The Solution to Our Serie A Quiz: The “Grigiorossi” of Cremonese

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Many of you had no problem in recognizing the below lineup as Cremonese, a historical club from the city of Cremona in Lombardy that spent seven seasons in Serie A – the last of which in 1995-96.

Cremonese feature a very unique color palette – gray and red – and are therefore known as the Grigiorossi. The picture below shows one of their lineup from the 1989-90 season. They had just made it back to the top flight after a dramatic playoff against Reggina, but would remain in Serie A for only one season.

Despite the relegation, however, they would manage to achieve some remarable results, including a 1-0 win over Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan.

Many prominent players have transited in Cremona over their career, including Azzurri Gianluca Vialli – who was indeed born and raised in Cremona and is a product of the Cremonese youth academy – and Enrico Chiesa, who had his breakthrough season in 1994-95 wearing the Grigiorossi jersey.

The goalkeeper in the picture is Michelangelo Rampulla, who would go on the become Juventus’ backup goalkeeper for 10 years – but not before becoming the first goalkeeper to score a goal from open play in Serie A. It happened on February 23, 1992, when his last-gasp header from a free-kick helped Cremonese equalize against Atalanta.