F.C. Crotone

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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; 113 years ago (1910)
GroundStadio Ezio Scida
ChairmanGianni Vrenna[1]
Head coachFranco Lerda
LeagueSerie C Group C
2021–22Serie B, 19th of 20 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Football Club Crotone S.r.l., commonly referred to as Crotone, is an Italian football club based in Crotone, Calabria. They play in the third division of Italian football, the Serie C. Founded in 20 settembre 1910, it holds its home games at Stadio Ezio Scida, which has a 16,647-seat capacity.


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.[2]

The first team from Crotone, Società sportiva Crotona, was founded on 20 September 1910, but without adhering to Italian Football Federation, and the following main teams of Crotone, like Milone Crotone, did not participate before 1921 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 Serie A, the Italian top flight, for the first time in its history in 2016.[3] In the 2016–17 season, the club finished 17th, securing a place in the next Serie A season. This was despite the Calabrian side only winning two points from the first ten matches, one of the poorest starts the Italian top-flight had seen in years. Crotone remained in the relegation positions for almost the entire season before an impressive revival saw the club achieve a seven-match unbeaten run from matchdays 30 to 36, including five wins in that time, and the season was concluded with a 3-1 victory over Lazio on the last matchday, a result that saw Crotone jump above Empoli to 17th place and thus secured another season in Serie A in what was hailed as a football miracle, led by 13-goal top scorer Diego Falcinelli and coach Davide Nicola. [4]

In the following season, Crotone failed to avoid relegation after losing against Napoli in the last match of the Serie A campaign, returning to Serie B after two seasons.

Following the 2019-20 season, the club was promoted to Serie A once more in second place, only behind Benevento in the table. However, the club's top-flight campaign was less than satisfactory. After spending the majority of the season in the last spot of the table, and losing incredible matches that were an early indicator of the hardship the club would endure, Crotone was mathematically relegated to Serie B after 34 games, following a loss to would-be champions Inter. This relegation came in contrast with several excellent performances from individual players, particularly striker Simy, who scored 20 league goals during the season, a record for a relegated team.[5] Nevertheless, the 92 goals Crotone conceded was one more than Casale conceded in 1933-34, setting a new Serie A record for goals against in a single season.[6]

To reduce wage bills following relegation to Serie B, the club loaned out attacking midfielder Junior Messias to AC Milan with an option for the latter to buy, and striker Simy to Salernitana (sold to the latter in January 2022). The team's attacking power weakened. Crotone finished 19th in the league and suffered a second successive relegation to 2022-23 Serie C.

Colors and badge[edit]

Team colours are dark blue and white due to their Greek origins and also red. The club's kits are traditionally dark blue and red stripes.

The team's mottos are "Salutate la Magna Grecia" (Salute Greater Greece) and "Noi siamo la Magna Grecia" (We are Greater Greece).


Current squad[edit]

As of 19 January 2023[7]

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 Andrea Dini
2 DF France FRA Maxime Giron
3 DF Italy ITA Giuseppe Cuomo
5 DF Serbia SRB Vladimir Golemić
6 DF Italy ITA Davide Bove
7 FW Italy ITA Eugenio D'Ursi
9 FW Italy ITA Guido Gómez
10 MF Italy ITA Jacopo Petriccione
11 FW Italy ITA Iacopo Cernigoi
12 GK Italy ITA Francesco Gattuso
13 MF Italy ITA Mattia Vitale
14 DF Romania ROU Vasile Mogoș
15 DF Italy ITA Federico Papini
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF Italy ITA Alessio Tribuzzi
20 MF Chile CHI Luis Rojas
21 MF Italy ITA Marco Carraro (on loan from Atalanta)
22 GK Italy ITA Paolo Branduani
23 DF Italy ITA Carlo Crialese (on loan from Pro Vercelli)
24 FW Sierra Leone SLE Augustus Kargbo
26 DF Italy ITA Luca Calapai
27 MF Italy ITA Andrea D'Errico (on loan from Bari)
32 FW Italy ITA Cosimo Chiricò
36 DF Italy ITA Riccardo Spaltro
77 FW Italy ITA Orazio Pannitteri
86 MF Nigeria NGA Theophilus Awua (on loan from Pro Vercelli)
DF France FRA Guillaume Gigliotti

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 Italy ITA Thomas Schirò

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. Pos. Nation Player
GK Italy ITA Francesco D'Alterio (at Sangiuliano until 30 June 2023)
GK Italy ITA Gian Marco Crespi (at Juventus Next Gen until 30 June 2023)
DF Italy ITA Giovanni D'Aprile (at Roma U19 until 30 June 2023)
DF Italy ITA Davide Mondonico (at Ancona until 30 June 2023)
DF Italy ITA Manuel Nicoletti (at Reggiana until 30 June 2023)
DF Italy ITA Cosimo Spezzano (at Ravenna until 30 June 2023)
DF Lithuania LTU Artemijus Tutyškinas (at ŁKS Łódź until 30 June 2023)
MF Italy ITA Pasquale Giannotti (at Monopoli until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Italy ITA Marco Spina (at Gubbio until 30 June 2023)
MF Italy ITA Mattia Timmoneri (at Paternò until 30 June 2023)
FW Italy ITA Gabriele Bernardotto (at Carrarese until 30 June 2023)
FW Italy ITA Giovanni Bruzzaniti (at Lucchese until 30 June 2023)
FW Italy ITA Luca Gozzo (at Frosinone U19 until 30 June 2023)
FW Italy ITA Giuseppe Panico (at Lucchese until 30 June 2023)
FW Italy ITA Marco Tumminello (at Gelbison until 30 June 2023)

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Italy Franco Lerda
Assistant Coach Italy Massimiliano Nardecchia
Assistant Coach Italy Giuseppe Brescia
Goalkeeper Coach Italy Antonio Macrì
Fitness Coach Italy Fabio Allevi
Fitness Coach Italy Elmiro Trombino
Physiotherapist Italy Armando Cistaro
Physiotherapist Italy Matteo Errico
Physiotherapist Italy Riccardo Pupo
Chief Doctor Italy Massimo Iera
Club Doctor Italy Massimo Bisceglia



  1. ^ "Società" (in Italian). F.C. Crotone. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Italian Football Team FC Crotone is Uniquely Proud of Its Greek Origins". 17 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Crotone promoted to Serie A for first time in their history". espnfc.com. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Crotone's great escape". The Football Times. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  5. ^ "2020-21 Serie 1 top scorers". sportskeeda.com.
  6. ^ "Crotone 2020-21 Season Review". Football Italia. 27 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Crotone squad". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 September 2022.

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