Benevento Calcio

Benevento Calcio, commonly referred to as Benevento, is an Italian football club based in Benevento, Campania. The club was originally founded in 1929 and then re-founded in 2005. They currently compete in Serie B, having been relegated from Serie A in the 2020–21 season.

Full nameBenevento Calcio S.r.l.
Nickname(s)Gli Stregoni (The Sorcerers)
Founded1929; 92 years ago (1929)
GroundStadio Ciro Vigorito,
Benevento, Italy
PresidentOreste Vigorito
ManagerFabio Caserta
LeagueSerie B
2020–21Serie A, 18th of 20 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season


Early history

The club was founded as Associazione Calcio Benevento in 1929,[1] their original home was the Meomartini which was built by Ciccio Minocchia.[2]

After working their way up the country's lower divisions during their early years, Benevento reached Prima Divisione, Italy's third highest professional league at the time, in the 1934–35 season. They finished above clubs such as Reggina during the club's first season within the league. Although they did not win promotion to Serie B, the team did remain in the third tier of Italian football for the 1935–36 season, re-organized to a smaller 64-team league renamed Serie C.

21st century

The club F.C. Sporting Benevento S.r.l. folded in 2005. At the same time Benevento Calcio S.p.A. was founded, using the same stadium and playing kit.

In the 2007–08 Serie C2 regular season the team finished first in Girone C, winning direct promotion to the now called Lega Pro Prima Divisione for the 2008–09 season. In the 2008–09 season, Benevento's first season in Lega Pro Prima Divisione, they finished in 2nd place. This meant Benevento would be in a two-legged play-off. They won their first two-legged play-off, but lost to Crotone 1–0 (2–1) on aggregate in the final.

Gaetano Auteri was appointed as the head manager for the 2015–16 season. In this season, Benevento won its league and reached Serie B for the first time in its history. The mathematical certainty arrived on 30 April 2016, after defeating Lecce 3–0.[3]

On 8 June 2017, they were promoted to Serie A, for the first time in their history, after defeating Carpi in the Serie B play-offs 1–0 on aggregate.[4] They set a record for the worst start to a season in any of Europe's top five leagues by losing their first 14 Serie A matches.[5] This streak ended on 3 December 2017, with a 95th-minute equalising header from goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli for a 2–2 home draw against A.C. Milan.[6][7] Benevento's time in Serie A lasted one season and they were relegated after a last-place finish, although they ultimately won six of their last 23 games.

On 22 June 2019, Benevento hired Filippo Inzaghi as their new manager.[8] In June 2020, with seven matches still left in the league season, the club won promotion back to the first-division of Italian football following an impressive Serie B campaign.[9]

Colours and badge

The team's colours are yellow and red, and their badge features red and yellow stripes and the black image of a witch riding a broom. Benevento are nicknamed the Stregoni, Italian for sorcerers, or occasionally, the Streghe, Italian for witches, a reference to the legends dating to the 13th century of the witches of Benevento.


Benevento plays their home matches at the Stadio Ciro Vigorito. Building on the stadium broke ground in 1976 and it was opened in 1979. It is able to hold 25,000 people.[10][11]

The stadium was originally named Santa Colomba but was renamed to honor Ciro Vigorito who was the brother of club president Oreste Vigorito. Ciro was a successful entrepreneur and sports manager who was the managing director and oversaw the youth sector at Benevento from 2006 until his death in 2010.[12]


Current squad

As of 17 July 2021[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  ITA Lorenzo Montipò
3 DF  ITA Gaetano Letizia
5 DF  ITA Luca Caldirola
8 MF  COL Andrés Tello
9 FW  PER Gianluca Lapadula
12 GK  ITA Nicolò Manfredini
15 DF  POL Kamil Glik
16 MF  ITA Riccardo Improta
18 DF  BEL Daam Foulon
19 MF  ITA Roberto Insigne
20 FW  ITA Giuseppe Di Serio
21 FW  ITA Gabriele Moncini
25 FW  ITA Marco Sau
26 MF  CIV Siriki Sanogo
28 MF  ITA Pasquale Schiattarella (vice-captain)
No. Pos. Nation Player
29 MF  MDA Artur Ioniță
58 DF  ITA Christian Pastina
93 DF  ITA Federico Barba
GK  ITA Alberto Paleari (on loan from Genoa)
DF  CMR Jean-Claude Billong
DF  ITA Francesco Rillo
DF  ITA Luca Sparandeo
DF  TUN Montassar Talbi
MF  GHA Abdallah Basit
MF  ITA Giacomo Calò (on loan from Genoa)
MF  ITA Marco Cuccurullo
MF  JPN Cy Goddard
MF  GER Oliver Kragl
MF  SVN Dejan Vokić
MF  ITA Giovanni Volpicelli

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head Coach Filippo Inzaghi
Assistant Coach Maurizio D'Angelo
Goalkeeper Coach Gaetano Petrelli
Fitness Coach Luca Alimonta
Fitness Coach Daniele Cenci
Physiotherapist Ernesto Galliano
Physiotherapist Luca Lepore
Physiotherapist Simone Sigillo
Physiotherapist Claudio Patti
Chief Doctor Franco De Cicco
Club Doctor Stefano Salvatori
Club Doctor Rafaele Fuiano
Osteopath Giuseppe Nota
Technical Collaborator Simone Baggio
Video Analyst Simone Bonomi

Notable former players

Notable former managers


Serie B

Serie C

Serie C2


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  2. "La Storia". Unofficial news portal of Benevento Calcio. 25 August 2007. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2007.
  3. (in Italian) "Lega Pro: Benevento gained the Serie B". Corriere dello Sport, 30-4-2016
  4. "Serie A: Benvenuto, Benevento! - Football Italia". Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  5. "Benevento 1-2 Sassuolo". BBC Sport. 19 November 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  6. "Brignoli: 'Closed my eyes and jumped'". Football Italia. 3 December 2017.
  7. "Benevento: Bottom of Serie A but now the most talked about team in Italy". BBC Sport. 7 December 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  8. "Benevento hire Inzaghi: the official announcement". (in Italian). Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  9. "Filippo Inzaghi leads Benevento to Serie A promotion". The World Game. 30 June 2020. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  11. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. Ufficiale, lo Stadio Santa Colomba si chiamerà Ciro Vigorito
  13. Accessed 17 July 2017