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Como
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Full name Calcio Como SRL[1]
Nickname(s) Lariani
Founded 1907
Ground Stadio Giuseppe Sinigaglia,
Como, Italy
(Capacity: 13,602)
Chairman Enzo Angiuoni
Manager Italy Oscar Brevi
League Lega Pro Prima Divisione A
2008-09 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione A, 3rd (promotion play-off winner)
Home colours
Away colours

Calcio Como are an Italian football club, based in Como. The club was founded in 1907. The team's color is blue.

Como have last been in Serie A in 2002–03; this was followed by three consecutive relegations that brought the team down in Serie C2 at the end of the season 2004–05 after having lost a playoff (2-1 on aggregate) to Novara Calcio, and being then even cancelled from Italian professional football because of bankruptcy. They were successively admitted to Serie D, the top level of non-professional football in Italy, where they spent three seasons before finally managing to win promotion back to Serie C2 in the 2007–08 season.[2]

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History

Como were first promoted to Serie A in 1949 and enjoyed a respectable four-year stay before relegation, the next 20 years were spent moving between Serie B and C but more often the former. A revival in the 1970s saw the club emerge as contenders for promotion to Serie A, this was achieved in 1975 but despite the best efforts of players such as Alessandro Scanziani they would last only a season. They would slump to C1 by 1978, but with a rebuilt team containing stars like Pietro Vierchowod would achieve successive promotions and a two-year stay in Serie A (1980-82).

Como managed another promotion to the top flight in 1984, with a five-year stint in Serie A proving the club's most successful period of recent times. The strikeforce of Dan Corneliusson and Stefano Borgonovo oversaw a credible 9th place finish in 1986, this was repeated the following year with far fewer goals scored. The club's defence, led by hard man Pasquale Bruno, proved more than up to the task however. Relegation in 1989 percipitated a rapid decline, with Como spending most of the 1990s in Serie C1 with the exception of 1994-95. Interestingly, former Chelsea, and current Tottenham goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini spent a year on loan at Como.

The 21st century saw Como experience a brief revival. Promotion to Serie B in 2001 was marred by an appallingly violent incident in a game against Modena, resulting in captain Massimiliano Ferrigno being handed a three-year ban. They nonetheless managed promotion to Serie A in 2002, ironically being promoted alongside Modena. However, the return to Serie A proved a major disappointment with the side in the bottom two all season, and a ban on games at the Sinigaglia after crowd violence. Successive relegations have caused financial difficulties, and in 2005 Como were condemned to the amateur ranks of Serie D. They returned to the rebranded Serie C2, Lega Pro Seconda Divisione in 2008, after having won the Girone B of Serie D.[2]. Como finally came back to Serie C1 (Lega Pro Prima Divisione) after promotion play-offs after defeating Rodengo Saiano with 1-1 aggregate and Alessandria with 4-1 aggregate.

Players

No. Position Player
Italy GK Enrico Malatesta
Italy GK Massimo Zappino
Italy GK Domenico Di Lernia
Italy DF Fabio Adobati
Italy DF Oscar Brevi (captain)
Italy DF Emanuele Brioschi
Italy DF Giovanni Bruno
Italy DF Michele Franco
Italy DF Cristian Maggioni
Cameroon DF Jean Mbida
Italy DF Aldo Preite
Italy DF Roberto Rudi
No. Position Player
Italy MF Andrea Ardito
Italy MF David Balleri
Italy MF Luca Bretti
Italy MF Ezio Brevi
Italy MF Patrick Kalambay
Italy MF Mattia Porro
Italy MF Riccardo Riva
Italy MF Stefano Salvi
Italy MF Andrea Terraneo
Italy FW Giuseppe Cozzolino
Italy FW Luca Facchetti
Italy FW Matteo Guazzo

Famous players

The following players were called up to their national team during their career at Como

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