The club formed in 1946 but came to prominence in the 1950s when the Rossoazzurri secured promotion to Serie A in 1953-54. The Sicilians’ golden years came during the 1960s when they spent six seasons in the top flight, even finishing eighth twice.

Since relegation in 1966, the Elefanti have made two short-lived returns to the big-time – the 1970-71 season and the 1983-84 campaign. The latter proved a spectacular false dawn as the minnows could only register 12 points, despite the presence of Claudio Ranieri in their defence.

In 1993, Catania suffered financial irregularities but were readmitted to the Eccellenza [Italy’s sixth Division] and quickly pulled themselves back into Serie B by 2001. Antonino Pulvirenti – founder and President of Italian low-cost airline Windjet – took over the club in 2004 and his investment brought them back to Serie A.