F.C. Crotone

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Full name Football Club Crotone SRL
Nickname(s) Pitagorici (Pythagoreans)
Squali (Sharks)
Rossoblu (Red-Blue)
Founded 1923; 93 years ago (1923)
Ground Ezio Scida,
Crotone, Italy
Ground Capacity 9,631
Chairman Italy Raffaele Vrenna
Manager Croatia Ivan Jurić
League Serie B
2014–15 Serie B, 16th
Website Club home page
Current season

Football Club Crotone is an Italian football club based in Crotone, Calabria. Founded in 1923, it currently plays in Serie B, holding home games at Stadio Ezio Scida, which has a 9,631-seat capacity.


The first team from Crotone, Milone Crotone, was founded in 1923 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 (he was often suspected of collaboration with local mafia), 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.

Colors and badge[edit]

Team colours are dark blue and red.

Current squad[edit]

As of 25 January, 2016.[1]

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
4 Italy MF Antonio Galardo (Captain)
5 Italy DF Michele Cremonesi
6 Ivory Coast DF Yao (on loan from Inter Milan)
7 Italy FW Federico Ricci (on loan from Roma)
8 Romania DF Mihai Bălașa (on loan from Roma)
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 Gianmarco Ferrari
14 Italy FW Raffaele Palladino
15 Italy MF Davide Leto
16 Italy DF Manuel Nicoletti
No. Position Player
17 Croatia FW Ante Budimir (on loan from St. Pauli)
18 Italy MF Andrea Barberis
19 Italy MF Matteo Paro
20 Italy MF Aniello Salzano
21 Italy MF Iacopo Galli
22 Italy GK Marco Festa
23 Italy DF Francesco Modesto
24 Italy DF Bruno Martella
25 Italy MF Alessio Sabbione (on loan from Carpi)
26 Italy FW Andrea Tripicchio
27 Italy DF Giuseppe Zampano
28 Italy MF Leonardo Capezzi (on loan from Fiorentina)
29 Italy MF Nicolò Fazzi (on loan from Fiorentina)
30 Italy DF Luca Bruno
32 Uruguay FW Juan Ignacio
34 Spain DF Pol García (on loan from Juventus)

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
2 France DF Ravy Dozi (at Paganese)
17 Italy DF Mirko Esposito (at Paganese)
No. Position Player
21 Italy FW Davide Voltan (at Bassano Virtus)
Croatia MF Tomislav Šarić (at Osijek)



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