Virtus Francavilla Calcio

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Virtus Francavilla
Virtus Francavilla Calcio logo.png
Full nameVirtus Francavilla Calcio
Founded2007
GroundStadio Giovanni Paolo II,
Francavilla Fontana, Italy
Capacity2,137
ChairmanAntonio Magrì
ManagerAlberto Colombo
LeagueSerie C Group C
2021–22Serie C Group C, 6th of 19
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]

Colors and badge[edit]

The team's main colors are blue and white.

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 October 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 Joakim Milli
2 DF Italy ITA Riccardo Idda
4 MF Italy ITA Francesco Giorno
5 MF Italy ITA Cassio Cardoselli
6 DF Italy ITA Mirko Miceli
7 FW Italy ITA Pasquale Maiorino
8 MF Italy ITA Tommaso Di Marco (on loan from Torino)
9 FW Italy ITA Cosimo Patierno
10 FW Italy ITA Leonardo Pérez
11 MF Italy ITA Federico Mastropietro
12 GK Italy ITA Diego Negro
13 DF Italy ITA Daniele Solcia (on loan from Atalanta)
17 DF Italy ITA Alessandro Caporale
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF Italy ITA Roberto Pierno (on loan from Lecce)
19 FW Nigeria NGA Riccardo Ejesi
21 MF Italy ITA Andrea Risolo
22 GK Italy ITA Michele Avella
23 MF Cameroon CMR Giovanni Tchetchoua
26 MF Italy ITA Andrea Cisco (on loan from Pisa)
27 MF Italy ITA Francesco Carella
30 MF Italy ITA Federico Macca (on loan from Virtus Entella)
31 FW Brazil BRA Murilo
66 FW Ghana GHA Joseph Ekuban
67 MF Ghana GHA Elimelech Enyan
96 DF Italy ITA Alessandro Minelli (on loan from Juventus)
98 GK Italy ITA Andrea Romagnoli

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 Giuseppe Cassano (at Lavello until 30 June 2023)
DF Italy ITA Ettore Christian Rizzo (at Flaminia until 30 June 2023)
MF Italy ITA Alessio Lo Duca (at Trastevere until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Italy ITA Luca Padovano (at Flaminia until 30 June 2023)
MF Italy ITA Andrea Poletì (at Nardò until 30 June 2023)
MF United States USA Claudio Alexander Vaughn (at Francavilla until 30 June 2023)

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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