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; 99 years ago (1925)
GroundStadio Libero Liberati,
Terni, Italy
OwnerNicola Guida
ChairmanNicola Guida
ManagerRoberto Breda
LeagueSerie B
2023–24Serie B, 15th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Ternana Calcio, commonly referred to as Ternana, is an Italian football club based in Terni, Umbria and currently compete in the Serie C.

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.

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] and returned to Serie B after a three-year purgatory.[4] In their last season in Serie C, Ternana dominated the (Southern) group C, finishing 22 points ahead Catanzaro.[5]

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.[6]


Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2024[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 Antony Iannarilli
3 DF Italy ITA Riccardo Zoia (on loan from Vis Pesaro)
4 DF Denmark DEN Frederik Sørensen
6 DF Italy ITA Christian Dalle Mura (on loan from Fiorentina)
8 MF Netherlands NED Kees de Boer
9 FW Italy ITA Antonio Raimondo (on loan from Bologna)
11 FW Poland POL Jan Żuberek (on loan from Inter)
15 DF Argentina ARG Tiago Casasola
17 FW Italy ITA Andrea Favilli (on loan from Genoa)
18 FW Italy ITA Gabriele Onesti
19 DF Italy ITA Marco Capuano
22 GK Italy ITA Denis Franchi
24 MF Italy ITA Federico Viviani
25 MF Poland POL Jakub Łabojko
No. Pos. Nation Player
27 MF Italy ITA Costantino Favasuli (on loan from Fiorentina)
28 FW Italy ITA Filippo Distefano (on loan from Fiorentina)
32 DF Italy ITA Filippo Sgarbi (on loan from Cosenza)
44 DF Italy ITA Lorenzo Lucchesi (on loan from Fiorentina)
65 FW Italy ITA Federico Dionisi
66 MF Finland FIN Niklas Pyyhtiä (on loan from Bologna)
71 MF Italy ITA Gregorio Luperini
72 MF Italy ITA Lorenzo Amatucci (on loan from Fiorentina)
73 MF Romania ROU Andrei Mărginean (on loan from Sassuolo)
77 GK Brazil BRA Gabriel Brazão (on loan from Inter)
79 DF Argentina ARG Franco Carboni (on loan from Inter)
82 DF France FRA Ange N'Guessan (on loan from Torino)
86 MF Italy ITA Giacomo Faticanti (on loan from Lecce)
89 MF Uruguay URU Gastón Pereiro (on loan from Cagliari)

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 Croatia CRO Luka Bogdan (at Ascoli until 30 June 2024, obligation to buy)
DF Italy ITA Niccolò Corrado (at Modena until 30 June 2024)
DF Senegal SEN Ndir Mame Ass (at Alessandria until 30 June 2024)
DF Italy ITA Bruno Martella (at Feralpisalò until 30 June 2024)
MF Italy ITA Francesco Di Tacchio (at Südtirol until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Italy ITA Gabriele Capanni (at Rimini until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Alfredo Donnarumma (at Catanzaro until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Alexis Ferrante (at Benevento until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Ottavio Garau (at Juve Stabia until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Pietro Rovaglia (at Casertana until 30 June 2024)



Ternana's 1971–72 Serie B winning squad


  • 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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