U.S. Salernitana 1919

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US Salernitana 1919 logo.svg
Full nameUnione Sportiva Salernitana 1919 S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Granata (The Garnets)
Founded1919; 102 years ago (1919)
GroundStadio Arechi[1]
CEOUgo Marchetti[3]
ManagerStefano Colantuono
LeagueSerie A
2020–21Serie B, 2nd of 20 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Unione Sportiva Salernitana 1919, commonly referred to as Salernitana, is an Italian football club based in Salerno, Campania. Salernitana returned to Serie A in 2021, after a break of 23 seasons, having finished second in Serie B. Previously, in 2015, I Granata were promoted to Serie B, having finished first in Lega Pro Prima Divisione – Girone C. The club is the legitimate heir of the former Salernitana Calcio 1919[4] and there is a sports continuity also with the former Salerno Calcio[5] in the 2011–12 season[1][6] which restarted from Serie D[7] rather than from Terza Categoria due to Article 52 NOIF of FIGC.[8]

The club – named Salerno Calcio – was promoted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione as it re-obtained the original name of U.S. Salernitana 1919.[4] It was promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione the following season.


From Unione Sportiva Salernitana to Salernitana Calcio 1919[edit]

The Salerno-based club was originally founded in 1919 as the Unione Sportiva Salernitana. The club was known as Società Sportiva Salernitanaudax for a time during the 1920s following a merger with Audax Salerno. In 1978, the club was renamed Salernitana Sport. The club has spent the majority of their history at the Serie B and Serie C levels of Italian football.

Salernitana play their home matches at Stadio Arechi. In their early years, Salernitana competed in the regional Italian Football Championship. They played at this level for four seasons during the 1920s. Since that time the club returned to the top level of Italian football twice; they played in Serie A during 1947–48 and 1998–99.

In 2005 the club went bankrupt but were refounded by Antonio Lombardi, changing the name from Salernitana Sport to Salernitana Calcio 1919.

In summer 2011, it did not appeal against the exclusion by Commissione di Vigilanza sulle Società di Calcio Professionistiche (Co.Vi.So.C) and it is excluded by the Italian football.[citation needed]

Club refoundation: from Serie D to the top flight[edit]

Salernitana-Cosenza 2014–15

On 21 July 2011, following the exclusion of the original Salernitana club, Salerno mayor Vincenzo De Luca, in compliance with Article 52 of N.O.I.F., assigned the new title to Marco Mezzaroma, brother-in-law of Lazio owner and chairman Claudio Lotito. The new club was admitted to Serie D under the denomination of Salerno Calcio.[1][9][10]

In the 2011–12 season, Salernitana was immediately promoted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione after winning Group G of Serie D.

On 12 July 2012, the club was renamed US Salernitana 1919.[4] In the 2012–13 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season, Salernitana finished first in Girone B, and was promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione. This was the second consecutive promotion for the team. Finally Salernitana won Group C of Lega Pro and returned Serie B in 2014–15 season.

After several seasons at Serie B level, Salernitana won promotion to Serie A at the end of the 2020–21 Serie B season under the tenure of head coach Fabrizio Castori, finishing in 2nd place behind champions Empoli. Promotion was secured with a 3–0 victory over Pescara on the final matchday. Salernitana's return to Serie A however required Lotito and Mezzaroma to sell the club, due to Italian football laws not allowing two clubs from the same owner to play in the same league.[11] On 7 July 2021, the FIGC Federal Council approved the trust of Salernitana to take control of the club, meaning it was officially enrolled in Serie A for the first time in 23 years.[12]

Return to Serie A: 2021–present[edit]

Salernitana's first match in its return to the top flight was a 3–2 defeat against Bologna on 22 August 2021.[13]

Colours, badge and nicknames[edit]

Salernitana's original kit.

Salernitana originally wore light blue and white striped shirts, known in Italy as biancocelesti.[14] The blue on the shirt was chosen to represent the sea, Salerno the city lies right next to the Gulf of Salerno and has a long tradition as a port city. In the 1940s, the club changed to garnet coloured shirts, which has gained them the nickname granata in their homeland.

During the 2011–12 season their kit colours were striped blue and deep red, resembling F.C. Barcelona. The symbol of St. Matthew, patron saint of Salerno, was also a part of the redesigned kit.[15]

Since renaming the club US Salernitana 1919, however, their home colours have again been the traditional garnet.[4]

The 100th anniversary logo was announced on June 24, 2019, and appeared on their 2019–20 season kits.[16]


Winners: 1946–47 (Group C), 1997–98
Runners-up: 2020–21
Winners: 1937–38; 1965–66; 2007–08; 2014–15
Runners-up: 1989–90; 1993–94
Runners-up: 1980
Winners: 2013–14 against Monza Calcio[17]
Winner: 2012–13
Winners: 2012–13
Winner: 2011–12 (as Salerno Calcio)


Current squad[edit]

As of 23 October 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 Vincenzo Fiorillo
2 MF Senegal SEN Mamadou Coulibaly (on loan from Udinese)
3 DF Italy ITA Matteo Ruggeri (on loan from Atalanta)
4 DF Poland POL Paweł Jaroszyński (on loan from Genoa)
5 DF Albania ALB Frédéric Veseli
6 DF Norway NOR Stefan Strandberg
7 MF France FRA Franck Ribéry (captain)
8 MF Italy ITA Andrea Schiavone
9 FW Italy ITA Federico Bonazzoli (on loan from Sampdoria)
11 FW Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Milan Đurić
12 GK Italy ITA Antonio Russo
13 DF Italy ITA Ramzi Aya
14 MF Italy ITA Francesco Di Tacchio (vice-captain)
15 FW Ivory Coast CIV Cedric Gondo
18 MF Mali MLI Lassana Coulibaly
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 DF Italy ITA Luca Ranieri (on loan from Fiorentina)
20 MF Cyprus CYP Grigoris Kastanos (on loan from Juventus)
21 DF Italy ITA Nadir Zortea (on loan from Atalanta)
22 MF Nigeria NGA Joel Obi
23 DF Slovakia SVK Norbert Gyömbér
24 DF Tunisia TUN Wajdi Kechrida
25 FW Nigeria NGA Simy (on loan from Crotone)
26 DF Croatia CRO Luka Bogdan
28 MF Italy ITA Leonardo Capezzi
31 DF Sweden SWE Riccardo Gagliolo
33 DF Italy ITA Filippo Delli Carri (on loan from Juventus)
63 FW Italy ITA Edoardo Vergani
71 GK Italy ITA Jacopo De Matteis
72 GK Slovenia SVN Vid Belec

Other players under contract[edit]

Include players not registered for current season.

As of 4 October 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
GK Italy ITA Guido Guerrieri
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Italy ITA Sedrick Kalombo

Out on loan[edit]

As of 31 August 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
GK Italy ITA Alessandro Micai (at Reggina until 30 June 2022)
DF Italy ITA Valerio Mantovani (at Alessandria until 30 June 2022)
DF Italy ITA Mirko Esposito (at Mantova until 30 June 2022)
DF Italy ITA Gioacchino Galeotafiore (at Seregno until 30 June 2022)
DF France FRA Sanasi Sy (at Cosenza until 30 June 2022)
MF Italy ITA Luca Castiglia (at Modena until 30 June 2022)
MF Netherlands NED Reda Boultam (at Cosenza until 30 June 2022)
MF Spain ESP Kaleb Jimenez Castillo (at Seregno until 30 June 2022)
MF Italy ITA Michele Cavion (at Brescia until 30 June 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Italy ITA Agostino Del Regno (at Paganese until 30 June 2022)
MF Italy ITA Carmine Iannone (at Paganese until 30 June 2022)
MF Italy ITA Edoardo Iannoni (at Ancona-Matelica until 30 June 2022)
MF Italy ITA Francesco Orlando (at Alessandria until 30 June 2022)
MF Italy ITA Gaetano Vitale (at Seregno until 30 June 2022)
FW Italy ITA Filippo D'Andrea (at Seregno until 30 June 2022)
FW Italy ITA Giuseppe Fella (at Palermo until 30 June 2022)
FW Norway NOR Julian Kristoffersen (at Cosenza until 30 June 2022)

Former players[edit]

These former players have recorded starts for their respective national teams.

Players from the Italian national football team:

Players from other national football teams:



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Further reading[edit]

  • Giovanni Vitale (2010). Salernitana storia di gol sorrisi e affanni. International printing. ISBN 978-88-7868-094-4.

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