F.C. Crotone

Football Club Crotone S.r.l., commonly referred to as Crotone, is an Italian football club based in Crotone, Calabria. Founded in 1910, it holds its home games at Stadio Ezio Scida, which has a 16,547-seat capacity.

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; 111 years ago (1910)
GroundStadio Ezio Scida
ChairmanGianni Vrenna[1]
Head coachSerse Cosmi
LeagueSerie B
2020–21Serie A, 19th of 20 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season


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.[citation needed]

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.[2] In the 2016–17 season, the club finished 17th, securing a place in the next Serie A season by beating Lazio 3–1 on the last matchday.

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 2019-2020 season, the club was promoted to Serie A once more. however, the club's 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.

Colors and badge

Team colours are dark blue and white due to their Greek origins and also red.

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

Current squad

As of 1 February 2021.[3]

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  ITA Alex Cordaz (captain)
3 DF  ITA Giuseppe Cuomo
5 DF  SRB Vladimir Golemić
6 DF  ARG Lisandro Magallán (on loan from Ajax)
7 FW  ALG Adam Ounas (on loan from Napoli)
8 MF  ITA Luca Cigarini
10 MF  LBY Ahmad Benali
11 FW  ROU Denis Drăguș (on loan from Standard Liège)
13 DF  ITA Sebastiano Luperto (on loan from Napoli)
16 GK  ITA Marco Festa
17 MF  ITA Salvatore Molina
20 MF  CHI Luis Rojas
21 MF  ITA Niccolò Zanellato
22 GK  ITA Gian Marco Crespi
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 MF  ITA Antonio Mazzotta
25 FW  NGA Simy
26 DF  CIV Koffi Djidji (on loan from Torino)
30 MF  BRA Junior Messias
32 DF  POR Pedro Pereira (on loan from Benfica)
33 DF  ITA Andrea Rispoli
34 DF  ITA Luca Marrone
44 MF  ITA Jacopo Petriccione
54 FW  ITA Samuel Di Carmine (on loan from Verona)
69 DF  POL Arkadiusz Reca (on loan from Atalanta)
77 MF  SRB Miloš Vulić
95 MF  BRA Eduardo (on loan from Sporting)
97 FW  MTQ Emmanuel Rivière

Other players under contract

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  VEN Aristóteles Romero

Out on loan

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  ITA Aniello Viscovo (at Fano)
MF  FRA Jean Lambert Evans (at Livorno)
MF  ITA Pasquale Giannotti (at Virtus Francavilla)
MF  FRA Jeremy Petris (at Pro Vercelli)
MF  ITA Francesco Rodio (at Fano)
MF  ITA Giovanni Crociata (at Empoli)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW  ITA Giuseppe Borello (at Cesena)
FW  ITA Giovanni Bruzzaniti (at Pro Vercelli)
FW  SLE Augustus Kargbo (at Reggiana)
FW  SMR Nicola Nanni (at Cesena)
FW  ENG Zak Ruggiero (at Pro Sesto)

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head Coach Serse Cosmi
Assistant Coach Andrea Guerra
Assistant Coach Giuseppe Brescia
Goalkeeper Coach Antonio Macrì
Fitness Coach Fabio Allevi
Fitness Coach Elmiro Trombino
Physiotherapist Armando Cistaro
Physiotherapist Matteo Errico
Physiotherapist Riccardo Pupo
Chief Doctor Massimo Iera
Club Doctor Massimo Bisceglia



  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. "Prima squadra" (in Italian). F.C. Crotone. September 2018 [circa]. Retrieved 18 September 2018.