F.C. Crotone

FC Crotone
Full name Football Club Crotone
Nickname(s) Pitagorici (Pythagoreans)
Squali (Sharks)
Rossoblu (Red-Blue)
Founded 1910 (1910)
Ground Ezio Scida
Ground Capacity 16,547
Chairman Raffaele Vrenna
Manager Davide Nicola
League Serie A
2015–16 Serie B, 2nd (promoted)
Website Club home page

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. From the 2016–17 season, the club will play its first season 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 the Italian top flight (Serie A), for the 2016–17 season for the first time in its history.[1]

Colors and badge

Team colours are dark blue and red.

Current squad

As of 06 September, 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
3 Brazil DF Claiton
5 Italy GK Marco Festa
6 Sweden MF Marcus Rohdén
7 Italy FW Raffaele Palladino
8 Italy MF Lorenzo Crisetig (on loan from Bologna)
9 Italy FW Andrea Nalini
10 Italy FW Pietro De Giorgio
11 Italy FW Diego Falcinelli (on loan from Sassuolo)
12 Romania MF Adrian Stoian
13 Italy DF Gianmarco Ferrari (on loan from Sassuolo)
14 France MF Eddy Gnahoré (on loan from Napoli)
15 Algeria DF Djamel Mesbah
17 Italy DF Federico Ceccherini
18 Italy MF Andrea Barberis
No. Position Player
20 Italy MF Aniello Salzano
21 Italy DF Giuseppe Cuomo
22 Italy MF Aleandro Rosi (on loan from Genoa)
23 Belgium DF Noë Dussenne
24 Bulgaria MF Aleksandar Tonev
28 Italy MF Leonardo Capezzi
29 Italy FW Marcello Trotta (on loan from Sassuolo)
31 Italy DF Mario Sampirisi
33 Italy GK Aniello Viscovo
77 Italy MF Nicolò Fazzi
87 Italy MF Bruno Martella
95 Romania GK Valentin Cojocaru (on loan from Steaua București)
98 Italy DF Manuel Nicoletti
99 Nigeria FW Simy

Primavera squad

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 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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