History of U.S. Puteolana

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The S.S.D. Puteolana 1902 is the main football club of Pozzuoli, in Italy.

It is a professional Italian football club, founded in 1902 as Puteoli Sport, changing its name to U.S. Puteolana in 1919 and was refounded as Comprensorio Puteolano in 1992. In 2008, by union between the club with Gragnano (Serie D), was born A.S.D. Atletico Puteolana 2008. In the summer 2009 his sports title was transferred to Real Boschese and so was excluded from all Italian football. Since the summer 2012 the new club of the city is S.S.D. Puteolana 1902 Internapoli but in 2014 the club reacquires the historical denomination becoming S.S.D. Puteolana 1902.

The historic Puteolana have played in the First Division Championship (Serie A), during the early 1920s, the last time they played in a professional league was Serie C2 in 2003.

The nicknames of the team were Diavoli rossi (Red Devils).

History of Puteolana 1902[edit]

Puteoli Sport[edit]

The club was founded during 1902 as an eclectic institution oriented to multiple sports under the banner of Puteoli Sport, this is the foundation date that the club officially carries with it today. A few years later in 1909 the name was changed to Puteoli Sporting Club.

For the 1913–14 season they were entered into a FIGC organised league in the form of the Terza Categoria, which at the time was the third level of Italian football (today's equivalent is Serie C1).

U.S. Puteolana[edit]

Italian Football Championship[edit]

After World War I the club was renamed for the third time, this time to Unione Sportiva Puteolana. They were entered into the Prima Categoria Championship (Serie A) for the 1919–20 season; here they competed against the top clubs in the Campania region and qualified for the semi-finals of Southern Italy, eventually losing out to Fortitudo Roma.[1]

The following season they were entered into the championship again, beating sides such as Naples and Salernitana. Despite qualifying for the next round FIGC put them in last place due to irregularities, ending their season early.[1]

As Italian football split into two factions after the main teams had a disagreement with FIGC, Puteolana played in the CCI run league (called Prima Divisione) which featured most of the big clubs. In the Campania section they competed against six other teams and won all 12 fixtures. They then defeated Anconitana, before facing Fortitudo in Rome for a chance to meet Pro Vercelli in the league's final for the championship. However, Putelolana lost 2–0 to Fortitudo, essentially meaning they ended the season with a top four finish.[1]

Despite their respectable position in the previous season, the club were not enrolled into the newly reunited league (because of economic problems), instead competing in the far lower III Divisione. The club climbed up two divisions and by 1925–26 were back in the top level championship,[1] however they lasted just one season as they lost all of their games in the Campania section.

Decline[edit]

The club disappeared from upper level competition for a large period of time, from 1926 until 1947. During this period they competed in competitions such as the provincial ULIC youth leagues and various seasons spent in purely amateur divisions such as I Divisione, II Divisione and III Divisione.

Eventually Puteolana won I Divisione in 1947–48 and were promoted up to the Promozione Interregionale, which was just one step below Serie C at the time. They would bounce between Serie D and Promozione Campania for much of the 1950s and 1960s. After being promoted from Promozione Campania in 1969–70, they spent the entire decade of the 1970s in Serie D generally around mid table area, the closest they came to gaining promotion was a 4th-place finish in 1973–74.

The start of the 1980s brought the club into turmoil, they were relegated in three successive seasons before becoming defunct in 1982. However, that season a team from the city of Naples called Internapoli moved to Pozzuoli because they were having problems with their home Stadio Arturo Collana and thus changed their name to S.C. Puteolana 1909.[2] After just four seasons in Serie D and one in Promozione, the new club too was folded in 1986.

Campania Puteolana[edit]

A club originally founded in 1975 in the Province of Caserta but had moved to Ponticelli in Naples, moved again in 1986 to Pozzuoli as a means to carry on the older clubs legacy in the city. It was a man named Mario Giocondo Mauriello who engineered the move and the club changed its name from Campania Ponticelli to Società Sportiva Calcio Campania Puteolana.

Campania Puteolana was playing in Serie C1 gaining a 6th-place finish in their first season since the rebirth. The same season in the Coppa Italia Serie C they finished as runners-up to Livorno, after losing the two-legged final 3–1. Under the management of Claudio Ranieri (his first managerial job) the club were relegated to Serie C2 the following year, however Brazilian manager Jarbas Faustinho Canè led them straight back up as champions.

After two more seasons in the lower half of Serie C1 they were relegated down and then relegated from Serie C2 by 1992, instead of carrying on in the city the Campania club moved back to Naples and would eventually fall into obscurity.

From Comprensorio Puteolano to F.C. Puteolana 1902[edit]

Former Puteolana badge

To carry on the legacy of the city's historic club, it was refounded as Comprensorio Puteolano in 1992 by Fiore, Corvo, Morelli and Cesarano; the club started the 1992–93 season in the Promozione Campania. After one season back, the club was promoted up into Eccellenza and then straight back up into Serie D.

Puteolano spent several seasons in Serie D during this period, generally finishing in respectable positions (notching up a 3rd and 4th-place finish). Eventually in 1999–00 promotion into Serie C2 came, the club were now back at professional level, they came very close to recording a successive promotion with a 4th-place finish. However, by 2002–03 the club were once again relegated to Serie D and two years later back down to Eccellenza Campania. Between 2005 and 2008, the legal entity of the club has been Football Club Puteolana 1902; they remained in the Eccellenza league for three seasons, before being relegated into Promozione.

2008-09: A.S.D. Atletico Puteolana 2008[edit]

The club was born by Football Club Puteolana and Gragnano (a Serie D club) union, becoming in Serie D for the 2008–09 season.

2012: Puteolana 1902[edit]

In 2012, at "Domenico Conte" stadium returns to play in a major championship (this time it's D series), thanks to the transfer dell'Internapoli Football Club in Pozzuoli, which gives life to the SSD Puteolana 1902 Internapoli. In 2014, the club reacquires the historical denomination becoming S.S.D. Puteolana 1902.

Colors and badge[edit]

The team's colours were maroon, known locally as granata.

Chronology[edit]

  • 1902: Founded as Puteoli Sport.
  • 1909: Changed name to Puteoli Sport Club.
  • 1914: Joined F.I.G.C. as Puteoli Sport Club.
  • 1913–14: Terza Categoria Campania Championship. Promoted into Promozione Campana.
  • 1914–15: Placed 1st in Promozione Campana, promoted into Prima Categoria.
  • 1915/19: Inactive because of World War 1.
  • 1919: Changed name to Unione Sportiva Puteolana.
  • 1919–20: Placed 2nd in Prima Categoria Campana, qualified into the South Italy semifinals. 3ª in the group A of the South Italy semifinals.
  • 1920–21: Placed 1st in the group A of 1.a Categoria Campana, qualified into Campania Final Group. 1ª in the Campania Final Group, but it was later disqualified for membership drive irregularities.
  • 1921–22: Placed 1st in Prima Divisione Campana C.C.I., qualified into Lega Sud finals. They lose 0–2 the South Finals against Fortitudo Roma.
  • 1922/24: Inactive. Refounded as U.S.S. Puteolana.
  • 1924–25: Placed 1st in group A of Terza Divisione Campana, qualified to Regional finals. Campan Champion of Terza Divisione. Promoted, they were directly admitted into Prima Divisione Campana.
  • 1925–26: Placed 5th and last in Prima Divisione Campania, they were supposed to be relegated into Seconda Divisione. However they didn't enter the Seconda Divisione, inactive.
  • 1926/29: They joined ULIC Youth Leagues.
  • 1929: They rejoined FIGC, they were admitted to Seconda Divisione South.
  • 1929–30: Placed 10th in the group A of Seconda Divisione South.
  • 1930–1947: They took part to some ULIC provincial youth leagues and to several Campania Championship of Prima, Seconda and Terza Divisione.
  • 1947–48:1ª in Prima Divisione Campana, promoted to Promozione Interregionale of Lega Interregionale Sud.
  • 1948–49: Placed 11th in group M of Promozione Interregionale Sud.
  • 1949–50: Placed 7th in group M of Promozione Interregionale Sud.
  • 1950–51: Placed 3rd in girone M of Promozione Interregionale Sud.
  • 1951–52: Placed 3rd in girone M of Promozione Interregionale Sud, admitted to IV Serie.
  • 1952–53: Placed 11th in IV Serie.
  • 1953–54: Placed 10th in IV Serie.
  • 1954–55: Placed 9th in IV Serie.
  • 1955–56: Placed 18th in IV Serie, relegated to Promozione Campana.
  • 1956–57: Placed 3rd in group A of Promozione Campana.
  • 1957–58: ? in group x of Campionato Nazionale Dilettanti Campania Group.
  • 1958–59: ? in group x of Campionato Nazionale Dilettanti Campania Group. The Championship of Promozione changes name into Prima Categoria.
  • 59–60: Placed 2nd in group B of Prima Categoria Campana.
  • 1960–61: Placed 3rd in group B di Prima Categoria Campana.
  • 1961–62: ? in Prima Categoria Campana.
  • 1962–63: Placed 1st in group B of Prima Categoria Campana, promoted to Serie D.
  • 1963–64: Placed 11th in group E of Serie D.
  • 1964–65: Placed 15th in girone F of Serie D.
  • 1965–66: Placed 11th in girone F of Serie D.
  • 1966–67: Placed 6th in Serie D.
  • 1967–68: Placed 6th in Serie D.
  • 1968–69: Placed 16th in group E of Serie D, relegated to Promozione Campana.
  • 1969–70: Placed 1st in group A of Promozione Campana, promoted to Serie D.
  • 1970–71: Placed 8th in Serie D.
  • 1971–72: Placed 10th in Serie D.
  • 1972–73: Placed 7th in Serie D.
  • 1973–74: Placed 4th in Serie D.
  • 1974–75: Placed 8th in Serie D.
  • 1975–76: Placed 12th in Serie D.
  • 1976–77: Placed 6th in Serie D.
  • 1977–78: Placed 7th in Serie D.
  • 1978–79: Placed 12th in Serie D.
  • 1979–80: Placed 17th in Serie D, relegated to Promozione Campana.
  • 1980–81: ? in group x of Promozione Campana, relegated into Prima Categoria Campana.
  • 1981–82: ? in Prima Categoria Campana, relegated in Seconda Categoria Campana.
  • 1982: The team bankrupted. Internapoli moves to Pozzuoli and becomes S.C. Puteolana 1909.
  • 1982–83: Placed 11th in group H of Interregionale.
  • 1983–84: Placed 4th in group H of Interregionale.
  • 1984–85: Placed 15th in group L of Interregionale, relegated to Promozione Campana.
  • 1985–86: Placed 4th in group B of Promozione Campana.
  • 1986: The team bankrupted. Campania moves from Naples to Pozzuoli and becomes Campania-Puteolana.
  • 1986–87: Placed 6th in Serie C1.
  • 1987–88: Placed 17th in Serie C1, relegated to Serie C2.
  • 1988–89: Placed 1st in Serie C2. Promoted to Serie C1.
  • 1989–90: Placed 14th in Serie C1.
  • 1990–91: Placed 18th in Serie C1, relegated to Serie C2.
  • 1991–92: Placed 20th in Serie C2, relegated to Serie D.
  • 1992: Campania-Puteolana returns to Naples and changes name into Campania.
  • 1992–93 – Placed 17th in group H of Serie D, relegated to Eccellenza Campana.
  • 1993: Comprensorio Puteolano is founded; it buys the sport title (?) of Caloria.
  • 1993–94: Placed 2nd in group A of Eccellenza Campana, promoted to CND.
  • 1994–95: Placed 11th in group H of CND.
  • 1995–96: Placed 4th in group G of CND.
  • 1996: Becomes Pozzuoli Calcio.
  • 1996–97: Placed 8th in group G of CND.
  • 1997–98: Placed 14th in group G of CND.
  • 1996: Becomes F.C. Puteolana.
  • 1998–99: Placed 3rd in group I of CND.
  • 1999-00: Placed 1st in group G of CND, promoted to Serie C2.
  • 2000–01: Placed 4th in group C of Serie C2, admitted to play-offs, where loses in the semifinals to Catanzaro.
  • 2001–02: Placed 15th in group C of Serie C2.
  • 2002–03: Placed 18th in group C of Serie C2, relegated ti Serie D.
  • 2003–04: Placed 12th in group G of Serie D.
  • 2004–05: Placed 17th in group G of Serie D, relegated to Eccellenza Campania.
  • 2005–06: Placed 13th in group A of Eccellenza Campania.
  • 2006–07: Placed 14th in group A of Eccellenza Campana. Relegated to Promozione Campania, later readmitted to Eccellenza.
  • 2007–08: Placed 15th in group A of Eccellenza Campana. Relegated to Promozione Campania.
  • 2008-09: Refounded as A.S.D. Atletico Puteolana 2008. Relegated to Eccellenza Campania. The sports title was transferred to Real Boschese and so was excluded from all Italian football.

Notable former players[edit]

Notable former managers[edit]

Honours[edit]

III Divisione / Serie C

  • Winners: 1924–25

Serie C2

  • Winners: 1988–89

Coppa Italia Serie C

  • Runners-up: 1986–1987

Serie D

  • Winners: 1999–00

Eccellenza Campania

  • Winners: 1969–70
  • Promoted: 1993–94

Promozione Campania

  • Winners: 1962–63
  • Promoted: 1951–52, 1992–93

Prima Divisione Campania

  • Winners: 1947–48

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Modena, Panini Edizioni (2005). Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio – La Storia 1898–2004. 
  2. ^ "Storia". InternapoliCalcio.it. 22 June 2007. 

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