U.S. Cremonese

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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
CoachDavide Ballardini
LeagueSerie A
2021–22Serie B, 2nd of 20 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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

History[edit]

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]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 29 January 2023[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
3 DF Italy ITA Emanuele Valeri
4 DF Austria AUT Emanuel Aiwu
5 MF Mexico MEX Johan Vásquez (on loan from Genoa)
6 MF Switzerland SUI Charles Pickel
9 FW Italy ITA Daniel Ciofani
10 FW Italy ITA Cristian Buonaiuto
12 GK Italy ITA Marco Carnesecchi (on loan from Atalanta)
13 GK Italy ITA Gianluca Saro
15 DF Italy ITA Matteo Bianchetti (captain)
17 DF Italy ITA Leonardo Sernicola
18 DF Italy ITA Paolo Ghiglione
19 MF Italy ITA Michele Castagnetti
20 FW Ghana GHA Felix Afena-Gyan
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 DF Romania ROU Vlad Chiricheș (vice-captain)
22 GK Poland POL Dorian Ciężkowski
23 MF Italy ITA Christian Acella
24 DF Italy ITA Alex Ferrari (on loan from Sampdoria)
26 MF Italy ITA Marco Benassi (on loan from Fiorentina)
28 MF France FRA Soualiho Meïté (on loan from Benfica)
33 DF Italy ITA Giacomo Quagliata
44 DF Georgia (country) GEO Luka Lochoshvili
45 GK Senegal SEN Mouhamadou Sarr
62 MF Italy ITA Tommaso Milanese
74 FW Italy ITA Frank Tsadjout
77 FW Nigeria NGA David Okereke
90 FW Nigeria NGA Cyriel Dessers

Out on loan[edit]

As of 15 January 2023.

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

Former players[edit]

Some of the famous players who played for Cremonese include:

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Italy Davide Ballardini
Assistant Coach Italy Carlo Regno
Fitness Coach Italy Francesco Bertini
Goalkeeper Coach Italy Andrea Sardini
Technical Coach Italy Roberto Beni
Technical Coach Italy Nicola Tarroni
Rehab Coach Italy Cristian Freghieri
Match Analyst Italy Vittorio Vona
Head of medical staff Italy Dott. Diego Giuliani
Club Doctor Italy Dott. Alberto Gheza
Physiotherapist Italy Carlo Bentivoglio
Italy Augusto Bagnoli
Italy Lorenzo Franchi
Italy Davide Mazzoleni
Italy Gian Paolo Fagni
Team Manager Italy Federico Dall’Asta
Sporting Director Italy Simone Giacchetta
Secretary Italy Francesca Cremaschi

Honours[edit]

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 movements[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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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