Ascoli Calcio 1898 F.C.

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Full nameAscoli Calcio 1898 F.C. S.p.A.
Nickname(s)I Picchi (The Woodpeckers)
Founded1898; 124 years ago (1898)
GroundStadio Cino e Lillo Del Duca,
Ascoli Piceno, Italy
OwnerMassimo Pulcinelli 39%, North Sixth Group 31%, Distretti Ecologici 20%, Rabona 10%
PresidentCarlo Neri
Head coachAndrea Sottil
LeagueSerie B
2021–22Serie B, 6th of 20
WebsiteClub website

Ascoli Calcio 1898 F.C., commonly referred to as Ascoli, is an Italian football club based in Ascoli Piceno, Marche. The club was formed in 1898 and currently play in Serie B.

The team traditionally play in vertical black and white stripes.


Founded in 1898 as "Candido Augusto Vecchi", the team changed its name to Ascoli Vigor in 1905, U.S. Ascolana in 1921, and A.S. Ascoli in 1945. In 1955, the team was acquired and saved from bankruptcy by publishing magnate, Cino Del Duca, who merged it with his own team forming "Del Duca Ascoli". The stadium still bears his and his brother's name. In 1959 the team finally returned in Serie C for the first time since before the beginning of World War II. In 1971, under the chairmanship of Costantino Rozzi, who had acquired the team three years earlier, the team changed its name to the current one, finally being known as Ascoli Calcio 1898. From that same year, the team, led by Carlo Mazzone as coach, gained two consecutive promotions, being promoted in Serie B, and then Serie A, for the first time. The team stayed in Serie A for two seasons before being once again relegated to Serie B.

Ascoli returned to Serie A in 1978 and enjoyed a seven-year tenure in the top league, during which time they managed to finish a surprising 4th in 1980 and 6th in 1982. Some of the most notable players under the management of Mazzone and Giovan Battista Fabbri included Adelio Moro, Alessandro Scanziani, Gianfranco Bellotto, Walter Novellino and Andrea Mandorlini, as well as Walter De Vecchi and Giuseppe Greco. After relegation in 1985, the club immediately bounced back and stayed for four more years. Another return to Serie A followed in 1991 but this lasted only one season. After just missing out on promotion for two years running, the club went into decline and were relegated to Serie C1 in 1995. They would remain there for seven seasons, returning to B as Serie C1/B champions in 2002.

In August 2005, after the sentence of relegation from Serie A for both Genoa and Torino respectively due to fraud and financial troubles, Ascoli, who obtained a place in the Serie B promotion playoffs the previous season under coach Marco Giampaolo, were arbitrarily admitted to Serie A as replacements, finishing a highly credible 12th. After the end of the season, Giampaolo, who gained a reputation as one of the finest young Italian coaches, resigned, being replaced by Attilio Tesser for the 2006/2007 season. Tesser, unable to obtain good results in his time with Ascoli, was fired after a 1–0 loss at home to Empoli F.C. in the 11th matchday, and replaced by veteran coach Nedo Sonetti.

Ascoli were the first team to be officially relegated to Serie B for the 2007–08 season after a 1–0 loss to Torino F.C. on 7 May 2007. They ended the season in nineteenth place, one point above last-placed Messina.

German striker Oliver Bierhoff began his experience in Italian football with Ascoli.


Even though from a small city of 50,000 people, Ascoli have been able to punch above their weight. Ascoli have competed 16 seasons in Serie A since 1974, with an incredible 4th and 6th spot finish respectively in the seasons of 1979–80 and 1981–82.

To complement Ascoli's success in Serie A, the club has also achieved 2 Cadetti (Serie B Championships) in 1977–78, and 1985–86. The 1977–78 season yielded a record championship with achieving 61 points (2 points for a victory). Ascoli have competed in Serie B 13 times, with a total of 5 promotion seasons.

Ascoli have made way to Serie B with only two winning seasons in Serie C and C1B. These were in 1971–72, and 2001–02.

Another one of Ascoli's successes is the fact that, for a city of 50,000, their record home attendance has reached 36,500, equivalent to more than 70% of the city's population. In Serie A this was seen against Juventus and the famous season in 1982–83 where Ascoli saved themselves from relegation in the last game of the Serie A season against Cagliari, who were subsequently relegated. However, with stadium restrictions introduced since then, the maximum attendance allowed in the Stadio Cino e Lillo Del Duca is now 21,000–24,000. Nonetheless, when filled, it is still an amazing achievement for such a small city.

Other success were in the Mitropa Cup in 1986–87, the Capodanno Challenge, and the Red Leaf Cup. Ascoli were also finalists in the Anglo-Italia Cup, during Ascoli's last season in Serie B 1994–95, before Ascoli long await in Serie C1 before an emotional return to Serie B for the 2002–03 season.

Under the reign of the great president of Ascoli Calcio – Costantino Rozzi, Ascoli competed 14 of their amazing 16 seasons in Serie A, again another amazing achievement from a club who were once playing in the regional divisions of Marche. Not only this, but Rozzi was able to implement players who were born and raised through the ranks of Ascoli. In the mid to late 1980s saw Giuseppe Iachini, Domenico Agostini, Giuseppe Carillo, and Lorenzo Scarafoni, help Ascoli ensure a return to Serie A and survival the following season. Once Iachini left Agostini, Carillo and Scarafoni, were first team starters as well as Marino Fioravanti and Antonio Aloisi on the bench. Aloisi went on to compete in many season for Ascoli.

Another success is Carlo Mazzone, once at the heart of Del Duca Ascoli's defence playing 9 seasons, led Ascoli for another 10 or so seasons as manager. Mazzone guided Ascoli from Serie C to Serie A, including Ascoli's 6th-placed finish in 1981–82.

Bankruptcy and re-birth[edit]

During the 2013–14 Lega Pro Prima Divisione season, the Court of Ascoli Piceno declared the bankruptcy of the club. The court also estimated the residual value of the club assets were €862,000.[1] A new company, Ascoli Picchio F.C. 1898 successfully bid the assets. FIGC also accepted the admission of the new company to the new season without relegation.[2]

In mid-2015 Ascoli, originally runners-up to Teramo in 2014–15 Lega Pro, were declared champions of group B and promoted after Teramo's relegation for involvement in the 2015 Italian football scandal.

On 14 June 2018, club president Francesco Bellini, after first having declared the sale of the club, and having received several offers from prospective owners, accepted the offer of a Roman entrepreneur of Bricofer Group, Massimo Pulcinelli.[3] On 18 July 2018, the club was officially re-branded as Ascoli Calcio 1898 F.C. S.p.A. ahead of the upcoming 2018-19 season.[4]

In the summer of 2021, the North Sixth Group of entrepreneur Matt Rizzetta, based in New York, already present in Italian football with a stake in Campobasso Calcio, acquired a 31% stake in Ascoli Calcio with an option to increase to 51%. The acquisition combined North Sixth Group with Massimo Pulcinelli and Bricofer, the largest homeware retailer in Italy, to build an ambitious project for Ascoli around the world. Following the acquisition, North Sixth Group negotiated an exclusive content rights agreement with Italian Football TV, the largest online content platform for Italian football fans in North America. The agreement provides Ascoli Calcio the only exclusive content partnership of any Italian professional football club.



The biggest derby in Marche is between Ascoli and Sambenedettese (Samb, Samba), although the derby with Ancona is better known. The last time the "derby" was played between Ascoli and Sambenedettese in a league season was in 1986. San Benedetto del Tronto is a city in the province of Ascoli Piceno, and only 20 minutes from the city of Ascoli Piceno; the derby is fuelled by intense local pride and rivalry on both sides, and remains passionate despite the length of time since it was last played.

The Ancona derby was the second largest; Ancona and Ascoli have been the two most successful clubs of Marche. This rivalry stems partly from the fact that Ancona is the capital of Marche, but Ascoli (Asculum) was the capital of ancient Picenun. The battles between the Ascolani and Anconetani have been intense, and there is very much a fight to be La Regina Delle Marche (the queen of Marche).

Fermana is the final significant derby for Ascoli; both teams are located near each other in the Province of Ascoli Piceno, alongside San Benedetto del Tronto. Despite the fact that Fermana have historically been weaker than Ascoli, this still is a derby for the Ascolani and Fermani, with both supporters not wanting to lose this game.

Other rivalries include Livorno, Verona, Pescara and Inter.


Ascoli play their home matches at the 12,461 capacity, Stadio Cino e Lillo Del Duca, located on the outskirts of Ascoli Piceno.

Current squad[edit]

As of 18 February 2022[5]
No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Italy ITA Nicola Leali
2 DF Italy ITA Alessandro Salvi
3 DF Italy ITA Tommaso D'Orazio
4 DF Slovenia SVN Aljaz Tavcar
5 DF Italy ITA Gian Filippo Felicioli (on loan from Venezia)
6 DF Italy ITA Federico Baschirotto
7 FW Italy ITA Luca Paganini
8 FW Italy ITA Federico Ricci (on loan from Reggina)
9 FW Italy ITA Federico Dionisi
11 FW Bulgaria BUL Atanas Iliev
12 GK Italy ITA Luca Bolletta
13 GK Italy ITA Enrico Guarna
15 DF Italy ITA Danilo Quaranta
18 MF Italy ITA Michele Collocolo
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 DF Austria AUT Lukas Spendlhofer
26 FW Morocco MAR Soufiane Bidaoui
27 MF Italy ITA Mirko Eramo
29 FW Italy ITA Filippo Palazzino
30 MF Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Dario Šarić
32 MF Italy ITA Fabrizio Caligara (on loan from Cagliari)
33 DF Brazil BRA Eric Botteghin
37 MF Italy ITA Fabio Maistro (on loan from Lazio)
40 FW Italy ITA Andrea De Paoli (on loan from Monopoli)
54 DF Italy ITA Nicola Falasco
55 DF Italy ITA Giuseppe Bellusci (on loan from Monza)
74 FW Italy ITA Frank Tsadjout (on loan from Milan)
77 MF Liechtenstein LIE Marcel Büchel
99 MF United States USA Anthony Fontana

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 Morocco MAR Emin Ghazoini (at Royal Excelsior Virton)
DF Italy ITA Daniele Sarzi Puttini (at Latina)
MF Italy ITA Manuele Castorani (at Feralpisalò)
MF Italy ITA Christian Scorza (at Piacenza)
MF Germany GER Abdelhamid Sabiri (at Sampdoria)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Albania ALB Dean Liço (at Partizani)
FW Italy ITA Davide Di Francesco (at Campobasso)
FW Italy ITA Diego Fabbrini (at Alessandria)
FW Italy ITA Danilo Giacinto Ventola (at Virtus Francavilla)

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Italy Riccardo Montolivo
Assistant Coach Italy Federico Balzaretti
Goalkeeper Coach Italy Antonio Chimenti
Fitness Coach Italy Fabio Trentin
Kinetotherapist Italy Nazzareno Salvatori
Physiotherapist Italy Emiliano Di Luigi
Chief Doctor Italy Enrico Ligabue
Club Doctor Italy Serafino Salvi
Video Analyst Italy Luigi Romano


Divisional movements[edit]

Series Years Last Promotions Relegations
A 16 2006–07 - Decrease 5 (1976, 1985, 1990, 1992, 2007)
B 25 2021–22 Increase 5 (1974, 1978, 1986, 1991, 2005) Decrease 2 (1995, 2013)
C 32 2014–15 Increase 3 (1972, 2002, 2015) Decrease 2 (1933, 1948)
73 out of 90 years of professional football in Italy since 1929
D 15 1958–59 Increase 3 (1930, 1938, 1959) Decrease 1 (1955)
E 2 1956–57 Increase 1 (1957) never


  • Highest finish: 4th in Serie A, 1979–80
  • League victory: 4–1 v Avellino, 1983–84
  • League defeat: 7–0 v Juventus, 1983–84


  1. ^ Valutazione azienda sportiva calcistica Ascoli Calcio 1898 SpA
  2. ^ Abete, Giancarlo; Di Sebastiano, Antonio (12 May 2014). "Comunicato Ufficiale №147/A" (PDF) (Press release) (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 July 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  3. ^ "storia". Ascoli Calcio 1898 FC. Archived from the original on 7 August 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Ascoli, inizia il ritiro di Cascia: primo allenamento per Vivarini". Sky Sport (in Italian). Sky Italia. 19 July 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Rosa" (in Italian). Ascoli Picchio FC 1898. Archived from the original on 19 June 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2015.

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