U.S. Pergolettese 1932

Unione Sportiva Pergolettese 1932[1] is an Italian association football club, based in Crema, province of Cremona, Lombardy. It currently plays in Serie C, the third level of Italian football.

Full nameUnione Sportiva Pergolettese
1932 Srl
Nickname(s)Pergo, Cannibali (Cannibals), Canarini (Canaries)
2012 (refounded)
GroundStadio Giuseppe Voltini,
Crema, Italy
ChairmanMassimiliano Marinelli
ManagerFiorenzo Albertini
LeagueSerie C Group A
2020–21Serie C Group A, 15th of 20


From Pergolettese to Pergocrema

The origins of the football in Crema go back to 1932 when U.S. Pergolettese was founded in Pergoletto, a suburb of the town.

In 1974 the club was renamed U.S. Pergocrema 1932.

In the Serie C2 2007–08 regular season the team finished first in Girone A, winning direct promotion to the now called Lega Pro Prima Divisione for the 2008–09 season. In that season Pergocrema obtain an historical 11th place, the best result of all times for the team.

In the 2009-10 Lega Pro Season, Pergocrema finished 15th and were forced to play in the relegation playoffs. They were matched up against 16th-placed Pro Patria, and survived by being the higher classified team after the 2-legged playout finished in a 3–3 aggregate tie.

The bankruptcy and rebirth

On 20 June 2012 with the club in strong financial difficulty, Pergocrema was declared bankrupt by the court of Crema and the team was disbanded.[2]

The club generated paper-profit by selling Diego Manzoni for €500,000 in 2009 but directly in exchange for two players Francesco Pambianchi and Niccolò Galli for €250,000 each. In June 2011, one year before the bankruptcy, both players returned to Parma for €125,000 each but again in pure exchange deal, for Makris Petrozzi for €250,000.

At the end of the 2011–12 Serie D season, A.S. Pizzighettone[3] moved to city of Crema and changed its name to U.S. Pergolettese 1932 in order to continue the soccer history of U.S. Pergocrema 1932.[4]

Pergolettese was promoted to 2013–14 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione in 2013. The club returned to professionalism in 2019 after winning the Serie D/C title against the likes of fallen giants Modena and Reggio Audace (formerly Reggiana), under the tenure of former Serie A defender Matteo Contini as head coach.

Colors and badge

The team's colors are yellow and blue. The badge is a yellow shield with a blue oblique stripe with written inside "Pergolettese".

Supporters and rivalries

The fans of Pergolettese are allied with fans of Piacenza, because of the common enmity towards the fans from Cremona, the Cremonese. The fans also maintain friendships with the fans of Benevento from Nuoro and the Belgian Union Saint-Gilloise fans from Brussels.

They have strong rivalries with Crema, Mantova, Pro Patria, Trento, Fanfulla, Sant'Angelo Lodigiano and Lecco.

The most famous organized groups of fans can remember le Brigate, the Cannyballs, the Ultras Pergo 93, and Stoned Again.


Current squad

As of 14 July 2021[5].

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 Matteo Soncin
4 MF  ITA Michel Panatti
5 DF  ITA Luca Ceccarelli
6 MF  ITA Lorenzo Andreoli
7 MF  ITA Kevin Varas Marcillo
9 FW  ITA Elia Bortoluz
10 FW  MAR Hicham Kanis
11 FW  ITA Filippo Scardina
12 GK  ITA Emanuele Labruzzo
13 DF  ITA Matteo Lucenti
14 DF  ITA Luca Villa
15 DF  ITA Riccardo Bignami
17 FW  ITA Lorenzo Faini
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW  ITA Niccolò Scarpelli
21 FW  ITA Mattia Morello
23 MF  ITA Marco Palermo
25 DF  ITA Matteo Piccardo
26 DF  ITA Michele Ferrara
28 MF  ITA Davide Bariti
GK  ITA Cesare Galeotti (on loan from SPAL)
DF  ITA Alberto Alari (on loan from Atalanta)
DF  ITA Alessandro Lambrughi
DF  ITA Nicolò Verzeni (on loan from Brescia)
MF  ITA Mariano Arini
MF  ITA Stefano Girelli
MF  JPN Hide Vitalucci

Notable former players