F.C. Crotone

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

Crotone
FC Crotone logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Crotone S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Pitagorici (The Pythagoreans)
Gli Squali or Lo Squalo Calabrese (The Sharks or The Shark of Calabria)
Rossoblù (Red and Blue)
Founded1910; 110 years ago (1910)
GroundStadio Ezio Scida
Capacity16,547
ChairmanGianni Vrenna[1]
Head coachGiovanni Stroppa
LeagueSerie A
2019–20Serie B, 2nd of 20 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

The club is based in the ancient Greek settlement of Kroton, one of the first Greek colonies in what is now known as modern day Italy. The club is proud of their Greek origins with their banners and slogans and regularly depicting Greek icons such as soldiers of Sparta.[citation needed]

The first team from Crotone, Società sportiva Crotona, was founded as soon as September 1910, but without adhering to Italian Football Federation, and the following main teams of Crotone, like Milone Crotone, did not participated before 1921-1923 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. Following the 2019-2020 season, the club was promoted to Serie A once more.

Colors and badgeEdit

Team colours are dark blue and white due to their Greek origins and also red.

The teams motto are "Salutate la Magna Grecia" (Salute Greater Greece) and "Noi siamo la Magna Grecia" (We are Greater Greece).

Current squadEdit

As of 6 October 2020.[3]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ITA Alex Cordaz (captain)
3 DF   ITA Giuseppe Cuomo
4 MF   MKD Stefan Velkov
5 DF   SRB Vladimir Golemić
6 DF   ARG Lisandro Magallán (on loan from Ajax)
7 MF   ITA Mattia Mustacchio
8 MF   ITA Luca Cigarini
10 MF   LBY Ahmad Benali
11 FW   ROU Denis Drăguș (on loan from Standard Liège)
13 DF   ITA Sebastiano Luperto (on loan from Napoli)
14 MF   ITA Giovanni Crociata
16 GK   ITA Marco Festa
17 MF   ITA Salvatore Molina
19 MF   CRO Tomislav Gomelt
20 MF   CHI Luis Rojas
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF   ITA Niccolò Zanellato
22 GK   ITA Gian Marco Crespi
23 MF   ITA Antonio Mazzotta
25 FW   NGA Simeon Nwankwo
26 DF   CIV Koffi Djidji (on loan from Torino)
28 FW   ITA Luca Siligardi (on loan from Parma)
30 MF   BRA Junior Messias
32 DF   POR Pedro Pereira (on loan from Benfica)
33 DF   ITA Andrea Rispoli
34 DF   ITA Luca Marrone
44 MF   ITA Jacopo Petriccione
69 DF   POL Arkadiusz Reca (on loan from Atalanta)
77 MF   SRB Miloš Vulić
95 MF   BRA Eduardo (on loan from Sporting)
97 FW   MTQ Emmanuel Rivière

Other players under contractEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   VEN Aristóteles Romero
No. Pos. Nation Player

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   ITA Aniello Viscovo (at Fano)
MF   FRA Jean Lambert Evans (at Catanzaro)
MF   ITA Pasquale Giannotti (at Virtus Francavilla)
MF   FRA Jeremy Petris (at Pro Vercelli)
MF   ITA Francesco Rodio (at Pro Vercelli)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   ITA Giuseppe Borello (at Pro Vercelli)
FW   ITA Giovanni Bruzzaniti (at Pro Vercelli)
FW   SLE Augustus Kargbo (at Reggiana)
FW   SMR Nicola Nanni (at Cesena)
FW   ITA Zak Ruggiero (at Pro Vercelli)

Coaching staffEdit

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

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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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