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Novara Calcio is an Italian football
Football in Italy
Football is the most popular sport in Italy. The Italian national football team has won the FIFA World Cup 4 times , trailing only Brazil . Italy's club sides have won 27 major European trophies, making them the most successful European nation in the subject of football...

 club based in Novara
Novara
Novara is the capital city of the province of Novara in the Piedmont region in northwest Italy, to the west of Milan. With c. 105,000 inhabitants, it is the second most populous city in Piedmont after Turin. It is an important crossroads for commercial traffic along the routes from Milan to Turin...

, Piedmont
Piedmont
Piedmont is one of the 20 regions of Italy. It has an area of 25,402 square kilometres and a population of about 4.4 million. The capital of Piedmont is Turin. The main local language is Piedmontese. Occitan is also spoken by a minority in the Occitan Valleys situated in the Provinces of...

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History


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
Torino F.C.
Torino Football Club, commonly referred to as simply Torino, is a professional Italian football club based in Turin, Piedmont, that was founded in 1906. The club has spent most of its history in the top tier in Italian football....

, 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 Pro Vercelli, Alessandria
U.S. Alessandria Calcio 1912
Unione Sportiva Alessandria Calcio 1912 is the professional Italian football club based in Alessandria, Piedmont.In the current season, it plays in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione group A.- Brief history :...

 and Casale
A.S. Casale Calcio
Associazione Sportiva Casale Calcio is an Italian football club, based in Casale Monferrato, Piedmont.The club currently plays in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione....

 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
Serie A
Serie A , now called Serie A TIM due to sponsorship by Telecom Italia, is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top of the Italian football league system and has been operating for over eighty years since 1929. It had been organized by Lega Calcio until 2010, but a new...

.

During these years of staying in the top flight, Novara had Silvio Piola
Silvio Piola
Silvio Piola was an Italian footballer from Robbio Lomellina, province of Pavia. He is known as a highly prominent figure in the history of Italian football due to several records he set. Piola won the 1938 FIFA World Cup with Italy, scoring two goals in the final.Piola is third in the all-time...

 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
Serie B
Serie B, currently named Serie bwin due to sponsorship reasons, is the second-highest division in the Italian football league system after the Serie A. It is contested by 22 teams and organized by the Lega Serie B since July 2010, after the split of Lega Calcio that previously took care of both the...

, and another five years afterwards, they slipped down to Serie C due to a fraudulent complaint by a Sambenedettese
S.S. Sambenedettese Calcio
Unione Sportiva Sambenedettese is an Italian association football club, based in San Benedetto del Tronto, Marche. The club was founded in 1923. Sambenedettese currently plays in Serie D, having last been in Serie B in 1989. The team's colors are red and blue....

 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 Serie C2. 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 season
2009–10 Lega Pro Prima Divisione
The 2009–10 Lega Pro Prima Divisione season will be the thirty-second football league season of Italian Lega Pro Prima Divisione since its establishment in 1978, and the second since the renaming from Serie C to Lega Pro....

 where the club returned to Serie B
Serie B
Serie B, currently named Serie bwin due to sponsorship reasons, is the second-highest division in the Italian football league system after the Serie A. It is contested by 22 teams and organized by the Lega Serie B since July 2010, after the split of Lega Calcio that previously took care of both the...

 after 33 years.

In June 12, 2011, Novara remarkably secured its promotion to Serie A
Serie A
Serie A , now called Serie A TIM due to sponsorship by Telecom Italia, is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top of the Italian football league system and has been operating for over eighty years since 1929. It had been organized by Lega Calcio until 2010, but a new...

 after an absence of 55 years, by defeating Padova in the play-off final.

2011-12 Serie A


On 20 September 2011, the first home game in Serie A
Serie A
Serie A , now called Serie A TIM due to sponsorship by Telecom Italia, is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top of the Italian football league system and has been operating for over eighty years since 1929. It had been organized by Lega Calcio until 2010, but a new...

 for 55 years, Novara recorded a historic 3-1 victory over the World Champions
2010 FIFA Club World Cup
- Matches :If a match was tied after normal playing time, 30 minutes of extra time would be played. If still tied after extra time, a penalty shootout would be held to determine the winner...

 of Inter
F.C. Internazionale Milano
Football Club Internazionale Milano, often referred to as Internazionale or simply Inter, is a professional Italian football club based in Milan, Italy. Outside Italy, the club is often called Inter Milan. They are the reigning FIFA Club World champions and Coppa Italia holders.Inter have always...

.

Current squad


Out on loan


Notable former players

  Attilio Demaría
Attilio Demaria
Atilio José Demaría was an Italian Argentine footballer player, who played for Argentina in the 1930 World Cup and for Italy in the 1934 World Cup.He was born in Buenos Aires...

 Helge Bronée
Helge Bronée
Helge Christian Bronée was a Danish footballer. He played four games as a winger for the amateur Denmark national football team, before moving abroad to play professionally...

 Pietro Ferraris
Pietro Ferraris
Pietro Ferraris was an Italian football player.Ferraris was born in Vercelli, Piedmont.He was a striker for Ambrosiana-Inter and eventual world champions Italy at the 1938 FIFA World Cup, he scored a goal in their first round match against Norway. He also played for Pro Vercelli, Napoli, Torino...

 Pietro Pasinati
Pietro Pasinati
Pietro Pasinati was an Italian football striker, and later manager.Pasinati was born in Trieste....

 Silvio Piola
Silvio Piola
Silvio Piola was an Italian footballer from Robbio Lomellina, province of Pavia. He is known as a highly prominent figure in the history of Italian football due to several records he set. Piola won the 1938 FIFA World Cup with Italy, scoring two goals in the final.Piola is third in the all-time...

 Pietro Rava
Pietro Rava
Pietro Rava was an Italian football defender and coach. He won the 1936 Summer Olympics and the 1938 FIFA World Cup with the Italian national team....

 Renato Zaccarelli
Renato Zaccarelli
Renato Zaccarelli was a former Italian footballer, who played in the midfield role.During his career he played for Catania, Novara, Hellas Verona F.C., and Torino, which won the Serie A title in 1976...

 Fabio Gallo
Fabio Gallo
Fabio Gallo is a former Italian footballer who played in the role of a midfielder. He actually is the Atalanta B.C.'s youth team coach.-Honours:* Brescia** Anglo-Italian Cup:***1993-1994* Treviso...

 Dionisio Arce
Dionisio Arce
Dionisio Arce is a former Paraguayan football player.Arce played as a forward and was known for his ability to handle the ball and heading skills. He started playing for Paraguayan side Sportivo Luqueño before moving to Italy to play for several teams until the end of his career...


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