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US Triestina Calcio 1918

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Full nameUnione Sportiva Triestina Calcio 1918 S.r.l.
Nickname(s)L'Unione (The Union)
Gli Alabardati (The Halberded)
I Giuliani (The Julians)
GroundStadio Nereo Rocco,
Trieste, Italy
ChairmanBen Rosenzweig
Vice ChairmanChris Hutter
ManagerMichele Santoni
LeagueSerie C Group A
2023–24Serie C Group A, 4th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Unione Sportiva Triestina Calcio 1918, commonly referred to as Triestina, is an Italian football club based in Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Originally founded in 1918, the club has been re-established several times in its history. As of the 2022–23 season, it plays in Serie C, the third tier of Italian football.


From the foundation to Serie A[edit]

The club was founded in 1918 as merger of local teams "Ponziana" and "Foot-Ball Club Trieste". The club reached Seconda Divisione (now known as Serie B) in 1924. The club successively featured in the first-ever Serie A season in 1929, and played consecutively to the Italian top flight until 1956. During those successful times, the team also featured the likes of local Trieste native Nereo Rocco, who played as winger for Triestina from 1930 to 1937, becoming also the first player from the team to become part of the Azzurri squad (in 1934). Successively, Rocco returned to Triestina as a head coach in 1947, and completed the 1947–48 as Serie A runners-up, only behind Torino; this is still, as of today, the best result in history for the Trieste-based club.

Rocco then left in 1950 to be replaced by Hungarian coach Béla Guttman, who managed to save the club from relegation only in the final matchday. Another struggling season followed in 1951–52, with Triestina escaping relegation only after winning playoffs against Lucchese and Brescia. During the 1952–53 season, Cesare Maldini[1] made his Serie A debut in a Triestina jersey. In 1953 Rocco returned to Triestina, but was sacked after 21 matchdays due to poor results. Three more mid-table seasons followed before Triestina suffered its first relegation in 1957. Successively, Triestina returned to Serie A in 1958, but were relegated in their first comeback season, which is also their last top flight campaign to date.

Nereo Rocco, legend of Trieste's football, played for Triestina in the 1930s and trained the squad in the post–World War II era

The club were successively relegated to Serie C in 1961 once, in 1965 twice, and even Serie D in 1971, forcing the alabardati to a local derby with "Ponziana" in 1975.[citation needed] The club returned to Serie C in 1976, and was admitted to Serie C1 in 1978, and finally returned to Serie B in 1983, missing promotion to the top flight for a few seasons before being relegated in 1988. Triestina also played in second level between 1962–1965 and 1989–1991.

The first refoundation in 1994[edit]

In 1994, the team was forced to fold, because of financial insolvency, and was re-founded by Giorgio Del Sabato. The team restarted as U.S. Triestina Calcio from Serie D and was readmitted to Serie C2 by the federation one year later. In 2001, after six seasons in Serie C2, the club won promotion to Serie C1 after playoffs; this was followed by a second consecutive promotion, this time to Serie B, both under head coach Ezio Rossi.

In the 2005–06 season, Triestina changed its manager five times. The list include the tandem Alessandro Calori-Adriano Buffoni, Pietro Vierchowod, caretaker Francesco De Falco, youth team coach Vittorio Russo and Andrea Agostinelli.

In addition, Triestina's owner Flaviano Tonellotto was forced to resign on 1 February 2006 by the magistrates because of a pending court procedure for bankruptcy, and his wife Jeannine Koevoets was named to replace him at the helm of the club. However, Tonellotto was successively ordered to leave the association because of financial troubles. The magistrates named Francesco De Falco as caretaker chairman with the idea of finding somebody interested to buy the club. Curiously, in the 2005–06 De Falco, a player for Triestina in the 80's, covered three different roles in the club: director of football, manager and chairman. In April 2006 the team was purchased by the Fantinel family, owners of a wine company in the region.

In recent years, Triestina struggled to mount a promotion campaign to end half-century absence from the Italian top flight. Triestina finished 8th in 2008–2009 season. However failed to remain in Serie B in the 2009–10 season, with a crashing 3–0 defeat to Padova at the play-outs, and was relegated to Lega Pro Prima Divisione after 8 years of endeavour in the second tier of Italian football, only to be readmitted to Serie B after Ancona filed for bankruptcy.

On 21 May 2011, in the season 2010–11, after a disastrous campaign, Triestina was relegated from Serie B to Lega Pro Prima Divisione, having returned there in 2002 after 11 seasons in Serie C and Serie D.

2012: Relegation and bankruptcy[edit]

On 25 January 2012 the club in strong financial difficulty, has been declared bankrupt by the court of Trieste.[2][3][4]

In the season 2011–12 Triestina was relegated from Lega Pro Prima Divisione group B to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.

On 19 June 2012 the club was finally declared bankrupt and the team was disbanded.[5]

Stefano Mario Fantinel, former chairman of the club, was suspended from football activities for 5 years after the prosecutor found accounting irregularities of the club.[6] In July, three more months were added due to player transfer irregularities.[7] Fantinel was also suspended for 3 months in 2006–07 Serie B, also causing the club 1 point, for irregularities on preparing quarterly management report on 30 March 2006.[8]

Unione Triestina 2012 / U.S. Triestina Calcio 1918[edit]

On 31 July 2012 a new company Unione Triestina 2012 S.S.D.  a. r.l.[9] was founded, that restarted from Eccellenza thanks to Article 52 of N.O.I.F.[10] The sports title was later transferred to another "limited company in amateur sport" (Italian: Società Sportiva Dilettantistica a responsabilità limitata) U.S. Triestina Calcio 1918 s.s.d. a. r.l. in 2016.[11] After the promotion to Serie C on 4 August 2017,[12] the company dropped the legal suffix "amateur sport" from the name.

Colors and badge[edit]

The club's badge features a white spontoon or halberd—from where the club gets the nickname Gli Alabardati (The Halberded)—on a red background. This is inspired by the coat of arms and flag of the city of Trieste. Other features of the badge include a shining white star and the words U. S. Triestina. After this badge, the team's colours both home and away are red and white.


Winners: 1957–58
Winners: 1961–62, 1982–83
Winners: 1993–94

Divisional movements[edit]

Series Years Last Promotions Relegations
A 26 1958–59 - Decrease 2 (1957, 1959)
B 22 2010–11 Increase 1 (1958) Decrease 5 (1961, 1965, 1988, 1991, 2011)
2021–22 Increase 4 (1962, 1983, 1989, 2002)
Increase 1 (2001 C2)
Decrease 4 (1971, 1974, 1994✟, 2012✟)
81 out of 90 years of professional football in Italy since 1929
D 8 2016–17 Increase 4 (1972, 1976, 1995, 2017) never
E 1 2012–13 Increase 1 (2013) never

Current squad[edit]

As of 20 March 2024[13]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Slovenia SVN Kristjan Matošević
3 MF Italy ITA Alessandro Malomo
4 MF Italy ITA Andrea Vallocchia
5 MF Turkey TUR Teoman Gündüz
6 DF Italy ITA Matteo Anzolin
7 DF Slovenia SVN Aljaž Struna
8 MF Netherlands NED Rayan El Azrak
9 FW Netherlands NED Daishawn Redan (on loan from Venezia)
10 FW Argentina ARG Facundo Lescano (on loan from Pescara)
13 DF Italy ITA Matteo Ciofani
14 MF Italy ITA Umberto Germano
15 MF France FRA Omar Correia
16 GK Mali MLI Madou Diakité
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF Iceland ISL Kristófer Jónsson
18 FW Italy ITA Mattia Minesso
21 MF Ivory Coast CIV Lamine Fofana
22 GK Italy ITA Giuseppe Agostino
28 MF Italy ITA Enrico Celeghin
30 MF Italy ITA Christian D'Urso (on loan from Cosenza)
31 DF Italy ITA Nicholas Rizzo
33 MF Italy ITA Marco Ballarini (on loan from Udinese)
38 DF Canada CAN Luca Petrasso (on loan from Orlando City)
42 DF Italy ITA Lorenzo Moretti
72 DF Slovenia SVN Daniel Pavlev
99 FW Finland FIN Eetu Vertainen

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. Pos. Nation Player
MF Italy ITA Alessandro Coppola (at Birkirkara until 30 June 2024)
MF Poland POL Olaf Kozłowski (at Pro Vercelli until 30 June 2024)
MF Italy ITA Gabriele Parlanti (at Sestri Levante until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Slovenia SVN Aaron Kacinari (at Tulsa until 31 December 2024)
FW Italy ITA Andrea Adorante (at Juve Stabia until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Mattia Felici (at Feralpisalò until 30 June 2024)

Former managers[edit]


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  4. ^ "Yahoo Sport- Il Sito Dove Seguire i Grandi Eventi di Sport".
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  6. ^ ""C.U. N°64/TFN – Sezione Disciplinare (2015–16)" (PDF). Tribunale Federale Nazionale – Sezione Disciplinare (in Italian). FIGC. 24 March 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  7. ^ "C.U. N°7/TFN – Sezione Disciplinare (2016–17)" (PDF). Tribunale Federale Nazionale – Sezione Disciplinare (in Italian). FIGC. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
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  9. ^ Written at Rome. "Costituita la nuova Triestina". L'Arena (in Italian). Verona. Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA). 31 July 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  10. ^ "La Triestina deve ripartire dall'Eccellenza regionale". 7 August 2012.
  11. ^ "Comunicato Ufficiale N°394/A (2015–16)" (PDF) (Press release) (in Italian). Italian Football Federation (FIGC). 23 May 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Lega Pro a 56 squadre. Ripescata la Triestina, respinte le domande di Rende e Rieti" (Press release) (in Italian). FIGC. 4 August 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Team". Triestinacalcio.club/it. Retrieved 1 April 2024.

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