Novara FC

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Full nameNovara Football Club
Nickname(s)Gli Azzurri (The Blues/The Light Blues)
I Gaudenziani (The Gaudentians)
Founded1908; 116 years ago (1908)
2021; 3 years ago (2021) as Novara FC
GroundStadio Silvio Piola,
Novara, Italy
ChairmanMarco La Rosa
ManagerDaniele Buzzegoli
LeagueSerie C Group A
2023–24Serie C Group A, 17th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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

The club was founded in 2021 by the City of Novara to replace old Novara Calcio that lost its professional status.


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 challenged with Pro Vercelli, Alessandria and Casale to make the so-called "quadrilatero piemontese" (Piedmont Quadrilateral). Novara played a Coppa Italia final against Inter Milan in 1939.[2] 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.

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

This remarkable feat, however, was not representative of their season as Novara managed to win only one more game until the end of January, when it won again against Inter in San Siro. 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.

During the summer of 2021, Novara lost its professional status[6][7] and a phoenix club was founded in Serie D according to article 52 of FIGC's regulations NOIF.[8] They were promoted back to Serie C in May 2022, after finishing top of their group in Serie D.[9]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2024[10]

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 Stefano Minelli
3 MF Denmark DEN Oliver Urso
5 DF Italy ITA Samuele Bonaccorsi
6 DF Italy ITA Davide Bertoncini
7 FW Italy ITA Filippo Gerardini
8 MF Italy ITA Alessandro Di Munno
9 FW Italy ITA Stefano Scappini
10 FW Italy ITA Christian Donadio
11 FW Italy ITA Niccolò Corti
12 GK Italy ITA Giacomo Boscolo Palo
13 FW Canada CAN Easton Ongaro
14 MF Italy ITA Thomas Schirò (on loan from Crotone)
15 DF Morocco MAR Omar Khailoti
16 MF Italy ITA Riccardo Calcagni
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 FW Republic of Ireland IRL Liam Kerrigan (on loan from Como)
18 FW Italy ITA Accursio Bentivegna (on loan from Juve Stabia)
21 MF Italy ITA Roberto Ranieri
23 MF Italy ITA Giorgio Savini (on loan from Torino)
26 DF Italy ITA Salvatore Boccia (on loan from Cagliari)
28 DF Italy ITA Adrian Cannavaro
29 MF Spain ESP Toni Caravaca (on loan from Sorrento)
30 DF Italy ITA Francesco Migliardi
31 GK Canada CAN Axel Desjardins
32 DF Italy ITA Lorenzo Caradonna
35 DF Italy ITA Filippo Lorenzini
42 MF Cameroon CMR Alvaro Ngamba
77 FW Iceland ISL Árni Vilhjálmsson
79 DF Italy ITA Edoardo Lancini

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 Algeria ALG Yaniss Saidi (at Ghiviborgo until 30 June 2024)
MF Italy ITA Niccolò Bagatti (at Brindisi until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Italy ITA Mattia Speranza (at Brindisi until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Lorenzo Catania (at Olbia until 30 June 2024)





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 3 (1981 C1, 1997 C1, 2021✟)

89 out of 90 years of professional football in Italy since 1929
D 1 2021–22 - -


  1. ^’è la firma dal notaio: è nato il Novara football club|data=2021-08-20
  2. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "Inter allergica al sintetico".
  6. ^ FIGC 2021/15
  7. ^ FIGC 2021/61
  8. ^ Gravina, Gabriele; Brunelli, Marco (7 September 2021). "Il Presidente Federale" (PDF). Comunicato Ufficiale (in Italian). 2020–21 (71/A). Italian Football Federation. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  9. ^ "Il Novara torna tra i pro: è la terza squadra promossa in Serie C". May 2022.
  10. ^ "Prima Squadra Maschile – Novara Football Club" (in Italian). Retrieved 13 July 2022.

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