Benevento Calcio

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Benevento Calcio logo.png
Full name Benevento Calcio S.R.L
Nickname(s) I Stregoni (The Sorcerers)
Founded 1929; 89 years ago (1929)
2005; 13 years ago (2005) (re-founded)
Ground Stadio Ciro Vigorito,
Benevento, Italy
Capacity 17,554[citation needed]
President Oreste Vigorito
Manager Cristian Bucchi
League Serie B
2017–18 Serie A, 20th (relegated)
Website Club website
Current season

Benevento Calcio is an Italian association football club based in Benevento, Campania. The club was originally founded in 1929 and then re-founded in 2005. They currently compete in Serie B. Benevento has played in the Serie A, the top flight of Italian football, only once in its history, in the 2017-18 season.


Early 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 the country's lower divisions during their early years, Benevento reached Prima Divisione, Italy's third highest professional league at the time, in the 1934–35 season. They finished above clubs such as Reggina during the club's first season within the league. Although they did not win promotion to Serie B, the team did remain in the third tier of Italian football for the 1935–36 season, re-organized to a smaller 64-team league renamed Serie C.

21st century[edit]

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

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 two-legged play-off. They won their first two-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 Serie B for the first time in its history. The mathematical certainty arrived on 30 April 2016, after defeating Lecce 3–0.[3]

On 8 June 2017, they were promoted to Serie A, for the first time in their history, after defeating Carpi in the Serie B play-offs 1–0 on aggregate.[4] They set a record for the worst start to a season in any of Europe's top five leagues by losing their first 14 Serie A matches.[5] This streak ended on 3 December 2017, with a 95th minute equalising header from goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli for a 2–2 home draw against A.C. Milan.[6][7] Benevento's time in Serie A lasted one season and were relegated after a last-place finish in Serie A.

Colours and badge[edit]

The team's colors are yellow and red, and their badge features red and yellow stripes and the black image of a witch riding a broom. Benevento are nicknamed the Stregoni, Italian for sorcerers, or occasionally, the Streghe, Italian for witches, a reference to the legends dating to the 13th century of the witches of Benevento.

Current squad[edit]

As of 6 August 2018[8]

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 Christian Puggioni
2 Italy DF Luca Sparandeo
3 Italy DF Gaetano Letizia
4 Italy MF Lorenzo Del Pinto
5 Italy DF Luca Antei
6 France DF Jean-Claude Billong
7 Italy DF Gianluca Di Chiara
8 Colombia MF Andrés Tello
9 Italy FW Massimo Coda
10 Italy MF Nicolas Viola
11 Italy DF Christian Maggio (captain)
12 Italy GK Lorenzo Montipò (on loan from Novara)
13 Italy DF Alessandro Tuia
14 Italy DF Massimo Volta (on loan from Perugia)
15 Italy DF Andrea Costa
No. Position Player
16 Italy FW Riccardo Improta
17 Italy FW Cristian Buonaiuto (on loan from Perugia)
18 Ghana DF Bright Gyamfi
19 Italy FW Roberto Insigne (on loan from Napoli)
20 Slovakia MF Martin Bukata
21 Japan MF Cy Goddard
22 Italy GK Pier Graziano Gori
23 Italy MF Antonio Nocerino
25 Italy MF Filippo Bandinelli (on loan from Sassuolo)
26 Italy FW Antonio Santarpia
27 Italy FW Federico Ricci (on loan from Sassuolo)
28 Italy MF Giovanni Volpicelli
29 Spain FW Raúl Asencio (on loan from Genoa)
30 Italy FW Biagio Filogamo

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
17 Italy FW Pietro Iemmello (at Foggia)
Brazil MF Guilherme (at Yeni Malatyaspor)
Sweden FW Samuel Armenteros (at Portland Timbers)

Notable former players[edit]

Notable former managers[edit]


  1. ^ "Italian Benevento Calcio". 25 August 2007. 
  2. ^ "La Storia". Unofficial news portal of Benevento Calcio. 25 August 2007. 
  3. ^ (in Italian) "Lega Pro: Benevento gained the Serie B". Corriere dello Sport, 30-4-2016
  4. ^ "Serie A: Benvenuto, Benevento! - Football Italia". Retrieved 24 March 2018. 
  5. ^ "Benevento 1-2 Sassuolo". BBC Sport. 19 November 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  6. ^ "Brignoli: 'Closed my eyes and jumped'". Football Italia. 3 December 2017. 
  7. ^ "Benevento: Bottom of Serie A but now the most talked about team in Italy". BBC Sport. 7 December 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017. 
  8. ^ Accessed on 17 July 2017

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