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Full name Football Club Crotone SRL
Nickname(s) Pitagorici
Squali (Sharks)
Founded 1923
Ground Stadio Ezio Scida,
Crotone, Italy
(Capacity: 9,631)
Chairman Italy Salvatore Gualtieri
Manager Italy Franco Lerda
League Serie B
2008-09 Lega Pro Prima Divisione – B, 3rd
Home colours
Away colours

Football Club Crotone is a football club based in Crotone, Calabria. The club was formed in 1923 and was promoted to Serie B at the end of the 2008/2009 season. The team's colours are dark blue and red.



The first team from Crotone, Milone Crotone, was founded in 1923 and participated in several minor leagues including the so-called Prima Division, the equivalent of today's 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 Serie C the following year and played there for fourteen consecutive seasons, missing promotion in 1977 when finishing third behind A.S. Bari and Paganese Calcio 1926. 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, started again in the Prima Categoria, the eighth level of Italian football. Crotone was promoted to Serie C2 in 1984/1985, but only for one season. Their name was changed to Kroton Calcio and the club was promoted again to Serie C2 after the 1986/1987 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 in 1997 and Serie C1 in 1998 winning in the play-offs first against Locri and then Benevento Calcio. They achieved promotion to Serie B for the first time in their history in 2000 with Antonello Cuccureddu as manager. Relegated back to Serie C1 in 2002, Crotone achieved Serie B status two years later through the play-offs (0-0 and 3-0 against A.S. Viterbese Calcio) and played there until 2006/07, where a 21st-place finish resulted in relegation back to Serie C1. 3 years in Serie B ended in relegation in 2007. 2008 saw Crotone reach the playoffs where they were beaten by Taranto. Crotone reached the playoffs again in 2009 and gained promotion to Serie B by beating Benevento.

Current squad

As of 22 August 2009[1][2]

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Simone Farelli
3 Italy DF Archimede Morleo
4 Italy MF Antonio Galardo
5 Italy DF Gennaro Scognamiglio
6 Italy DF Nicola Beati
7 Italy DF Antonio Zito (on loan from Siena)
8 Italy MF Andrea Mazzarani (on loan from Udinese)
9 Brazil FW Gabionetta
10 Italy MF Matteo Coresi (on loan from Foligno)
11 Italy MF Nicola Petrilli
12 Italy MF Massimo Fornoni
13 Italy DF Elia Legati (co-ownership with AC Milan)
15 Italy MF Andrea Briglia
16 Italy MF Luca Di Matteo (on loan from Palermo)
No. Position Player
17 Italy DF Andrea Mei (on loan from Internazionale)
20 Italy MF Aniello Cutolo
21 Somalia FW Ayub Daud (on loan from Juventus)
22 Italy DF Francesco Galeoto
29 Italy MF Raffaele De Martino
30 Italy DF Fabrizio Grillo
33 Italy DF Marco Pedotti
36 Italy DF Giuseppe Abruzzese
81 Italy DF Valerio Quondamatteo
85 Italy FW Antonino Bonvissuto (on loan from Bari)
90 Italy FW Ettore Mendicino (on loan from Lazio)
91 Italy FW Danino Grano
99 Italy GK Emanuele Concetti


  1. ^ "Elenchi variazione maglie" (in Italian). Lega Calcio. Retrieved 2009-08-08.  
  2. ^ "I rossoblu scelgono i numeri" (in Italian). Retrieved 2009-08-08.  

Notable former players

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Simple English

F.C. Crotone
Full nameFootball Club Crotone SRL
GroundStadio Ezio Scida,
Crotone, Italy
(Capacity 9,631)
ChairmanSalvatore Gualtieri
ManagerFranco Lerda
LeagueSerie B
2008/09Lega Pro Prima Divisione, 3rd / Group B

F.C. Crotone is a football club which plays in Italy.



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