Calcio Como

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Calcio Como
Full name Calcio Como S.r.l.[1]
Nickname(s) Lariani
Founded 1907
2005 (refound)
Ground Giuseppe Sinigaglia,
Como, Italy
Ground Capacity 15,000
Chairman Pietro Porro
Manager Gianluca Festa
League Serie B
2014–15 Lega Pro, 4th (promoted via play-offs)

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

Como were 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 2004–05 season 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] Como finally returned to Serie C1 the following season and to Serie B in 2015.


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 precipitated a rapid decline, with Como spending most of the 1990s in Serie C1 with the exception of 1994–95. Interestingly, former Chelsea and 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, which in December 2004 the club was declared bankrupted.[3] No investors was successful to takeover the club (as the bid from Preziosi was denied[4]) thus the company "Calcio Como SpA" was liquidated. Thanks to FIGC regulation, a new entity was allowed to admit into 2005–06 Serie D. The liquidator also found former president Enrico Preziosi had transferred some assets such as the contracts of the players to his new club Genoa, causing the financial failure of Como. 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 returned 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. In 2015, Como finished fourth in the third division, now called Lega Pro. They qualified for the promotion play-offs and earned promotion to Serie B after beating Bassano Virtus in the two-legged final 2–0 on aggregate.


First team squad

As of 13 January 2016 [5][6][7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Diamante Crispino
2 Italy DF Alberto Tentardini
3 Italy MF Daniel Bessa (on loan from Inter)
4 Italy DF Antonio Giosa
5 Italy DF Cesare Ambrosini (captain)
8 Italy FW Stefano Pettinari (on loan from Roma)
9 Italy FW Simone Ganz
10 Algeria FW Abdelkader Ghezzal
11 Italy MF Alessio Cristiani
12 Italy GK Lorenzo Andrenacci (on loan from Brescia)
14 Spain DF Pol García (on loan from Juventus)
15 Italy MF Giovanni Fietta
16 Italy DF Nicola Madonna (on loan from Spezia)
No. Position Player
17 Australia MF Joshua Brillante (on loan from Fiorentina)
18 Italy FW Federico Gerardi
20 Italy FW Luca Scapuzzi
22 Italy GK Simone Scuffet (on loan from Udinese)
23 Italy DF Andrea Marconi
24 Slovenia MF Žan Benedičič
25 Italy DF Martino Borghese
27 Italy DF Marco Cassetti
28 Italy FW Accursio Bentivegna (on loan from Palermo)
31 Republic of Macedonia MF Nikola Jakimovski
32 Argentina DF Tiago Casasola (on loan from Roma)
Italy MF Nicoló Barella (on loan from Cagliari)

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Italy FW Giuseppe Le Noci (at Teramo until 30 June 2016)[8]

Notable former players

The following is a provisional list of international players of Como sorted by nationality. Players in bold were international while playing for Como :

See also


  1. "Como" (in Italian). Lega Pro. Retrieved 7 August 2010. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Cosenza e Como, promozione in C2" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport. 27 April 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2008. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Ecco come salverò il Como". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 29 December 2004. Retrieved 4 June 2014. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "(Questioni relative al fallimento della società di calcio Como - n. 2-01566)". Camera dei deputati (in Italian). 30 June 2005. Retrieved 20 June 2011. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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