Delfino Pescara 1936, commonly known as Pescara Calcio, was formed in 1936. Most of the club's early history was spent outside of the top two leagues and it took them until 1977 to reach Serie A for the first time. Prior to achieving promotion to the top flight at the end of the 2011-12 season, Pescara had spent just five seasons of their history in the top tier of the Italian league system.
During the early 2000s, Pescara began to suffer from extreme financial problems. Finally, in December 2008, the club became bankrupt and went out of business. Two months later, in February 2009, a takeover was completed and the club was effectively reborn.
Under the management of Eusebio Di Francesco, Pescara began to scale the Italian league system once again, reaching Serie B at the end of the 2009–10 season. Zdeněk Zeman was then appointed as head coach and after a season of consolidation, he earned the club promotion to Serie A; winning Serie B in the last game of the season before leaving the club to become manager of Roma. During Zdeněk Zeman's spell in charge, Pescara generated press coverage from across the country due to the attractive style of play the team employed.
Noteable players to have represented Pescara Calcio over the years include such names as Bruno Nobili, Giorgio Repetto, Blaž Slišković, and former Brazil international Júnior.
The club's home stadium is the Stadio Adriatico - Giovanni Cornacchia. Opened in 1955, the ground was once able to hold up to 40,000 fans. However, after the Heysel disaster, new regulations meant a reduced capacity and it can now accommodate 24,400 supporters. The stadium is noteable for having hosted events during the 1960 Summer Olympic Games and it was also utilised as the main stadium for the Mediterranean Games in 2009.