F.C. Pro Vercelli 1892

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Pro Vercelli
US Pro Vercelli Calcio.png
Full nameFootball Club Pro Vercelli 1892 S.r.l.
Nickname(s)Le Bianche Casacche (The White Shirts)
I Leoni (The Lions)
Founded1892;127 years ago (1892) (as sport club S.G. Pro Vercelli)
1903;116 years ago (1903) (as football division U.S. Pro Vercelli Calcio)
2010;9 years ago (2010) (refounded)
Ground Stadio Silvio Piola,
Vercelli, Italy
Capacity5,500
PresidentMassimo Secondo
Head Coach Alberto Gilardino
League Serie C/A
2018–19 Serie C/A, 5th
Website Club website

Football Club Pro Vercelli 1892, commonly referred to as Pro Vercelli, is an Italian football club based in Vercelli, Piedmont. [1] The club is mostly renowned as one of the most successful teams in the early football era of Italy, with seven national titles (all won between 1908 and 1922). They currently play in Serie C, the third tier of Italian football.

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Vercelli Comune in Piedmont, Italy

Vercelli, is a city and comune of 46.552 inhabitants (1-1-2017) in the Province of Vercelli, Piedmont, northern Italy. One of the oldest urban sites in northern Italy, it was founded, according to most historians, around the year 600 BC.

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History

Early league successes and decline

The origins of football in Vercelli go back to 1892 when it was founded as Società Ginnastica Pro Vercelli (Pro Vercelli Gymnastics Society), and 1903 with its Football Division.

The first official match for the football division of S.G. Pro Vercelli took place on 3 August 1903 against the Forza e Costanza.

The club won seven Italian Football Championships from 1908 to 1922: 1908, 1909, 1910–11, 1911–12, 1912–13, 1920–21, and 1921–22.

The 1908 Italian Football Championship season was won by Pro Vercelli.

1909 Italian Football Championship sports season

The 1909 Italian Football Championship season was won by Pro Vercelli.

The introduction of professionalism in Italian football, and the rise of teams from larger industrial and business cities such as Milan and Turin, led Pro Vercelli to a slow but continuous decline. They played Serie A for their last time to date in 1934–35, and went ultimately relegated also from the 1947–48 Serie B, starting a long period out of the two top divisions of Italian football, even being relegated to Italy's amateur league, Serie D, in multiple times. They regained professional status for good after winning promotion and the Scudetto Dilettanti in the season 1993–94.

Milan Italian city

Milan is a city in northern Italy, capital of Lombardy, and the second-most populous city in Italy after Rome, with the city proper having a population of 1,395,274 while its metropolitan city has a population of 3,255,773. Its continuously built-up urban area has a population estimated to be about 5,270,000 over 1,891 square kilometres. The wider Milan metropolitan area, known as Greater Milan, is a polycentric metropolitan region that extends over central Lombardy and eastern Piedmont and which counts an estimated total population of 7.5 million, making it by far the largest metropolitan area in Italy and the 54th largest in the world. Milan served as capital of the Western Roman Empire from 286 to 402 and the Duchy of Milan during the medieval period and early modern age.

Turin Comune in Piedmont, Italy

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This championship had three gironi organized with geographical criteria for the last time. The round-robin system should be restored in 1948.

Bankruptcy and the new Pro Vercelli

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Former Pro Belvedere logo

In the early 2000s, Pro Vercelli also had to challenge crosstown rivalry from a new team, A.S. Pro Belvedere Vercelli (with the colors yellow and green), founded in the summer of 2006 as a merger between A.S. Trino Calcio (based in Trino, Piedmont), who played in Serie D and minor league team P.G.S. Pro Belvedere, founded in 1912.

Trino Comune in Piedmont, Italy

Trino is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Vercelli in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 50 kilometres (31 mi) northeast of Turin and about 15 kilometres (9 mi) southwest of Vercelli, at the foot of the Montferrat hills.

Serie D highest Italian non-professional association football league

Serie D is the top level of the Italian non-professional football association called Lega Nazionale Dilettanti. The association represents over 12,000 football players and 400 football teams across Italy. Serie D ranks just below Serie C, and is thus considered the fourth-ranked league in the country. It is organized by the Roman Comitato Interregionale, a "league in the league" inside the LND.

In the 2006–07 Serie D, the team finished 9th in Girone A. A year later, in the Serie D 2007–08 season, the team finished 3rd in the same division, qualifying for the Serie D play-offs. It won its way to the group stage of the tournament, but failed qualify as one of the top 5 teams of the play-offs, all of which were later promoted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.

The 2006–07 Serie D was the fifty-ninth edition of the top level Italian non-professional football championship. It represented the fifth tier in the Italian football league system.

Lega Pro Seconda Divisione was the fourth highest football league in Italy, the lowest with a professional status. Usually it consisted of 36 teams, but in the season 2011–12 the teams were 41 divided geographically into two divisions of 20, 21. Group A covers northern and north central Italy, Group B south central and southern Italy.

In the 2008–09 Serie D, Pro Belvedere finished first in Girone B, winning direct promotion to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione. Their debut season into professional football also featured, for the first time in the club's history, a crosstown derby with Pro Vercelli, but was not particularly successful, with the team lying in second-last place for most of the time in the 2009–10 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione, and promotion winning coach Luca Prina being replaced by the more experienced Gianfranco Motta.

Serie D, the fifth level of Italian Football, is usually composed of 162 teams divided into nine 18-team divisions. Special relegation of four teams from the professional leagues above Serie D after the team list had been set increased the total number of teams for this season to 166. One division will have 20 teams, two will have 19, while the other six will remain at 18 teams.

2009–10 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione

The 2009–10 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season will be the thirty-second football league season of Italian Lega Pro Seconda Divisione since its establishment in 1978, and the second since the renaming from Serie C to Lega Pro.

Pro Belvedere were relegated after only one season but re-admitted to fill a number of vacancies in the league; at the same time, due to large debts, Pro Vercelli was not allowed to participate in the 2010–11 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione and so folded. In order to keep the old Pro Vercelli alive, Pro Belvedere changed its name to U.S. Vercelli Calcio and weeks later acquired honours and trademarks from the old Pro Vercelli, being thus allowed to switch its denomination to the current one, as well as to maintain the historical names and colors of the original team. [1]

In the season 2010–11 the team played in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione ranking 3rd and was eliminated from Pro Patria in the semifinal of the play-off, but on 4 August 2011 it was later admitted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione to fill vacancies. [2]

New successes: back to Serie B after 64 years

In the season 2011–12 of Lega Pro Prima Divisione the club was promoted to Serie B after 64 years, beating Carpi 3–1 in the final return of the play-off after the 0–0 of the first round. [3] [4]

The club had a very unsuccessful return to Serie B, finishing 21st of 22 teams and with a goal difference −30, the worst in the league. Their placing in the league meant that they were relegated to Lega Pro Prima Divisione.

In 2013–14 season, Girone A of Lega Pro 1, Pro Vercelli missed out on an immediate automatic promotion back to Serie B by a single point, finishing second in the league to Virtus Entella and eight points above third placed Südtirol. Striker Ettore Marchi starred throughout the season, scoring 15 goals. In the promotion play-offs, Pro Vercelli eliminated FeralpiSalò, Savona and ultimately defeated Südtirol in the final, thus returning to Serie B after only one season away. Pro Vercelli finished 16th in Serie B in the 2014–15 season and 17th in the 2015–16 season. They were again relegated to Serie C after the 2017-18 season. On July 11th 2019, former Italian international striker Alberto Gilardino took the job as head coach. The legend of the game hopes to take Pro Vercelli back to the top of Serie A.

Colors and badge

The historical color of the shirts of Pro Vercelli is white.

Honours

Winners (7): 1908, 1909, 1910–11, 1911–12, 1912–13, 1920–21, 1921–22
Winners (1): 1907
Winners (4): 1956–57, 1970–71, 1983–84, 1993–94
Winners (1): 1993–94

International

Winners (1): 1927 [5]

Current squad

As of 2 September 2019. [6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.PositionPlayer
1 Flag of Italy.svg GK Simone Moschin
2 Flag of Italy.svg DF Alberto Masi
3 Flag of Italy.svg DF Giacomo Quagliata
4 Flag of Italy.svg MF Alessandro Sangiorgi
5 Flag of Italy.svg DF Simone Auriletto
6 Flag of Italy.svg MF Giovanni Graziano
7 Flag of Italy.svg MF Michele Foglia
9 Flag of Italy.svg FW Gianmario Comi
10 Flag of Italy.svg FW Giacomo Cecconi
11 Flag of Italy.svg FW Simone Rosso
14 Flag of Italy.svg MF Cristiano Bani
15 Flag of Italy.svg DF Davide De Marino
16 Flag of Italy.svg DF Lorenzo Grossi
18 Flag of Italy.svg MF Eros Schiavon
No.PositionPlayer
19 Flag of Romania.svg MF Raoul Mal
21 Flag of Italy.svg MF Matteo Della Morte
22 Flag of Italy.svg GK Gianluca Saro
23 Flag of Brazil.svg DF Victor Volpe
24 Flag of Italy.svg MF Andrea Volpatto
25 Flag of Italy.svg MF Raffaele Russo (on loan from Napoli )
27 Flag of Brazil.svg FW Paulo Azzi
28 Flag of Italy.svg FW Alessandro Romairone
29 Flag of Italy.svg DF Roberto Iezzi
30 Flag of Italy.svg DF Gabriele Franchino
31 Flag of Italy.svg DF Alessandro Carosso
33 Flag of Italy.svg MF Kevin Varas Marcillo
37 Flag of Italy.svg DF Alessio Benedetti

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.PositionPlayer
Flag of Italy.svg GK Tommaso Nobile (at Carpi)
Flag of Italy.svg DF Pasquale Tedone(at Fermana)
No.PositionPlayer
Flag of Italy.svg MF Simone Emmanuello (at Vicenza)
Flag of Italy.svg MF Mattia Tunesi(at Fiorenzuola)

Managers

Bibliography

See also

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