Virtus Entella


Virtus Entella, commonly referred to as Entella, is a professional football club based in Chiavari, Liguria, Italy. They currently play in Serie B.

Virtus Entella
Full nameVirtus Entella S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Biancocelesti (The White and Sky Blues)
I Diavoli Neri (The Black Devils)
Founded1914; 107 years ago (1914),[1] as F.B.C. Entella
2002; 19 years ago (2002) refounded as Unione Sportiva Valle Sturla Entella
GroundStadio Comunale,
Chiavari, Italy
Capacity5,535
ChairmanAntonio Gozzi
ManagerGennaro Volpe
LeagueSerie B
2019–20Serie B, 13th of 20
WebsiteClub website

History


1914: Foundation

The club was founded in 1914 as Foot-Ball Club Entella. It took its name from the river Entella, flowing between Chiavari and Lavagna.[2]

2001: Bankruptcy

Foot-Ball Club Entella went bankrupt in 2001.

2002: Refoundation

It was refounded in 2002 as Unione Sportiva Valle Sturla Entella. In the summer of 2010 it was renamed Virtus Entella, after it had been admitted in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione. In summer 2012, Virtus Entella was promoted, for the first time, to Lega Pro Prima Divisione by repechange to fill the vacancies created.[3] They completed the 2012–13 season in style, taking part to the promotion playoff, where they were defeated by Lecce in the semi-finals.

In the 2013–14 season, Virtus Entella took part to the Girone A of the Italian third tier, and topped the league for most of the season. On 4 May 2014, a 2–1 away win at Cremonese in the final day of the season ensured Virtus Entella the league championship title and a spot in the 2014–15 Serie B, in what will be the club's first appearance ever in the Italian second tier.

2014: Serie B Period

The team was promoted in Serie B for the first time in history in 2014. In the 2014–15 season they got relegated once again, in the relegation playoffs as they lost to Modena. But after the relegation of Calcio Catania to Lega Pro for sporting fraud it was readmitted to Serie B. Virtus Entella finished 19th at the conclusion of the 2017–18 season and lost a relegation playoff to Ascoli by virtue of being the lower ranked team after the two-legged tie finished 0–0 on aggregate.

2018: Return to Serie C

The team returned to the Italian third tier, now named Serie C for the 2018-19 season. During the season, they also achieved a surprise qualification to the round of 16 of the 2018–19 Coppa Italia, defeating Genoa on penalties during the process. That season they won the Serie C and thus earned promotion to the Serie B.

Current squad


As of 30 January, 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 Andrea Paroni
2 DF  AUS Gabriel Cléùr
3 DF  ITA Filippo Costa (on loan from Napoli)
4 MF  ROU Vlad Dragomir
5 DF  ITA Marco Chiosa
6 DF  ITA Federico Bonini
7 FW  ITA Giuseppe De Luca
9 FW  ESP Alejandro Rodríguez (on loan from Chievo)
10 MF  ITA Luca Nizzetto (Captain)
11 FW  ITA Alessandro Capello
13 DF  ITA Fabrizio Poli
14 MF  ITA Cassio Cardoselli
15 DF  ITA Michele Pellizzer
16 MF  ITA Andrea Marcucci (on loan from Reggina)
17 DF  ITA Filippo De Col
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF  ITA Davide Mazzocco (on loan from SPAL)
19 FW  ITA Matteo Brunori (on loan from Juventus)
20 FW  ITA Matteo Mancosu
21 DF  ITA Mauro Coppolaro
23 MF  ITA Andrea Paolucci
24 GK  ITA Daniele Borra
25 MF  ITA Marco Toscano
27 MF  ITA Andrea Settembrini
33 MF  ITA Marco Brescianini (on loan from Milan)
38 FW  ITA Leonardo Morosini
68 GK  ITA Alessandro Russo (on loan from Sassuolo)
80 MF  GRE Ilias Koutsoupias
95 DF  AUT Markus Pavić
97 GK  ITA Mirko Albertazzi
99 MF  ITA Andrea Schenetti

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 Ivan De Santis (on loan at Modena until 30 June 2021)
MF  ITA Manuel Cicconi (on loan at Como until 30 June 2021)
MF  ITA Leonardo Di Cosmo (on loan at Virtus Francavilla until 30 June 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW  ITA Andrea Magrassi (on loan at Pontedera until 30 June 2021)
FW  ITA Claudio Morra (on loan at Pordenone until 30 June 2021)
FW  CRO Tomi Petrović (on loan at Lucchese until 30 June 2021)

Notable former players


Presidents and managers


Antonio Gozzi has been the President of the Virtus Entella since 2007. He was arrested and released in March 2015.[4][5][6][7]

References