Castel di Sangro

Castel di Sangro

Castel di Sangro – Est. 1953

“In the summer of 1996, in a tiny, impoverished town deep in the remote heart of southern Italy, a sporting miracle took place. The footballers of Castel di Sangro (population: 5000) won promotion to Serie B, the division directly below the most glamorous league in world football. In little more than a decade, the team had risen from the lowest depths of regional amateur football to within touching distance of Baggio and Batistuta.”


Before I write anything else I’m going to implore you, if you haven’t already, to go and buy yourself a copy of ‘The Miracle of Castel di Sangro’ by Joe McGinniss. Any self respecting football romanticist will fall in love with this book. Drop everything. Go to Amazon, go to eBay, go to wherever you can get a copy and enjoy. You won’t regret it I promise.

The Club

  • Club Name: A.S.D Castel di Sangro
  • Founded: 1953 (Takeover 2019)
  • League: Italian Eccellenza Abruzzo
  • Location: Province of L’Aquila, Abruzzo
  • Stadium/Grounds: Stadio Teofilo Patini, Castel di Sangro, Italy
  • Capacity: 7220

Club Biography

A club with a rather sketchy hierarchy in light of their owner’s reported dealings, A.S.D. Castel di Sangro is a small football club located in the Italian Province of L’Aquila, Abruzzo. Castel di Sangro is a tiny village of around 5500 people set in the heart of central Italy. Aptly nicknamed the ‘Giallorossi‘ (yellow-reds) due to their vibrant yellow and red badge and kit, A.S.D. Castel di Sangro find themselves struggling in the Italian Eccellenza Abruzzo whereby their sugardaddy owner has announced that past glories will return to a club who’s finest hour was way back in 1996/7.

Taking over the club in June of 2019, new Castel di Sangro bosses have pledged to spend money and take Castel di Sangro to lofty new heights. With reports stating that these owners have corruption and mafioso tied to their names, many question if they are the right people to spearhead these ambitions and if their intentions are clear. Sitting in the 5th tier of Italian football, with a hugely competitive pool of teams vying for promotion, Castel di Sangro find themselves a world away from where they once fared, having had numerous name changes and owners.

While some question the owners’ true aspirations many Giallorossi fans are simply happy that steps are being taken to bring the club back from the doldrums of Italian football. With a huge 7220 capacity stadium and financial backing seemingly available at will, can Castel di Sangro achieve relative greatness once more? Time will surely tell.


Can you take Castel di Sangro to the lofty heights of Italian football and replicate the emotional tale as depicted in ‘The Miracle of Castel di Sangro?’ A club who’s sugar-daddy Italian owner has reported ties to the criminal underworld suggests that financially the club may be in line for an upturn in fortunes. Can you keep eyes on the pitch rather than eyes off if it, can you lead this amateur football club to semi-professional and professional status like times gone by? The club’s future rests well and truly in your hands.

Download Links

  • Download Link – Click here to download (Updated 01.03.20 for 20.3.0 patch)
    Link contains: editor data, Castel di Sangro folder & instructions. The original database created by FMF@FORUM (fab work!) has been edited only slightly to add this team in the mix).
  • Ensure ‘Add players to playable teams’ is checked on set up or you will start with only U20 players! I mean if you want a real challenge then go for it!
  • Ensure you load the Italian lowest division in order to take charge of Castel di Sangro (found in Italian Eccellenza Abruzzo).
  • If you have any issues please get in touch and don’t forget to let us know how you get on!

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  1. Richard

    Loved this book when i read it a number of years ago – one of the best football books i have read i think.

    Good luck with it all.

    • FM Ideas

      Yeah me too! One of my favourite books ever. Thanks for the kind words.

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