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Full name Football 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)
Founded 1910; 113 years ago (1910)
Ground Stadio Ezio Scida
Ground Capacity 16,547
Chairman Gianni Vrenna
Head coach Franco Lerda
League Serie B
2018–19 Serie B, 12th of 19
Third colours

Football Club Crotone S.r.l., commonly referred to as Crotone, is an Italian football club based in Crotone, Calabria. They play in the third division of Italian football, the Serie C. Founded in 20 settembre 1910, it holds its home games at Stadio Ezio Scida, which has a 16,547-seat capacity.


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.

The first team from Crotone, Società sportiva Crotona, was founded on 20 September 1910, but without adhering to Italian Football Federation, and the following main teams of Crotone, like Milone Crotone, did not participate 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. In the 2016–17 season, the club finished 17th, securing a place in the next Serie A season. This was despite the Calabrian side only winning two points from the first ten matches, one of the poorest starts the Italian top-flight had seen in years. Crotone remained in the relegation positions for almost the entire season before an impressive revival saw the club achieve a seven-match unbeaten run from matchdays 30 to 36, including five wins in that time, and the season was concluded with a 3-1 victory over Lazio on the last matchday, a result that saw Crotone jump above Empoli to 17th place and thus secured another season in Serie A in what was hailed as a football miracle, led by 13-goal top scorer Diego Falcinelli and coach Davide Nicola.

In 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 2019-20 season, the club was promoted to Serie A once more in second place, only behind Benevento in the table. However, the club's top-flight 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. This relegation came in contrast with several excellent performances from individual players, particularly striker Simy, who scored 20 league goals during the season, a record for a relegated team. Nevertheless, the 92 goals Crotone conceded was one more than Casale conceded in 1933-34, setting a new Serie A record for goals against in a single season.

To reduce wage bills following relegation to Serie B, the club loaned out attacking midfielder Junior Messias to AC Milan with an option for the latter to buy, and striker Simy to Salernitana (sold to the latter in January 2022). The team's attacking power weakened. Crotone finished 19th in the league and suffered a second successive relegation to 2022-23 Serie C.

Colors and badge

Team colours are dark blue and white due to their Greek origins and also red. The club's kits are traditionally dark blue and red stripes.

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


Current squad

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Andrea Dini
2 France DF Maxime Giron
3 Italy DF Giuseppe Cuomo
5 Serbia DF Vladimir Golemić
6 Italy DF Davide Bove
7 Italy MF Pasquale Giannotti
9 Italy FW Guido Gómez
10 Italy MF Jacopo Petriccione
11 Italy FW Gabriele Bernardotto
12 Italy GK Francesco Gattuso
13 Italy MF Mattia Vitale
14 Romania DF Vasile Mogoș
15 Italy DF Federico Papini
19 Italy MF Alessio Tribuzzi
No. Position Player
20 Chile MF Luis Rojas
21 Italy MF Marco Carraro (on loan from Atalanta)
22 Italy GK Paolo Branduani
23 Italy DF Carlo Crialese (on loan from Pro Vercelli)
24 Sierra Leone FW Augustus Kargbo
26 Italy DF Luca Calapai
32 Italy FW Cosimo Chiricò
36 Italy DF Riccardo Spaltro
37 Italy FW Giuseppe Panico
48 Ukraine DF Sergio Yakubiv
77 Italy FW Orazio Pannitteri
86 Nigeria MF Theophilus Awua (on loan from Pro Vercelli)
93 Italy FW Marco Tumminello

Other players under contract

No. Position Player
Italy MF Thomas Schirò

Out on loan

No. Position Player
Italy GK Francesco D'Alterio (at Sangiuliano until 30 June 2023)
Italy GK Gian Marco Crespi (at Picerno until 30 June 2023)
Italy DF Giovanni D'Aprile (at Roma U19 until 30 June 2023)
Italy DF Davide Mondonico (at Ancona until 30 June 2023)
Italy DF Manuel Nicoletti (at Reggiana until 30 June 2023)
Italy DF Cosimo Spezzano (at Ravenna until 30 June 2023)
No. Position Player
Lithuania DF Artemijus Tutyškinas (at ŁKS Łódź until 30 June 2023)
Italy MF Marco Spina (at Gubbio until 30 June 2023)
Italy MF Mattia Timmoneri (at Paternò until 30 June 2023)
Italy FW Giovanni Bruzzaniti (at Lucchese until 30 June 2023)
Italy FW Luca Gozzo (at Frosinone U19 until 30 June 2023)

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head Coach Italy Francesco Modesto
Assistant Coach Italy Franco Florio
Assistant Coach Italy Giuseppe Brescia
Goalkeeper Coach Italy Antonio Macrì
Fitness Coach Italy Fabio Allevi
Fitness Coach Italy Elmiro Trombino
Physiotherapist Italy Armando Cistaro
Physiotherapist Italy Matteo Errico
Physiotherapist Italy Riccardo Pupo
Chief Doctor Italy Massimo Iera
Club Doctor Italy Massimo Bisceglia


  • Italy Giorgio Tricoli (1954–1955)
  • Italy Bruno Giordano (1996–1997)
  • Italy Antonello Cuccureddu (1999–2001)
  • Italy Giuseppe Papadopulo (2000–2001)
  • Italy Antonio Cabrini (2001)
  • Italy Stefano Cuoghi (2001–2002)
  • Italy Franco Selvaggi (2002)
  • Italy Gian Piero Gasperini (2003–2004)
  • Italy Andrea Agostinelli (2004–2005)
  • Italy Gian Piero Gasperini (2005–2006)
  • Italy Elio Gustinetti (2006–2007)
  • Italy Guido Carboni (2007)
  • Italy Francesco Moriero (2008–2009)
  • Italy Franco Lerda (2009–2010)
  • Italy Leonardo Menichini (2010)
  • Italy Eugenio Corini (2010–2011)
  • Italy Leonardo Menichini (2010–2012)
  • Italy Massimo Drago (2012–2015)
  • Croatia Ivan Jurić (2015–2016)
  • Italy Davide Nicola (2016–2017)
  • Italy Walter Zenga (2017–2018)
  • Italy Giovanni Stroppa (2018–2021)
  • Italy Serse Cosmi (2021)
  • Italy Francesco Modesto (2021)
  • Italy Pasquale Marino (2021)
  • Italy Francesco Modesto (2021-)

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