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Virtus Entella
Full nameVirtus Entella S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Biancocelesti (The White and Sky Blues)
I Diavoli Neri (The Black Devils)
Founded1914; 107 years ago (1914),[1] as F.B.C. Entella
2002; 19 years ago (2002) refounded as Unione Sportiva Valle Sturla Entella
GroundStadio Comunale,
Chiavari, Italy
Capacity5,535
ChairmanAntonio Gozzi
ManagerGennaro Volpe
LeagueSerie C Group B
2020–21Serie B, 20th of 20 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

Virtus Entella, commonly referred to as Entella, is a professional football club based in Chiavari, Liguria, Italy. They currently play in Serie C Group B.

History

1914: Foundation

The club was founded in 1914 as Foot-Ball Club Entella. It took its name from the river Entella, flowing between Chiavari and Lavagna.[2]

2001: Bankruptcy

Foot-Ball Club Entella went bankrupt in 2001.

2002: Refoundation

It was refounded in 2002 as Unione Sportiva Valle Sturla Entella. In the summer of 2010 it was renamed Virtus Entella, after it had been admitted in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione. In summer 2012, Virtus Entella was promoted, for the first time, to Lega Pro Prima Divisione by repechange to fill the vacancies created.[3] They completed the 2012–13 season in style, taking part to the promotion playoff, where they were defeated by Lecce in the semi-finals.

In the 2013–14 season, Virtus Entella took part to the Girone A of the Italian third tier, and topped the league for most of the season. On 4 May 2014, a 2–1 away win at Cremonese in the final day of the season ensured Virtus Entella the league championship title and a spot in the 2014–15 Serie B, in what will be the club's first appearance ever in the Italian second tier.

2014: Serie B Period

The team was promoted in Serie B for the first time in history in 2014. In the 2014–15 season they got relegated once again, in the relegation playoffs as they lost to Modena. But after the relegation of Calcio Catania to Lega Pro for sporting fraud it was readmitted to Serie B. Virtus Entella finished 19th at the conclusion of the 2017–18 season and lost a relegation playoff to Ascoli by virtue of being the lower ranked team after the two-legged tie finished 0–0 on aggregate.

2018: Return to Serie C

The team returned to the Italian third tier, now named Serie C for the 2018-19 season. During the season, they also achieved a surprise qualification to the round of 16 of the 2018–19 Coppa Italia, defeating Genoa on penalties during the process. That season they won the Serie C and thus earned promotion to the Serie B.

Current squad

As of 29 August, 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Italy ITA Andrea Paroni
2 DF Australia AUS Gabriel Cléùr
3 DF Italy ITA Luca Barlocco
4 DF Italy ITA Ivan De Santis
5 DF Italy ITA Andrea Bruno
6 DF Italy ITA Federico Bonini
7 MF Italy ITA Daniele Dessena
8 FW Italy ITA Alessandro Capello
9 FW Italy ITA Andrea Magrassi
10 MF Italy ITA Andrea Schenetti
11 FW Italy ITA Claudio Morra
14 MF Italy ITA Jacopo Lipani
15 DF Italy ITA Michele Pellizzer
18 MF Greece GRE Ilias Koutsoupias
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 DF Italy ITA Marco Chiosa
20 FW Italy ITA Leonardo Morosini
21 DF Italy ITA Mauro Coppolaro
22 GK Lithuania LTU Ovidijus Siaulys
23 MF Italy ITA Andrea Paolucci
24 GK Italy ITA Daniele Borra
25 MF Italy ITA Marco Toscano
27 MF Italy ITA Manuel Cicconi
28 MF Albania ALB Armand Rada
31 MF Italy ITA Leonardo Di Cosmo
32 FW Argentina ARG Facundo Lescano
33 FW Albania ALB Silvio Merkaj
34 MF Italy ITA Lorenzo Meazzi
35 DF Austria AUT Markus Pavić

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Croatia CRO Tomi Petrović (at Lecco)

Other players under contract

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Italy ITA Raul Zucchetti

Notable former players

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Presidents and managers

Antonio Gozzi has been the President of the Virtus Entella since 2007. He was arrested and released in March 2015.[4][5][6][7]

References

  1. ^ https://int.soccerway.com/teams/italy/acd-virtus-entella/12109/
  2. ^ Aldo Pio Feoli (29 November 2014). "I Diavoli Neri nell'inferno del Comunale: per l'Entella è la prima in Serie B". www.ilciriaco.it. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.entella.it/prima-squadra/1195-ripescaggio-ufficiale-il-presidente-gozzi-grazie-chiavari.html[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ http://www.ilsecoloxix.it/p/levante/2015/03/20/AR40d9rD-indietro_chiedero_arresto.shtml
  5. ^ http://www.rainews.it/dl/rainews/articoli/Affaire-Kubla-Gozzi-Totale-estraneit-Marted-dimissioni-da-Federacciai-76587675-662c-43ae-b534-4609ee7261a8.html
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ http://www.ilsecoloxix.it/p/levante/2015/03/24/ARtotbuD-presidenza_comitato_federacciai.shtml