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AS Bari

Full name Associazione Sportiva Bari SpA
Nickname(s) i Galletti (The Cockerels)
i Biancorossi (The White-reds)
Founded 15 January 1908; 106 years ago (1908-01-15)
Ground Stadio San Nicola,
Bari, Italy
Ground Capacity 58,270
Owners Michele, Antonio and Vincenzo Matarrese (90%)
Nicola and Domenico De Bartolomeo (10%)
Chief Executive Francesco Vinella
Head Coach Vincenzo Torrente
League Serie B
2012–13 Serie B, 10th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Associazione Sportiva Bari is an Italian football club founded in 1908, they are based in Bari, Apulia and plays in Serie B. The club have spent many seasons bouncing between the top two divisions in Italian football, Serie A and Serie B.


Brief history

During 1927, the original football club representing the city was merged with a team named Liberty Bari, a year following this the new club was merged too, this time with US Ideale; hence the sometimes given foundation date of 1928.

Statistically Bari are the most successful club from the Apulia region, in terms of the all-time Serie A records. They are amongst the elite in Southern Italian football and are ranked 17th in the all-time Serie A records for all of Italy. Notably they won the Mitropa Cup in 1990. Bari also held the British football transfer record, when it paid £5,500,000 for David Platt in 1991. It was the most expensive fee paid by a foreign club for a British player for four years.

One of the most notable achievements in the club's history was in the 1996 season, when their forward Igor Protti became the top scorer in the Serie A with 24 goals. The club are known in the wider footballing world for producing Antonio Cassano who was born in Bari, he shone at the club as a youngster.

The foundation

Foot-Ball Club Bari was founded in the city on 15 January 1908.[1] Like the majority of early Italian football clubs, foreign people were involved in the foundation of the club. Amongst the main founders were German Floriano Ludwig, Swiss Gustavo Kuhn and a native trader of Bari called Giovanni Tiberini.[2]

The first players included many non-Italians, the FBC Bari originals included; founder Ludwig, along with Barther (English), Bach (Swiss), Attoma, Roth (Swiss), Labourdette (Spanish), Jovinet (French), Giordano, Gazagne (French), Randi and Ziegler. Originally the club wore red shirts with white shorts, early on they would play against English sailors at the San Lorenzo field in the San Pasquale area of Bari.

Although the club was founded early on, clubs from the Mezzogiorno were not very well represented in the early Italian football championships and thus Bari did not take part in the early seasons. In fact only Campania had a regional section in the league from that area prior to the First World War. The war would see the original club becoming defunct, before being reorganised under the same name.

By this time other clubs from the city had begun playing too, including; Foot-Ball Club Liberty who originally wore blue and white stripes, they were founded as a dissident club from the original Bari in 1909[3] and their rivals Unione Sportiva Ideale who wore green and black stripes. In fact it was FBC Liberty who became the first ever side from the Province of Bari to take part in the Italian Football Championship, this was during the 1921–22 CCI season, when the main clubs in the country had a falling out with FIGC.

The following season Ideale became the first side from Bari to progress to the Southern Italian semi-finals round, but lost out to Lazio. All three clubs featured in the championship for the first time in 1924–25 however FBC Bari were relegated, Liberty on the other hand reached the Southern semi-finals before losing out heavily to Alba Roma.

Unione Sportiva Bari

A series of club mergers took place in the city over the course of two years, which would create one united club to represent Bari. The first merger took place between FBC Bari and FBC Liberty, they opted to keep the Bari name and first used it on 6 February 1927 in a match against Audace Taranto.

The whole of Italian football was changing during this period and beginning to become more organised, similar mergers were taking place in Naples, Florence and Rome around the same time. The second part of the Bari merger was competed on 27 February 1928 when FBC Bari merged with US Ideale to create Unione Sportiva Bari. The original US Bari shirts incorporated the stripes of Ideale, with the red and white colours of FBC Bari.

After the Italian Championship of 1928–29, the league system was reorganised and Bari was placed in Serie B. One of their players was called up to the Italian national football team that season for the first time, in the form of Raffaele Costantino, this made Bari the first Serie B club to contribute a player and a scorer to the national side.[4]

Between Serie A and Serie B

The 1930s and 1940s were Bari's golden age, spending much of that time in Serie A with a finish of seventh in 1947 being the best they achieved.

In the 1950s Bari went into a sharp decline and an equally rapid revival towards the end of the decade to spend three more years in Serie A (1958–61). Stars of the team in this period included Biagio Catalano and Raúl Conti. The club returned to Serie A twice more in this period (1963–64 and 1969–70) with the latter proving especially harrowing with only 11 goals scored, the lowest of any top-flight club. In 1974 Bari descended to Serie C, finishing that season with only 12 goals scored and 26 conceded in 38 games.

By the late 1970s Bari were back in Serie B and on something of an upward swing, narrowly missing promotion in 1982. They managed promotion to Serie A in 1985 and acquired English players Gordon Cowans and Paul Rideout, but they were unable to prevent an instant return to Serie B. A return to Serie A in 1989 with stars including stalwart defender Giovanni Loseto, midfielder Pietro Maiellaro and Brazilian striker João Paulo saw a respectable 10th place finish in 1990, their last season at the Della Vittoria. The following season saw Bari move to the San Nicola stadium, built for the 1990 World Cup, but by 1992– despite the signing of David Platt- they would be relegated once more.

Promotion in 1994 saw another two-year stay in Serie A with Igor Protti a regular scorer, and another promotion in 1997 saw the emergence of promising youngsters like Nicola Ventola, Gianluca Zambrotta, Antonio Cassano and Diego De Ascentis. This time they managed a four-year stay in Serie A under the guidance of Eugenio Fascetti, despite his uneasy relationship with many sections of the club's support. The club has since had a generally indifferent spell in Serie B. However, having been near the top of the Serie B table for much of the 2008–09 season they gained promotion to Serie A on 8 May 2009, under the guidance of Antonio Conte.

In November 2009, a take-over bid was rejected.[5] A Texas-based company JMJ Holdings also gave an intent to take over in August 2009.[6][7]

With Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Ranocchia as centre-back and Barreto as striker, Bari performed well in the first half of the season. Eventually Bari finished 10th. However, Bari losses €19 million in 2009 financial year.,[8] which Bari was quiet in 2010 summer (only Almirón and Ghezzal were the new significant signing plus the purchase of Barreto after the expire of loan, who broke his leg in mid-season) and January 2011 transfer window, and failed to find a replacement of Bonucci and Ranocchia. The company back from negative equity due to TV income increased as well as the sale of Bonucci (a profit of €6.45 million). Bari had a positive equity of €870,653 on 31 December 2010 and a net income of 14 million in 2010 calendar year, due to extraordinary income from selling the brand.[9]

In the season 2010–11 after round 34, Bari were relegated to Serie B, with the team 14 points short of the 17th placed Sampdoria.


Official sponsor

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
1978–1979 Puma None
1980–1981 Pouchain None
1981–1984 Adidas MAN SE
1984–1987 Cassa di Puglia
1987–1990 Sud Leasing
1990–1992 Sud Factoring
199–1995 Wuber
1995–1997 CEPU
1997–1998 Lotto Transport Gio.Bi
1998–2003 TELE +
2003–2005 Pasta Ambra
2005–2006 Erreà
2006–2009 Gaudianello
2009– Radionorba
2009– Banca Popolare di Bari

Current squad

As of 5 September 2013.[10]

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
1 Italy GK Enrico Guarna
2 Italy DF Stefano Sabelli
3 Italy DF Marco Chiosa (on loan from Torino)
4 Italy MF Marco Romizi
5 Uruguay DF Diego Polenta (on loan from Genoa)
6 Italy MF Andrea De Falco
7 Italy FW Diego Albadoro
8 Italy MF Daniele Sciaudone
9 Italy FW Alessandro Marotta
10 Paraguay MF Richard Lugo
11 Italy MF Cristian Galano
12 Romania GK Alexandru Pena
13 Italy DF Federico Masi
14 France DF Richard-Quentin Samnick
15 Greece DF Dimítrios Vosnakídis
16 Portugal FW João Silva
17 Italy MF Giuseppe Statella
18 Italy FW Francesco Caputo
No. Position Player
19 Italy FW Francesco Fedato
20 Italy MF Anthony Partipilo
21 Italy MF Marco Ezio Fossati (on loan from Milan)
22 Switzerland GK Miodrag Mitrović (on loan from Switzerland Chiasso)
23 Italy DF Luca Ceppitelli (vice-captain)
24 Uruguay FW Matías Alonso
25 Italy MF Marino Defendi (captain)
26 Italy DF Errico Altobello
27 Italy DF Marco Calderoni
28 Italy FW Stefano Beltrame (on loan from Juventus)
29 Italy MF Vito Leonetti
30 Italy MF Salvatore Santeramo
31 Albania MF Eneo Gjonaj
32 Italy GK Paolo Vicino
33 Italy MF Luca Locci
34 Italy MF Mario Mercadante
35 Italy DF Vincenzo Chiochia

Youth squad

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

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
Italy DF Dario Cascione (at Barletta)
Italy DF Mauro Marotta (at Melfi)
Italy DF Luigi Monopoli (at Paganese)
No. Position Player
Italy FW Francesco Grandolfo (at Savona)
Italy FW Armando Visconti (at Bisceglie)


See also Category:A.S. Bari players.

Presidential history

The official presidential history of Bari, since 1929 until the present day.

  • Alfredo Atti (1929–31)
  • Liborio Mincuzzi (1931–32)
  • Sebastiano Roca (1932–33)
  • Raffaele Tramonte (1933–34)
  • Giovanni Tomasicchio (1934–35)
  • Giovanni Di Cagno Abbrescia (1935–36)
  • Vincenzo Signorile (1936–37)
  • Giuseppe Abbruzzese (1937–38)
  • Giambattista Patarino (1938–39)
  • Angelo Albanese (1939–40)
  • Pasquale Ranieri (1940–41)
  • Giuseppe Santoro (1941–42)
  • Antonio De Palma (1941–44)
  • Andrea Somma (1942–43)

  • Tommaso Annoscia (1944–50)
  • Rocco Scafi (1950–51)
  • Florenzo Brattelli (1951–52)
  • Francesco Saverio Lonero (1952–53)
  • Achille Tarsia Incuria (1953–56)
  • Gianfranco Brunetti (1956–59)
  • Vincenzo La Gioia (1959–61)
  • Angelo Marino (1961–63)
  • Angelo De Palo (1961–77)
  • Antonio Matarrese (1977–83)
  • Vincenzo Matarrese (1983–2011)
  • Claudio Garzelli (2011–2012) (as chief executive)
  • Francesco Vinella (2012–) (as chief executive)

Managerial history

See also Category:A.S. Bari managers.

Bari have had many managers and trainers, some seasons they have had co-managers running the team, here is a chronological list of them from 1928 onwards:[11]

Name Nationality Years
Egri Erbstein Hungary 1928–29
Josef Uridil Austria 1929–30
Hajdu Hungary 1930–31
Árpád Weisz Hungary 1931–32
Egri Erbstein
Lászlo Barr
Tony Cargnelli Austria 1933–34
Engelbert Koenig Austria 1934–35
András Kuttik Hungary 1935–36
Tony Cargnelli Austria 1936–38
Jozsef Ging Hungary 1938–39
András Kuttik Hungary 1939
Raffaele Costantino Italy 1939–40
Luigi Ferrero Italy 1940–41
András Kuttik Hungary 1941
Raffaele Costantino Italy 1941
Stanislao Klein Romania 1941–42
Raffaele Costantino Italy 1942–43
Giovanni Vanicsek Hungary 1943
Raffaele Costantino Italy 1944–45
András Kuttik Hungary 1946
Raffaele Costantino Italy 1946–47
Janos Nekadoma Czechoslovakia 1947
András Kuttik Hungary 1947–48
Ferenc Plemich Hungary 1948
András Kuttik Hungary 1948
Raffaele Costantino Italy 1948–49
Ferenc Plemich Hungary 1949
György Sárosi
Francesco Capocasale
Raffaele Costantino Italy 1950
Francesco Capocasale Italy 1950
Federico Allasio Italy 1950
Ambrogio Alfonso Italy 1950–51
Mario Sandron Italy 1951
Paolo Giammarco Italy 1951
Pietro Piselli Italy 1951
Raffaele Costantino Italy 1951–52
Vincenzo Marsico Italy 1952
Raffaele Sansone Italy 1952–53
Francesco Capocasale Italy 1953–56
Federico Allasio Italy 1956–58
Paolo Tabanelli Italy 1958–59
Francesco Capocasale Italy 1959–61
Onofrio Fusco Italy 1961
Name Nationality Years
Luis Carniglia Argentina 1961
Federico Allasio Italy 1961–62
Onofrio Fusco Italy 1962
Pietro Magni Italy 1962–63
Tommaso Maestrelli Italy 1963–64
Paolo Tabanelli Italy 1964
Francesco Capocasale Italy 1964–65
Onofrio Fusco Italy 1965
Ugo Lamanna Argentina 1965–66
Filippo Calabrese Italy 1966
Lauro Toneatto Italy 1966–69
Oronzo Pugliese Italy 1969–70
Carlo Matteucci Italy 1970
Lauro Toneatto Italy 1970–72
Carlo Regalia Italy 1972–74
Luciano Pirazzini Italy 1974–75
Gianni Seghedoni Italy 1975–76
Giuseppe Pozzo Italy 1976
Giancomo Losi Italy 1976–78
Mario Santececca Italy 1978–79
Giulio Corsini Italy 1979
Enrico Catuzzi Italy 1979
Antonio Renna Italy 1979–81
Enrico Catuzzi Italy 1981–83
Luigi Radice Italy 1983
Bruno Bolchi Italy 1983–86
Enrico Catuzzi Italy 1986–88
Getano Salvemini Italy 1988–92
Zbigniew Boniek Poland 1992
Sebastiao Lazaroni Brazil 1992–93
Giuseppe Materazzi Italy 1993–96
Eugenio Fascetti Italy 1996–00
Arcangelo Sciannimanico Italy 2001–02
Attilio Perotti Italy 2002–03
Marco Tardelli Italy 2003–04
Giuseppe Pillon Italy 2004
Guido Carboni Italy 2004–06
Rolando Maran Italy 2006
Giuseppe Materazzi Italy 2006–07
Antonio Conte Italy 2007–09
Giampiero Ventura Italy 2009–2011
Bortolo Mutti Italy 2011
Vincenzo Torrente Italy 2011–


Serie B: 3

Mitropa Cup: 1

  • Winners: 1990


  • Site of football fans of Bari, video, photo, articles (Italian)

External links

  • Official Website (Italian)

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