Delfino Pescara 1936

Full name Delfino Pescara 1936 Srl
Nickname(s) Delfini (Dolphins)
Biancazzurri (White-Light Blues)
Founded 1936
2009 (refounded)
Ground Stadio Adriatico,
Pescara, Italy
(Capacity: 24,500)
Chairman Giuseppe De Cecco
Manager Zdeněk Zeman
League Serie B
2010–11 Serie B, 13th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Delfino Pescara 1936 (simply known as Pescara or Pescara Calcio) is an Italian football club based in Pescara, Abruzzo.

The club was formed in 1936 and currently plays in Italian Serie B. Pescara has competed in 5 seasons in Serie A (1977–1978, 1979–1980, 1987–1988, 1988–1989, 1992–1993). The team's official colors are white and light blue.



Aside from a spell in Serie B in the 1940s, Pescara had a relatively undistinguished history until promotion to Serie B in 1974. With players like Giorgio Repetto and Bruno Nobili in the midfield, they managed to win their first promotion to Serie A in 1977 after winning a play-off, but ultimately finished in their first season in Serie A in last place. A second promotion after a play-off followed, but once more they would be relegated from the top flight and descend to C1 within two years.

Nonetheless returning to Serie B after a year, Pescara would enjoy a revival after the appointment of Giovanni Galeone in 1986. His philosophy of attacking football saw the Biancazzurri promoted to Serie A as champions for 1987, where they lasted two years with players such as Blaz Sliskovic among the club's star players. Galeone would return during season 1990–91 and oversaw another promotion the following year.

After relegation, Pescara remained in Serie B side throughout the 1990s, narrowly missing promotion in 1999. Relegation to C1 followed in 2001, with promotion in 2003 being followed by two revoked relegations in a row due to bankruptcy and scandals affecting other clubs. Pescara was ultimately relegated in the 2006–07 season, with three presidential and managerial changes during the season. In December 2008, the debt-ridden club was legally declared out of business and its control passed to a bankruptcy trustee appointed by the Court of Pescara. In February 2009, a takeover from a group named "Delfino Pescara 1936" was finalized with Deborah Caldora becoming the first woman to serve as chairman for the club. In the meantime, results did not improve significantly and in March, Giuseppe Galderisi was dismissed from the head coaching post with Antonello Cuccureddu being appointed as new boss.

At the beginning of the 2010-2011 season, Eusebio Di Francesco was appointed as the new coach. Pescara finished 2nd at Girone (Group) B of Lega Pro Prima Divisione and qualified for promotional play-offs. They defeated Reggiana in the semifinal and Verona in the final and subsequently returned to Serie B after 3 years of absence.


Pescara's regional rivals are Chieti and L'Aquila, however, they haven't faced either team since 2002, due to financial troubles. Pescara also shares notable rivalries with regional neighbors, namely the Marche clubs such as Ancona, Ascoli and Sambenedettese.

Current squad

As of 16 October 2011[1]

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

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Carlo Pinsoglio (on loan from Juventus)
2 Italy DF Damiano Zanon
3 Italy DF Filippo Petterini
4 Italy MF Emmanuel Cascione (vice-captain)
5 Italy DF Marco Capuano
6 Italy DF Simone Romagnoli
7 Italy MF Danilo Soddimo
8 Brazil MF Eugênio Togni
9 Italy FW Marco Sansovini (captain)
10 Italy MF Marco Verratti
11 Italy FW Lorenzo Insigne (on loan from Napoli)
13 Italy DF Riccardo Brosco
14 Italy DF Antonio Balzano
15 Italy DF Antonio Bocchetti
No. Position Player
16 Italy DF Bruno Martella
17 Italy FW Ciro Immobile (on loan from Juventus)
18 Italy MF Gianluca Nicco
19 Italy FW Riccardo Maniero
20 Italy MF Andrea Gessa
21 Italy FW Stefano Giacomelli
22 Italy GK Luca Anania
23 Côte d'Ivoire MF Moussa Koné (on loan from Atalanta)
25 Italy MF Angelo Corsi
27 Italy FW Daniele Sciarra
28 Italy DF Marco Perrotta
33 Italy DF Loris Bacchetti
36 Italy GK Andrea Cappa
57 Italy GK Francesco Cattenari

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
Italy DF Antonello Tabacco (at Foligno)[2]


  • Edmondo De Amicis (1937–1938)
  • Pietro Piselli (1938–1939)
  • Armando Bonino (1939–1940)
  • Mario Pizziolo (1940–1941)
  • Luigi Ferrero (1941–1943)
  • Edmondo De Amicis (1944–1945)
  • Giuseppe Marchi (1945–1946)
  • Banas (1946–1947)
  • Mario Pizziolo (1947–1948)
  • Gino Piccinini (1948–1949)
  • Benedetto Stella (1949–1950)
  • Luigi Del Grosso (1950–1953)
  • Umberto De Angelis (1953–1955)
  • Alfredo Notti (1955–1956)
  • Orazio Sola, Renato Piacentini, and Alfredo Monza (1956–1957)
  • Renato Piacentini (1957–1958)
  • Mario Tontodonati and Aurelio Marchese (1958–1959)
  • Mario Tontodonati and Ljubo Bencic (1959–1961)
  • Umberto De Angelis (1961–1962)
  • Leonardo Costagliola (1962–1963)
  • Renato Piacentini and Ljubo Bencic (1963–1964)
  • Vincenzo Marsico and Ljubo Bencic (1964–1965)
  • Antonio Giammarinaro and Alfredo Notti (1965–1966)
  • Sergio Cervato (1966–1967)
  • Antonio Giammarinaro (1967–1968)
  • Gianni Seghedoni and Mario Tontodonati (1968–1969)
  • Mario Tontodonati and Dante Lacorata (1969–1970)
  • Francesco Capocasale (1970–1971)
  • Enzo Falini and Vitaliano Patricelli (1971–1972)
  • Domenico Rosati (1972–1976)
  • Giancarlo Cadè (1976–1978)
  • Antonio Valentín Angelillo (1978–1979)
  • Gustavo Giagnoni, Mario Tontodonati, and Claudio Tobia (1979–1980)
  • Aldo Agroppi (1980–1981)
  • Saul Malatrasi, Mario Tiddia, and Giuseppe Chiappella (1981–1982)
  • Domenico Rosati (1982–1984)
  • Enrico Catuzzi (1984–1986)
  • Giovanni Galeone (1986–1989)
  • Ilario Castagner and Edoardo Reja (1989–1990)
  • Carlo Mazzone and Giovanni Galeone (1990–1991)
  • Giovanni Galeone (1991–1992)
  • Vincenzo Zucchini (1992–1993)


  1. ^ "Rosa Stagione" (in Italian). Delfino Pescara 1936. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "La Rosa dei Giocatori" (in Italian). (Foligno Calcio). 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 

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