Calcio Como

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Calcio Como
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Full name Calcio Como S.r.l.[1]
Nickname(s) Lariani
Founded 1907
2005 (refound)
Ground Giuseppe Sinigaglia,
Como, Italy
Ground Capacity 13,602
Owner S3C
President Akosua Puni Essien
Manager Fabio Gallo
League Lega Pro/A
2015–16 Serie B, 22nd (relegated)
Website www.calciocomo1907.it

Calcio Como S.r.l. is an Italian football club, based in Como. The club was founded in 1907. The team's color is blue.

Como were in Serie A in 2002–03; this was followed by three consecutive relegations that brought the team down in Serie C2 at the end of the 2004–05 season after having lost a playoff (2–1 on aggregate) to Novara Calcio, and being then even cancelled from Italian professional football because of bankruptcy. They were successively admitted to Serie D, the top level of non-professional football in Italy, where they spent three seasons before finally managing to win promotion back to Serie C2 in the 2007–08 season.[2]

History[edit]

Como were first promoted to Serie A in 1949 and enjoyed a respectable four-year stay before relegation, the next 20 years were spent moving between Serie B and C but more often the former. A revival in the 1970s saw the club emerge as contenders for promotion to Serie A, this was achieved in 1975 but despite the best efforts of players such as Alessandro Scanziani they would last only a season. They would slump to C1 by 1978, but with a rebuilt team containing stars like Pietro Vierchowod would achieve successive promotions and a two-year stay in Serie A (1980–82).

Como managed another promotion to the top flight in 1984, with a five-year stint in Serie A proving the club's most successful period of recent times. The strikeforce of Dan Corneliusson and Stefano Borgonovo oversaw a 9th-place finish in 1986, which was repeated the following year with far fewer goals scored. The club's defence, led by hard man Pasquale Bruno, proved more than up to the task however. Relegation in 1989 precipitated a rapid decline, with Como spending most of the 1990s in Serie C1 with the exception of 1994–95. Former Chelsea and Tottenham goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini spent a year on loan at Como.

The 21st century saw Como experience a brief revival. Promotion to Serie B in 2001 was marred by an appallingly violent incident in a game against Modena, resulting in captain Massimiliano Ferrigno being handed a three-year ban. They nonetheless managed promotion to Serie A in 2002, ironically being promoted alongside Modena. However, the return to Serie A proved a major disappointment with the side in the bottom two all season, and a ban on games at the Sinigaglia after crowd violence. Successive relegations have caused financial difficulties; in December 2004 the club was declared bankrupted.[3] No investor was successful to take over the club (as the bid from Preziosi was denied[4]) thus the company "Calcio Como SpA" was liquidated. Thanks to FIGC regulation, a new entity was allowed to admit into 2005–06 Serie D. The liquidator also found former president Enrico Preziosi had transferred some assets such as the contracts of the players to his new club Genoa, causing the financial failure of Como. They returned to the rebranded Serie C2, Lega Pro Seconda Divisione in 2008, after having won the Girone B of Serie D.[2] Como finally returned to Serie C1 (Lega Pro Prima Divisione) after promotion play-offs after defeating Rodengo Saiano with 1–1 aggregate and Alessandria with 4–1 aggregate. In 2015, Como finished fourth in the third division, now called Lega Pro. They qualified for the promotion play-offs and earned promotion to Serie B after beating Bassano Virtus in the two-legged final 2–0 on aggregate. They were relegated back down to Lega Pro the following season. New economic problems arisen in season 2016-17 obliging the club to be declared out of business and put in auction. At the fourth auction club was aquired by Akosua Puni Essien, wife of the ghanian footballer Michael and first foreign businesswoman in Italian football.[5] Deal was official at 30 March 2017.

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 29 January 2017 [6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Diamante Crispino
2 Italy DF Matteo Fissore (on loan from Alessandria)
3 Italy DF Devid Nossa
4 Italy MF Manuel Cicconi
5 Italy DF Marco Briganti
6 Italy MF Stefano Antezza (on loan from Spezia)
7 Italy MF Gabriele Cavalli
8 Italy MF Matteo Pessina (on loan from Milan)
9 Italy FW Matteo Chinellato
10 Italy MF Davide Di Quinzio
11 Italy FW Cristian Bertani
14 Italy DF Mauro Scaglione
16 Italy FW Giuseppe Le Noci
No. Position Player
17 Italy MF Alessio Cristiani
19 Italy FW Matteo Cortesi
20 Italy MF Giovanni Fietta
22 Italy GK Luca Zanotti (on loan from Atalanta)
23 Italy MF Andrea Marconi
24 Italy FW Giorgio Piacentini
26 Italy MF Andrea Peverelli
27 Italy DF Alessandro De Leidi
29 Slovenia MF Damir Bartulovic (on loan from Chievo)
30 Italy DF Nicolò Sperotto (on loan from Carpi)
31 Italy MF Filippo Darmian (on loan from Chievo)
32 Italy GK Andrea Cuoco

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Italy GK Christian Maimone (at Inveruno until 30 June 2017)[7]
Italy DF Giuliano Caputo (at Caronnese until 30 June 2017)[8]
Italy DF Antonio Giosa (at Lecce until 30 June 2017)[9]
Italy MF Jacopo Calviello (at Monza until 30 June 2017)[10]
No. Position Player
Italy MF Michele Mandelli (at Caronnese until 30 June 2017)[11]
Italy MF Marco Moleri (at Caronnese until 30 June 2017)[12]
Italy MF Roberto Scaramuzza (at Caronnese until 30 June 2017)[13]

Notable former players[edit]

Internationals[edit]

The following is a provisional list of international players of Como sorted by nationality. Players in bold were international while playing for Como :

Most capped players[edit]

Total[edit]

The following is a list of Como football players with most caps. Count of caps include all the professionistic championships and cups as well as data within the period when official name of the team was A. C. Comense.

# Player Period Caps Goals
1 Bruno Ballarini 1958-1970 350 21
2 Giancarlo Centi 1977-1991 333 3
3 Claudio Correnti 1969-1978 286 8
4 Antonio Cetti 1920-1941 278 91
5 Luigi Paleari 1965-1973 277 0
6 Roberto Melgrati 1970-1980 251 2
7 Silvano Fontolan 1974-1983 250 7
8 Doriano Pozzato 1969-1981 249 21
9 Cesare Butti 1925-1938 247 5
10 Piero Maronati 1951-1938 210 7

Serie A[edit]

The following is a list of Como football players with most caps in Serie A only.

# Player Period Caps
1 Giancarlo Centi 1980-1989 168
2 Massimo Albiero 1981-1989 136
3 Enrico Todesco 1984-1989 120
4 Stefano Maccoppi 1985-1989 116
Mario Paradisi 1985-1989 116
6 Sweden Dan Corneliusson 1984-1989 111
7 Giovanni Invernizzi 1981-1989 107
8 Franco Pedroni 1949-1952 106
9 Antonio Tempestilli 1981-1987 100
10 Franco Cardani 1949-1952 97

Top Goalscorers[edit]

Total[edit]

The following is a list of Como football players with most goals. Count of goals include all the professionistic championships and cups as well as data within the period when official name of the team was A. C. Comense.

# Player Period Goals Caps
1 Antonio Cetti 1920-1941 91 278
2 Marco Romano 1928-1942 71 100
3 Giuseppe Baldini 1951-1960 57 165
4 Renato Preziati 1923-1933 48 154
5 Luca Cecconi 1995-1998 41 86
Vittorio Ghiandi 1949-1954 41 114
7 Carlo Maesani 1946-1950 38 88
Benito Meroni 1948-1951 38 102
9 Ercole Rabitti 1948-1952 36 116
10 Giuseppe Le Noci 2013-Active 35 104
Marco Nicoletti 1977-1983 35 151

Players in bold are still active in the team.

Serie A[edit]

The following is a list of Como football players with most goals in Serie A only.

# Player Period Goals
1 Vittorio Ghiandi 1949-1953 32
2 Ercole Rabitti 1949-1952 19
Giuseppe Baldini 1951-1953 19
4 Sweden Dan Corneliusson 1984-1989 18
5 Benito Meroni 1949-1951 17
6 Angelo Turconi 1950-1953 16
Renato Cattaneo 1951-1953 16
8 Alceo Lipizier 1948-1952 14
9 Stefano Borgonovo 1981-1988 13
10 Salvatore Giunta 1986-1989 12

See also[edit]

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