F.C. Pro Vercelli 1892

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Pro Vercelli
US Pro Vercelli Calcio.png
Full name Football Club Pro Vercelli s.r.l.
Nickname(s) Bianche Casacche (White Shirts),
Leoni (Lions)
Founded 1892; 126 years ago (1892) (as sport club S.G. Pro Vercelli)
1903; 115 years ago (1903) (as football division U.S. Pro Vercelli Calcio)
2010; 8 years ago (2010) (refounded)
Ground Stadio Silvio Piola,
Vercelli, Italy
Capacity 5,500
President Massimo Secondo
Head Coach Vito Grieco
League Serie C
2017–18 Serie B, 21st (relegated)
Website Club website
Current season

Football Club Pro Vercelli, commonly known as Pro Vercelli, is an Italian association football club based in Vercelli, Piedmont.[1] Mostly renowned as one of the most successful teams in the early football era of Italy, with seven national titles (all won between 1908 and 1922), they currently play in the Serie C league.


Early league successes and decline[edit]

The origins of football in Vercelli go back to 1892 when it was founded as Società Ginnastica Pro Vercelli (Pro Vercelli Gymnastics Society), and 1903 with its Football Division.

The first official match for the football division of S.G. Pro Vercelli took place on 3 August 1903 against the Forza e Costanza.

The club won seven Italian Football Championships from 1908 to 1922: 1908, 1909, 1910–11, 1911–12, 1912–13, 1920–21, and 1921–22.

The introduction of professionalism in Italian football, and the rise of teams from larger industrial and business cities such as Milan and Turin, led Pro Vercelli to a slow but continuous decline. They played Serie A for their last time to date in 1934–35, and went ultimately relegated also from the 1947–48 Serie B, starting a long period out of the two top divisions of Italian football, even being relegated to Italy's amateur league, Serie D, in multiple times. They regained professional status for good after winning promotion and the Scudetto Dilettanti in the season 1993–94.

Bankruptcy and the new Pro Vercelli[edit]

Former Pro Belvedere logo

In the early 2000s, Pro Vercelli also had to challenge crosstown rivalry from a new team, A.S. Pro Belvedere Vercelli (with the colors yellow and green), founded in the summer of 2006 as a merger between A.S. Trino Calcio (based in Trino, Piedmont), who played in Serie D and minor league team P.G.S. Pro Belvedere, founded in 1912.

In the 2006–07 Serie D, the team finished 9th in Girone A. A year later, in the Serie D 2007–08 season, the team finished 3rd in the same division, qualifying for the Serie D play-offs. It won its way to the group stage of the tournament, but failed qualify as one of the top 5 teams of the play-offs, all of which were later promoted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.

In the 2008–09 Serie D, Pro Belvedere finished first in Girone B, winning direct promotion to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione. Their debut season into professional football also featured, for the first time in the club's history, a crosstown derby with Pro Vercelli, but was not particularly successful, with the team lying in second-last place for most of the time in the 2009–10 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione, and promotion winning coach Luca Prina being replaced by the more experienced Gianfranco Motta.

Pro Belvedere were relegated after only one season but re-admitted to fill a number of vacancies in the league; at the same time, due to large debts, Pro Vercelli was not allowed to participate in the 2010–11 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione and so folded. In order to keep the old Pro Vercelli alive, Pro Belvedere changed its name to U.S. Vercelli Calcio and weeks later acquired honours and trademarks from the old Pro Vercelli, being thus allowed to switch its denomination to the current one, as well as to maintain the historical names and colors of the original team.[1]

In the season 2010–11 the team played in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione ranking 3rd and was eliminated from Pro Patria in the semifinal of the play-off, but on 4 August 2011 it was later admitted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione to fill vacancies.[2]

New successes: back to Serie B after 64 years[edit]

In the season 2011–12 of Lega Pro Prima Divisione the club was promoted to Serie B after 64 years, beating Carpi 3–1 in the final return of the play-off after the 0–0 of the first round.[3][4]

The club had a very unsuccessful return to Serie B, finishing 21st of 22 teams and with a goal difference −30, the worst in the league. Their placing in the league meant that they were relegated to Lega Pro Prima Divisione.

In 2013–14 season, Girone A of Lega Pro 1, Pro Vercelli missed out on an immediate automatic promotion back to Serie B by a single point, finishing second in the league to Virtus Entella and eight points above third placed Südtirol. Striker Ettore Marchi starred throughout the season, scoring 15 goals. In the promotion play-offs, Pro Vercelli eliminated FeralpiSalò, Savona and ultimately defeated Südtirol in the final, thus returning to Serie B after only one season away. Pro Vercelli finished 16th in Serie B in the 2014–15 season and 17th in the 2015–16 season.

Colors and badge[edit]

The historical color of the shirts of Pro Vercelli is white.


Winners (7): 1908, 1909, 1910–11, 1911–12, 1912–13, 1920–21, 1921–22
Winners (1): 1907
Winners (4): 1956–57, 1970–71, 1983–84, 1993–94
Winners (1): 1993–94


  • Tournoi de Pentecôte du Club Français
Winners (1): 1927[5]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 September 2018.[6]

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 Simone Moschin
2 Italy DF Filippo Berra
3 Italy DF Carlo Mammarella (Captain)
4 Italy MF Alessandro Sangiorgi
5 Italy DF Luca Tedeschi
6 Brazil MF Gladestony
7 Italy FW Davide Cavaliere (on loan from Lecce)
8 Italy DF Umberto Germano
9 Italy FW Gianmario Comi
10 Italy FW Massimiliano Gatto
11 Italy FW Leonardo Gatto (on loan from Entella)
12 Italy GK Lorenzo Rovei
13 Italy DF Luca Milesi
14 Italy MF Alessandro Bellemo (on loan from SPAL)
No. Position Player
17 Italy FW Simone Rosso
18 Italy MF Eros Schiavon
19 Romania MF Raoul Mal
21 Italy FW Paolo Grillo
22 Italy GK Tommaso Nobile
23 Italy FW Claudio Morra
24 Italy MF Antonio Grillo
25 Italy DF Francesco Pezziardi (on loan from Juventus)
27 Brazil FW Paulo Azzi
28 Italy DF Luca Crescenzi
29 Italy DF Roberto Iezzi
30 Italy MF Michele Foglia
31 Italy DF Davide De Marino
36 Italy FW Erik Gerbi

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 GK Mirko Pigliacelli (at Romania Universitatea Craiova)
Italy GK Nicolò Vero (at Biellese)
Italy DF Carlo Crialese (at Entella)
Italy DF Andrea Curci (at Legnano)
Italy DF Lorenzo Grossi (at Gozzano)
No. Position Player
Italy MF Matteo Della Morte (at Paganese)
Italy MF Giacomo Quagliata (at Latina)
Morocco MF Yassine Sadouk (at Casale)
Italy MF Riccardo Secondo (at Gozzano)
Italy FW Alessandro Polidori (at Viterbese Castrense)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Ecco la nuova F.C. Pro Vercelli 1892". Provercelli.Times.it (in Italian). 6 August 2010. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  2. ^ "Calcio, Lega Pro; ripescaggi: 5 in I Divisione e Rimini in II". la Repubblica (in Italian). 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Lega Pro 1° A 2011/2012 Aufstieg". Weltfussball.de (in German). Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  4. ^ Pasquino, Stefano (10 June 2012). "Pro Vercelli in serie B, anche il Lanciano promosso". Tuttosport (in Italian). Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  5. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesp/paris-tourn.html
  6. ^ "Rosa Giocatori". F.C. Pro Vercelli (in Italian). Retrieved 30 August 2016.

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