Udinese Calcio is an Italian football club based in Udine Friuli-Venezia Giuli. They currently feature in the Italian Serie A.
Udinese Calcio was established way back in 1896 as part of the Societa Udinese di Ginnastica e Scherma (Udinese Society of Gymnastics and Fencing). The club reached the final of Coppa Italia in 1922 and on August 24,1923 AS Udinese were separated from AC Udinese Friuli.
After arching through several lower divisions and regional leagues, the club won their first ever appearance in the Italian Serie A in the 1950-1951 season and played in the Italian top flight for five successive seasons and finished second behind AC Milan in the 1954-1955 season.
The 1960s and the 1970s observed a steep decline for Udinese and returned to the Italian Serie A only in the 1980s when they even won the Miltropa Cup in Europe.
At the end of the 1985-1986 season, Udinese suffered huge shame and embarrassment as they were involved in a betting scandal and were penalized 9 points for the 1986-1987 season. They have since then been a club that frequently sways between the Italian Serie And the Italian Serie B until 1995-1996 when they established themselves in the Italian first division.
From then on Udinese’s fortunes began to take a definitive and glorious shape and their arch upward reached its peak in the 2005-2006 season when they played in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
Udinese play their home matches at the Stadio Friuli which can host a crowd of 41,652. They bear the nicknames Bianconeri (White-blacks) and Zebrette (Little Zebras).