Palermo is a city of Southern Italy, the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Metropolitan City of Palermo. The city is noted for its history, culture and gastronomy, playing an important role throughout much of its existence, Palermo is located in the northwest of the island of Sicily, right by the Gulf of Palermo in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The city was founded in 734 BC by the Phoenicians as Ziz, Palermo became a possession of Carthage, before becoming part of the Roman Republic, the Roman Empire and eventually part of the Byzantine Empire, for over a thousand years. The Greeks named the city Panormus meaning complete port, from 831 to 1072 the city was under Arab rule during the Emirate of Sicily when the city first became a capital. The Arabs shifted the Greek name into Balarme, the root for Palermos present-day name, eventually Sicily would be united with the Kingdom of Naples to form the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies until the Italian unification of 1860. The population of Palermo urban area is estimated by Eurostat to be 855,285, in the central area, the city has a population of around 676,000 people.
The inhabitants are known as Palermitani or, panormiti, the languages spoken by its inhabitants are the Italian language, Sicilian language and the Palermitano dialect. Palermo is Sicilys cultural and touristic capital and it is a city rich in history, art and food. Palermo is the main Sicilian industrial and commercial center, the industrial sectors include tourism, commerce. Palermo currently has an airport, and a significant underground economy. In fact, for cultural and economic reasons, Palermo was one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean and is now among the top tourist destinations in both Italy and Europe. It is the seat of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Arab-Norman Palermo. The city is going through careful redevelopment, preparing to become one of the major cities of the Euro-Mediterranean area. Roman Catholicism is highly important in Palermitano culture, the Patron Saint of Palermo is Santa Rosalia whose Feast Day is celebrated on 15 July. The area attracts significant numbers of each year and is widely known for its colourful fruit and fish markets at the heart of Palermo, known as Vucciria, Ballarò.
Palermo lies in a basin, formed by the Papireto, the basin was named the Conca dOro by the Arabs in the 9th century. The city is surrounded by a range which is named after the city itself. These mountains face the Tyrrhenian Sea, Palermo is home to a natural port and offers excellent views to the sea, especially from Monte Pellegrino
Frosinone Calcio is an Italian professional football club based in Frosinone, Lazio. The club was founded in 1912 under the name Unione Sportiva Frusinate, following cancellation by the Italian Football Federation, it was refounded in 1990. In the 2014–15 season the club played in Serie B for the time in its history. The club earned its first promotion to the top flight Serie A in the 2015–16 season, in its history Frosinone have won at a national level, two championships of Serie C2 and two of Serie D. On 16 May 2015, the Ciociari, with a 3–1 win over Crotone, secured their first, the true original football club in the city of Frosinone was Bellator Frusinate, founded in the thirties by a group of citizens. The colours of the team were red and blue which were changed to the current yellow. It is from these colours, the nickname gialloblu is derived, Bellator Frusinate managed to reach the National First Division in 1934. The figure of president Emilio Frongasse was crucial in this period, in the half of the thirties, Bellator Frusinate disbanded, and was replaced by FF. GG.
Frosinone which played its football in an interprovincial tournament, all the championships were suspended during the Second World War and the football club Frusinate disappeared. From 1948–49 to 1951–52, the competed in the Promozione-Interregionale della Lega Centro championship. From 1952 to 1958, for six years, the Canarini competed in the Quarta Serie Championship, with their highest finish being fourth place. The most significant match this time was against Cosenza on 24 November 1957, Cosenza were playing for promotion but Frosinone took the lead with three minutes remaining. The referee, struck by a Cosenza player, fell to the ground and was booed until the end of the game, several episodes of violence took place and the game was transformed into a western. After leaving the stadium, the referee was chased for a few kilometers by some Frosinone supporters, Cosenza forwarded an appeal and the CAF overturned the result of the match. Frosinone expressed their resentment against the Lega for the injustice suffered and threatened to withdraw from the league, following this, Frosinone missed the return fixture in Cosenza and other penalties by the Lega were imposed.
The most important people of this time were the presidents Domenico Ferrante and Angelo Cristofaro, in 1958, U. S. Frosinone was founded, competing in both the Seconda Categoria and Promozione championships. Football returned to Frosinone in 1963 when president Cristofari together with Dante Spaziani and Augusto Orsini, in Serie D, Frosinone always finished among the top positions, and in 1966 won promotion to Serie C after an encounter with Latina. The following year, the canarini were relegated back to Serie D, the leading figures at the club during this period were the Stirpe brothers, coaches De Angelis and Rambone and players Benvenuto, Caputi, Da Col, Del Sette and Trentini
Latina Calcio 1932
Unione Sportiva Latina Calcio, is an Italian association football club based in Latina, Lazio. They currently compete in Serie B, the club was founded in 1945 as Unione Sportiva Latina Calcio and subsequently re-established several times until 2009, when it attained its present name. The team reached the Lega Pro Prima Divisione for the first time in 29 years, in 2013 they were promoted to Serie B. On April 21,2013 the club won its first trophy and their first Serie B season ended up in third place and eventually losing in the play-off final against Cesena The teams colours are black and blue. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Spezia Calcio is an Italian football club, based in La Spezia, Liguria. Currently it plays in Serie B, hosting games at the 10, Spezia Calcio was founded in 1906. See Campionato Alta Italia 1944 In 1944, because of the World War II the Italian football federation decided to split the top league in regional rounds, Spezia won the round and qualified to the semi-finals, in which it challenged Suzzara and Modena. Spezia won this round, winning five of the six matches played, by winning the semi-final round, Spezia was admitted to play a two-legs play-off against Bologna. The first match, played in Bologna, was suspended because of incidents started after the 1–0 goal of Spezia, contested by the Bologna supporters, the finals, held in Milan, were played against Venezia and Torino. On 9 July 1944, the first match between Spezia and Venezia was played, it ended in a 1–1 draw, commented by the Gazzetta as surprising result, on 16 July, Spezia challenged the Great Torino, with Vittorio Pozzo as coach and Silvio Piola as striker.
The match ended in an epic 2–1 victory of Spezia, after the third match, in which Torino beat Venezia in a 5–2 win, Spezia was declared champion. Today, Spezia remembers the 1944 triumph by playing with a badge on the teams official jersey. In 2002, the reached a agreement with Inter, made the club became Inters feeder club. The team got Goran Pandev, Aco Stojkov and Alex Cordaz in the first season, in the second season, Cristian Lizzori, Luca Ceccarelli and Nicola Napolitano was signed from Inter. In 2004–05 season Spezia got Antonio Rizzo from ACF Fiorentina and Paolo Castelli from Inter, players likes Alex Cordaz, Riccardo Meggiorini and Paolo Hernán Dellafiore joined the team directly from Inter to boost the team in January 2005. The season ended with winning Coppa Italia Serie C, after the season, Inter sold most of the shares of Spezia. The next season started with the arrival of a new owner, after a long battle for the first position with rivals Genoa C. F. Spezia were crowned Serie C1 champion and promoted to Serie B after 55 years of absence, the squad included Vito Grieco, Massimiliano Guidetti, Giuseppe Alessi, Massimiliano Varricchio and Roberto Maltagliati.
Life in a Serie B with powerhouses Juventus, Genoa C. F. C. and S. S. C, napoli was difficult for the newly promoted Ligurian side, which themselves were fighting to avoid the relegation spots. Spezia survived by winning the round against Hellas Verona. But in the season, with Isah Eliakwu, Colombo and Do Prado. In 2008, due to financial difficulty and following their relegation from Serie B, in June 2011 FIGC sanctioned numbers of former board member of old Spezia for sports fraud
Cosenza Calcio Srl is an Italian football club, based in Cosenza, Calabria. Currently the team plays in Lega Pro, the tier of Italian football. Found in 2011 as Nuova Cosenza Calcio as the club of Cosenza Calcio 1914 Srl by using Article 52 of N. O. I. F. Nuova Cosenza and Cosenza 1914 Srl were spiritual successor of the original Cosenza Calcio 1914 SpA which folded in 2005, Cosenza 1914 Srl acquired its sports title from Rende Calcio in 2007, and the sports title of the original club had ceased to be exist in 2005. The club was founded in 1914 as Società Sportiva Fortitudo and renamed as Cosenza Calcio 1914 in 1920 and enjoyed a time in the professional leagues. They won the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1983, in 2003, Cosenza 1914 was expelled from professional league. In 2003 an illegitimate phoenix club was found as A. S, in 2004, old Cosenza won the appeal and was admitted to 2004–05 Serie D. Thus that season there was a derby, in 2005 new Cosenza switched its denomination into A. S. Cosenza Calcio, after the fall of old Cosenza, the new club quickly managed to win the Serie D/Girone I championship in 2007–08, ensuring a place back into the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione for the 2008–09 season.
Following this, the new club renamed itself, taking the old historical denomination of Cosenza Calcio 1914 Srl with the aim to rise up the Italian football pyramid. In 2008–09, their first season in the Lega Pro, Cosenza showed all of their intentions by winning the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione/Girone C championship, the team played the 2009–10 season in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione/Girone B, finishing 11th in the table. At the end of the 2010-11 Lega Pro Prima Divisione season the team was relegated after losing the playoff, the team was excluded from professional Championship by Co. Vi. Soc. and it didnt appeal. During the professional seasons, former president Damiano Paletta was suspended in June 2009 for 6 months for irregularities in administration, the ban was reduced after an appeal. For the bankruptcy of Cosenza Calcio 1914 S. r. l, former managers Eugenio Funari, Paolo Pagliuso and his son Luca Pagliuso, Giuseppe Citrigno and Francesco Iannucci were banned from football for 2 years to 5 years.
In 2013 the membership of Cosenza Calcio 1914 S. r. l. was finally revoked, in summer 2011 the club was refounded as Nuova Cosenza Calcio and restarted from Serie D After a mediocre start, they sacked coach Enzo Patania and hired Tommaso Napoli. They won 9 and drew 7 without a loss to finish the season in second place to HinterReggio in Group I. They won 6 in a row to become champions of the playoffs, the club won the promotion playoffs by beating SandonàJesoloCalcio 3–2 in the final, but not being automatically promoted shall remain still in Serie D. On Monday,5 August 2013, the announced that it was promoted to the professional league
A.S.D. Albese Calcio
Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Albese Calcio is an Italian association football club, based in Alba, Piedmont. They currently play in Serie D, the club was founded in 1917 as Unione Sportiva Albese. Remain in history, for reasons not exactly sporting challenges Cuneo-Albese seasons of 1927–1928, in the first two seasons of the above derby between La Fedelissima Sportiva Cuneese and Albese saw the first leg scheduled to Alba. Alba wins with a 2–0, to be reported primarily against the excesses of local fans, and Cuneo, after the match, much warmer they were the derby next year, the 1928–1929. The Faithful Polisportiva Cuneo had been a 1–0 interval lead but by the end of the first half, in the second installment of the second network host, a furious melee broke out in the field and the stands and a new invasion of the area. Captain of the police intervened in the person who imposed the suspension on the race with the visiting team that gave up the sports Alba escorted by the Royal Military Police.
The white and blue won the Championship Sezione Propaganda of Cuneo in 1939, at the end of the 1970–71 season, was promoted to Serie D where, after a year of adjustment, raced three seasons and last meeting centered on the long-awaited promotion Serie C. In recent years, the team played their games at the stadium Cinzano Santa Vittoria dAlba. In this championship was saved in the Serie C 1975–1976, however, in Serie D 1977–1978 finished third in and, thanks to the new formula of division championships with the C in C1 and C2, were promoted in the Serie C2. The first year Serie C2 1978–1979 was positive, but in the Serie C2 1979–1980 came the relegation to Serie D, from 1986/87 to 1989/90 it served in Promozione. In the summer of 1990 was found again in Serie D, a new reform of the league championships grafts Eccellenza that Albese has played from 1991–92 to 1993–94, when it is relegated to Promozione. In 1996, she was still fished in Eccellenza, where it played from 1996–97 to 1999–00, lost the final to become a champion of Eccellenza Piedmont and Aosta Valley against Valle dAosta losing 0–1 away and 1–5 at home.
In the 2011–12 season it was relegated from Serie D to Eccellenza, the next year Albese won promotion back to Serie D after finishing first in Eccellenza Piedmont and Aosta Valley
A.S.D. Barletta 1922
Barletta 1922 is an Italian association football club located in Barletta, Apulia. Currently it plays in Serie D. Barletta was played in league as Società Sportiva Barletta Calcio. in 2015 the club was expelled from 2015–16 Serie D. Barletta 1922, was admitted to 2015–16 Eccellenza on 6 August, the club was founded in 1922. At the pinnacle of the success, they were promoted to Serie B in the 1987–88 season. In the 2007–08 season in Serie D, Barletta finished 2nd in Girone H and they qualified as one of the nine teams in the group stage of the play-offs, but finished second in their group and did not qualify for the semi-finals. Ranked the best second-placed team in the three groups, it won promotion to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione, as one of the 5 top teams in the promotional play-offs. Their official colors are red and white
Vezzano Ligure is a comune in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region of Liguria, located about 80 kilometres southeast of Genoa and about 7 kilometres northeast of La Spezia. Vezzano Ligure borders the municipalities, Bolano, Follo, La Spezia, Santo Stefano di Magra. Tourism is active, as well as service companies working for the La Spezia intermodal port, vezzano Ligure is served by a railway station on the lines Genoa-Rome and Parma-La Spezia located downhill from the center of the old town. The nearest motorway is the A15 with a westbound exit
A midfielder is an association football position. Midfielders are generally positioned on the field between their teams defenders and forwards, some midfielders play a disciplined defensive role, breaking up attacks, and are otherwise known as defensive midfielders. Others blur the boundaries, being mobile and efficient in passing, they are commonly referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box. The number of midfielders on a team and their assigned roles depends on the teams formation, most managers assign at least one midfielder to disrupt the opposing teams attacks, while others may be tasked with creating goals, or have equal responsibilities between attack and defence. Midfielders are the players who typically travel the greatest distance during a match, central or centre midfielders are players whose role is divided roughly equally between attack and defence. When the opposing team has the ball, a midfielder may drop back to protect the goal or move forward. The 4–3–3 and 4–5–1 formations each use three central midfielders, the 4−4−2 formation may use two central midfielders, and in the 4–2–3–1 formation one of the two deeper midfielders may be a central midfielder.
The term box-to-box midfielder refers to central midfielders who have abilities and are skilled at both defending and attacking. These players can track back to their own box to make tackles and block shots. A good box-to-box midfielder needs good passing, control, stamina and marking in defence and right midfielders have a role balanced between attack and defence, similar to that of central midfielders, but they are positioned closer to the touchlines of the pitch. They may be asked to cross the ball into the penalty area to make scoring chances for their teammates. Common modern formations that include left and right midfielders are the 4−4−2, the 4−4−1−1, the 4–2–3–1, a notable example of a right midfielder is David Beckham. Defensive midfielders are players who focus on protecting their teams goal. These players may defend a zone in front of their teams defence, defensive midfielders may move to the full-back or centre-back positions if those players move forward to join in an attack. Sergio Busquets described his attitude, The coach knows that I am an obedient player who likes to help out and if I have to run to the wing to cover someones position, great. A good defensive midfielder needs good positional awareness, anticipation of play, tackling, interceptions and great stamina. A holding or deep-lying midfielder stays close to their teams defence, a player in this role will try to protect their goal by disrupting the opponents attacking moves and stopping long shots on the goal.
The holding midfielder may have responsibilities when their team has the ball and this player will make mostly short and simple passes to more attacking members of their team but may try some more difficult passes depending on the teams strategy
La Repubblica is an Italian daily general-interest newspaper. It was founded in 1976 in Rome by Gruppo Editoriale LEspresso led by Eugenio Scalfari and Carlo Caracciolo, born as a radical leftist newspaper, it has since moderated to a milder centre-left political stance. It lately assumed a position and a generally supporting view of Democrat Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. La Repubblica was founded by Eugenio Scalfari, director of the weekly magazine LEspresso, the publisher Carlo Caracciolo and Mondadori had invested 2.3 billion lire and a break-even point was calculated at 150,000 copies. Scalfari invited a few trusted colleagues, Gianni Rocca, Giorgio Bocca, Sandro Viola, Mario Pirani, Miriam Mafai, Barbara Spinelli, Natalia Aspesi, the cartoons were the prerogative of Giorgio Forattini until 1999. The newspaper first went on sale on 14 January 1976 and it was presented as the first Italian tabloid with some sections such as sports and business intentionally left out. When it was founded, it was intended to be a newspaper, with only major news at the national level.
It was composed of 20 pages and was published from Tuesday to Sunday, the paper defined itself as a “giornale-partito” in its initial stage. During the first two years, it built up a core-audience identified as members of the centre-left and the Italian Communist Party, in 1977, Scalfari decided to cater to the university student movement, so la Repubblica began its expansion. The strength of the newspaper lay particularly in the comments section. In the meantime, Giampaolo Pansa from Corriere della Sera became Deputy Director, alongside Rocca, in early 1978, average sales amounted to 114,000 copies. The papers stance proved popular and, by the end of the year, in 1979, with an average print run of 180,000 copies, it achieved a break-even point. The size of the newspaper increased with page count growing from 20 to 24, the newspaper decided to cover sports for the first time and veteran reporter Gianni Brera was added. In 1981, the Corriere della Sera was hit by a scandal when chief editor Franco Di Bella was outed as a member of the masonic lodge Propaganda Due.
This allowed La Repubblica to win extra readers and recruit a number of commentators such as Enzo Biagi. Aiming to gain top circulation in Italy, chief editor Scalfari launched new reader-friendly initiatives, there were now 40 pages, including news sections and sport. The newspaper was pitched as an omnibus newspaper and this seemed to pay off as in 1985 la Repubblica sold an average of 372,940 copies, about 150,000 more than in 1981. 1986 marked the tenth birthday
Mazara Calcio A.S.D.
Formerly Gruppo Sportivo Mazara 1946, is an Italian football team from Mazara del Vallo, Sicily. They currently play in Eccellenza Sicily, first traces about football in Mazara are dated 1946. However, a team to represent the city of Mazara del Vallo, Unione Sportiva Mazara, was founded only in 1957–1958, Mazara played Serie D in 1960–1961, but were relegated three years later. The single playoff match, played at Stadio Renzo Barbera, featured an attendance of 12,000, following this promotion, the club played Serie D for 19 consecutive seasons. During the 1980s and the early 1990s, Mazara often shown itself as serious candidate to win the Serie D league, after nineteen Serie D seasons, in 1994–1995 Mazara, under serious financial troubles, were relegated to Eccellenza, where another local team, S. C. Mazara 2000 was a minor, young team who climbed the football pyramid up to Eccellenza. Both teams played Eccellenza in 1995–1996, challenging each other in a new, yet somewhat strange, US Mazara classified fourth in the end, whereas Mazara 2000 obtained a good seventh place.
US Mazara, who was under growing economic difficulties, agreed for a merge with Mazara 2000, the first season for the new club in the Italian fifth-ranked division ended in a hard saving, just one point above the relegation places. The 1998–1999 campaign showed itself to be harder, with Mazara ending the season with the same points as Sancataldese. The match, played in Termini Imerese, ended in a 1–0 win for the canarini, since then, Mazara experienced a declining time, even relegating to Promozione in 2003–2004 after losing relegation playoffs to Licata. In 2008–09 Mazara returned with high expectations of winning the league, the referee successively sent off three Mazara footballers due to heavy protests and abandoned the pitch minutes later. The Sicilian Football Federation announced the match had to be replayed on 10 March, Mazara won the game 2–0, despite such issues, the club ended the season out of the relegation playoff zone, thus ensuring itself a new Serie D season. In their first season back to Eccellenza, Mazara clearly stated their intentions to go immediately to Serie D by acquiring several top players.
For the 2014–15 season, Mazara appointed Nicola Terranova, former assistant coach and older brother of Serie A defender Emanuele Terranova, as new head coach. The club ended season in place behind winners Marsala, qualifying to the national playoff phase where they were eliminated in the finals by Apulia-based club Nardò. The new season saw Mazara with new head coach Andrea Pensabene, in November 2016, Abbagnato sold the club to managing director Filippo Franzone. The official team colours for GS Mazara 1946, as well as all the major sports teams in Mazara, are canary yellow and blue. The original team badge was instead reminiscent of the 1996 merge between the two local and rival clubs U. S. Mazara and S. C