AZ Picerno

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Picerno
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Full namePolisportiva AZ Picerno s.r.l.[1]
Founded1973[2]
GroundStadio Donato Curcio, Picerno, Italy
Capacity2,000
ChairmanDonato Curcio
ManagerEmilio Longo
LeagueSerie C Group C
2021–22Serie C Group C, 10th of 19

AZ Picerno, or simply Picerno, is an Italian association football club, representing the town of Picerno, Province of Potenza, Basilicata. It is currently playing in Serie C.

History[edit]

Founded in 1973, AZ Picerno mostly languished as an amateur club in the minor league of the Italian football system throughout its history.

The club turned its fortunes thanks to Donato Curcio, a local native who emigrated to the United States in the 1950s who first donated 1 million Euro for a new football stadium (named after him) in Picerno, and then starting investing directly into the club in the later years.[3][4][5]

On 18 April 2019, Picerno mathematically ensured their first historical promotion to Serie C after a 0–0 draw with Taranto guaranteed them first place in the Round H of Serie D.[6]

Due to restrictions to the local football stadium "Comunale Donato Curcio", which is unsuitable for professional league games, Picerno played its home games in the 2019–20 Serie C season at the Stadio Alfredo Viviani in neighbouring Potenza.[7] The season ended with Picerno being immediately relegated back to Serie D.

After completing the 2020–21 Serie D season in second place, Picerno was readmitted to Serie C to fill a vacancy for the 2021–22 season.

Current squad[edit]

As of 22 September 2022[8].

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 Mirko Albertazzi
2 DF Italy ITA Mario Finizio
4 MF Italy ITA Antonio De Cristofaro
5 MF Italy ITA Francesco Pitarresi (captain)
6 DF Italy ITA Andrea Allegretto
7 FW Italy ITA Lorenzo Liurni
8 MF Italy ITA Rachid Kouda
9 FW Italy ITA Diego Albadoro
10 FW Italy ITA Massimo D'Angelo
11 FW Italy ITA Emmanuele Esposito
14 MF Italy ITA Francesco Dettori
16 FW Italy ITA Andrea Santarcangelo
17 FW Italy ITA Federico Gerardi
18 DF Spain ESP Rubén García
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW Brazil BRA Reginaldo
20 DF Italy ITA Gabriele Pagliai
21 DF Italy ITA Niccolò Monti
22 GK Italy ITA Gian Marco Crespi (on loan from Crotone)
23 MF Italy ITA Michele Orsi
24 FW Italy ITA Francesco Golfo
25 MF Italy ITA Walter Guerra
28 DF Italy ITA Ciro De Franco
29 FW Senegal SEN Abou Diop
30 MF Argentina ARG Rodrigo De Ciancio
35 DF Italy ITA Mattia Novella (on loan from Lazio)
42 DF Italy ITA Andrea Montesano
DF Italy ITA Manuel Ferrani
DF Italy ITA Carmine Setola

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 Elia Summa (at Trapani until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Italy ITA Rocco Leone (at Molfetta until 30 June 2023)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "E' nata ufficialmente la società di capitali "Az Picerno Srl"" (in Italian). AZ Picerno. 5 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Storia AZ Picerno" (in Italian). AZ Picerno. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Picerno, Donato Curcio a 360°" (in Italian). TuttoPotenza. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Picerno: ingredienti per una favola, dalla A alla Z" (in Italian). Gianlucadimarzio.com. 22 December 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  5. ^ "La storia del Picerno in Serie C e del Presidente onorario Donato Curcio raccontata dal Tg2" (in Italian). Ondanews.it. 30 May 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Calcio: il Picerno promosso in serie C" (in Italian). Ansa.it. 14 April 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Picerno ufficialmente ospite del Potenza: i dettagli della sinergia lucana" (in Italian). Resto del Calcio. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Picerno squad". Soccerway.

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