F.C. Crotone

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Full nameFootball Club Crotone S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Pitagorici (The Pythagoreans)
Gli Squali (The Sharks)
I Rossoblu (The Red and Blues)
Founded1910; 110 years ago (1910)
GroundStadio Ezio Scida
ChairmanGianni Vrenna[1]
Head coachGiovanni Stroppa
LeagueSerie B
2018–19Serie B, 12th of 19
WebsiteClub website

Football Club Crotone S.r.l., commonly referred to as Crotone, is an Italian football club based in Crotone, Calabria. Founded in 1910, holding home games at Stadio Ezio Scida, which has a 16,547-seat capacity. The club currently competes in Serie B.


The first team from Crotone, Milone Crotone, was founded in 1910 and participated in several minor leagues including Prima Divisione (which later would be known as Serie C). Following World War II, a new club, Unione Sportiva Crotone replaced the previous one, playing seven seasons in Serie C.

In 1963 the club was relegated to Serie D, but returned to the third division the following year, remaining there for fourteen consecutive seasons, missing promotion in 1977 when finishing third behind Bari and Paganese. In 1978, following the Italian football league reorganisation, Crotone was relegated to Serie C2 and the following year was declared bankrupt. A new club, Associazione Sportiva Crotone, began competing again in the Prima Categoria (eighth division).

Crotone was promoted to Serie C2 in 1984–85, but only for one season. The team's name was changed to Kroton Calcio, and the club was promoted again to C2 after the 1986–87 season, where it played until 1991. A second bankruptcy led to the foundation of Football Club Crotone Calcio with Raffaele Vrenna as chairman, starting in the Promozione (7th level). Crotone gained successive promotions to Serie C2 and C1, winning in the play-offs against Locri and Benevento, respectively.

Under Antonello Cuccureddu, Crotone first reached Serie B in 2000, returning to the second level two seasons later. Again in division two in 2004, after disposing of Viterbese in the promotion play-offs, it remained in the category until the 2006–07 season.

After being beaten by Taranto in the 2008 play-offs, Crotone returned to the second division the following season, defeating Benevento.

The team was promoted to the Italian top flight (Serie A), for the 2016–17 season for the first time in its history.[2] They finished in 17th, securing a place in the next Serie A season, by beating Lazio 3–1 on the last matchday, knocking down Empoli as they lost their match against Palermo. The following season Crotone failed to avoid relegation after their loss against Napoli in the last match of the Serie A campaign, returning in Serie B after two seasons.

Colors and badge[edit]

Team colours are dark blue and red.

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 January 2020.[3]

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 Alex Cordaz (Captain)
2 Argentina DF Marcos Curado (on loan from Genoa)
3 Italy DF Giuseppe Cuomo
5 Serbia DF Vladimir Golemić
6 France DF Guillaume Gigliotti
7 Italy MF Mattia Mustacchio
8 Argentina DF Nicolás Spolli
9 Italy FW Andrea Nalini
10 Libya MF Ahmad Benali
12 Italy GK Giacomo Figliuzzi
13 Italy DF Gabriele Bellodi (on loan from Milan)
14 Italy MF Giovanni Crociata
15 Croatia MF Mateo Itrak
17 Italy MF Salvatore Molina
No. Position Player
18 Italy MF Andrea Barberis
19 Croatia MF Tomislav Gomelt
20 Argentina FW Maxi López
21 Italy MF Niccolò Zanellato
22 Italy GK Marco Festa
23 Italy MF Antonio Mazzotta
24 Italy MF Francesco Rodio
25 Nigeria FW Simy
26 France MF Jean Lambert Evans
27 Italy FW Zak Ruggiero
28 Netherlands MF Moreno Rutten
29 Italy DF Federico Panza
30 Brazil MF Junior Messias
34 Italy DF Luca Marrone (on loan from Verona)

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 Aniello Viscovo (at Fano)
Italy MF Francesco Di Giorno (at Este)
France MF Jeremy Petris (at Bisceglie)
Venezuela MF Aristóteles Romero (at Partizani)
Italy FW Giuseppe Borello (at Cesena)
No. Position Player
Serbia FW Luka Marković (at Torino)
Italy FW Giuseppe Borello (at Cesena)
Sierra Leone FW Augustus Kargbo (at Reggio Audace)
San Marino FW Nicola Nanni (at Monopoli)

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Italy Giovanni Stroppa
Assistant Coach Italy Andrea Guerra
Assistant Coach Italy Giuseppe Brescia
Goalkeeper Coach Italy Antonio Macrì
Fitness Coach Italy Fabio Allevi
Fitness Coach Italy Elmiro Trombino
Physiotherapist Italy Armando Cistaro
Physiotherapist Italy Matteo Errico
Physiotherapist Italy Riccardo Pupo
Chief Doctor Italy Massimo Iera
Club Doctor Italy Massimo Bisceglia



  1. ^ "Società" (in Italian). F.C. Crotone. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Crotone promoted to Serie A for first time in their history". espnfc.com. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Prima squadra" (in Italian). F.C. Crotone. September 2018 [circa]. Retrieved 18 September 2018.

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