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Sorrento Calcio is an Italianmarker football club from Sorrentomarker, Campania, the club was founded during 1945. Currently the club compete in Lega Pro Prima Divisione after starting a promotion streak in 2005–06 when they were promoted from Serie D, followed by promotion from Serie C2.

The club has spent most of its history in the lower regions of the Italian football system. Sorrento reached as high as Serie B during the early 1970s, where they recorded their overall highest finish with a 19th place in the 1971–72 season. In addition to this and the championships they have won at lower levels, Sorrento have also won the Serie D Italian Cup.

History

The club was founded in 1945 and after playing lower divisions, they earned the right to be enrolled into the Promozione Campania league for the 1949–50 season. Sorrento finished bottom of the league, in a season which was dominanted by stronger local rivals such as Avellino and Casertana.

Under the name Flos Carmeli; which is a Roman Catholic reference to the Blessed Virgin Mary meaning Faith, Love, Obedience and Service, the club returned to the league during the mid-1950s. This time their positioning was more stable, and they had a new ground in the form of Stadio Italiamarker. The name of the Sorrentine club was changed back to the original Sorrento Calcio in 1957.

In the late 1960s, Sorrento began to become far more successful on the field, they achieved successive promotions. First they won Promozione Campania by three points and then in their debut Serie D season of 1968–69 they were champions on goal difference, after finishing level on points with Torre del Grecomarker side Turris.

1970s league success

The side from the province of Naples experienced Serie C level football for the first time in the 1969–70 season. Sorrento achieved a respectable 4th place finish above more famous clubs such as Lecce and Messina, as well as regional rivals Salernitana and Avellino. In the following season, Sorrento improved further and were crowned champions of Serie C; just one point above Salernitana to clinch the title.

With players such as Giuseppe Bruscolotti in the squad, Sorrento were entered into Serie B for the 1971–72 season. It was considered a huge achievement for the small provincial side to reach the division in the first place; many of the teams who they played against had a larger stadium capacity than the entire population of Sorrentomarker.

Although they finished second from bottom and were relegated by the end of the season, Sorrento recorded several very good results. The most impressive was a 4–0 victory against Brescia on 30 April 1972. They also beat Livorno twice, and Bari 1–0 away.

After their relegation Sorrento were unable to bounce back, instead being forced to battle it out in Serie C during the 1970s from then on; the highest position they were able to end a season with was a 4th place in 1975–76 sandwiched between Bari and Messina. For 1978–79 the league system was slightly reorganised and the club were placed into Serie C2; the fourth level of Italian football. A runners-up spot was achieved in 1984–85, where Sorrento finished just one point behind champions Licata of Sicily; the runners-up spot was enough to give Sorrento promotion up into Serie C1.

Decline

Sorrento were relegated from Serie C1, at the bottom of the table during their first season, for the rest of the 1980s Sorrento were down in Serie C2. A further slide came in 1989-90 when they were put down into Campionato Interregionale (today's equivalent is Serie D), it is presumed this was due to financial reasons as Sorrento actually finished 5th in Serie C2 the season prior to that.

The now deflated Sorrento were relegated from the Interregionale league in 1990-91 with a 15th place finish, the club was put into the Promozione Campano league. They missed out on promotion to Boscoreale, the following season Sorrento finished as runners-up to Gragnano and were thus not promoted once more. Finally at the third attempt, Sorrento Calcio achieved their promotion out of the Promozione Campano league via winning the championship of 1993-94.

Revival: mid-1990s onwards

The club were now in Eccellenza Campania and spend their first three seasons in the league within the top 7 places. Under the coaching of Amato, Sorrento were victorious and crowned Ecellenza winners in 1997-98. They were entered into C.N.D. (which was the name of what is today Serie D), Sorrento were consistent in their first two seasons back in the league, ending the seasons 5th and 6th respectively.

2001-02 was a blip on the map for the Sorrento Calcio revival, they finished 14th, tied on points with a club that was relegated that season; Internapoli. The club managed to turn things around in following seasons, and by 2005-06 achieved a double, they were crowned champions of Serie D and also won the Coppa Italia Serie D.

Sorrento competed in Serie C2 during the 2006-07 season, they were crowned champions beating out Benevento by one point; Francesco Ripa finished as the league's top scorer with 23 goals. Sorrento will be competing in Serie C1 during the 2007-08 season.

Players

Current squad



Noted players



Managerial history

 
Name Nationality Years
Giancarlo Vitali 1970–1971
Nicola D’Alessio 1971–1972
Bruno Bolchi 1974–1975
Luigi Raffin 1975–1976
Giancarlo Vitali 1978–1980
Paolo Franzoni 1981–1982
Urano Benigni Navarrini 1982–1983
 
Name Nationality Years
Jarbas Faustinho Canè 1984–1987
Giuseppe Papadopulo 1987–1988
Salvatore Di Somma 1988–1989
Salvatore Amato 1997–2004
Giuseppe La Scala 2004–2005
Renato Cioffi 2005–2007
Nicola Provenza 2007–present


Honours

Serie C: 1
*Champions: 1970–71


Serie C2: 1
*Champions: 2006–07
*Runners-up: 1984–85


Serie D: 2
*Champions: 1968–69, 2005–06


Coppa Italia Serie C: 1
*Champions: 2008–09


Coppa Italia Serie D: 1
*Champions: 2005–06


Eccellenza Campania: 1
*Champions: 1997–98


Promozione Campania: 2
*Champions: 1967–68, 1993–94
*Runners-up: 1992–93


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