Cosenza Calcio

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Full nameCosenza Calcio S.r.l.
Nickname(s)Lupi (Wolves)
Rossoblù (Red-blues)
Silani ("silans", for the name of mountain's and wood's land where the city is, "Sila")
Founded2007 (as Fortitudo Cosenza)
2011 (as Nuova Cosenza Calcio)
GroundStadio San Vito-Gigi Marulla,
Cosenza, Italy
ChairmanEugenio Guarascio[1]
ManagerPiero Braglia
LeagueSerie B
2018–19Serie B, 10th
WebsiteClub website

Cosenza Calcio S.r.l. is an Italian football club, based in Cosenza, Calabria. Currently the team plays in Serie B, the second tier of Italian football, after earning promotion from Serie C on 16 June 2018 by winning the league playoffs.

Found in 2011 as Nuova Cosenza Calcio as the phoenix club of Cosenza Calcio 1914 S.r.l.; Nuova Cosenza and Cosenza Calcio 1914 S.r.l. were the spiritual successor of the original Cosenza Calcio 1914 S.p.A. which folded in 2005. However, Cosenza Calcio 1914 S.r.l. acquired its sports title from Rende Calcio in 2007, given the sports title of the original club (Cosenza Calcio 1914 S.p.A.) had ceased to exist in 2005.


Cosenza Calcio 1914[edit]

The club was founded in 18 November 1912 as "Società Sportiva Fortitudo".[2][failed verification] and enjoyed a long time in the professional leagues, spending several years in the Serie B. They also won the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1983. In 2003, Cosenza 1914 was expelled from professional league.[3]

In 2003 an illegitimate phoenix club was found as A.S. Cosenza F.C.. In 2004, old Cosenza won the appeal and was admitted to 2004–05 Serie D. Thus that season there was a derby. In 2005 new Cosenza switched its denomination into A.S. Cosenza Calcio,[4] after the fall of old Cosenza.


Cosenza Calcio 1914 Srl[edit]

In 2007, A.S. Cosenza Calcio gave up its Serie D membership, but all the team players later joined new club Fortitudo Cosenza, born as relocation of Rende Calcio, a team from the neighbouring city of Rende which was relegated to Serie D in 2006–07 season and moved to Cosenza soon after. The new club quickly managed to win the Serie D/Girone I championship in 2007–08, ensuring a place back into the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione (the renamed Serie C2) for the 2008–09 season.

Cosenza lineup in 2008–09
Tifosi in May 2008

Three seasons in professionalism[edit]

Following this, the new club renamed itself, taking the old historical denomination of Cosenza Calcio 1914 S.r.l. with the aim to rise up the Italian football pyramid. In 2008–09, their first season in the Lega Pro, Cosenza showed all of their intentions by winning the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione/Girone C championship. The team played the 2009–10 season in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione/Girone B, finishing 11th in the table.

At the end of the 2010-11 Lega Pro Prima Divisione season the team was relegated after losing the playoff. The team was then excluded from professional Championship by Co.Vi.So.C. of Italian Football Federation[5] and it didn't appeal.

During the professional seasons, former chairman Damiano Paletta was suspended in June 2009 for 6 months for irregularities in administration. [6] The ban was reduced after an appeal.[7]

For the bankruptcy of Cosenza Calcio 1914 S.r.l., former managers Eugenio Funari, Paolo Pagliuso (former chairman) and his son Luca Pagliuso, Giuseppe Citrigno and Francesco Iannucci were banned from football for 2 years to 5 years. due to irregularities in management.[8]

In 2013 the membership of Cosenza Calcio 1914 S.r.l. was finally revoked.[9]

Nuova Cosenza Calcio[edit]

In summer 2011 the club was refounded as Nuova Cosenza Calcio and restarted from Serie D[10][11] After a mediocre start, they sacked coach Enzo Patania and hired Tommaso Napoli.[12] They won 9 and drew 7 without a loss to finish the regular season in second place to HinterReggio in Group I and entered in the promotion playoffs.[13] They won 6 in a row to become champions of the playoffs.[14] The club won the promotion playoffs by beating SandonàJesoloCalcio 3–2 in the final, but not being automatically promoted shall remain still in Serie D.

On Monday, 5 August 2013, the team announced that it was promoted to the professional league, Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.[15] Circa 2013 the club refer itself simply as Cosenza Calcio,[16] a name change in Italian Chamber of Commerce was done some time later.

Cosenza was promoted again to the unified 2014–15 Lega Pro after ending the 2013–14 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season in fourth place. The team mathematically secured the promotion in March 2014.[17]

Colors and badge[edit]

The team's official colours are red and dark blue, probably in honor to Genoa C.F.C..[18][unreliable source?]

logo of Cosenza Calcio 1914 Srl circa 2010


First team squad[edit]

As of 22 February 2019[19]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Italy DF Angelo Corsi (Captain)
4 Portugal DF Aníbal Capela
5 Italy DF Riccardo Idda
6 Italy MF Luca Palmiero (on loan from Napoli)
7 Italy MF Domenico Mungo
9 Italy FW Gianluca Litteri
10 Guinea-Bissau FW Carlos Embaló (on loan from Palermo)
11 Italy DF Tommaso D'Orazio
13 Argentina MF Mariano Izco
15 Uruguay MF Andrés Schetino (on loan from Fiorentina)
16 Italy MF Daniele Sciaudone (on loan from Novara)
No. Position Player
18 Italy DF Matteo Legittimo
19 Italy FW Riccardo Maniero (on loan from Novara)
20 Italy MF Mattia Trovato (on loan from Fiorentina)
21 Italy MF Mirko Bruccini
22 Italy GK Umberto Saracco
24 Italy MF Luca Garritano (on loan from Chievo)
25 Italy FW Gennaro Tutino (on loan from Napoli)
26 Bulgaria DF Andrea Hristov (on loan from Slavia Sofia)
27 Italy DF Luca Bittante
32 Uruguay FW Jaime Báez (on loan from Fiorentina)
33 Italy GK Pietro Perina

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 DF Lorenzo Pansera (at Castrovillari)
Italy DF Federico Pasqualoni (at Casertana)
Italy DF Andrea Tiritiello (at Virtus Francavilla)
Italy MF Michele Collocolo (at Francavilla)
No. Position Player
Italy MF Ivan Varone (at Carrarese)
Italy FW Leonardo Pérez (at Piacenza)
Italy FW Marco Stranges (at Fidelis Andria)


as Cosenza Calcio 1914 Srl
as Cosenza Calcio Srl
Winners (1): 2014–15,

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
As Cosenza Calcio 1914 Srl
2008–2009 Onze Simet/Hit Shop
2009–2011 Onze Aiello
As N. Cosenza Calcio
2011–2012 Onze La Terra Di Piero
2011–2012 Onze Obbiettivo Lavoro/Scintille
2011–2012 Onze G1 Petroli
2012–2013 Macron Oro Cash/Precenzano Catering
2013–2014 Legea Wüber


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