U.S. Sassuolo Calcio

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U.S. Sassuolo Calcio
US Sassuolo Calcio logo.svg
Full name Unione Sportiva Sassuolo
Calcio SRL
Nickname(s) I Neroverdi (The Black-and-Greens)
Founded 1922; 93 years ago (1922)
Ground Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Ground Capacity 20,084
Owner Giorgio Squinzi
Chairman Carlo Rossi
Manager Eusebio Di Francesco
League Serie A
2013–14 Serie A, 17th
Website Club home page
Current season

Unione Sportiva Sassuolo Calcio is an Italian association football club, based in Sassuolo, Emilia-Romagna. They are playing in Serie A, having made their first top flight appearance ever in the 2013–14 season as 2012–13 Serie B champions.

Due to the lack of a Serie A licensed venue in Sassuolo, they play home games in neighbouring Reggio Emilia at Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore, which was acquired by the club in December 2013.


The club was founded in 1922.

Serie C1[edit]

Sassuolo reached Serie C1 in 2006, after winning the promotion play-offs by beating Sansovino in the final. In the following years, Sassuolo proved to be a serious contender for promotion to Serie B, barely missing it in 2007, with Gian Marco Remondina as head coach, as they lost immediate promotion to Grosseto in the final season days, and were defeated by fifth-placed Monza in the play-off semi-finals. Remondina then left Sassuolo to join Serie B's Piacenza, and former Serie A player Massimiliano Allegri was then chosen as new head coach.

Under Allegri, Sassuolo quickly revived their hopes to obtain promotion to Serie B; this ultimately came on 27 April 2008, when they won the Serie C1/A title, thus ensuring a historical promotion to Serie B, the first in the club's history.[1]

Serie B[edit]

Following Sassuolo's promotion to the Italian second tier, Allegri left Sassuolo to fill the head coaching position at Serie A team Cagliari. On July 2008 the club appointed former Atalanta and Siena boss Andrea Mandorlini for the 2008–09 season.

Sassuolo had a surprising start to the 2008–09 campaign and held a promotion play-off place for very long time, but they managed to win only two points in the last 5 games and eventually finished in 7th place. Despite a successful season, Mandorlini left Sassuolo by mutual consent in June 2009. They appointed former Piacenza coach Stefano Pioli on 11 June 2009.

Sassuolo successively qualified to the Serie B promotion play-offs in 2009–10 by coming fourth, and 2011–12 in third, being eliminated at the semi-finals in both seasons.

However, in the 2012–13 season, under the guidance of new head coach Eusebio Di Francesco, Sassuolo won the Serie B title, thus achieving direct promotion to Serie A and ensuring a first top flight campaign ever for the small Emilian club in the 2013–14 season.

Serie A[edit]

During pre-season training Sassuolo then went on to win the Trofeo Tim cup after losing to Juventus on penalties and then beating Milan 2–1. This is the first time a team apart from Milan, Inter or Juventus have won the Cup.

On 25 August 2013, Sassuolo played their first Serie A match, a 2–0 loss away at Torino.[2] Their second match was their first at home, against Livorno. Simone Zaza scored Sassuolo's first top-flight goal as they lost 4–1.[3] The team earned their first point in their fifth match, on 25 September away to Napoli. Zaza equalised as the game finished 1–1, ending the hosts' perfect start to the season.[4] This was followed by a first home point on 29 September, a 2–2 draw with Lazio.[5] On 20 October 2013, Sassuolo won their first Serie A game, defeating Bologna 2–1 at home with goals from Domenico Berardi and Antonio Floro Flores, moving the club off bottom place.[6]

Sassuolo won away for the first time in Serie A on 3 November, against Sampdoria, with Berardi scoring their first top-flight hat-trick to win 4–3.[7] Since the following match, a 1–1 draw at AS Roma on 10 November, the club has been outside the relegation zone.[8] On 12 January 2014, Berardi was the only player in the season to score 4 goals in a game, as Sassuolo came from 2–0 down to win 4–3 against A.C. Milan.[9] Sassuolo won its away match against Fiorentina 4–3 on 6 May 2014, and by winning 4–2 against Genoa on 11 May 2014 guaranteed to remain in Serie A for the 2014–15 season.

Colours and badge[edit]

Sassuolo's famous colours of green and black originated from a kit donated by Lancaster Rovers FC of England. Lancaster Rovers had a brief tour of Italy in 1921 and donated their kit as a kind gesture to apologise for failing to fulfil their fixture.[10][11][12][13] The game between U.S. Sassuolo Calcio and Lancaster Rovers FC never went ahead due to financial restrictions on The Rovers side. As a result they packed up their belongings and headed back for North West England leaving their famous kit behind in Italy.[14][15]


The Stadio Alberto Braglia in Modena was Sassuolo's temporary home while playing in Serie B.

Sassuolo's home stadium is Stadio Enzo Ricci still used for training, but due to its tiny capacity (4,000), the club played Serie B seasons in Modena's Stadio Alberto Braglia.[16]

Starting from the 2013–14 season, the first Serie A campaign for the club, Sassuolo will play in Reggio Emilia at the renovated Stadio Città del Tricolore (formerly Stadio Giglio) in a venue-sharing agreement with Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Reggiana.[17]

Current squad[edit]

As of 11 March 2015.[18]

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 Alberto Pomini
3 Italy DF Alessandro Longhi
4 Italy MF Francesco Magnanelli (captain)
5 Italy DF Luca Antei
6 Ghana MF Raman Chibsah
7 Italy MF Simone Missiroli
8 Italy MF Davide Biondini
10 Italy FW Simone Zaza
11 Croatia DF Šime Vrsaljko
14 Greece FW Anastasios Donis
15 Italy DF Francesco Acerbi
16 Italy GK Ciro Polito
17 Italy FW Nicola Sansone
19 Algeria MF Saphir Taïder (on loan from Inter)
No. Position Player
20 Italy DF Paolo Bianco
23 Italy DF Marcello Gazzola
25 Italy FW Domenico Berardi (on loan from Juventus)
26 Italy DF Emanuele Terranova
28 Italy DF Paolo Cannavaro
30 Slovenia MF Dejan Lazarevic (on loan from Chievo)
31 Italy DF Federico Peluso
32 Italy DF Cesare Natali
33 Italy MF Matteo Brighi
47 Italy GK Andrea Consigli
79 Italy GK Gianluca Pegolo
83 Italy FW Antonio Floro Flores
99 Italy FW Sergio Floccari

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
Italy GK Simone Perilli (at Pro Patria)
Italy DF Lorenzo Ariaudo (at Genoa)
Switzerland DF Jonathan Rossini (at Bari)
Italy MF Karim Laribi (at Bologna)
Italy FW Diego Falcinelli (at Perugia)
No. Position Player
Italy FW Ettore Gliozzi (at Forlì)
Portugal FW Aladje Gomes (at Real Vicenza)
Italy FW Guido Gomez (at Juve Stabia)
Italy FW Leonardo Pavoletti (at Genoa)

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
86 Italy GK Gianmarco Celeste
21 Italy DF Leonardo Fontanesi
18 Ghana MF Abass Alhassan
52 Italy FW Davide Lodesani
96 Italy FW Marcello Sereni



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