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AS Casale Calcio logo.png
Full name Associazione Sportiva Casale Calcio SRL
Nickname(s) Nerostellati (Starred-Blacks)
Founded 1909
Ground Stadio Natale Palli,
Casale Monferrato, Italy
(Capacity: 6,035)
Chairman Giulio Bertacchi
Manager Franco Lerda
League Serie D/A
2008-09 Serie D/A, 3rd
Home colours
Away colours

Associazione Sportiva Casale Calcio is an Italian football club, based in Casale Monferrato, Piedmont. The team's nickname nerostellati (the “the starred-blacks”) refers to the team’s colours of black with a white star on the heart.



The victorious Nerostellati of 1914: Gallina (goalkeeper, holding his flat cap), Maggiani, Scrivano, Rosa, Luigi Barbesino, Giuseppe Parodi, Caira, Angelo Mattea, Giovanni Gallina, Amedeo Varese, Bertinotti.

When the club was founded in 1909 Casale was at the geographical centre of the new footballing movement in Italy. Genoa, Pro Vercelli, Internazionale Torino and Alessandria were all leading clubs in the Italian football league system and Casale soon joined their number.

In May 1913 Casale became the first Italian club to defeat an English professional team when they beat Reading F.C. 2–1. Reading won all the other games on this tour, defeating Genoa, Milan, Pro Vercelli and even the Italian national team.

In the following season Casale won the national title for the first and (as of 2009) only time. Italian football was then organized on a regional basis and the national championship was divided into three stages. Casale topped the Ligurian-Piedmontese division and proceeded, along with second-placed Genoa, to compete in a division comprising the top northern teams. (The others being Inter Milan, Juventus, Vicenza and Verona.) Having won that division, Casale defeated central-southern champions Lazio 7–1, 0–2 in the two-leg final.

After World War I Casale remained in the top division for a couple of decades, representing what had been the cradle of early Italian football.

With the development of professionalism, Casale was progressively relegated to lower divisions, 1934 being their last year in Serie A.

At the end of the 2005–2006 season Casale finished bottom of Serie C2/A; in 2006–2007 they are competing in Serie D.

Notable players

See also Category:A.S. Casale Calcio players

Five players who appeared in the scudetto-winning team of 1913–14 played in the Italian national team, all making their international debuts between 1912 and 1914[1]:

  • Luigi Barbesino (midfielder)
  • Giovanni Gallina (attacker)
  • Angelo Mattea (midfielder)
  • Giuseppe Parodi (midfielder)
  • Amedeo Varese (midfielder)

Casale’s biggest star, however, was the full back Umberto Caligaris whose career with the club ran from 1919 to 1928. During this period he made 37 appearances for the Azzurri. He represented Italy in the 1924 Olympics and won a bronze medal at the 1928 Summer Olympics before leaving Casale for Juventus. His total of 59 caps stood as a record for many years.

Eraldo Monzeglio, later to represent Italy on numerous occasions, including the 1934 and 1938 World Cups, made his Serie A debut with Casale in 1924–25. The following season, however he moved to Bologna F.C. 1909.



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A.S. Casale Calcio
Full nameAssociazione Sportiva Casale Calcio SRL
GroundStadio Natale Palli
(Capacity 6,035)
ChairmanGiulio Bertacchi
ManagerFranco Lerda
LeagueSerie D
2008/09Serie D, 3rd / Group A

A.S. Casale Calcio is a football club which plays in Italy.



  • 1909-1972 F.B.C. 1909 Monferrato Casale
  • 1972-1979 Junior Casale A.C.
  • 1979-present A.S. Casale Calcio

League title

League position

2000/01Serie D8th / Group A
2001/02Serie D11th / Group A
2002/03Serie D5th / Group A
2003/04Serie D1st / Group A
2004/05Serie C216th / Group A
2005/06Serie C218th / Group A
2006/07Serie D3rd / Group A
2007/08Serie D13th / Group A
2008/09Serie D3rd / Group A

Former position



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