F.C. Crotone

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F.C. Crotone
FC Crotone Logo.png
Full name Football Club Crotone
Nickname(s) I Pitagorici (The Pythagoreans)
Gli Squali (The Sharks)
I Rossoblu (The Red and Blues)
Founded 1910; 108 years ago (1910)
Ground Ezio Scida
Ground Capacity 16,547
Chairman Gianni Vrenna[1]
Manager Walter Zenga
League Serie A
2016–17 Serie A, 17th
Website Club website
Current season

Football Club 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 plays in Serie A after being promoted from Serie B in 2016.


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.

Colors and badge[edit]

Team colours are dark blue and red.

Current squad[edit]

As of 19 January 2018.[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)
3 Italy GK Marco Festa
5 Romania MF Adrian Stoian
6 Sweden MF Marcus Rohdén
7 Italy DF Federico Ceccherini
8 Venezuela MF Aristóteles Romero
9 Italy FW Andrea Nalini
10 Italy MF Andrea Barberis
11 Italy FW Federico Ricci (on loan from Sassuolo)
13 Argentina MF Mariano Izco
14 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Ćazim Suljić
17 Croatia FW Ante Budimir (on loan from Sampdoria)
20 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Daniel Pavlović
23 Italy DF Marco Capuano (on loan from Cagliari)
No. Position Player
24 Bulgaria MF Aleksandar Tonev
28 Italy FW Giuseppe Borello
29 Italy FW Marcello Trotta (on loan from Sassuolo)
31 Italy DF Mario Sampirisi
32 Italy FW Marco Tumminello (on loan from Roma)
34 Czech Republic DF Stefan Simić (on loan from Milan)
37 Italy DF Davide Faraoni
38 Italy MF Rolando Mandragora (on loan from Juventus)
78 Italy GK Aniello Viscovo
87 Italy MF Bruno Martella
89 Italy MF Giovanni Crociata
92 Libya MF Ahmad Benali (on loan from Pescara)
93 Albania DF Arlind Ajeti (on loan from Torino)
99 Nigeria FW Simy Nwankwo

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 DF Luca Bruno (at Pro Vercelli until 30 June 2018)
Italy DF Mirko Esposito (at Catania until 30 June 2018)
Italy DF Manuel Nicoletti (at Catanzaro until 30 June 2018)
Italy DF Giuseppe Cuomo (at Rende until 30 June 2018)
Uruguay DF Leandro Cabrera (at Getafe until 30 June 2018)
No. Position Player
Germany MF Oliver Kragl (at Foggia until 30 June 2018)
Slovenia MF Andrej Kotnik (at Formentera until 30 June 2018)
Italy MF Marco Firenze (at Pro Vercelli until 30 June 2018)
Italy FW Andrea Tripicchio (at Casertana until 30 June 2018)

Primavera squad[edit]

As of 5 January 2017.[4]

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 Matias Macci
Italy GK Umberto Pettinato
Lithuania GK Nerijus Tabokas

Italy DF Francesco Amaranto
Italy DF Marco Capone
Italy DF Michele Carrozza
Italy DF Giuseppe Cuomo
Italy DF Adolfo Federico
Italy DF Augusto Nebbioso
Senegal DF Ibrahime Mbaye

Italy MF Mario Aggiorno
Italy MF Francesco Araldo
Italy MF Felice Cimino
No. Position Player
Italy MF Armando Cistaro
Italy MF Matteo Gennari
Italy MF Pasquale Giannotti
Italy MF Daniele Pupa
Italy MF Francesco Villa

Italy FW Pietro Bartolotti
Italy FW Giuseppe Borello
Italy FW Marco Calderaro
Italy FW Antonio Colacchio
Italy FW Mario Fiorentino
Italy FW Gianfranco Galli
Italy FW Giuseppe Gerace
Italy FW Francesco Pellizzi



  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. ^ La rosa del F.C. Crotone Prima squadra
  4. ^ La rosa del F.C. Crotone Primavera

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