A.C. Perugia Calcio

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Perugia
Ac perugia.png
Full nameAssociazione Calcistica Perugia Calcio S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Grifoni (The Griffins)
Founded1905; 115 years ago (1905)
GroundStadio Renato Curi,
Perugia, Italy
Capacity28,000
ChairmanMassimiliano Santopadre
Head coachSerse Cosmi
LeagueSerie B
2018–19Serie B, 8th of 19
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Associazione Calcistica Perugia Calcio,[1] previously A.C. Perugia, Perugia Calcio and commonly referred to as simply Perugia, is an Italian football club based in Perugia, Umbria. Founded in 1905 (refounded in 2005 and 2010 due to financial troubles) has amongst its best records a runners-up in 1978–79 Serie A season, in which they finished unbeaten, and the 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup. The team currently plays in Serie B after promotion from Lega Pro Prima Divisione in 2013–14 season.

History[edit]

A.C. Perugia[edit]

A.C. Perugia were founded on 9 June 1905, after the merger of U.S. Fortebraccio and Libertas.

Promotion to Serie B in 1966 would mark the beginning of one of the club's most successful periods. Perugia spent the next eight years in Serie B before promotion to Serie A for the first time in 1975.

1933–34 Perugia

In the club's first Serie A season, Perugia finished eighth with 31 points- just short of a European place. Star players in the side included defender Pierluigi Frosio and midfielders Renato Curi and Franco Vannini. The side remained in the top half of the table for the rest of the decade, finishing runners-up in 1979 with 11 wins and 19 draws, resulting in the only unbeaten side not to win a title. However, tragedy and scandal marred this period. In 1977, Curi died of a heart attack during a league match with Juventus, while Vannini's career was ended by injury in 1979. The Totonero scandal in 1980 led to a 5-point penalty and relegation in 1981. Ilario Castagner was coach during this period.

The club spent the first half of the 1980s trying to get back to Serie A, nearly succeeding in 1984–85. Another scandal in 1986 forced Perugia down to Serie C2. It was during this time that Fabrizio Ravanelli would be discovered, he would later go on to a career with Reggiana, Juventus, Middlesbrough and several other clubs before returning to Perugia.

The controversial and eccentric Luciano Gaucci took control of the club. The side returned to Serie B in 1994 and under the guidance of Giovanni Galeone reached Serie A in 1996. Perugia started well before Gaucci's decision to replace Galeone with Nevio Scala. The side's form subsequently declined before a late rally gave them a chance of survival- a 2–1 defeat at Piacenza in the final round sealed their fate. With Castagner back in charge, Perugia won a play-off with Torino to secure a return to the top flight.

1974–75 Perugia

The next six seasons saw Perugia hold their own in Serie A with foreign imports including the Japanese international Hidetoshi Nakata in 1998.[2] The team came under scrutiny when Gaucci criticised and eventually terminated the contract of his own player, Ahn Jung-Hwan of South Korea, for scoring the golden goal that knocked Italy out of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and allegedly insulting the Italian nation. Ahn's national manager Guus Hiddink spoke out against the sacking.[3] Following the outcry, Ahn's sacking was reversed, but by then the player himself expressed no desire to return to the club anymore.

In the summer of 2003, Perugia signed English striker Jay Bothroyd, and Al-Saadi Gaddafi (the son of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi).[4] Soon after, the club were one of three winners of the 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup after beating VfL Wolfsburg of Germany 3–0 on aggregate. This qualified the team to the 2003–04 UEFA Cup, in which they were eliminated in the third round by PSV Eindhoven.[5]

Perugia Calcio[edit]

The new chairman Vincenzo Silvestrini had re-established the club in 2005 as Perugia Calcio.

Perugia Calcio logo (2005–2010)

After a takeover, in 2009 Perugia Calcio property passed to Perugian entrepreneur and former Pisa owner and chairman Leonardo Covarelli. On 21 May 2010 the Court of Perugia declared the bankruptcy of Perugia Calcio srl.[6] Nobody decided to take over the society at the subsequent auction[7] and on 30 June 2010 the club was unable to join the Italian third level championship 2010–2011. The Italian Football Federation decided on 8 July 2010 to revoke the affiliation of the bankrupt Perugia Calcio Srl.[8]

From A.S.D. Perugia Calcio to A.C. Perugia Calcio[edit]

During the summer break 2010, this new club with the same denomination and inheriting the old side history, was entered into the Serie D Girone E.

On 10 April 2011, Perugia became the first team of the season to get promoted from Serie D to the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione 2011–12, after a 3–2 home victory against Castel Rigone.[9] They eventually won the Girone E. The club also won the 2010–11 Coppa Italia Serie D, beating Turris 1–0 in the final.[10]

In summer 2011 the club was renamed Associazione Calcistica Perugia Calcio, thus becoming a professional company, to play in the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione/B obtaining immediate promotion to Lega Pro Prima Divisione. On May 4, 2014, beating Frosinone 1–0, A.C. Perugia won the 2013–14 Lega Pro Prima Divisione championship and gained promotion to Serie B after a 9-year absence from Italy's second highest football division.

Current squad[edit]

As of 27 January 2020[11]

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 Guglielmo Vicario (on loan from Cagliari)
2 Italy DF Aleandro Rosi (Captain)
3 Belgium DF Mardochee Nzita
4 Italy MF Marco Carraro (on loan from Atalanta)
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Matej Rodin
6 Italy DF Filippo Sgarbi
7 Italy DF Pasquale Mazzocchi
8 Italy FW Diego Falcinelli (on loan from Bologna)
9 Italy FW Pietro Iemmello (on loan from Benevento)
10 Romania MF Vlad Dragomir
11 Italy FW Cristian Buonaiuto
12 Italy GK Lorenzo Ruggiero (on loan from Genoa)
13 Spain FW Paolo Fernandes (on loan from Manchester City)
14 Italy MF Hans Nicolussi Caviglia (on loan from Juventus)
15 Guinea MF Amara Konate
No. Position Player
20 Croatia MF Andrija Balić (on loan from Udinese)
22 Italy GK Andrea Fulignati (on loan from Ascoli)
23 Italy MF Marcello Falzerano
25 Italy DF Nicola Falasco
27 Italy DF Gianluca Di Chiara (on loan from Benevento)
28 Ivory Coast MF Christian Kouan
29 Italy FW Christian Capone (on loan from Atalanta)
32 Slovakia DF Norbert Gyömbér
33 Italy DF Gabriele Angella
37 Italy GK Marco Albertoni
36 Italy FW Federico Melchiorri (Vice-captain)
Romania DF Romario Benzar (on loan from Lecce)
Serbia DF Slobodan Rajković
United States MF Giuseppe Barone

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 Nicola Leali (at Ascoli)
Italy DF Salvatore Monaco (at Cosenza)
Italy DF Marco Moscati (at Trapani)
No. Position Player
Italy FW Jacopo Manconi (at Giana Erminio)
Italy FW Calogero Minacori (at Agnonese)

Players with multiple nationalities[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Italy Massimo Oddo
Assistant Coach Italy Marcello Donatelli
Assistant Coach Italy Stefano Fiore
Goalkeeper Coach Italy Gianfranco Gagliardi
Fitness Coach Italy Andrea Arpili
Fitness Coach Italy Luca D'Angeli
Physiotherapist Italy Matteo Moroni
Chief Doctor Italy Giuliano Cerulli
Club Doctor Italy Michele Bisogni

Notable former players[edit]

See also Category:A.C. Perugia Calcio players

Honours[edit]

Serie A:

UEFA Intertoto Cup:

Supercoppa di Lega di Seconda Divisione:

  • Winner: 2012

Supercoppa di Lega di Prima Divisione:

  • Winner: 2014

Coppa Italia Serie D:

  • Winner: 2010–11

Serie B:

  • Winner: 1974–75

Lega Pro Prima Divisione:

  • Winner: 1932–33, 1945–46, 1966–67, 1993–94, 2013–14

Lega Pro Seconda Divisione:

  • Winner: 1987–88, 2011–12

Serie D:

  • Winner: 1929–30 (as Terza Divisione), 2010–11

In Europe[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate Reference
1979–80 First Round Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb 1–0 0–0 1–0 [12]
Second Round Greece Aris 0–3 1–1 1–4
2003–04 First Round Scotland Dundee 1–0 2–1 3–1 [13]
Second Round Greece Aris 2–0 1–1 3–1
Third Round Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0–0 1–3 1–3

UEFA Intertoto Cup[edit]

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate Reference
1999 Second Round North Macedonia Pobeda 1–0 0–0 1–0 [14]
Third Round Turkey Trabzonspor 0–3 (f) 2–1 2–4
2000 Second Round Belgium Standard Liège 1–2 1–1 2–3 [15]
2002 Third Round Germany Stuttgart 2–1 1–3 3–4 [16]
2003 Third Round Finland Allianssi 2–0 2–0 4–0 [17]
Semi-final France Nantes 0–0 1–0 1–0
Final Germany Wolfsburg 1–0 2–0 3–0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 2011-11-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.iht.com/articles/1998/11/30/nakata.t.php IHT, 30 November 1998
  3. ^ "Hiddink condemns 'childish' Perugia". 20 June 2002. Retrieved 25 August 2016 – via bbc.co.uk.
  4. ^ "Bothroyd signs for Perugia". BBC. 11 July 2003. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  5. ^ "UEFA Intertoto Cup 2003". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  6. ^ Erika Pontini (21 May 2010). "I giudici: buco da 100 milioni. Falliti Perugia e Mas" (in Italian). La Nazione. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  7. ^ "CALCIO: ASTA DESERTA PER RILEVARE PERUGIA DOPO FALLIMENTO" [Football: Perugia auction deserted after Bankruptcy] (in Italian). SPR / La Repubblica. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  8. ^ "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE N. 7/A" (PDF) (in Italian). FIGC (Italia football federation). 8 July 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Perugia promosso in Lega Pro, la Turris matematicamente ai playoff!". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Serie D, il Perugia vince la Coppa Italia". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Prima Squadra" (in Italian). A.C. Perugia Calcio. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  12. ^ "European Competitions 1979-80". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  13. ^ "European Competitions 2003–04". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  14. ^ "UEFA Intertoto Cup 1999". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  15. ^ "UEFA Intertoto Cup 2000". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  16. ^ "UEFA Intertoto Cup 2002". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  17. ^ "UEFA Intertoto Cup 2003". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 August 2017.

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