Delfino Pescara 1936

Delfino Pescara 1936, commonly referred to as Pescara, is a professional Italian football club based in Pescara, Abruzzo.

Full nameDelfino Pescara 1936 S.p.A.
Nickname(s)I Delfini (The Dolphins)
I Biancazzurri (The White and Blues)
Founded1936; 85 years ago (1936)
GroundStadio Adriatico
ChairmanDaniele Sebastiani
ManagerGianluca Grassadonia
LeagueSerie C
2020–21Serie B, 19th of 20 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club was formed in 1936 and currently plays in Serie C. Pescara has competed in seven seasons in Serie A, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1992–93, 2012–13 and last participated in 2016–17. The team's official colors are white and light blue.


Aside from a spell in Serie B in the 1940s, Pescara had a relatively undistinguished history until promotion to Serie B in 1974. With players like Giorgio Repetto and Bruno Nobili in the midfield, they managed to win their first promotion to Serie A in 1977 after winning the promotion play-off, but ultimately finished their first season in Serie A in last place. A second promotion after a play-off followed, but once more they would be relegated from the top flight and then descended to Serie C1 within two years.

The performance of Pescara in the Italian football league structure since the first season of a unified Serie A (1929/30).

Nonetheless, after returning to Serie B after a year, Pescara would enjoy a revival after the appointment of Giovanni Galeone as coach in 1986. His philosophy of attacking football saw the Biancazzurri promoted to Serie A as champions in 1987, where they lasted two years with players such as Júnior and Blaž Slišković among the club's star players. Galeone would return during the 1990–91 season and oversaw another promotion the following year.

After relegation, Pescara remained in Serie B side throughout the 1990s, narrowly missing promotion in 1999. Relegation to C1 followed in 2001, with promotion in 2003 being followed by two revoked relegations in a row due to bankruptcy and scandals affecting other clubs. Pescara was ultimately relegated in the 2006–07 season, with three presidential and managerial changes during the season. In December 2008, the debt-ridden club was legally declared out of business and its control passed to a bankruptcy trustee appointed by the Court of Pescara. In February 2009, a takeover from a group named Delfino Pescara 1936 was finalized with Deborah Caldora becoming the first woman to serve as chairman of the club. In the meantime, results did not improve significantly and in March, Giuseppe Galderisi was dismissed from the head coaching post with Antonello Cuccureddu being appointed as the new boss.

At the beginning of the 2009–10 season, Eusebio Di Francesco was appointed as the new coach. Pescara finished second in Girone B of Lega Pro Prima Divisione and qualified for the promotional play-offs. They defeated Reggiana in the semi-final and Verona in the final and subsequently returned to Serie B after a three-year absence. The following season started with the appointment of Zdeněk Zeman as new head coach; the Czech manager immediately brought Pescara back into national coverage thanks to his well-known all-attacking playing style that turned out to match perfectly with promising youngsters such as Marco Verratti, Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne, who guided the squad to promotion to Serie A. Pescara secured promotion to the top-level after a 19-year absence after defeating Sampdoria with a 3–1 score in an away match on 20 May 2012. In the last minute of the final game of the regular season, Pescara striker Riccardo Maniero netted the winner in a match against Nocerina to claim Pescara's second Serie B title after Torino's draw away to AlbinoLeffe.

Pescara's 2012–13 campaign in Serie A – after losing Zeman, Verratti, Immobile and Insigne – ended with relegation back to the second tier.[1] Three years later, under World Cup winner Massimo Oddo, the team returned to Serie A with a 3–1 aggregate win over Trapani in the playoff final.[2] Zeman returned in February 2017 to the team,[3] who again lasted just one year at the top before being relegated in last place.[4]

In August 2018, Pescara launched a public mini-bond investment opportunity via sports investment platform Tifosy to raise a minimum of €2,000,000.[5] The investment scheme raised a total of €2,300,000 to develop the club's youth sector and facilities.[6]

Following an online competition to ease children's boredom during the coronavirus lockdown, the team adopted six-year-old Luigi D'Agostino's shirt design for the 2020 season.[7]

After a poor 2020-21 campaign, the side were relegated to Serie C, the third tier of Italian football.


One of Pescara's main rivals is AS Bari.[8]


Current squad

As of 12 April 2021[9]

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 Vincenzo Fiorillo (Captain)
2 DF  ITA Raoul Bellanova (on loan from Bordeaux)
5 DF  ITA Mirko Drudi
6 DF  ITA Gennaro Scognamiglio
7 FW  DEN Jens Odgaard (on loan from Sassuolo)
8 MF  ALB Ledian Memushaj (Vice-captain)
9 FW  ITA Niccolò Giannetti (on loan from Salernitana)
10 MF  ITA Mirko Valdifiori
11 FW  ITA Cristian Galano
12 GK  ITA Alessandro Sorrentino
14 DF  ITA Antonio Balzano
15 FW  MDA Vladislav Blănuță
16 DF  ITA Salvatore Bocchetti (on loan from Hellas Verona)
17 DF  ITA Massimo Volta (on loan from Benevento)
18 FW  ARG Nicolas Belloni
19 DF  ITA Edoardo Masciangelo
20 MF  GHA Abdallah Basit (on loan from Benevento)
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF  ITA Daniele Dessena
22 GK  ITA Mattia Del Favero (on loan from Juventus)
23 MF  ITA Nicola Rigoni (on loan from Monza)
24 MF  ITA Christian Capone (on loan from Atalanta)
26 DF  BRA Rodrigo Guth (on loan from Atalanta)
27 FW  ITA Alessio Riccardi (on loan from Roma)
37 MF  ITA Fabio Maistro (on loan from Lazio)
38 GK  ITA Nicolò Radaelli
40 MF  BEL Stéphane Oméonga
46 GK  ITA Fabrizio Alastra (on loan from Parma)
47 DF  BEL Mardochee Nzita (on loan from Perugia)
72 MF  SVN Dejan Vokić (on loan from Benevento)
77 FW  COL Damir Ceter (on loan from Cagliari)
90 MF  ITA Andrea Tabanelli (on loan from Frosinone)
99 MF  EQG José Machín (on loan from Monza)

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF  ITA Alessandro Celli (at Virtus Francavilla)
DF  URU Edgar Elizalde (at Juve Stabia)
DF  ITA Gabriele Zappa (at Cagliari, obligation to buy)
MF  ITA Luca Crecco (at Cosenza)
MF  GHA Amadou Diambo (at Benevento)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW  SRB Miloš Bočić (at Pro Sesto)
FW  ITA Gennaro Borrelli (at Juve Stabia)
FW  ITA Cristian Bunino (at Monopoli)
FW  ITA Andrea Di Grazia (at Arezzo)
FW  ITA Simone Mancini (at Recanatese)

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head Coach Luciano Zauri
Assistant Coach Davide Ruscitti
Goalkeeper Coach Gabriele Aldegani
Fitness Coach Francesco Petrarca
Fitness Coach Dario Dian
Physiotherapist Marco Rossi
Physiotherapist Rocco Trivarelli
Chief Doctor Vincenzo Salini
Club Doctor Ernesto Sabatini
Video Analyst Diego Labricciosa

Managerial history

Name Nationality Years
Edmondo De Amicis 1937–38
Pietro Piselli 1938–39
Armando Bonino 1939–40
Mario Pizziolo 1940–41
Luigi Ferrero 1941–43
Edmondo De Amicis 1944–45
Giuseppe Marchi 1945–46
József Bánás 1946–47
Mario Pizziolo 1947–48
Gino Piccinini 1948–49
Benedetto Stella 1949–50
Luigi Del Grosso 1950–53
Umberto De Angelis 1953–55
Alfredo Notti 1955–56
Alfredo Monza
Renato Piacentini
Orazio Sola

Renato Piacentini 1957–58
Aurelio Marchese
Mario Tontodonati

Ljubo Benčić
Mario Tontodonati

Umberto De Angelis 1961–62
Leonardo Costagliola 1962–63
Ljubo Benčić
Renato Piacentini

Ljubo Benčić
Vincenzo Marsico

Antonio Giammarinaro
Alfredo Notti

Sergio Cervato 1966–67
Antonio Giammarinaro 1967–68
Gianni Seghedoni
Mario Tontodonati

Dante Lacorata
Mario Tontodonati

Name Nationality Years
Francesco Capocasale 1970–71
Enzo Falini
Vitaliano Patricelli

Domenico Rosati 1972–76
Giancarlo Cadé 1976–78
Antonio Valentín Angelillo 1978–79
Gustavo Giagnoni
Claudio Tobia
Mario Tontodonati

Aldo Agroppi 1980–81
Giuseppe Chiappella
Saul Malatrasi
Mario Tiddia

Domenico Rosati 1982–84
Enrico Catuzzi 1984–86
Giovanni Galeone 1986–89
Ilario Castagner
Edoardo Reja

Giovanni Galeone
Carlo Mazzone

Giovanni Galeone 1991–92
Vincenzo Zucchini 1992–93
Gianni Corelli
Giorgio Rumignani
Franco Scoglio
Vincenzo Zucchini

Francesco Oddo
Giorgio Rumignani

Luigi Maifredi
Francesco Oddo

Delio Rossi July 1996 – June 97
Adriano Buffoni
Maurizio Viscidi

Luigi De Canio
Francesco Giorgini

July 1998 – June 99
Giovanni Galeone July 1999 – Nov 2000
Name Nationality Years
Tarcisio Burgnich
Giovanni Galeone
Delio Rossi

Ivo Iaconi July 2001 – May 2004
Cetteo Di Mascio 2004
Giovanni Simonelli 2004 – June 2005
Maurizio Sarri July 2005 – July 2006
Davide Ballardini
Aldo Ammazzalorso
Luigi De Rosa
Vincenzo Vivarini

July 2006 – June 2007
Franco Lerda July 2007 – June 2008
Giuseppe Galderisi July 2008 – March 2009
Antonello Cuccureddu 2009–10
Eusebio Di Francesco Jan 2010 – June 2011
Zdeněk Zeman June 2011 – June 2012
Giovanni Stroppa June–November 2012
Cristiano Bergodi November 2012 – March 2013
Cristian Bucchi March–June 2013
Pasquale Marino June 2013 – February 2014
Serse Cosmi February 2014 – July 2014
Marco Baroni August 2014 – May 2015
Massimo Oddo May 2015 – February 2017
Luciano Zauri (caretaker) February 2017
Zdeněk Zeman February 2017 – March 2018
Massimo Epifani March  – April 2018
Giuseppe Pillon April 2018 – May 2019
Luciano Zauri June 2019 – January 2020
Nicola Legrottaglie January 2020 – July 2020
Andrea Sottil July 2020 – August 2020
Massimo Oddo August 2020 



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