S.S. Akragas Città dei Templi

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Akragas
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Full name Società Sportiva Akragas Città dei Templi
Nickname(s) Giganti, Akragantini, Biancoazzurri, Il Gigante
Founded 1939 (inactive)
1952 (reactivated)
Ground Stadio Esseneto,
Agrigento, Italy
Ground Capacity 10,000[1]
President Italy Silvio Alessi
Manager Italy Raffaele Di Napoli
League Lega Pro (Girone C)
2015–16 Lega Pro/I, 12th
Website Club home page

Società Sportiva Akragas Città dei Templi, commonly referred to as S.S. Akragas, is an Italian association football club based in Agrigento, Sicily. The club was founded in 1929 and currently plays in the Lega Pro.

History[edit]

The foundation[edit]

An ancestor of the club was known to have played since at least the early-1930s as Associazione Calcio Agrigento.[2] The club had moderate success in the lower divisions of Italian football; it progressed beyond the regional Sicilian scene to Serie C for the first time in the 1939–40 season.[3]

By the late 1940s A.C. Agrigento had fallen in stature, competing in the regional Promozione Sicily league after being relegated;[3] their decline fully set in 1952 when the club became defunct due to financial difficulties.[3]

Revival as Akragas[edit]

Following the previous club's closure, Akragas was revamped and a new team was set up by chairman Enzo Lauretta during 1952. The club was renamed Unione Sportiva Akragas,[4] rather than using the Italianized version of the name, the club paid homage to the city's Magna Graecia roots. A noted figure in Sicilian football, Carmelo Di Bella was put in place as the club's first manager, while Gaspare Gallo was its first captain.[5] To attract the attention of the supporters of defunct Agrigento, Akragas changed its colour, abandonning its violet and taking the white and blue of Agrigento.

In the 2013–14 season, Akragas barely missed out on promotion to Lega Pro in favour of Savoia, but would go on to achieve this in the next season by winning Group I of the Serie D league. They began to play in the Lega Pro after the 2015–16 season.

Colours and badge[edit]

The team plays in a light blue and white striped kit.

Current squad[edit]

As of 11 December 2016[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 Stefano Addario
2 Italy DF Francesco Mileto
3 Italy DF Genny Russo
5 Argentina MF Bruno Pezzella
7 Italy FW Francesco Salvemini
9 Croatia FW Danijel Klaric
10 Italy FW Salvatore Cocuzza
11 Italy FW Salvatore Aveni
14 Italy DF Cristian Riggio
No. Position Player
15 Italy DF Luca Palmiero
16 Brazil DF Thiago Cazé
17 Italy FW Lorenzo Longo
19 Uruguay DF Antonio Sepe
20 Italy MF Fausto Coppola
21 Italy MF Danilo Greco
22 Italy GK Pasquale Pane
23 Italy DF Andrea Scrugli
24 Italy FW Alessio Leveque
29 Argentina FW Germàn Cochis

Non-playing staff[edit]

Honours[edit]

Serie C2:

  • Runner-up (1): 1982–83

Serie D:

  • Winners (3): 1980–81; 1991–92; 2014–15
  • Runner-up (2): 1958–59; 2013–14

Eccellenza Sicily:

  • Winners (1): 2012–13

Promozione Sicily:

  • Winners (3): 1956–57; 1977–78

Prima Categoria Sicily:

  • Runners-up (1): 1952–53

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ssakragas.it/locations/505500737757
  2. ^ "Coppa Italia: il dossier sulle 19 big in campo". Lega Nazionale Dilettanti. 7 October 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c "Storia dell’Akragas Calcio". Criluge Flash. 7 October 2007. 
  4. ^ "Libri. Presentata la storia ilustrata dell'Unione Sportiva Akragas". Akragas.net. 7 October 2007. 
  5. ^ "Fotogallery Anni '50". Conosecrel Akragas. 7 October 2007. 
  6. ^ "Team – Prima Squadra". Società Sportiva Akragas Città dei Templi (in Italian). Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  7. ^ UFFICIALE: Akragas, Almirón rescinde ma resta come coordinatore area tecnica tuttolegapro.com (in Italian)

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