U.S.D. Akragas Città dei Templi

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Akragas
AkragasCalcio.png
Full name Unione Sportiva Dilettantistica Akragas Città dei Templi
Founded 1929 (as A.C. Agrigento)
1952 (reformed)
Ground Stadio Esseneto,
Agrigento, Italy
Ground Capacity 15,000
Chairman Italy Calogero Pontei
Manager Italy Gioacchino Sferrazza
League Serie D/I
2012–13 Eccellenza Sicily/A, 1st (promoted)

Unione Sportiva Dilettantistica Akragas Città dei Templi, commonly referred to as simply Akragas, is an Italian association football club based in Agrigento, Sicily. The club was founded in 1929. Previously Akragas played in Serie C but currently plays in Serie D for the 2013–14 season.

History[edit]

The foundation[edit]

An ancestor of the club was known to have played since at least the early-1930s as Associazione Calcio Agrigento.[1] The club had moderate success in the lower divisions of Italian football; it progressed beyond the regional Sicilian scene to Serie C for the first time for the 1939–40 season.[2]

By the late 1940s Agrigento had fallen in stature, they were competing down in the regional Promozione Sicily league after being relegated;[2] the decline fully set in by 1952 and the club became defunct due to financial difficulties.[2]

Return as Akragas[edit]

Following the previous club's closure, little Akragas was revamped and a new team was set up by chairman Enzo Lauretta during 1952. The club was renamed Unione Sportiva Akragas,[3] rather than using the Italianized version of the name, the club paid homage to the city's Magna Graecia roots. A noted figure in Sicilian football, Carmelo Di Bella was put in place as the club's first manager, while Gaspare Gallo was its first captain.[4] To attract the attention of the supporters of defunct Agrigento, Akragas changed its colour, abandonning its violet and taking the white and blue of Agrigento.

Colors and badge[edit]

Its colors are all-light blue.

Honours[edit]

Serie C2:

  • Runners-up (1): 1982–83

Serie D:

  • Winners (2): 1980–81; 1991–92
  • Runners-up (1): 1958–59

Eccellenza Sicily:

  • Winners (1): 2012-13

Promozione Sicily:

  • Winners (3): 1956–57; 1977–78

Prima Categoria Sicily:

  • Runners-up (1): 1952–53

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coppa Italia: il dossier sulle 19 big in campo". Lega Nazionale Dilettanti. 7 October 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c "Storia dell’Akragas Calcio". Criluge Flash. 7 October 2007. 
  3. ^ "Libri. Presentata la storia ilustrata dell'Unione Sportiva Akragas". Akragas.net. 7 October 2007. 
  4. ^ "Fotogallery Anni '50". Conosecrel Akragas. 7 October 2007. 

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