U.S. Catanzaro 1929
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|Full name||Unione Sportiva|
|Nickname(s)||Aquile del Sud (Southern Eagles)|
Regina del Sud (Southern Queen)
Timore del Nord (Fear of the North)
Giallorossi (The Red-Yellows)
|Ground||Stadio Nicola Ceravolo,|
|Owner||Catanzaro Calcio 2011 S.r.l.|
|League||Serie C Group C|
|2020–21||Serie C Group C, 2nd of 20|
The club was initially formed with the merger of two locals clubs in 1927 before being officially founded in 1929. Since then the club has primarily competed in the lower divisions of the national competitions and has been re-founded twice, once in 2006 and again in 2011, both for financial reasons.
Since its foundation the official colours of the club have been red and yellow. The team has used these colours predominantly in their kits, frequently playing in either all-red kits with yellow trims or in red and yellow stripes. The clubs official emblem is the golden eagle, in honour of the city's coat of arms. The team plays its home matches at the Stadio Nicola Ceravolo, which was built in 1919 and is the oldest sports facility in Calabria.
In its history, Catanzaro has played seven seasons in Serie A, five of which were consecutive. The best performance in Serie A was a seventh place finish in 1981–82 and an eighth place finish obtained in 1980–81.
The club has won seven championships since its foundation. Six of these were in the third tier (one in Prima Divisione, two in Serie C, and three in Serie C1). The final championship was won in IV Serie in 1953. In this year, the club were also national title holders after winning the Scudetto IV Serie. Also at national level, the club were crowned champions together with Rome, Alessandria, Verona, Naples, Catania, Triestina, and Palermo in the 1960 edition of the Cup of the Alps when competing for the Italian Federation. At youth level, the club won the Dante Berretti Trophy of Serie C in 1991–1992.
Foundation and refoundations
The club was founded in 1927 as Unione Sportiva Catanzarese, then changed their denomination to Unione Sportiva Fascista Catanzarese in 1929, in 1946 to Unione Sportiva Catanzaro, and in 2006 to Football Club Catanzaro. The team assumed the current title in 2011, following the cancellation of the previous club's registration because of financial troubles.
From Serie A to the first bankruptcy
Catanzaro's inaugural Serie A season saw them struggle and succumb to relegation on the final day with only 3 wins and 15 draws for 21 points. However, their first-ever Serie A win came in Round 16 with a 1–0 win over Juventus. After narrowly missing out on a return to Serie A in 1975, they bounced back in 1976 but once again lasted just one year.
A third promotion in 1978 ushered in the club's golden era with a five-year stay in Serie A. With a team including Claudio Ranieri, Gianni Improta and the iconic Massimo Palanca, Catanzaro managed a highly credible 9th place in 1979. Though they finished 14th and would have been relegated for the following season, they won a reprieve thanks to forced relegations of AC Milan and Lazio. They managed 8th place in 1981 and 7th the following year before a dismal relegation in 1983. Much of the next four years was spent bouncing between Serie B and C1.
Catanzaro emerged as promotion contenders once more in 1988, with the ageless Palanca having returned to the club after a fruitless spell at Napoli. Finishing 5th, they succumbed to successive relegations in 1990 and 1991, staying in Serie C2 until 2003.
In 2005, after two consecutive promotions, Catanzaro returned to Serie B after a 15-year absence. However, after a poor season they ended their Serie B campaign in last place, meaning relegation to Serie C1. Catanzaro would immediately get another chance, the team being reinstated to Serie B due to vacancies related to the exclusion of other teams from Serie B. In its 2005/2006 Serie B campaign, Catanzaro came last again and was relegated to Serie C1; the relegation was followed by financial troubles which led to the federation cancelling the club's registration.
In the summer 2006 the club was refounded with the new name of F.C. Catanzaro and registered to Serie C2 for the 2006–2007 season, with the hope to return to the upper divisions.
U.S. Catanzaro 1929
Since 6 August 2011, the company switched to the current denomination, after having purchased the historical brand and logo of U.S. Catanzaro.
In the 2011–12 season, Catanzaro obtained a respectable second place in the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione and was promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione after playoffs. The following two seasons saw Catanzaro ending in tenth and fourth place respectively, and also a participation in the promotion play-offs (then lost to Benevento) in the latter case.
Stadium, Colours and badge
The team's colours, since foundation, are red and yellow, just as the whole city
The most used uniform in the eighty years of history of the Aquile is the solid red one, with the yellow V collar with red shorts and socks with yellow edges.
Those pairings have accompanied the Calabrians in the golden years of the Serie A and therefore are the most dear to the Catanzaro environment. Equally used was the vertical striped yellow and red shirt with red shorts and socks with yellow edges, especially in the post-failure years of 2006.
Most rarely Catanzaro has used a shirt with yellow and red horizontal stripes. However, this uniform was used by the Calabrians in the historic match in Turin, won against Juventus, in the 1965-66 Coppa Italia, which was to launch the Catanzaro in the final, then lost against the lilies of Florence.
As for the away shirt is, the most used is completely blue with references to the Giallorossi ,but also completely white or yellow seals were worn
Occasionally le Aquile, have also used a third uniform which, depending on the color of the home squad, could be either blue or white or yellow. Same for the fourth currency
The corporate coat of arms consists of a shield in which stands the historic symbol of Catanzaro, the Golden eagle, faithfully taken from the city's coat of arms, which holds a blue ribbon on its beak bearing the motto Sanguinis effusione, motivated by the losses reported in various battles by the Catanzaro fighters.
On the belly of the eagle takes place a shield that reproduces the three hills on which the city stands. A vertical line splits the emblem in two, so as to allow the insertion of the team's social colors, which is completed by the name of the company, placed at the top on a blue background.
- As of 11 September 2021
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Hall of fame
Below is a list of players inducted into the Catanzaro Hall of Fame
- Adriano Banelli (1967–79)
- Edi Bivi (1981–84)
- Gianni Bui (1965–67)
- Giovanni Improta (1975–79 player; 1993–95 manager)
- Saverio Leotta (1952–55 player; 1972–73, 1980, 1983, 1994–95 manager)
- Angelo Mammì (1970–72)
- Massimo Mauro (1979–82)
- Massimo Palanca (1974–81; 1986–90)
Below is a presidential history list of Catanzaro, from when they were founded in 1927, until the present day.
* Denotes took over as manager during the season
- Serie B (Level 2)
- Winners (6): 1932–33 (Group I), 1935–36 (Group D), 1958–59 (Group B), 1984–85 (Group B), 1986–87 (Group B), 2003–04 (Group B)
- Runners–Up (2): 1945–46, 1947–48[a]
- Runners-Up (1): 2004
- Winners (1): 1952–53
- Winners (1): 1960
- No promotion during this season
Statistics and records
|Lega Pro Prima Divisione||2||2012–13||2013–14|
|Lega Pro Seconda Divisione||4||2008–09||2011–12|
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