U.S. Sassuolo Calcio

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US Sassuolo Calcio logo.svg
Full nameUnione Sportiva Sassuolo
Calcio S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Neroverdi (The Black and Greens),
The Watermelon Peel
Founded16 July 1920; 100 years ago (1920-07-16)
GroundMapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore
ChairmanCarlo Rossi
Head coachRoberto De Zerbi
LeagueSerie A
2019–20Serie A, 8th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Unione Sportiva Sassuolo Calcio, commonly referred to as Sassuolo (Italian pronunciation: [sasˈswɔːlo]), is an Italian football club based in Sassuolo, Emilia-Romagna.[2] Their colours are black and green, hence the nickname Neroverdi (literally "black and green", in Italian).

Founded in 1920,[3] Sassuolo have played in Serie A from the 2013–14 season, joining a select group of teams playing in the Serie A but not belonging to a provincial capital city: U.S. Savoia 1908 (Torre Annunziata), Empoli, Legnano, Pro Patria (Busto Arsizio), Carpi and Casale.[4][5]


The club was founded in 1920 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, it first gained promotion to Serie C2, the lowest level of professional football in Italy. However, they were relegated again in 1990 and subsequently spent most of the decade back in Serie D. In 1998, a second-place finish ensured promotion back to Serie C2.

Serie C1[edit]

Sassuolo reached Serie C1 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 barely 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 then chosen as new head coach.

Under Allegri, Sassuolo quickly revived their hopes to obtain promotion to Serie B; this ultimately came 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.[6]

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 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 won the Serie B title, thus achieving direct promotion to Serie A and ensuring a first top-flight campaign ever for the 2013–14 season.

Serie A[edit]

During pre-season training, Sassuolo won the TIM Trophy after losing to 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] This was followed by a first home point on 29 September, a 2–2 draw with Lazio.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] Since the following match, a 1–1 draw at Roma on 10 November, the club has been outside the relegation zone.[13] 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.[14] 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.

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,[15] a Round 10 1–0 victory over Juventus at Mapei Stadium[16] and a 1–0 victory over Inter at the San Siro.[17]

On 21 May 2016, Sassuolo achieved their first ever Europa League qualification after finishing sixth in Serie A courtesy of a Juventus Coppa Italia win over Milan as Milan would have gone to Europe instead if they had won the final.[18] 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.[19]


The Stadio Alberto Braglia in Modena was Sassuolo's temporary home while playing in Serie B.

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.[20][21]

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 Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Reggiana.[22] The stadium was also bought by the parent company of Sassuolo, Mapei.[23]


Current squad[edit]

As of 14 April 2021 [24]

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 Brazil BRA Marlon
4 MF Italy ITA Francesco Magnanelli (captain)
5 DF Turkey TUR Kaan Ayhan
6 DF Brazil BRA Rogério
7 MF Ivory Coast CIV Jérémie Boga
8 MF France FRA Maxime Lopez
9 FW Italy ITA Francesco Caputo
10 MF Serbia SRB Filip Đuričić
13 DF Italy ITA Federico Peluso
14 MF Equatorial Guinea EQG Pedro Obiang
17 DF Turkey TUR Mert Müldür
18 FW Italy ITA Giacomo Raspadori (4th captain)
19 DF Italy ITA Filippo Romagna
21 DF Romania ROU Vlad Chiricheș
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 DF Germany GER Jeremy Toljan (on loan from Borussia Dortmund)
23 MF Ivory Coast CIV Hamed Traorè (on loan from Empoli)
25 FW Italy ITA Domenico Berardi (vice-captain)
27 MF Slovakia SVK Lukáš Haraslín
30 FW Ghana GHA Brian Oddei
31 DF Italy ITA Gian Marco Ferrari
47 GK Italy ITA Andrea Consigli
56 GK Italy ITA Gianluca Pegolo
63 GK Italy ITA Stefano Turati
68 MF Morocco MAR Mehdi Bourabia
73 MF Italy ITA Manuel Locatelli (3rd captain)
77 DF Greece GRE Giorgos Kyriakopoulos
92 FW France FRA Grégoire Defrel

Out on loan[edit]

As of 10 March 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 Matteo Campani (at Paganese until 30 June 2021)[25]
GK Italy ITA Alessandro Russo (at Virtus Entella until 30 June 2021)[26]
GK Italy ITA Giacomo Satalino (at Monopoli until 30 June 2021)
DF Italy ITA Claud Adjapong (at Lecce until 30 June 2021)[27]
DF Italy ITA Giuseppe Aurelio (at Imolese until 30 June 2021)[28]
DF Italy ITA Cristian Dell'Orco (at Spezia until 30 June 2021)[29]
DF Italy ITA Raffaele Celia (at Alessandria until 30 June 2021)[30]
DF Italy ITA Edoardo Goldaniga (at Genoa until 30 June 2021)[31]
DF Italy ITA Giangiacomo Magnani (at Hellas Verona until 30 June 2021)[32]
DF Italy ITA Riccardo Marchizza (at Spezia until 30 June 2021)[33]
DF Italy ITA Andrea Meroni (at Pisa until 30 June 2021)[34]
DF Italy ITA Alessandro Pilati (at Imolese until 30 June 2021)[35]
DF Italy ITA Marco Pinato (at Cremonese until 30 June 2021)[36]
DF Italy ITA Luca Ravanelli (at Cremonese until 30 June 2021)[37]
DF Italy ITA Marco Sala (at SPAL until 30 June 2021)[38]
DF Italy ITA Leonardo Sernicola (at SPAL until 30 June 2021)[39]
MF Italy ITA Davide Frattesi (at Monza until 30 June 2021)[40]
MF Italy ITA Andrea Ghion (at Carpi until 30 June 2021)[41]
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Italy ITA Luca Mazzitelli (at Pisa until 30 June 2021)[42]
MF Romania ROU Raul Șteau (at Monopoli until 30 June 2021)
FW Senegal SEN Khouma Babacar (at Turkey Alanyaspor until 30 June 2021)[43]
FW Italy ITA Roberto Battaglia (at Forlì until 30 June 2021)[44]
FW Italy ITA Enrico Brignola (at Frosinone until 30 June 2021)[45]
FW Italy ITA Andrea Cisco (at Novara until 30 June 2021)[46]
FW Italy ITA Federico Di Francesco (at SPAL until 30 June 2021)[47]
FW Uruguay URU Emiliano Gomez Dutra (at Spain Albacete until 30 June 2021)[48]
FW Italy ITA Federico Iodice (at Modena until 30 June 2021)[49]
FW Albania ALB Aristidi Kolaj (at Pro Patria until 30 June 2021)[50]
FW Italy ITA Giacomo Manzari (at Carrarese until 30 June 2021)[51]
FW Denmark DEN Jens Odgaard (at Pescara until 30 June 2021)[52]
FW Italy ITA Jacopo Pellegrini (at Gubbio until 30 June 2021)[53]
FW Italy ITA Nicholas Pierini (at Modena until 30 June 2021)[54]
FW Italy ITA Federico Ricci (at Monza until 30 June 2021)[55]
FW Italy ITA Gianluca Scamacca (at Genoa until 30 June 2021)[56]
FW Uruguay URU Nicolás Schiappacasse (at Uruguay Peñarol until 31 December 2021)

Youth Sector[edit]



Winners: 2012–13
Winners: 2008

In Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Agg. Ref.
2016–17 Europa League QR3 Switzerland Luzern 3–0 1–1 4–1 [57]
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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