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Novara Calcio is an Football in Italy club based in Novara, Piedmont.
In December 1908 the F.A.S. (Football Association Studenti)
was created by eight students of Liceo Carlo Alberto
, aged between 15–16 years; among them an engineer, Gianni Canestrini, and a lawyer, Piero Omodei Zorini. In Novara in those days, there were other small clubs like Voluntas
, Pro Scalon
, Ginnastica e Scherma
, Forza & Speranza
, Collegio Gallarini
and many other student bodies. The best players from these teams came together to form Novara Calcio
, and made their debut in the Italian league on 3 November 1912.
The first match was played against a team already then established as Torino F.C., who won 2–1, with the first Novara goal scored by Mario Menendez.
In the years between World War I and World War II, Novara formed together with F.C. Pro Vercelli 1892, U.S. Alessandria Calcio 1912 and A.S. Casale Calcio to make the so-called "quadrilatero piemontese" (Piedmont Quadrilateral)
. Novara's highest finish came in 1952 when they finished in eighth place in Serie A.
During these years of staying in the top flight, Novara had Silvio Piola to thank. His many goals (which at the end of his career was over 300), made a huge contribution to the cause of Novara. Following his death in 1996, the stadium at which Novara play was dedicated in his name.
In 1956 came relegation to Serie B, and another five years afterwards, they slipped down to Lega Pro due to a fraudulent complaint by a S.S. Sambenedettese Calcio player.
A few good seasons in Serie B followed, but then Novara stumbled again in 1977 with relegation to Serie C and worse in 1981 to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione. In the 1995–96 season, Novara were back in Serie C1, but this joy was short-lived as the following year, the biancoazzurri
again had to deal with relegation.
Years were spent in the shadows of Italian football until more recently when the league was won in the 2002–03 season.
From Lega Pro Prima Divisione to Serie A
Consolidation in Serie C1 followed, later becoming Lega Pro Prima Divisione, until the
historic promotion of the 2009–10 Lega Pro Prima Divisione where the club returned to Serie B after 33 years.
In June 12, 2011, Novara remarkably secured its promotion to Serie A after an absence of 55 years, by defeating Padova Calcio in the play-off final. Both consecutive promotions were achieved under the tenure of head coach Attilio Tesser, who was confirmed as Novara boss also for the following 2011–12 top flight campaign.
2011-12 Serie A
On 20 September 2011, the first home game in Serie A for 55 years, Novara recorded a historic 3-1 victory over the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup of F.C. Internazionale Milano. This remarkable feat however turned to be just occasional, and Novara managed to win only one more game until end-January, when manager Attilio Tesser was dismissed and replaced with veteran coach Emiliano Mondonico in a desperate attempt from the ownership to save the club from relegation.
Out on loan
Notable former players
- Attilio Demaría
- Helge Bronée
- Pietro Ferraris
- Pietro Pasinati
- Silvio Piola
- Pietro Rava
- Renato Zaccarelli
- Fabio Gallo
- Dionisio Arce