Udinese were formed in 1896 as a gymnastics and fencing club with a small section dedicated to football. Associazione Calcio Udinese was born in 1923 and first tasted Serie A in 1950.
The club’s finest hour came when they finished second behind Milan in 1954-55. But in the same summer the Bianconeri were relegated for an irregularity. Despite returning to the top flight immediately, Udinese suffered two consecutive drops to Serie C. It took 15 years to recover with Coach Massimo Giacomini winning two promotions, a Coppa Italia and the Anglo-Italian Cup.
The 1980s were an exciting time for the Friuli club but once again ended in disaster as the club were relegated in 1987. Back in Serie A, Coach Alberto Zaccheroni took Udinese to third in 1997-98 and earned the club their first ever inclusion in the UEFA Cup. They qualified for the Champions League in 2005 and in 2011 after finishing fourth.