S.S. Cavese 1919
The history of Società Sportiva Cavese 1919, formerly known as Cavese, starts on 1919 when it was founded as Unione Sportiva Cavese. It is an Italian football club, based in Cava de' Tirreni, Campania. The nickname is Aquilotti (little eagles). The owner is Giuseppe Spatola and the Chief Executive is Michele Angelo Sica.
In the summer 2012 the company gives in to U.S.D. Pro Cavese so renamed after the merger with A.S.D. Aquilotto Metelliano Cavese, founded in 2011 as A.S.D. Città della Cava 1394, its intangible assets, with the exception of its brand and its sports title. In the summer 2013 it was renamed U.S.D. Cavese 1919. Currently it plays in Serie D.
It having last been in Serie B in 1984.
From 1919 to today
From U.S. Cavese to S.S. Cavese 1919
The team was founded in 1919 as Unione Sportiva Cavese, and played its first match ever against Salernitana, ended in a 3–2 win for the aquilotti. In 1922 the team merged with Libertas Sporting Club, another local team, in order to build a more competitive side. That same year, the team was admitted to the First Division (the equivalent of the nowadays' Serie A). After a few years near the bottom of the table, the death of their coach and an economic crisis lead to their demotion in 1925.
After languishing in the lower levels of Italian Football for 10 years, S.S. Cavese was promoted to the First Division (now the 4th series) in 1937. With a new stadium (Stadio Francis Palmentieri) and star player (Virgilio Levratto), the Aquilotti rose to the Serie C . However, in 1948 the club ran into more economic trouble, sending them back into the minor divisions. In 1964 the club played its way to the Serie D despite a 3-point penalty. In 1974, Cavese merged with Pro Salerno, another Serie D team, and renamed itself as Pro Cavese. The team returned to Serie C in 1978 and took back its originary denomination in 1980.
In 1981, Cavese was able to gain its first (and only) promotion to Serie B. The first Serie B season for Cavese ended in a 15th place which allowed the team to avoid relegation. The 1982/1983 was the top season ever for the Campanian team in its whole history: in fact, Cavese was almost to reach promotion to Serie A, ending the first half of the season in a third placed, which would allow the promotion, and sixth at the end of the season. That championship is remembered especially for the crushing 2–1 victory in San Siro against AC Milan. The scorers were Joe Jordan for Milan, and Tivelli and Di Michele for Cavese. However, the next season Cavese relegated to Serie C1, and was not able to reach Serie B anymore. The team was even cancelled from Italian football in 1991, and readmitted in the regional Eccellenza league with the current denomination.
In recent years, the Cavese went back to the professional Italian leagues and in the 2005–2006 season it was able to win the serie C2 league and come back to serie C1. In the 2006–07 Serie C1, a third place in the regular season allowed Cavese to play the promotion playoffs: after a 5–2 defeat to Foggia in the first leg, Cavese nearly overturned it in the second leg, winning it 3–1 and being eliminated by a late Foggia goal during injury time.
They defeated Napoli 2–1 in a friendly match in the beginnings of 2009.
The fans of Cavese became famous for their chant song "Dale Cavese" ("Come On Cavese" whose music was taken from the Venezuelan classic Moliendo Café by Hugo Blanco) which has been copied all around the world by fans of clubs such as Boca Juniors, AFC Ajax, Beşiktaş J.K and FC Halifax Town.
Colors and badge
The team's colors are blue and white.
To see the players of the current team click here.
Notable former players