Hellas Verona

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Hellas Verona
Hellas Verona club logo
Basic data
Surname Hellas Verona Football Club SpA
Seat Verona , Italy
founding 1903
Colours yellow blue
president Maurizio Setti
Website hellasverona.it
First soccer team
Head coach Ivan Juric
Venue Marcantonio Bentegodi stadium
Places 39.211
league Series A
2019/20 9th place

The Hellas Verona Football Club is an Italian football club from the Venetian city of Verona . Other names are I Mastini ("The Mastiffs "), Gli Scaligeri ("The Scaliger ") and I Gialloblu ("The Yellow-Blue").

The team's greatest success was winning the Italian championship in the 1984/85 season . The club's home venue is the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi , which has around 39,000 seats .


The club, which was founded in 1903 by students from the Liceo Maffei high school in Verona, has taken part in a total of 24 Series A and 50 Series B championships. The team plays home games in the “Marcantonio Bentegodi” stadium, which has a capacity of 39,211 people. The stadium was only expanded to this size on the occasion of the 1990 World Cup. The club colors are yellow and blue; hence his nickname, most commonly used in Italy: "i gialloblù" . The association was named at the request of a professor of the founding students of Hellas . This is the Greek word for “Greece”, but in this context it means “home”. The club's coat of arms shows a ladder, symbol of the Scaligeri, the old lords of Verona. The club became known beyond the borders of Italy after the 2000/01 season when the British author Tim Parks wrote his book “A Season with Verona”. Parks, who has lived in Verona with his family for around 20 years and is himself a supporter of the club, accompanied the fans of the "Brigate Gialloblù" for one season to every home and away game in Serie A. The most famous players at the time were Alberto Gilardino , Mauro Camoranesi , Martin Laursen and Adrian Mutu . Fan friendships of the Brigate, a so-called Gemellaggio, exist with the Tifosi of SS Lazio Roma and the ACF Fiorentina. The biggest rivals are LRVicenza, Napoli and Milan, the district club Chievo Verona is largely ignored.

Golden years

The club had its most successful period in the 1980s, when well-known players such as Thomas Berthold , Hans-Peter Briegel and Preben Elkjær Larsen were signed and became Italian champions in 1985 .

In the 1983/84 season Hellas played in the UEFA Cup for the first time and was eliminated in the second round against SK Sturm Graz . In 1985 Hellas Verona was eliminated from the European Cup by Serie A competitor Juventus Turin . In 1987/88 Hellas achieved their greatest international success by reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup and failing there at Werder Bremen .

The new millennium

After relegation in 2001/02, Verona played again in Serie B. After relegation to Serie C in the 2005/06 season after a dramatic end of the season (15th place, 49 points), it was in the 2006 season / 07 fact. Hellas played the whole season against relegation, and the 4-2 win on the last matchday against AS Bari didn't help. Verona had to play in the play-out against Spezia Calcio . Although you were significantly better in both games, you had to go to Serie C. The first leg in La Spezia was lost 2-1 despite the lead. In the 92nd minute Hellas was denied a penalty by referee Roberto Rosetti . It was not possible to turn the game around in the second leg in front of a home crowd, despite renewed superiority. The game ended 0-0. Spezia held the class (despite a worse placement in the final table) and Hellas Verona was relegated.

Series C and Lega Pro

The first season in Serie C almost ended with another relegation. Hellas finished the 2007/08 season as penultimate, the play-out first leg against Aurora Pro Patria could be won 1-0. In the second leg, Pro Patria were 1-0 up until the 90th minute, which would have meant the relegation of Hellas Verona due to the poor position in the table, before a goal from Ilyas Zetulayev secured relegation.

In the following season, the squad was cleared out and freed from expensive contaminated sites. The squad revolution was shaped by young players on loan. Among other things, Marco Parolo was in charge of midfield. It was a mixed season in which Verona narrowly missed the playoffs in the end.

Giovanni Martinelli, who had meanwhile taken over the club, signed Nereo Bonato as head of sport for the 2008/09 season and provided him with a lot of resources that were not typical of the league. He also put together a strong squad with which Hellas Verona dominated most of the season. Sometimes they had 8 points ahead of the runner-up. But on the very last day of the match they were pushed from 1st to 3rd place. Portogruaro managed the direct promotion and Pescara finished second. The latter were also the ones who beat Verona in the playoff final and thus condemned them to another season in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione .

Martinelli and Mandorlini

After four years in the third highest league, Hellas made it back to Italy's footballing importance. Despite a botched start to the season, Hellas Verona rose to Serie B at the end of the 2010/11 season after winning the Prima Divisione playoffs against Salernitana. Andrea Mandorlini turned down all job offers from other clubs and was confirmed by President Martinelli as coach for the new season. The goal for the next season was safe relegation. In the medium to long term, they wanted to bring the club back into Serie A and consolidate it there.

Maurizio Setti and the return to Serie A.

Health problems made it increasingly difficult for Giovanni Martinelli to carry out the presidency of Hellas Verona. After a long search for a buyer for his shares in the club, he found what he was looking for in the summer of 2012. Maurizio Setti bought it and brought Sean Sogliano to Verona as the new sports director. In the subsequent transfer phase, existing staff were confirmed and new reinforcing elements were added to Andrea Mandorlini's squad. Although never explicitly stated, it was clear which season goal Setti saw for his club. And after a long season with ups and downs, Hellas Verona was able to celebrate the return to Serie A as second in the table after 12 years of absence.

Logo history

Current squad 2019/20

As of January 31, 2020

No. position Surname
1 ItalyItaly TW Marco Silvestri
4th PortugalPortugal MF Miguel Veloso
5 ItalyItaly FROM Davide Faraoni
7th GhanaGhana MF Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu
6th ItalyItaly FROM Matteo Lovato
8th FranceFrance MF Valentin Eysseric
9 PolandPoland ST Mariusz Stepinski
10 ItalyItaly ST Samuel Di Carmine
11 ItalyItaly ST Giampaolo Pazzini
13 KosovoKosovo FROM Amir Rrahmani
14th ItalyItaly MF Valerio Verre
15th ItalyItaly FROM Salvatore Bocchetti
16 ItalyItaly ST Fabio Borini
20th ItalyItaly MF Mattia Zaccagni
No. position Surname
21st GermanyGermany FROM Koray Günter
22nd ItalyItaly TW Alessandro Berardi
23 ItalyItaly FROM Federico Dimarco
24 AlbaniaAlbania FROM Marash Kumbulla
25th ItalyItaly MF Andrea Danzi
27 PolandPoland FROM Paweł Dawidowicz
29 ItalyItaly ST Eddie Salcedo
32 ItalyItaly MF Matteo Pessina
33 BrazilBrazil FROM Alan Empereur
34 MoroccoMorocco MF Sofyan Amrabat
88 SerbiaSerbia MF Darko Lazović
96 SerbiaSerbia TW Boris Radunovic
98 ItalyItaly FROM Claud Adjapong

Former players

Former trainers

Club records

Mastino del Bentegodi

Every year since the 1999/00 season a prize has been awarded to the most valuable player of the past season. This award is so valuable because the decision is left in the hands of the fans.

The previous winners


  • Tim Parks : A season with Verona - A journey through Italy in search of dreams, football and the heart of the country. Goldmann, Munich 2003. ISBN 3-442-45374-7

Web links

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