A.C. Perugia Calcio

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Perugia
Ac Perugia logo.svg
Full nameAssociazione Calcistica Perugia Calcio S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Grifoni (The Griffins)
Founded1905; 116 years ago (1905)
1940 (re-founded)
2005 (re-founded)
GroundStadio Renato Curi,
Perugia, Italy
Capacity28,000
ChairmanMassimiliano Santopadre
Head coachFabio Caserta
LeagueSerie C Group B
2019–20Serie B, 16th of 20 (relegated via play-offs)
WebsiteClub website
Current season
The progress of Perugia in the Italian football league structure since the first season of a unified Serie A (1929/30).

Associazione Calcistica Perugia Calcio,[1] previously A.C. Perugia, Perugia Calcio, and commonly referred to as simply Perugia, is a football club based in Perugia, Umbria, Italy. Founded in 1905, and refounded in 2005 and 2010 due to financial troubles, Perugia has won the 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup, and has finished as runners-up in the 1978–79 Serie A season, in which they finished unbeaten. The team currently plays in Serie C Group B.

History[edit]

A.C. Perugia[edit]

A.C. Perugia were founded on 9 June 1905, after the merger of U.S. Fortebraccio and Libertas.

1933–34 Perugia

Promotion to Serie B in 1966 would mark the beginning of one of the club's most successful periods. Perugia spent the next eight years in Serie B before promotion to Serie A for the first time in 1975.

In the club's first Serie A season, Perugia finished eighth with 31 points - just short of a European place. Star players in the side included defender Pierluigi Frosio and midfielders Renato Curi and Franco Vannini. The side remained in the top half of the table for the rest of the decade, finishing runners-up in 1979 with 11 wins and 19 draws, resulting in the only unbeaten side not to win a title. However, tragedy and scandal marred this period. In 1977, Curi died of a heart attack during a league match with Juventus, while Vannini's career was ended by injury in 1979. The Totonero scandal in 1980 led to a 5-point penalty and relegation in 1981. Ilario Castagner was coach during this period.

The club spent the first half of the 1980s trying to get back to Serie A, nearly succeeding in 1984–85. Another scandal in 1986 forced Perugia down to Serie C2. It was during this time that Fabrizio Ravanelli would be discovered, he would later go on to a career with Reggiana, Juventus, Middlesbrough and several other clubs before returning to Perugia.

The controversial and eccentric Luciano Gaucci took control of the club. The side returned to Serie B in 1994 and under the guidance of Giovanni Galeone reached Serie A in 1996. Perugia started well before Gaucci's decision to replace Galeone with Nevio Scala. The side's form subsequently declined before a late rally gave them a chance of survival- a 2–1 defeat at Piacenza in the final round sealed their fate. With Castagner back in charge, Perugia won a play-off with Torino to secure a return to the top flight.

1974–75 Perugia

The next six seasons saw Perugia hold their own in Serie A with foreign imports including the Japanese international Hidetoshi Nakata in 1998.[2] The team came under scrutiny when Gaucci criticised and eventually terminated the contract of his own player, Ahn Jung-Hwan of South Korea, for scoring the golden goal that knocked Italy out of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and allegedly insulting the Italian nation. Ahn's national manager Guus Hiddink spoke out against the sacking.[3] Following the outcry, Ahn's sacking was reversed, but by then the player himself expressed no desire to return to the club anymore.

In the summer of 2003, Perugia signed English striker Jay Bothroyd, and Al-Saadi Gaddafi (the son of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi).[4] Soon after, the club were one of three winners of the 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup after beating VfL Wolfsburg of Germany 3–0 on aggregate. This qualified the team to the 2003–04 UEFA Cup, in which they were eliminated in the third round by PSV Eindhoven.[5]

Perugia Calcio[edit]

The new chairman Vincenzo Silvestrini had re-established the club in 2005 as Perugia Calcio.

After a takeover, in 2009 Perugia Calcio property passed to Perugian entrepreneur and former Pisa owner and chairman Leonardo Covarelli. On 21 May 2010 the Court of Perugia declared the bankruptcy of Perugia Calcio srl.[6] Nobody decided to take over the society at the subsequent auction[7] and on 30 June 2010 the club was unable to join the Italian third level championship 2010–2011. The Italian Football Federation decided on 8 July 2010 to revoke the affiliation of the bankrupt Perugia Calcio Srl.[8]

From A.S.D. Perugia Calcio to A.C. Perugia Calcio[edit]

During the summer break 2010, this new club with the same denomination and inheriting the old side history, was entered into the Serie D Girone E.

On 10 April 2011, Perugia became the first team of the season to get promoted from Serie D to the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione 2011–12, after a 3–2 home victory against Castel Rigone.[9] They eventually won the Girone E. The club also won the 2010–11 Coppa Italia Serie D, beating Turris 1–0 in the final.[10]

In summer 2011 the club was renamed Associazione Calcistica Perugia Calcio, thus becoming a professional company, to play in the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione/B obtaining immediate promotion to Lega Pro Prima Divisione. On May 4, 2014, beating Frosinone 1–0, A.C. Perugia won the 2013–14 Lega Pro Prima Divisione championship and gained promotion to Serie B after a 9-year absence from Italy's second highest football division.

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2021[11]

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 Italy ITA Andrea Fulignati (on loan from Ascoli)
2 DF Italy ITA Aleandro Rosi (Captain)
3 DF Italy ITA Alessandro Favalli
4 DF Italy ITA Filippo Sgarbi
5 DF Italy ITA Gabriele Angella
6 DF Italy ITA Salvatore Monaco
7 FW Italy ITA Salvatore Elia (on loan from Atalanta)
8 MF Italy ITA Salvatore Burrai
9 FW Italy ITA Federico Melchiorri (Vice-captain)
10 MF Italy ITA Giovanni Di Noia (on loan from Chievo)
11 FW Italy ITA Jacopo Murano
13 MF Greece GRE Dimitris Sounas
14 DF Italy ITA Carlo Crialese (on loan from Pro Vercelli)
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF Guinea GUI Amara Konate
16 MF Italy ITA Alberto Lunghi
17 DF Italy ITA Marco Moscati
18 MF Italy ITA Mattia Minesso (on loan from Pisa)
19 MF France FRA Valentin Vanbaleghem
20 FW Italy ITA Andrea Bianchimano
23 MF Italy ITA Marcello Falzerano
24 DF Italy ITA Stefano Negro (on loan from Monza)
25 GK Italy ITA Stefano Minelli
27 DF Italy ITA Tommaso Cancellotti
28 MF Ivory Coast CIV Christian Kouan
32 FW Italy ITA Michele Vano (on loan from Hellas Verona)

Out on loan[edit]

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 Italy ITA Nicola Leali (at Ascoli)
DF Italy ITA Gianluca Di Chiara (at Reggina)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Belgium BEL Mardochee Nzita (at Pescara, obligation to buy)
DF Italy ITA Alessandro Tozzuolo (at Montevarchi)

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Italy Massimo Oddo
Assistant Coach Italy Marcello Donatelli
Assistant Coach Italy Stefano Fiore
Goalkeeper Coach Italy Gianfranco Gagliardi
Fitness Coach Italy Andrea Arpili
Fitness Coach Italy Luca D'Angeli
Physiotherapist Italy Matteo Moroni
Chief Doctor Italy Giuliano Cerulli
Club Doctor Italy Michele Bisogni

Notable former players[edit]

See also Category:A.C. Perugia Calcio players

Honours[edit]

Serie A:

UEFA Intertoto Cup:

Supercoppa di Lega di Seconda Divisione:

  • Winner: 2012

Supercoppa di Lega di Prima Divisione:

  • Winner: 2014

Coppa Italia Serie D:

  • Winner: 2010–11

Serie B:

  • Winner: 1974–75

Lega Pro Prima Divisione:

  • Winner: 1932–33, 1945–46, 1966–67, 1993–94, 2013–14

Lega Pro Seconda Divisione:

  • Winner: 1987–88, 2011–12

Serie D:

  • Winner: 1929–30 (as Terza Divisione), 2010–11

In Europe[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate Reference
1979–80 First Round Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb 1–0 0–0 1–0 [12]
Second Round Greece Aris 0–3 1–1 1–4
2003–04 First Round Scotland Dundee 1–0 2–1 3–1 [13]
Second Round Greece Aris 2–0 1–1 3–1
Third Round Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0–0 1–3 1–3

UEFA Intertoto Cup[edit]

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate Reference
1999 Second Round North Macedonia Pobeda 1–0 0–0 1–0 [14]
Third Round Turkey Trabzonspor 0–3 (f) 2–1 2–4
2000 Second Round Belgium Standard Liège 1–2 1–1 2–3 [15]
2002 Third Round Germany Stuttgart 2–1 1–3 3–4 [16]
2003 Third Round Finland Allianssi 2–0 2–0 4–0 [17]
Semi-final France Nantes 0–0 1–0 1–0
Final Germany Wolfsburg 1–0 2–0 3–0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 2011-11-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.iht.com/articles/1998/11/30/nakata.t.php IHT, 30 November 1998
  3. ^ "Hiddink condemns 'childish' Perugia". 20 June 2002. Retrieved 25 August 2016 – via bbc.co.uk.
  4. ^ "Bothroyd signs for Perugia". BBC. 11 July 2003. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  5. ^ "UEFA Intertoto Cup 2003". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  6. ^ Erika Pontini (21 May 2010). "I giudici: buco da 100 milioni. Falliti Perugia e Mas" (in Italian). La Nazione. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  7. ^ "CALCIO: ASTA DESERTA PER RILEVARE PERUGIA DOPO FALLIMENTO" [Football: Perugia auction deserted after Bankruptcy] (in Italian). SPR / La Repubblica. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  8. ^ "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE N. 7/A" (PDF) (in Italian). FIGC (Italia football federation). 8 July 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Perugia promosso in Lega Pro, la Turris matematicamente ai playoff!". Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Serie D, il Perugia vince la Coppa Italia". Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Prima Squadra" (in Italian). A.C. Perugia Calcio. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  12. ^ "European Competitions 1979-80". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  13. ^ "European Competitions 2003–04". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  14. ^ "UEFA Intertoto Cup 1999". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  15. ^ "UEFA Intertoto Cup 2000". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  16. ^ "UEFA Intertoto Cup 2002". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  17. ^ "UEFA Intertoto Cup 2003". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 August 2017.

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Coordinates: 43°6′22″N 12°21′26″E / 43.10611°N 12.35722°E / 43.10611; 12.35722