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; 104 years ago (1919)
2005; 18 years ago (2005) (refounded)
2011; 12 years ago (2011) (refounded)
GroundStadio Arechi[1]
CEODanilo Iervolino[3]
ManagerDavide Nicola
LeagueSerie A
2021–22Serie A, 17th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Unione Sportiva Salernitana 1919, commonly referred to as Salernitana, is an Italian 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.


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 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.[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][7][8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14]

Colours, badge and nicknames[edit]

Salernitana's original kit.

Salernitana originally wore light blue and white striped shirts, known in Italy as biancocelesti.[15] 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.[16]

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.[17]



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


Winners: 2013–14
Winners: 2012–13

Divisional movements[edit]

Series Years Last Promotions Relegations
A 4 2022–23 - Decrease 2 (1948, 1999)
B 30 2020–21 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✟)
89 out of 90 years of professional football in Italy since 1929
D 1 2011–12 Increase 1 (2012) never


Current squad[edit]

As of 31 January 2023

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 DF Tunisia TUN Dylan Bronn
3 DF Croatia CRO Domagoj Bradarić
5 DF Austria AUT Flavius Daniliuc
6 MF France FRA Junior Sambia
8 MF Norway NOR Emil Bohinen
9 FW Italy ITA Federico Bonazzoli
10 MF Netherlands NED Tonny Vilhena (on loan from Espanyol)
11 FW Norway NOR Erik Botheim
13 GK Mexico MEX Guillermo Ochoa
14 FW Chile CHI Diego Valencia
15 DF Nigeria NGA William Troost-Ekong (on loan from Watford)
16 MF Serbia SRB Ivan Radovanović
17 DF Argentina ARG Federico Fazio (captain)
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF Mali MLI Lassana Coulibaly
20 MF Cyprus CYP Grigoris Kastanos
22 MF Slovenia SVN Domen Črnigoj (on loan from Venezia)
23 DF Slovakia SVK Norbert Gyömbér
25 MF Italy ITA Giulio Maggiore
29 FW Senegal SEN Boulaye Dia (on loan from Villarreal)
30 MF Italy ITA Pasquale Mazzocchi
33 GK Italy ITA Luigi Sepe
41 MF Italy ITA Hans Nicolussi (on loan from Juventus)
66 DF Italy ITA Matteo Lovato
87 MF Italy ITA Antonio Candreva (on loan from Sampdoria)
98 DF Italy ITA Lorenzo Pirola (on loan from Inter Milan)
99 FW Poland POL Krzysztof Piątek (on loan from Hertha BSC)

Other players under contract[edit]

As of 10 January 2023

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Italy ITA Gioacchino Galeotafiore
No. Pos. Nation Player

Players out on loan[edit]

As of 31 January 2023

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 Jacopo De Matteis (at Fermana until 30 June 2023)
DF Croatia CRO Luka Bogdan (at Ternana until 30 June 2023)
DF Poland POL Paweł Jaroszyński (at MKS Cracovia until 30 June 2023)
DF Italy ITA Valerio Mantovani (at Ternana until 30 June 2023)
DF Moldova MDA Andrei Moțoc (at Siena until 30 June 2023)
MF Netherlands NED Reda Boultam (at NK Istra 1961 until 30 June 2023)
MF Senegal SEN Mamadou Coulibaly (at Ternana until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Italy ITA Edoardo Iannoni (at Perugia until 30 June 2024)
MF Spain ESP Kaleb Jiménez Castillo (at Vicenza until 30 June 2024)
MF Italy ITA Francesco Orlando (at Siena until 30 June 2023)
FW Norway NOR Julian Kristoffersen (at Virtus Verona until 30 June 2023)
FW Brazil BRA Mikael (at América Mineiro until 31 December 2023)
FW Nigeria NGA Simy (at Benevento until 30 June 2023)

Non-playing staff[edit]

As of 23 October 2022[18][19]
Position Staff
Sporting director Italy Morgan De Sanctis
Head coach Italy Davide Nicola
Assistant coach Italy Manuele Cacicia
Goalkeeping coaches Italy Michelangelo Rampulla
Italy Mauro Lamberti
Athletic coaches Italy Gabriele Stoppino
Italy Vincenzo Laurino
Italy Marco Celia
Italy Daniele Tozzi
Technical collaborators Italy Simone Barone
Italy Manolo Pestrin
Match analysts Italy Federico Barni
Italy Sandro Antonini
Team Manager Italy Salvatore Avallone
Referee Caretaker Italy Cristina Lambiase Savage
Kit Manager Italy Gerardo Salvucci
Italy Rosario Fiorillo
Team Doctor Italy Dott. Vincenzo Rosciano
Head of medical staff Italy Dott. Italo Leo
Nutritionist Italy Dott. Andrea Cioffi
Physiotherapist - Osteopath Italy Giovanni Carmando
Italy Giuseppe Magliano
Massophysiotherapist Italy Davide Bisogno
Physiotherapist Italy Francesco Minieri
Scientific Consultant Italy Prof. Marcello Zappia
Italy Dott. Antonio Lambiase
Technical directors (first team football) Italy Giulio Migliaccio
Italy Simone Lo Schiavo
Youth system director Italy Stefano Colantuono

National team players[edit]

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

Players from the Italian national football team:

Players from other national football teams:

World Cup players[edit]

The following players have been selected by their country in the World Cup Finals, 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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