Novara Calcio

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Full nameNovara Calcio
Nickname(s)Gli Azzurri (The Blues/The Light Blues)
I Gaudenziani (The Gaudentians)
Founded1908; 113 years ago (1908)
GroundStadio Silvio Piola,
Novara, Italy
ChairmanLeonardo Pavanati
ManagerMarco Marchionni

Novara Calcio, commonly referred to as Novara, is an Italian football club based in Novara, Piedmont.[1]

Novara played a Coppa Italia final against Inter Milan in 1939.[2]


In December 1908 the F.A.S. (Football Association Studenti) was created by eight students of Liceo Carlo Alberto, aged between 15 and 16 years; among them an engineer, Gianni Canestrini, and a lawyer, Piero Zorini. In Novara in those days, there were other small clubs like Voluntas, Pro Scalon, Ginnastica e Scherma, Forza & Speranza, Collegio Gallarini and many other student bodies. The best players from these teams came together to form Novara Calcio, and made their debut in the Italian league on 3 November 1912.

The first match was played against a team already then established as Torino, who won 2–1.

In the years between World War I and World War II, Novara merged with Pro Vercelli, Alessandria and Casale to make the so-called "quadrilatero piemontese" (Piedmont Quadrilateral). Novara's highest finish came in 1952 when they finished in eighth place in Serie A.

Italy's and club's legend Silvio Piola spent 7 seasons with Novara in the post–World War II era

During these years of staying in the top flight, Novara had Silvio Piola to thank. His many goals (which at the end of his career was over 300), made a huge contribution to the cause of Novara. Following his death in 1996, the stadium at which Novara play was dedicated in his name.

In 1956 came relegation to Serie B, and another five years afterwards, they slipped down to Serie C due to a fraudulent complaint by a Sambenedettese player.

A few successful seasons in Serie B followed, but then Novara stumbled again in 1977 with relegation to Serie C and worse in 1981 to Serie C2. In the 1995–96 season, Novara were back in Serie C1, but this joy was short-lived as the following year, the biancoazzurri again had to deal with relegation.

Years were spent in the shadows of Italian football until more recently when the league was won in the 2002–03 season.

From Serie C1 to Serie A[edit]

Consolidation in Serie C1 followed, later becoming Lega Pro Prima Divisione, until the historic promotion of the 2009–10 season where the club returned to Serie B after 33 years.[3]

On 12 June 2011, Novara remarkably secured its promotion to Serie A after a 55-year absence from the league, by defeating Padova in the play-off final.[4] Both consecutive promotions were achieved under the tenure of head coach Attilio Tesser, who was confirmed as Novara boss also for the following 2011–12 top flight campaign.

2011–12 Serie A[edit]

On 20 September 2011, the first home game in Serie A for 55 years, Novara recorded an historic 3–1 victory over the World Champions[5] of Inter.[6]

This remarkable feat, however, was not representative of their season as Novara managed to win only one more game until the end of January. The manager Attilio Tesser was replaced by veteran coach Emiliano Mondonico and re-hired one month later in a desperate and ultimately vain attempt by the owners to save the club from relegation. The club was immediately relegated again to Serie B after one season. Novara finished 5th in 2012–13 season but were eliminated by Empoli in the promotion play-offs. The following season was terrible for Novara as the club finished 19th in Serie B and lost in a play-out against Varese, losing 4–2 on aggregate. Thus, Novara were relegated to Lega Pro. Novara were crowned as champions of Group A of Lega Pro in 2014–15 and immediately returned to Serie B. In their first season back in Serie B they finished in a playoff spot but they lost to eventual winners Pescara in the semifinal. The following season saw them finish outside the playoffs in 9th, 4 points from a playoff spot. The following season saw Novara get relegated back to Lega Pro following a 20th-place finish in the 2017–18 Serie B, on 1 August 2018 Novara were admitted to the 2018–19 Serie B to fill a vacancy.

Current squad[edit]

As of 5 November 2021[7]

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 Matteo Raspa
2 DF Italy ITA Gabriele Pagliai
3 DF Italy ITA Dario Bergamelli
5 DF Italy ITA Samuele Bonaccorsi
6 MF Italy ITA Manlio Di Masi
7 MF Italy ITA Tommaso Tentoni
8 MF Italy ITA Mario Pugliese
9 FW Albania ALB Dardan Vuthaj
10 MF Italy ITA Marco Capano
11 MF Italy ITA Luca Spina
13 DF Italy ITA Giuseppe Agostinone
14 DF Italy ITA Alessandro Vimercati
17 DF Italy ITA Federico Capone (on loan from Avellino)
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW Argentina ARG Pablo González
20 MF Italy ITA Maikol Benassi
21 MF Italy ITA Mirko Bortoletti
22 GK Italy ITA Alex Spadini
23 FW Italy ITA Leonardo Lopes
24 MF Morocco MAR Mohamed Laaribi
28 MF Italy ITA Riccardo Vaccari (on loan from Modena)
29 DF Switzerland  SUI Rilind Muhaxheri
31 DF Italy ITA Domenico Strumbo
32 MF Italy ITA Stefano Paglino
33 DF Italy ITA Alessandro Manti
35 DF Ghana GHA Frank Amoabeng




Winners: 1926–27
Winners: 1937–38
Winners: 2010, 2015
Runners up: 1938-39.[2]

Divisional movements[edit]

Series Years Last Promotions Relegations
A 13 2011–12 - Decrease 5 (1929, 1937, 1941, 1956, 2012)
B 34 2015–16 Increase 5 (1927, 1936, 1938, 1948, 2011) Decrease 5 (1962, 1968, 1977, 2014, 2018)
2020–21 Increase 4 (1965, 1970, 2010, 2015)
Increase 2 (1996 C2, 2003 C2)
Decrease 2 (1981 C1, 1997 C1)

89 years of professional football in Italy since 1929


  1. ^’è la firma dal notaio: è nato il Novara football club|data=2021-08-20
  2. ^ a b "Storia".
  3. ^ "La storia" (in Italian). Novara Calcio. Retrieved 1 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Novara seal return to Serie A". Archived from the original on 24 May 2012.
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