Sunday March 15 2020
Happy birthday Lecce!

Lecce celebrates its 112th birthday today.

The Puglian outfit were formed in 1908 as Sporting Club Lecce, and, oddly, played in black and white stripes in their initial incarnation.

The team was dissolved in the mid 1920s, and reformed as Unione Sportiva Lecce. From 1929 on, they incorporated their Giallorossi looks.

Lecce have spent most of their existence in Serie B and C, with the odd foray in the top division.

The Giallorossi have contested 16 seasons in the Italian top flight, and are currently in this season’s competition.

The club has never managed to stay in Serie A beyond three consecutive seasons. This has happened on several occasions, from 1988-91, 1999-02 and 2003-06.

Lecce have only ever won Serie B once, in 2009-10, with every other promotion to Serie A coming through either finishing second, third or via the play-offs.

Notable players to have played for the club include Antonio Conte, Mirko Vucinic, Valeri Bojinov, Luis Muriel, Juan Cuadrado, Gheorghe Popsecu, Fabrizio Miccoli and Javier Chevanton.

Lecce’s best result in Serie A was their ninth-placed finish in 1988-89, under the guise of Carlo Mazzone.

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