UC Sampdoria

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Full nameUnione Calcio Sampdoria S.p.A.
Nickname(s)I Blucerchiati (The Blue-circled)
La Samp
Il Doria
Founded12 August 1946; 77 years ago (1946-08-12), as Unione Calcio Sampdoria
GroundLuigi Ferraris
OwnerBlucerchiati S.p.A.
ChairmanMatteo Manfredi
Head coachAndrea Pirlo
LeagueSerie B
2023–24Serie B, 7th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season
The progress of Sampdoria in the Italian football league structure since the club's foundation in 1946

Unione Calcio Sampdoria, commonly referred to as Sampdoria (Italian pronunciation: [sampˈdɔːrja, sanˈdɔːrja]), is an Italian professional football club based in Genoa, Liguria. They compete in Serie B, the second division of the Italian football league system.

Sampdoria was formed in 1946 from the merger of two existing sports clubs whose roots can be traced back to the 1890s,[1] Sampierdarenese and Andrea Doria. Both the team name and colours reflect this union, the first being a combination of the names, the second taking the form of a unique kit design, predominantly blue (for Andrea Doria) with white, red and black bands (for Sampierdarenese) across the centre of the shirt, hence the nickname blucerchiati ("blue-circled").

Sampdoria play at Stadio Luigi Ferraris, capacity 33,205,[2] which they share with Genoa's older club, Genoa Cricket and Football Club. The fierce rivalry between the two teams is commonly known as the Derby della Lanterna, and has been contested in Serie A for most of its history.

Sampdoria have won the Scudetto once in their history, in 1991. The club has also won the Coppa Italia four times, in 1985, 1988, 1989 and 1994, and the Supercoppa Italiana once, in 1991. Their biggest European success came when they won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1990. They also reached the European Cup final in 1992, losing the final 1–0 to Barcelona after extra-time.


Sampierdarenese and Andrea Doria (1891–1927)[edit]

The roots of Sampdoria are to be found in two teams born in the late 1890s: Società Ginnastica Sampierdarenese and Società Andrea Doria. The former was founded in 1891 and opened its football section in 1899.[1][3] The latter, named after Genoese admiral Andrea Doria, was founded in 1895.[4][5]

Andrea Doria did not join the first Italian Football Championship organized by the Italian Federation of Football (FIF) and played on May 8, 1898. Instead, they played in the football tournament organized by the Italian Federation of Ginnastica.[6] The first ancestor of Sampdoria to play in the Italian Football Championship was Sampierdarenese, who joined the third edition in 1900 for their only appearance before World War One.[7]

Andrea Doria eventually joined the competition in 1902, but did not win a game until the 1907 edition, when they beat local rivals Genoa 3–1.[7] It was not until 1910–11 that the club began to show promise, finishing above Juventus, Internazionale and Genoa in the main tournament.[7]

After the war Sampierdarenese finally began to compete in the Italian Championship replacing another club from Bolzaneto, then an independent town in the province of Genoa, called Associazione del Calcio Ligure.[7] Thus, during the 1919-20 edition Sampierdarenese and Andrea Doria met in the championship for the first time. Doria won the first-leg game (4–1 and 1–1) and finished second after Genoa in the Liguria group, qualifying for the National Round.[7]

Andrea Doria ended up first in the Liguria group above local rivals Genoa in the 1920-21 Championship.[7]

For the 1921–22 season the Italian top league was split into two competitions, one run by the Italian Football Federation and a second one organized by the secessionist Italian Football Confederation. Sampierdarenese joined the IFF tournament, while Andrea Doria and Genoa signed up for the one organized by the Confederation. Sampierdarenese won the Liguria section and then went on to the semi-finals, finishing top out of three clubs and thus reaching the final against Novese. Both legs of the final ended in 0–0 draws, thus a repetition match was played in Cremona on 21 May 1922. The match went into extra time with Novese eventually winning the tie (and the Championship) 2–1.[7]

By season 1924–25, Sampdoria's ancestors were competing against each other in the Northern League; Andrea Doria finished one place above their rivals and won one match 2–1, while Sampierdarenese were victorious 2–0 in the other.[7]

From La Dominante to Sampdoria (1927–1946)[edit]

A process of unification of the many professional football teams in Italy was started by the Fascist government. Particularly in 1927 multiple smaller clubs where merged into one all over the country. Among many other similar examples, four teams based in Rome merged and became AS Roma. Similarly, at the end of the 1926–27 season Sampierdarenese and Andrea Doria merged for the first time under the name La Dominante.[8]

La Dominante

Wearing green and black striped shirts, La Dominante Genova lived a short life, having played just three championships, and was not particularly successful. The team was admitted to the 1927-28 Divisione Nazionale Group B, ending the season in 10th place.[7] The next season was the last year of Divisione Nazionale, and Dominante finished in 10th place. Finally, in 1929 Dominante competed in the first-ever Serie B tournament where they finished third, just missing out on promotion.[7]

Dominante then absorbed the local team Corniglianese and competed in the 1930–31 Serie B under the name of Foot Ball Club Liguria. The team did not do well, finishing in 18th place and suffering relegation to Prima Divisione.[9]

Both Sampierdarenese and Andrea Doria reverted to their previous names in 1931 as separate clubs.[5] In the span of just a few years Sampierdarenese then climbed up from Prima Divisione to Serie B and finally Serie A. Ending up second in the Girone D of the 1931–32 Prima Divisione, they got promoted to Serie B. After the uneventful 1932–33 Serie B season, the team proceeded to win the 1933–34 Serie B championship and were promoted into Serie A for the first time.[9]

On 15 July 1937 Sampierdarenese absorbed Corniglianese and Rivarolese, with the club adopting the name Associazione Calcio Liguria.[citation needed] This saw them reach fifth place in Serie A in 1939.[citation needed] In the early 1940s, the club was relegated but bounced straight back up as Serie B champions in 1941.

After World War II, both Andrea Doria and Sampierdarenese (the name Liguria was abolished in 1945) were competing in Serie A, but in a reverse of pre-war situations, Andrea Doria were now the top club out of the two. However, on 12 August 1946, a merger occurred to create Unione Calcio Sampdoria.

Sampdoria in the late 1940s

The first chairman of this new club was Piero Sanguineti, but the ambitious entrepreneur Amedeo Rissotto soon replaced him, while the first team coach during this period was a man from Florence named Giuseppe Galluzzi. To illustrate the clubs would be equally represented in the new, merged club, a new kit was designed featuring the blue shirts of Andrea Doria and the white, red and black midsection of Sampierdarenese. In the same month of the merger, the new club demanded they should share the Stadio Luigi Ferraris ground with Genoa. An agreement was reached, and the stadium began hosting Genoa's and Sampdoria's home matches.

Early years and the achievements in the Mantovani era (1946–1993)[edit]

For about thirty years the Genoese played constantly in Serie A, with mixed results, the best of which was in the 1960–1961 season, in which they obtained fourth place in the championship. In the 1965–1966 season Sampdoria finished sixteenth, relegating to Serie B for the first time in its history; however, the following year they won the second-tier championship and immediately returned to Serie A.

Serbian Vujadin Boškov, pictured as a Sampdoria player in 1961, managed the team to their only Serie A title in 1991.

In 1979, the club, then playing Serie B, was acquired by oil businessman Paolo Mantovani (1930–1993), who invested in the team to bring Sampdoria to the top flight. In 1982, Sampdoria made their Serie A return and won their first Coppa Italia in 1985. In 1986, Yugoslav Vujadin Boškov was appointed as the new head coach. The club won their second Coppa Italia in 1988, being admitted to the 1988–89 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, where they reached the final, losing 2–0 to Barcelona.[10][11] A second consecutive triumph in the Coppa Italia gave Sampdoria a spot in the 1989–90 Cup Winners' Cup, which they won after defeating Anderlecht after extra time in the final.[12]

This was followed only one year later by their first and only Scudetto, being crowned as Serie A champions with a five-point advantage over second-placed Internazionale. The winning team featured several notable players, such as Gianluca Pagliuca, Gianluca Vialli, Roberto Mancini, Toninho Cerezo, Pietro Vierchowod and Attilio Lombardo, with Boškov as head coach.[13] In the following season, Sampdoria reached the European Cup final and were defeated once again by Barcelona, at Wembley Stadium.[14]

Vujadin Boškov is recognised as one of Sampdoria's most successful managers winning a record amount of trophies and thus further establishing the club's reputation in Europe.

Decline, resurgence and decline again (1993–2023)[edit]

On 14 October 1993, Paolo Mantovani died suddenly and was replaced by his son Enrico. During his first season (1993–94), Sampdoria won one more Coppa Italia and placed third in Serie A. During the following four seasons, many players from his father's tenure left the club but many important acquisitions were made which kept Sampdoria in the top tier Serie A. This included the likes of Argentine internationals Juan Sebastián Verón and Ariel Ortega, and international midfielders Clarence Seedorf and Christian Karembeu.[12] In April 1995 Sampdoria reached the semi-final stage of the Cup Winners' Cup, losing out to Arsenal on penalties after two legs.

Luigi Delneri managed Sampdoria to fourth place and Champions League qualification in 2010.

In May 1999 Sampdoria were relegated from Serie A and did not return to the top flight until 2003. During this time, Sampdoria was acquired by Riccardo Garrone, an Italian oil businessman. Sampdoria returned to Serie A in 2003 led by talisman Francesco Flachi, and ended their first season in eighth place. After several more top-half finishes, manager Walter Novellino gave way to Walter Mazzarri in 2007.[15]

With the signings of forwards Antonio Cassano from Real Madrid,[16] and Giampaolo Pazzini in January 2008, Sampdoria ended the 2007–08 season in sixth position and qualified for the 2008–09 UEFA Cup.[17] The following season, they came fourth and qualified for the UEFA Champions League play-offs under manager Luigi Delneri, who left for Juventus.[18] With the departures also of CEO Giuseppe Marotta, and both Cassano and Pazzini, and the squad being stretched by Champions League football, Sampdoria were relegated to Serie B after a 2–1 loss at home to Palermo in May 2011.[19] In the following season June 2012, Sampdoria won promotion back to Serie A after defeating Varese 4–2 on aggregate in the play-off final.[20]

Following the death of Riccardo Garrone the previous year, the club was purchased from the Garrone family in June 2014 by the film producer Massimo Ferrero [it]. After sixth-placed rivals Genoa in the 2014–15 season failed to obtain a UEFA license for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League, seventh-placed Sampdoria took their spot.[21] The club built a solid foundation in Serie A for the next seven years. Notable managerial appointments were Marco Giampaolo and Claudio Ranieri, as well as the steady flow of goals from talismanic striker Fabio Quagliarella. Growing tensions however surrounded Ferrero's presidency, fuelled by his well-known and public support of AS Roma. Several attempts were made to sell the club, including to a consortium led by club legend Gianluca Vialli. On 6 December 2021 Massimo Ferrero was arrested by Italian police as part of ongoing investigations into corporate crimes and bankruptcy. He resigned from his position as President of Sampdoria with immediate effect, whilst a club statement assured fans that the affairs of the football club were not a part of the investigations.[22] On 27 December, former player Marco Lanna was appointed president. In January 2022 the club welcomed back former manager Marco Giampaolo after a disappointing start to the season under Roberto D'Aversa. On 6 February in his first home game back in charge, Sampdoria defeated Sassuolo 4–0. Results however began to dwindle, and after eight games and a winless start to the 2022–23 season the club parted company with Giampaolo. On 6 October former Serie A player legend Dejan Stanković was appointed to the role with the task of steering the club clear of the relegation zone. Sampdoria were later relegated in the 2022–23 season from Serie A to Serie B.

A new chapter (2023–present)[edit]

In late May 2023 former Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani and the businessman Matteo Manfredi reached an agreement with previous owner Massimo Ferrero to buy Sampdoria and prevent it from bankruptcy. On 27 June 2023, former Italy and Serie A legend Andrea Pirlo was appointed as the manager.

Colours, badge and nicknames[edit]

The white, blue, red and black colours represent the club's origins with a merger between two teams, Sampierdarenese and Andrea Doria, who wore respectively red/black and white/blue jerseys with a shield with Saint-George cross.[23]

The club crest features a sailor in profile known by the old Genoese name of Baciccia, which translates to Gio-Batta in Ligurian, Giovanni Battista in Italian or John-Baptist in English. The image of a sailor is appropriate due to Sampdoria being based in the port city of Genoa. The precise design of the Baciccia came from a Disney-licensed and Panini-published comic, Topolino, in 1980. Since 1980, the Baciccia has appeared on the shirts of Sampdoria, mostly on the chest but occasionally on the sleeve.[24]


Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Since 1946, the club have played at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, also known as the Marassi from the name of the neighbourhood where it is located, which has a capacity of 33,205.[25] It is the ninth-largest stadium in Italy by capacity. The stadium is named after Luigi Ferraris (1887–1915), an Italian footballer, engineer and soldier who died during WWI.[26]

The ground is shared with Sampdoria's rivals, Genoa CFC [27] The stadium was dismantled and rebuilt before the 1990 FIFA World Cup, for which it hosted three Group C matches (between Costa Rica, Scotland and Sweden) and a round-of-16 match between the Republic of Ireland and Romania.[28]

Supporters and rivalries[edit]

Sampdoria fans in the Gradinata Sud of the Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Sampdoria supporters come mainly from the city of Genoa. The biggest group are Ultras Tito Cucchiaroni, named after an Argentinian left winger who played for Sampdoria. The group were founded in 1969, making it one of the oldest ultra groups in Italy. They are apolitical, although there are smaller groups like Rude Boys Sampdoria, who are left-wing, but today this group is no longer active. The main support with flags and flares comes from the southern Curva, Gradinata Sud.

Sampdoria's biggest rivals are Genoa, against whom they play the Derby della Lanterna.[29]





Records and statistics[edit]

Player records[edit]

Most appearances[edit]

Competitive, professional matches only.
# Name Years Matches
1 Italy Roberto Mancini 1982–1997 567
2 Italy Moreno Mannini 1984–1999 501
3 Italy Pietro Vierchowod 1983–1995 493
4 Italy Angelo Palombo 2002–2012,2012–2017 459
5 Italy Fausto Pari 1983–1992 401
6 Italy Fausto Salsano 1979–1981,1984–1990,1993–1998 377
7 Italy Luca Pellegrini 1980–1991 363
8 Italy Guido Vincenzi 1958–1969 353
9 Italy Gaudenzio Bernasconi 1954–1965 351
10 Italy Gianluca Vialli 1984–1992 328

Top goalscorers[edit]

Competitive, professional matches only.
# Name Years Goals
1 Italy Roberto Mancini 1982–1997 171
2 Italy Gianluca Vialli 1984–1992 141
3 Italy Francesco Flachi 1999–2007 110
4 Italy Fabio Quagliarella 2006–2007,2016–2023 106
5 Italy Adriano Bassetto 1946–1953 89
6 Italy Giuseppe Baldini 1946–1950,1953–1955 71
7 Italy Vincenzo Montella 1996–1999,2007–2008 66
8 Italy Giancarlo Salvi 1963–1964,1965–1976 55
9 Italy Eddie Firmani 1955–1958 52
Italy Manolo Gabbiadini 2013–2015, 2019–2023
10 Italy Attilio Lombardo 1989–1995,2001–2002 51


Current squad[edit]

As of 26 May 2024[30]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Serbia SRB Filip Stanković (on loan from Inter Milan])
2 DF Italy ITA Cristiano Piccini
3 DF Italy ITA Antonio Barreca
4 MF England ENG Ronaldo Vieira (3rd captain)
5 MF Norway NOR Kristoffer Askildsen
7 FW Italy ITA Sebastiano Esposito (on loan from Inter Milan])
8 MF Italy ITA Matteo Ricci
9 FW Italy ITA Manuel De Luca
10 MF Italy ITA Valerio Verre (vice-captain)
11 FW Spain ESP Estanis Pedrola (on loan from Barcelona)
12 GK Italy ITA Elia Tantalocchi
13 DF Italy ITA Andrea Conti
14 MF Switzerland SUI Pajtim Kasami
16 FW Italy ITA Fabio Borini
19 FW Uruguay URU Agustín Álvarez (on loan from Sassuolo)
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 DF Italy ITA Simone Giordano
22 GK Italy ITA Nicola Ravaglia
23 DF Italy ITA Fabio Depaoli (4th captain)
25 DF Italy ITA Alex Ferrari
28 MF Spain ESP Gerard Yepes
29 DF Italy ITA Nicola Murru (captain)
32 MF Italy ITA Stefano Girelli
33 DF Uruguay URU Facundo González (on loan from Juventus)
40 DF Slovenia SVN Petar Stojanović (on loan from Empoli)
43 FW Belgium BEL Samuel Ntanda
46 DF Italy ITA Giovanni Leoni (on loan from Padova)
55 MF The Gambia GAM Ebrima Darboe (on loan from Roma)
80 MF Italy ITA Leonardo Benedetti
87 DF Italy ITA Daniele Ghilardi (on loan from Hellas Verona)


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

No. Pos. Nation Player
15 DF Finland FIN Arttu Lötjönen
34 MF North Macedonia MKD Ardijan Chilafi
35 DF Equatorial Guinea EQG Hugo Buyla (on loan from Atalanta)
36 MF Italy ITA Ilario Porzi
37 DF Italy ITA Matteo Langella
38 DF Italy ITA Lorenzo Costantino
No. Pos. Nation Player
41 DF Italy ITA Fabiano D'Amore
42 MF France FRA Andréa Dacourt
44 FW Italy ITA Simone Leonardi
45 FW Italy ITA Gabriele Alesi
47 FW Italy ITA Simone Pozzato
48 MF Italy ITA Nicolò Uberti

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Italy ITA Emil Audero (at Inter Milan until 30 June 2024)
GK Italy ITA Ivan Saio (at Brindisi until 30 June 2024)
DF Poland POL Bartosz Bereszyński (at Empoli until 30 June 2024)
DF Albania ALB Ertijon Gega (at Alessandria until 30 June 2024)
MF Italy ITA Lorenzo Malagrida (at Rimini until 30 June 2024)
MF Italy ITA Alfonso Sepe (at Alessandria until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Italy ITA Mattia Vitale (at Monopoli until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Marco Delle Monache (at Vicenza until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Erik Gerbi (at Lumezzane until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Daniele Montevago (at Virtus Entella until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Matteo Stoppa (at Catanzaro until 30 June 2024)
FW Italy ITA Antonino La Gumina (at Mirandés until 30 June 2024)

Club officials[edit]

Presidential history[edit]

Name Period
1946 Italy Piero Sanguineti
1946–1948 Italy Amedeo Rissotto
1948–1953 Italy Aldo Parodi
1953–1961 Italy Alberto Ravano
1961–1965 Italy Glauco Lolli Ghetti
1965–1966 Italy Enrico De Franceschini
1966–1968 Italy Arnaldo Salatti
1968–1973 Italy Mario Colantuoni
1973–1974 Italy Giulio Rolandi
1974–1978 Italy Glauco Lolli Ghetti
1978–1979 Italy Edmondo Costa
1979–1993 Italy Paolo Mantovani
1993–2000 Italy Enrico Mantovani
2000–2002 Italy Enzo Garufi
2002 Italy Pietro Sgarlata
2002–2013 Italy Riccardo Garrone
2013–2014 Italy Edoardo Garrone
2014–2021 Italy Massimo Ferrero
2021–2024 Italy Marco Lanna
2024– Italy Matteo Manfredi

Managerial history[edit]

Vujadin Boškov the longest serving and most successful manager in the history of Sampdoria.
Name Period
1946–1947 Italy Giuseppe Galluzzi
1951 Italy Giovanni Rebuffo
1947–1950 Italy Adolfo Baloncieri
1950–1951 Italy Giuseppe Galluzzi
1951 Italy Gipo Poggi
1951–1952 Italy Alfredo Foni
1952 Italy Gipo Poggi
1952–1953 Italy Ivo Fiorentini
1953–1954 Italy Paolo Tabanelli
1954–1956 Hungary Lajos Czeizler
1956–1957 Italy Pietro Rava
1957 Italy Ugo Amoretti
1957–1958 England Bill Dodgin
1958 Italy Adolfo Baloncieri
1958–1962 Italy Eraldo Monzeglio
1962–1963 Italy Roberto Lerici
1963–1965 Austria Ernst Ocwirk
1965–1966 Italy Giuseppe Baldini
1966–1971 Italy Fulvio Bernardini
1971–1973 Paraguay Heriberto Herrera
1973–1974 Italy Guido Vincenzi
1974–1975 Italy Giulio Corsini
1975–1977 Italy Eugenio Bersellini
1977–1978 Italy Giorgio Canali
1978–1979 Italy Lamberto Giorgis
1979–1980 Italy Lauro Toneatto
1980–1981 Italy Enzo Riccomini
1981–1984 Italy Renzo Ulivieri
1984–1986 Italy Eugenio Bersellini
1986–1992 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vujadin Boškov
1992–1997 Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson
1997 Argentina César Menotti
1997–1998 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vujadin Boškov
1998 Italy Luciano Spalletti
1998–1999 England David Platt / Italy Giorgio Veneri
1999 Italy Luciano Spalletti
1999–2000 Italy Gian Piero Ventura
2000–2001 Italy Luigi Cagni
2001–2002 Italy Gianfranco Bellotto
2002–2007 Italy Walter Novellino
2007–2009 Italy Walter Mazzarri
2009–2010 Italy Luigi Delneri
2010–2011 Italy Domenico Di Carlo
2011 Italy Alberto Cavasin
2011 Italy Gianluca Atzori
2011–2012 Italy Giuseppe Iachini
2012 Italy Ciro Ferrara
2012–2013 Italy Delio Rossi
2013–2015 Serbia Siniša Mihajlović
2015 Italy Walter Zenga
2015–2016 Italy Vincenzo Montella
2016–2019 Italy Marco Giampaolo
2019 Italy Eusebio Di Francesco
2019–2021 Italy Claudio Ranieri
2021–2022 Italy Roberto D'Aversa
2022 Italy Marco Giampaolo
2022–2023 Serbia Dejan Stanković
2023– Italy Andrea Pirlo

Recent seasons[edit]

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:

Season Division Tier Position
1995–96 Serie A I 8th
1996–97 Serie A 6th
1997–98 Serie A 9th
1998–99 Serie A 16th ↓
1999–2000 Serie B II 5th
2000–01 Serie B 6th
2001–02 Serie B 11th
2002–03 Serie B 2nd ↑
2003–04 Serie A I 8th
2004–05 Serie A 5th
2005–06 Serie A 12th
2006–07 Serie A 9th
2007–08 Serie A 6th
2008–09 Serie A 13th
2009–10 Serie A 4th
2010–11 Serie A 18th ↓
2011–12 Serie B II 6th ↑
2012–13 Serie A I 14th
2013–14 Serie A 12th
2014–15 Serie A 7th
2015–16 Serie A 15th
2016–17 Serie A 10th
2017–18 Serie A 10th
2018–19 Serie A 9th
2019–20 Serie A 15th
2020–21 Serie A 9th
2021–22 Serie A 15th
2022–23 Serie A 20th ↓
2023–24 Serie B II 7th
Promoted Relegated

Divisional movements[edit]

Series Years Last Promotions Relegations
A 65 2021–22 - Decrease 5 (1966, 1977, 1999, 2011, 2023)
B 12 2011–12 Increase 4 (1967, 1982, 2003, 2012) -
77 years of professional football in Italy since 1946

World Cup winners[edit]


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