Virtus Entella

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Virtus Entella
Virtus Entella logo.svg
Full nameVirtus Entella S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Biancocelesti (The White and Sky Blues)
I Diavoli Neri (The Black Devils)
Founded1914; 108 years ago (1914)[1] (as F.B.C. Entella)
GroundStadio Comunale,
Chiavari, Italy
Capacity5,535
ChairmanAntonio Gozzi
ManagerGennaro Volpe
LeagueSerie C Group B
2021–22Serie C Group B, 4th of 20
WebsiteClub website

Virtus Entella, commonly referred to as Entella, is an Italian professional football club based in Chiavari, Liguria. Founded in 1914, the club currently competes in the Serie C Group B.

History[edit]

1914: Foundation[edit]

The club was founded in 1914 as Foot-Ball Club Entella. It took its name from the river Entella, flowing between Chiavari and Lavagna.[2]

2001: Bankruptcy[edit]

Foot-Ball Club Entella went bankrupt in 2001.

2002: Refoundation[edit]

It was refounded in 2002 as Unione Sportiva Valle Sturla Entella. In the summer of 2010 it was renamed Virtus Entella, after it had been admitted in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione. In summer 2012, Virtus Entella was promoted, for the first time, to Lega Pro Prima Divisione by repechage to fill the vacancies created.[3] They completed the 2012–13 season in style, taking part to the promotion playoff, where they were defeated by Lecce in the semi-finals.

In the 2013–14 season, Virtus Entella took part to the Girone A of the Italian third tier, and topped the league for most of the season. On 4 May 2014, a 2–1 away win at Cremonese in the final day of the season ensured Virtus Entella the league championship title and a spot in the 2014–15 Serie B, in what will be the club's first appearance ever in the Italian second tier.

2014: Serie B Period[edit]

The team was promoted in Serie B for the first time in history in 2014. In the 2014–15 season they got relegated once again, in the relegation playoffs as they lost to Modena. But after the relegation of Calcio Catania to Lega Pro for sporting fraud it was readmitted to Serie B. Virtus Entella finished 19th at the conclusion of the 2017–18 season and lost a relegation playoff to Ascoli by virtue of being the lower ranked team after the two-legged tie finished 0–0 on aggregate.

2018: Return to Serie C[edit]

The team returned to the Italian third tier, now named Serie C for the 2018-19 season. During the season, they also achieved a surprise qualification to the round of 16 of the 2018–19 Coppa Italia, defeating Genoa on penalties during the process. That season they won the Serie C and thus earned promotion to the Serie B.

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 September 2022.[4]

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 Andrea Paroni
3 DF Italy ITA Luca Barlocco
4 DF Italy ITA Paolo Coly
7 MF Italy ITA Daniele Dessena
8 MF Italy ITA Leonardo Di Cosmo
9 MF Uruguay URU Gastón Ramírez
10 FW Italy ITA Luca Clemenza
11 DF Italy ITA Giulio Favale
13 DF Italy ITA Davide Zappella
14 MF Italy ITA Andrea Corbari
15 DF Italy ITA Michele Pellizzer
16 MF Italy ITA Joshua Tenkorang (on loan from Cremonese)
17 MF Italy ITA Simone Tascone
18 FW Italy ITA Alessandro Faggioli
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 DF Italy ITA Marco Chiosa
20 FW Italy ITA Leonardo Morosini
21 MF Albania ALB Armand Rada
22 GK Italy ITA Victor De Lucia
23 MF Italy ITA Andrea Paolucci
24 GK Italy ITA Daniele Borra
26 MF Italy ITA Riccardo Palmieri
28 DF Italy ITA Stefano Reali
30 FW Italy ITA Luca Zamparo
31 FW France FRA Abdou Doumbia
33 FW Albania ALB Silvio Merkaj
36 DF Canada CAN Kosovar Sadiki
70 MF Italy ITA Lorenzo Meazzi
77 DF Italy ITA Luca Parodi

Out on loan[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
GK Italy ITA Pietro Balducci (at Carpi until 30 June 2023)
GK Lithuania LTU Ovidijus Šiaulys (at Virtus Verona until 30 June 2023)
DF Italy ITA Federico Bonini (at Gubbio until 30 June 2023)
DF Italy ITA Andrea Bruno (at Livorno until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Greece GRE Ilias Koutsoupias (at Benevento until 30 June 2023, obligation to buy)
MF Italy ITA Jacopo Lipani (at Monterosi until 30 June 2023)
MF Italy ITA Federico Macca (at Virtus Francavilla until 30 June 2023)

Honours[edit]

Serie C1:

Serie D:

Notable former players[edit]

Presidents and managers[edit]

Antonio Gozzi has been the President of the Virtus Entella since 2007. He was arrested and released in March 2015.[5][6][7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Italy - ACD Virtus Entella - Results, fixtures, squad, statistics, photos, videos and news - Soccerway".
  2. ^ Aldo Pio Feoli (29 November 2014). "I Diavoli Neri nell'inferno del Comunale: per l'Entella è la prima in Serie B". www.ilciriaco.it. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.entella.it/prima-squadra/1195-ripescaggio-ufficiale-il-presidente-gozzi-grazie-chiavari.html[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Virtus Entella squad". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 September 2022.
  5. ^ "Gozzi dopo l'arresto: «Chiederò se devo fare passi indietro»". 20 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Affaire Kubla, Gozzi: "Totale estraneità. Martedì dimissioni da Federacciai"".
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Il Comitato di presidenza di Federacciai: «A Gozzi piena fiducia»". 11 May 2019.

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