S.S. Audace Cerignola

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Audace Cerignola
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Full nameSocietà Sportiva
Audace Cerignola srl
GroundStadio Domenico Monterisi,
Cerignola, Italy
ChairmanDanilo Quarto
ManagerMichele Pazienza
LeagueSerie C Group C
2021–22Serie D Group H, 1st of 20 (promoted)

S.S. Audace Cerignola, commonly known as Audace Cerignola or simply Cerignola, is an Italian association football club from Cerignola, Apulia. They play in the Serie C Group C.


The club was originally founded in 1912 as Gruppo Sportivo Cerignola. They played Serie C from 1935 to 1937, after which they exclusively took part at amateur leagues.

The club voluntarily stepped out in 2013 due to financial issues, and restarted from Prima Categoria only a year later. In 2017 they returned to play Serie D, a league they had not played since the year 2000.

In 2019, Audace Cerignola ended the season in an impressive second place, behind AZ Picerno; in the following playoffs, they made it to the final, where they defeated Taranto, thus ensuring a priority slot in the Serie C repechages.

However, due to a number stadium-related issues, the Italian Football Federation denied Serie C entry to the club.[1] After winning a first appeal to the Italian National Olympic Committee Court,[2] and FIGC declining Audace Cerignola's admission due to other stadium-related technicalities,[3] on 5 August 2019 the CONI Court once again overturned the latter's decision, confirming Audace Cerignola's right to take part in the 2019–20 Serie C.[4]

Audace Cerignola were finally promoted to Serie C in the 2021–22 Serie D season, as Group H champions, under the guidance of head coach Michele Pazienza.[5]

Current squad[edit]

As of 24 January 2023[6]

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 Umberto Saracco
2 DF Italy ITA Fabricio Olivera
3 DF Italy ITA Luca Russo
4 MF Italy ITA Raffaele Bianco
5 MF Argentina ARG Galo Capomaggio
6 DF Italy ITA Giacinto Allegrini (captain)
7 MF Italy ITA Giuseppe Coccia
8 FW Italy ITA Alessandro Inguscio
9 FW Italy ITA Giancarlo Malcore
10 MF Italy ITA Michele D'Ausilio
11 FW Italy ITA Samuele Neglia
12 GK Italy ITA Giuseppe Fares
15 DF Italy ITA Alessandro Ligi
16 MF Italy ITA Manuel Botta
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 FW Italy ITA Filippo D'Andrea
19 FW Morocco MAR Ismail Achik
20 MF Spain ESP Miguel Ángel
21 DF Italy ITA Lorenzo Gonnelli
22 GK Italy ITA Salvatore Trezza
29 MF Italy ITA Mattia Tascone
32 DF Italy ITA Edoardo Blondett
33 MF Italy ITA Christian Langella
37 FW Italy ITA Pablo Vitali (on loan from Foggia)
72 DF Italy ITA Paolo Giofrè
DF Italy ITA Samuele Righetti (on loan from Perugia)
FW Italy ITA Zak Ruggiero
FW Italy ITA Luigi Samele (on loan from Sassuolo)
FW Italy ITA Sabino Signorile

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 Italy ITA Paolo Bianco (at Molfetta until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Italy ITA Vincenzo Farucci (at Molfetta until 30 June 2023)


  1. ^ "Ripescaggi e Riammissioni Serie B e Serie C: le decisioni del Consiglio Federale" (in Italian). Ysport.eu. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Accolti ricorsi sia di Bisceglie che Cerignola. Girone C a 21 squadre?" (in Italian). Sporterni. 23 July 2019. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Figc: Bisceglie in C, respinto il Cerignola" (in Italian). Teleregione. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Serie C: Audace Cerignola ripescata, accolto il ricorso dal Collegio di Garanzia del Coni" (in Italian). SKY Sport Italia. 5 August 2019. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Cerignola in festa: l'Audace è in Serie C" (in Italian). FoggiaToday. 24 April 2022. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  6. ^ "Italy - USD Audace Cerignola - Soccerway". Soccerway. Retrieved 10 August 2022.

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