Unione Triestina 2012 S.S.D.

Full name Unione Triestina 2012 Società Sportiva Dilettantistica
Nickname(s) Unione (The Union),
Alabardati (The Halberded),
"Greghi" (The Greeks)
Giuliani (The Julian)
Founded 1918
1994 (refounded)
2012 (refounded)
Ground Stadio Nereo Rocco,
Trieste, Italy
Ground Capacity 32,454[1]
Chairman Mario Biasin
Manager Roberto Bordin
League Serie D/C
2015–16 Serie D/C, 16th

Unione Triestina 2012 Società Sportiva Dilettantistica is an Italian football club based in Trieste, in the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. It currently plays in Serie D (Girone C).


From the foundation to Serie A

The club was founded in 1918 as merger of local teams Ponziana and Foot-Ball Club Trieste. The club reached Seconda Divisione (now known as Serie B) in 1924. The club successively featured in the first-ever Serie A season in 1929, and played consecutively to the Italian top flight until 1956. During those successful times, the team also featured the likes of local Trieste native Nereo Rocco, who played as winger for Triestina from 1930 to 1937, becoming also the first player from the team to become part of the Azzurri squad (in 1934). Successively, Rocco returned to Triestina as a head coach in 1947, and completed the 1947–48 as Serie A runners-up, only behind Torino; this is still, as of today, the best result in history for the Trieste-based club. Rocco then left in 1950 to be replaced by Hungarian Béla Guttman, who managed to save the club from relegation only in the final matchday. Another struggling season followed in 1951–52, with Triestina escaping relegation only after winning playoffs against Lucchese and Brescia. During the 1952–53 season, Cesare Maldini[2] made his Serie A debut as a Triestina jersey. In 1953 Rocco returned to Triestina, but was sacked after 21 matchdays due to poor results. Three more mid-table seasons followed before Triestina suffered its first relegation in 1957. Successively, Triestina returned to Serie A in 1958, but were relegated in their first comeback season, which is also their last top flight campaign to date.

The club were successively relegated to Serie C in 1961 once, in 1965 twice, and even Serie D in 1971, forcing the alabardati to a local derby with Ponziana in 1975 which was quite unknown to local people in modern times. The club returned to Serie C in 1976, and was admitted to Serie C1 in 1978, and finally returned to Serie B in 1983, missing promotion to the top flight for a few seasons before being relegated in 1988. Triestina also played in second level between 1962–1965 and 1989–1991.

The first refoundation on 1994

Former Triestina logo

In 1994, the team was forced to fold, because of financial insolvency, and was re-founded by Giorgio Del Sabato. The team restarted as U.S. Triestina Calcio from Serie D and was readmitted to Serie C2 by the federation one year later. In 2001, after six seasons in Serie C2, the club won promotion to Serie C1 after playoffs; this was followed by a second consecutive promotion, this time to Serie B, both under head coach Ezio Rossi.

In the 2005–06 season, Triestina changed its manager five times. The list include the tandem Alessandro Calori-Adriano Buffoni, Pietro Vierchowod, caretaker Francesco De Falco, youth team coach Vittorio Russo and Andrea Agostinelli.

In addition, Triestina's owner Flaviano Tonellotto was forced to resign on 1 February 2006 by the magistrates because of a pending court procedure for bankruptcy, and his wife Jeannine Koevoets was named to replace him at the helm of the club. However, Tonellotto was successively ordered to leave the association because of financial troubles. The magistrates named Francesco De Falco as caretaker chairman with the idea of finding somebody interested to buy the club. Curiously, in the 2005–06 De Falco, a player for Triestina in the 80's, covered three different roles in the club: director of football, manager and chairman. In April 2006 the team was purchased by the Fantinel family, owners of a wine company in the region.

In recent years, Triestina struggled to mount a promotion campaign to end half-century absence from the Italian top flight. Triestina finished 8th in 2008–2009 season. However failed to remain in Serie B in the 2009–10 season, with a crashing 3–0 defeat to Padova at the play-outs, and was relegated to Lega Pro Prima Divisione after 8 years of endeavour in the second tier of Italian football, only to be readmitted to Serie B after Ancona filed for bankruptcy.

On May 21, 2011, in the season 2010–11, after a disastrous campaign, Triestina was relegated from Serie B to Lega Pro Prima Divisione, having returned there in 2002 after 11 seasons in Serie C and Serie D.

On 2012 the new bankruptcy after the relegation

On January 25, 2012 the club in strong financial difficulty, has been declared bankrupt by the court of Trieste.[3][4][5]

In the season 2011–12 Triestina was relegated from Lega Pro Prima Divisione group B to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.

On 19 June 2012 the club was finally declared bankrupt and the team was disbanded.[6]

Stefano Mario Fantinel, former president of the club, was suspended from football activities for 5 years after the prosecutor found accounting irregularities of the club.[7] In July, three more months were added due to player transfer irregularities.[8] Fantinel was also suspended for 3 months in 2006–07 Serie B, also causing the club 1 point, for irregularities on preparing quarterly management report on 30 March 2006.[9]

Unione Triestina 2012

On 31 July 2012 was founded the new company Unione Triestina 2012 Società Sportiva Dilettantistica[10] that restarted from Eccellenza thanks to Article 52 of N.O.I.F..[11]


Current as of March 19, 2016

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 Michael Vezzani
Italy GK Federico Ciocca
Italy GK Matteo Bonin
Italy DF Luca Crosato
Italy DF Luca Piscopo
Italy DF Giacomo Farosich
Italy DF Stefano Dalla Riva
Slovenia DF Milan Andjelkovic
Italy DF Dylan Danieli
Italy DF Alessio Romeo
Ghana MF Emanuel Abrefah
Italy MF Stefano Spadari
Italy MF Andrea Loperfido
Italy MF Riccardo Del Bello
No. Position Player
Italy MF Niccolò Galasso
Italy MF Davide Miani
Italy MF Luca Di Dionisio
Albania MF Marian Puka
Brazil MF Guilherme Monti
Italy MF Nicola Cornacchia
Italy FW Alberto Volk
Italy FW Giulio Giordani
Italy FW Daniel Bradaschia
Slovenia FW Davor Skerjanc
Italy FW Sergio Cucchiara
Italy FW Christian Fantina
Italy FW Nicholas Muzzi
Italy FW Luigi Cuppone

Colors and badge

The team's colours are red and white.

League Participations (Since 1929)

Serie A: 1929–1957 (Serie A wasn't played between 1943–1946 due to Second World War), 1958–1959

Serie B 1957–1958, 1959–1961, 1962–1965, 1983–1988, 1989–1991, 2002–2011

Serie C/Serie C1/L. Pro I Div.: 1961–1962, 1965–1971, 1972–1974, 1976–1983, 1991–1994, 2001–2002, 2011–2012

Serie D/C2 (as fourth level): 1971–1972, 1974–1976, 1995–2001, 2014–

Serie D (as fifth level): 1994–1995, 2013–2014

Eccellenza (as sixth level): 2012–2013

Notable former managers

See Category:U.S. Triestina Calcio managers.


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