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Lecce is a professional football club based in the city of Lecce, located in the southern region of Italy, Puglia. The club is nicknamed “Giallorossi,” which translates to “Yellow Reds” in English, referring to their traditional colours of yellow and red. Lecce plays their home matches at the Stadio Via del Mare, which has a capacity of 31,533 spectators. 

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Lecce History

Lecce was founded in 1908 and started their journey as a football club participating in various regional leagues. However, the club experienced a major turning point in the early 1930s when the Italian Football Federation reorganised the football league system, and Lecce was included in the new Serie C. It took several years, but Lecce managed to reach Serie B for the first time in the 1945-46 season. However, it was a short stay, and the team was relegated back to Serie C. Lecce, who spent most of its history playing in the lower divisions of Italian football. Lecce finally managed to gain promotion to the top-flight Serie A for the first time in the 1985-86 season. They managed to finish in a respectable tenth place in their debut season. Unfortunately, Lecce’s stay in Serie A was short-lived, as they were relegated back to Serie B after just one season. The club continued to yo-yo between Serie A and Serie B throughout the 1990s and 2000s. 

Who Owns Lecce

Lecce is owned by a consortium of entrepreneurs led by Saverio Sticchi Damiani. 

Lecce Manager

Lecce’s current manager is Roberto D’Aversa. Roberto D’Aversa is an Italian manager who has managed Virtus Lanciano, Parm and Sampdoria. At Parma, he helped them achieve back-to-back promotions, taking them from Serie C to Serie B and then from Serie B to Serie A the following season. After having a tough time in the Serie A, he was sacked and joined Sampdoria; however, after only achieving 20 points in 22 league games, he was sacked. Now, he is at Lecce, and this will be his first season in charge of the club.

Biggest Lecce Transfers

Lecce’s biggest transfers of all time have been:

  • Javier Chevanton from Danubio FC for £7.00m
  • Youssef Maleh from Fiorentina for £5.00m
  • Wladimiro Falcone from Sampdoria for £4.00m
  • Nikola Krstovic from Dunajska Streda for £3.90m
  • Bruno Cirillo from Inter Milan for £3.40m

Lecce’s biggest sales have been:

  • Morten Hjulmand to Sporting CP for £18.00m
  • Mirko Vucinic to AS Roma for £15.75m
  • Valeri Bozhinov to Fiorentina for £14.00m
  • Javier Chevanton to Monaco for £10.00m
  • David Sesa to Napoli for £7.25m

Lecce Drama

In January of 2023, a game between Lecce and Lazio was paused due to racist chants received from Lazio fans. Lazio fans targeted racist chants towards players Samuel Umtiti and Lameck Banda during the first match back after the Winter World Cup. The game was paused while an announcement stated that if the chants did not stop, the game would be cancelled. After the game resumed, Lecce fans started their chant, signing Umtiti’s name. Lecce went on to win the game 2-1. 

Who Plays For Lecce Now

After spending the last 2 seasons in the Serie A, Lecce has been able to build a decent squad with defenders such as Wladimiro Falcone, Federico Brancolli, Federico Baschirotto, Marin Pongracic, Ahmed Touba, Antonio Smajlovic, Valentin Gendrey and Lorenzo Venuti. Their midfield consists of Alexis Blin, Ylber Ramadani, Giacomo Faticanti, Joan Gonzalez, Youssef Maleh, Mohammed Kaba, Thorir Johann Helgason, Medon Berisha and Marcin Listkowski. In attack, they have Lameck Banda, Federico Di Francesco, Gabriel Strefezza, Remi Oudin, Pontus Almqvist and Nikola Krstovic. 

What Have Lecce Won

Lecce has won 2 Italian Serie B trophies, 4 Italian Lega Pro Champion (C) trophies and 1 Italienischer Pokalsieger (Serie C) trophy. 

Lecce 2023/24 Season Predictions

This season, we predict Lecce will avoid relegation. They barely avoided relegation 2 seasons ago, and last season they finished 16th. We believe their squad is good enough to stay up. However, their manager has a poor track record in the Serie A, and as a result, we think they will struggle. 

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