U.S. Salernitana 1919

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Full name Unione Sportiva Salernitana 1919 S.r.l.
Nickname(s) i Granata (The Garnets)
Founded 1919
2005 (re-founded)
2011 (re-founded)
Ground Stadio Arechi,
Salerno,[1] Italy
Ground Capacity 31,300[2]
Chairman Marco Mezzaroma and Claudio Lotito
Manager Giuseppe Sannino
League Serie B
2015–16 Serie B, 18th
Website Club home page

Unione Sportiva Salernitana 1919, or simply Salernitana is an Italian professional association football club based in Salerno, Campania. Salernitana returned to the Serie B in 2015, having finished first in Lega Pro Prima Divisione Girone C.

The club is the legitimate heir of the former Salernitana Calcio 1919[3] and there is a sports continuity also with the former Salerno Calcio[4] in the 2011–12 season[5][6] which has restarted from Serie D[7] rather than from Terza Categoria, thanks to Article 52 NOIF of FIGC.[8]

The club – named Salerno Calcio – is soon after promoted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione as it re-obtained the original name of U.S. Salernitana 1919.[3] It was immediately promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione.


From Unione Sportiva Salernitana to Salernitana Calcio 1919[edit]

The origins of the team go back to 1919 when in Salerno was founded the former Unione Sportiva Salernitana renamed Salernitana Sport in 1978, which spent the vast majority of their history at the Serie B and Serie C levels of Italian football.

Salernitana plays their home games at Stadio Arechi. In their earliest years, Salernitana competed in the Italian Football Championship on a regional basis. They played at this level for four seasons during the 1920s. Since that time the club returned to the top level of Italian football twice; they played in Serie A during 1947–48 and 1998–99.

Salernitana, who wear an all-maroon kit, have had several name changes since they first appeared in 1919; one was after a merger with Audax Salerno.

In 2005 the club went bankrupt but were refounded by Antonio Lombardi, changing the name from Salernitana Sport to Salernitana Calcio 1919.

In the summer 2011, it did not appeal against the exclusion by Commissione di Vigilanza sulle Società di Calcio Professionistiche (Co.vi.so.c) and it is excluded by the Italian football.

From Salerno Calcio to US Salernitana 1919[edit]

Salernitana-Cosenza 2014–15

On 21 July 2011 the mayor of Salerno Vincenzo De Luca chooses the proposal of the company Morgenstern S.r.l. administered by Gianni Mezzaroma making so born the new team Salerno Calcio, thus representing the city in Serie D.[9] Member of society and the great protagonist of the project is Claudio Lotito,[10] president of Lazio. His brother in law and Gianni's son, Marco Mezzaroma is the president of team:[11] he is the husband of the former minister Mara Carfagna, born in the town.[12]

The club in the 2011–12 season was immediately promoted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione winning the Group G of Serie D.

On 12 July 2012 the club was renamed US Salernitana 1919.[3]

2012–13 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione[edit]

In the 2012–13 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season, Salernitana finished first in Girone B, and was promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione. This was the second consecutive promotion for the team. Finally Salernitana won Group C of Lega Pro and returned Serie B in 2014–15 season.

Colours, badge and nicknames[edit]

Salernitana's original kit.

Salernitana originally wore light blue and white striped shirts, known in Italy as biancocelesti.[13] The blue on the shirt was chosen to represent the sea, Salerno the city lies right next to the Gulf of Salerno and has a long tradition as a porting city. During the 1940s the club changed to maroon coloured shirts, which has gained them the nickname granata in their homeland.

In the 2011–12 season as Salerno Calcio the shirt was striped blue and deep red, with the symbol of St. Matthew, patron of the city, similar to that of Barcelona.[14]

Since 12 July 2012 with the renaming as US Salernitana 1919, the colour of the first shirt is again the traditional garnet.[3]


Winners (2): 1946–47; 1997–98
Winners (4): 1937–38; 1965–66; 2007–08; 2014–15
Runners-up (2): 1989–90; 1993–94
Runners-up (1): 1980
Winners (1): 2013–14 against Monza Calcio[15]
Winner (1): 2012–13
Winner (1): 2011–12 (as Salerno Calcio)

Current squad[edit]

As of 30 August 2016

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 Pietro Terracciano
2 Italy DF Michele Franco
3 Italy DF Luigi Vitale
4 Italy DF Alessandro Bernardini
5 Brazil MF Ronaldo Pompeu (on loan from Lazio)
6 Italy DF Raffaele Schiavi
7 Portugal FW João Silva
8 Italy MF Massimiliano Busellato (on loan from Cittadella)
9 Italy FW Massimo Coda
10 Italy MF Alessandro Rosina
11 Italy FW Alfredo Donnarumma
12 Greece GK Michalis Iliadis
13 Italy DF Valerio Mantovani
14 Italy MF Francesco Della Rocca
No. Position Player
15 Italy MF Antonio Grillo
16 Italy DF Alessandro Tuia
17 Italy FW Giuseppe Caccavallo
18 Brazil DF Luiz Felipe (on loan from Lazio)
19 Italy MF Riccardo Improta (on loan from Genoa)
20 Ghana MF Moses Odjer
21 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Drilon Cenaj
22 Italy GK Luca Liverani
23 Italy GK Antonio Rosti
25 Italy MF Giuseppe Altea
27 Italy MF Lorenzo Laverone
28 Italy MF Antonio Zito
29 Italy DF Gabriele Perico

Former players[edit]

From Italian national football team:

From other national football team:



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Further reading[edit]

  • Giovanni Vitale (2010). Salernitana storia di gol sorrisi e affanni. International printing. ISBN 978-88-7868-094-4. 

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