S.S.C. Bari

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S.S.C. Bari logo.png
Full nameSocietà Sportiva Calcio Bari SpA[1]
Nickname(s)I Galletti (The Cockerels)
I Biancorossi (The White and Reds)
Founded15 January 1908; 113 years ago (1908-01-15)
27 February 1928
1 August 2018
GroundStadio San Nicola
ChairmanLuigi De Laurentiis
ManagerMichele Mignani
LeagueSerie C Group C
2020–21Serie C Group C, 4th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season
The performance of Bari in the Italian football league structure since the first season of a unified Serie A (1929/30).

Società Sportiva Calcio Bari,[2] commonly referred to as Bari, is an Italian football club founded in 1908 and based in Bari, Apulia. It currently plays in Serie C.

The club spent many seasons bouncing between the top two divisions in Italian football, Serie A and Serie B. The club was formerly known as A.S. Bari or F.C. Bari 1908 as well as other names, due to re-foundations. Bari usually play in all-white with red detailing.

Statistically Bari are the most successful club from the Apulia region, in terms of the all-time Serie A records. They are amongst the elite in Southern Italian football and are ranked 17th in the all-time Serie A records for all of Italy. Notably they won the Mitropa Cup in 1990. Bari also held the British football transfer record, when it paid £5,500,000 for David Platt in 1991. It was the most expensive fee paid by a foreign club for a British player for four years.

One of the most notable achievements in the club's history was in the 1996 season, when their forward Igor Protti became the top scorer in the Serie A with 24 goals. The club are known in the wider footballing world for producing Antonio Cassano who was born in Bari, he shone at the club as a youngster.


The foundation[edit]

F.B.C. Bari originals in 1908

Foot-Ball Club Bari was founded in the city on 15 January 1908.[3] Like the majority of early Italian football clubs, foreign people were involved in the foundation of the club. Amongst the main founders were German Floriano Ludwig, Swiss Gustavo Kuhn and a native trader of Bari called Giovanni Tiberini.[4]

The first players included many non-Italians, the FBC Bari originals included; founder Ludwig, along with Barther (English), Bach (Swiss), Attoma, Roth (Swiss), Labourdette (Spanish), Jovinet (French), Giordano, Gazagne (French), Randi and Ziegler. Originally the club wore red shirts with white shorts, early on they would play against English sailors at the San Lorenzo field in the San Pasquale area of Bari.

Although the club was founded early on, clubs from the Mezzogiorno were not very well represented in the early Italian football championships and thus Bari did not take part in the early seasons. In fact only Campania had a regional section in the league from that area prior to the First World War. The war would see the original club becoming defunct, before being reorganised in 1924 under the same name.

By this time other clubs from the city had begun playing too, including Foot-Ball Club Liberty who originally wore blue and white stripes, they were founded as a dissident club from the original Bari in 1909[5] and their rivals Unione Sportiva Ideale who wore green and black stripes and was founded in 1908. It was FBC Liberty who became the first ever side from the Province of Bari to take part in the Italian Football Championship, this was during the 1921–22 CCI season, when the main clubs in the country had a falling out with FIGC.

The following season Ideale became the first side from Bari to progress to the Southern Italian semi-finals round, but lost out to Lazio. All three clubs featured in the championship for the first time in 1924–25 however FBC Bari were relegated and ceased to exist again in 1927, Liberty on the other hand reached the Southern semi-finals before losing out heavily to Alba Roma.

Unione Sportiva Bari[edit]

During the 1926-1928 period the whole of Italian football was changing and beginning to become more organised, and several mergers were taking place in Naples, Florence and Rome around the same time. FBC Liberty opted to change their name into Bari FC and first used it on 6 February 1927 in a match against Audace Taranto, then on 27 February 1928 Bari FC merged with US Ideale to create Unione Sportiva Bari. The original US Bari shirts incorporated the stripes of Ideale, with the red and white colours of FBC Bari.

After the Italian Championship of 1928–29, the league system was reorganised and Bari was placed in Serie B. One of their players was called up to the Italian national football team that season for the first time, in the form of Raffaele Costantino, this made Bari the first Serie B club to contribute a player and a scorer to the national side.[6]

Between Serie A and Serie B[edit]

The 1930s and 1940s were Bari's golden age, spending much of that time in Serie A with a finish of seventh in 1947 being the best they achieved.

In the 1950s Bari went into a sharp decline and an equally rapid revival towards the end of the decade to spend three more years in Serie A (1958–61). Stars of the team in this period included Biagio Catalano and Raúl Conti. The club returned to Serie A twice more in this period (1963–64 and 1969–70) with the latter proving especially harrowing with only 11 goals scored, the lowest of any top-flight club. In 1974 Bari descended to Serie C, finishing that season with only 12 goals scored and 26 conceded in 38 games.

By the late 1970s Bari were back in Serie B and on something of an upward swing, narrowly missing promotion in 1982. They managed promotion to Serie A in 1985 and acquired English players Gordon Cowans and Paul Rideout, but they were unable to prevent an instant return to Serie B.

A return to Serie A in 1989 with stars including stalwart defender Giovanni Loseto, midfielder Pietro Maiellaro and Brazilian striker João Paulo saw a respectable 10th-place finish in 1990, their last season at the Della Vittoria. The following season saw Bari move to the San Nicola stadium, built for the 1990 World Cup, but by 1992, despite the signing of David Platt, and they would be relegated once more.

1970–71 A.S. Bari

Promotion in 1994 saw another two-year stay in Serie A with Igor Protti a regular scorer, and another promotion in 1997 saw the emergence of promising youngsters like Nicola Ventola, Gianluca Zambrotta, Antonio Cassano and Diego De Ascentis. This time they managed a four-year stay in Serie A under the guidance of Eugenio Fascetti, despite his uneasy relationship with many sections of the club's support. The club has since had a generally indifferent spell in Serie B. However, having been near the top of the Serie B table for much of the 2008–09 season they gained promotion to Serie A on 8 May 2009, under the guidance of Antonio Conte.

In November 2009, a take-over bid was rejected.[7] A Texas-based company JMJ Holdings also gave an intent to take over in August 2009.[8][9]

With Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Ranocchia as centre-back and Barreto as striker, Bari performed well in the first half of the season. Eventually Bari finished 10th. However, Bari lost €19 million in 2009 financial year,[10] which meant Bari was quiet in the 2010 summer window (only Almirón and Ghezzal were the new significant signings plus the purchase of Barreto after the expiration of his loan, who broke his leg in mid-season) and in the January 2011 transfer window, they failed to find a replacement of Bonucci and Ranocchia. The company recovered from negative equity due to TV income increasing as well as the sale of Bonucci (a profit of €6.45 million). Bari had a positive equity of €870,653 on 31 December 2010 and a net income of 14 million in the 2010 calendar year, due to extraordinary income from selling the brand.[11]

Bari were relegated to Serie B after the 2010–11 season finishing 17 points short of 17th placed Lecce. During the season, manager Giampiero Ventura was replaced by Bortolo Mutti in a failed attempt to save the club from relegation. On 4 March 2011, Bari played its 1,000th game in Serie A.

The End of the Matarrese reign[edit]

On 13 June 2011, President Vincenzo Matarrese and the rest of the board of directors resigned after 28 years of controlling the club. Vincenzo Torrente was brought in to manage the side in the summer of 2011 and much of the playing roster was let go due to financial difficulties at the club and replaced by young players. Despite six and seven point penalties in the following two seasons, Bari under Torrente were able to achieve to mid-table Serie B finishes however, disconcertingly, attendances continued to dwindle. In the summer of 2013, Torrente resigned and was replaced by Carmine Gautieri, who also resigned after two weeks. The top job was then assigned to Roberto Alberti Mazzaferro.

The financial position of the club continued to decline and the Mattarese family reduced the amount of money they put into the club. The club's debt reached €30m in February 2014. The club was declared bankrupt on 10 March 2014. The first bankruptcy auction, on 18 April 2014, was declared deserted due to the lack of a bid that met all of the criterion. The second auction, on 12 May 2014, also failed to find a successful bidder. The club was in real danger of disappearing.

F.C. Bari 1908[edit]

Old logo of F.C. Bari 1908

The third bankruptcy auction was held on 20 May 2014 with an asking price for the club of just €2m.[citation needed] A consortium F.C. Bari 1908 S.p.A. led by former Serie A referee Gianluca Paparesta successfully acquired the club assets and sports title. A strong spell of form towards the end of the season, where the club lost just two of its last 15 Serie B matches, meant that Bari qualified for the 2013–14 Serie B play-offs. Bari met Crotone in the quarter finals and won 3–0, setting up a clash against Latina, the side that finished 3rd in the regular season. The first leg of the play-off semifinal was a sell out with over 50,000 people attending the match, an incredible achievement considering the club recorded an attendance of less than 1,000 just a few months earlier. Bari were knocked out due to two draws (2–2 and 2–2).

In 2014–15 the team ended the season in 10th place. In 2015–16 Bari gained 5th place in the league and subsequent access to the play-off preliminary match against Novara but lost 4–5 after extra time at Stadio San Nicola.

In December 2015, Cosmo Giancaspro acquired 5% shares of Bari.[12] In April 2016 Noordin Ahmad signed a preliminary agreement to acquire 50% shares of the club[13][14] but the deal collapsed; In June 2016 Cosmo Giancaspro became the sole director (Italian: Amministratore Unico) of the club, after the entire share capital were acquired by an Italian company Kreare Impresa S.r.l.[15] According to La Repubblica, Kreare Impresa was owned by Giancaspro, but both Giancaspro and his company was involved in a money laundering investigation.[16]

A new beginning from Serie D: SSC Bari[edit]

On 16 July 2018, Bari were excluded by Co.Vi.Soc. from participating in 2018–19 Serie B due to financial reasons.[17] The shareholders also tried to recapitalize the club[18] and appeal the exclusion to Collegio di Garanzia of Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI), however, it was rejected.[19]

Thanks to the Article 52 of N.O.I.F., it was reported that Aurelio De Laurentiis, the owner of football club Napoli and film company Filmauro, had won the rights to establish a phoenix club of Bari and restart in 2018–19 Serie D.[20][21] He also re-established the current Napoli in 2004. The new club will be named S.S.C. Bari, with De Laurentiis stating his intention to bring it back to Serie A as fast as possible.[2] The club was subsequently assigned to Group I of 2018–19 Serie D, traditionally destined to teams from Sicily and Calabria.[22]

On 23 August 2018, as part of a press conference, Aurelio De Laurentiis announced his eldest son, film producer Luigi De Laurentiis Jr.,[23] as the new Bari chairman.[24]

Bari was promoted to Serie C at the end of the 2018–19 season.


Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1978–1979 Puma None
1980–1981 Pouchain None
1981–1984 Adidas MAN SE
1984–1987 Cassa di Puglia
1987–1990 Sud Leasing
1990–1992 Sud Factoring
1992–1995 Wuber
1995–1997 CEPU
1997–1998 Lotto Transport Gio.Bi
1998–2003 TELE +
2003–2005 Pasta Ambra
2005–2006 Erreà
2006–2009 Gaudianello
2009 Radionorba
2009–2012 Banca Popolare di Bari
2012–2013 Fashion District
2013–2015 SuisseGas
2015–2016 Nike Balkan Express
2016–2017 Umbro Betaland
2017–2018 Zeus Sport[25] Peroni 3.5
2018–present Kappa


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.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Italy ITA Pierluigi Frattali
3 DF France FRA Guillaume Gigliotti
4 MF Italy ITA Mattia Maita
5 DF Italy ITA Daniele Celiento
6 DF Italy ITA Valerio Di Cesare (Captain)
7 FW Italy ITA Mirco Antenucci
8 MF Italy ITA Raffaele Bianco
9 FW Italy ITA Simone Simeri
10 MF Argentina ARG Rubén Botta
11 FW Italy ITA Walid Cheddira (on loan from Parma)
13 GK Italy ITA Emanuele Polverino
14 MF Italy ITA Andrea D'Errico
18 FW Italy ITA Nicola Citro
19 MF Italy ITA Carlo De Risio
20 MF Italy ITA Lorenzo Lollo
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF Italy ITA Davide Di Gennaro
22 GK Russia RUS Denis Plitko
23 DF Italy ITA Antonio Mazzotta
24 DF Italy ITA Francesco Belli
25 DF Italy ITA Raffaele Pucino
26 DF Italy ITA Emanuele Terranova (on loan from Cremonese)
27 DF Italy ITA Cristian Andreoni
29 MF Italy ITA Manuel Scavone
30 MF Italy ITA Manuel Marras
31 DF Italy ITA Giacomo Ricci
36 MF Italy ITA Francesco Bolzoni
77 DF Italy ITA Daniel Semenzato
88 FW Italy ITA Daniele Paponi
99 MF Italy ITA Alessandro Mallamo (on loan from Atalanta)

Presidential history[edit]

The official presidential history of Bari, since 1929 until the present day.

  • Alfredo Atti (1929–31)
  • Liborio Mincuzzi (1931–32)
  • Sebastiano Roca (1932–33)
  • Raffaele Tramonte (1933–34)
  • Giovanni Tomasicchio (1934–35)
  • Giovanni Di Cagno Abbrescia (1935–36)
  • Vincenzo Signorile (1936–37)
  • Giuseppe Abbruzzese (1937–38)
  • Giambattista Patarino (1938–39)
  • Angelo Albanese (1939–40)
  • Pasquale Ranieri (1940–41)
  • Giuseppe Santoro (1941–42)
  • Antonio De Palma (1941–44)
  • Andrea Somma (1942–43)
  • Tommaso Annoscia (1944–50)
  • Rocco Scafi (1950–51)
  • Florenzo Brattelli (1951–52)
  • Francesco Saverio Lonero (1952–53)
  • Achille Tarsia Incuria (1953–56)
  • Gianfranco Brunetti (1956–59)
  • Vincenzo La Gioia (1959–61)
  • Angelo Marino (1961–63)
  • Angelo De Palo (1961–77)
  • Antonio Matarrese (1977–83)
  • Vincenzo Matarrese (1983–2011)
  • Claudio Garzelli (2011–12) (as chief executive)
  • Francesco Vinella (2012–14) (as chief executive)
  • Gianluca Paparesta (2014–16)
  • Cosmo Giancaspro (2016–18)
  • Luigi De Laurentiis (2018–)

Managerial history[edit]

Bari have had many managers and trainers, some seasons they have had co-managers running the team, here is a chronological list of them from 1928 onwards:[26]


Mitropa Cup: 1

  • Winners: 1990

Divisional movements[edit]

Series Years Last Promotions Relegations
A 30 2010–11 - Decrease 12 (1929, 1933, 1941, 1950, 1961, 1964, 1970, 1986, 1992, 1996, 2001, 2011)
B 46 2017–18 Increase 12 (1928, 1931, 1935, 1942, 1958, 1963, 1969, 1985, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2009) Decrease 5 (1951, 1965, 1974, 1983, 2018✟)
C 11 2021–22 Increase 4 (1955, 1967, 1977, 1984) Decrease 1 (1952)
87 out of 90 years of professional football in Italy since 1929
D 3 2018–19 Increase 2 (1954, 2019) never

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "La SSC Bari diventa società per azioni. Luigi De Laurentiis amministratore unico" (in Italian). BariViva.it. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Il calcio a Bari ripartirà ufficialmente con Aurelio De Laurentiis". Fox Sports (Italy) (in Italian). 31 July 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  3. ^ AmoBari.org Archived 7 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ In Internet
  5. ^ Repubblica.it Archived 18 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Forza Azzurri – Bari
  7. ^ "RIFIUTATA L'OFFERTA MELEAM PER L'ACQUISTO DELLA AS BARI SPA". AS Bari (Press release) (in Italian). 27 November 2009. Archived from the original on 26 October 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  8. ^ "JMJ Holdings announces intent to purchase AS Bari football team". AS Bari (Press release) (in Italian). 18 August 2009. Archived from the original on 26 October 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  9. ^ "L'Ad Salvatore Matarrese: 'Oggi scadenza improrogabile". AS Bari (Press release) (in Italian). 20 September 2009. Archived from the original on 2 October 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  10. ^ "Assemblea dei soci: approvato il bilancio della Società". AS Bari (in Italian). 28 May 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  11. ^ AS Bari Report and Accounts on 31 December 2010 (in Italian)
  12. ^ "Cambio di assetto societario: il 5% a Cosmo Giancaspro" (Press release) (in Italian). F.C. Bari 1908. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Noordin Ahmad: Malaysia's mystery man at Bari". FourFourTwo. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  14. ^ "[no title]" (Press release) (in Italian). F.C. Bari 1908. 11 April 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2017. Cite uses generic title (help)
  15. ^ "Cosmo Antonio Giancaspro Amministratore Unico della FC Bari 1908" (Press release) (in Italian). F.C. Bari 1908. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  16. ^ Chiarelli, Mara (21 January 2018). "Soldi e crac, le manovre di Giancaspro". La Repubblica (in Italian). Rome: GEDI Gruppo Editoriale. ISSN 2499-0817. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  17. ^ Russi, Francesca (16 July 2018). "Bari, salta l'iscrizione al campionato in B: addio al calcio professionistico dopo 110 anni". La Repubblica (Bari edition) (in Italian). GEDI Gruppo Editoriale. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  18. ^ "Errata corrige del Comunicato pubblicato stamattina alle ore 8.00" (Press release) (in Italian). F.C. Bari 1908. 12 July 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  19. ^ "Sezioni Unite: decisione rinviata su istanza cautelare per Commissariamento FIGC" (Press release) (in Italian). Italian National Olympic Committee. 31 July 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Il Bari è di De Laurentiis! Riparte con lui dalla Serie D". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Milan: RCS MediaGroup. 31 July 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  21. ^ "Bari to restart in Serie D". Football Italia. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  22. ^ "Gironi 2018/2019" (Press release) (in Italian). Lega Nazionale Dilettanti. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  23. ^ "Luigi De Laurentiis Jr". IMDB.com. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  24. ^ "Luigi De Laurentiis, un innovatore a Bari" (in Italian). 23 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  25. ^ "Sponsor tecnico: accordo biennale con Zeus Sport" (Press release) (in Italian). F.C. Bari 1908. 26 June 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  26. ^ "Gli Allenatori Del Bari Dal 1928". SoloBari.it. 24 June 2007.

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