F.C. Catanzaro
Catanzaro Calcio 2011 is an Italian football
Football in Italy
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 club based in Catanzaro, Calabria
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The club were founded in 1929 as Catanzarese, then changed their denomnation to Unione Sportiva Catanzaro in 1946, shortly after the end of the World War II and in 2006 to Football Club Catanzaro. The team assumed the current title in 2011, following the cancellation of the previous club's registration because of financial troubles.

In season 2010-11, they were initially relegated from Lega Pro Seconda Divisione group C to Serie D
Serie D
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, but due to the relegation of Pomezia to last place, the club was saved from relegation.

On July 18, 2011 it is excluded by the Federal Council from Lega Pro Seconda Divisione,but on July 27, 2011 it wins appeal to Tnas and then can play in 2011-12 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.

Their last stint in Serie A
Serie A
Serie A , now called Serie A TIM due to sponsorship by Telecom Italia, is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top of the Italian football league system and has been operating for over eighty years since 1929. It had been organized by Lega Calcio until 2010, but a new...

 ended in 1983.

The team's colours are red and yellow.


Catanzaro achieved promotion to Serie B in 1959, and reached the Coppa Italia
Coppa Italia
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 final in 1966. In 1971, they defeated Bari
A.S. Bari
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 in a play-off to win promotion to Serie A for the first time.

Catanzaro's inaugural Serie A season saw them struggle and succumb to relegation on the final day with only 3 wins and 15 draws for 21 points. However, their first-ever Serie A win came in Round 16 with a 1–0 win over Juventus
Juventus F.C.
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. After narrowly missing out on a return to Serie A in 1975, they bounced back in 1976 but once again lasted just one year.

A third promotion in 1978 ushered in the club's golden era with a five-year stay in Serie A. With a team including Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri
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, Gianni Improta and the iconic Massimo Palanca, Catanzaro managed a highly credible 9th place in 1979. Though they finished 14th and would have been relegated for the following season, they won a reprieve thanks to forced relegations of AC Milan
A.C. Milan
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 and Lazio
S.S. Lazio
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. They managed 8th place in 1981 and 7th the following year before a dismal relegation in 1983. Much of the next four years was spent bouncing between Serie B and C1.

Catanzaro emerged as promotion contenders once more in 1988, with the ageless Palanca having returned to the club after a fruitless spell at Napoli
S.S.C. Napoli
Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli, commonly referred to as Napoli, is a professional Italian football club based in Naples and founded in 1926. The club has spent most of its history in Serie A, where it currently plays its 2011–12 season....

. Finishing 5th, they succumbed to successive relegations in 1990 and 1991, staying in Serie C2 until 2003.

In 2005, after two consecutive promotions, Catanzaro returned to Serie B after a 15-year absence. However, after a poor season they ended their Serie B
Serie B
Serie B, currently named Serie bwin due to sponsorship reasons, is the second-highest division in the Italian football league system after the Serie A. It is contested by 22 teams and organized by the Lega Serie B since July 2010, after the split of Lega Calcio that previously took care of both the...

 campaign in last place, meaning relegation to Serie C1
Serie C1
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. Catanzaro would immediately get another chance, the team being reinstated to Serie B due to vacancies related to the exclusion of other teams from Serie B. In its 2005/2006 Serie B campaign, Catanzaro came last again and was relegated to Serie C1; the relegation was followed by financial troubles which led the federation to cancel the club's registration. A new club, with the current name, was successfully founded and registered to Serie C2 for the 2006–2007 season, where the club is currently playing with the hope to return back to the upper divisions.

Catanzaro Calcio 2011

On june 30, 2011 it has acquired permanently the company branch of the bankrupt F.C. Catanzaro.

Squad of season 2010-11

Presidential history

Below is a presidential history list of Catanzaro, from when they were founded in 1929, until the present day.

Managerial history

Gorni Schoenfeld
|align=left|Walter Colombati
|align=left|Riccardo Mottola
|align=left|Pietro Piselli
|align=left|Francesco Cozza

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