Cosenza Calcio

For the historical club, see Cosenza Calcio 1914.
Full name Cosenza Calcio Srl
Nickname(s) Lupi (Wolves)
Rossoblù (Red-blues)
Silani ("silans", for the name of mountain's and wood's land where is the city, "Sila")
Founded 2007 (as Fortitudo Cosenza)
2011 (as Nuova Cosenza Calcio)
Ground Stadio San Vito,
Cosenza, Italy
Ground Capacity 24,479
Chairman Eugenio Guarascio[1]
Manager Giorgio Roselli
League Lega Pro/C
2015–16 Lega Pro/C, 5th

Cosenza Calcio Srl is an Italian football club, based in Cosenza, Calabria. Currently the team plays in Lega Pro, the third tier of Italian football.

Found in 2011 as Nuova Cosenza Calcio (P.IVA 03148850781) as the phoenix club of Cosenza Calcio 1914 Srl by using Article 52 of N.O.I.F., Nuova Cosenza and Cosenza 1914 Srl were spiritual successor of the original Cosenza Calcio 1914 SpA which folded in 2005. However, Cosenza 1914 Srl acquired its sports title from Rende Calcio in 2007, and the sports title of the original club had ceased to be exist in 2005.


Cosenza Calcio 1914

Main article: Cosenza Calcio 1914

The club was founded in 1914 as Società Sportiva Fortitudo and renamed as Cosenza Calcio 1914 in 1920[2] and enjoyed a long time in the professional leagues, spending several years in the Serie B. They also won the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1983. In 2003, Cosenza 1914 was expelled from professional league.[3]

In 2003 an illegitimate phoenix club was found as A.S. Cosenza F.C.. In 2004, old Cosenza won the appeal and was admitted to 2004–05 Serie D. Thus that season there was a derby. In 2005 new Cosenza switched its denomination into A.S. Cosenza Calcio,[4] after the fall of old Cosenza.

Cosenza Calcio 1914 Srl

In 2007, A.S. Cosenza Calcio gave up its Serie D membership, but all the team players later joined new club Fortitudo Cosenza, born as relocation of Rende Calcio, a team from the neighbouring city of Rende which was relegated to Serie D in 2006–07 season and moved to Cosenza soon after. The new club quickly managed to win the Serie D/Girone I championship in 2007–08, ensuring a place back into the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione (the renamed Serie C2) for the 2008–09 season.

Cosenza lineup in 2008–09
Tifosi in May 2008

Three seasons in professionalism

Following this, the new club renamed itself, taking the old historical denomination of Cosenza Calcio 1914 Srl with the aim to rise up the Italian football pyramid. In 2008–09, their first season in the Lega Pro, Cosenza showed all of their intentions by winning the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione/Girone C championship. The team played the 2009–10 season in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione/Girone B, finishing 11th in the table.

At the end of the 2010-11 Lega Pro Prima Divisione season the team was relegated after losing the playoff. The team was then excluded from professional Championship by Co.Vi.Soc. and it didn't appeal.

During the professional seasons, former president Damiano Paletta was suspended in June 2009 for 6 months for irregularities in administration. [5] The ban was reduced after an appeal.[6]

For the bankruptcy of Cosenza Calcio 1914 S.r.l., former managers Eugenio Funari, Paolo Pagliuso (former president) and his son Luca Pagliuso, Giuseppe Citrigno and Francesco Iannucci were banned from football for 2 years to 5 years.[7]

In 2013 the membership of Cosenza Calcio 1914 S.r.l. was finally revoked.[8]

Nuova Cosenza Calcio

In summer 2011 the club was refounded as Nuova Cosenza Calcio and restarted from Serie D[9][10] After a mediocre start, they sacked coach Enzo Patania and hired Tommaso Napoli.[11] They won 9 and drew 7 without a loss to finish the regular season in second place to HinterReggio in Group I and entered in the promotion playoffs.[12] They won 6 in a row to become champions of the playoffs.[13] The club won the promotion playoffs by beating SandonàJesoloCalcio 3–2 in the final, but not being automatically promoted shall remain still in Serie D.

On Monday, 5 August 2013, the team announced that it was promoted to the professional league, Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.[14] Circa 2013 the club refer itself simply as Cosenza Calcio,[15] a name change in Italian Chamber of Commerce was done some time later.

Cosenza was promoted again to the unified 2014–15 Lega Pro after ending the 2013–14 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season in fourth place. The team mathematically secured the promotion in March 2014.[16]

Colors and badge

The team's official colours are red and dark blue, probably in honor to Genoa C.F.C..[17] The supporters love see in the shirt also same green details, to remembering the original colours of 1914 (green and blue).

logo of Cosenza Calcio 1914 Srl circa 2010


First team squad

As of 6 August 2016[18]

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 Pietro Perina
2 Italy MF Angelo Corsi
3 Italy DF Paride Pinna
4 Italy MF Giorgio Capece
5 Italy DF Luca Tedeschi
6 Italy DF Edoardo Blondett (captain)
7 Italy MF Marco Criaco
8 Italy MF Cristian Caccetta
9 Italy FW Giuseppe Gambino
10 Italy FW Giovanni Cavallaro
No. Position Player
11 Italy MF Giuseppe Statella
13 Italy DF Andrea Meroni (on loan from Empoli)
14 Ghana FW Samuel Darko Appiah
15 Italy MF Antonio Bilotta
16 France FW Alain Baclet
21 Italy MF Roberto Ranieri (on loan from Atalanta)
22 Italy GK Umberto Saracco
23 Italy MF Emanuele D'Anna
24 Italy MF Domenico Mungo
27 Italy FW Alberto Filippini


as Cosenza Calcio 1914 Srl
as Cosenza Calcio Srl
Winners (1): 2014–15,

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
As Cosenza Calcio 1914 Srl
2008–2009 Onze Simet/Hit Shop
2009–2011 Onze Aiello
As N. Cosenza Calcio
2011–2012 Onze La Terra Di Piero
2011–2012 Onze Obbiettivo Lavoro/Scintille
2011–2012 Onze G1 Petroli
2012–2013 Macron Oro Cash/Precenzano Catering
2013–2014 Legea Wüber


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  2. "Cosenza" (in Italian). Archived from the original on November 21, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-07.
  3. "Comunicato Ufficiale N°38/A (2003–04)" (PDF) (in Italian). FIGC. 31 July 2003. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  4. "CAMBIO DI DENOMINAZIONE SOCIALE" (PDF) (in Italian). FIGC. 27 January 2006. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  5. "Comunicato Ufficiale (C.U.) N°100/CDN (2008–09)" (PDF). Commissione Disciplinare Nazionale (CDN) (in Italian). FIGC. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  6. "C.U. N°52/CGF (2009–10)" (PDF). Corte di Giustizia Federale (CGF) (in Italian). FIGC. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  7. "C.U. N°35/CDN (2013–14)" (PDF). CDN (in Italian). FIGC. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  8. "C.U. N°61/CDN (2011–12)" [Pree Release N°/61/CDN (2011–12)] (PDF). CDN (in Italian). FIGC. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  9. "Il Nuovo Cosenza Calcio iscritto in serie D. Quasi pronta la sqaudra disegnata da Fiore" (in Italian). 5 August 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  10. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  11. "Tommaso Napoli è il nuovo tecnico del Cosenza" (in Italian). 17 January 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  14. "Il Cosenza è in Lega Pro. Il presidente Eugenio Guarascio: "Alla fine abbiamo avuto ragione"" (in Italian). Cosenza Calcio. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  15. "Il nuovo marchio: c'è la storia, c'è il lupo, c'è Cosenza" (in Italian). Cosenza Calcio. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  16. "Il Cosenza Calcio conquista matematicamente la Lega Pro unica. Battuto il Gavorrano con un gol di Mosciaro" (in Italian). Cosenza Calcio. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  18. "Tim Cup, i convocati per Bari - Cosenza" (in Italian). Cosenza Calcio. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.

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