F.C. Crotone

Full name F.C. Crotone S.r.l.
Nickname(s) I Pitagorici (The Pythagoreans)
Gli Squali (The Sharks)
I Rossoblu (The Red and Blues)
Founded 1910 (1910)
Ground Ezio Scida
Capacity 16,547
Chairman Gianni Vrenna[1]
Manager Giovanni Stroppa
League Serie B
2017–18 Serie A, 18th (relegated)
Website Club website

F.C. Crotone S.r.l is an Italian football club based in Crotone, Calabria. Founded in 1910, holding home games at Stadio Ezio Scida, which has a 16,547-seat capacity. The club currently competes in Serie B.


The first team from Crotone, Milone Crotone, was founded in 1910 and participated 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 the Italian top flight (Serie A), for the 2016–17 season for the first time in its history.[2] They finished in 17th, securing a place in the next Serie A season, by beating Lazio 3–1 on the last matchday, knocking down Empoli as they lost their match against Palermo. The following season Crotone failed to avoid relegation after their loss against Napoli in the last match of the Serie A campaign, returning in Serie B after two seasons.

Colors and badge

Team colours are dark blue and red.

Current squad

As of 17 August 2018.[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 GK Alex Cordaz (captain)
2 DF Marcos Curado (on loan from Genoa)
3 DF Giuseppe Cuomo
5 DF Vladimir Golemić
6 MF Marcus Rohdén
7 MF Marco Firenze
8 MF Adrian Stoian
9 FW Andrea Nalini
10 MF Ahmad Benali
11 DF Davide Faraoni
12 GK Giacomo Figliuzzi
14 MF Ćazim Suljić
16 MF Giovanni Crociata
17 FW Ante Budimir
No. Position Player
18 MF Andrea Barberis
19 DF Riccardo Marchizza (on loan from Sassuolo)
20 MF Salvatore Molina
21 MF Niccolò Zanellato
22 GK Marco Festa
23 MF Aristóteles Romero
24 FW Nicola Nanni
25 FW Simy
26 MF Bruno Martella
27 DF Federico Valietti (on loan from Genoa)
31 DF Mario Sampirisi
32 FW Claudio Spinelli (on loan from Genoa)
33 DF Sauli Väisänen (on loan from S.P.A.L.)

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
No. Position Player

Primavera squad

As of 5 January 2017.[4]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
GK Matias Macci
GK Umberto Pettinato
GK Nerijus Tabokas

DF Francesco Amaranto
DF Marco Capone
DF Michele Carrozza
DF Giuseppe Cuomo
DF Adolfo Federico
DF Augusto Nebbioso

MF Mario Aggiorno
MF Francesco Araldo
MF Felice Cimino
MF Armando Cistaro
No. Position Player
MF Matteo Gennari
MF Pasquale Giannotti
MF Daniele Pupa
MF Francesco Villa

FW Pietro Bartolotti
FW Giuseppe Borello
FW Marco Calderaro
FW Antonio Colacchio
FW Mario Fiorentino
FW Gianfranco Galli
FW Giuseppe Gerace
FW Francesco Pellizzi



  1. "Società" (in Italian). F.C. Crotone. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  2. "Crotone promoted to Serie A for first time in their history". espnfc.com. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  3. La rosa del F.C. Crotone Prima squadra
  4. La rosa del F.C. Crotone Primavera

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