Virtus Francavilla Calcio

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Virtus Francavilla
Full nameVirtus Francavilla Calcio
Founded2007
GroundStadio Giovanni Paolo II,
Francavilla Fontana, Italy
Capacity2,137
ChairmanAntonio Magrì
ManagerAlberto Colombo
LeagueSerie C Group C
2023–24Serie C Group C, 18th of 20 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

Virtus Francavilla Calcio, commonly known as Virtus Francavilla, is an Italian football club based in Francavilla Fontana, Apulia. They currently play in Serie C, the third tier of Italian football.

History[edit]

The historic Francavilla Calcio[edit]

The historic Francavilla Calcio was founded in 1946 with the name of A.S. Francavilla, and it has always played regional leagues. In 2006 it was renamed A.S.D. Francavilla Calcio[1] In the season 2010–11, was relegated from Serie D group H to the Eccellenza Apulia.

Foundation[edit]

The new club was founded in 2007 under the name of Salento Francavilla. It has assumed its present name after the merger at the end of the 2013/2014 season with the historic Francavilla Calcio.[2] In that year it won the Eccellenza Apulia championship coming back in Serie D.

From Serie D to Lega Pro[edit]

In the season 2014–15 the team was promoted for the first time, from Eccellenza Apulia to Serie D. At the end of the 2015–16 Serie D, the team was promoted in the 2016–17 Lega Pro. For the first time in its history, the team reached a professional league, the third highest football division of Italy.[3]

Colours and badge[edit]

The club's main colours of their badge and kit are blue and white.

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 Francesco Carretta
3 DF Italy ITA Davide De Marino (on loan from Juventus)
4 DF Italy ITA Fabio Gavazzi (on loan from Vis Pesaro)
5 DF Argentina ARG Juan Cruz Monteagudo
6 DF Italy ITA Andrea Gasbarro
7 MF Italy ITA Kevin Biondi
8 MF Italy ITA Tommaso Di Marco (on loan from Torino)
9 FW Italy ITA Gabriele Artistico
10 FW Italy ITA Alessandro Polidori
11 FW Italy ITA Samuele Neglia (on loan from Cerignola)
12 GK Italy ITA Igor Lucatelli (on loan from Benevento)
14 DF Croatia CRO Ivo Molnar
15 DF Romania ROU Eduard Duțu (on loan from Fiorentina)
17 MF Italy ITA Francesco Carella
18 FW Italy ITA Gianluca Contini (on loan from Cagliari)
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF Italy ITA Nicolas Izzillo
20 MF Italy ITA Vittorio Agostinelli (on loan from Fiorentina)
21 MF Italy ITA Andrea Risolo
22 GK Italy ITA Francesco Forte (on loan from Monterosi)
23 DF Italy ITA Simone Nicoli
25 FW Italy ITA Simone Serio
27 MF Morocco MAR Mohamed Laaribi
29 FW Italy ITA Angelo Vapore
30 MF Italy ITA Federico Macca (on loan from Virtus Entella)
40 DF Italy ITA Andrea Accardi
50 DF Italy ITA Gabriele Ingrosso
70 MF Italy ITA Cassio Cardoselli
72 DF Italy ITA Marco Fekete
89 GK Italy ITA Paolo Branduani
99 MF Italy ITA Vincenzo Garofalo

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 Diego Negro (at Teramo until 30 June 2024)
MF Italy ITA Giuseppe Fornito (at Pro Sesto until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Italy ITA Mattia Latagliata (at Nardò until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Giuseppe Giovinco (at Fermana until 30 June 2024)

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in Italian) Info at the FIGC website, August 2006
  2. ^ (in Italian) Info at virtusfrancavillacalcio.it
  3. ^ (in Italian) 2016–17 Lega Pro season of Virtus Francavilla
  4. ^ "Virtus Francavilla squad". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 September 2022.

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