Delfino Pescara 1936

Full name Delfino Pescara 1936 S.p.A.
Nickname(s) Delfini (The Dolphins)
Biancazzurri (The White-Light Blues)
Founded 1936 (1936)
2009 (2009) (new legal person as Delfino Pescara 1936)
Ground Stadio Adriatico
Capacity 20,515
Chairman Daniele Sebastiani
Manager Giuseppe Pillon
League Serie B
2017–18 Serie B, 17th
Website Club website

Delfino Pescara 1936 S.p.A., also known as Pescara Calcio 1936 or simply as Pescara, is a professional Italian football club based in Pescara, Abruzzo.

The club was formed in 1936 and currently plays in Serie B. Pescara has competed in six seasons in Serie A, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1992–93, 2012–13 and last participated in 2016–17. The team's official colors are white and light blue.


Aside from a spell in Serie B in the 1940s, Pescara had a relatively undistinguished history until promotion to Serie B in 1974. With players like Giorgio Repetto and Bruno Nobili in the midfield, they managed to win their first promotion to Serie A in 1977 after winning the promotion play-off, but ultimately finished their first season in Serie A in last place. A second promotion after a play-off followed, but once more they would be relegated from the top flight and then descended to Serie C1 within two years.

Nonetheless, after returning to Serie B after a year, Pescara would enjoy a revival after the appointment of Giovanni Galeone as coach in 1986. His philosophy of attacking football saw the Biancazzurri promoted to Serie A as champions in 1987, where they lasted two years with players such as Júnior and Blaž Slišković among the club's star players. Galeone would return during the 1990–91 season and oversaw another promotion the following year.

After relegation, Pescara remained in Serie B side throughout the 1990s, narrowly missing promotion in 1999. Relegation to C1 followed in 2001, with promotion in 2003 being followed by two revoked relegations in a row due to bankruptcy and scandals affecting other clubs. Pescara was ultimately relegated in the 2006–07 season, with three presidential and managerial changes during the season. In December 2008, the debt-ridden club was legally declared out of business and its control passed to a bankruptcy trustee appointed by the Court of Pescara. In February 2009, a takeover from a group named Delfino Pescara 1936 was finalized with Deborah Caldora becoming the first woman to serve as chairman of the club. In the meantime, results did not improve significantly and in March, Giuseppe Galderisi was dismissed from the head coaching post with Antonello Cuccureddu being appointed as the new boss.

At the beginning of the 2009–10 season, Eusebio Di Francesco was appointed as the new coach. Pescara finished second in Girone B of Lega Pro Prima Divisione and qualified for the promotional play-offs. They defeated Reggiana in the semi-final and Verona in the final and subsequently returned to Serie B after a three-year absence. The following season started with the appointment of Zdeněk Zeman as new head coach; the Czech manager immediately brought Pescara back into national coverage thanks to his well-known all-attacking playing style that turned out to match perfectly with promising youngsters such as Marco Verratti, Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne, who guided the squad to promotion to Serie A. Pescara secured promotion to the top-level after a 19-year absence after defeating Sampdoria with a 3–1 score in an away match on 20 May 2012. In the last minute of the final game of the regular season, Pescara striker Riccardo Maniero netted the winner in a match against Nocerina to claim Pescara's second Serie B title after Torino's draw away to AlbinoLeffe.

Pescara began the 2012–13 campaign looking for a new manager after Zdeněk Zeman left the club to manage Roma. Pescara started their new season in Serie A with a 3–0 loss to Internazionale and would not earn their first win until the fifth game of the season, a 1–0 win over Palermo. Pescara's stint in the top flight lasted just one season, as the club ended the season bottom of the table with a record of six wins, four draws and 28 loses, also recording the fewest clean sheets in the league, with five. That season, winger and leading-scorer Vladimír Weiss was also noted for picking up two red cards.


The main grouping of the club's supporters is called Pescara Rangers, and it has a gemellaggio (English: twinning) with the supporters of Vicenza, a similar concept to twinning between towns and cities. The previous twinning with Messina is no longer in place. Lazio and Verona are seen as rivals of Pescara, whose traditional rivals within the region include Chieti, Virtus Lanciano, and L'Aquila; however, neither of those teams has been played since 2002, due to their financial troubles. Pescara also shares notable rivalries with other regional neighbors, namely clubs of the Marche such as Ancona, Ascoli and Sambenedettese Calcio, and with A.S. Bari and Foggia Calcio from Apulia.


Current squad

As of 17 August, 2018.[1]

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Vincenzo Fiorillo
2 DF Hugo Campagnaro
3 DF Cristiano Del Grosso
5 DF Andrew Gravillon
6 DF Gennaro Scognamiglio
7 MF Leonardo Mancuso (on loan from Juventus)
8 MF Ledian Memushaj
9 FW Gaetano Monachello (on loan from Atalanta)
10 MF Pepín
11 FW Cristian Bunino
12 GK Elhan Kastrati
13 DF Michele Fornasier
14 DF Antonio Balzano
15 DF Edgar Elizalde
16 MF Gastón Brugman
No. Position Player
17 FW Andrea Cocco
18 DF Christian Ventola
19 FW Manuel Marras
20 MF Andrea Palazzi (on loan from Inter)
21 MF Mattia Proietti
22 GK Francesco Galante
23 DF Marco Perrotta
24 MF Luca Forte
25 MF Luca Crecco
26 FW Mirko Antonucci (on loan from Roma)
28 MF Filippo Melegoni (on loan from Atalanta)
29 MF Christian Capone (on loan from Atalanta)
30 MF Franck Kanouté
31 DF Matteo Ciofani
32 FW Arthur Yamga (on loan from Chievo)
33 FW Alexis Ferrante

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
GK Tomasch Calore (at Pro Piacenza)
DF Ibrahima Diallo (at Fano)
DF Leonardo Maloku (at Fano)
No. Position Player
DF Francesco Zampano (at Frosinone)
FW Cristian Bunino (at Juventus U23)

Managerial history

Name Nationality Years
Edmondo De Amicis 1937–38
Pietro Piselli 1938–39
Armando Bonino 1939–40
Mario Pizziolo 1940–41
Luigi Ferrero 1941–43
Edmondo De Amicis 1944–45
Giuseppe Marchi 1945–46
József Bánás 1946–47
Mario Pizziolo 1947–48
Gino Piccinini 1948–49
Benedetto Stella 1949–50
Luigi Del Grosso 1950–53
Umberto De Angelis 1953–55
Alfredo Notti 1955–56
Alfredo Monza
Renato Piacentini
Orazio Sola

Renato Piacentini 1957–58
Aurelio Marchese
Mario Tontodonati

Ljubo Benčić
Mario Tontodonati

Umberto De Angelis 1961–62
Leonardo Costagliola 1962–63
Ljubo Benčić
Renato Piacentini

Ljubo Benčić
Vincenzo Marsico

Antonio Giammarinaro
Alfredo Notti

Sergio Cervato 1966–67
Name Nationality Years
Antonio Giammarinaro 1967–68
Gianni Seghedoni
Mario Tontodonati

Dante Lacorata
Mario Tontodonati

Francesco Capocasale 1970–71
Enzo Falini
Vitaliano Patricelli

Domenico Rosati 1972–76
Giancarlo Cadè 1976–78
Antonio Valentín Angelillo 1978–79
Gustavo Giagnoni
Claudio Tobia
Mario Tontodonati

Aldo Agroppi 1980–81
Giuseppe Chiappella
Saul Malatrasi
Mario Tiddia

Domenico Rosati 1982–84
Enrico Catuzzi 1984–86
Giovanni Galeone 1986–89
Ilario Castagner
Edoardo Reja

Giovanni Galeone
Carlo Mazzone

Giovanni Galeone 1991–92
Vincenzo Zucchini 1992–93
Gianni Corelli
Giorgio Rumignani
Franco Scoglio
Vincenzo Zucchini

Francesco Oddo
Giorgio Rumignani

Luigi Maifredi
Francesco Oddo

Name Nationality Years
Delio Rossi July 1996 – June 97
Adriano Buffoni
Maurizio Viscidi

Luigi De Canio
Francesco Giorgini

July 1998 – June 99
Giovanni Galeone July 1999 – Nov 2000
Tarcisio Burgnich
Giovanni Galeone
Delio Rossi

Ivo Iaconi July 2001 – May 2004
Cetteo Di Mascio 2004
Giovanni Simonelli 2004 – June 2005
Maurizio Sarri July 2005 – July 2006
Davide Ballardini
Aldo Ammazzalorso
Luigi De Rosa
Vincenzo Vivarini

July 2006 – June 2007
Franco Lerda July 2007 – June 2008
Giuseppe Galderisi July 2008 – March 2009
Antonello Cuccureddu 2009–10
Eusebio Di Francesco Jan 2010 – June 2011
Zdeněk Zeman June 2011 – June 2012
Giovanni Stroppa June–November 2012
Cristiano Bergodi November 2012 – March 2013
Cristian Bucchi March–June 2013
Pasquale Marino June 2013 – February 2014
Serse Cosmi February 2014 – July 2014
Marco Baroni August 2014 – May 2015
Massimo Oddo May 2015 – February 2017
Luciano Zauri (caretaker) February 2017
Zdeněk Zeman February 2017 



  1. "Rosa Stagione" [Season Team]. Delfino Pescara 1936 (in Italian). Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
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