The U.S. Lecce ( Unione Sportiva Lecce officially ) is an Italian football club from the southern Italian city of Lecce in the Apulia region.
The club colors are yellow and red play their home games, the club from the 33 876 -seater Stadio Via del Mare.
The U.S. Lecce Lecce was as SC (official Sporting Club Lecce) founded on 15 March 1908, the departments football, athletics and cycling. First, the club colors were black and white. 1927 merged the club with Juventus Lecce Lecce and Gladiator to Unione Sportiva Lecce new club, the new club's colors were black and red. Only with the first promotion to Serie B during the Hungarian Ferenc Plemich coach in 1929, the club colors were changed to force up today yellow and red.
In 1966 the club moved from the Stadio Carlo Pranzo into larger Stadio Via del Mare, in which it does to this day.
In the season 1974/75 presented the then goalkeeper Emmerich Tarabocchia a force to this day record: with 1791 minutes played without conceding he is the goalkeeper, who was in the first three leagues the longest without conceding a goal.
In the 1984/85 season the club for the first time rose to the Serie A. Then the U.S. Lecce has established itself as a regular series - A-subscriber. This was somewhat surprising because the team still lost half a year in a fatal traffic accident before the rise with Michele Lo Russo and Ciro Pezzella two performers. 1989 reached the club in ninth place the previous best Serie A placement in their history.
Since the 1990s, the club was more of a lift team and commuted almost on an annual basis between Serie A and Serie B. 2004/ 05 could again celebrate the ninth place in the table in the top division in the following season, however, it rose again. 2007/ 08, however, succeeded in re- ascent, but it managed in the 2008 /09 season only the 20th place in the table and therefore had to return to the series as 2009/10 were abolished by the first table space again the promotion to Serie A, but one two years later rose again in the B series. In August 2012, it was announced that the U.S. Lecce had to join the in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione, the third- highest division due to the then- manipulation scandal.
In the 2012/13 season, the team reached second place and thus qualified for the playoffs for promotion to the Serie B. In the first round of the playoffs Lecce ran against Virtus Entella. The first match between Lecce and Virtus Entellla ended 1-1, with a 2-1 in the return match Lecce reached the final round of the playoffs. There, they met Carpi FC. The games ended 1-0 and 1-1 in favor of Carpi FC. Lecce thus missed the direct resurgence. This defeat sparked great unrest: The fans stormed onto the field and did great damage, but were stopped by folders as if they were trying to get into the cabins of the players. They also burned police cars that were outside of the stadium.
- Coppa Italia Serie C: 1975/76
- Master of the Series B: 1984/85, 2009/10
- English- Italian Cup: 1976
- Master Series C: 1975/76
- Campionato Primavera: 2 ( 2002/ 03 and 2003/ 04)
- Coppa Italia Primavera: 2 ( 2001/ 02 and 2004/ 05)
- Supercoppa Primavera: 2 (2004 and 2006)
The club has throughout Salento and Puglia in the south generally a large following. For away games in northern Italy, the club is supported by many southerners living there. The home of the traditional fan base is the Curva Nord with the ultras Lecce. However, there are also in the Curva Sud with the Gioventù an active Fangruppierung. A Fanfreundschaft exists with the fans of Palermo, further, there is a good relationship with the fans of U.S. Foggia. The biggest rivalry to the fans of AS Bari.
- As of January 31, 2014
- Argentina Juan Alberto Barbas 1985/86-1989/90, 149 games - 27 goals
- Italy Alberto Di Chiara
- Italy Antonio Conte 1985/86-1991/92, Midfielder, 79 games - 1 goal
- Italy Francesco Moriero 1985/86-1991/92, Midfielder, 157 games - 13 goals
- Argentina Pedro Pasculli 1985/86-1991/92, Striker, 214 games - 53 goals; World Cup 1986
- Italy Ubaldo Righetti
- Italy Pietro Paolo Virdis 1989/90-1990/91, Striker, 46 games - 8 goals
- Ghana Kwame Ayew 1993/94-1994/95, Striker, 34 games - 7 goals
- Germany André Gumprecht 1993/94-1994/95, Midfielder, 16 games - no goal
- Italy Antonio Chimenti 1999/2000-2001/02, Goalkeeper, 98 games - 147 goals
- Italy Francesco Cozza 1997/98, Midfielder, 27 Games 2 Goals
- Italy Giuseppe Giannini 1997/98-1998/99, Midfielder, 47 games - 4 goals
- Brazil Francisco Lima 1999/ 00, Midfielder, 32 games - 1 goal
- Cristiano Lucarelli Italy 1999/00-2000/01, Striker, 59 games 27 goals
- Brazil Mazinho 1990/91, Midfielder, 34 games 2 goals; World Cup 1994
- Italy Francesco Palmieri 1995/96-1997/98, Striker, 102 games - 35 goals
- Switzerland David Sesa 1998/99-1999/2000, Striker, 59 games - 14 goals
- Italy William viali 1997/98-2000/01, Defender, 111 games - 4 goals
- Italy Marco Amelia 2003/ 04, Goalkeeper, 13 games 27 goals; 2006 World Champion
- Croatia Saša Bjelanović 2004/ 05, Striker, 22 games - 5 goals
- Bulgaria Valeri Boschinow 2001/02-2003/04, Striker, 65 games - 16 goals
- Italy Samuele Dalla Bona 2004/ 05, Midfielder, 36 games - 6 goals
- Italy Marco Cassetti 2003/04-2005/06, Midfielder, 95 games - 9 goals
- Uruguay Ernesto Chevantón 2001/02-2003/04, Striker, 88 games - 46 goals
- Italy Marco Donadel 2002/ 03, Midfielder, 29 games - 0 goals
- Guillermo Giacomazzi Uruguay 2001-2007, 2008-2013, Midfielder, 315 games - 41 goals
- Italy Cristian Daniel Ledesma 2001/02-2005/06, Midfielder, 126 games - 4 goals
- Romania Gheorghe Popescu 2001/ 02, Defenders, 28 matches - 3 goals
- Italy Max Tonetto 2000/01-2003/04, Midfielder, 131 games 2 goals
- Chile Jaime Valdés 2005/06-2007/08, Striker, 114 games - 16 goals
- Mirko Vucinic Montenegro 2000/01-2005/06, Striker, 111 games - 33 goals
- Croatia Davor Vugrinec 2000/01-2001/02, striker, 71 goals, 19 goals
- Italy Eugenio Bersellini
- Italy Alberto Bigonville
- Poland Zbigniew Boniek
- Luigi De Canio Italy
- Italy Elio Gustinetti
- Hungary Ferenc Hirzer
- Italy Carlo Mazzone
- Italy Cesare Prandelli
- Czech Republic Zdeněk Zeman
Stand in July 2013
From 1932 to 1946 no play operation took place.
- Generally Biggest home win: 10-0 U.S. Lecce - Bari Liberty in the season 1945/46, (Series C).
- Biggest away win: 1:6 Cosenza Calcio - U.S. Lecce in the 1975/76 season ( series C).
- Heaviest home defeat: 1:7 Lecce - Palermo in the season 1994 /95 ( series B).
- Heaviest away defeat: 5-0 Atalanta Bergamo - U.S. Lecce in the 1930 season / 31 (Series B ), 5:0 Pescara Calcio - U.S. Lecce in the season 1947/48 (Series B ) and 5:0 Padova Calcio - U.S. Lecce the season 1946/47, (Series B).
- Most games: Michele Lo Russo with 415 inserts.
- Top scorer: Anselmo Bislenghi with 87 gates.
- Biggest home win: 5-1 U.S. Lecce - Atalanta Bergamo in the season 1992 /93.
- Biggest away win: 1:4 FC Messina - U.S. Lecce in the season 2004/05.
- Heaviest home defeat: 0-4 U.S. Lecce - AS Roma in the 2000/01 season and 1:5 Lecce - Inter Milan in the 1997/98 season.
- Heaviest away defeat: 6-0 Inter Milan - U.S. Lecce in the 1998/99 season and 6-0 Udinese Calcio - U.S. Lecce in the 1997/98 season.
- Top scorer: Ernesto Chevantón with 30 goals.
- Most goals in a season: Ernesto Chevantón (2003/ 04) and Mirko Vucinic (2004/ 05 ), each with 19 goals.