A.S.D. Football Club Matese

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F.C. Matese
Full nameAssociazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Football Club Matese
Nickname(s)I Verdeoro (The Green-and-golds)
I Lupi Matesini (The Matesine Wolves)
Founded6 June 2020; 2 years ago (6 June 2020)
GroundStadio Pasqualino Ferrante
Capacity4,000[1]
PresidentLuigi Rega
ManagerCorrado Urbano
LeagueSerie D Group F
2021–22Serie D Group F, 9th of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Football Club Matese, commonly referred to as F.C. Matese (Italian pronunciation: [maˈteːze]) (also stylised as FC Matese), is a football club based in Sepicciano, a frazione of Piedimonte Matese, in Campania, Southern Italy. The club currently competes in Serie D, the fourth tier of the Italian football league system.[2][3]

History[edit]

A History of Sport in Piedimonte Matese (Piedimonte d'Alife)[edit]

Sport in the modern era in Piedimonte Matese (known until 1970 as Piedimonte d'Alife) traces its roots back to Pro Piedimonte, a multi-sports club founded in 1928. In addition to football, other sports such as; running and tug of war; were also practised. The club's first President (chairman) was Erminio Tedesco. Pro Piedimonte was in existence for at least 40 years.[4]

Founding of A.S.D. Football Club Matese[edit]

F.C. Matese was founded on the morning of 6 June 2020 from the merger of Eccellenza clubs A.S.D. Comprensorio Vairano (from Vairano Patenora) and A.S.D. Tre Pini Matese (from Piedimonte Matese). Despite being from Campania, both clubs played in the Molise divisions.[5][6] The club's name, Football Club Matese, is often shortened to F.C. Matese; alternatively written as FC Matese. The new team was admitted to Serie D for the 2020–21 season, retaining the "Matese" part of its club name, with no mention of Comprensorio Vairano. Stadio Pasqualino Ferrante, formerly home to both Tre Pini Matese and fellow club F.W.P. Matese, was chosen as F.C. Matese's home venue.

Serie D[edit]

Inaugural campaign: 2020–21 season[edit]

F.C. Matese's first-ever league fixture saw them face Olympia Agnonese away from home on 27 September 2020. The visitors got off to a flying start when Portuguese forward Leonardo Abreu scored to break the deadlock after six minutes. Corrado Urbano's side commanded a three-goal lead before the half-hour mark, scoring twice in the space of two minutes, with a goal from Italian forward Antonio Negro, before Leo Abreu volleyed home his second to make it 0–3 at half-time. Italian midfielder; Manél Minicucci netted F.C. Matese's fourth after 78 minutes to claim the club's first-ever win in Serie D.[7] Following the club's comprehensive 0–4 away victory over Olympia Agnonese, F.C. Matese would lose their next two matches against Atletico Terme Fiuggi (2–3); and Montegiorgio Calcio (2–0), respectively. After a two-game losing streak, the club managed a 0–0 draw with Aprilia. Corrado Urbano's side then suffered a succession of defeats, losing 4–0 away to Città di Campobasso, 1–3 at home to Castelfidardo, 1–2 at home versus Castelnuovo Vomano, and 3–1 away to Cynthialbalonga. F.C. Matese returned to winning ways, with a first home victory and only their second of the season, coming in a 3–0 win over Vastese at Stadio Pasqualino Ferrante, thus bringing an end to their four-game losing streak. However, the team's winning run lasted just one match, as F.C. Matese fell to a 3–1 away defeat against Notaresco. After their first ten matches, F.C. Matese had recorded a mere two wins, one draw and six defeats, giving them just 7 points, leaving them sitting in the bottom half of the table. However, a change in fortunes; saw the club approach the midway point of the season in a steady position with 18 points, following three successive wins, two draws and one defeat taking their tally to five wins, three draws and eight losses for the season. F.C. Matese built upon their mid-season form, managing a 0–0 home draw against Rieti, a second win over Olympia Agnonese, and its first victory against Atletico Terme Fiuggi.

Promotion play-offs[edit]

In its inaugural season (2020–21), under the management of Corrado Urbano, F.C. Matese recorded a fifth-place finish in the league, amassing 56 points after 34 games, leaving them tied on points with two other teams; third-placed Pineto and fourth-placed Cynthialbalonga. It meant that F.C. Matese had qualified for the Serie D promotion play-offs. However, as all three sides had finished on the same number of points, the play-off matches were decided on "Head-to-head", with Pineto scoring 6, Cynthialbalonga 5, and Matese 4. Consequently, F.C. Matese were drawn, against second-placed team Notaresco, with the match being played on 23 June 2021 at Notaresco's Stadio Comunale Vincenzo Savini.[8] After trailing 1–0 at half-time, courtesy of a goal from Notaresco midfielder Mattia Frulla in the 21st-minute, the Matesini; were reduced to ten men, after defender Luigi Setola's sending off for a second yellow card with just under 20 minutes left to play of normal-time.[9] F.C. Matese lost the semi-final 1–0, sending Notaresco; through to the play-off final against eventual winners Pineto.[10]

2021–22 season[edit]

It was announced that F.C. Matese would participate in the 2021–22 edition of the Coppa Italia Serie D.[11]

Colours and crest[edit]

F.C. Matese's colours are green & gold to symbolise both the Matese mountains and the agricultural fields.[12] The club's circular badge features a gold band as its outermost layer, a second thinner white layer and a third, green layer resembling a ringed doughnut, which encases a white circle that depicts a wolf howling at a full moon, atop a summit and an elevated football. There is also two gold (sometimes white) stars and the Latin inscription "Duc in Altum", which translates to "Put Out Into The Deep",[13] and MCMXXXV (the year 1935), in Roman numerals.[14]

Sponsorship and kit manufacturers[edit]

Their kit is; produced by Italian sportswear supplier Givova. Their shirt sponsor is Ponte Reale, an Italian company that manufactures Buffalo mozzarella cheese.[15]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2020– Givova Ponte Reale

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 6 May 2022[16][17][18]

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 Marco Del Giudice
GK Italy ITA Vincenzo Di Libero
GK Italy ITA Samuel Martino (on loan from Lamezia)
GK Italy ITA Danilo Perretta

DF Italy ITA Pellegrino Albanese (captain)
DF Italy ITA Alessandro Andreassi
DF Italy ITA Andrea Congiu
DF Italy ITA Alessandro Crispino (on loan from Cesena U19)
DF Italy ITA Antonio Riccio
DF Italy ITA Luigi Setola
DF Poland POL Gracjan Szyszka (on loan from Cosenza U19)
DF Italy ITA Mario Vessella

MF Italy ITA Gennaro Boiano
MF Italy ITA Enrico Cappello
MF Italy ITA Lorenzo Castaldo
MF Italy ITA Gabriele Esposito
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Italy ITA Giuseppe De Lucia
MF Italy ITA Raffaele Fabiano
MF Italy ITA Loris Iannetta (on loan from Sesto Campano)[19]
MF Italy ITA Alessio Langellotti
MF Italy ITA Vincenzo Masi
MF Italy ITA Vincenzo Ricamato
MF Italy ITA Luca Ricciardi
MF Italy ITA Pietro Tribelli (on loan from Cassino)[20]

FW Argentina ARG Luis Maria Alfageme
FW Morocco MAR Hafiane Ayoub
FW Italy ITA Luigi Calemme
FW Italy ITA Giovanni Caruso
FW Argentina ARG Luis Fabián Galesio (vice-captain)
FW Italy ITA Raffaele Megaro
FW Italy ITA Daniele Napoletano
FW Italy ITA Nicola Del Vecchio

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
DF Albania ALB Qamil Mema (at Aurora Alto Casertano)
No. Pos. Nation Player

Former players[edit]

  • Portugal Léo Abreu
  • Ghana Jonathan Adusa
  • Italy Francesco Apredda
  • Italy Lorenzo Ballerini
  • Italy Antonio Barbato
  • Italy Mario Barone
  • Italy Stefano Bruno
  • Italy Raffaele Buonocore
  • Italy Domenico Cantelmo
  • Italy Giancarlo Di Cillo
  • Italy Nicola Ciotola
  • Italy Stefano Costantino
  • Italy Piergiorgio Delicato
  • Italy Mario Esposito
  • Italy Roberto Felici
  • Brazil Jardel
  • Slovakia Aleksander Kuzmanović
  • Italy Francesco Leonetti
  • Italy Pasquale Di Lullo
  • Italy Paolo Masotta
  • Italy Manél Minicucci
  • Italy Damiano Modesto
  • Italy Christian Mulè
  • Italy Antonio Negro
  • Italy Badr El Ouazni
  • Italy Mattia Palombo
  • Italy Francesco Palumbo
  • Italy Walter Ricci
  • Italy Paolo Riggio
  • Italy Liberato Russo
  • Italy Gabriele Scacco
  • Italy Danilo Schettini
  • Italy Luca Del Signore
  • Italy Vincenzo Tommasone
  • Italy Pompeo Tretola
  • Italy Nicola Vecchio
  • Slovenia Kristjan Vodopivec

Player records[edit]

Most goals Luis Fabián Galesio – 26 : 2020–21, 2021–22

Most goals in one season Luis Fabián Galesio – : 15 : 2020–21

Management and staff[edit]