U.S. Catanzaro 1929

U.S. Catanzaro 1929[1] is an Italian football club based in Catanzaro, Calabria.

U.S. Catanzaro 1929
Full nameUnione Sportiva
Catanzaro 1929[1]
Nickname(s)Aquile del Sud (Southern Eagles)
Regina del Sud (Southern Queen)
Timore del Nord (Fear of the North)
Magico (Magic)
Giallorossi (The Red-Yellows)
2006 (re-founded)
GroundStadio Nicola Ceravolo,
Catanzaro, Italy
OwnerCatanzaro Calcio 2011 S.r.l.[2]
ChairmanFloriano Noto
ManagerAntonio Calabro
LeagueSerie C Group C
2020–21Serie C Group C, 2nd of 20

Founded in 1929, plays since that year.[3]

In the course of its history the society was refounded twice: in 2006 and again in 2011, both for financial reasons.

The official colors of the club are, since its foundation, yellow and red. Its symbol is the golden eagle, same as the city of Catanzaro. The team plays its home matches at the Stadio Nicola Ceravolo, built in 1919, the oldest sports facility in Calabria.

In the 2019–2020 season, Catanzaro was playing in Serie C, the third level of the Italian soccer championship

In its history, Catanzaro has played for seven seasons in Serie A, five of which were consecutive. The best performance in Serie A was a seventh place in 1981-82 and an eighth place obtained in 1980–81. From its foundation to date it as only won seven championship: 1 of the First Division, 2 of Serie C, 3 of Serie C1 and 1 of the IV Series. Also at national level, a title of the IV Series, among the cups, is a Cup of the Alps in 1960 together with Rome, Alessandria, Verona, Naples, Catania, Triestina, Palermo for the Italian Federation and, at youth level, a Dante Berretti Trophy of Serie C in 1991–1992.

In Coppa Italia it has a second place, in the season 1965–1966, and two semi-finals in 1978–1979 and 1981–1982.

On 30 May 2018 the company, which already used the historic logo since 2011, announced the return of the old name "Unione Sportiva Catanzaro", with the final addition of "1929".[4][5]


Foundation and refoundations

The club were founded in 1927 as Unione Sportiva Catanzarese, then changed their denomination to Unione Sportiva Fascista Catanzarese in 1929, in 1946 to Unione Sportiva Catanzaro, and in 2006 to Football Club Catanzaro. The team assumed the current title in 2011, following the cancellation of the previous club's registration because of financial troubles.[6]

From Serie A to the first bankruptcy

Catanzaro achieved promotion to Serie B in 1959, and reached the Coppa Italia final in 1966. In 1971, they defeated Bari in a play-off to win promotion to Serie A for the first time.

Catanzaro's inaugural Serie A season saw them struggle and succumb to relegation on the final day with only 3 wins and 15 draws for 21 points. However, their first-ever Serie A win came in Round 16 with a 1–0 win over Juventus. After narrowly missing out on a return to Serie A in 1975, they bounced back in 1976 but once again lasted just one year.

A third promotion in 1978 ushered in the club's golden era with a five-year stay in Serie A. With a team including Claudio Ranieri, Gianni Improta and the iconic Massimo Palanca, Catanzaro managed a highly credible 9th place in 1979. Though they finished 14th and would have been relegated for the following season, they won a reprieve thanks to forced relegations of AC Milan and Lazio. They managed 8th place in 1981 and 7th the following year before a dismal relegation in 1983. Much of the next four years was spent bouncing between Serie B and C1.

Catanzaro emerged as promotion contenders once more in 1988, with the ageless Palanca having returned to the club after a fruitless spell at Napoli. Finishing 5th, they succumbed to successive relegations in 1990 and 1991, staying in Serie C2 until 2003.

In 2005, after two consecutive promotions, Catanzaro returned to Serie B after a 15-year absence. However, after a poor season they ended their Serie B campaign in last place, meaning relegation to Serie C1. Catanzaro would immediately get another chance, the team being reinstated to Serie B due to vacancies related to the exclusion of other teams from Serie B. In its 2005/2006 Serie B campaign, Catanzaro came last again and was relegated to Serie C1; the relegation was followed by financial troubles which led to the federation cancelling the club's registration.

F.C. Catanzaro

In the summer 2006 the club was refounded with the new name of F.C. Catanzaro and registered to Serie C2 for the 2006–2007 season, with the hope to return to the upper divisions.

In season 2010–11, they were initially relegated from Lega Pro Seconda Divisione group C to Serie D,[7] but due to the relegation of Pomezia to last place, the club was saved from relegation.[8]

On 18 July 2011 it is excluded by the Federal Council from Lega Pro Seconda Divisione,[9] but on 27 July 2011 it wins appeal to Tnas and then can play in 2011–12 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.[10]

U.S. Catanzaro 1929

On 30 June 2011 the company Catanzaro Calcio 2011 acquired permanently the company branch of the bankrupt F.C. Catanzaro.[11][12]

Since 6 August 2011, the company switched to the current denomination, after having purchased the historical brand and logo of U.S. Catanzaro.[1]

In the 2011–12 season, Catanzaro obtained a respectable second place in the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione and was promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione after playoffs. The following two seasons saw Catanzaro ending in tenth and fourth place respectively, and also a participation in the promotion play-offs (then lost to Benevento) in the latter case.

Colors and badge


The team's colours, since foundatuon, are red and yellow, just as the whole city

The most used uniform in the eighty years of history of the Aquile is the solid red one, with the yellow V collar with red shorts and socks with yellow edges.

Those pairings have accompanied the Calabrians in the golden years of the Serie A and therefore are the most dear to the Catanzaro environment. Equally used was the vertical striped yellow and red shirt with red shorts and socks with yellow edges, especially in the post-failure years of 2006.

Most rarely Catanzaro has used a shirt with yellow and red horizontal stripes. However, this uniform was used by the Calabrians in the historic match in Turin, won against Juventus, in the Italian Cup 1965-66, which was to launch the Catanzaro in the final, then lost against the lilies of Florence.

As for the away shirt is, the most used is completely blue with references to the Giallorossi ,but also completely white or yellow seals were worn

Occasionally le Aquile, have also used a third uniform which, depending on the color of the home squad, could be either blue or white or yellow. Same for the fourth currency


The corporate coat of arms consists of a shield in which stands the historic symbol of Catanzaro, the Golden eagle, faithfully taken from the city's coat of arms, which holds a blue ribbon on its beak bearing the motto Sanguinis effusione, motivated by the losses reported in various battles by the Catanzaro fighters.

On the belly of the eagle takes place a shield that reproduces the three hills on which the city stands. A vertical line splits the emblem in two, so as to allow the insertion of the team's social colors, which is completed by the name of the company, placed at the top on a blue background.

Statistics and records

Divisional history

1Serie A71971–721982–837
2Serie B281933–342005–0528
3 Prima Divisione3 1930–311932–33 28
Serie C161935–362019–20
Serie C141984–852003–04
Lega Pro Prima Divisione22012–132013–14
Lega Pro32014–152016–17
4 IV Serie11952–5319
Serie C2141991–922007–08
Lega Pro Seconda Divisione42008–092011–12

Presidential history

Below is a presidential history list of Catanzaro, from when they were founded in 1927, until the present day.[13]

Name Years
Antonio Susanna 1927–1928
Enrico Talamo 1928–1937
Arnaldo Pugliese 1937–1944
Italo Paparazzo 1944–1945
Umberto Riccio 1945–1946
Giuseppe Zamboni Pesci 1946–1948
Gino Guarnieri 1948–1950
Aldo Ferrara 1950–1958
Nicola Ceravolo 1958–1979
Adriano Merlo 1979–1984
Giuseppe Albano 1984–1995
Giuseppe Soluri 1995–1999
Name Years
Giovanni Mancuso 1999–2003
Domenico Cavallaro 2003
Claudio Parente 2003–2006
Bernardo Colao 2006
Domenico Cavallaro 2006
Giancarlo Pittelli 2006–2008
Pasquale Bove 2008–2009
Antonio Aiello 2009–2010
Maurizio Ferrara 2010–2011
Giuseppe Santaguida 2011
Giuseppe Cosentino 2011–2017
Floriano Noto 2017-

Managerial history

Name Nationality Years
Dino Baroni 1928–1931
Géza Kertész 1931–1933
Heinrich Schoenfeld (R1–11)
* Yuri Koszegi (R12–26)

Yuri Koszegi 1934–1936
Remo Migliorini (R1–?)
* Heinrich Schoenfeld (R?–30)

Walter Colombati 1937–1938
Riccardo Mottola 1938–1939
Pietro Piselli 1946–1947
Gastone Boni
* Euro Riparbelli
Luciano Robotti
* Euro Riparbelli & Pasquali Ripepe
Euro Riparbelli 1949–1952
Orlando Tognotti 1952–1956
Renato Bottacini (R1–16)
* Vitoro Maschi & Pasquali Ripepe (R17–34)
Piero Pasinati 1957–1960
Piero Pasinati (R1–16, 18)
* Enzo Dolfin (R17, 19–38)
Bruno Arcari (R1–29)
* Enzo Dolfin (R30–38)
Enzo Dolfin 1962–1963
Leandro Remondini 1963–1965
Dino Ballacci 1965–1966
Carmelo Di Bella 1966–1967
Luciano Lupi 1967–1968
Luciano Lupi (R1–22)
* Umberto Sacco (R23–38)
Dino Ballacci 1969–1970
Gianni Seghedoni 1970–1972
Renato Lucchi (R1–25)
* Saverio Leotta (R25–38)
Gianni Seghedoni (R1–15)
* Carmelo Di Bella (R15–38)
Gianni Di Marzio 1974–1977
Giorgio Sereni 1977–1978
Carlo Mazzone 1978–1979
Carlo Mazzone (R1–25)
* Saverio Leotta (R25–30)
Tarcisio Burgnich 1980–1981
Bruno Pace 1981–1982
Bruno Pace (R1–15)
* Saverio Leotta (R16–30)
Mario Corso (R1–9)
* Antonio Renna (R10–38)
Giovan Battista Fabbri 1984–1985
Pietro Santin (R1–20)
* Todor Veselinović (R21–38)

Claudio Tobia 1986–1987
Vincenzo Guerini 1987–1988
Tarcisio Burgnich (R1–7)
* Gianni Di Marzio (R8–38)
Fausto Silipo (R1–14, 21–38)
* Renzo Aldi & Giovan Battista Fabbri (R15–20)
Claudio Sala (R1–6, 16–24)
* Francesco Brignani (R7–15)
* Gennaro Rambone (R25–34)
Name Nationality Years
Gennaro Rambone (R1–20)
* Franco Selvaggi (R21–38)
Franco Selvaggi (R1–6)
* Adriano Banelli (R7–18, 26–34)
* Paolo Dal Fiume (R19–25)
Gianni Improta 1993–1994
Gianni Improta (R1–3)
* Enrico Nicolini (R4–26, 29–34)
* Saverio Leotta (R27–28)
Mauro Zampollini (R1–5)
* Marcello Pasquino (R6–27)
* Adriano Banelli (R28–34)
Rino Lavezzini (R1–26, play-off)
* Giuseppe Sabadini (R27–34)
Francesco Paolo Specchia (R1–26)
* Guiseppe Vuolo (R27–34)
Juan Carlos Morrone 1998–1999
Salvatore Esposito (R1–8)
* Fortunato Torrisi (R9–27)
* Giuseppe Galluzzo (R26–34)
Agatino Cuttone 2000–2001
Leonardo Bitetto (R1–21)
* Massimo Morgia (R22–34)
Franco Dellisanti 2002–2003
Piero Braglia 2003–2004
Piero Braglia (R1–5)
* Luigi Cagni (R6–25)
* Bruno Bolchi (R26–42)
Sergio Buso (R1–13)
* Vincenzo Guerini (R14–24)
* Bruno Giordano (R25–37)
* Franco Cittadino (R37–42)
Manuele Domenicali 2006–2007
Fausto Silipo (R1–5)
* Franco Cittadino (R6–21)
* Agatino Cuttone (R22–34)
Nicola Provenza 2008–2009
Gaetano Auteri 2009–2010
Zé Maria (R1–9)
* Antonio Aloi (R10–30)

Francesco Cozza 2011–2012
Francesco Cozza (R1–27)
* Fulvio D'Adderio (R28–30)
Oscar Brevi 2013–2014
Francesco Moriero (R1–12)
* Massimo D’Urso (R13, 38)
* Stefano Sanderra (R14–37)
Massimo D’Urso (R1–8)
* Alessandro Erra (R9–34)
Giulio Spader (R1)
* Mario Somma (R2–9)
* Nunzio Zavettieri (R10–25)
* Alessandro Erra (R26–play out)
Alessandro Erra (R1–8)
* Davide Dionigi (R9–28)
* Giuseppe Pancaro (R29–38)
Gaetano Auteri 2018–2019
Gaetano Auteri (R1–10, 23–30)
* Gianluca Grassadonia (R11–22)
Antonio Calabro August 2020

* Denotes took over as manager during the season


Current squad

As of 15 July 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
1 GK  ITA Rocco Mittica
2 FW  ITA Salvatore Cusumano
4 MF  ITA Francesco Corapi
5 DF  ITA Luca Martinelli
7 FW  ITA Davis Curiale
8 MF  ITA Luca Verna
10 MF  ITA Samuele Parlati
12 GK  ITA Serafino Iannì
13 DF  ITA Pasquale Fazio
15 FW  ITA Salvatore Molinaro
21 MF  ITA Andrea Risolo
22 GK  ITA Paolo Branduani
23 MF  ITA Luca Baldassin
24 MF  ITA Alberto Cristiano
No. Pos. Nation Player
27 FW  ITA Giacomo Casoli
29 MF  ITA Massimiliano Carlini
31 DF  ITA Paolo Brugnano
33 GK  ITA Raffaele Di Gennaro
34 MF  ITA Antonio Porcino
DF  ITA Simone De Santis
DF  ITA Riccardo Gatti
DF  ITA Cristian Riggio
DF  ITA Alberto Tentardini
MF  FRA Brian Bayeye
MF  ITA Francesco Bombagi
MF  GHA Nana Welbeck
FW  ITA Matteo Di Piazza
FW  ITA Doudou Mangni



Runners-Up (2): 1975–76, 1977–78
Runners-Up (1): 2004
Winners (1): 1952–53
Finalists (1): 1965–66
Semi-finalists (2): 1978–79, 1981–82


Winners (6):
1 as Prima Divisione in 1932–33 (Group I)
2 as Serie C in 1935–36 (Group D), 1958–59 (Group B)
3 as Serie C1 in 1984–85 (Group B), 1986–87 (Group B), 2003–04 (Group B)
Winners (1): 1952–53 (Group H)


Winners (1): 1960


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