Some curious statistics suggest that Sampdoria should have prepared themselves for relegation even before the campaign began.
Doria were relegated to Serie B yesterday following a 2-1 defeat to Palermo at Marassi which left many players in tears.
Amazingly, the club's last four relegations to the second tier have come in years where the last two figures are the same – 1966, 1977, 1999 and 2011.
There is another numerical coincidence linked to May 22, the date that this year's Serie A season will end. The 1966 and 1977 campaigns also concluded on that same day.