Delfino Pescara 1936

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Full nameDelfino Pescara 1936 S.p.A.
Nickname(s)I Delfini (The Dolphins)
I Biancazzurri (The White and Blues)
Founded1936; 84 years ago (1936)
GroundStadio Adriatico
ChairmanDaniele Sebastiani
ManagerNicola Legrottaglie
LeagueSerie B
2018–19Serie B, 4th of 19
WebsiteClub website

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.


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.

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 began the 2012–13 campaign looking for a new manager after Zdeněk Zeman left the club to manage Roma. Pescara started their new season in Serie A with a 3–0 loss to Internazionale and would not earn their first win until the fifth game of the season, a 1–0 win over Palermo. Pescara's stint in the top flight lasted just one season, as the club ended the season bottom of the table with a record of six wins, four draws and 28 losses, also recording the fewest clean sheets in the league, with five. That season, winger and leading-scorer Vladimír Weiss was also noted for picking up two red cards.

In August 2018, Pescara Calcio launched a public mini-bond investment opportunity via sports investment platform Tifosy to raise a minimum of €2,000,000.[1] The investment scheme raised a total of €2,300,000, which was €300,000 more than the minimum target, with funds being used to develop the club's youth sector and facilities. Chairman Daniele Sebastiani said funds from the bond would help:

"To grow the youth sector and the sports center , already at the forefront. The scouting activity has always been important for the club, from which came talents like Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne,  Marco Verratti and Lucas Torreira."


The main grouping of the club's supporters is called Pescara Rangers, and it has a gemellaggio (English: twinning) with the supporters of Vicenza, a similar concept to twinning between towns and cities. The previous twinning with Messina is no longer in place. Lazio and Verona are seen as rivals of Pescara, whose traditional rivals within the region include Chieti, Virtus Lanciano, and L'Aquila; however, neither of those teams has been played since 2002, due to their financial troubles. Pescara also shares notable rivalries with other regional neighbors, namely clubs of the Marche such as Ancona, Ascoli and Sambenedettese Calcio, and with A.S. Bari and Foggia Calcio from Apulia.(Loko Plovdiv)


Current squad[edit]

As of 31 January 2020.[2]

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 Vincenzo Fiorillo (Captain)
2 Argentina DF Hugo Campagnaro
3 Italy DF Cristiano Del Grosso
5 Italy MF Alessandro Bruno
6 Italy DF Gennaro Scognamiglio
7 Uruguay DF Edgar Elizalde
8 Albania MF Ledian Memushaj (Vice-captain)
9 Italy MF Marco Camilleri
10 Italy FW Manuel Pucciarelli (on loan from Chievo)
11 Italy FW Cristian Galano
12 Italy GK Fabrizio Alastra (on loan from Parma)
14 Italy DF Antonio Balzano
15 Italy MF Stefano Palmucci
16 Italy DF Mirko Drudi
18 Italy DF Davide Bettella (on loan from Atalanta)
19 Italy FW Riccardo Maniero
20 Italy MF Luca Palmiero (on loan from Napoli)
No. Position Player
22 Italy GK Simone Farelli
23 Italy FW Andrea Di Grazia
25 Italy MF Luca Crecco
26 Ivory Coast MF Willy Ta Bi (on loan from Atalanta)
27 Italy DF Gabriele Zappa
28 Italy DF Andrea Marafini
29 Italy FW Gennaro Borrelli
30 Italy DF Alessandro Martella
31 Italy MF Massimiliano Busellato
32 Italy FW Marco Tumminello (on loan from Atalanta)
34 Italy GK Alessandro Sorrentino
35 Italy MF Filippo Melegoni (on loan from Atalanta)
36 Bulgaria MF Ivaylo Chochev
37 Cyprus MF Grigoris Kastanos (on loan from Juventus)
38 Italy MF Davide Cipolletti
40 Italy DF Edoardo Masciangelo
41 Serbia FW Miloš Bočić
Bulgaria FW Valeri Bojinov

Other players under contract[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Guinea DF Ibrahima Diallo
Italy FW Luca Forte
No. Position Player
Italy FW Simone Mancini

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 Alessandro Celli (at Rieti)
Italy DF Cristian Ventola (at Cittadella)
Uruguay MF Gastón Brugman (at Parma)
Senegal MF Franck Kanouté (at Cosenza)
Italy MF Simone Tascone (at Casertana)
No. Position Player
Italy FW Cristian Bunino (at Viterbese)
Argentina FW Valentino Cernaz (at Cavese)
Italy FW Salvatore Festa (at Pineto)
Italy FW Fabio Morselli (at Rende)
Italy FW Stefano Sarritzu (at Chieti)

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
Renato Piacentini Italy 1957–58
Aurelio Marchese
Mario Tontodonati
Ljubo Benčić
Mario Tontodonati
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Umberto De Angelis Italy 1961–62
Leonardo Costagliola Italy 1962–63
Ljubo Benčić
Renato Piacentini
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Ljubo Benčić
Vincenzo Marsico
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Antonio Giammarinaro
Alfredo Notti
Sergio Cervato Italy 1966–67
Name Nationality Years
Antonio Giammarinaro Italy 1967–68
Gianni Seghedoni
Mario Tontodonati
Dante Lacorata
Mario Tontodonati
Francesco Capocasale Italy 1970–71
Enzo Falini
Vitaliano Patricelli
Domenico Rosati Italy 1972–76
Giancarlo Cadè Italy 1976–78
Antonio Valentín Angelillo Italy 1978–79
Gustavo Giagnoni
Claudio Tobia
Mario Tontodonati
Aldo Agroppi Italy 1980–81
Giuseppe Chiappella
Saul Malatrasi
Mario Tiddia
Domenico Rosati Italy 1982–84
Enrico Catuzzi Italy 1984–86
Giovanni Galeone Italy 1986–89
Ilario Castagner
Edoardo Reja
Giovanni Galeone
Carlo Mazzone
Giovanni Galeone Italy 1991–92
Vincenzo Zucchini Italy 1992–93
Gianni Corelli
Giorgio Rumignani
Franco Scoglio
Vincenzo Zucchini
Francesco Oddo
Giorgio Rumignani
Luigi Maifredi
Francesco Oddo
Name Nationality Years
Delio Rossi Italy July 1996 – June 97
Adriano Buffoni
Maurizio Viscidi
Luigi De Canio
Francesco Giorgini
July 1998 – June 99
Giovanni Galeone Italy July 1999 – Nov 2000
Tarcisio Burgnich
Giovanni Galeone
Delio Rossi
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
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 –



  1. ^ "The Pescara launches a mini-bond on Tifosy: target 3 million, will make 8% per annum". Calcio e Finanza. 12 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Rosa Stagione" [Season Team]. Delfino Pescara 1936 (in Italian). Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Ex aequo con il Pescara. Almanacco del calcio" (PDF).

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