F.C. Crotone

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Full name Football Club Crotone SRL
Nickname(s) Pitagorici (Pythagoreans)
Squali (Sharks)
Rossoblu (Red-Blue)
Founded 1910; 106 years ago (1910)
Ground Ezio Scida,
Crotone, Italy
Ground Capacity 9,547
Chairman Italy Raffaele Vrenna
Manager Italy Davide Nicola
League Serie A
2015–16 Serie B, 2nd (promoted)
Website Club home page
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 9,547-seat capacity. For their first time in club history, during the 2016–17 season, the club will play in Serie A.


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, remanining 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 top flight Serie A, for the 2016–17 season for the first time in its history.[1]

Colors and badge[edit]

Team colours are dark blue and red.

Current squad[edit]

As of 12 July 2016.[2]

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
2 Romania FW Adrian Stoian
3 Brazil DF Claiton
5 Italy DF Michele Cremonesi
9 Italy FW Nunzio Di Roberto
10 Italy FW Pietro De Giorgio
11 Italy FW Giuseppe Torromino
12 Italy GK Luca Maniero
13 Italy DF Gian Marco Ferrari
14 Italy FW Raffaele Palladino
15 Italy MF Davide Leto
16 Italy DF Manuel Nicoletti
18 Italy MF Andrea Barberis
No. Position Player
20 Italy MF Aniello Salzano
21 Italy MF Iacopo Galli
22 Italy GK Marco Festa
24 Italy DF Bruno Martella
27 Italy DF Giuseppe Zampano
28 Italy MF Leonardo Capezzi
29 Italy MF Nicolò Fazzi
-- Italy DF Federico Ceccherini
-- Italy DF Mario Sampirisi
-- Nigeria FW Simy
-- Italy MF Andrea Nalini
-- Italy MF Andrea Mazzarani
-- Bulgaria MF Aleksandar Tonev

Primavera squad[edit]

As of 19 July 2016.[3]

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

No. Position Player
-- Poland GK Michal Lewandowski
-- Italy GK Umberto Pettinato
-- Lithuania GK Nerjus Tabokas
30 Italy GK Aniello Viscovo

-- Italy DF Francesco Amaranto
-- Italy DF Giuseppe Cuomo
-- Italy DF Giuseppe Faiello
-- Italy DF Adolfo Federico
-- Italy DF Nicola Lombardo

-- Senegal DF Ibrahime Mbaye
-- Italy DF Giuseppe Potrone
-- Italy DF Cristian Riggio
-- Italy DF Salvatore Serleti
-- Italy MF Mario Aggiorno
No. Position Player
-- Italy MF Felice Cimino
-- Italy MF Jacopo Drago
-- MF Robinson Brito
-- Italy MF Antonio Zaccaria

-- Italy FW Pietro Bartolotti
-- Italy FW Antonio Colacchio
-- Lithuania FW Edgaras Dubickas
-- Italy FW Mario Fiorentino
-- Italy FW Gianfranco Galli

-- Lithuania FW Donatas Konikas
-- Italy FW Alessandro Godano
-- Italy FW Daniele Pupa
-- Italy FW Andrea Tripicchio
-- Italy FW Nicodemo Spagnolo



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