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Full name Associazione Sportiva Taranto Calcio
Nickname(s) Ionici, Rossoblu
Founded 1906
Ground Stadio Erasmo Iacovone,
Taranto, Italy
(Capacity: 27,584)
Chairman Enzo D'Addario
Manager Giuseppe Brucato
League Lega Pro Prima Divisione B
2009-10 Lega Pro Prima Divisione B, 9th
Home colours
Away colours

A.S. Taranto Calcio is an Italian football club, based in Taranto, Apulia. The club was founded in 1904. Taranto currently plays in Lega Pro Prima Divisione, having last been in Serie B in 1993. The team's colors are red and blue.



The first team ever founded in the city of Taranto was the Mario Rapisardi, established in 1904. However in 1904 another team, U.S. Pro Italia, was founded; still that year, the two teams attempted unsuccessfully to merge each other. In 1911, after the founding of Audace Foot Ball Club by a group of local students, a rivality between the two teams started, lasting until 1927, when the two teams merged to form A.S. Taranto. The new team first promoted to Serie B in 1935, playing only one year in that category. In 1947, after a merge with U.S. Arsenale Taranto, another team in the city, the club assumed the denomination of U.S. Arsenaltaranto, which lasted until 1955, when the old one was restored. In 1965, the new venue was inaugurated, after a hundred days necessary to build it. A number of years played in Serie B and Serie C saw the highest peak ever reached by Taranto in 1977-1978, when the team, led by striker Erasmo Iacovone, was seriously fighting for a surprising promotion; however, in February 6, 1978, Iacovone was killed in a car accident; after his death, the Taranto venue was entitled to him. Taranto left Serie B in 1980/1981, in order to reach it again three years later; in 1985 the club was declared bankrupt by the magistrature, and successively was taken over before the end of that season. Because of all that, it was forced to change its denomination to a different one, Taranto Football Club SpA. However, after several other economical troubles, the team was cancelled in 1993.

A new team, named A.S. Taranto 1906, was established in 1993 and registered to Serie D. The team reached Serie C2/C in 1994/1995, but went into liquidation in 1998, so that a new team, again named U.S. Arsenaltaranto, was admitted to Serie D. In 2000 it was admitted to Serie C2/C, and changed its denomination to Taranto Calcio Srl. However, in 2004 the team was declared bankrupt one more time, and the consequent bankruptcy auction entrusted the club in the hands of businessman Vito Luigi Blasi, who changed its name in Taranto Sport Srl. In 2005/2006, the team ended second, gaining a spot in the promotion play-offs. The final phase of the Serie C2/C league ended in a triumph for Taranto Sport, which won the playoff finals against Rende and returned back to Serie C1/B.

Current squad

As of April 2010.

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
GK Nicolás Bremec
GK Nicola Barasso
DF Luigi Panarelli
DF Federico Rizzi
DF Francesco Colombini
DF Nicolás Crovetto
DF Raffaele Imparato
DF Angelo Antonazzo
DF Vincenzo Migliaccio
DF Luigi Panarelli
DF Fabio Prosperi
MF Jonatan Berg
No. Position Player
MF Nicola Ciotola
MF Davide Giorgino
MF Ville Taulo
MF Guido Di Deo
MF Francesco Scarpa
FW Nicola Russo
FW Julien Rantier
FW Jonis Khoris
FW Emanuele Ferraro
FW Riccardo Innocenti
FW Nicola Russo
FW Emanuele Dalì

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
GK Massimo Zappino (at Como)
MF Matteo Berretti (at Cavese)
No. Position Player
MF Adriano Sartorio Mezavilla (at Andria BAT)
MF Daniele Sciaudone (at Foligno)


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