Delfino Pescara 1936

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Full name Delfino Pescara 1936 S.p.A.
Nickname(s) Delfini (The Dolphins)
Biancazzurri (The White-Light Blues)
Founded 1936; 81 years ago (1936)
Ground Stadio Adriatico
Ground Capacity 20,515
Chairman Daniele Sebastiani
Manager Zdeněk Zeman
League Serie A
2015–16 Serie B, 4th (promoted)
Website Club home page
Current season

Delfino Pescara 1936, simply known as Pescara Calcio or just Pescara, is an Italian football club based in Pescara, Abruzzo.

The club was formed in 1936 and currently plays in Serie A. Pescara has competed in six seasons in Serie A, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1992–93, 2012–13, and is participating 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 for 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 they 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 loses, 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.


Vicenza and Messina are known as Gemellaggi (English: Twinning) with Pescara. It is a similar concept to having a twin or sister city between cities.

Lazio and Verona are known to be rivals with Pescara. Pescara's regional rivals are Chieti, Virtus Lanciano and L'Aquila; however, they haven't faced either team since 2002 due to financial troubles. Pescara also shares notable rivalries with regional neighbors, namely the Marche clubs such as Ancona, Ascoli and Sambenedettese.


Current squad[edit]

As of 9 January 2017.[1]

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
2 Italy DF Alessandro Crescenzi
3 Italy DF Cristiano Biraghi
5 Italy MF Alessandro Bruno
7 Italy MF Valerio Verre
8 Albania MF Ledian Memushaj (captain)
9 Cyprus MF Grigoris Kastanos (on loan from Juventus)
10 Libya MF Ahmad Benali
11 Italy DF Francesco Zampano
12 Italy GK Gabriele Aldegani
13 Ghana MF Sulley Muntari
14 Argentina DF Hugo Campagnaro
15 France FW Jean-Christophe Bahebeck (on loan from PSG)
16 Uruguay MF Gastón Brugman
17 Italy FW Gianluca Caprari (on loan from Internazionale)
No. Position Player
19 Italy FW Alberto Gilardino
20 Italy FW Alberto Cerri (on loan from Juventus)
21 Italy MF Simone Pepe
23 Albania DF Leonardo Maloku
26 Italy DF Davide Vitturini
28 Romania MF Alexandru Mitriță
30 Croatia FW Robert Murić (on loan from Ajax)
31 Argentina GK Albano Bizzarri
35 Italy DF Andrea Coda
36 Argentina MF Adrián Cubas
44 Italy DF Michele Fornasier
83 Italy DF Cesare Bovo
86 Italy DF Guglielmo Stendardo
93 Croatia MF Hrvoje Miličević
98 Italy FW Ferdinando Del Sole

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
Albania GK Elhan Kastrati (at Piacenza)
Italy GK Simone Aresti (at Ternana)
Italy DF Antonio Mazzotta (at Frosinone)
Italy MF Gianluca Barba (at Piacenza)
Italy MF Alberto Aquilani (at Sassuolo)
No. Position Player
Ghana MF Ransford Selasi (at Novara)
Italy FW Andrea Cocco (at Cesena)
Italy FW Marco Sansovini (at Teramo)
Italy FW Francesco Nicastro (at Perugia)

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 –



  1. ^ "Rosa Stagione" [Season Team]. Delfino Pescara 1936 (in Italian). Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 

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