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Ternana

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About Ternana

Ternana Calcio is an Football in Italy club based in the city of Terni, Umbria.

The team's colours are red and green.

The club was founded in 1925 and refounded in 1993. In its history, Ternana have twice played in Serie A (seasons Serie A 1972-73 and Serie A 1974-75). The club is currently playing in Lega Pro Prima Divisione group A.

The first team from Umbria to reach Serie A, Ternana enjoy a local rivalry with Perugia Calcio, and play their home matches at the Stadio Libero Liberati.

History

Serie A

Foundation

The club was founded in 1925 as Terni F.B.C after the merger between Terni Football Club and Unione Sportiva Ternana, reaching the II Division in 1926 and the I Division (nowadays known as Serie B) just a year later.

From Serie C to Serie B

The club, however, folded in due to financial difficulties, being refounded in 1929 as Unione Fascista Ternana (a denomination that was common during the Italian fascist regime). Folding again in 1933, the club returned to footballing action in 1935 under the name Polisportiva Mario Umberto Borzacchini, after a racing car driver and a native of Terni who had died at the 1933 Monza Grand Prix. In 1938 the new club reached promotion to Serie C, missing a second consecutive promotion the following year.

In 1946, after the World War II, football restarted in Italy and Ternana played in the Serie B, missing promotion for two consecutive years, and being relegated to Serie C in 1949 and Serie D in 1950. A third relegation, this time to Promozione, came in 1953, and was followed by two years in the regional division for Ternana before returning to IV Serie in 1955. The club returned to Serie C in 1964, and Serie B in 1968, the latter under coach Corrado Viciani.

From Serie A to the bankrupt

In 1972, Ternana finally won Serie B and reached Serie A for their first time, again with Viciani as coach. However the club did not prove to be ready for Serie A, as they were promptly relegated in their debut appearance in the top flight, managing only three wins in 30 matches. In 1974, again in Serie B, Ternana managed to reach one of the three top spots, winning their second promotion to Serie A; this was however followed by yet another sad relegation. In the following years, despite a number of noted head coaches such as Edmondo Fabbri, Cesare Maldini and Renzo Ulivieri, Ternana did not manage to return in the top flight, and instead were relegated to Serie C in 1980, despite a prestigious run in the Coppa Italia 1979-80, where Ternana reached the semi-finals, being then eliminated 3–1 on aggregate by A.S. Roma.

During the 1980s Ternana played between Serie C1 and Serie C2, before going bankrupt on 12 December 1987.Managed by an official liquidator, Ternana ended the season and escaped relegation. The club, bought in the summer of 1988 by a consortium headed by Gaspare Gambino, won promotion to Serie C in 1988–89 after winning the penalty shootout in a playoff against Chieti Calcio. Successively, Ternana won Serie C1 in 1992 and marked their return to Serie B; this was however followed by financial troubles that prevented new signings

From the refoundation to Serie B

On the summer 1993 the club was refounded as Ternana Calcio and was being forced to begin again from Serie D. In their first Serie D campaign, Ternana missed promotion, ending in third place behind Teramo Calcio and local rivals A.S.D. Narnese Calcio. This was followed by another unsuccessful attempt, as Ternana lost promotion to A.S. Viterbese Calcio; despite this, the club was later readmitted to Serie C2 to fill a league vacancy (ripescaggio). In 1996–97 and 1997–98, with Luigi Delneri as head coach, Ternana won two consecutive promotions, thus returning to Serie B.

Lega Pro Prima Divisione

Ternana played Serie B until 2006, when they were relegated to Serie C1 (since the season 2008-09 Lega Pro Prima Divisione).

It in the season 2010-11 the club was relegated to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione after the play-off, but August 4, 2011 it was later readmitted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione to fill vacancies..

As of 24 August, 2011:



Notable former players

- Guglielmo Bacci
- Paolo Di Canio

Bibliography

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