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Associazione Sportiva Bari is an Italianmarker football club founded in 1908, they are based in Barimarker, Apuliamarker. The club have spent many seasons bouncing between the top two divisions in Italian football, Serie A and Serie B, and they currently play in the top tier.

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 ranked 17th in the all-time Serie A records for all of Italymarker. Notably they won the Mitropa Cup in 1990.

One of the most notable achievements in the club's history was in the 1996 season, when their forward Igor Protti became the top striker in the Serie A with 25 goals. The club are known in the wider footballing world for spawning Antonio Cassano who was born in Bari, he shone at the club as a youngster.

History

Foot-Ball Club Bari was founded in the city on the 15 January 1908. 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.
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 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.

First squad shot as US Bari.
The whole of Italian football was changing during this period and begning to become more organised, similar mergers were taking place in Naplesmarker, Florencemarker and Romemarker 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.

League

The alternate Bari club logo
The previous Bari club logo
The 1930s and 1940s were Bari's golden age, spending much of that time in Serie A with a finish of 7th 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 Raul Conti. The club return 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 A 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 Vittoriamarker. The following season saw Bari move to the San Nicola stadiummarker, 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 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 May 8, 2009, under the guidance of Antonio Conte.

Current squad

As of 10 September 2009

Out on loan

Famous players

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Presidential history

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

  • 1929-1931 - Alfredo Atti
  • 1931-1932 - Liborio Mincuzzi
  • 1932-1933 - Sebastiano Roca
  • 1933-1934 - Raffaele Tramonte
  • 1934-1935 - Giovanni Tomasicchio
  • 1935-1936 - Giovanni Di Cagno Abbrescia
  • 1936-1937 - Vincenzo Signorile
  • 1937-1938 - Giuseppe Abbruzzese
  • 1938-1939 - Giambattista Patarino
  • 1939-1940 - Angelo Albanese
  • 1940-1941 - Pasquale Ranieri
  • 1941-1942 - Giuseppe Santoro
  • 1941-1944 - Antonio De Palma


  • 1942-1943 - Andrea Somma
  • 1944-1950 - Tommaso Annoscia
  • 1950-1951 - Rocco Scafi
  • 1951-1952 - Florenzo Brattelli
  • 1952-1953 - Francesco Saverio Lonero
  • 1953-1956 - Achille Tarsia Incuria
  • 1956-1959 - Gianfranco Brunetti
  • 1959-1961 - Vincenzo La Gioia
  • 1961-1963 - Angelo Marino
  • 1961-1977 - Angelo De Palo
  • 1977-1983 - Antonio Matarrese
  • 1983- - Vincenzo Matarrese


Managerial history

See also .


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:
 
Name Nationality Years
Egri Erbstein 1928–1929
Josef Uridil 1929–1930
Hajdu 1930–1931
Árpád Weisz 1931–1932
Egri Erbstein
Lászlo Barr


1932–1933
Tony Cargnelli 1933–1934
Engelbert Koenig 1934–1935
András Kuttik 1935–1936
Tony Cargnelli 1936–1938
Jozsef Ging 1938–1939
András Kuttik 1939
Raffaele Costantino 1939–1940
Luigi Ferrero 1940–1941
András Kuttik 1941
Raffaele Costantino 1941
Stanislao Klein 1941–1942
Raffaele Costantino 1942–1943
Giovanni Vanicsek 1943
Raffaele Costantino 1944–1945
András Kuttik 1946
Raffaele Costantino 1946–1947
Janos Nekadoma 1947
András Kuttik 1947–1948
Ferenc Plemich 1948
András Kuttik 1948
Raffaele Costantino 1948–1949
Ferenc Plemich 1949
György Sárosi
Francesco Capocasale


1949–1950
Raffaele Costantino 1950
Francesco Capocasale 1950
Federico Allasio 1950
Ambrogio Alfonso 1950–1951
Mario Sandron 1951
Paolo Giammarco 1951
Pietro Piselli 1951
Raffaele Costantino 1951–52
Vincenzo Marsico 1952
Raffaele Sansone 1952–1953
Francesco Capocasale 1953–1956
Federico Allasio 1956–1958
Paolo Tabanelli 1958–1959
 
Name Nationality Years
Francesco Capocasale 1959–1961
Onofrio Fusco 1961
Luis Carniglia 1961
Federico Allasio 1961–1962
Onofrio Fusco 1962
Pietro Magni 1962–1963
Tommaso Maestrelli 1963–1964
Paolo Tabanelli 1964
Francesco Capocasale 1964–1965
Onofrio Fusco 1965
Ugo Lamanna 1965–1966
Filippo Calabrese 1966
Lauro Toneatto 1966–1969
Oronzo Pugliese 1969–1970
Carlo Matteucci 1970
Lauro Toneatto 1970–1972
Carlo Regalia 1972–1974
Luciano Pirazzini 1974–1975
Gianni Seghedoni 1975–1976
Giuseppe Pozzo 1976
Giancomo Losi 1976–1978
Mario Santececca 1978–1979
Giulio Corsini 1979
Enrico Catuzzi 1979
Antonio Renna 1979–1981
Enrico Catuzzi 1981–1983
Luigi Radice 1983
Bruno Bolchi 1983–1986
Enrico Catuzzi 1986–1988
Getano Salvemini 1988–1992
Zbigniew Boniek 1992
Sebastiao Lazaroni 1992–1993
Giuseppe Materazzi 1993–1996
Eugenio Fascetti 1996–2000
Arcangelo Sciannimanico 2001–2002
Attilio Perotti 2002–2003
Marco Tardelli 2003–2004
Giuseppe Pillon 2004
Guido Carboni 2004–2006
Rolando Maran 2006
Giuseppe Materazzi 2006–2007
Antonio Conte 2007-2009
Giampiero Ventura 2009-


Honours

Serie B: 3

Mitropa Cup: 1

References

  1. AmoBari.org
  2. In Internet
  3. Repubblica.it
  4. Forza Azzurri - Bari
  5. 24 luglio 2009 11:53 - Numerazione maglie, lista completa


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