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; 112 years ago (1910)
GroundStadio Ezio Scida
ChairmanGianni Vrenna[1]
Head coachFrancesco Modesto
LeagueSerie B
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 1910, it holds its home games at Stadio Ezio Scida, which has a 16,547-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 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 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 29 March 2022[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 Marco Festa
2 DF Italy ITA Laurens Serpe (on loan from Genoa)
3 DF Italy ITA Giuseppe Cuomo
5 DF Serbia SRB Vladimir Golemić
6 DF Italy ITA Davide Mondonico
7 MF Serbia SRB Miloš Vulić
8 MF Argentina ARG Nahuel Estévez (on loan from Estudiantes)
9 FW Italy ITA Samuele Mulattieri (on loan from Inter)
10 MF Ivory Coast CIV Ben Lhassine Kone (on loan from Torino)
11 FW Netherlands NED Bobby Adekanye (on loan from Lazio)
14 DF Italy ITA Luca Calapai
16 DF Austria AUT David Schnegg (on loan from Venezia)
17 MF Italy ITA Manuel Marras (on loan from Bari)
19 DF Italy ITA Simone Canestrelli (on loan from Empoli)
21 DF Italy ITA Manuel Nicoletti
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 GK Italy ITA Gianluca Saro
23 MF Italy ITA Pasquale Giannotti
24 FW Sierra Leone SLE Augustus Kargbo
26 DF Lithuania LTU Artemijus Tutyškinas
27 DF Romania ROU Ionuț Nedelcearu
28 FW Italy ITA Giuseppe Borello
29 DF Italy ITA Marco Sala (on loan from Sassuolo)
32 MF Romania ROU Vasile Mogoș
44 MF Italy ITA Thomas Schirò
70 GK Italy ITA Paolo Tornaghi
74 FW Italy ITA Gianmarco Cangiano (on loan from Bologna)
77 FW Turkey TUR Emre Güral
86 MF Nigeria NGA Theophilus Awua (on loan from Pro Vercelli)
99 FW Croatia CRO Mirko Marić (on loan from Monza)

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 Gian Marco Crespi (at Pistoiese until 30 June 2022)
GK Italy ITA Francesco D'Alterio (at Acireale until 30 June 2022)
DF Ukraine UKR Sergio Yakubiv (at Lucchese until 30 June 2022)
MF Libya LBY Ahmad Benali (at Pisa until 30 June 2022)
MF Brazil BRA Junior Messias (at Milan until 30 June 2022)
MF Italy ITA Jacopo Petriccione (at Benevento until 30 June 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Chile CHI Luis Rojas (at Bologna until 30 June 2022)
MF Italy ITA Marco Spina (at Vibonese until 30 June 2022)
FW Italy ITA Giovanni Bruzzaniti (at Pro Vercelli until 30 June 2022)
FW San Marino SMR Nicola Nanni (at Lucchese until 30 June 2022)
FW England ENG Zak Ruggiero (at Lucchese until 30 June 2022)
FW Nigeria NGA Simy (at Salernitana until 30 June 2022)

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Italy Francesco Modesto
Assistant Coach Italy Franco Florio
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. ^ "Prima squadra" (in Italian). F.C. Crotone. September 2018 [circa]. Retrieved 18 September 2018.

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