U.S. Sassuolo Calcio

Full name Unione Sportiva Sassuolo
Calcio S.r.l.
Nickname(s) I Neroverdi (The Black and Greens)
Founded 17 July 1920 (1920-07-17)
Capacity 23,717[1]
Owner Mapei
Chairman Carlo Rossi
Manager Roberto De Zerbi
League Serie A
2017–18 Serie A, 11th
Website Club website

Unione Sportiva Sassuolo Calcio (Italian pronunciation: [sasˈswɔːlo]) is an Italian professional football club based in Sassuolo, in the province of Modena.[2] Their colours are black and green, hence the nickname "neroverdi".[2]

Founded in 1920,[3] Sassuolo have played in Serie A from the 2013–14 season, joining a select group of teams not belonging to a provincial capital city: Empoli, Legnano, Pro Patria, Carpi and Casale.[4]


The club was founded in 1920 and played in the Emilian amateur divisions for most of its history until its first promotion to Serie D in 1968. In this era, the club merged with other local football teams to eventually form the current US Sassuolo Calcio in 1974. In 1984, it first gained promotion to Serie C2, the lowest level of professional football in Italy. However, they were relegated again in 1990 and subsequently spent most of the decade back in Serie D. In 1998, a second-place finish ensured promotion back to Serie C2.

Serie C1

Sassuolo reached Serie C1 in 2006 after winning the Serie C2 promotion play-offs by beating Sansovino in the final. In the following years, Sassuolo proved to be a serious contender for promotion to Serie B, barely missing it in 2007, with Gian Marco Remondina as head coach, as they lost immediate promotion to Grosseto in the final season days, and were defeated by fifth-placed Monza in the play-off semi-finals. Remondina then left Sassuolo to join Serie B's Piacenza, and former Serie A player Massimiliano Allegri was then chosen as new head coach.

Under Allegri, Sassuolo quickly revived their hopes to obtain promotion to Serie B; this ultimately came on 27 April 2008, when they won the Serie C1/A title, thus ensuring a historical promotion to Serie B, the first in the club's history.[5]

Serie B

Following Sassuolo's promotion to the Italian second tier, Allegri left Sassuolo to fill the head coaching position at Serie A team Cagliari. On July 2008, the club appointed former Atalanta and Siena boss Andrea Mandorlini for the 2008–09 season.

Sassuolo had a surprisingly good start to the 2008–09 campaign and held a promotion playoff place for very long time. They only won two points in their last five matches to eventually finish in seventh place. Despite a successful season, Mandorlini left Sassuolo by mutual consent in June 2009, whereupon the team then appointed former Piacenza coach Stefano Pioli on 11 June 2009.

Sassuolo successively qualified to the Serie B promotion playoffs in 2009–10 by placing fourth, and 2011–12 in third, being eliminated at the semi-finals in both seasons.

In the 2012–13 season, however, under the guidance of new head coach Eusebio Di Francesco, Sassuolo won the Serie B title, thus achieving direct promotion to Serie A and ensuring a first top-flight campaign ever for the 2013–14 season.

Serie A

During pre-season training, Sassuolo won the TIM Trophy after losing to Juventus on penalties then beating Milan 2–1, marking the first time a team other than Milan, Internazionale or Juventus have won the Cup.

On 25 August 2013, Sassuolo played their first-ever Serie A match, a 2–0 loss away at Torino.[6] The team's second match was their first at home, against Livorno, where striker Simone Zaza scored Sassuolo's first top-flight goal as they lost 4–1.[7] On 22 September 2013, Sassuolo endured a heavy 7–0 defeat at home to Internazionale. The team earned their first point in their fifth match, on 25 September away to Napoli. Zaza equalised as the game finished 1–1, ending the hosts' perfect start to the season.[8] This was followed by a first home point on 29 September, a 2–2 draw with Lazio.[9] On 20 October 2013, Sassuolo won their first Serie A game, defeating Bologna 2–1 at home with goals from Domenico Berardi and Antonio Floro Flores, moving the club off bottom place.[10] Sassuolo won away for the first time in Serie A on 3 November against Sampdoria, with Berardi scoring their first top-flight hat-trick to win 4–3.[11] Since the following match, a 1–1 draw at Roma on 10 November, the club has been outside the relegation zone.[12] On 12 January 2014, Berardi was the only player in the season to score four goals in a game, as Sassuolo came from 2–0 down to win 4–3 against Milan.[13] Towards the end of January 2014, Sassuolo were in bottom place and so manager Di Francesco was relieved of his duties and Alberto Malesani was brought in. The managerial change did not have the desired effects and so in early March, Sassuolo re-entrusted the side to the management of Di Francesco. Sassuolo won its away match against Fiorentina 4–3 on 6 May 2014, and after winning 4–2 against Genoa on 11 May, Sassuolo guaranteed its place in Serie A for the 2014–15 season. Berardi finished in equal 7th place in the Serie A top scorers list, with 16 goals for the season.

The Neroverdi had a much better 2014–15 Serie A season, finishing comfortably beyond relegation in 12th place. Berardi was once more the club's top goalscorer with 15 league goals.

Sassuolo improved again in the 2015–16 Serie A season, finishing ahead of the likes of Milan and Lazio in sixth place. The season included an opening day win over Napoli,[14] a Round 10 1–0 victory over Juventus at Mapei Stadium[15] and a 1–0 victory over Inter at the San Siro.[16]

On 21 May 2016, Sassuolo achieved their first ever Europa League qualification after finishing sixth in Serie A courtesy of a Juventus Coppa Italia win over Milan as Milan would have gone to Europe instead if they had won the final.[17] On 25 August 2016, Sassuolo qualified for the Europa League group stage after beating Red Star Belgrade 4–1 on aggregate in the playoff round.[18]


Sassuolo's home stadium is the Stadio Enzo Ricci, still used by the club for training, but due to its tiny capacity (4,000) the club played Serie B seasons in Modena's Stadio Alberto Braglia.[19][20]

Starting from the 2013–14 season, the first Serie A campaign for the club, Sassuolo plays in Reggio Emilia at the renovated Stadio Città del Tricolore (formerly Stadio Giglio) in a venue-sharing agreement with Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Reggiana.[21]


Current squad

As of 31 August 2018[22]

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

No. Position Player
2 DF Marlon Santos
4 MF Francesco Magnanelli (captain)
5 DF Mauricio Lemos (on loan from Las Palmas)
6 DF Rogério (on loan from Juventus)
9 MF Filip Đuričić
10 FW Alessandro Matri
12 MF Stefano Sensi
13 DF Federico Peluso
17 DF Leonardo Sernicola
18 FW Giacomo Raspadori
19 FW Jens Odgaard
20 MF Jérémie Boga
21 DF Pol Lirola
23 DF Giangiacomo Magnani
25 FW Domenico Berardi (vice-captain)
No. Position Player
27 MF Kevin-Prince Boateng
28 GK Giacomo Satalino
29 FW Marcello Trotta
30 FW Khouma Babacar
31 DF Gian Marco Ferrari
32 MF Alfred Duncan
34 FW Federico Di Francesco
39 DF Cristian Dell'Orco
47 GK Andrea Consigli
68 MF Mehdi Bourabia
73 MF Manuel Locatelli (on loan from Milan)
79 GK Gianluca Pegolo
98 DF Claud Adjapong
99 FW Enrico Brignola

Other players under contract

As of 31 July 2018

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

No. Position Player
FW Simone Caputo

On loan

As of 31 August 2018

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

No. Position Player
GK Jacopo Aiello (at Scanzorosciate until 30 June 2019)[23]
DF Raffaele Celia (at Cuneo until 30 June 2019)[24]
DF Alessandro Denti (at Lentigione until 30 June 2019)[25]
DF Martin Erlic (at Spezia until 30 June 2019)[26]
DF Leonardo Fontanesi (at Pontedera until 30 June 2019)[27]
DF Edoardo Goldaniga (at Frosinone until 30 June 2019)[28]
DF Timo Letschert (at FC Utrecht until 30 June 2019)[29]
DF Riccardo Marchizza (at Crotone until 30 June 2019)[30]
DF Andrea Masetti (at Pontedera until 30 June 2019)[26]
DF Matteo Piacentini (at Teramo until 30 June 2019)[31]
DF Luca Ravanelli (at Padova until 30 June 2019)[32]
DF Alessandro Tripaldelli (at PEC Zwolle until 30 June 2019)[33]
MF Filippo Bandinelli (at Benevento until 30 June 2018)[34]
MF Jérémie Broh (at Padova until 30 June 2019)[32]
MF Simone Franchini (at Reggina until 30 June 2019)[26]
No. Position Player
MF Francesco Cassata (at Frosinone until 30 June 2019)[35]
MF Davide Frattesi (at Ascoli until 30 June 2019)[36]
MF Marius Marin (at Pisa until 30 June 2019)[37]
MF Luca Mazzitelli (at Genoa until 30 June 2019)[38]
MF Marco Pinato (at Venezia until 30 June 2019)[39]
MF Giovanni Sbrissa (at Robur Siena until 30 June 2019)[40]
MF Giacomo Zecca (at Teramo until 30 June 2019)[41]
FW Pietro Cianci (at Robur Siena until 30 June 2019)[42]
FW Andrea Cisco (at Padova until 30 June 2019)[43]
FW Ettore Gliozzi (at Robur Siena until 30 June 2019)[44]
FW Nicholas Pierini (at Spezia until 30 June 2019)[26]
FW Matteo Politano (at Internazionale until 30 June 2019)[45]
FW Antonino Ragusa (at Hellas Verona until 30 June 2019)[46]
FW Federico Ricci (at Benevento until 30 June 2019)[47]
FW Gianluca Scamacca (at PEC Zwolle until 30 June 2019)[48]

Youth Sector


In Europe

UEFA Europa League

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate Reference
2016–17 Third qualifying round Luzern 3–0 1–1 4–1 [49]
Play-off round Red Star Belgrade 3–0 1–1 4–1
Group F Athletic Bilbao 3–0 2–3 4th
Genk 0–2 1–3
Rapid Wien 2–2 1–1


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