Ternana Calcio

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Full nameTernana Calcio S.p.A.
Nickname(s)I Rossoverdi (The Red and Greens)
Le Fere ("The Beasts" in Umbrian)
Founded1925; 98 years ago (1925)
1993; 30 years ago (1993) (Ternana Calcio)
GroundStadio Libero Liberati,
Terni, Italy
OwnerStefano Bandecchi
ChairmanStefano Ranucci
ManagerAurelio Andreazzoli
LeagueSerie B
2021–22Serie B, 10th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Ternana Calcio, commonly referred to as Ternana, is an Italian football club based in Terni, Umbria.

The club was founded in 1925 and refounded in 1993. In its history, Ternana has twice played in Serie A (in the 1972–73 and 1974–75 seasons) and 28 times in Serie B, where it will play during the 2021–22 season, having earned promotion from Serie C the season before.

The first team from Umbria to reach Serie A, Ternana enjoys a local rivalry with Perugia. Ternana plays its home matches at the Stadio Libero Liberati.


Serie A[edit]


The club was founded in 1925 as Terni F.B.C after the merger between Terni Football Club and Unione Sportiva Ternana, reaching the II Division in 1926 and the I Division (nowadays known as Serie B) just a year later.

From Serie C to Serie B[edit]

1969–70 Ternana

The club, however, folded in due to financial difficulties, being refounded in 1929 as Unione Fascista Ternana (a denomination that was common during the Italian fascist regime). Folding again in 1933, the club returned to footballing action in 1935 under the name Polisportiva Mario Umberto Borzacchini, after a racing car driver and a native of Terni who had died at the 1933 Monza Grand Prix. In 1938 the new club reached promotion to Serie C, missing a second consecutive promotion the following year.

In 1946, after the World War II, football restarted in Italy and Ternana played in the Serie B, missing promotion for two consecutive years, and being relegated to Serie C in 1949 and IV Serie in 1950. A third relegation, this time to Promozione, came in 1953, and was followed by two years in the regional division for Ternana before returning to IV Serie in 1955. The club returned to Serie C in 1964, and Serie B in 1968, the latter under coach Corrado Viciani.

1970s–1993: From Serie A to bankruptcy[edit]

1972–73 Ternana, at its first Serie A season.

In 1972, Ternana finally won Serie B and reached Serie A for their first time, again with Viciani as coach. However, the club did not prove to be ready for Serie A, as they were promptly relegated in their debut appearance in the top flight, managing only three wins in 30 matches. In 1974, again in Serie B, Ternana managed to reach one of the three top spots, winning their second promotion to Serie A; this was, however, followed by yet another sad relegation. In the following years, despite a number of noted head coaches such as Edmondo Fabbri, Cesare Maldini and Renzo Ulivieri, Ternana did not manage to return in the top flight, and instead were relegated to Serie C in 1980, despite a prestigious run in the 1979–80 Coppa Italia, where Ternana reached the semi-finals, being then eliminated 3–1 on aggregate by Roma.

During the 1980s Ternana played between Serie C1 and Serie C2, before going bankrupt on 12 December 1987. Managed by an official liquidator, Ternana ended the season and escaped relegation. The club, bought in the summer of 1988 by a consortium headed by Gaspare Gambino, won promotion to Serie C in 1988–89 after winning the penalty shootout in a playoff against Chieti. Successively, Ternana won Serie C1 in 1992 and marked their return to Serie B. The promotion was, however, followed by financial troubles that prevented new signings. At the end of the season, which the team finished in the last position, Ternana went officially bankrupt.

1993–1998: From the refoundation to Serie B[edit]

On the summer 1993 the club was refounded as Ternana Calcio and was being forced to begin again from Serie D. In their first Serie D campaign, Ternana missed promotion, ending in third place behind Teramo and local rivals Narnese. This was followed by another unsuccessful attempt, as Ternana lost promotion to Viterbese; despite this, the club was later readmitted to Serie C2 to fill a league vacancy (ripescaggio). In 1996–97 and 1997–98, with a new president and Luigi Delneri as head coach, Ternana won two consecutive promotions, thus returning to Serie B.

1998–present: From Serie B to Lega Pro Prima Divisione and back[edit]

Ternana played Serie B from 1998 until 2006. In 2004 missed a promotion in Serie A finishing 4 points behind Fiorentina.

In 2006 they were relegated to Serie C1 (since the season 2008–09 Lega Pro Prima Divisione).

In the season 2010–11 the club was relegated to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione after losing the play-out, but it was later readmitted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione on 4 August 2011 to fill vacancies.[1]

In the following season 2011–12 it was promoted from Lega Pro Prima Divisione to Serie B.

Back in Serie B, Ternana has avoided relegation as well as play-outs for 6 consecutive seasons.

In June 2017, the ownership of the club passed to the Stefano Bandecchi[citation needed] (owner of the Università degli Studi Niccolò Cusano). When the club was bought by Unicusano, thus adding the name of the private university to the club. The word "Unicusano" was also added to the crest in 2017–18 season, but was removed in May 2018.[2]

Ternana was relegated from Serie B on 12 May 2018.[3]

Colors and badge[edit]

The team's colours are red and green. It is the only Italian professional team with a red and green combination.


The ultra supporters of Ternana Calcio are called "The Freak Brothers". Like many Italians ultras, they are linked with the political left.[4]


Current squad[edit]

As of 25 January 2023[5]

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 Antony Iannarilli
2 MF Senegal SEN Mamadou Coulibaly (on loan from Salernitana)
3 GK Italy ITA Angelo Casadei
4 DF Denmark DEN Frederik Sørensen
5 MF Italy ITA Antonio Palumbo
6 DF Italy ITA Federico Mazzarani
7 MF Italy ITA Gabriele Capanni
8 MF Italy ITA Mattia Proietti
9 FW Italy ITA Alfredo Donnarumma
10 FW Uruguay URU César Falletti
12 GK Lithuania LTU Titas Krapikas
13 DF Italy ITA Valerio Mantovani (on loan from Salernitana)
14 MF Italy ITA Francesco Di Tacchio
17 FW Italy ITA Andrea Favilli (on loan from Genoa)
18 FW Italy ITA Gabriele Onesti
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 DF Italy ITA Marco Capuano
20 MF Italy ITA Fabrizio Paghera
21 FW Italy ITA Anthony Partipilo
22 GK Italy ITA Alessandro Morlupo
23 DF France FRA Salim Diakite
24 DF Italy ITA Luca Ghiringhelli
25 MF Italy ITA Marino Defendi (captain)
26 DF Croatia CRO Luka Bogdan (on loan from Salernitana)
27 DF Senegal SEN Mame Ass Ndir
29 MF Italy ITA Francesco Cassata (on loan from Genoa)
33 GK Italy ITA Tommaso Vitali
34 MF Italy ITA Davide Agazzi
87 DF Italy ITA Bruno Martella
91 DF Italy ITA Niccolò Corrado

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 Slovenia SVN Matija Boben (at Pescara until 30 June 2023)
DF Italy ITA Alessandro Celli (at Südtirol until 30 June 2023)
DF Italy ITA Luca Mercorella (at Barletta until 30 June 2023)
MF Italy ITA Filippo Damian (at Trento until 30 June 2023)
MF Italy ITA Federico Furlan (at Latina until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Italy ITA Guido Marilungo (at Renacanatese until 30 June 2023)
MF Italy ITA Matteo Ortolani (at Chiasso until 30 June 2023)
FW Italy ITA Alexis Ferrante (at Cesena until 30 June 2023)
FW Italy ITA Stefano Pettinari (at Benevento until 30 June 2023)
FW Italy ITA Pietro Rovaglia (at Montevarchi until 30 June 2023)



Ternana's 1971–72 Serie B winning squad
Winners: 1971–72
Winners: 1967–68, 1991–92, 2011–12. 2020–21,
Winners: 1996–97,
Winners: 2021,


  • Armadori, Giorgio; Christian Armadori (2001). Tra storia e leggenda, almanacco illustrato della Ternana dalle origini al 2000 (in Italian). Ternana Calcio. ISBN 88-434-0859-3.


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