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Full name Ascoli Calcio 1898 SpA
Nickname(s) Picchio (Woodpecker),
Bianconeri (White-blacks)
Founded 1898
Ground Stadio Cino e Lillo Del Duca,
Ascoli Piceno, Italy
(Capacity: 20,000)
Chairman Italy Roberto Benigni
Head Coach Italy Giuseppe Pillon
League Serie B
2008–09 Serie B, 16th
Home colours
Away colours

Ascoli Calcio 1898 is an Italian football club based in Ascoli Piceno, Marche. The club was formed in 1898 and currently plays in Italian Serie B, having returned to it after two seasons spent in Serie A. Ascoli played in Serie A between periods of 1974-1976, 1978-1985, 1986-1990, 1991-1992, and 2005-2007.

The team's colours are black and white.



Founded in 1898 as "Candido Augusto Vecchi", the team changed his denomination to Ascoli Vigor in 1905, U.S. Ascolana in 1921, and A.S. Ascoli in 1945. In 1955, the team was acquired and saved from bankruptcy by publishing magnate, Cino Del Duca, who merged it with his own team to make the "Del Duca Ascoli". The stadium still bears his and his brother's name. In 1959 the team finally returned in Serie C for the first time since before the beginning of World War II. In 1971, under the chairmanship of Costantino Rozzi, who had acquired the team three years before, the team changed his denomination to the current one, finally being known as "Ascoli Calcio 1898". From that same year, the team, led by Carlo Mazzone as coach, gained two consecutive promotions, being promoted in Serie B, and then Serie A, for its first time. The team stayed in Serie A for two seasons before being once again relegated to Serie B.

Ascoli returned to Serie A in 1978 and enjoyed a seven-year tenure in the top league, during which time they managed to finish a surprising 5th in 1980 and 6th in 1982. Some of the most notable players under the management of Mazzone and Giovan Battista Fabbri included Adelio Moro, Alessandro Scanziani, Gianfranco Bellotto, Walter Novellino and Andrea Mandorlini, as well as Walter De Vecchi and Giuseppe Greco. After relegation in 1985, the club immediately bounced back and stayed for four more years. Another return to Serie A followed in 1991 but this lasted only one season. After just missing out on promotion for two year's running, the club went into decline and were relegated to Serie C1 in 1995. They would remain there for seven seasons, returning to B as Serie C1/B champions in 2002.

In August 2005, after the sentence of relegation from Serie A for both Genoa and Torino respectively due to fraud and financial troubles, Ascoli, who obtained a place in the Serie B promotion playoffs the previous season under coach Marco Giampaolo, have been arbitrarily admitted to Serie A as replacements, finishing a highly credible 12th. After the end of the season, Giampaolo, who gained a reputation as one of the finest young Italian coaches, resigned, for being replaced by Attilio Tesser for the 2006/2007 season. Tesser, unable to obtain good results in his time with Ascoli, was fired after a 1-0 loss at home to Empoli F.C. in the 11th matchday, and replaced by veteran coach Nedo Sonetti.

Ascoli were the first team to be officially relegated to Serie B for the 2007-08 season after a 1-0 loss to Torino F.C. on May 7, 2007. They ended the season in nineteenth place, one point above last-placed Messina.

German striker Oliver Bierhoff began his experience in Italian football with Ascoli.


Even though from a small city of 50 000 people, Ascoli have been able to punch above their weight. Ascoli have competed 16 seasons in Serie A since 1974, with an incredible 5th and 6th spot finish respectively in the seasons of 1979-80 and 1981-82.

To complement Ascoli's success in Serie A, the club has also achieved 2 Cadetti (Serie B Championships) in 1977-78, and 1985-86. The 1977-78 season yielded a record championship with achieving 61 points (2 points for a victory). Ascoli have competed in Serie B 13 times, with a total of 5 promotion seasons.

Ascoli have made way to Serie B with only two winning seasons in Serie C and C1B. These were in 1971-72, and 2001-02.

Another one of Ascoli's successes is the fact for a city of 50 000, their record home attendace has reached 36 500 more than 70% than the cities population. In Serie A this was seen against Juventus and the famous season in 1982-83 where Ascoli saved themselves from relegation in the last game of the Serie A season against Cagliari, who were subsequently relegated. However with stadium restrictions the maxium attendance allowed in the Stadio Cino e Lillo Del Duca is 21 000 - 24 000. Nonetheless when filled it is still an amazing achievement from such a small city.

Other success were in the Mitropa Cup in 1986-87, the Capodanno Challenge, and the Red Leaf Cup. Ascoli were also finalists in the Anglo-Italia Cup, during Ascoli's last season in Serie B 1994-95, before Ascoli long await in Serie C1 before an emotional return to Serie B for the 2002-03 season.

Under the reign of the great president of Ascoli Calcio - Costantino Rozzi, Ascoli competed 14 of their amazing 16 seasons in Serie A, again another amazing achievement from a club who were once playing in the regional divisions of le Marche. Not only this, but Rozzi was able to implement players who were born and raised through the ranks of Ascoli. In the mid to late 1980s saw Giuseppe Iachini, Domenico Agostini, Giuseppe Carillo, and Lorenzo Scarafoni, help Ascoli ensure a return to Serie A and survival the following season. Once Iachini left Agostini, Carillo and Scarafoni, were first team starters as well as Marino Fioravanti and Antonio Aloisi on the bench. Aloisi went on to compete in many season for Ascoli.

Another success is Carlo Mazzone, once at the heart of Del Duca Ascoli's defence playing 9 seasons, led Ascoli for another 10 or so seasons as manager. Mazzone guided Ascoli from Serie C to Serie A, including Ascoli's 6th placed finish in 1981-82.


The biggest derby in Le Marche is between Ascoli and Sambenedettese (Samb, Samba). To many it may seem like the biggest derby in Le Marche is between Ascoli and Ancona, this is not the truth. The last time the "derby" was played between Ascoli and Sambenedettese in a league season was in 1986. San Benedetto Del Tronto is a city in the province of Ascoli Piceno, only 20 minutes away from the city of Ascoli Piceno. It is an intense hate of each other, with the pride of each area defended passionately. It is said that a person who wears the oppositions colours in their territory, trouble is most likely to occur. Although the derby has not occurred in many many years, the passionate hate, has never died down.

Ancona is the second derby, these are the two most successful clubs of Le Marche. However Ascoli being the far superior. Ancona is the capital of Le Marche, but Ascoli (Asculum) was the capital of ancient Picenun. So both have a feeling of leadership. The battles between the Ascolani and Anconetani have been intense, and there is very much a fight to be 'La Regina Delle Marche' (the queen of le marche). In terms of 'calcio' Ascoli is far and beyond Ancona with 16 seasons in Serie A and 2 Cadetti. Whereas Ancona have only participated in 2 Serie A campaigns.

Fermana completes the big three, and incredibly it is another team in the Province of Ascoli Piceno, alongside San Benedetto Del Tronto. However Fermana from the city of Fermo, have not typically had a strong team. However this still is a derby for the Ascolani and Fermani, with both supporters not wanting to lose this game.

Other Rivalries, Teramo (a 30 mintue drive in Abruzzo), Livorno, Pescara, Ternana, Perugia, Inter, Catania, Fiorentina, Hellas Verona, Roma, Rimini.

Ascoli Season by Season

Season by Season of Ascoli Calcio 1898
  • 1898: Foundation of the sporting society Candido Augusto Vecchi.
  • 1905: Name changed to Ascoli Vigor.
  • 1921: Name changed to Unione Sportiva Ascolana.
  • 1926-27: 1° nel Campionato di III Divisione. Promosso in II Divisione.
  • 1927-29: Partecipa alla Lega Sud di II Divisione.
  • 1929-30: 1° nel Campionato di II Divisione. Promosso in I Divisione.
  • 1930-31: 8° nel girone F della I Divisione.
  • 1931-32: 10° nel girone E della I Divisione.
  • 1932-33: 6° nel girone G della I Divisione.
    Rinuncia alla I Divisione e riparte dal Campionato di Zona.
  • 1933-37: Partecipa al Campionato di Zona.
  • 1937-38: 1° nel Campionato di Zona. Promosso in Serie C
    a seguito dell'allargamento del numero di squadre iscritte.
  • 1938-39: 5° nel girone F della Serie C.
  • 1939-40: 13° nel girone F della Serie C.
  • 1940-41: 13° nel girone F della Serie C.
  • 1941-42: 12° nel girone F della Serie C.
  • 1942-43: 2° nel girone H della Serie C.
  • 1943-1945: Stop during World War Two.
  • 1945: Re-union of the team' Associazione Sportiva Ascoli.
  • 1945-46: 9° nel girone B della Lega Sud di Serie C.
  • 1946-47: 12° nel girone F della Lega Centro di Serie C.
  • 1947-48: 12° nel girone F della Lega Centro di Serie C.
    Demoted to Campionato Interregionale
    in seguito alla riforma dei campionati che ridusse il numero di squadre iscritte alla Serie C.
  • 1948-49: 11° nel girone L del Campionato Interregionale.
  • 1949-50: 12° nel girone L del Campionato Interregionale.
  • 1950-51: 10° nel girone L del Campionato Interregionale.
  • 1951-52: 3° nel girone L del Campionato Interregionale.
  • 1952-53: 2° nel girone E della IV Serie.
  • 1953-54: 4° nel girone F della IV Serie.
  • 1954-55: 15° nel girone G della IV Serie. Demoted to the championshipPromozione Marchigiana.
  • 1955: Assume the name of Del Duca Ascoli after Cino Del Duca saved the club from bankruptcy.
  • 1955-56: 2° nel Campionato di Promozione Marchigiana.
  • 1956-57: 1° nel Campionato di Promozione Marchigiana.
    Promosso nella II Categoria di IV Serie,
    istituita dalla FIGC dopo la suddivisione della IV serie in 2 sotto-serie.
  • 1957-58: 5° nel girone G della II Categoria di IV Serie.
  • 1958-59: 4° nel girone G della IV Serie. Ripescato in Serie C,
    a seguito dell'allargamento della serie varato dalla F.I.G.C.
  • 1959-60: 7° nel girone B della Serie C.
  • 1960-61: 6° nel girone B della Serie C.
  • 1961-62: 14° nel girone B della Serie C.
  • 1962-63: 13° nel girone C della Serie C.
  • 1963-64: 4° nel girone C della Serie C.
  • 1964-65: 4° nel girone C della Serie C.
  • 1965-66: 8° nel girone C della Serie C.
  • 1966-67: 10° nel girone C della Serie C.
  • 1967-68: 8° nel girone B della Serie C.
  • 1968-69: 3° nel girone B della Serie C.
  • 1969-70: 4° nel girone B della Serie C.
  • 1970-71: 4° nel girone B della Serie C.

Current squad

As of 6 January 2010.[1]
No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Enrico Guarna
3 Italy DF Matteo Ciofani
4 Finland DF Jonas Portin
5 Italy MF Luigi Giorgi
6 Italy DF Cristian Silvestri
7 Italy FW Mirco Antenucci (on loan from Catania)
8 Italy MF Daniele Di Donato
9 Italy FW Arturo Lupoli
10 Italy MF Vincenzo Sommese
11 Italy DF Andrea Giallombardo
14 Italy MF Christian Amoroso
16 Italy GK Mirko Pennesi
17 Estonia DF Enar Jääger
18 Italy MF Simone Pesce (on loan from Catania)
21 Italy MF Andrea Luci
No. Position Player
22 Italy MF Ilario Aloe
23 Italy DF Marcello Gazzola
24 Italy DF Vittorio Micolucci
25 Italy DF Stefano Blaiotta
55 Italy DF Antonio Marino (on loan from Udinese)
61 Italy GK Carlo Camilli
78 Italy GK Giorgio Frezzolini
82 Italy FW Marco Bernacci (on loan from Bologna)
84 Brazil MF William Justino
87 Cameroon DF Steeve Fanka
88 Italy MF Carlo Ilari
89 Finland MF Sakari Mattila (on loan from Udinese)
90 Italy DF Salvatore Margarita
91 Italy FW Luca Cognigni
99 Italy FW Alessandro Romeo

Out on loan

No. Position Player
6 Italy DF Angelo Siniscalchi (at Portogruaro)
20 Italy FW Marco Moro (at Spezia)
32 Italy DF Vito Falconieri (at Taranto)
77 Italy FW Francesco Potenza (at Lucchese)

Notable former players

See also Cat:Ascoli Calcio 1898 players.

Former Managers

See Cat:Ascoli Calcio 1898 managers.



  1. ^ "La squadra" (in Italian). Ascoli Calcio. Retrieved 2008-10-21.  

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Simple English

Ascoli Calcio 1898
Full nameAscoli Calcio 1898 SpA
GroundStadio Cino e Lillo Del Duca,
Ascoli Piceno, Italy
(Capacity 20,000)
ChairmanRoberto Benigni
ManagerAlessandro Pane
LeagueSerie B
2008/09Serie B, 16th

Ascoli Calcio 1898 is a football club which plays in Italy.


  • 1898-1905 Candido Augusto Vecchi
  • 1905-1921 Ascoli Vigor
  • 1921-1945 US Ascolana
  • 1945-1955 AS Ascoli
  • 1955-1971 Del Duca Ascoli
  • 1971-present Ascoli Calcio 1898



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