U.S. Cremonese

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Cremonese
US Cremonese logo.svg
Full nameUnione Sportiva Cremonese S.p.A.
Nickname(s)I Grigiorossi (The Gray and Reds)
Le Tigri (The Tigers)
Founded24 March 1903; 118 years ago (1903-03-24)
GroundStadio Giovanni Zini
Capacity20,641
OwnerGiovanni Arvedi
PresidentPaolo Rossi
CoachFabio Pecchia
LeagueSerie B
2019–20Serie B, 12th of 20
WebsiteClub website

Unione Sportiva Cremonese, commonly referred to as Cremonese, is an Italian football club based in Cremona, Lombardy. It currently plays in Serie B.

Some of the famous players who played for Cremonese include Pasquale Vivolo, Antonio Cabrini, Gustavo Dezotti, Anders Limpar, Enrico Chiesa, Gianluca Vialli, Michelangelo Rampulla, Giuseppe Favalli, John Aloisi and Władysław Żmuda.

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 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.

Under Luigi Simoni, Cremonese returned to Serie A in 1993. 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 1996.

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 2005/2006 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.

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)
Lega Pro Prima Divisione
1
2004–05 (Girone A)
Serie D 1953–54 (Girone C)
Prima Categoria 1967–68 (Girone B)
Worldwide Anglo-Italian Cup 1992–93

Divisional movements[edit]

Series Years Last Promotions Relegations
A 7 1995–96 - Decrease 5 (1930, 1985, 1990, 1992, 1996)
B 30 2020–21 Increase 4 (1984, 1989, 1991, 1993) 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)
84 out of 89 years of professional football in Italy since 1929
D 5 1970–71 Increase 3 (1954, 1968, 1971) Never

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 29 January 2021

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 Enrico Alfonso
2 DF Italy ITA Alessandro Fiordaliso
3 DF Italy ITA Emanuele Valeri
4 DF Italy ITA Michele Fornasier
6 MF Sweden SWE Samuel Gustafson
7 FW Italy ITA Lorenzo Colombo (on loan from Milan)
8 MF Italy ITA Francesco Deli
9 FW Italy ITA Daniel Ciofani
10 FW Italy ITA Cristian Buonaiuto
11 FW Italy ITA Fabio Ceravolo
14 MF Italy ITA Luca Valzania (on loan from Atalanta)
15 DF Italy ITA Matteo Bianchetti
16 MF Italy ITA Paolo Bartolomei
17 FW Italy ITA Luca Strizzolo
19 MF Italy ITA Michele Castagnetti
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 DF Italy ITA Emanuele Terranova
21 DF Italy ITA Nadir Zortea (on loan from Atalanta)
22 GK Italy ITA Giacomo Volpe
23 DF Italy ITA Alessandro Crescenzi
25 DF Italy ITA Luca Ravanelli (on loan from Sassuolo)
27 GK Italy ITA Andrea Zaccagno
28 GK Italy ITA Marco Carnesecchi (on loan from Atalanta)
30 MF Italy ITA Filippo Nardi (on loan from Novara)
32 FW Uruguay URU Jaime Báez
33 DF Italy ITA Luca Coccolo (on loan from Juventus)
70 MF Italy ITA Gianluca Gaetano (on loan from Napoli)
77 FW Italy ITA Matteo Ghisolfi
80 FW Italy ITA Leonardo Bia
95 MF Italy ITA Marco Pinato (on loan from Sassuolo)
99 FW Slovenia SVN Žan Celar (on loan from Roma)

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
MF Italy ITA Stefano Cella (at Gozzano)
MF Italy ITA Stefano Girelli (at Pergolettese)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Italy ITA Manuel Poledri (at Crema)

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Italy Fabio Pecchia
Assistant Coach Italy Antonio Porta
Goalkeeper Coach Italy Ferdinando Coppola
Fitness Coach Italy Marco Antonio Ferrone
Physiotherapist Italy Andrea Gualteri
Italy Carlo Bentivoglio
Italy Alessandro Rivetti
Kinetotherapist Italy Cristian Freghieri
Chief Doctor Italy Diego Giuliani
Club Doctor Italy Fabrizio Frittoli
Video Analyst Italy Igor Quaia

External links[edit]