectively from the neighbouring cities of Marsala and Mazara del Vallo. A rivalry with U.S. Città di Palermo also exists, but has rarely been contested: Palermo and Trapani have briefly played together in Serie C1, and will renew their rivalry in the 2013-14 Serie B campaign.

Current squad[edit]

As of 26 October 2014.[8]

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

No. Position Player
1 Senegal GK Lys Gomis (on loan from Torino)
3 Italy DF Antonino Daì
4 Italy DF Luca Pagliarulo (captain)
5 Italy MF Matteo Scozzarella (on loan from Atalanta)
6 Italy MF Enrico Zampa (on loan from Lazio)
7 Italy MF Simone Basso
8 Bulgaria DF Pavel Vidanov
9 Italy FW Giovanni Abate
10 Italy FW Antimo Iunco
11 Italy FW Matteo Mancosu
12 Italy GK Riccardo Ferrara
13 Italy DF Mattia Caldara (on loan from Atalanta)
14 Italy MF Maurizio Ciaramitaro
No. Position Player
15 Italy DF Andrea Pastore
17 Italy MF Antonino Barillà
18 Italy FW Nicola Citro
19 Italy DF Daniele Martinelli
20 Italy FW Filippo Falco (on loan from Lecce)
21 Italy MF Andrea Feola
22 Italy GK Richard Marcone
23 Italy DF Francesco Lo Bue
25 Italy FW Cristiano Lombardi (on loan from Lazio)
26 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Enis Nadarević (on loan from Genoa)
28 Italy MF Mattia Aramu (on loan from Torino)
29 Italy DF Simone Rizzato
33 Italy DF Christian Terlizzi

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
32 Italy MF Domenico Messina (at Riviera Marmi)
Italy DF Giacomo Corduas (at Santarcangelo)
Italy MF Pierantonio Sassano (at Cosenza)
No. Position Player
Italy MF Diego Vettraino (at Gubbio)
Italy MF Giuseppe Vitale (at Tuttocuoio)
Italy FW Marcello Mancosu (at Gubbio)

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
2 Italy MF Alberto Rizzo
16 Italy MF Samuel Portovenero
24 Italy FW Antonino Pitasi
No. Position Player
27 Italy FW Dario Costa
30 Italy MF Mattia Iuculano
31 Italy DF Salvatore Maltese

Notable former players[edit]

Notable former managers[edit]

Honours[edit]

Lega Pro Prima Divisione

  • Champions: 2012-13

Serie C2

  • Champions: 1993–94

Serie D

  • Champions: 1971–72, 1984–85

II Divisione

  • Champions: 1931–32

III Divisione

  • Champions: 1930-31

Interregionale

  • Champions: 1992–93

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