Benevento Calcio

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Benevento
Benevento Calcio logo.png
Full name Benevento Calcio SRL
Nickname(s) Stregoni (Witches)
Founded 1929
2005 (refounded)
Ground Stadio Ciro Vigorito,
Benevento, Italy
Ground Capacity 20,000
Chairman Fabrizio Pallotta
Manager Marco Baroni
League Serie B
2015–16 Lega Pro/C, 1st (promoted)

Benevento Calcio is an Italian association football club based in Benevento, Campania. The club was founded in 1929 and refounded in 2005. Currently it plays in Serie B.

History[edit]

The club was founded as Associazione Calcio Benevento in 1929,[1] their original home was the Meomartini which was built by Ciccio Minocchia.[2]

After working their way up lower divisions in their earliest years, Benevento reached Prima Divisione, the third highest professional league at that time, in the 1934–35 season. Here it finished above clubs such as Reggina in its first season within the league. Although it did not win promotion to Serie B, the team did qualify to remain in the third tier of Italian football for the 1935–36 season, re-organized to a smaller 64-team league renamed Serie C.

The company F.C. Sporting Benevento S.r.l. folded in 2005. At the same time Benevento Calcio S.p.A. was found.

In the 2007–08 Serie C2 regular season the team finished first in Girone C, winning direct promotion to the now called Lega Pro Prima Divisione for the 2008–09 season. In the 2008–09 season, Benevento's first season in Lega Pro Prima Divisione, they finished in 2nd place. This meant Benevento would be in a 2 leg play-off. They won their first 2 legged play-off, but lost to Crotone 1–0 (2–1) on aggregate in the final.

Gaetano Auteri was appointed as the head manager for the 2015–16 season. In this season, Benevento won its league and reached the Serie B for the first time in its history. The mathematical certainty arrived on April 30, 2016, after defeating Lecce 3–0.[3]

Colors and badge[edit]

The team's colors are yellow and red.

Current squad[edit]

As of 27 January, 2017. [4]

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 Alessio Cragno (on loan from Cagliari)
2 Italy DF Enrico Pezzi
4 Italy MF Lorenzo Del Pinto
5 Italy DF Fabio Lucioni
6 Uruguay DF Wálter López
7 Italy MF Fabrizio Melara
9 Italy FW Fabio Ceravolo
10 Italy FW Amato Ciciretti
11 Croatia MF Marko Pajač (on loan from Cagliari)
12 Italy GK Pier Graziano Gori
13 Ghana MF Raman Chibsah (on loan from Sassuolo)
14 Italy DF Emanuele Padella
15 Italy DF Michele Camporese
16 Croatia DF Ricardo Bagadur (on loan from Fiorentina)
No. Position Player
18 Ghana DF Bright Gyamfi (on loan from Inter)
19 Guinea FW Karamoko Cissé
20 Italy MF Filippo Falco (on loan from Bologna)
21 Italy MF Andrea De Falco
22 Italy GK Riccardo Piscitelli
23 Italy DF Lorenzo Venuti (on loan from Fiorentina)
24 Romania FW George Pușcaș (on loan from Inter)
25 Italy FW Enrico Brignola
27 Republic of Macedonia MF Nikola Jakimovski
30 Italy MF Daniele Buzzegoli
31 Italy GK Fabrizio Alastra (on loan from Palermo)
34 Italy MF Mirko Eramo
35 Italy MF Nicolas Viola
36 Italy MF Antonio Matera (on loan from Fidelis Andria)

Notable former players[edit]

Notable former managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Italian Benevento Calcio". WeltFussballArchiv.com. 25 August 2007. 
  2. ^ "La Storia". Unofficial news portal of Benevento Calcio. 25 August 2007. 
  3. ^ (Italian) "Lega Pro: Benevento gained the Serie B". Corriere dello Sport, 30-4-2016
  4. ^ (Italian) Benevento Calcio: current squad

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