Virtus Entella

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Virtus Entella
Full nameVirtus Entella S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Biancocelesti (The White and Sky Blues)
I Diavoli Neri (The Black Devils)
Founded1914; 110 years ago (1914)[1] (as F.B.C. Entella)
GroundStadio Comunale,
Chiavari, Italy
Capacity5,535
ChairmanAntonio Gozzi
ManagerGennaro Volpe
LeagueSerie C Group B
2023–24Serie C Group B, 14th 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 February 2024.[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
2 DF Italy ITA Alessandro Garattoni
4 DF Italy ITA Federico Bonini
5 MF Brazil BRA Mateus Cecchini Muller
6 DF Italy ITA Antonio Granata (on loan from Padova)
7 MF Italy ITA Giacomo Tomaselli
9 MF Italy ITA Romeo Giovannini (on loan from Modena)
11 FW Italy ITA Samuele Vianni
12 GK Italy ITA Simone Mazzadi
13 DF Italy ITA Davide Zappella
14 MF Italy ITA Andrea Corbari
16 DF Italy ITA Claudio Manzi
20 MF Greece GRE Antonis Siatounis
22 GK Italy ITA Victor De Lucia
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 DF Canada CAN Kosovar Sadiki
24 MF Italy ITA Jacopo Lipani
25 DF Italy ITA Davide Petermann
26 DF Italy ITA Stefano Di Mario
34 DF Italy ITA Emiliano Bellotti
36 FW Senegal SEN Alioune Thioune
77 DF Italy ITA Luca Parodi
80 MF Italy ITA Filippo Faggi (on loan from Bari)
90 DF Italy ITA Denis Portanova
91 FW Italy ITA Daniele Montevago (on loan from Sampdoria)
92 FW Italy ITA Claudio Santini
99 GK Lithuania LTU Ovidijus Šiaulys
FW Italy ITA Matteo Casarotto

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
DF Italy ITA Stefano Reali (at Fiorenzuola until 30 June 2024)
MF Italy ITA Mattia Giammarresi (at Lavagnese until 30 June 2024)
MF Italy ITA Federico Macca (at Virtus Francavilla until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Italy ITA Francesco Disanto (at Lucchese until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Alessandro Faggioli (at Arzignano until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Luca Zamparo (at Padova until 30 June 2024)

Honours[edit]

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.