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Full name Unione Sportiva Avellino 1912
Nickname(s) Lupi (Wolves),
Biancoverdi (White-greens),
Irpini (Irpinians)
Founded 1912; 112 years ago (1912) (first club)
1944; 80 years ago (1944) (as US Avellino)
2009; 15 years ago (2009) (as Avellino Calcio)
2018; 6 years ago (2018) (as US Avellino 1912)
Ground Stadio Partenio,
Avellino, Italy
Ground Capacity 26,308
Chairman Angelo Antonio D'Agostino
Manager Michele Pazienza
League Serie C Group C
2018–19 Serie D Group G, 1st of 20 (promoted)
Third colours
Avellino through the ages 2023
The performance of Avellino in the Italian football league structure since the first season of a unified Serie A (1929/30). For some seasons during the 1930s the club did not compete in the official league.

Unione Sportiva Avellino 1912, commonly known as US Avellino, is an Italian professional football club based in Avellino, Campania. It competes in Serie C, the third tier of Italian football.

It is the official continuity club of US Avellino 1912, known worldwide for having competed in Serie A for ten consecutive seasons, from 1978–1979 to 1987–1988. The team went through two major reboots: once, in 2009, when it went bankrupt, and then, in 2018, when it was excluded from Serie B. In both cases, new clubs were founded to join the Serie D league.

The club was renamed as Avellino Calcio.12 Società Sportiva Dilettantistica in 2009, then Associazione Sportiva Avellino 1912 in 2010, and restored to the original Unione Sportiva Avellino 1912 in 2015, although initially taking the name Calcio Avellino Società Sportiva Dilettantistica for the 2018–2019 season.



The club was founded as U.S. Avellino on 12 December 1912 to give the town of Avellino a footballing representative. The early history of the club is quite obscure as they only competed at a lower level against regional sides. Avellino competed in IV Divisione from 1913 until after the Second World War; today's equivalent of that level is Serie D.

Post-war emergence

For the earlier part of their history the club did not achieve anything of note, until being placed in Serie C for the 1945–46 post-War season. In the 1946–47 season they narrowly missed out on getting through to the interregional final, after finishing third in their group.

Avellino beat out the likes of Catania, Reggina and Messina to win promotion to Serie B at the end of the 1940s. However, the club were accused of match fixing and the federation decided to strip them of their promotion, instead relegating them down to Serie D. Although they were able to return to Serie C after one season, Avellino were relegated back down to spend six seasons in a row at Serie D level.

Eventually Avellino returned, but, in the space of six seasons, Avellino gained promotion to Serie C in three of them and were relegated back down twice.

1970s: rise and ten consecutive seasons in Serie A

US Avellino 1986-87 - Walter Schachner e Dirceu
Walter Schachner and Dirceu with Avellino in 1986–87 season

Avellino were promoted to Serie B in 1973 and Serie A in 1978. A truly remarkable feat for a southern provincial side was a 10-year stay in Serie A between 1978 and 1988, with the club holding a mid-table place for the majority of that period. Their best finish was 8th in 1987, with a team starring Angelo Alessio, Paolo Benedetti, Franco Colomba and Dirceu.

1990s and 2000s: decline, ups and downs, and bankruptcy

The club tended to shift between Serie B and Serie C1 in the decade following relegation from Serie A in 1988.

The club marked a surprising Serie B return after defeating neighbors and football powerhouse Napoli in the 2004-05 Serie C1/B play-off finals. An unsuccessful 2005–06 campaign ended in a loss on relegation playoffs to Albinoleffe (0–2, 3–2). The 2006–07 season, with Giuseppe Galderisi as head coach, then replaced by Giovanni Vavassori, ended in a second place in the Serie C1/B regular season; this was then followed by a successful campaign in the promotion play-offs, in which Avellino defeated Foggia in the finals, being therefore promoted to Serie B once again. However, this was followed by Vavassori's resignations on 16 July 2007, shortly after his confirmation as Avellino boss, being then replaced by Maurizio Sarri two days later. Sarri himself resigned one month later, being replaced by Guido Carboni and later Alessandro Calori. Despite this, the club did not manage to escape relegation, ending the season in 19th place. The club was however readmitted to Serie B later on to fill a league vacancy created by Messina's disbandment.

The team finished second from bottom in the 2008–09 season and was therefore relegated again. On 9 July 2009, the Covisoc (Commissione di Vigilanza sulle Società Calcistiche, Vigilancy Commission on Football Clubs) organization announced that the team did not pass the financial requirements in order to be admitted to the league. The club was allowed to appeal the decision until 11 July 2009. On 11 July, Avellino failed to appeal the exclusion.

Avellino Reggiana Coppa Italia 2008-2009
Avellino Reggiana Coppa Italia 2008-2009

Avellino Calcio.12 S.S.D. restarts from Serie D

A new club founded in the summer 2009 as Avellino Calcio.12 S.S.D. restarts from Serie D, finishing 5th, but 4 August 2010 they were later admitted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione to fill vacancies. This ordeal saw them become the latest in a long line of Italian clubs that have faced severe financial difficulties, such as Napoli and Fiorentina.

From Lega Pro Seconda Divisione to Serie B

In the 2010–11 season the team became Associazione Sportiva Avellino 1912 and played in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione finishing 4th, being defeated by Trapani in the play-off final, but 4 August 2011 it was later admitted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione, again, to fill vacancies. In the season 2012–13 Avellino won Lega Pro Prima Divisione and the team obtained the promotion in Serie B, under manager Massimo Rastelli. In 2014–2015, Rastelli led the team to the play-off semi-finals, when they are eliminated by the more prestigious Bologna team despite a 3–2 win away.

2018 Serie B exclusion

In 2018, Avellino was excluded from Serie B due to submitting a league membership paperwork that was deemed as incomplete, due to a late bank guarantee. Due to this, a new club was re-founded within days in order to submit application to play at Serie D instead. In 2019 Avellino won Serie D and the Scudetto Serie D, reaching the promotion in Serie C for the next season. In 2020–2021, they once again reached the play-off semi-finals, losing to Padova.

Colours and badge

Its traditional colours are green and white. Avellino are nicknamed the "Lupi", which means wolf, and their club crest displays a wolf head.


Updated 1 February 2024.

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Pasquale Pane
2 Italy DF Manuel Ricciardi
3 Italy DF Fabio Tito
5 Italy DF Simone Benedetti
6 Italy MF Luca Palmiero
7 Italy MF Michele D'Ausilio
8 Uruguay FW Ignacio Lores
9 Italy FW Cosimo Patierno
10 Italy FW Raffaele Russo
11 Italy FW Lorenzo Sgarbi (on loan from Napoli)
12 Italy GK Antonio Pizzella
13 Italy DF Erasmo Mulè
14 Italy DF Tommaso Cancellotti
No. Position Player
16 Italy DF Michele Rigione
21 Italy MF Marco Armellino
22 Italy GK Simone Ghidotti (on loan from Como)
23 Italy MF Jacopo Dall'Oglio
24 Italy MF Antonio De Cristofaro
26 Poland DF Thiago Cionek
31 Italy FW Michele Marconi
33 Italy MF Salvatore Pezzella
35 Italy FW Gabriele Gori
38 Italy DF Paolo Frascatore
60 Argentina DF Manuel Llano
94 Italy DF Daniele Liotti
96 Italy MF Michele Rocca

Out on loan

No. Position Player
Italy DF Ramzi Aya (at Casertana until 30 June 2024)
Italy DF Luca Falbo (at Brindisi until 30 June 2024)
Argentina DF Julián Illanes (at Carrarese until 30 June 2024)
Italy DF Agostino Rizzo (at Cerignola until 30 June 2024)
Italy MF Felice D'Amico (at Fiorenzuola until 30 June 2024)
No. Position Player
Italy MF Santo D'Angelo (at Crotone until 30 June 2024)
Italy MF Francesco Maisto (at Potenza until 30 June 2024)
Italy MF Davide Mazzocco (at Latina until 30 June 2024)
Italy MF Daniel Sannipoli (at Pineto until 30 June 2024)

Retired numbers

10 – Italy Adriano Lombardi, Midfielder (1975–79) – posthumous honor, number retired in 2007.

Notable former players

Notable former coaches

  • Italy Antonio Vojak (1947)
  • Italy Oronzo Pugliese (1974–75)
  • Italy Giuseppe Baldini (1976–77)
  • Brazil Luís Vinício (1980–82)
  • Italy Giuseppe Marchioro (1982)
  • Italy Fernando Veneranda (1982–84)
  • Italy Ottavio Bianchi (1983–84)
  • Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Tomislav Ivić (1985–86)
  • Brazil Luís Vinício (1986–88)
  • Italy Enzo Ferrari (1988)
  • Italy Eugenio Fascetti (1988–89)
  • Italy Nedo Sonetti (1989–90)
  • Italy Adriano Lombardi (1989–90)
  • Italy Bruno Bolchi (1991–92)
  • Italy Francesco Graziani (1991–92)
  • Italy Adriano Lombardi (1992–93)
  • Italy Giuseppe Papadopulo (1994–95)
  • Poland Zbigniew Boniek (1994–96)
  • Italy Corrado Orrico (1995–96)
  • Italy Giuliano Zoratti (1996–97)
  • Italy Adriano Lombardi (1997–98)
  • Italy Giuliano Sonzogni (2001–02)
  • Italy Massimo Ficcadenti (2002)
  • Czechoslovakia Zdeněk Zeman (2003–04)
  • Italy Antonello Cuccureddu (2004–05)
  • Italy Franco Colomba (2005–06)
  • Italy Giuseppe Galderisi (2006–07)
  • Italy Giovanni Vavassori (2007)
  • Italy Maurizio Sarri (2007)
  • Italy Guido Carboni (2007–08)
  • Italy Alessandro Calori (2008)
  • Italy Giuseppe Incocciati (2008)
  • Italy Salvatore Campilongo (2008–09)
  • Italy Giovanni Bucaro (2011–12)
  • Italy Massimo Rastelli (2012–15)
  • Italy Attilio Tesser (2015–16)
  • Italy Walter Novellino (2016–18)


  • Serie B
    • Runners-up: 1977–78
  • Serie C1
    • Champions: 2002–03, 2012–13
    • Runners-up: 1994–95, 2004–05, 2006–07
  • Coppa Italia Serie C
    • Runners-up: 1972–73
  • Supercoppa di Lega di Prima Divisione
    • Champions: 2013
  • Serie D
    • Champions: 1961–62, 1963–64, 2018–19
  • Scudetto Serie D
    • Champions: 2018–19


Level Category Participations Debut Last season Total
Serie A 10 1978–79 1987–88 10
Serie B 19 1973–74 2017–18 16
Serie C 18 1945–46 2019–20 33
Serie C1 14 1992–93 2012–13
Lega Pro Seconda Divisione 1 2010–11
Seconda Divisione 3 1930–31 1935–36 19
Prima Divisione 4 1940–41 1945
Promozione 2 1949–50 1951–52
IV Serie 5 1952–53 1956–57
Interregionale 2 1957–58 1958–59
Serie D 2 1961–62 1963–64
Terza Divisione 2 1929–30 1932–33 5
Seconda Divisione 1 1935–36
Serie D 2 2009–10 2018–19

See also

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