F.C. Bari 1908

Full name Football Club Bari 1908 S.P.A.
Nickname(s) i Galletti (The Cockerels)
i Biancorossi (The White-reds)
Founded 1908 (1908)[1]
Ground Stadio San Nicola,
Bari, Italy
Ground Capacity 58,270
Head Coach Stefano Colantuono
League Serie B
2015–16 Serie B, 5th
Website Club home page

Football Club Bari 1908 is an Italian football club founded in 1908, they are based in Bari, Apulia and plays in Serie B. The club has spent many seasons bouncing between the top two divisions in Italian football, Serie A and Serie B.


Brief history

During 1927, the original football club representing the city was merged with a team named Liberty Bari, a year following this the new club was merged too, this time with US Ideale; hence the sometimes given foundation date of 1928.

Statistically Bari are the most successful club from the Apulia region, in terms of the all-time Serie A records. They are amongst the elite in Southern Italian football and are ranked 17th in the all-time Serie A records for all of Italy. Notably they won the Mitropa Cup in 1990. Bari also held the British football transfer record, when it paid £5,500,000 for David Platt in 1991. It was the most expensive fee paid by a foreign club for a British player for four years.

One of the most notable achievements in the club's history was in the 1996 season, when their forward Igor Protti became the top scorer in the Serie A with 24 goals. The club are known in the wider footballing world for producing Antonio Cassano who was born in Bari, he shone at the club as a youngster.

The foundation

Foot-Ball Club Bari was founded in the city on 15 January 1908.[2] Like the majority of early Italian football clubs, foreign people were involved in the foundation of the club. Amongst the main founders were German Floriano Ludwig, Swiss Gustavo Kuhn and a native trader of Bari called Giovanni Tiberini.[3]

FBC Bari originals in 1908.

The first players included many non-Italians, the FBC Bari originals included; founder Ludwig, along with Barther (English), Bach (Swiss), Attoma, Roth (Swiss), Labourdette (Spanish), Jovinet (French), Giordano, Gazagne (French), Randi and Ziegler. Originally the club wore red shirts with white shorts, early on they would play against English sailors at the San Lorenzo field in the San Pasquale area of Bari.

Although the club was founded early on, clubs from the Mezzogiorno were not very well represented in the early Italian football championships and thus Bari did not take part in the early seasons. In fact only Campania had a regional section in the league from that area prior to the First World War. The war would see the original club becoming defunct, before being reorganised under the same name.

By this time other clubs from the city had begun playing too, including; Foot-Ball Club Liberty who originally wore blue and white stripes, they were founded as a dissident club from the original Bari in 1909[4] and their rivals Unione Sportiva Ideale who wore green and black stripes. In fact it was FBC Liberty who became the first ever side from the Province of Bari to take part in the Italian Football Championship, this was during the 1921–22 CCI season, when the main clubs in the country had a falling out with FIGC.

The following season Ideale became the first side from Bari to progress to the Southern Italian semi-finals round, but lost out to Lazio. All three clubs featured in the championship for the first time in 1924–25 however FBC Bari were relegated, Liberty on the other hand reached the Southern semi-finals before losing out heavily to Alba Roma.

Unione Sportiva Bari

A series of club mergers took place in the city over the course of two years, which would create one united club to represent Bari. The first merger took place between FBC Bari and FBC Liberty, they opted to keep the Bari name and first used it on 6 February 1927 in a match against Audace Taranto.

The whole of Italian football was changing during this period and beginning to become more organised, similar mergers were taking place in Naples, Florence and Rome around the same time. The second part of the Bari merger was competed on 27 February 1928 when FBC Bari merged with US Ideale to create Unione Sportiva Bari. The original US Bari shirts incorporated the stripes of Ideale, with the red and white colours of FBC Bari.

After the Italian Championship of 1928–29, the league system was reorganised and Bari was placed in Serie B. One of their players was called up to the Italian national football team that season for the first time, in the form of Raffaele Costantino, this made Bari the first Serie B club to contribute a player and a scorer to the national side.[5]

Between Serie A and Serie B

The alternate Bari club logo
The previous Bari club logo

The 1930s and 1940s were Bari's golden age, spending much of that time in Serie A with a finish of seventh in 1947 being the best they achieved.

In the 1950s Bari went into a sharp decline and an equally rapid revival towards the end of the decade to spend three more years in Serie A (1958–61). Stars of the team in this period included Biagio Catalano and Raúl Conti. The club returned to Serie A twice more in this period (1963–64 and 1969–70) with the latter proving especially harrowing with only 11 goals scored, the lowest of any top-flight club. In 1974 Bari descended to Serie C, finishing that season with only 12 goals scored and 26 conceded in 38 games.

By the late 1970s Bari were back in Serie B and on something of an upward swing, narrowly missing promotion in 1982. They managed promotion to Serie A in 1985 and acquired English players Gordon Cowans and Paul Rideout, but they were unable to prevent an instant return to Serie B. A return to Serie A in 1989 with stars including stalwart defender Giovanni Loseto, midfielder Pietro Maiellaro and Brazilian striker João Paulo saw a respectable 10th-place finish in 1990, their last season at the Della Vittoria. The following season saw Bari move to the San Nicola stadium, built for the 1990 World Cup, but by 1992– despite the signing of David Platt- they would be relegated once more.

Promotion in 1994 saw another two-year stay in Serie A with Igor Protti a regular scorer, and another promotion in 1997 saw the emergence of promising youngsters like Nicola Ventola, Gianluca Zambrotta, Antonio Cassano and Diego De Ascentis. This time they managed a four-year stay in Serie A under the guidance of Eugenio Fascetti, despite his uneasy relationship with many sections of the club's support. The club has since had a generally indifferent spell in Serie B. However, having been near the top of the Serie B table for much of the 2008–09 season they gained promotion to Serie A on 8 May 2009, under the guidance of Antonio Conte.

In November 2009, a take-over bid was rejected.[6] A Texas-based company JMJ Holdings also gave an intent to take over in August 2009.[7][8]

With Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Ranocchia as centre-back and Barreto as striker, Bari performed well in the first half of the season. Eventually Bari finished 10th. However, Bari lost €19 million in 2009 financial year.,[9] which meant Bari was quiet in 2010 summer (only Almirón and Ghezzal were the new significant signing plus the purchase of Barreto after the expiration of his loan, who broke his leg in mid-season) and in the January 2011 transfer window, they failed to find a replacement of Bonucci and Ranocchia. The company back from negative equity due to TV income increased as well as the sale of Bonucci (a profit of €6.45 million). Bari had a positive equity of €870,653 on 31 December 2010 and a net income of 14 million in 2010 calendar year, due to extraordinary income from selling the brand.[10]

Bari were relegated to Serie B after the 2010–11 season finishing 17 points short of 17th placed Lecce. During the season manager Giampiero Ventura was replaced by Bortolo Mutti in a failed attempt to save the club from relegation. On the 4th of March, 2011, Bari played its 1,000th game in Serie A.

The End of the Matarrese Reign

On the 13th of June, 2011, president Vincenzo Matarrese and the rest of the board of directors resigned after 28 years of controlling the club. Vincenzo Torrente was brought in to manage the side in the summer of 2011 and much of the playing roster was let go due to financial difficulties at the club and replaced by young players. Despite six and seven point penalties in the following two seasons, Bari under Torrente were able to achieve to mid-table Serie B finishes however, disconcertingly, attendances continued to dwindle. In the summer of 2013, Torrente resigned and was replaced by Carmine Gautieri, who also resigned after two weeks. The top job was then assigned to Roberto Alberti Mazzaferro.

The financial position of the club continued to decline and the Mattarese family reduced the amount of money they put into the club. The club's debt reached €30m in February 2014. The club was declared bankrupt on March 10, 2014. The first bankruptcy auction, on the 18th of April 2014, was declared deserted due to the lack of a bid that met all of the criterion. The second auction, on 12 May 2014, also failed to find a successful bidder. The club was in real danger of disappearing.

The Paparesta Era

The third bankruptcy auction was held on the 20th of May 2014 with an asking price for the club of just €2m. A consortium led by former Serie A referee Gianluca Paparesta successfully acquired the club and renamed it to FC Bari 1908. A strong spell of form towards the end of the season, where the club lost just two of its last 15 Serie B matches, meant that Bari qualified for the 2013–14 Serie B play-offs. Bari met Crotone in the quarter finals and won 3–0, setting up a clash against Latina, the side that finished 3rd in the regular season. The first leg of the play-off semifinal was a sell out with over 50,000 people attending the match, an incredible achievement considering the club recorded an attendance of less than 1,000 just a few months earlier. Bari were knocked out due to two draws (2–2 and 2–2).

In 2014–15 the team ended the season in 10th place. In 2015–16 Bari gained 5th place in the league and subsequent access to the play-off preliminary match against Novara but lost 4–5 after extra time at Stadio San Nicola.


Official sponsor

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
1978–79 Puma None
1980–81 Pouchain None
1981–84 Adidas MAN SE
1984–87 Cassa di Puglia
1987–90 Sud Leasing
1990–92 Sud Factoring
1992–95 Wuber
1995–97 CEPU
1997–98 Lotto Transport Gio.Bi
1998–03 TELE +
2003–05 Pasta Ambra
2005–06 Erreà
2006–09 Gaudianello
2009– Radionorba
2009–12 Banca Popolare di Bari
2012–13 Fashion District
2013–15 SuisseGas
2015–16 Nike Balkan Express
2016- Umbro None

Current squad

As of 30 August, 2016.[11]

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

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Stefano Gori
3 Switzerland DF Fabio Daprelà (on loan from Chievo)
4 Italy MF Marco Romizi
5 Italy DF Denis Tonucci
6 Italy DF Mattia Cassani
7 Italy FW Kingsley Boateng
8 Albania MF Migjen Basha
9 Italy FW Gaetano Monachello (on loan from Atalanta)
10 Italy FW Giuseppe De Luca (on loan from Atalanta)
11 Italy FW Francesco Fedato (on loan from Sampdoria)
12 Italy GK Alessandro Micai
13 Italy DF Valerio Di Cesare
14 Switzerland MF Matteo Fedele (on loan from Carpi)
15 Ivory Coast DF Souleyman Doumbia
No. Position Player
16 Brazil MF Raphael Martinho
17 Italy MF Federico Furlan
18 Greece DF Vangelis Moras
19 Italy FW Riccardo Maniero
20 Italy MF Franco Brienza
21 Italy FW Gaetano Castrovilli
22 Uruguay GK Salvador Ichazo (on loan from Torino)
23 Italy DF Stefano Sabelli
24 Italy DF Nicola Turi
26 Italy DF Giuseppe Scalera
27 France MF Curtis Yebli
28 Slovakia MF Dávid Ivan (on loan from Sampdoria)
29 Italy MF Francesco Valiani
30 Italy DF Elio Capradossi (on loan from Roma)

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
Italy GK Enrico Guarna (at Foggia)
Italy DF Vito Colaianni (at Vastese)
Senegal DF Dembel Sall (at Pro Piacenza)
Greece MF Savvas Gentsoglou (at Croatia Hajduk Split)
No. Position Player
Italy MF Giovanni Di Noia (at Ternana)
Italy MF Luca Guadalupi (at Fondi)
Italy MF Lorenzo Longo (at Akragas)
Italy FW Salvatore Caturano (at Lecce)

Youth team

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

No. Position Player

Presidential history

The official presidential history of Bari, since 1929 until the present day.

  • Alfredo Atti (1929–31)
  • Liborio Mincuzzi (1931–32)
  • Sebastiano Roca (1932–33)
  • Raffaele Tramonte (1933–34)
  • Giovanni Tomasicchio (1934–35)
  • Giovanni Di Cagno Abbrescia (1935–36)
  • Vincenzo Signorile (1936–37)
  • Giuseppe Abbruzzese (1937–38)
  • Giambattista Patarino (1938–39)
  • Angelo Albanese (1939–40)
  • Pasquale Ranieri (1940–41)
  • Giuseppe Santoro (1941–42)
  • Antonio De Palma (1941–44)
  • Andrea Somma (1942–43)

  • Tommaso Annoscia (1944–50)
  • Rocco Scafi (1950–51)
  • Florenzo Brattelli (1951–52)
  • Francesco Saverio Lonero (1952–53)
  • Achille Tarsia Incuria (1953–56)
  • Gianfranco Brunetti (1956–59)
  • Vincenzo La Gioia (1959–61)
  • Angelo Marino (1961–63)
  • Angelo De Palo (1961–77)
  • Antonio Matarrese (1977–83)
  • Vincenzo Matarrese (1983–11)
  • Claudio Garzelli (2011–12) (as chief executive)
  • Francesco Vinella (2012–14) (as chief executive)0
  • Gianluca Paparesta (2014–16)
  • Cosmo Giancaspro(2016–)

Managerial history

Bari have had many managers and trainers, some seasons they have had co-managers running the team, here is a chronological list of them from 1928 onwards:[12]


Serie B: 4

Mitropa Cup: 1

See also


  1. http://int.soccerway.com/teams/italy/as-bari/1301/
  2. AmoBari.org
  3. In Internet
  4. Repubblica.it
  5. Forza Azzurri – Bari
  6. "RIFIUTATA L'OFFERTA MELEAM PER L'ACQUISTO DELLA AS BARI SPA". AS Bari (in Italian). 27 November 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  7. "JMJ Holdings announces intent to purchase AS Bari football team". AS Bari (in Italian). 18 August 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  8. "L'Ad Salvatore Matarrese: 'Oggi scadenza improrogabile". AS Bari (in Italian). 20 September 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  9. "Assemblea dei soci: approvato il bilancio della Società". AS Bari (in Italian). 28 May 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  10. AS Bari Report and Accounts on 31 December 2010 (Italian)
  11. "Prima squadra". FC Bari 1908 (in Italian). Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  12. "Gli Allenatori Del Bari Dal 1928". SoloBari.it. 24 Jun 2007.

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