Benevento Calcio

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Benevento Calcio logo.svg
Full nameBenevento Calcio S.r.l.
Nickname(s)Gli Stregoni (The Sorcerers)
I Giallorossi (The Yellow and Reds)
I Sanniti (The Samnites)
Founded1929; 94 years ago (1929)
1938 (refounded)
GroundStadio Ciro Vigorito,
Benevento, Italy
PresidentOreste Vigorito
ManagerRoberto Stellone
LeagueSerie B
2021–22Serie B, 7th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Benevento Calcio, commonly referred to as Benevento, is an Italian football club based in Benevento, Campania. The club was originally founded in 1929 and then re-founded in 2005. They currently compete in Serie B, having been relegated from Serie A in the 2020–21 season.


Early history[edit]

The club was founded as Associazione Calcio Benevento in 1929,[1] their original home was the Meomartini which was built by Ciccio Minocchia.[2]

After working their way up the country's lower divisions during their early years, Benevento reached Prima Divisione, Italy's third highest professional league at the time, in the 1934–35 season. They finished above clubs such as Reggina during the club's first season within the league. Although they did not win promotion to Serie B, the team did remain in the third tier of Italian football for the 1935–36 season, re-organized to a smaller 64-team league renamed Serie C.

21st century[edit]

The club F.C. Sporting Benevento S.r.l. folded in 2005. At the same time Benevento Calcio S.p.A. was founded, using the same stadium and playing kit.

In the 2007–08 Serie C2 regular season the team finished first in Girone C, winning direct promotion to the now called Lega Pro Prima Divisione for the 2008–09 season. In the 2008–09 season, Benevento's first season in Lega Pro Prima Divisione, they finished in 2nd place. This meant Benevento would be in a two-legged play-off. They won their first two-legged play-off, but lost to Crotone 1–0 (2–1) on aggregate in the final.

Gaetano Auteri was appointed as the head manager for the 2015–16 season. In this season, Benevento won its league and reached Serie B for the first time in its history. The mathematical certainty arrived on 30 April 2016, after defeating Lecce 3–0.[3]

On 8 June 2017, they were promoted to Serie A, for the first time in their history, after defeating Carpi in the Serie B play-offs 1–0 on aggregate, remarkably winning promotion in their inaugural season in Serie B.[4] The club struggled in its top-flight debut in the 2017-18 season as Benevento set a record for the worst start to a season in any of Europe's top five leagues by losing their first 14 Serie A matches.[5] This streak ended on 3 December 2017, with a 95th-minute equalising header from goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli for a 2–2 home draw against A.C. Milan.[6][7] Benevento's time in Serie A lasted one season and they were relegated after a last-place finish, although there was a clear uptick in form after their dismal opening to the campaign, ultimately winning six of their last 23 games.

On 22 June 2019, Benevento hired Filippo Inzaghi as their new manager.[8] In June 2020, with seven matches still left in the league season, the club won promotion back to the first-division of Italian football following an impressive Serie B campaign.[9]

Benevento's second season in Serie A was again unsuccessful, ending with another relegation, but the club was much more competitive and performed particularly admirably in the first half of the season. By the campaign's midway point, Benevento had won six matches and was placed in 10th position, appearing well-set for a mid-table finish.[10] However, a dramatic downturn in form from January until the end of the campaign, scoring only 16 goals and winning just one of the final 22 matches in that time, meant that the club again fell back into Serie B for the 2021-22 season.[11] Benevento eventually finished in 18th place, with four points fewer than Torino in the final non-relegation position.

Colours and badge[edit]

The team's colours are yellow and red, and their badge features red and yellow stripes and the black image of a witch riding a broom. Benevento are nicknamed the Stregoni, Italian for sorcerers, or occasionally, the Streghe, Italian for witches, a reference to the legends dating to the 13th century of the witches of Benevento.


Benevento plays their home matches at the Stadio Ciro Vigorito. Building on the stadium broke ground in 1976 and it was opened in 1979. It is able to hold 25,000 people.[12][13]

The stadium was originally named Santa Colomba but was renamed to honor Ciro Vigorito who was the brother of club president Oreste Vigorito. Ciro was a successful entrepreneur and sports manager who was the managing director and oversaw the youth sector at Benevento from 2006 until his death in 2010.[14]


Current squad[edit]

As of 31 January 2023[15]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF Morocco MAR Hamza El Kaouakibi
3 DF Italy ITA Gaetano Letizia
4 MF Italy ITA Gennaro Acampora
6 MF Poland POL Krzysztof Kubica
7 MF Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Nermin Karić
8 MF Colombia COL Andrés Tello
9 FW Italy ITA Stefano Pettinari (on loan from Ternana)
10 FW Brazil BRA Diego Farias
11 MF Croatia CRO Roko Jureškin (on loan from Pisa)
12 GK Italy ITA Nicolò Manfredini
14 FW Senegal SEN Pape Samba Thiam
15 DF Poland POL Kamil Glik
16 MF Italy ITA Riccardo Improta
18 DF Belgium BEL Daam Foulon
20 FW Italy ITA Antonino La Gumina (on loan from Sampdoria)
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 GK Italy ITA Alberto Paleari
22 GK Italy ITA Igor Lucatelli
24 MF Italy ITA Mattia Viviani
25 FW Nigeria NGA Simy (on loan from Salernitana)
27 MF Italy ITA Pasquale Schiattarella
28 FW Italy ITA Camillo Ciano
30 MF Ghana GHA Abdallah Basit
31 DF Romania ROU Alin Toșca
33 DF France FRA Maxime Leverbe (on loan from Sampdoria)
55 DF Albania ALB Frédéric Veseli
58 DF Italy ITA Christian Pastina
72 MF Slovenia SVN Dejan Vokić
79 MF Ivory Coast CIV Siriki Sanogo
80 MF Greece GRE Ilias Koutsoupias (on loan from Virtus Entella)
96 DF Italy ITA Riccardo Capellini

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 Italy ITA Edoardo Masciangelo (at Palermo until 30 June 2023)
DF Italy ITA Francesco Rillo (at Potenza until 30 June 2023)
MF Italy ITA Vincenzo Alfieri (at Recanatese until 30 June 2023)
MF Italy ITA Davide Masella (at Potenza until 30 June 2023)
MF Italy ITA Angelo Talia (at Potenza until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Italy ITA Enrico Brignola (at Catanzaro until 30 June 2023)
FW Italy ITA Francesco Forte (at Ascoli until 30 June 2023)
FW Italy ITA Gabriele Moncini (at SPAL until 30 June 2023, obligation to buy)
FW Italy ITA Bruno Umile (at Sambenedettese until 30 June 2023)

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Italy Fabio Cannavaro
Assistant Coach Italy Paolo Cannavaro
Goalkeeper Coach Italy Franco Cotugno
Fitness Coach Italy Jordi Garcia
Scouting First Team Italy Salvatore Nardi
Physiotherapist Italy Ernesto Galliano
Physiotherapist Italy Luca Lepore
Physiotherapist Italy Simone Sigillo
Physiotherapist Italy Davide Schiavone
Chief Doctor Italy Franco De Cicco
Club Doctor Italy Enrico D’Andrea
Club Doctor Italy Rafaele Fuiano
Technical Collaborator Italy Francesco Troise

Notable former players[edit]

World Cup players[edit]

The following players have been selected by their country in the World Cup Finals, while playing for Benevento.

Notable former managers[edit]


Serie B

Serie C

Serie C2


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  6. ^ "Brignoli: 'Closed my eyes and jumped'". Football Italia. 3 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Benevento: Bottom of Serie A but now the most talked about team in Italy". BBC Sport. 7 December 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Benevento hire Inzaghi: the official announcement". (in Italian). Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Filippo Inzaghi leads Benevento to Serie A promotion". The World Game. 30 June 2020. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
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  11. ^ "Benevento season review: 2020-21". Football Italia. 27 May 2021.
  12. ^ "Stadio Ciro Vigorito".
  13. ^ "Stadio Ciro Vigorito | Stadio di Benevento | Foto, Storia, Costruzione e info | Eventi, Piantina, Capienza | Come arrivare allo Stadio | Campania Tour". Archived from the original on 26 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  14. ^ Ufficiale, lo Stadio Santa Colomba si chiamerà Ciro Vigorito
  15. ^ "Rosa Giocatori - Benevento Calcio". Retrieved 17 July 2017.

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