U.S. Sassuolo Calcio

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US Sassuolo Calcio logo.svg
Full nameUnione Sportiva Sassuolo
Calcio S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Neroverdi (The Black and Greens);
The Watermelon Rind
Founded17 July 1920; 98 years ago (1920-07-17)
ChairmanCarlo Rossi
Head coachRoberto De Zerbi
LeagueSerie A
2018–19Serie A, 11th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Unione Sportiva Sassuolo Calcio, commonly referred to as Sassuolo (Italian pronunciation: [sasˈswɔːlo]), is an Italian football club based in Sassuolo, Emilia-Romagna.[2] Their colours are black and green, hence the nickname Neroverdi.[2]

Founded in 1920,[3] Sassuolo have played in Serie A from the 2013–14 season, joining a select group of teams playing in the Serie A but not belonging to a provincial capital city: Empoli, Legnano, Pro Patria, Carpi and Casale.[4]


The club was founded in 1920 and played in the Emilian amateur divisions for most of its history until its first promotion to Serie D in 1968. In this era, the club merged with other local football teams to eventually form the current US Sassuolo Calcio in 1974. In 1984, it first gained promotion to Serie C2, the lowest level of professional football in Italy. However, they were relegated again in 1990 and subsequently spent most of the decade back in Serie D. In 1998, a second-place finish ensured promotion back to Serie C2.

Serie C1[edit]

Sassuolo reached Serie C1 in 2006 after winning the Serie C2 promotion play-offs by beating Sansovino in the final. In the following years, Sassuolo proved to be a serious contender for promotion to Serie B, barely missing it in 2007, with Gian Marco Remondina as head coach, as they lost immediate promotion to Grosseto in the final season days, and were defeated by fifth-placed Monza in the play-off semi-finals. Remondina then left Sassuolo to join Serie B's Piacenza, and former Serie A player Massimiliano Allegri was then chosen as new head coach.

Under Allegri, Sassuolo quickly revived their hopes to obtain promotion to Serie B; this ultimately came on 27 April 2008, when they won the Serie C1/A title, thus ensuring a historical promotion to Serie B, the first in the club's history.[5]

Serie B[edit]

Following Sassuolo's promotion to the Italian second tier, Allegri left Sassuolo to fill the head coaching position at Serie A team Cagliari. On July 2008, the club appointed former Atalanta and Siena boss Andrea Mandorlini for the 2008–09 season.

Massimiliano Allegri, manager of Sassuolo in 2008 who won promotion to Serie B, winning group A of Serie C1 and the Supercoppa Lega Pro.

Sassuolo had a surprisingly good start to the 2008–09 campaign and held a promotion playoff place for very long time, they only won two points in their last five matches to eventually finish in seventh place. Despite a successful season, Mandorlini left Sassuolo by mutual consent in June 2009, whereupon the team then appointed former Piacenza coach Stefano Pioli on 11 June 2009.

Sassuolo successively qualified to the Serie B promotion playoffs in 2009–10 by placing fourth, and 2011–12 in third, being eliminated at the semi-finals in both seasons.

In the 2012–13 season, however, under the guidance of new head coach Eusebio Di Francesco, Sassuolo won the Serie B title, thus achieving direct promotion to Serie A and ensuring a first top-flight campaign ever for the 2013–14 season.

Serie A[edit]

During pre-season training, Sassuolo won the TIM Trophy after losing to Juventus on penalties then beating Milan 2–1, marking the first time a team other than Milan, Internazionale or Juventus have won the Cup.

Eusebio Di Francesco, manager of the historic promotion to Serie A for the Neroverdi in 2014.

On 25 August 2013, Sassuolo played their first-ever Serie A match, a 2–0 loss away at Torino;[6] the team's second match was their first at home, against Livorno, where striker Simone Zaza scored Sassuolo's first top-flight goal as they lost 4–1.[7] On 22 September 2013, Sassuolo endured a heavy 7–0 defeat at home to Internazionale; the team earned their first point in their fifth match, on 25 September away to Napoli. Zaza equalised as the game finished 1–1, ending the hosts' perfect start to the season;[8] this was followed by a first home point on 29 September, a 2–2 draw with Lazio.[9] On 20 October 2013, Sassuolo won their first Serie A game, defeating Bologna 2–1 at home with goals from Domenico Berardi and Antonio Floro Flores, moving the club off bottom place.[10] Sassuolo won away for the first time in Serie A on 3 November against Sampdoria, with Berardi scoring their first top-flight hat-trick to win 4–3.[11] Since the following match, a 1–1 draw at Roma on 10 November, the club has been outside the relegation zone.[12] On 12 January 2014, Berardi was the only player in the season to score four goals in a game, as Sassuolo came from 2–0 down to win 4–3 against Milan.[13] Towards the end of January 2014, Sassuolo were in bottom place and so manager Di Francesco was relieved of his duties and Alberto Malesani was brought in; the managerial change did not have the desired effects and so in early March, Sassuolo re-entrusted the side to the management of Di Francesco. Sassuolo won its away match against Fiorentina 4–3 on 6 May 2014, and after winning 4–2 against Genoa on 11 May, Sassuolo guaranteed its place in Serie A for the 2014–15 season. Berardi finished in equal 7th place in the Serie A top scorers list, with 16 goals for the season.

The Neroverdi had a much better 2014–15 Serie A season, finishing comfortably beyond relegation in 12th place. Berardi was once more the club's top goalscorer with 15 league goals.

Sassuolo improved again in the 2015–16 Serie A season, finishing ahead of the likes of Milan and Lazio in sixth place; the season included an opening day win over Napoli,[14] a Round 10 1–0 victory over Juventus at Mapei Stadium[15] and a 1–0 victory over Inter at the San Siro.[16]

On 21 May 2016, Sassuolo achieved their first ever Europa League qualification after finishing sixth in Serie A courtesy of a Juventus Coppa Italia win over Milan as Milan would have gone to Europe instead if they had won the final.[17] On 25 August 2016, Sassuolo qualified for the Europa League group stage after beating Red Star Belgrade 4–1 on aggregate in the playoff round.[18]


The Stadio Alberto Braglia in Modena was Sassuolo's temporary home while playing in Serie B.

Sassuolo's home stadium is the Stadio Enzo Ricci in Sassuolo, still used by the club for training, but due to its tiny capacity (4,000) the club played Serie B seasons in Modena's Stadio Alberto Braglia.[19][20]

Starting from the 2013–14 season, the first Serie A campaign for the club, Sassuolo plays in Reggio Emilia at the renovated Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore (formerly Stadio Giglio) in a venue-sharing agreement with Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Reggiana;[21] the stadium was also bought by the parent company of Sassuolo, Mapei.[22]


Current squad[edit]

As of 14 July 2019[23]

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

No. Position Player
2 Brazil DF Marlon Santos
4 Italy MF Francesco Magnanelli (captain)
6 Brazil DF Rogério
9 Serbia MF Filip Đuričić
10 Italy FW Alessandro Matri
13 Italy DF Federico Peluso
18 Italy FW Giacomo Raspadori
20 Ivory Coast MF Jérémie Boga
21 Spain DF Pol Lirola
23 Italy DF Giangiacomo Magnani
25 Italy FW Domenico Berardi (vice-captain)
28 Italy GK Giacomo Satalino
30 Senegal FW Khouma Babacar
No. Position Player
31 Italy DF Gian Marco Ferrari
32 Ghana MF Alfred Duncan
34 Italy FW Federico Di Francesco
47 Italy GK Andrea Consigli (3rd captain)
68 Morocco MF Mehdi Bourabia
73 Italy MF Manuel Locatelli
79 Italy GK Gianluca Pegolo
98 Italy DF Claud Adjapong
99 Italy FW Enrico Brignola
Germany DF Jeremy Toljan (on loan from Borussia Dortmund)
Ivory Coast MF Hamed Junior Traorè (on loan from Empoli)
Italy FW Francesco Caputo

Other players under contract[edit]

As of 13 July 2019.

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

No. Position Player
Italy DF Raffaele Celia
Croatia DF Martin Erlic
Italy DF Edoardo Goldaniga
Netherlands DF Timo Letschert
Italy DF Riccardo Marchizza
Italy DF Andrea Masetti
Italy DF Matteo Piacentini
Italy DF Alessandro Tripaldelli
Italy DF Cristian Dell'Orco
Ghana MF Kevin-Prince Boateng
No. Position Player
Italy MF Jérémie Broh
Italy MF Simone Franchini
Italy MF Davide Frattesi
Romania MF Marius Marin
Italy MF Marco Pinato
Italy MF Giovanni Sbrissa
Italy MF Giacomo Zecca
Italy FW Ettore Gliozzi
Italy FW Nicholas Pierini
Italy FW Federico Ricci

Out on loan[edit]

As of 14 July 2019

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

No. Position Player
Italy DF Leonardo Fontanesi (at Ternana until 30 June 2020)[24]
Italy DF Luca Ravanelli (at Cremonese until 30 June 2020)[25]
Italy DF Leonardo Sernicola (at Virtus Entella until 30 June 2020)[26]
Italy DF Davide Romeo (at Vigor Carpaneto until 30 June 2020)[27]
Italy MF Stefano Sensi (at Inter until 30 June 2020)[28]
No. Position Player
Italy FW Alessandro Carrozza (at Messina until 30 June 2021)[29]
Italy FW Andrea Cisco (at Pescara until 30 June 2021)[30]
Denmark FW Jens Odgaard (at Netherlands Heerenveen until 30 June 2020)[31]
Italy FW Gianluca Scamacca (at Ascoli until 30 June 2021)[32]

Youth Sector[edit]


In Europe[edit]

UEFA Europa League[edit]

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate Reference
2016–17 Third qualifying round Switzerland Luzern 3–0 1–1 4–1 [33]
Play-off round Serbia Red Star Belgrade 3–0 1–1 4–1
Group F Spain Athletic Bilbao 3–0 2–3 4th
Belgium Genk 0–2 1–3
Austria Rapid Wien 2–2 1–1


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