Delfino Pescara 1936

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Pescara
Delfino Pescara logo.svg
Full nameDelfino Pescara 1936 S.p.A.
Nickname(s)I Delfini (The Dolphins)
I Biancazzurri (The White and Blues)
Founded1936; 85 years ago (1936)
GroundStadio Adriatico
Capacity20,515
ChairmanDaniele Sebastiani
ManagerGianluca Grassadonia
LeagueSerie C
2020–21Serie B, 19th of 20 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Delfino Pescara 1936, commonly referred to as Pescara, is a professional Italian football club based in Pescara, Abruzzo.

The club was formed in 1936 and currently plays in Serie B. Pescara has competed in seven seasons in Serie A, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1992–93, 2012–13 and last participated in 2016–17. The team's official colors are white and light blue.

History[edit]

Aside from a spell in Serie B in the 1940s, Pescara had a relatively undistinguished history until promotion to Serie B in 1974. With players like Giorgio Repetto and Bruno Nobili in the midfield, they managed to win their first promotion to Serie A in 1977 after winning the promotion play-off, but ultimately finished their first season in Serie A in last place. A second promotion after a play-off followed, but once more they would be relegated from the top flight and then descended to Serie C1 within two years.

The performance of Pescara in the Italian football league structure since the first season of a unified Serie A (1929/30).

Nonetheless, after returning to Serie B after a year, Pescara would enjoy a revival after the appointment of Giovanni Galeone as coach in 1986. His philosophy of attacking football saw the Biancazzurri promoted to Serie A as champions in 1987, where they lasted two years with players such as Júnior and Blaž Slišković among the club's star players. Galeone would return during the 1990–91 season and oversaw another promotion the following year.

After relegation, Pescara remained in Serie B side throughout the 1990s, narrowly missing promotion in 1999. Relegation to C1 followed in 2001, with promotion in 2003 being followed by two revoked relegations in a row due to bankruptcy and scandals affecting other clubs. Pescara was ultimately relegated in the 2006–07 season, with three presidential and managerial changes during the season. In December 2008, the debt-ridden club was legally declared out of business and its control passed to a bankruptcy trustee appointed by the Court of Pescara. In February 2009, a takeover from a group named Delfino Pescara 1936 was finalized with Deborah Caldora becoming the first woman to serve as chairman of the club. In the meantime, results did not improve significantly and in March, Giuseppe Galderisi was dismissed from the head coaching post with Antonello Cuccureddu being appointed as the new boss.

At the beginning of the 2009–10 season, Eusebio Di Francesco was appointed as the new coach. Pescara finished second in Girone B of Lega Pro Prima Divisione and qualified for the promotional play-offs. They defeated Reggiana in the semi-final and Verona in the final and subsequently returned to Serie B after a three-year absence. The following season started with the appointment of Zdeněk Zeman as new head coach; the Czech manager immediately brought Pescara back into national coverage thanks to his well-known all-attacking playing style that turned out to match perfectly with promising youngsters such as Marco Verratti, Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne, who guided the squad to promotion to Serie A. Pescara secured promotion to the top-level after a 19-year absence after defeating Sampdoria with a 3–1 score in an away match on 20 May 2012. In the last minute of the final game of the regular season, Pescara striker Riccardo Maniero netted the winner in a match against Nocerina to claim Pescara's second Serie B title after Torino's draw away to AlbinoLeffe.

Pescara's 2012–13 campaign in Serie A – after losing Zeman, Verratti, Immobile and Insigne – ended with relegation back to the second tier.[1] Three years later, under World Cup winner Massimo Oddo, the team returned to Serie A with a 3–1 aggregate win over Trapani in the playoff final.[2] Zeman returned in February 2017 to the team,[3] who again lasted just one year at the top before being relegated in last place.[4]

In August 2018, Pescara launched a public mini-bond investment opportunity via sports investment platform Tifosy to raise a minimum of €2,000,000.[5] The investment scheme raised a total of €2,300,000 to develop the club's youth sector and facilities.[6]

Following an online competition to ease children's boredom during the coronavirus lockdown, the team adopted six-year-old Luigi D'Agostino's shirt design for the 2020 season.[7]

After a poor 2020-21 campaign, the side were relegated to Serie C, the third tier of Italian football.

Supporters[edit]

One of Pescara's main rivals is AS Bari.[8]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 12 April 2021[9]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Italy ITA Vincenzo Fiorillo (Captain)
2 DF Italy ITA Raoul Bellanova (on loan from Bordeaux)
5 DF Italy ITA Mirko Drudi
6 DF Italy ITA Gennaro Scognamiglio
7 FW Denmark DEN Jens Odgaard (on loan from Sassuolo)
8 MF Albania ALB Ledian Memushaj (Vice-captain)
9 FW Italy ITA Niccolò Giannetti (on loan from Salernitana)
10 MF Italy ITA Mirko Valdifiori
11 FW Italy ITA Cristian Galano
12 GK Italy ITA Alessandro Sorrentino
14 DF Italy ITA Antonio Balzano
15 FW Moldova MDA Vladislav Blănuță
16 DF Italy ITA Salvatore Bocchetti (on loan from Hellas Verona)
17 DF Italy ITA Massimo Volta (on loan from Benevento)
18 FW Argentina ARG Nicolas Belloni
19 DF Italy ITA Edoardo Masciangelo
20 MF Ghana GHA Abdallah Basit (on loan from Benevento)
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF Italy ITA Daniele Dessena
22 GK Italy ITA Mattia Del Favero (on loan from Juventus)
23 MF Italy ITA Nicola Rigoni (on loan from Monza)
24 MF Italy ITA Christian Capone (on loan from Atalanta)
26 DF Brazil BRA Rodrigo Guth (on loan from Atalanta)
27 FW Italy ITA Alessio Riccardi (on loan from Roma)
31 MF Italy ITA Massimiliano Busellato
37 MF Italy ITA Fabio Maistro (on loan from Lazio)
38 GK Italy ITA Nicolò Radaelli
40 MF Belgium BEL Stéphane Oméonga
43 DF Denmark DEN Frederik Sørensen
46 GK Italy ITA Fabrizio Alastra (on loan from Parma)
47 DF Belgium BEL Mardochee Nzita (on loan from Perugia)
72 MF Slovenia SVN Dejan Vokić (on loan from Benevento)
77 FW Colombia COL Damir Ceter (on loan from Cagliari)
90 MF Italy ITA Andrea Tabanelli (on loan from Frosinone)
99 MF Equatorial Guinea EQG José Machín (on loan from Monza)

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. Pos. Nation Player
DF Italy ITA Alessandro Celli (at Virtus Francavilla)
DF Uruguay URU Edgar Elizalde (at Juve Stabia)
DF Italy ITA Gabriele Zappa (at Cagliari, obligation to buy)
MF Italy ITA Luca Crecco (at Cosenza)
MF Ghana GHA Amadou Diambo (at Benevento)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Serbia SRB Miloš Bočić (at Pro Sesto)
FW Italy ITA Gennaro Borrelli (at Juve Stabia)
FW Italy ITA Cristian Bunino (at Monopoli)
FW Italy ITA Andrea Di Grazia (at Arezzo)
FW Italy ITA Simone Mancini (at Recanatese)

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Italy Luciano Zauri
Assistant Coach Italy Davide Ruscitti
Goalkeeper Coach Italy Gabriele Aldegani
Fitness Coach Italy Francesco Petrarca
Fitness Coach Italy Dario Dian
Physiotherapist Italy Marco Rossi
Physiotherapist Italy Rocco Trivarelli
Chief Doctor Italy Vincenzo Salini
Club Doctor Italy Ernesto Sabatini
Video Analyst Italy Diego Labricciosa

Managerial history[edit]

Name Nationality Years
Edmondo De Amicis Italy 1937–38
Pietro Piselli Italy 1938–39
Armando Bonino Italy 1939–40
Mario Pizziolo Italy 1940–41
Luigi Ferrero Italy 1941–43
Edmondo De Amicis Italy 1944–45
Giuseppe Marchi Italy 1945–46
József Bánás Hungary 1946–47
Mario Pizziolo Italy 1947–48
Gino Piccinini Italy 1948–49
Benedetto Stella Italy 1949–50
Luigi Del Grosso Italy 1950–53
Umberto De Angelis Italy 1953–55
Alfredo Notti Italy 1955–56
Alfredo Monza
Renato Piacentini
Orazio Sola
Italy
Italy
Italy
1956–57
Renato Piacentini Italy 1957–58
Aurelio Marchese
Mario Tontodonati
Italy
Italy
1958–59
Ljubo Benčić
Mario Tontodonati
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Italy
1959–61
Umberto De Angelis Italy 1961–62
Leonardo Costagliola Italy 1962–63
Ljubo Benčić
Renato Piacentini
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Italy
1963–64
Ljubo Benčić
Vincenzo Marsico
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Italy
1964–65
Antonio Giammarinaro
Alfredo Notti
Italy
Italy
1965–66
Sergio Cervato Italy 1966–67
Antonio Giammarinaro Italy 1967–68
Gianni Seghedoni
Mario Tontodonati
Italy
Italy
1968–69
Dante Lacorata
Mario Tontodonati
Italy
Italy
1969–70
Name Nationality Years
Francesco Capocasale Italy 1970–71
Enzo Falini
Vitaliano Patricelli
Italy
Italy
1971–72
Domenico Rosati Italy 1972–76
Giancarlo Cadé Italy 1976–78
Antonio Valentín Angelillo Italy 1978–79
Gustavo Giagnoni
Claudio Tobia
Mario Tontodonati
Italy
Italy
Italy
1979–80
Aldo Agroppi Italy 1980–81
Giuseppe Chiappella
Saul Malatrasi
Mario Tiddia
Italy
Italy
Italy
1981–82
Domenico Rosati Italy 1982–84
Enrico Catuzzi Italy 1984–86
Giovanni Galeone Italy 1986–89
Ilario Castagner
Edoardo Reja
Italy
Italy
1989–90
Giovanni Galeone
Carlo Mazzone
Italy
Italy
1990–91
Giovanni Galeone Italy 1991–92
Vincenzo Zucchini Italy 1992–93
Gianni Corelli
Giorgio Rumignani
Franco Scoglio
Vincenzo Zucchini
Italy
Italy
Italy
Italy
1993–94
Francesco Oddo
Giorgio Rumignani
Italy
Italy
1994–95
Luigi Maifredi
Francesco Oddo
Italy
Italy
1995–96
Delio Rossi Italy July 1996 – June 97
Adriano Buffoni
Maurizio Viscidi
Italy
Italy
1997–98
Luigi De Canio
Francesco Giorgini
Italy
Italy
July 1998 – June 99
Giovanni Galeone Italy July 1999 – Nov 2000
Name Nationality Years
Tarcisio Burgnich
Giovanni Galeone
Delio Rossi
Italy
Italy
Italy
2000–01
Ivo Iaconi Italy July 2001 – May 2004
Cetteo Di Mascio Italy 2004
Giovanni Simonelli Italy 2004 – June 2005
Maurizio Sarri Italy July 2005 – July 2006
Davide Ballardini
Aldo Ammazzalorso
Luigi De Rosa
Vincenzo Vivarini
Italy
Italy
Italy
Italy
July 2006 – June 2007
Franco Lerda Italy July 2007 – June 2008
Giuseppe Galderisi Italy July 2008 – March 2009
Antonello Cuccureddu Italy 2009–10
Eusebio Di Francesco Italy Jan 2010 – June 2011
Zdeněk Zeman Czech Republic June 2011 – June 2012
Giovanni Stroppa Italy June–November 2012
Cristiano Bergodi Italy November 2012 – March 2013
Cristian Bucchi Italy March–June 2013
Pasquale Marino Italy June 2013 – February 2014
Serse Cosmi Italy February 2014 – July 2014
Marco Baroni Italy August 2014 – May 2015
Massimo Oddo Italy May 2015 – February 2017
Luciano Zauri (caretaker) Italy February 2017
Zdeněk Zeman Czech Republic February 2017 – March 2018
Massimo Epifani Italy March  – April 2018
Giuseppe Pillon Italy April 2018 – May 2019
Luciano Zauri Italy June 2019 – January 2020
Nicola Legrottaglie Italy January 2020 – July 2020
Andrea Sottil Italy July 2020 – August 2020
Massimo Oddo Italy August 2020 –

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sargeant, Jack (27 May 2013). "Serie A 2012-13 season review: Pescara sink into Serie B". SB Nation. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  2. ^ Manfredi, Jacopo (9 June 2016). "Trapani-Pescara 1-1, Verre porta i biancazzurri in A con un gol da 40 metri" [Trapani-Pescara 1-1, Verre takes the Biancazzurri to A with a goal from 40 metres]. La Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  3. ^ Bandini, Nicky (20 February 2017). "Zemanlandia back open for business as Pescara exchange freefall for free-scoring". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Empoli relegated as Crotone beat Lazio to secure Serie A survival". FourFourTwo. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Il Pescara lancia un mini-bond su Tifosy: obiettivo 3 milioni, renderà l'8% annuo" [Pescara launches a mini-bond on Tifosy: target 3 million, will make 8% per annum]. Calcio e Finanza (in Italian). 12 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Pescara, completata la sottoscrizione del bond su Tifosy: incassati 2,3 milioni" [Pescara, bond campaign of Tifosy complete: 2.3 million raised] (in Italian). Calcio e Finanza. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Pescara football club adopts Italian boy's shirt design". BBC News. 21 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Dead rooster warning for Bari coach Grosso". France 24. 15 April 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Rosa Stagione" [Season Team]. Delfino Pescara 1936 (in Italian). Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  10. ^ "Ex aequo con il Pescara. Almanacco del calcio" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 April 2015.

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