S.S.D. Audace Cerignola

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Audace Cerignola
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Full nameSocietà Sportiva Dilettantistica
Audace Cerignola srl
GroundStadio Domenico Monterisi,
Cerignola, Italy
ChairmanNicola Grieco
ManagerAlessandro Potenza
LeagueSerie D
2018–19Serie D/H, 2nd (playoff winners)

S.S.D. Audace Cerignola, commonly known as Audace Cerignola or simply Cerignola, is an Italian association football club from Cerignola, Apulia.

Current squad[edit]

As of 11 October 2019

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

No. Position Player
3 Italy DF Luca Russo
7 Italy MF Lorenzo Longo
8 Italy MF Alessio Esposito
15 Italy DF Iliando Ujka
16 Italy MF Domenico Di Cecco
19 Italy FW Claudio Parise
30 Italy DF Gabriele Tancredi (on loan from Ternana)
Italy GK Mario Cappa (on loan from Paganese)
Italy GK Francesco Tricarico
Italy DF Giuseppe Abruzzese
Italy DF Aldo Caiazza
Italy DF Lorenzo Celentano (on loan from Teramo)
Italy DF Giancarlo Di Cillo
No. Position Player
Italy DF Daniele Dinoia
Italy DF Luca Matere
Albania DF Tom Syku
Italy MF Francesco Barrasso
Argentina MF Sebastián Caballero
Italy MF Tommaso Coletti
Italy MF Angelo Nardella
Italy FW Nicola Loiodice
Italy FW Mario Marotta
Cuba FW Samon Reider Rodríguez
Italy FW Gianluca Sansone
Serbia FW Luka Sinđić


The club was originally founded in 1912 as Gruppo Sportivo Cerignola. They played Serie C from 1935 to 1937, after which they exclusively took part at amateur leagues.

The club voluntarily stepped out in 2013 due to financial issues, and restarted from Prima Categoria only a year later. In 2017 they returned to play Serie D, a league they had not played since the year 2000.

In 2019, Audace Cerignola ended the season in an impressive second place, behind AZ Picerno; in the following playoffs, they made it to the final, where they defeated Taranto, thus ensuring a priority slot in the Serie C repechages.

However, due to a number stadium-related issues, the Italian Football Federation denied Serie C entry to the club.[1] After winning a first appeal to the Italian National Olympic Committee Court,[2] and FIGC declining Audace Cerignola's admission due to other stadium-related technicalities,[3] on 5 August 2019 the CONI Court once again overturned the latter's decision, confirming Audace Cerignola's right to take part in the 2019–20 Serie C.[4]


  1. ^ "Ripescaggi e Riammissioni Serie B e Serie C: le decisioni del Consiglio Federale" (in Italian). Ysport.eu. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Accolti ricorsi sia di Bisceglie che Cerignola. Girone C a 21 squadre?" (in Italian). Sporterni. 23 July 2019. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Figc: Bisceglie in C, respinto il Cerignola" (in Italian). Teleregione. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Serie C: Audace Cerignola ripescata, accolto il ricorso dal Collegio di Garanzia del Coni" (in Italian). SKY Sport Italia. 5 August 2019. Retrieved 6 August 2019.

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