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Unione Calcio Sampdoria is an Football in Italy club based in Genoa. The club was formed in 1946 from the List of football club mergers of two existing sports clubs whose roots can be traced back to the 1890s, Sampierdarenese and Andrea Doria. Both the team name and jersey do reflect this, the first being a combination of the former names, the second incorporating the former teams' colours (blue-white and red-black) in a single design.

Sampdoria currently compete in the Italian Serie B. The team's colours are blue with white, red and black hoops
, hence the nickname blucerchiati. Sampdoria play at Stadio Luigi Ferraris, capacity 36,536, which it shares with Genoa's other club, Genoa Cricket and Football Club. The derby between the two teams is commonly known as the Derby della Lanterna.

Sampdoria have won the scudetto only once in their history, in the 1991 season. The club has also won the Coppa Italia four times (1985, 1988, 1989, and 1994) and one Italian Super Cup. Their biggest European success came when they won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1989-90. They also reached the European Cup final in European Cup 1991-92 only to lose against the Spanish side FC Barcelona with an 1–0 score after extra time.


The Ginnastica Sampierdarenese was founded in 1891, opening its football section in 1899. Also around this time, a club named Society Andrea Doria was founded in 1895, and began to increase their focus on dedicating itself to football.

Andrea Doria: early league participation

Andrea Doria did not participate in the first Italian Football Championship which was organized by the Italian Federation of Football (F.I.F.) since instead they had enrolled themselves into a football tournament which was organized by the Italian Federation of Ginnastica. The club eventually joined the competition for the Italian Football Championship 1903, but did not win a game in the tournament until 1907 when they beat local rivals Genoa C.F.C. 3–1.

It was not until Italian Football Championship 1910-11 that the club began to show promise; during that season's tournament they finished above Juventus, F.C. Internazionale Milano and Genoa in the Piedmont-Lombardy-Liguria section.

Post-World War I

After World War I, Sampierdarenese finally began to compete in the Italian Championship, after they bought a pre-war club of Genoa province: Pro Liguria of Bolzaneto. So, Samp and Doria met in the championship for the first time; Doria won in first-leg game (4–1 and 1–1), and they also arrived at second place after Genoa in Ligurian Championship, qualifying for the National Round.

With the 1921–22 season, the Italian top league was split into two competitions; both of the clubs in Sampdoria's history were in separate competitions that year too. Sampierdarenese played in the Italian Football Championship 1921-22 (F.I.G.C.). Both legs of the final ended in 0–0 draws, thus a repetition match was played in Cremona on 21 May 1922. Still intensely difficult to separate, the match went into extra time with Novese eventually winning the tie (and the Championship) 2–1.

After the league system in Italy was brought back into one item, Sampierdarenese remained stronger than Andrea Doria by qualifying for the league. By 1924–25 the clubs were competing against each other in the Northern League; Doria who finished one place above their rivals won one game 2–1, while Sampierdarenese were victorious 2–0 in the other. At the end of the 1926–27 season, the clubs merged by fascist authorities under the name La Dominante.

La Dominante Genova split: 1930s

Wearing green and black striped shirts, La Dominante Genova were admitted to the first ever season of Serie B, where they finished 3rd just missing out on promotion. The next season, under the name Liguria they had a disastrous year, finishing bottom of the table and were relegated.

Because of this, both Sampierdarenese and Andrea Doria reverted to their previous names as separate clubs. Sampierdarenese were back in Serie B for the 1932–33 season and finished in the upper part; the following year they were crowned champions and were promoted into Serie A for the first time. Andrea Doria on the other hand, battled out the 1930s down in Serie C.

The 15 July 1937 saw Sampierdarenese, melting itself with Corniglianese and Rivarolese with the club using the name Associazione Liguria Calcio; this saw them reach 5th place in Serie A during 1939. In the early 1940s, the club was relegated, but bounced straight back up as Serie B champions in 1941.


After World War II, both clubs were competing in Serie A; 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 took place that would stick for the two teams, together they formed Unione Calcio Sampdoria.
The first president 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. In the same month of the merger, the new club demanded that they should share the Stadio Luigi Ferraris ground with Genoa C.F.C.; the agreement was carried off without problems. Consequently, the stadium was prepared to accommodate the games of both clubs.

As if to further show that the merger really was equal parts of both previous clubs, a new football kit was designed for the club; it implemented the blue shirts of Andrea Doria with the white, red and black mid-section of Sampierdarenese.

European and domestic successes

In 1979 the club, then playing Serie B, was acquired by oil businessman Paolo Mantovani, who invested in the team in order to bring Sampdoria to the top flights. In 1982 Sampdoria made their Serie A return, and they won their first Coppa Italia three years later. In 1986 Vujadin Boskov was appointed as new head coach; the club won their second Coppa Italia in 1988, being admitted to the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1988-89, where they reached the final, being defeated 2–0 by FC Barcelona. A second consecutive triumph in the Coppa Italia gave Sampdoria a spot in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1989-90, which they finally won defeating R.S.C. Anderlecht after extra time in the final. This was followed Serie A 1990-91 later by their first (and, as of 2010, only) scudetto, being crowned as Serie A champions with a five points advantage to second-placed Inter Milan. The winning team featured several notable players, such as Gianluca Pagliuca, Gianluca Vialli, Roberto Mancini, Toninho Cerezo, Pietro Vierchowod and Attilio Lombardo, with Vujadin Boskov as head coach. In the following season, Sampdoria reached the UEFA Champions League final, and was defeated again by Barcelona at the Wembley Stadium (1923).

Since this period Sampdoria have made a limited number of appearances in European cup competitions. During the 1994/1995 campaign they reached the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners' Cup before being eliminated on penalties in a memorable tie against Arsenal F.C.. The club also participated in the 1997/1998 UEFA Cup but were eliminated by Atletico Bilbao of Spain in the First Round. The 2005/2006 season also proved to be a significant one, with Sampdoria returning to European competition for the first time since their promotion back to Serie A, with the club narrowly missing out on Champions League qualification and entering the UEFA cup. During this campaign, the team was minutes away from qualification to the last 32 when RC Lens of France eliminated them by beating them 2–1. The club recently also took part in the 2007/2008 UEFA Cup, entering via the Intertoto cup. However it was to be a short and disappointing campaign, with Sampdoria being eliminated on away goals by Aalborg Boldspilklub of Denmark in the First Round. Participation in recent seasons of Europa League was marked by constant defeats by Metalist Kharkiv and lack of consistent play.

Decline and resurgence

On 14 October 1993 Paolo Mantovani suddenly died; he was replaced by his son Enrico. During Enrico Mantovani's first season (1993/94) Sampdoria won one more Italian Cup and placed 3rd in the national championship. During the following four seasons many players from his father's team left the club but many important acquisitions were made which kept Sampdoria in the top tier of the Italian Serie A. The likes of Enrico Chiesa, Argentine internationals Juan Sebastian Veron and Ariel Ortega, loan signing Vincenzo Montella and international midfielders Clarence Seedorf and Christian Karembeu.

Despite this, in May 1999 Sampdoria were relegated from Serie A, and did not return to the top flight until 2002. Around this time Sampdoria was acquired by Riccardo Garrone (born 1936), an Italian oil businessman. Two of Garrone's most important initial moves were to inject new cash into the club and to appoint Walter Novellino as new head coach. Sampdoria returned to Serie A in 2003 lead by talisman Francesco Flachi, and ended their first season in eighth place. In the Serie A 2004-05 they lost a spot in the UEFA Champions League to Udinese Calcio in the final matchdays of the season, ending in fifth place. This was followed by a poor season; despite this, Novellino was confirmed for one more season and Sampdoria ended Serie A 2006-07 in ninth place. As the 8th placed team in Serie A were not granted a UEFA licence, Sampdoria was able to enter the UEFA Intertoto Cup 2007 as a result. Novellino announced his farewell to Sampdoria soon after, with Walter Mazzarri unveiled shortly after as his replacement.

The Serie A 2007-08 started very early for Sampdoria due to qualifying rounds. They defeated PFC Cherno More Varna in the Intertoto Cup and Hajduk Split in the second qualifying round of UEFA Cup, before being eliminated in the First Round proper by Aalborg Boldspilklub on away goals. The club took actively part in the transfer market, persuading Vincenzo Montella to make a comeback at Samp and signing Antonio Cassano from Real Madrid C.F. on a loan basis. Having had such a successful loan period, Sampdoria have made the move permanent from the 2008-09 season. During the winter transfer window, Giampaolo Pazzini was signed and formed one of Serie A's most effective partnerships. Sampdoria ended the season in sixth place of the Italian Serie A and qualified for the UEFA Cup 2008-09. The following season, they qualified for the 2010-11 UEFA Champions League.

With the departure of Director of Sport Giuseppe Marotta, coach Luigi Delneri, both of whom were credited with Samp's recent successes and club top scorers Cassano and Pazzini and the squad being stretched by Champions League football, Sampdoria embarked on a miserable run of results and were relegated to Serie B after loss 2-1 at home to U.S. Città di Palermo in May 2011.


Youth Players

Out on loan

Capped players

Had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Sampdoria.

- Marcello Agnoletto
- Giuseppe Baldini
- Paolo Barison
- Adriano Bassetto
- Fabio Bazzani
- Gianfranco Bedin
- Romeo Benetti
- Mario Bergamaschi
- Gaudenzio Bernasconi
- Stefano Bettarini
- Emiliano Bonazzoli
- Dario Bonetti
- Ivano Bordon
- Marco Borriello
- Sergio Brighenti
- Amedeo Carboni
- Andrea Caracciolo
- Antonio Cassano
- Marcello Castellini
- Luciano Chiarugi
- Enrico Chiesa
- Sandro Cois
- Paolo Conti
- Mario David
- Gennaro Delvecchio
- Aimo Diana
- Cristiano Doni
- Giuseppe Dossena
- Alberigo Evani
- Giulio Falcone
- Osvaldo Fattori
- Giuseppe Farina (footballer)
- Riccardo Ferri
- Eddie Firmani
- Alfio Fontana
- Luca Fusi
- Roberto Galia
- Renato Gei
- Simone Inzaghi
- Mark Iuliano
- Marco Lanna
- Giovanni Lodetti
- Francisco Lojacono
- Attilio Lombardo
- Arnaldo Lucentini
- Christian Maggio
- Roberto Mancini
- Moreno Mannini
- Massimo Marazzina
- Giacomo Mari
- Domenico Marocchino
- Gianfranco Matteoli
- Alessandro Melli
- Aurelio Milani
- Vincenzo Montella
- Bruno Mora
- Francesco Morini
- Giuseppe Moro

- Bruno Nicolè
- Gianluca Pagliuca
- Angelo Palombo
- Giampaolo Pazzini
- Fabrizio Poletti
- Fabio Quagliarella
- Pierluigi Ronzon
- Giuseppe Sabadini
- Patrizio Sala
- Benito Sarti
- Franco Semioli
- Michele Serena
- Giuseppe Signori
- Angelo Sormani
- Christian Terlizzi
- Max Tonetto
- Mario Tortul
- Gianluca Vialli
- Pietro Vierchowod
- Guido Vincenzi
- Sergio Volpi
- Luciano Zauri
- Luciano Zecchini
- Walter Zenga
- Cristian Zenoni

- Jonathan Bottinelli
- Ariel Ortega
- Juan Sebastián Verón

- Ernst Ocwirk

- Vitali Kutuzov

- Toninho Cerezo
- Doriva
- Paulo Silas

- François Omam-Biyik

- Jorge Toro

Côte d'Ivoire
- Saliou Lassissi

- Krunoslav Jurčić

- Karl Aage Hansen
- Harald Nielsen

- Trevor Francis
- David Platt (footballer)
- Lee Sharpe
- Des Walker

- Alain Boghossian
- Christian Karembeu
- Pierre Laigle
- Maryan Wisnieski

- Hans-Peter Briegel
- Jürgen Klinsmann

- Mark Edusei

- Vladimir Koman
- Zsolt Laczkó

- Kurnia Sandy

- Liam Brady

- Atsushi Yanagisawa

- Marius Stankevičius

- Ruud Gullit
- Clarence Seedorf

- Ikechukwu Kalu

- Graeme Souness

- Srečko Katanec

- Vujadin Boškov
- Zoran Jovičić (footballer)
- Vladimir Jugović
- Siniša Mihajlović
- Nenad Sakić
- Todor Veselinović
- Bratislav Živković

- Luis Suárez Miramontes
- Víctor Muñoz

- Ingvar Gärd
- Lennart Skoglund

- Marco Padalino
- Reto Ziegler

- Rubén Olivera

- Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko

Managerial history

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U.C Sampdoria biggest rivals is Genoa C.F.C


- Winners: Serie A 1990-91
- Runners-up (1): 1921–22 (Italian Football Championship 1921-22 (F.I.G.C.), Serie B 1966-67
- Runners-up (2): Serie B 1981-82, Serie B 2002-03

- Winners: 1984–85, Coppa Italia 1987-88, Coppa Italia 1988-89, Coppa Italia 1993-94
- Runners-up (3): Coppa Italia 1985-86, Coppa Italia 1990-91, 2009 Coppa Italia Final

- Winners: 1991 Italian Super Cup
- Runners-up (3): 1988, 1989, 1994

UEFA Champions League
- Runners-up (1): 1992 European Cup Final

- Winners: 1990 European Cup Winners' Cup Final
- Runners-up (1): 1989 European Cup Winners' Cup Final

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