F.C. Pro Vercelli 1892

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Pro Vercelli
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Full name Football Club Pro Vercelli 1892 s.r.l.
Nickname(s) Bianche Casacche (White Shirts),
Leoni (Lions)
Founded 1892 (as sport club S.G. Pro Vercelli)
1903 (as football division U.S. Pro Vercelli Calcio)
2010 (refounded)
Ground Stadio Silvio Piola,
Vercelli, Italy
Ground Capacity 8,000
President Massimo Secondo
Head Coach Claudio Foscarini
League Serie B
2014-15 Serie B, 15th
Website Club home page
Current season

Football Club Pro Vercelli 1892, 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 B 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 of -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 back to Serie B after only one season. Pro Vercelli finished Serie B as 16th in 2014–15 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

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 September 2015.[5]

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 Riccardo Melgrati (on loan from Cesena)
2 Italy DF Filippo Berra
3 Italy DF Umberto Germano
4 Italy DF Mattia Bani
5 Italy MF Fausto Rossi (on loan from Juventus)
6 Italy DF Alex Redolfi (on loan from Atalanta)
7 Italy FW Massimiliano Gatto (on loan from Chievo)
8 Italy MF Manuel Scavone
9 Italy FW Ettore Marchi
10 Italy MF Nunzio Di Roberto
11 Italy FW Mattia Sprocati
12 Italy GK Lorenzo Capello
13 Italy DF Stefano Negro
14 Italy MF Simone Emmanuello (on loan from Atalanta)
No. Position Player
15 Italy MF Stefano Beltrame (on loan from Juventus)
16 Italy DF Lorenzo Filippini (on loan from Lazio)
17 Italy MF Francesco Ardizzone
18 Italy FW Mattia Mustacchio
20 Cameroon MF Kelvin Matute
21 Italy MF Luca Castiglia
22 Italy GK Mirko Pigliacelli (on loan from Frosinone)
23 Italy MF Donato Disabato
25 Italy DF Massimiliano Scaglia
26 Senegal DF Mohamed Coly
29 Italy DF Elia Legati
32 Italy FW Giacomo Beretta (on loan from Milan)
33 Italy MF Gregorio Luperini (on loan from Juventus)

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 FW Alessio Esposito (at Tuttocuoio)
Italy MF Giuseppe Ruggiero (atCuneo)
Albania GK Entonjo Elezaj (at Sliema Wanderers)


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. ^ "Rosa". F.C. PROVERCELLI (in Italian). Retrieved 21 August 2014. 

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