U.S. Sassuolo Calcio

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Sassuolo
US Sassuolo Calcio logo.svg
Full name Unione Sportiva Sassuolo
Calcio Srl
Nickname(s) I Neroverdi (The Black and Greens)
Founded 1922; 94 years ago (1922)
Ground Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore
Ground Capacity 23,717[1]
Owner Giorgio Squinzi
Chairman Carlo Rossi
Manager Eusebio Di Francesco
League Serie A
2015–16 Serie A, 6th
Website Club home page
Current season

Unione Sportiva Sassuolo Calcio ([u.ˈnjo.ne sporˈti.va sasˈswɔlo ˈkal.tʃo], "Sassuolo Football Sport Union") is an Italian professional football club based in Sassuolo, in the province of Modena.[2] Its colours are black and green, hence the nickname "neroverdi".[2]

Founded in 1920,[3] from the 2013–14 season, Sassuolo play in Serie A, joining a select group of teams not belonging to a provincial capital city: Empoli, Legnano, Pro Patria, Carpi and Casale.[4]

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1920 and played in the Emilian amateur divisions for most of its history until its first promotion to Serie D in 1968. In this era, the club merged with other local football teams to eventually form the current US Sassuolo Calcio in 1974. In 1984 it first gained promotion to Serie C2, the lowest level of professional football in Italy. However, they were relegated again in 1990 and subsequently spent most of the decade back in Serie D. In 1998, a 2nd place finish ensured promotion back to Serie C2.

Serie C1[edit]

Sassuolo reached Serie C1 in 2006 after winning the Serie C2 promotion play-offs by beating Sansovino in the final. In the following years, Sassuolo proved to be a serious contender for promotion to Serie B, barely missing it in 2007, with Gian Marco Remondina as head coach, as they lost immediate promotion to Grosseto in the final season days, and were defeated by fifth-placed Monza in the play-off semi-finals. Remondina then left Sassuolo to join Serie B's Piacenza, and former Serie A player Massimiliano Allegri was then chosen as new head coach.

Under Allegri, Sassuolo quickly revived their hopes to obtain promotion to Serie B; this ultimately came on 27 April 2008, when they won the Serie C1/A title, thus ensuring a historical promotion to Serie B, the first in the club's history.[5]

Serie B[edit]

Following Sassuolo's promotion to the Italian second tier, Allegri left Sassuolo to fill the head coaching position at Serie A team Cagliari. On July 2008, the club appointed former Atalanta and Siena boss Andrea Mandorlini for the 2008–09 season.

Massimiliano Allegri, manager of Sassuolo in 2008 who won promotion to Serie B, winning group A of Serie C1 and the Supercoppa Lega Pro.

Sassuolo had a surprising start to the 2008–09 campaign and held a promotion playoff place for very long time, though they earn only two points in their last five matches to eventually finish in seventh place. Despite a successful season, Mandorlini left Sassuolo by mutual consent in June 2009, whereupon the team then appointed former Piacenza coach Stefano Pioli on 11 June 2009.

Sassuolo successively qualified to the Serie B promotion playoffs in 2009–10 by placing fourth, and 2011–12 in third, being eliminated at the semi-finals in both seasons.

In the 2012–13 season, however, under the guidance of new head coach Eusebio Di Francesco, Sassuolo won the Serie B title, thus achieving direct promotion to Serie A and ensuring a first top-flight campaign ever for the 2013–14 season.

Serie A[edit]

During pre-season training, Sassuolo won the TIM Trophy after losing to Juventus on penalties then beating A.C. Milan 2–1, marking the first time a team other than Milan, Internazionale or Juventus have won the Cup.

Eusebio Di Francesco, manager of the historic promotion to Serie A for the Neroverdi in 2014.

On 25 August 2013, Sassuolo played their first-ever Serie A match, a 2–0 loss away at Torino.[6] The team's second match was their first at home, against Livorno, where striker Simone Zaza scored Sassuolo's first top-flight goal as they lost 4–1.[7] The team earned their first point in their fifth match, on 25 September away to Napoli. Zaza equalised as the game finished 1–1, ending the hosts' perfect start to the season.[8] This was followed by a first home point on 29 September, a 2–2 draw with Lazio.[9] On 20 October 2013, Sassuolo won their first Serie A game, defeating Bologna 2–1 at home with goals from Domenico Berardi and Antonio Floro Flores, moving the club off bottom place.[10]

Sassuolo won away for the first time in Serie A on 3 November against Sampdoria, with Berardi scoring their first top-flight hat-trick to win 4–3.[11] Since the following match, a 1–1 draw at Roma on 10 November, the club has been outside the relegation zone.[12] On 12 January 2014, Berardi was the only player in the season to score four goals in a game, as Sassuolo came from 2–0 down to win 4–3 against Milan.[13] Sassuolo won its away match against Fiorentina 4–3 on 6 May 2014, and after winning 4–2 against Genoa on 11 May, guaranteed its place in Serie A for the 2014–15 season.

On 21 May 2016, Sassuolo achieved their first ever Europa League qualification after finishing 6th in Serie A courtesy of a Juventus Coppa Italia win over Milan as Milan would have gone to Europe instead if they had won the final.[14]

Stadium[edit]

The Stadio Alberto Braglia in Modena was Sassuolo's temporary home while playing in Serie B.

Sassuolo's home stadium is Stadio Enzo Ricci still used for training, but due to its tiny capacity (4,000), the club played Serie B seasons in Modena's Stadio Alberto Braglia.[15]

Starting from the 2013–14 season, the first Serie A campaign for the club, Sassuolo plays in Reggio Emilia at the renovated Stadio Città del Tricolore (formerly Stadio Giglio) in a venue-sharing agreement with Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Reggiana.[16]

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 July 2016[17]

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 Alberto Pomini
4 Italy MF Francesco Magnanelli (captain)
5 Italy DF Luca Antei
6 Italy MF Lorenzo Pellegrini
7 Italy MF Simone Missiroli
8 Italy MF Davide Biondini
9 Italy FW Diego Falcinelli
10 Italy MF Karim Laribi
13 Italy DF Federico Peluso
15 Italy DF Francesco Acerbi
16 Italy FW Matteo Politano
17 Italy FW Nicola Sansone
20 Italy DF Lorenzo Ariaudo
21 Italy DF Leonardo Fontanesi
No. Position Player
23 Italy DF Marcello Gazzola
25 Italy FW Domenico Berardi
26 Italy DF Emanuele Terranova
28 Italy DF Paolo Cannavaro
29 Italy FW Marcello Trotta
32 Ghana MF Alfred Duncan
39 Italy DF Cristian Dell'Orco
47 Italy GK Andrea Consigli
79 Italy GK Gianluca Pegolo
92 France FW Grégoire Defrel
96 Ghana DF Claud Adjapong
Italy MF Giovanni Sbrissa
Italy MF Stefano Sensi
Italy MF Luca Mazzitelli

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
Ghana MF Raman Chibsah (at Benevento until 30 June 2017)
Italy FW Alessio Vita (at Vicenza until 30 June 2017)
 

Other players under contract[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Portugal FW Aladje
 

Managers[edit]

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