Delfino Pescara 1936

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Full nameDelfino Pescara 1936 S.p.A.
Nickname(s)I Delfini (The Dolphins)
I Biancazzurri (The White and Blues)
Gli Adriatici (The Adriatics)
Founded1936; 88 years ago (1936)
GroundStadio Adriatico
ChairmanDaniele Sebastiani
ManagerZdeněk Zeman
LeagueSerie C Group B
2022–23Serie C Group C, 3rd of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Delfino Pescara 1936, commonly referred to as Pescara, is a professional Italian football club based in Pescara, Abruzzo.

The club was formed in 1936 and currently plays in Serie C. Pescara has competed in seven seasons in Serie A, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1992–93, 2012–13 and last participated in 2016–17. The team's official colors are white and light blue varied between either azure or sky blue, manifested in striped shirts with white socks and shorts.


Aside from a spell in Serie B in the 1940s, Pescara had a relatively undistinguished history until promotion to Serie B in 1974. With players like Giorgio Repetto and Bruno Nobili in the midfield, they managed to win their first promotion to Serie A in 1977 after winning the promotion play-off, but ultimately finished their first season in Serie A in last place. A second promotion after a play-off followed, but once more they would be relegated from the top flight and then descended to Serie C1 within two years.

The performance of Pescara in the Italian football league structure since the first season of a unified Serie A (1929/30).

Nonetheless, after returning to Serie B after a year, Pescara would enjoy a revival after the appointment of Giovanni Galeone as coach in 1986. His philosophy of attacking football saw the Biancazzurri promoted to Serie A as champions in 1987, where they lasted two years with players such as Júnior and Blaž Slišković among the club's star players. Galeone would return during the 1990–91 season and oversaw another promotion the following year.

After relegation, Pescara remained in Serie B side throughout the 1990s, narrowly missing promotion in 1999. Relegation to C1 followed in 2001, with promotion in 2003 being followed by two revoked relegations in a row due to bankruptcy and scandals affecting other clubs. Pescara was ultimately relegated in the 2006–07 season, with three presidential and managerial changes during the season. In December 2008, the debt-ridden club was legally declared out of business and its control passed to a bankruptcy trustee appointed by the Court of Pescara. In February 2009, a takeover from a group named Delfino Pescara 1936 was finalized with Deborah Caldora becoming the first woman to serve as chairman of the club. In the meantime, results did not improve significantly and in March, Giuseppe Galderisi was dismissed from the head coaching post with Antonello Cuccureddu being appointed as the new boss.

At the beginning of the 2009–10 season, Eusebio Di Francesco was appointed as the new coach. Pescara finished second in Girone B of Lega Pro Prima Divisione and qualified for the promotional play-offs. They defeated Reggiana in the semi-final and Verona in the final and subsequently returned to Serie B after a three-year absence. The following season started with the appointment of Zdeněk Zeman as new head coach; the Czech manager immediately brought Pescara back into national coverage thanks to his well-known all-attacking playing style that turned out to match perfectly with promising youngsters such as Marco Verratti with loanees Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne, who guided the squad to promotion to Serie A. Pescara secured promotion to the top-level after a 19-year absence after defeating Sampdoria with a 3–1 score in an away match on 20 May 2012. In the last minute of the final game of the regular season, Pescara striker Riccardo Maniero netted the winner in a match against Nocerina to claim Pescara's second Serie B title after Torino's draw away to AlbinoLeffe.

Pescara's 2012–13 campaign in Serie A – after losing Zeman, Verratti, Immobile and Insigne – ended with relegation back to the second tier.[1] Three years later, under World Cup winner Massimo Oddo, the team returned to Serie A with a 3–1 aggregate win over Trapani in the playoff final.[2] Zeman returned in February 2017 to the team,[3] who again lasted just one year at the top before being relegated in last place.[4]

In August 2018, Pescara launched a public mini-bond investment opportunity via sports investment platform Tifosy to raise a minimum of €2,000,000.[5] The investment scheme raised a total of €2,300,000 to develop the club's youth sector and facilities.[6]

Following an online competition to ease children's boredom during the coronavirus lockdown, the team adopted six-year-old Luigi D'Agostino's shirt design for the 2020 season.[7]

After a poor 2020-21 campaign, the side were relegated to Serie C, the third tier of Italian football.


One of Pescara's main rivals is Bari.[8]


Current squad[edit]

As of 2 February 2024[9]

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 Manuel Gasparini (on loan from Potenza)
2 DF Italy ITA Lorenzo Milani
5 DF Italy ITA Davide Di Pasquale (on loan from Arezzo)
6 MF Italy ITA Niccolò Squizzato
7 FW Italy ITA Michele Masala
8 MF Italy ITA Salvatore Aloi
9 FW Italy ITA Edoardo Vergani
10 FW Italy ITA Davide Merola (on loan from Empoli)
11 MF Italy ITA Federico Accornero (on loan from Genoa)
13 DF Italy ITA Riccardo Brosco
15 DF Italy ITA Romano Floriani Mussolini (on loan from Lazio)
17 MF Estonia EST Georgi Tunjov
18 DF Italy ITA Roberto Pierno
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW Italy ITA Luca Sasanelli
20 MF Italy ITA Lorenzo Meazzi
21 FW Italy ITA Andrea Capone
22 GK Italy ITA Alessandro Plizzari
23 DF Italy ITA Filippo Pellacani
24 DF Slovakia SVK Ivan Mesík
25 DF Moldova MDA Cornelius Staver
27 DF Italy ITA Brando Moruzzi
28 MF Italy ITA Antonino De Marco
29 FW Italy ITA Luigi Cuppone
30 MF Italy ITA Matteo Dagasso
32 FW Italy ITA Gianmarco Cangiano (on loan from Bologna)
33 MF Italy ITA Simone Franchini (on loan from Padova)

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 Mattia Barretta (at Notaresco until 30 June 2024)
MF Italy ITA Denis Manu (at Pineto until 30 June 2024)
FW Albania ALB Aristidi Kolaj (at Sorrento until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Argentina ARG Facundo Lescano (at Triestina until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Christian Tommasini (at Monopoli until 30 June 2024)

Coaching staff[edit]

As of 16 November 2023[10]

Position Name
Head coach Czech Republic Zdeněk Zeman
Assistant coach Italy Giovanni Bucaro
Goalkeeper coach Italy Giovanni Di Fiore
Match analyst Italy Diego Labricciosa
Team manager Italy Francesco Troiano
Sporting director Italy Daniele Delli Carri

Managerial history[edit]

Name Nationality Years
Edmondo De Amicis Italy 1937–38
Pietro Piselli Italy 1938–39
Armando Bonino Italy 1939–40
Mario Pizziolo Italy 1940–41
Luigi Ferrero Italy 1941–43
Edmondo De Amicis Italy 1944–45
Giuseppe Marchi Italy 1945–46
József Bánás Hungary 1946–47
Mario Pizziolo Italy 1947–48
Gino Piccinini Italy 1948–49
Benedetto Stella Italy 1949–50
Luigi Del Grosso Italy 1950–53
Umberto De Angelis Italy 1953–55
Alfredo Notti Italy 1955–56
Alfredo Monza
Renato Piacentini
Orazio Sola
Renato Piacentini Italy 1957–58
Aurelio Marchese
Mario Tontodonati
Ljubo Benčić
Mario Tontodonati
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Umberto De Angelis Italy 1961–62
Leonardo Costagliola Italy 1962–63
Ljubo Benčić
Renato Piacentini
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Ljubo Benčić
Vincenzo Marsico
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Antonio Giammarinaro
Alfredo Notti
Sergio Cervato Italy 1966–67
Antonio Giammarinaro Italy 1967–68
Gianni Seghedoni
Mario Tontodonati
Dante Lacorata
Mario Tontodonati
Francesco Capocasale Italy 1970–71
Enzo Falini
Vitaliano Patricelli
Domenico Rosati Italy 1972–76
Giancarlo Cadé Italy 1976–78
Antonio Valentín Angelillo Italy 1978–79
Gustavo Giagnoni
Claudio Tobia
Mario Tontodonati
Aldo Agroppi Italy 1980–81
Giuseppe Chiappella
Saul Malatrasi
Mario Tiddia
Domenico Rosati Italy 1982–84
Enrico Catuzzi Italy 1984–86
Giovanni Galeone Italy 1986–89
Ilario Castagner
Edoardo Reja
Giovanni Galeone
Carlo Mazzone
Giovanni Galeone Italy 1991–92
Vincenzo Zucchini Italy 1992–93
Gianni Corelli
Giorgio Rumignani
Franco Scoglio
Vincenzo Zucchini
Francesco Oddo
Giorgio Rumignani
Luigi Maifredi
Francesco Oddo
Delio Rossi Italy July 1996 – June 1997
Adriano Buffoni
Maurizio Viscidi
Luigi De Canio
Francesco Giorgini
July 1998 – June 1999
Giovanni Galeone Italy July 1999 – Nov 2000
Tarcisio Burgnich
Giovanni Galeone
Delio Rossi
Ivo Iaconi Italy July 2001 – May 2004
Cetteo Di Mascio Italy May 2004 - June 2004
Giovanni Simonelli Italy June 2004 – June 2005
Maurizio Sarri Italy July 2005 – July 2006
Davide Ballardini
Aldo Ammazzalorso
Luigi De Rosa
Vincenzo Vivarini
July 2006 – June 2007
Franco Lerda Italy July 2007 – June 2008
Giuseppe Galderisi Italy July 2008 – March 2009
Antonello Cuccureddu Italy 2009–10
Eusebio Di Francesco Italy Jan 2010 – June 2011
Zdeněk Zeman Czech Republic June 2011 – June 2012
Giovanni Stroppa Italy June 2012 – November 2012
Cristiano Bergodi Italy November 2012 – March 2013
Cristian Bucchi Italy March 2013 – June 2013
Pasquale Marino Italy June 2013 – February 2014
Serse Cosmi Italy February 2014 – July 2014
Marco Baroni Italy August 2014 – May 2015
Massimo Oddo Italy May 2015 – February 2017
Luciano Zauri (caretaker) Italy February 2017
Zdeněk Zeman Czech Republic February 2017 – March 2018
Massimo Epifani Italy March 2018 – April 2018
Giuseppe Pillon Italy April 2018 – May 2019
Luciano Zauri Italy June 2019 – January 2020
Nicola Legrottaglie Italy January 2020 – July 2020
Andrea Sottil Italy July 2020 – August 2020
Massimo Oddo Italy August 2020 – November 2020
Roberto Breda Italy November 2020 – January 2021
Gianluca Grassadonia Italy January 2021 – June 2021
Gaetano Auteri Italy June 2021 –


Divisional movements[edit]

Series Years Last Promotions Relegations
A 7 2016–17 - Decrease 6 (1978, 1980, 1989, 1993, 2013, 2017)
B 39 2020–21 Increase 6 (1977, 1979, 1987, 1992, 2012, 2016) Decrease 5 (1949, 1982, 2001, 2007, 2021)
C 29 2021–22 Increase 5 (1941, 1974, 1983, 2003, 2010) Decrease 3 (1935✟, 1950, 1972)
75 out of 90 years of professional football in Italy since 1929
D 10 1972–73 Increase 1 (1938, 1958, 1973) never
E 1 1936–37 Increase 1 (1937) never

• Forerunner red-blue AC Pescara (1932–1935) included


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  5. ^ "Il Pescara lancia un mini-bond su Tifosy: obiettivo 3 milioni, renderà l'8% annuo" [Pescara launches a mini-bond on Tifosy: target 3 million, will make 8% per annum]. Calcio e Finanza (in Italian). 12 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Pescara, completata la sottoscrizione del bond su Tifosy: incassati 2,3 milioni" [Pescara, bond campaign of Tifosy complete: 2.3 million raised] (in Italian). Calcio e Finanza. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Pescara football club adopts Italian boy's shirt design". BBC News. 21 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Dead rooster warning for Bari coach Grosso". France 24. 15 April 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Pescara squad". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 September 2022.
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