Como 1907

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Como
Logo Como 1907 2019.png
Full nameComo 1907 S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Lariani
Founded1907
2005 (refounded)
2017 (refounded)
GroundStadio Giuseppe Sinigaglia
Capacity13,602
OwnerDjarum Group
PresidentDennis Wise
Head coachMoreno Longo
LeagueSerie B
2021–22Serie B, 13th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Como 1907, commonly referred to as Como, is an Italian football club based in Como, Lombardy, Italy. The club currently plays in Serie B, the second tier of Italian football, following promotion from the 2020–21 Serie C season. The club was founded in 1907 and the team's colour is royal blue.[1]

Como were in Serie A in 2002–03; this was followed by three consecutive relegations culminating in demotion to Serie C2 at the end of the 2004–05 following a playoff (2–1 on aggregate) with Novara Calcio. Financially overstretched they were declared bankrupt and excluded from participation in Italian professional football. They were immediately admitted to Serie D, the top level of non-professional football in Italy, where they spent three seasons before earning promotion back to Serie C2 in the 2007–08 season.[2] After a further bankruptcy in 2016, a new company re-founded the club in 2017 and was admitted to Serie D for the 2017–18 season.[3]

History[edit]

Como were first promoted to Serie A in 1949 and enjoyed a respectable four-year stay before relegation, the next 20 years were spent moving between Serie B and C but more often the former. A revival in the 1970s saw the club emerge as contenders for promotion to Serie A, this was achieved in 1975, but despite the best efforts of players such as Alessandro Scanziani they would last only a season. They would slump to C1 by 1978, but with a rebuilt team containing stars like Pietro Vierchowod would achieve successive promotions and a two-year stay in Serie A (1980–82).

Como managed another promotion to the top flight in 1984, with a five-year stint in Serie A proving the club's most successful period of recent times. The strikeforce of Dan Corneliusson and Stefano Borgonovo oversaw a 9th-place finish in 1986, which was repeated the following year with far fewer goals scored. The club's defence, led by hard man Pasquale Bruno, proved more than up to the task however. Relegation in 1989 precipitated a rapid decline, with Como spending most of the 1990s in Serie C1 with the exception of 1994–95. Former Chelsea and Tottenham goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini spent a year on loan at Como.

Bankruptcy and brief promotion to Serie B[edit]

The 21st century saw Como experience a brief revival. Promotion to Serie B in 2001 was marred by an appallingly violent incident in a game against Modena, resulting in captain Massimiliano Ferrigno being handed a three-year ban. They nonetheless managed promotion to Serie A in the 2002–03 season. However, the return to Serie A proved a major disappointment with the side in the bottom two all season, and a ban on games at the Sinigaglia after crowd violence. Successive relegations have caused financial difficulties; in December 2004 the club was declared bankrupted.[4] No investor was successful to take over the club (as the bid from Preziosi was denied[5]) thus the company "Calcio Como S.p.A." was liquidated. Thanks to FIGC regulation, a new entity Calcio Como S.r.l.[6] was allowed to admit into 2005–06 Serie D. The liquidator also found former chairman Enrico Preziosi had transferred some assets such as the contracts of the players to his new club Genoa, causing the financial failure of Como. They returned to the rebranded Serie C2, Lega Pro Seconda Divisione in 2008, after having won the Girone B of Serie D.[2] Como finally returned to Serie C1 (Lega Pro Prima Divisione) after promotion play-offs after defeating Rodengo Saiano with 1–1 aggregate and Alessandria with 4–1 aggregate. In 2015, Como finished fourth in the third-tier, now called Lega Pro. They qualified for the promotion play-offs and earned promotion to Serie B after beating Bassano Virtus in the two-legged final 2–0 on aggregate. They were relegated back down to Lega Pro the following season.

F.C. Como / Como 1907[edit]

New economic problems arose in the 2016–17 season, forcing the club to be declared out of business and put on auction. At the fourth auction, the assets of the club were acquired by Akosua Puni Essien, wife of the Ghanaian footballer Michael Essien and first foreign businesswoman in Italian football (via her company F.C. Como S.r.l.).[7]

However, Italian Football Federation (FIGC) rejected the application of F.C. Como as Como's successor in 2017–18 Serie C,[8] as the club did not fulfill all the criteria in the Article 52 of N.O.I.F.[9] At the start of season, another company Como 1907 S.r.l.[3] was admitted to 2017–18 Serie D instead, excising another sub-clause of the Article 52.[10][11]

After winning the Round B of Serie D, Como returned to professional football in 2019.

Since 2019, the club has been owned by Indonesian company Djarum Group led by Michael Hartono and Robert Budi Hartono and sponsored by Djarum subsidiary Mola since 2021. A former Chelsea and Millwall player Dennis Wise has been appointed as president.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 27 September 2022[12]

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 Italy ITA Simone Ghidotti
2 DF England ENG Luis Binks (on loan from Bologna)
3 DF Italy ITA Andrea Cagnano
4 MF Spain ESP Cesc Fàbregas
5 MF Italy ITA Jacopo Da Riva (on loan from Atalanta)
6 MF Italy ITA Alessio Iovine
7 MF Belgium BEL Moutir Chajia
8 MF Italy ITA Paolo Faragò
9 FW Italy ITA Alessandro Gabrielloni
10 MF Italy ITA Daniele Baselli
11 FW Italy ITA Vittorio Parigini (on loan from Genoa)
12 GK Italy ITA Pierre Bolchini
14 MF Italy ITA Alessandro Bellemo
16 DF Italy ITA Matteo Solini
19 MF Spain ESP Álex Blanco
20 FW Republic of Ireland IRL Liam Kerrigan
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF Italy ITA Tommaso Arrigoni
22 GK Italy ITA Luca Zanotti
23 DF Italy ITA Filippo Scaglia
24 MF Italy ITA Enrico Celeghin
25 MF Senegal SEN Racine Ba
26 DF Netherlands NED Cas Odenthal
27 FW Italy ITA Alberto Cerri (on loan from Cagliari)
28 DF Italy ITA Luca Vignali
30 DF Italy ITA Elia Di Giuliomaria
33 DF Italy ITA Filippo Delli Carri
44 DF Cyprus CYP Nicholas Ioannou
63 FW Italy ITA Patrick Cutrone
70 FW Italy ITA Giuseppe Ambrosino (on loan from Napoli)
77 FW Italy ITA Leonardo Mancuso (on loan from Monza)
99 GK Italy ITA Mauro Vigorito (on loan from Cosenza)

Other players under contract[edit]

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 Morocco MAR Ismail H'Maidat
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Italy ITA Massimiliano Gatto

Out on loan[edit]

As of 25 August 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 Italy ITA Paolo Chierichetti (on loan to Alcione until 30 June 2023)

Notable former players[edit]

Internationals[edit]

The following is a list of Como players that were internationals whilst playing for the team:[13]

Trofeo Borgonovo[edit]

Since 2012-13 season, an yearly trophy ìs held, at the end of every season, in order to reward Calcio Como best player or employee. The trophy is named after Stefano Borgonovo (former player of the team) and the award is organized and held by both supporters and citizenship. This trophy can be compared to a kind of society hall of fame.

Up to 2021-22 season, following were awarded:[14]

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[edit]

Divisional movements[edit]

Series Years First Last Best result Promotions Relegations
A 13 1949–50 2002–03 6th (1950) Decrease 5 (1953, 1976, 1982, 1989, 2003)
B 35 1931–32 2021–22 Winner (1949, 1980, 2002) Increase 5 (1949, 1975, 1980, 1984, 2002) Decrease 7 (1935, 1963, 1978, 1990, 1995, 2004, 2016)
C
+C2
34
+1
1929–30 2020–21 Winner (1931, 1968, 1979, 2021)
3rd (2009 C2)
Increase 8 (1931, 1946, 1968, 1979, 1994, 2001, 2015, 2021)
Increase 1 (2009 C2)
Decrease 3 (1936, 2005✟, 2017✟)
83 out of 90 years of professional football in Italy since 1929
D
+R
5
+2
1936–37 2018–19 Winner (2008, 2019) Increase 3 (1938, 2008, 2019) never

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (2 October 2020). "Elenco delle società C.R. Lombardia" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 June 2021. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Cosenza e Como, promozione in C2" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport. 27 April 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2008.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Stagione Sportiva 2017/2018 Comunicato Ufficiale N°14 del 14/8/2017" [Sporting season 2017/2018 Official Statement N°14 of 14/8/2017] (PDF) (in Italian). Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio Lega Nazionale Dilettanti. Archived (PDF) from the original on 25 August 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Ecco come salverò il Como". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 29 December 2004. Archived from the original on 12 August 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  5. ^ "(Questioni relative al fallimento della società di calcio Como – n. 2-01566)". Camera dei deputati (in Italian). 30 June 2005. Archived from the original on 1 September 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Como" (in Italian). Lega Pro. Archived from the original on 29 July 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2010.
  7. ^ "Il Como è di Lady Essien "Vi porteremo in serie B"". Archived from the original on 25 April 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  8. ^ "LEGA PRO: L'ESITO DEL CONSIGLIO DIRETTIVO" (Press release) (in Italian). Lega Pro. 3 July 2017. Archived from the original on 30 July 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Comunicato Ufficiale N°191/A (2016–17)" [Press Release N°191/A (2016–17)] (PDF) (Press release) (in Italian). FIGC. 30 June 2017. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 July 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Como 1907 ammesso in sovrannumero alla serie D intanto arriva il nuovo sponsor tecnico" (in Italian). Espansione TV. 2 August 2017. Archived from the original on 5 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Serie D 2017/2018: I gironi" (Press release) (in Italian). Serie D. 11 August 2017. Archived from the original on 23 June 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Home Page". Archived from the original on 9 October 2017. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Como 1907, Como, football club". Archived from the original on 10 November 2021. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  14. ^ "Trofeo Borgonovo: La 10ª edizione è di Facchin". 13 May 2022. Archived from the original on 27 September 2022. Retrieved 19 June 2022.

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