US Salernitana 1919

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Full nameUnione Sportiva Salernitana 1919 S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Granata (The Garnets)
Founded19 June 1919; 104 years ago (19 June 1919) (as Unione Sportiva Salernitana)
4 May 1927; 97 years ago (4 May 1927) (refounded as US Salernitana)
2005; 19 years ago (2005) (refounded as Salernitana Calcio 1919)
2011; 13 years ago (2011) (refounded as Salerno Calcio)
GroundStadio Arechi[1]
CEODanilo Iervolino[3]
Head coachGabriele Cioffi
LeagueSerie B
2023–24Serie A, 20th of 20 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season
The performance of Salernitana in the Italian football league structure since the first season of a unified Serie A (1929/30).

Unione Sportiva Salernitana 1919 is an Italian professional football club based in Salerno, Campania. The original club was founded in 1919 and has been reconstituted three times in the course of its history, most recently in 2011. The current club is the heir of the former Salernitana Calcio 1919,[4] and it restarted from Serie D in the 2011–12 season.[5][6] Salernitana returned to Serie A in 2021, after a break of 23 seasons, having finished second in Serie B. They will play in Serie B after being relegated from Serie A.[7]


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 arrived 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 was restarted by Antonio Lombardi, changing the name from Salernitana Sport to Salernitana Calcio 1919.

In 2011, the club did not appeal against a decision by Commissione di Vigilanza sulle Società di Calcio Professionistiche (Co.Vi.So.C) and was excluded from Italian football.[8]

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] After a poor start to the season, earning only one point from the first six matches, the club picked up its first Serie A victory against Genoa on matchday seven, winning 1–0 due to a goal from Milan Đurić.[14] In October, the Salernitana board fired Castori after a 2–1 loss to Spezia had left the club at the bottom of the table, with four points from their opening eight league games. Stefano Colantuono was named as his replacement, returning for a second spell as head coach having previously led Salernitana from December 2017 to December 2018.[15] On 22 May 2022, Salernitana avoided relegation by finishing with the lowest points tally in Serie A history with just 31 points. Salernitana managed to pull off the great escape by securing 18 points from their last 15 matches.[16] In the 2023/2024 Serie A season, Salernitana finished bottom of the table and were relegated back to Serie B.[17]

Colours, badge and nicknames[edit]

Salernitana's original kit

Salernitana originally wore light blue and white striped shirts, known in Italy as biancocelesti.[18] The blue on the shirt was chosen to represent the sea, as Salerno 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.[19]

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 24 June 2019, and appeared on their 2019–20 season kits.[20]



Winners: 1946–47 (Group C), 1997–98
Winners: 1937–38, 1965–66, 2007–08, 2014–15
Winners: 2012–13
Winners: 2011–12 (as Salerno Calcio)


Winners: 2013–14
Winners: 2012–13


’’’Quarter Finalist’’’: 1994-1995

Divisional movements[edit]

Series Years Last Promotions Relegations
A 5 2023–24 Decrease 3 (1948, 1999, 2024)
B 31 2024–25 Increase 3 (1947, 1998, 2021) Decrease 6 (1939, 1956, 1967, 1991, 2005✟, 2010)
2014–15 Increase 7 (1938, 1943, 1966, 1990, 1994, 2008, 2015)
Increase 1 (2013 C2)
Decrease 1 (2011✟)
92 out of 93 years of professional football in Italy since 1929
D 1 2011–12 Increase 1 (2012) never


Current squad[edit]

As of 15 February 2024

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
3 DF Croatia CRO Domagoj Bradarić
4 DF Greece GRE Triantafyllos Pasalidis
5 DF Germany GER Jérôme Boateng
6 DF France FRA Junior Sambia
7 MF Argentina ARG Agustín Martegani (on loan from San Lorenzo)
9 FW Nigeria NGA Simy
10 FW Senegal SEN Boulaye Dia
11 MF France FRA Iron Gomis (on loan from Kasımpaşa)
13 GK Mexico MEX Guillermo Ochoa
14 FW Israel ISR Shon Weissman (on loan from Granada)
17 DF Argentina ARG Federico Fazio (captain)
18 MF Mali MLI Lassana Coulibaly
20 MF Cyprus CYP Grigoris Kastanos
22 FW Nigeria NGA Chukwubuikem Ikwuemesi
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 DF Slovakia SVK Norbert Gyömbér (3rd captain)
24 DF Argentina ARG Marco Pellegrino (on loan from AC Milan)
25 MF Italy ITA Giulio Maggiore
26 MF Croatia CRO Toma Bašić (on loan from Lazio)
27 DF Italy ITA Niccolò Pierozzi (on loan from Fiorentina)
33 FW France FRA Loum Tchaouna
36 MF Romania ROU Andres Șfaiț
44 DF Greece GRE Kostas Manolas
55 MF Italy ITA Emanuel Vignato (on loan from Pisa)
56 GK France FRA Benoît Costil
59 DF Italy ITA Alessandro Zanoli (on loan from Napoli)
62 GK Italy ITA Pasquale Allocca
87 MF Italy ITA Antonio Candreva (vice-captain)
98 DF Italy ITA Lorenzo Pirola
99 MF Poland POL Mateusz Łęgowski

Other players under contract[edit]

As of 5 February 2024

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Brazil BRA Mikael

Players out on loan[edit]

As of 15 February 2024

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 Luigi Sepe (at Lazio until 30 June 2024)
GK Italy ITA Alessio Di Giorgio (at Fossombrone until 30 June 2024)
DF Tunisia TUN Dylan Bronn (at Servette until 30 June 2024)
DF Austria AUT Flavius Daniliuc (at RB Salzburg until 30 June 2024)
DF Italy ITA Matteo Lovato (at Torino until 30 June 2024)
DF Moldova MDA Andrei Moțoc (at Legnago Salus until 30 June 2024)
MF Norway NOR Emil Bohinen (at Genoa until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Senegal SEN Mamadou Coulibaly (at Palermo until 30 June 2024)
MF Italy ITA Edoardo Iannoni (at Perugia until 30 June 2024)
MF Italy ITA Antonio Pio Iervolino (at Vis Pesaro until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Federico Bonazzoli (at Hellas Verona until 30 June 2024)
FW Jamaica JAM Trivante Stewart (at Javor-Matis until 30 June 2024)
FW Chile CHI Diego Valencia (at Atromitos until 30 June 2024)


As of 31 January 2024

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
40 DF Italy ITA Emanuele Elia
41 DF Italy ITA Tommaso Ferrari
42 DF Italy ITA Niccolò Guccione
43 FW Italy ITA Gerardo Fusco
No. Pos. Nation Player
45 MF Italy ITA Rocco Di Vico
51 MF Italy ITA Ciro Borrelli (on loan from Napoli Primavera)
65 GK Italy ITA Gregorio Salvati
70 FW Italy ITA Luca Boncori

Non-playing staff[edit]

As of 10 March 2024[21]
Position Staff
Sporting director Italy Walter Sabatini
Head coach Italy Gabriele Cioffi
Assistant coach Italy Gianfrancesco Pucci
Technical collaborator Italy Manolo Pestrin
Goalkeeping coach Italy Mauro Lamberti
Athletic coach Italy Armando Fucci
Italy Vincenzo Laurino
Italy Marco Celia
Italy Daniele Tozzi
Match analyst Italy Sandro Antonini
Team manager Italy Salvatore Avallone
Referee Caretaker Italy Cristina Lambiase Savage
Kit Manager Italy Gerardo Salvucci
Italy Rosario Fiorillo
Italy Mario Gaeta
Head of medical staff Italy Dott. Vincenzo Rosciano
Medical area coordinator Italy Dott. Gennaro Alfano
Team Doctor Italy Dott. Italo Leo
Nutritionist Italy Dott. Stefano Gallo
Physiotherapist - Osteopath Italy Giovanni Carmando
Italy Giuseppe Magliano
Italy Paolo Chianese
Massophysiotherapist Italy Davide Bisogno
Physiotherapist Italy Simone Sigillo
Italy Francesco Minieri
Italy Andrea Ciccarino
Scientific consultant Italy Prof.Marcello Zappia
Italy Dott.Antonio Lambiase
Italy Dott.Daniele Masarone
Italy Dott.Luca Bardi
Podiatrist Italy Sergio Di Palma
Goalkeeping Co-ordinator Italy Luigi Genovese

National team players[edit]

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

Players from the Italy national football team:


Players from other national football teams:

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cape Verde
Ivory Coast
South Africa

World Cup players[edit]

The following players have been selected by their country in a World Cup Final Squad, while playing for Salernitana.



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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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