US Sassuolo Calcio

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Full nameUnione Sportiva Sassuolo
Calcio S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Neroverdi (The Black and Greens)
The Watermelon Peel
Founded1920; 104 years ago (1920)
GroundMapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore
OwnerSquinzi Family (through Mapei)
ChairmanCarlo Rossi[2]
Head coachFabio Grosso
LeagueSerie B
2023–24Serie A, 19th of 20 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Unione Sportiva Sassuolo Calcio, commonly referred to as Sassuolo (Italian pronunciation: [sasˈswɔːlo]), is an Italian professional football club based in Sassuolo, Emilia-Romagna.[3] Their colours are black and green, hence the nickname Neroverdi (literally "black and greens", in Italian).

Sassuolo participated in Serie A from the 2013–14 season until their relegation in the 2023–24 season, joining a select group of teams to have played in Serie A without belonging to a provincial capital city, such as Savoia (Torre Annunziata), Empoli, Legnano, Pro Patria (Busto Arsizio), Carpi, and Casale.[4][5]


The club was founded in 1920[6] and played in the Emilian amateur divisions for most of its history until its first promotion to Serie D in 1968. In this era, the club merged with other local football teams to eventually form the current US Sassuolo Calcio in 1974. In 1984, the club gained promotion to Serie C2, the lowest level of professional football in Italy. However, they were relegated in 1990 and subsequently spent most of the 1990s in Serie D. In 1998, a second-place finish ensured promotion back to Serie C2.

Serie C1[edit]

Sassuolo reached Serie C1 for the first time in 2006 after winning the Serie C2 promotion play-offs by beating Sansovino in the final. In the following years, Sassuolo proved to be a serious contender for promotion to Serie B. With Gian Marco Remondina as head coach, they narrowly missed it in 2007, as they lost immediate promotion to Grosseto in the final days of the season, finishing in second-place; and then were defeated by fifth-placed Monza in the play-off semi-finals. Remondina then left Sassuolo to join Serie B's Piacenza, and former Serie A player Massimiliano Allegri was chosen as new head coach.

Under Allegri, Sassuolo quickly revived their hopes to obtain promotion to Serie B; this ultimately materialized on 27 April 2008, when they won the Serie C1/A title, thus ensuring a historical promotion to Serie B, the first in the club's history.[7]

Serie B[edit]

Following Sassuolo's promotion to the Italian second tier, Allegri left Sassuolo to fill the head coaching position at Serie A team Cagliari. In July 2008, the club appointed former Atalanta and Siena boss Andrea Mandorlini for the 2008–09 season.

Massimiliano Allegri, manager of Sassuolo in 2008 who won promotion to Serie B, winning group A of Serie C1 and the Supercoppa Lega Pro

Sassuolo had a surprisingly good start to the 2008–09 campaign and held a promotion playoff place for a very long time. They only won two points in their last five matches to eventually finish in seventh place. Despite a successful season, Mandorlini left Sassuolo by mutual consent in June 2009, whereupon the team then appointed former Piacenza coach Stefano Pioli on 11 June 2009.

Sassuolo successively qualified to the Serie B promotion playoffs in 2009–10 by placing fourth, and 2011–12 in third, being eliminated at the semi-finals in both seasons.

In the 2012–13 season, however, under the guidance of new head coach Eusebio Di Francesco, Sassuolo played a majority of the season in first place in the table, and eventually secured direct promotion with a 1–0 victory over Livorno on 18 May 2013. At the conclusion of the season, Sassuolo had won the Serie B title and had ensured a first top-flight campaign ever for the 2013–14 season. The club had reached the highest level of the Italian football league system only seven years after playing in Serie C2. The key role that was played in this achievement by 18-year-old academy product Domenico Berardi saw the player win the league's Player of the Year award.

Serie A[edit]

During pre-season training in July 2013, Sassuolo won the TIM Trophy after beating Juventus on penalties then beating Milan 2–1, marking the first time a team other than Milan, Internazionale or Juventus have won the Cup.

Eusebio Di Francesco, manager of the historic promotion to Serie A for the Neroverdi in 2013

On 25 August 2013, Sassuolo played their first-ever Serie A match, a 2–0 loss away at Torino.[8] The team's second match was their first at home, against Livorno, where striker Simone Zaza scored Sassuolo's first top-flight goal as they lost 4–1.[9] On 22 September 2013, Sassuolo endured a heavy 7–0 defeat at home to Internazionale. The team earned their first point in their fifth match, on 25 September away to Napoli. Zaza equalised as the game finished 1–1, ending the hosts' perfect start to the season.[10] This was followed by a first home point on 29 September, a 2–2 draw with Lazio.[11] On 20 October 2013, Sassuolo won their first Serie A game, defeating Bologna 2–1 at home with goals from Domenico Berardi and Antonio Floro Flores, moving the club off bottom place.[12] Sassuolo won away for the first time in Serie A on 3 November against Sampdoria, with Berardi scoring their first top-flight hat-trick to win 4–3.[13] Since the following match, a 1–1 draw at Roma on 10 November, the club has been outside the relegation zone.[14] On 12 January 2014, Berardi was the only player in the season to score four goals in a game, as Sassuolo came from 2–0 down to win 4–3 against Milan.[15] Towards the end of January 2014, Sassuolo were in bottom place and so manager Di Francesco was relieved of his duties and Alberto Malesani was brought in. The managerial change did not have the desired effects and so in early March, Sassuolo re-entrusted the side to the management of Di Francesco. Sassuolo won its away match against Fiorentina 4–3 on 6 May 2014, and after winning 4–2 against Genoa on 11 May, Sassuolo guaranteed its place in Serie A for the 2014–15 season. Berardi finished in equal 7th place in the Serie A top scorers list, with 16 goals for the season.

Domenico Berardi began his club career with Sassuolo in 2012, helping the team win the Serie B title and earn promotion to Serie A in his debut season. He is currently Sassuolo's all-time top scorer, with over 100 goals in all competitions.

The Neroverdi had a much better 2014–15 Serie A season, finishing comfortably beyond relegation in 12th place. Berardi was once more the club's top goalscorer with 15 league goals.

Sassuolo improved again in the 2015–16 Serie A season, finishing ahead of the likes of Milan and Lazio in sixth place. The season included an opening day win over Napoli,[16] a Round 10 1–0 victory over Juventus at Mapei Stadium[17] and a 1–0 victory over Inter at the San Siro.[18]

On 21 May 2016, Sassuolo achieved their first ever Europa League qualification after finishing sixth in 2015–16 courtesy of a Juventus Coppa Italia win over Milan as Milan would have gone to Europe instead if they had won the final.[19] On 25 August 2016, Sassuolo qualified for the Europa League group stage after beating Red Star Belgrade 4–1 on aggregate in the playoff round.[20]

Over the following three seasons, the Neroverdi returned to mid-table, ending the 2016–17 season in 12th position, and then the club followed this up with consecutive 11th-place finishes in 2018 and 2019, as well being knocked out in the round of 16 in three successive Coppa Italia campaigns. In the home match against Lazio on 25 February 2018, club captain Francesco Magnanelli made his 400th appearance for Sassuolo since joining the club's in its most recent spell in Serie C2 in 2005, having led the Neroverdi through three promotions and also playing in European competition in that time.[citation needed] On 13 June 2018, Roberto De Zerbi was appointed as manager, after impressing with his possession-based tactics at relegated Benevento in the previous season.[21]

The 2019–20 season oversaw an improvement in Sassuolo's fortunes. The club concluded the season in 8th position, just outside the final qualifying position for the UEFA Europa League, marking only the second top-half Serie A finish in its history. A primary reason for Sassuolo's growth was due to De Zerbi's innovative, attack-minded style of play, which began to flourish and led to a record-breaking Serie A goal return of 69, the most prolific the club has been since promotion in 2013.[22] The transfer of Francesco Caputo from Empoli in the preceding off-season was particularly crucial to this, as the striker ended the campaign with 21 league goals, and wingers Jérémie Boga and Domenico Berardi also achieved double-figure goal tallies.[23]

The club continued its development as a top 10 team in Serie A in the following season, in which the record of 61 points in 2015–16 was broken with another 8th-place finish on 62 points. After eight matches, Sassuolo was placed second in the table, which in part was the result of the excellent form of the likes of Berardi, Manuel Locatelli, Filip Đuričić, amongst others. An impressive 2–0 away win against Napoli on matchday six was perhaps the best reflection of this impressive early-season form.[24] Although the club's form declined slightly in the mid-stage of the season, a 2–0 victory over Lazio on the final matchday meant that Sassuolo reached the same points total as Roma in 7th place, but narrowly missed out on European qualification on goal difference.[25] Berardi, in his eighth professional season with the club, enjoyed the best year of his career with 17 league goals and his double in a 3–1 against Fiorentina on 17 April 2021 meant that he had reached 100 goals in all competitions for the Neroverdi.[26] De Zerbi announced he would leave the club at the end of the season to take up the vacant head coach position at Shakhtar Donetsk.[27] On 11 July 2021, Sassuolo's Manuel Locatelli, Domenico Berardi and Giacomo Raspadori were part of the Italy national squad that defeated England in the UEFA Euro 2020 final.[28] In the 2023–24 season, Sassuolo finished 19th on the table and were relegated to Serie B ending their 11-year stay in the top flight.[29]

Stadium and kit[edit]

Stadio Città del Tricolore

Sassuolo's home stadium is the Stadio Enzo Ricci in Sassuolo, still used by the club for training, but due to its tiny capacity (4,000) the club played Serie B seasons in Modena's Stadio Alberto Braglia.[30][31]

Starting from the 2013–14 season, the first Serie A campaign for the club, Sassuolo plays in Reggio Emilia at the renovated Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore (formerly Stadio Giglio) in a venue-sharing agreement with Serie B club Reggiana.[32] The stadium was also bought by the parent company of Sassuolo, Mapei.[33]

Sassuolo's famous green kit originates from a donation from English side Lancaster Rovers FC. During a tour of Italy in 1921, the Rovers side were unable to fulfil a fixture with Sassuolo and as a way of apology, donated their green shirts for Sassuolo to keep.[34]


Current squad[edit]

As of 18 January 2024[35]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF Italy ITA Filippo Missori
3 DF Norway NOR Marcus Pedersen (on loan from Feyenoord)
5 DF Croatia CRO Martin Erlić (4th captain)
6 MF Serbia SRB Uroš Račić
7 MF Brazil BRA Matheus Henrique
8 FW Italy ITA Samuele Mulattieri
9 FW Italy ITA Andrea Pinamonti
10 FW Italy ITA Domenico Berardi (vice-captain)
11 MF Albania ALB Nedim Bajrami
13 DF Italy ITA Gian Marco Ferrari (captain)
14 MF Equatorial Guinea EQG Pedro Obiang
15 FW Norway NOR Emil Konradsen Ceide
19 DF Albania ALB Marash Kumbulla (on loan from Roma)
20 FW Spain ESP Samu Castillejo (on loan from Valencia)
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 DF Italy ITA Mattia Viti (on loan from Nice)
22 DF Germany GER Jeremy Toljan
23 FW Italy ITA Cristian Volpato
24 MF Italy ITA Daniel Boloca
25 GK Italy ITA Gianluca Pegolo
28 GK Italy ITA Alessio Cragno (on loan from Monza)
35 MF Italy ITA Luca Lipani
42 MF Norway NOR Kristian Thorstvedt
43 DF Scotland SCO Josh Doig
44 DF Brazil BRA Ruan Tressoldi
45 FW France FRA Armand Laurienté
47 GK Italy ITA Andrea Consigli (3rd captain)
92 FW France FRA Grégoire Defrel

Youth sector[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
29 DF Italy ITA Matteo Falasca
30 DF Netherlands NED Seb Loeffen
31 FW Italy ITA Flavio Russo
32 MF Italy ITA Kevin Leone
No. Pos. Nation Player
33 GK Italy ITA Daniel Theiner
34 GK Italy ITA Alessandro Scacchetti
36 MF Italy ITA Justin Kumi
40 MF Niger NIG Salim Abubakar

Out on loan[edit]

As of 18 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
GK Italy ITA Alessandro Russo (on loan to Trento until 30 June 2024)
GK Italy ITA Giacomo Satalino (on loan to Reggiana until 30 June 2024)
GK Italy ITA Stefano Turati (on loan to Frosinone until 30 June 2024)
GK Italy ITA Gioele Zacchi (on loan to Giana Erminio until 30 June 2024)
DF Netherlands NED Ryan Flamingo (on loan to Utrecht until 30 June 2024)
DF Greece GRE Giorgos Kyriakopoulos (on loan to Monza until 30 June 2024)
DF Italy ITA Kevin Miranda (on loan to Catanzaro until 30 June 2024)
DF Italy ITA Stefano Piccinini (on loan to Pergolettese until 30 June 2024)
DF Italy ITA Edoardo Pieragnolo (on loan to Reggiana until 30 June 2024)
DF Italy ITA Filippo Romagna (on loan to Reggiana until 30 June 2024)
MF Italy ITA Davide Frattesi (on loan to Inter until 30 June 2024)
MF Italy ITA Andrea Ghion (on loan to Catanzaro until 30 June 2024)
MF France FRA Maxime Lopez (on loan to Fiorentina until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Romania ROU Andrei Mărginean (on loan to Novara until 30 June 2024)
MF Italy ITA Alessandro Mercati (on loan to Gubbio until 30 June 2024)
MF Colombia COL Yeferson Paz (at Perugia until 30 June 2024)
MF Italy ITA Matteo Saccani (on loan to Turris until 30 June 2024)
FW Uruguay URU Agustín Álvarez (on loan to Sampdoria until 30 June 2024)
FW France FRA Janis Antiste (on loan to Reggiana until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Riccardo Ciervo (on loan to Südtirol until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Luca D'Andrea (on loan to Catanzaro until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Giacomo Manzari (on loan to Feralpisalò until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Luca Moro (on loan to Spezia until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Jacopo Pellegrini (on loan to Vicenza until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Luigi Samele (on loan to Alessandria until 30 June 2024)

Coaching staff[edit]

As of 1 July 2021
Position Staff
Head coach Italy Davide Ballardini
Assistant head coach Italy Carlo Regno
Goalkeeping coach Italy Paolo Orlandoni
Technical coach Italy Nicola Tarroni
Match analyst Italy Gianluca Maran
Athletic coach Italy Daniele Caleca
Italy Andrea Azzalin
Italy Nicola Riva
Chief analyst Italy Marco Riggio
Rehab coach Italy Andrea Rinaldi
Head of medical staff Italy Marco Bruzzone
Club doctor Italy Riccardo Saporiti
Nutritionist Italy Davide Tonelli
Physiotherapist Italy Leonardo Belotti
Italy Marco Bertuzzi
Italy Nicola Daprile
Italy Emanuele Randelli
Kit Manager Italy Roberto Baraldi
Italy Andrea Carra
Italy Matteo Caruso
Italy Alfonso De Santo


Recent seasons[edit]

Results of league and cup competitions by season
Season Division Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pos Cup Supercoppa
Cup Result Player(s) Goals[36][37]
League UEFAFIFA Top goalscorer(s)[38]
2023–24 Serie A (1) 38 7 9 22 43 75 30 19th R16 Andrea Pinamonti 12
2022–23 Serie A (1) 38 12 9 17 47 61 45 13th R64 Domenico Berardi 13
2021–22 Serie A (1) 38 13 11 14 64 66 50 11th QF Gianluca Scamacca 16
2020–21 Serie A (1) 38 17 11 10 64 56 62 8th R16 Domenico Berardi 17
2019–20 Serie A (1) 38 14 9 15 69 63 51 8th 4R Francesco Caputo 21
2018–19 Serie A (1) 38 9 16 13 53 60 43 11th R16 Domenico Berardi 10
2017–18 Serie A (1) 38 11 10 17 29 59 43 11th R16 Matteo Politano 11
2016–17 Serie A (1) 38 13 7 18 58 63 46 12th R16 Europa League Group stage Grégoire Defrel 16
2015–16 Serie A (1) 38 16 13 9 49 40 61 6th 4R Domenico Berardi
Grégoire Defrel
Nicola Sansone
2014–15 Serie A (1) 38 12 13 13 49 57 49 12th R16 Domenico Berardi 15


In Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Agg. Ref.
2016–17 Europa League QR3 Switzerland Luzern 3–0 1–1 4–1 [39]
PO Serbia Red Star Belgrade 3–0 1–1 4–1
GS Spain Athletic Bilbao 3–0 2–3 4th out of 4
Belgium Genk 0–2 1–3
Austria Rapid Wien 2–2 1–1


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