U.S. Avellino 1912

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U.S. Avellino 1912
US Avellino.svg
Full name Unione Sportiva Avellino 1912
Nickname(s) Lupi (Wolves),
Biancoverdi (White-greens),
Irpini (Irpinians)
Founded 1912
2009 (as Avellino Calcio.12)
Ground Stadio Partenio,
Avellino, Italy
Ground Capacity 26,308
Chairman Walter Taccone
Manager Walter Novellino
League Serie B
2016–17 Serie B, 17th
Website Club home page
Current season

Unione Sportiva Avellino 1912, is an Italian football club based in Avellino, Campania. They currently play in Serie B.

Unione Sportiva Avellino S.p.A. went bankrupt in 2009. A new company Avellino Calcio.12 S.S.D. was admitted to Serie D by Article 52 of N.O.I.F. in the same year. The club was renamed as Associazione Sportiva Avellino 1912 in 2010 and restored to the original Unione Sportiva Avellino 1912 in 2015.[1]



The club was founded as U.S. Avellino during 1912 to give the town of Avellino a footballing representative. The early history of the club is quite obscure as they only competed at a lower level against regional sides. Avellino competed in IV Divisione from 1913 until after the Second World War; today's equivalent of that level is Serie D.

Post-War emergence[edit]

For the earlier part of their history the club did not achieve anything of note, until being placed in Serie C for the 1945–46 post-War season. In the 1946–47 season they narrowly missed out on getting through to the interregional final, after finishing third in their group.

Avellino beat out the likes of Catania, Reggina and Messina to win promotion to Serie B at the end of the 1940s. However, the club were accused of match fixing and the federation decided to strip them of their promotion, instead relegating them down to Serie D. Although they were able to return to Serie C after one season, Avellino were relegated back down to spend six seasons in a row at Serie D level.

Eventually Avellino returned, but in the space of six seasons, Avellino gained promotion to Serie C in three of them and were relegated back down twice.


Walter Schachner and Dirceu with Avellino in 1986–87 season

Avellino were promoted to Serie B in 1973 and Serie A in 1978. A truly remarkable feat for a southern provincial side was a 10-year stay in Serie A between 1978 and 1988, with the club holding a mid-table place for the majority of that period. Their best finish was 8th in 1987, with a team starring Angelo Alessio, Paolo Benedetti, Franco Colomba and Dirceu. The club has tended to shift between Serie B and C1 in the years since.

More recently, the club marked a Serie B return after defeating neighbours Napoli in the Serie C1/B play-off finals. An unsuccessful 2005–06 campaign ended in a loss on relegation playoffs to Albinoleffe (0–2, 3–2). The 2006–07 season, with Giuseppe Galderisi as head coach, then replaced by Giovanni Vavassori, ended in a second place in the Serie C1/B regular season; this was then followed by a successful campaign in the promotion play-offs, in which Avellino defeated Foggia in the finals, being therefore promoted to Serie B once again. However, this was followed by Vavassori's resignations on 16 July 2007, shortly after his confirmation as Avellino boss,[2] being then replaced by Maurizio Sarri two days later.[3] Sarri himself resigned one month later, being replaced by Guido Carboni and later Alessandro Calori. Despite this, the club did not manage to escape relegation, ending the season in 19th place. The club was however readmitted to Serie B later on to fill a league vacancy created by Messina's disbandment.

Relegation and exclusion from Lega Pro[edit]

The team finished second from bottom in the 2008–09 season and was therefore relegated. On 9 July 2009, the Covisoc (Commissione di Vigilanza sulle Società Calcistiche, Vigilancy Commission on Football Clubs) organization announced that the team did not pass the financial requirements in order to be admitted to the league. The club was allowed to appeal the decision until 11 July 2009.[4] On 11 July, Avellino failed to appeal the exclusion.[5][6][7]

Logo of the team as Avellino Calcio.12

Avellino Calcio.12 S.S.D. restarts from serie D[edit]

A new club founded in the summer 2009 as Avellino Calcio.12 S.S.D. restarts from Serie D, finishing 5th, but 4 August 2010 they were later admitted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione to fill vacancies. This ordeal saw them become the latest in a long line of Italian clubs that have faced severe financial difficulties, such as Napoli and Fiorentina.

From Lega Pro Seconda Divisione to Serie B[edit]

In the 2010–11 season the team became Associazione Sportiva Avellino 1912 and played in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione finishing 4th, being defeated by Trapani in the play-off final, but 4 August 2011 it was later admitted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione, again, to fill vacancies.[8] In the season 2012–13 Avellino won Lega Pro Prima Divisione and the team obtains the promotion in Serie B.

A historic logo of A.S. Avellino

Colors and badge[edit]

Its traditional colours are green and white. Avellino are nicknamed the "Lupi", which means wolves, and their club crest displays a wolf head.


Avellino has many supporters despite the size of the town. Majority of fans come from the city and its neighbourhood but also from northern Italy where many of them are emigrated. Principal rivalries are with supporters of other regional teams like Salernitana, Benevento, Napoli and Juve Stabia. There are also rivalries with Foggia, Bari, Taranto, Catania and Verona. Nowadays there aren't official twinnings but in the years of Serie A there was a twinning with Juventus. Friendships are with supporters of Messina, Nocerina, Trapani, Sambenedettese, Cavese and Casertana.


Current squad[edit]

As of 27 January, 2017.[9]

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 Luca Lezzerini (on loan from Fiorentina)
3 Italy DF Marco Perrotta (on loan from Pescara)
4 Italy MF Federico Moretti
5 Albania DF Berat Djimsiti (on loan from Atalanta)
6 Italy DF Marco Migliorini
7 Italy FW Daniele Verde (on loan from Roma)
8 Italy MF Angelo D'Angelo (captain)
9 Italy FW Umberto Eusepi (on loan from Pisa)
10 Italy FW Luigi Castaldo (vice-captain)
11 Italy MF Niccolò Belloni (on loan from Inter)
12 Italy GK Rino Iuliano
15 Slovakia MF Richard Lásik
17 Ghana DF Patrick Asmah (on loan from Atalanta)
No. Position Player
18 Belgium FW Mohamed Soumaré
19 Italy MF Lorenzo Laverone
20 Italy MF Fabrizio Paghera
21 Belgium MF Stephane Omeonga
22 Serbia GK Boris Radunović (on loan from Atalanta)
23 Italy DF Matthias Solerio (on loan from Giana Erminio)
25 Italy MF William Jidayi
26 Morocco FW Soufiane Bidaoui
27 Italy MF Davide Gavazzi
30 Guinea-Bissau FW Idrissa Camará
32 Uruguay DF Alejandro González (on loan from Verona)
33 Italy FW Matteo Ardemagni

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
24 Italy MF Guido D'Attilio (at Racing Roma)
France DF Maxime Giron (at Reggiana)
No. Position Player
Italy FW Andrea Arrighini (at Cittadella)

Retired numbers[edit]

10 – Italy Adriano Lombardi, Midfielder (1975–79) – posthumous honor, number retired in 2007.

Notable former players[edit]

Notable former coaches[edit]



Level Category Participations Debut Last season Total
Serie A 10 1978–79 1987–88 10
Serie B 15 1973–74 2014–15 16
Serie C 17 1945–46 1972–73 31
Serie C1 12 1992–93 2006–07
Lega Pro Prima Divisione 2 2011–12 2012–13
Seconda Divisione 3 1930–31 1934–35 19
Prima Divisione 4 1940–41 1945
Promozione 2 1949–50 1951–52
IV Serie 5 1952–53 1956–57
Interregionale 2 1957–58 1958–59
Serie D 2 1961–62 1963–64
Lega Pro Seconda Divisione 1 2010–11
Terza Divisione 2 1929–30 1932–33 4
Seconda Divisione 1 1935–36
Serie D 1 2009–10


  1. ^ "Ritorna lo storico logo "UNIONE SPORTIVA AVELLINO SPA 1912"" (in Italian). Irpinia24. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  2. ^ US Avellino (16 July 2007). "ALLENATORE PRIMA SQUADRA" (in Italian). Retrieved 16 July 2007. 
  3. ^ "ALLENATORE PRIMA SQUADRA" (in Italian). US Avellino. 18 July 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2007. 
  4. ^ "Iscrizioni: 16 squadre non iscritte in Lega Pro" (in Italian). tuttosport.com. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 20 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "CALCIO, TREVISO: NIENTE LEGA PRO, QUATTRO ANNI FA ERA SERIE A" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 11 July 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Da Venezia ad Avellino, l'Italia cancellata" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 11 July 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE N. 24/A (2009–10)" (PDF) (in Italian). FIGC. 21 July 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  8. ^ http://sport.repubblica.it/news/sport/calcio-lega-pro-ripescaggi-5-in-i-divisione-e-rimini-in-ii/4014274
  9. ^ "Rosa" [Squad]. A.S. Avellino 1912. 

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