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Sassuolo
US Sassuolo Calcio logo.svg
Full name Unione Sportiva Sassuolo
Calcio S.r.l.
Nickname(s) I Neroverdi (The Black and Greens)
The Watermelon Peel
Founded 1920; 104 years ago (1920)
Ground Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore
Ground Capacity 21,584
Owner Mapei
Chairman Carlo Rossi
Head coach Alessio Dionisi
League Serie A
2018–19 Serie A, 11th of 20
Third colours

Unione Sportiva Sassuolo Calcio, commonly referred to as Sassuolo (Italian pronunciation: [sasˈswɔːlo]), is an Italian football club based in Sassuolo, Emilia-Romagna. Their colours are black and green, hence the nickname Neroverdi (literally "black and green", in Italian).

Sassuolo have played in Serie A since the 2013–14 season, joining a select group of teams playing in the Serie A but not belonging to a provincial capital city: U.S. Savoia 1908 (Torre Annunziata), Empoli, Legnano, Pro Patria (Busto Arsizio), Carpi and Casale.

History

The club was founded in 1920 and played in the Emilian amateur divisions for most of its history until its first promotion to Serie D in 1968. In this era, the club merged with other local football teams to eventually form the current US Sassuolo Calcio in 1974. In 1984, the club gained promotion to Serie C2, the lowest level of professional football in Italy. However, they were relegated in 1990 and subsequently spent most of the 1990s in Serie D. In 1998, a second-place finish ensured promotion back to Serie C2.

Serie C1

Sassuolo reached Serie C1 for the first time in 2006 after winning the Serie C2 promotion play-offs by beating Sansovino in the final. In the following years, Sassuolo proved to be a serious contender for promotion to Serie B. With Gian Marco Remondina as head coach, they barely missed it in 2007, as they lost immediate promotion to Grosseto in the final days of the season, finishing in second-place; and then were defeated by fifth-placed Monza in the play-off semi-finals. Remondina then left Sassuolo to join Serie B's Piacenza, and former Serie A player Massimiliano Allegri was then chosen as new head coach.

Under Allegri, Sassuolo quickly revived their hopes to obtain promotion to Serie B; this ultimately came on 27 April 2008, when they won the Serie C1/A title, thus ensuring a historical promotion to Serie B, the first in the club's history.

Serie B

Following Sassuolo's promotion to the Italian second tier, Allegri left Sassuolo to fill the head coaching position at Serie A team Cagliari. In July 2008, the club appointed former Atalanta and Siena boss Andrea Mandorlini for the 2008–09 season.

Allegri with Milan players (cropped) - 3
Massimiliano Allegri, manager of Sassuolo in 2008 who won promotion to Serie B, winning group A of Serie C1 and the Supercoppa Lega Pro.

Sassuolo had a surprisingly good start to the 2008–09 campaign and held a promotion playoff place for very long time. They only won two points in their last five matches to eventually finish in seventh place. Despite a successful season, Mandorlini left Sassuolo by mutual consent in June 2009, whereupon the team then appointed former Piacenza coach Stefano Pioli on 11 June 2009.

Sassuolo successively qualified to the Serie B promotion playoffs in 2009–10 by placing fourth, and 2011–12 in third, being eliminated at the semi-finals in both seasons.

In the 2012–13 season, however, under the guidance of new head coach Eusebio Di Francesco, Sassuolo played a majority of the season in first place in the table, and eventually secured direct promotion with a 1-0 victory over Livorno on 18 May 2013. At the conclusion of the season, Sassuolo had won the Serie B title and had ensured a first top-flight campaign ever for the 2013–14 season. The club had reached the highest level of the Italian football league system only seven years after playing in Serie C2. The key role that was played in this achievement by 18-year-old academy product Domenico Berardi saw the player win the league's Player of the Year award.

Serie A

During pre-season training in July 2013, Sassuolo won the TIM Trophy after beating Juventus on penalties then beating Milan 2–1, marking the first time a team other than Milan, Internazionale or Juventus have won the Cup.

Eusebio Di Francesco
Eusebio Di Francesco, manager of the historic promotion to Serie A for the Neroverdi in 2013.

On 25 August 2013, Sassuolo played their first-ever Serie A match, a 2–0 loss away at Torino. The team's second match was their first at home, against Livorno, where striker Simone Zaza scored Sassuolo's first top-flight goal as they lost 4–1. On 22 September 2013, Sassuolo endured a heavy 7–0 defeat at home to Internazionale. The team earned their first point in their fifth match, on 25 September away to Napoli. Zaza equalised as the game finished 1–1, ending the hosts' perfect start to the season. This was followed by a first home point on 29 September, a 2–2 draw with Lazio. On 20 October 2013, Sassuolo won their first Serie A game, defeating Bologna 2–1 at home with goals from Domenico Berardi and Antonio Floro Flores, moving the club off bottom place. Sassuolo won away for the first time in Serie A on 3 November against Sampdoria, with Berardi scoring their first top-flight hat-trick to win 4–3. Since the following match, a 1–1 draw at Roma on 10 November, the club has been outside the relegation zone. On 12 January 2014, Berardi was the only player in the season to score four goals in a game, as Sassuolo came from 2–0 down to win 4–3 against Milan. Towards the end of January 2014, Sassuolo were in bottom place and so manager Di Francesco was relieved of his duties and Alberto Malesani was brought in. The managerial change did not have the desired effects and so in early March, Sassuolo re-entrusted the side to the management of Di Francesco. Sassuolo won its away match against Fiorentina 4–3 on 6 May 2014, and after winning 4–2 against Genoa on 11 May, Sassuolo guaranteed its place in Serie A for the 2014–15 season. Berardi finished in equal 7th place in the Serie A top scorers list, with 16 goals for the season.

The Neroverdi had a much better 2014–15 Serie A season, finishing comfortably beyond relegation in 12th place. Berardi was once more the club's top goalscorer with 15 league goals.

Sassuolo improved again in the 2015–16 Serie A season, finishing ahead of the likes of Milan and Lazio in sixth place. The season included an opening day win over Napoli, a Round 10 1–0 victory over Juventus at Mapei Stadium and a 1–0 victory over Inter at the San Siro.

On 21 May 2016, Sassuolo achieved their first ever Europa League qualification after finishing sixth in 2015–16 courtesy of a Juventus Coppa Italia win over Milan as Milan would have gone to Europe instead if they had won the final. On 25 August 2016, Sassuolo qualified for the Europa League group stage after beating Red Star Belgrade 4–1 on aggregate in the playoff round.

Over the following three seasons, the Neroverdi returned to mid-table, ending the 2016–17 season in 12th position, and then the club followed this up with consecutive 11th place finishes in 2018 and 2019, as well being knocked out in the round of 16 in three successive Coppa Italia campaigns. In the home match against Lazio on 25 February 2018, club captain Francesco Magnanelli made his 400th appearance for Sassuolo since joining the club's in its most recent spell in Serie C2 in 2005, having led the Neroverdi through three promotions and also playing in European competition in that time. On 13 June 2018, Roberto De Zerbi was appointed as manager, after impressing with his possession-based tactics at relegated Benevento in the previous season.

The 2019–20 season oversaw an improvement in Sassuolo's fortunes. The club concluded the season in 8th position, just outside the final qualifying position for the UEFA Europa League, marking only the second top-half Serie A finish in its history. A primary reason for Sassuolo's growth was due to De Zerbi's innovative, attack-minded style of play, which began to flourish and led to a record-breaking Serie A goal return of 69, the most prolific the club has been since promotion in 2013. The transfer of Francesco Caputo from Empoli in the preceding off-season was particularly crucial to this, as the striker ended the campaign with 21 league goals, and wingers Jérémie Boga and Domenico Berardi also achieved double-figure goal tallies.

The club continued its development as a top 10 team in Serie A in the following season, in which the record of 61 points in 2015–16 was broken with another 8th place finish on 62 points. After eight matches, Sassuolo was placed second in the table, which in part was the result of the excellent form of the likes of Berardi, Manuel Locatelli, Filip Đuričić, amongst others. An impressive 2-0 away win against Napoli on matchday six was perhaps the best reflection of this impressive early-season form. Although the club's form declined slightly in the mid-stage of the season, a 2-0 victory over Lazio on the final matchday meant that Sassuolo reached the same points total as Roma in 7th place, but narrowly missed out on European qualification on goal difference. Berardi, in his eighth professional season with the club, enjoyed the best year of his career with 17 league goals and his double in a 3-1 against Fiorentina on 17 April 2021 meant that he had reached 100 goals in all competitions for the Neroverdi. De Zerbi announced he would leave the club at the end of the season to take up the vacant head coach position at Shakhtar Donetsk. On 11 July 2021, Sassuolo’s Manuel Locatelli, Domenico Berardi and Giacomo Raspadori were part of the Italy national squad that defeated England in the UEFA Euro 2020 final.

Stadium & Kit

Stadio Alberto Braglia
The Stadio Alberto Braglia in Modena was Sassuolo's temporary home while playing in Serie B.

Sassuolo's home stadium is the Stadio Enzo Ricci in Sassuolo, still used by the club for training, but due to its tiny capacity (4,000) the club played Serie B seasons in Modena's Stadio Alberto Braglia.

Starting from the 2013–14 season, the first Serie A campaign for the club, Sassuolo plays in Reggio Emilia at the renovated Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore (formerly Stadio Giglio) in a venue-sharing agreement with Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Reggiana. The stadium was also bought by the parent company of Sassuolo, Mapei.

Sassuolo's famous green kit originates from a donation from English side Lancaster Rovers FC. During a tour of Italy in 1921, the Rover's side were unable to fulfil a fixture with Sassuolo and as a way of apology, donated their green shirts for Sassuolo to keep.

Players

Current squad

No. Position Player
3 Italy DF Riccardo Marchizza
5 Turkey DF Kaan Ayhan
6 Brazil DF Rogério
7 Brazil MF Matheus Henrique
8 Morocco MF Abdou Harroui
9 Italy FW Andrea Pinamonti (on loan from Inter Milan)
10 Italy FW Domenico Berardi (vice-captain)
11 Uruguay FW Agustín Álvarez
13 Italy DF Gian Marco Ferrari (captain)
14 Equatorial Guinea MF Pedro Obiang
15 Norway FW Emil Konradsen Ceide
16 Italy MF Davide Frattesi
17 Turkey DF Mert Müldür
18 France FW Janis Antiste (on loan from Spezia)
19 Italy DF Filippo Romagna
No. Position Player
22 Germany DF Jeremy Toljan
23 Ivory Coast MF Hamed Traorè
25 Italy GK Gianluca Pegolo
27 France MF Maxime Lopez
28 Croatia DF Martin Erlić
30 Italy GK Gioele Zacchi
35 Italy MF Luca D'Andrea
42 Norway MF Kristian Thorstvedt
44 Brazil DF Ruan
45 France FW Armand Laurienté
47 Italy GK Andrea Consigli
64 Italy GK Alessandro Russo
77 Greece DF Giorgos Kyriakopoulos
92 France FW Grégoire Defrel

Other players under contract

No. Position Player
Italy FW Brian Oddei
No. Position Player
France FW Isaac Karamoko

Out on loan

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No. Position Player
Italy GK Matteo Campani (at Vis Pesaro until 30 June 2023)
Italy GK Giacomo Satalino (at Carrarese until 30 June 2023)
Italy GK Stefano Turati (at Frosinone until 30 June 2023)
Italy GK Samuele Vitale (at Gelbison until 30 June 2023)
Italy DF Stefano Piccinini (at Pergolettese until 30 June 2023)
Netherlands DF Ryan Flamingo (at Vitesse until 30 June 2023)
Colombia DF Yeferson Paz (at Perugia until 30 June 2023)
Italy DF Matteo Pinelli (at Fidelis Andria until 30 June 2023)
Italy DF Matteo Saccani (at Pescara until 30 June 2023)
Italy MF Federico Artioli (at Pergolettese until 30 June 2023)
Italy MF Manuel Locatelli (at Juventus until 30 June 2023)
No. Position Player
Romania MF Andrei Mărginean (at Novara until 30 June 2023)
Italy MF Alessandro Mercati (at Carrarese until 30 June 2023)
Italy MF Marco Sala (at Palermo until 30 June 2023)
Italy MF Andrea Ghion (at Catanzaro until 30 June 2023)
Italy FW Riccardo Ciervo (at Frosinone until 30 June 2023)
Italy FW Giacomo Manzari (at Frosinone until 30 June 2023)
Italy FW Luca Moro (at Frosinone until 30 June 2023)
Italy FW Jacopo Pellegrini (at Reggiana until 30 June 2023)
Italy FW Luigi Samele (at Carrarese until 30 June 2023)
Italy FW Giacomo Raspadori (at Napoli until 30 June 2023)

Youth sector

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Head Coach Italy Alessio Dionisi
Assistant Head Coach Italy Paolo Cozzi
Goalkeeping Coach Italy Paolo Orlandoni
Technical Coach Italy Massimiliano Sigolo
Athletic Coach Italy Fabio Spighi
Rehab Coach Italy Andrea Rinaldi
Chief Analyst Italy Marco Riggio
Video Analyst Italy Massimo Carcarino
Club Doctor Italy Roberto D'Ovidio
Italy Claudio Pecci
Physiotherapist Italy Nicola Daprile
Kazakhstan Gennady Belenky
Nutritionist Italy Luca Mondazzi
Medical Director Physiotherapy Italy Andrea Acciarri

Managers

  • Ezio Pascutti (1986–87)
  • Loris Boni (1997–98)
  • Stefano Garuti
  • Roberto Busi
  • Gianni Balugani
  • Daniele Simeoni
  • Fabio Bedogni
  • Paolo Magnani (2000 – 26 March 2002)
  • Oscar Lamagni
  • Cesare Maestroni (2002 – 13 January 2003)
  • Cristiano Bergodi (1 July 2003 – 30 June 2004)
  • Giuseppe Brucato (1 July 2004 – 30 June 2005)
  • Gian Marco Remondina (1 July 2005 – 30 June 2007)
  • Massimiliano Allegri (17 July 2007 – 28 May 2008)
  • Andrea Mandorlini (7 July 2008 – 30 June 2009)
  • Stefano Pioli (12 June 2009 – 9 June 2010)
  • Daniele Arrigoni (26 June 2010 – 3 October 2010)
  • Angelo Gregucci (3 October 2010 – 9 May 2011)
  • Paolo Mandelli (9 May 2011 – 9 June 2011)
  • Fulvio Pea (9 June 2011 – 10 June 2012)
  • Eusebio Di Francesco (19 June 2012 – 28 January 2014)
  • Alberto Malesani (29 January 2014 – 3 March 2014)
  • Eusebio Di Francesco (3 March 2014 – 13 June 2017)
  • Cristian Bucchi (20 June 2017 – 27 November 2017)
  • Giuseppe Iachini (27 November 2017 – 5 June 2018)
  • Roberto De Zerbi (13 June 2018 – 25 May 2021)
  • Alessio Dionisi (16 June 2021 – )

Recent seasons

Results of league and cup competitions by season
Season Division Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pos Cup Supercoppa
Italiana
Cup Result Player(s) Goals
League UEFAFIFA Top goalscorer(s)
2021–22 Serie A (1) 38 13 11 14 64 66 50 11th QF Gianluca Scamacca 16
2020–21 Serie A (1) 38 17 11 10 64 56 62 8th R16 Domenico Berardi 17
2019–20 Serie A (1) 38 14 9 15 69 63 51 8th 4R Francesco Caputo 21
2018–19 Serie A (1) 38 9 16 13 53 60 43 11th R16 Domenico Berardi 10
2017–18 Serie A (1) 38 11 10 17 29 59 43 11th R16 Matteo Politano 11
2016–17 Serie A (1) 38 13 7 18 58 63 46 12th R16 Europa League Group stage Grégoire Defrel 16
2015–16 Serie A (1) 38 16 13 9 49 40 61 6th 4R Domenico Berardi
Grégoire Defrel
Nicola Sansone
7
2014–15 Serie A (1) 38 12 13 13 49 57 49 12th R16 Domenico Berardi 15
2013–14 Serie A (1) 38 9 7 22 43 72 34 17th 4R Domenico Berardi 16
2012–13 Serie B (2) 42 25 10 7 78 40 85 1st 3R Domenico Berardi
Richmond Boakye
Leonardo Pavoletti
Emanuele Terranova
11
2011–12 Serie B (2) 42 22 14 6 57 33 80 3rd 3R Gianluca Sansone 20
2010–11 Serie B (2) 42 13 12 17 42 46 51 16th 3R Salvatore Bruno
Daniele Martinetti
7
2009–10 Serie B (2) 42 18 15 9 60 42 69 4th 4R Alessandro Noselli 18
2008–09 Serie B (2) 42 15 15 12 57 50 60 7th 4R Alessandro Noselli 16
2007–08 Serie C1 Girone A (3) 34 19 6 9 46 32 63 1st Andy Selva 11
2006–07 Serie C1 Girone A (3) 34 17 10 7 42 27 61 2nd Andy Selva 11
2005–06 Serie C2 Girone B (4) 34 16 9 9 43 32 57 2nd Alessandro Andreini 10
2004–05 Serie C2 Girone A (4) 34 14 10 10 40 35 52 5th Ferdinando Sforzini 9
2003–04 Serie C2 Girone A (4) 34 5 12 17 26 43 27 17th Daniele Federici 8
2002–03 Serie C2 Girone B (4) 34 7 11 16 22 34 32 17th Juan Pablo Suárez 5
2001–02 Serie C2 Girone B (4) 34 7 8 19 29 60 29 16th Ferderico Cantoni 8
2000–01 Serie C2 Girone A (4) 34 11 8 15 41 52 41 12th Emanuele Pennacchioni 8
1999–2000 Serie C2 Girone B (4) 34 10 12 12 39 40 42 10th Andrea Tedeschi 12
1998–99 Serie C2 Girone B (4) 34 9 15 10 25 27 42 10th Claudio Ramacciotti 7
1997–98 Campionato Nazionale Dilettanti Girone C (5) 34 19 7 8 51 32 64 2nd n/a
1996–97 Campionato Nazionale Dilettanti Girone C (5) 34 10 12 12 39 45 42 13th n/a
1995–96 Campionato Nazionale Dilettanti Girone C (5) 34 12 13 9 39 33 49 6th n/a
1994–95 Campionato Nazionale Dilettanti Girone C (5) 34 9 16 9 32 29 34 7th n/a
1993–94 Campionato Nazionale Dilettanti Girone C (5) 34 10 17 7 45 33 37 5th n/a
1992–93 Campionato Nazionale Dilettanti Girone C (5) 34 12 13 9 39 32 37 6th n/a
1991–92 Campionato Interregionale Girone D (5) 34 9 18 7 33 25 36 7th n/a
1990–91 Campionato Interregionale Girone C (5) 34 11 15 8 32 23 37 8th n/a
1989–90 Serie C2 Girone B (4) 34 5 16 13 26 41 26 16th Sergio D'Agostino 11
1988–89 Serie C2 Girone B (4) 34 14 11 9 40 32 39 5th Sergio D'Agostino
Stefano Paraluppi
12
1987–88 Serie C2 Girone B (4) 34 8 12 14 23 33 28 16th Gianfranco Campioli 8
1986–87 Serie C2 Girone B (4) 34 10 11 13 25 34 31 13th Cesare Vitale 8
1986–87 Serie C2 Girone B (4) 34 10 11 13 25 34 31 13th Cesare Vitale 8
1985–86 Serie C2 Girone C (4) 34 8 16 10 25 30 32 14th Piero Maini 6
1984–85 Serie C2 Girone C (4) 34 9 18 7 35 28 36 6th Piero Maini 11
1983–84 Campionato Interregionale Girone D (5) 30 16 11 3 39 19 43 1st n/a
1982–83 Campionato Interregionale Girone D (5) 30 9 11 10 37 43 29 8th n/a
1980–81 Promozione Emilia Romagna Girone B (6) 26 16 9 1 39 16 41 1st

Honours

Winners: 2012–13
Winners: 2007–08
  • Supercoppa di Serie C
Winners: 2008
Winners: 1983–84, 1997-98,
  • Promozione Emilia-Romagna
Winners: 1980–81

In Europe

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Agg. Ref.
2016–17 Europa League QR3 Switzerland Luzern 3–0 1–1 4–1
PO Serbia Red Star Belgrade 3–0 1–1 4–1
GS Spain Athletic Bilbao 3–0 2–3 4th out of 4
Belgium Genk 0–2 1–3
Austria Rapid Wien 2–2 1–1

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