U.S. Salernitana 1919

Unione Sportiva Salernitana 1919, commonly referred to as Salernitana, is an Italian football club based in Salerno, Campania. Salernitana returned to Serie A in 2021, after a break of 23 seasons, having finished second in Serie B. Previously, in 2015, I Granata were promoted to Serie B, having finished first in Lega Pro Prima Divisione – Girone C. The club is the legitimate heir of the former Salernitana Calcio 1919[3] and there is a sports continuity also with the former Salerno Calcio[4] in the 2011–12 season[1][5] which restarted from Serie D[6] rather than from Terza Categoria due to Article 52 NOIF of FIGC.[7]

Full nameUnione Sportiva Salernitana 1919 S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Granata (The Garnets)
Founded1919; 102 years ago (1919)
GroundStadio Arechi[1]
ChairmanAndrea Radrizzani
ManagerFabrizio Castori
LeagueSerie A
2020–21Serie B, 2nd of 20 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club – named Salerno Calcio – was promoted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione as it re-obtained the original name of U.S. Salernitana 1919.[3] It was promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione the following season.


From Unione Sportiva Salernitana to Salernitana Calcio 1919

The Salerno-based club was originally founded in 1919 as the Unione Sportiva Salernitana. The club was known as Società Sportiva Salernitanaudax for a time during the 1920s following a merger with Audax Salerno. In 1978, the club was renamed Salernitana Sport. The club has spent the majority of their history at the Serie B and Serie C levels of Italian football.

Salernitana play their home matches at Stadio Arechi. In their early years, Salernitana competed in the regional Italian Football Championship. They played at this level for four seasons during the 1920s. Since that time the club returned to the top level of Italian football twice; they played in Serie A during 1947–48 and 1998–99.

In 2005 the club went bankrupt but were refounded by Antonio Lombardi, changing the name from Salernitana Sport to Salernitana Calcio 1919.

In summer 2011, it did not appeal against the exclusion by Commissione di Vigilanza sulle Società di Calcio Professionistiche (Co.Vi.So.C) and it is excluded by the Italian football.[citation needed]

Club refoundation: from Serie D to the top flight

Salernitana-Cosenza 2014–15

On 21 July 2011, following the exclusion of the original Salernitana club, Salerno mayor Vincenzo De Luca, in compliance with Article 52 of N.O.I.F., assigned the new title to Marco Mezzaroma, brother-in-law of Lazio owner and chairman Claudio Lotito. The new club was admitted to Serie D under the denomination of Salerno Calcio.[1][8][9]

In the 2011–12 season, Salernitana was immediately promoted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione after winning Group G of Serie D.

On 12 July 2012 the club was renamed US Salernitana 1919.[3] In the 2012–13 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season, Salernitana finished first in Girone B, and was promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione. This was the second consecutive promotion for the team. Finally Salernitana won Group C of Lega Pro and returned Serie B in 2014–15 season.

After several seasons at Serie B level, Salernitana won promotion to Serie A at the end of the 2020–21 Serie B season under the tenure of head coach Fabrizio Castori. Salernitana's promotion in Serie A will however require Lotito and Mezzaroma to sell the club, due to Italian football laws not allowing two clubs from the same owner to play in the same league.[10]

Colours, badge and nicknames

Salernitana's original kit.

Salernitana originally wore light blue and white striped shirts, known in Italy as biancocelesti.[11] The blue on the shirt was chosen to represent the sea, Salerno the city lies right next to the Gulf of Salerno and has a long tradition as a port city. In the 1940s, the club changed to garnet coloured shirts, which has gained them the nickname granata in their homeland.

During the 2011–12 season their kit colours were striped blue and deep red, resembling F.C. Barcelona. The symbol of St. Matthew, patron saint of Salerno, was also a part of the redesigned kit.[12]

Since renaming the club US Salernitana 1919, however, their home colours have again been the traditional garnet.[3]

The 100th anniversary logo was announced on June 24, 2019 and appeared on their 2019–20 season kits.[13]


Winners (2): 1946–47 (Group C), 1997–98
Runners-up (1): 2020–21
Winners (4): 1937–38; 1965–66; 2007–08; 2014–15
Runners-up (2): 1989–90; 1993–94
Runners-up (1): 1980
Winners (1): 2013–14 against Monza Calcio[14]
Winner (1): 2012–13
Winners (1): 2012–13
Winner (1): 2011–12 (as Salerno Calcio)


Current squad

As of 2 August 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
6 DF  FRA Sanasi Sy
8 MF  ITA Andrea Schiavone
11 FW  BIH Milan Đurić
13 DF  ITA Ramzi Aya
14 MF  ITA Francesco Di Tacchio (captain)
16 MF  NED Reda Boultam
19 FW  NOR Julian Kristoffersen
23 DF  SVK Norbert Gyömbér
28 MF  ITA Leonardo Capezzi
33 DF  ALB Frédéric Veseli
72 GK  SVN Vid Belec
GK  ITA Antonio Russo
GK  ITA Guido Guerrieri
GK  ITA Jacopo De Matteis
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF  ITA Gioacchino Galeotafiore
DF  POL Paweł Jaroszyński (on loan from Genoa)
DF  ITA Matteo Ruggeri (on loan from Atalanta)
DF  NOR Stefan Strandberg
DF  CRO Luka Bogdan
DF  TUN Wajdi Kechrida
DF  ITA Nadir Zortea (on loan from Atalanta)
MF  ITA Michele Cavion
MF  SEN Mamadou Coulibaly (on loan from Udinese)
MF  NGA Joel Obi
MF  MLI Lassana Coulibaly
MF  ITA Gaetano Vitale
FW  ITA Sedrick Kalombo

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
GK  ITA Alessandro Micai (at Reggina until 30 June 2022)
DF  ITA Valerio Mantovani (at Alessandria until 30 June 2022)
DF  ITA Mirko Esposito (at Mantova until 30 June 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF  ITA Edoardo Iannoni (at Ancona-Matelica until 30 June 2022)
FW  ITA Giuseppe Fella (at Palermo until 30 June 2022)

Other players under contract

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  BRA Felipe Curcio
MF  ITA Luca Castiglia
MF  ITA Marco Firenze
FW  ITA Filippo D'Andrea
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW  ITA Iacopo Cernigoi
FW  ITA Antonino Musso
FW  ITA Francesco Orlando
FW  ITA Niccolò Giannetti

Former players

These former players have recorded starts for their respective national teams. For Italian national football team:

From other national football team:



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  11. "La Storia: 1910–1919" (in Italian). Salernitana.it. 24 June 2007. Archived from the original on 27 February 2008.
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Further reading

  • Giovanni Vitale (2010). Salernitana storia di gol sorrisi e affanni. International printing. ISBN 978-88-7868-094-4.