U.S. Pergolettese 1932
|Full name||Unione Sportiva Pergolettese|
|Nickname(s)||Pergo, Cannibali (Cannibals), Canarini (Canaries)|
|Ground||Stadio Giuseppe Voltini,|
|League||Serie C Group A|
|2020–21||Serie 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
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.
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.
The most famous organized groups of fans can remember le Brigate, the Cannyballs, the Ultras Pergo 93, and Stoned Again.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Notable former players
- Former logo Pergocrema
- Current logo Pergolettese
- Si chiama Pergolettese 1932. Soluzione trovata grazie ad Alloni
- Il Pergocrema è fallito - Calcio - LaProvinciadiCremona
- UFFICIALE: Nasce la Pergolettese, in Serie D col titolo del Pizzighettone – Lombardia Calcio
- Crema on line | Crema, ora è ufficiale, ecco la Pergolettese
- "Pergolettese squad". Soccerway.