U.S. Cremonese

Unione Sportiva Cremonese, commonly referred to as Cremonese, is an Italian football club based in Cremona, Lombardy, which plays in the Serie A.

Cremonese
US Cremonese logo.svg
Full nameUnione Sportiva Cremonese S.p.A.
Nickname(s)La Cremo
I Grigiorossi (The Gray and Reds)
Le Tigri (The Tigers)
I Violini (The Violins)
Founded24 March 1903; 119 years ago (1903-03-24)
GroundStadio Giovanni Zini
Capacity20,641
OwnerGiovanni Arvedi
PresidentPaolo Rossi
CoachMassimiliano Alvini
LeagueSerie A
2021–22Serie B, 2nd of 20 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

 
The performance of Cremonese in the Italian football league structure since the first season of a unified Serie A (1929–30).

Cremonese was in the Serie A in its first season, 1929–30, but entered a long period of decline, languishing in the lower leagues before the late 1970s. By 1984, they had achieved promotion to Serie A, with one-year spells in 1984–85, 1989–90 and 1991–92.

Cremonese had a successful run in the 1992–93 Anglo-Italian Cup, beating Bari 4–1 in the semi-final, and Derby County 3–1 in the final at the old Wembley Stadium, Cremonese's scorers were Corrado Verdelli, Riccardo Maspero and Andrea Tentoni, with Derby's goal scored by Marco Gabbiadini.[1]

Under Luigi Simoni, Cremonese returned to Serie A in the 1993–94 season. With a side containing quality in the form of defenders Luigi Gualco and Corrado Verdelli, midfield playmaker Riccardo Maspero and forwards Andrea Tentoni and Matjaž Florijančič, Cremonese held their own in Serie A with a 10th-place finish in 1993–94, but would be relegated in the 1995–96 season.

Relegation resulted in the decline of the club, plummeting to Serie C2 by 2000, before achieving successive promotions back to Serie B by 2005. Giovanni Dall'Igna, another defender from the Serie A years, has since returned to the club. However, Cremonese were relegated to Serie C1 in the 2005–06 season. Cremonese have tried to return to Serie B since: they had a good attempt in the 2009–10 season, when they were beaten by Varese in the promotion play-off final (2–1 on aggregate). Eventually they succeeded in 2017. In the 2021–22 Serie B, Cremonese finished second to earn promotion to the 2022–23 Serie A.[2] Despite achieving promotion, coach Fabio Pecchia resigned from his post.[3]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 2 September 2022[4]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   SCO Jack Hendry (on loan from Club Brugge)
3 DF   ITA Emanuele Valeri
4 DF   AUT Emanuel Aiwu
5 MF   MEX Johan Vásquez (on loan from Genoa)
6 MF   SUI Charles Pickel
7 FW   URU Jaime Báez
8 MF   ARG Santiago Ascacíbar (on loan from Hertha)
9 FW   ITA Daniel Ciofani
10 FW   ITA Cristian Buonaiuto
12 GK   ITA Marco Carnesecchi (on loan from Atalanta)
13 GK   ITA Gianluca Saro
15 DF   ITA Matteo Bianchetti (captain)
17 DF   ITA Leonardo Sernicola
18 DF   ITA Paolo Ghiglione
19 MF   ITA Michele Castagnetti
20 FW   GHA Felix Afena-Gyan
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 DF   ROU Vlad Chiricheș (vice-captain)
22 GK   POL Dorian Ciężkowski
23 MF   ITA Christian Acella
28 MF   FRA Soualiho Meïté (on loan from Benfica)
32 MF   ARG Gonzalo Escalante (on loan from Lazio)
33 DF   ITA Giacomo Quagliata
44 DF   GEO Luka Lochoshvili
45 GK   SEN Mouhamadou Sarr
60 DF   SEN Maissa Ndiaye
62 MF   ITA Tommaso Milanese
74 FW   ITA Frank Tsadjout
77 FW   NGA David Okereke
90 FW   NGA Cyriel Dessers
97 GK   ROU Ionuț Radu (on loan from Inter Milan)
98 MF   ITA Luca Zanimacchia (on loan from Juventus)

Out on loanEdit

As of 2 September 2022.

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   FRA Daniel Frey (at Carrarese until 30 June 2023)
MF   ROU Dennis Politic (at Port Vale until 30 June 2023)
DF   ITA Luca Ravanelli (at Frosinone until 30 June 2023)
MF   ITA Francesco Cerretelli (at Carrarese until 30 June 2023)
MF   ITA Matteo Ghisolfi (at Giugliano until 30 June 2023)
MF   ITA Stefano Girelli (at Lecco until 30 June 2023)
MF   ITA Filippo Nardi (at Reggiana until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ITA Luca Valzania (at SPAL until 30 June 2023)
MF   ITA Fausto Perseu (at Alessandria until 30 June 2023)
MF   ITA Joshua Tenkorang (at Virtus Entella until 30 June 2023)
FW   CIV Cedric Gondo (at Ascoli until 30 June 2023)
FW   ITA Luca Strizzolo (at Perugia until 30 June 2023)
FW   ITA Marco Zunno (at Piacenza until 30 June 2023)

Former playersEdit

Some of the famous players who played for Cremonese include:

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Massimiliano Alvini
Assistant Coach   Renato Montagnolo
Fitness Coach   Paolo Artico
  Stefano Taparelli
Goalkeeper Coach   Massimo Gazzoli
Technical Coach   Francesco Bonacci
Rehab Coach   Cristian Freghieri
Match Analyst   Vittorio Vona
Head of medical staff   Dott. Diego Giuliani
Club Doctor   Dott. Alberto Gheza
Physiotherapist   Carlo Bentivoglio
  Augusto Bagnoli
  Lorenzo Franchi
  Davide Mazzoleni
  Gian Paolo Fagni
Team Manager   Federico Dall’Asta
Sporting Director   Simone Giacchetta
Secretary   Francesca Cremaschi

HonoursEdit

U.S. Cremonese honours
Type Competition Titles Seasons/Years
Domestic Serie C 3 1935–36 (Girone B), 1941–42 (Girone B), 1976–77 (Girone A)
Serie C1 1 2004–05 (Girone A)
Serie D 1953–54 (Girone C), 1970-71 (Girone B)
Prima Categoria 1967–68 (Girone B)
Worldwide Anglo-Italian Cup 1992–93

Divisional movementsEdit

Series Years Last Promotions Relegations
A 8 2022–23 -   5 (1930, 1985, 1990, 1992, 1996)
B 31 2021–22   5 (1984, 1989, 1991, 1993, 2022)   7 (1935, 1938, 1951, 1978, 1997, 1999, 2006)
C
C2
43
4
2016–17   7 (1936, 1942, 1977, 1981, 1998, 2005, 2017)
  1 (2004 C2)
  1 (1999 C1)
  3 (1952, 1967, 1969)
86 out of 91 years of professional football in Italy since 1929
D 5 1970–71   3 (1954, 1968, 1971) Never

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Anglo-Italian Cup 1992/93". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 29 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Lecce And Cremonese Reach Serie A Promotion In Dramatic Season Finale". Forbes. 7 May 2022.
  3. ^ "La Serie A non basta, Pecchia lascia la Cremonese: "Ho ascoltato me stesso"" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 21 May 2022. Retrieved 23 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Prima Squadra". US Cremonese. Retrieved 24 April 2022.

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