|Date of birth||8 September 1977|
|Place of birth||Genoa, Italy|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2003–2004||→ Giulianova (loan)||14||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
He measures 184 cm, weighing 77 kg.
|This section requires expansion. (January 2013)|
In January 2007 Cottafava, Alberto Giuliatto and Blažej Vaščák were sold to Lecce in co-ownership deals, for €100,000, €1,300,000 and €600,000 respectively. In June 2007 Lecce acquired all 3 players outright for undisclosed fee.
Cottafava joined U.S. Triestina Calcio in 2008. He played for the club in Serie B for 2 seasons. In 2010 he was suspended by the club for 6 months. The club did not award any squad number to him and excluded him from squad and put him to transfer list, but failed to sell him due to his high accounting value of €420,000. He was awarded no.90 shirt and played the first game of the season on 9 January 2011.
He left the club after the club relegated.
Triestina false accounting
In June 2009, he was sold to Chievo in co-ownership deal along with Dario D'Ambrosio, which Cottafava's half right was valued for €420,000 and D'Ambrosio €340,000. In return, Amedeo Calliari and Nicolò Brighenti also signed by Triestina in co-ownership deal, for €325,000 and €425,000 respectively. Thus, the swap deal only involved €10,000 from Chievo to Triestina. D'Ambrosio and Cottafava then returned to Triestina on loan and Brighenti and Calliari were loaned to Lega Pro. The deal made Triestina received a player profit of €840,000 and €620,000 respectively, despite it was false, as the club received nothing but two youth players with speculative potential. On 30 June 2009 the club had a net equity of €2,933,043, (5.2 times equity to asset ratio) which if excluding aforementioned €1.46 million player profit, the club had even worse accounting result of €1,473,043. In January 2010 Triestina bought back D'Ambrosio in 4-year contract and sold Brighenti for €425,000 each.
After Triestina re-admitted to Serie B in August 2010 (to replace Ancona), Cottafava was bought back by Triestina for €210,000. and Calliari returned to Chievo for €220,000, thus a reverse flow of cash of €10,000. Both D'Ambrosio, Cottafava were became the financial burden of Triestina as their accounting value €850,000 and €420,000 had to be amortize as a repayment of false profit gained in June 2009. On Chievo side, Brighenti's €850,000 and Calliari's €440,000 also became a burden for the club, which both were sold in a lower price and Chievo had to write-off the rest as a cost.
Gubbio & Latina
In September 2011 he joined Gubbio, the newcomer of Serie B. Gubbio also relegated in 2012. In August 2012 he joined U.S. Latina Calcio of third division. He won promotion to Serie B with the club. After "out of contract" for 10 days, on 11 July 2013 Latina offered him a new contract for 2013–14 Serie B.
- Treviso FBC 1993 srl Report and Accounts on 30 June 2007 (Italian)
- "ESCLUSIVA TMW – Triestina, messi sul mercato 6 giocatori". TMW (in Italian). 11 August 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
- US Triestina Calcio SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2009 (Italian)
- US Triestina Calcio SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2010 (Italian)
- AC ChievoVerona Report and Accounts on 30 June 2011 (Italian)
- "Il Latina ingaggia Cottafava" (in Italian). US Latina Calcio. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- "Preso Ristovski, prolunga Cottafava" (in Italian). US Latina Calcio S.r.l. official site. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013.