Club History
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Sampdoria was created in 1946 by the merger of Andrea Doria and Sampierdarenese, going on to mixed results until their relegation to Serie B in 1966. The Blucerchiati earned immediate promotion and held mid-table status for a decade, but the 1970s were their darkest hour with a series of mediocre Second Division performances.

Beloved President Paolo Mantovani took charge in 1979 and oversaw what was to become one of Italy’s historic sides. The culmination of this project, with Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Mancini leading the way, was the 1991 Scudetto, Cup-Winners' Cup, Italian Super Cup and four Coppa Italia trophies. Perhaps Mantovani’s greatest regret was seeing his side beaten by Barcelona during extra time of the 1992 European Cup Final at Wembley.

After Mantovani’s death Samp struggled with financial woes, selling off all their top stars, and spent four years in Serie B. But a massive injection of funds from owner Riccardo Garrone, an oil baron, saw them return. Another prolific strike partnership in the form of Giampaolo Pazzini and Antonio Cassano helped them clinch qualification to the Champions League Play-offs in 2010 while giving the outfit their best Serie A finish since 1994.

Riccardo’s son Edoardo took over running of the club following his passing, before selling it to Massimo Ferrero in 2014. The film producer’s first act was to award Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic a new contract. 

Samp lost their Coach to Milan after a successful 2014-15 that saw them qualify for the Europa League at the expense of rivals Genoa, leaving Walter Zenga with the reins. The former goalkeeper lasted only a few months and heir Vincenzo Montella, another ex-Sampdoria player, did no better. It remains to be seen how Marco Giampaolo will deal with the troubled team.

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Massimo Ferrero
Club Address: 
Piazza Borgo Pila 39, 16129 Genoa
Training HQ: 
Centro Sportivo Gloriano Mugnaini Rio Poggio, Bogliasco
Team Strip: 
Blue shirts with red, white & black hoops, white shorts & socks
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No sponsor
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Most Capped Italian: 
Gianluca Vialli – 56
Biggest Signing: 
Ariel Ortega – £8m, Valencia (1998)
Biggest Sale: 
Vincenzo Montella – £20m, Roma (1999)
Serie A Records
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Winners - 1 (1991)
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Most Appearances: 
Roberto Mancini – 454
All-Time Top Scorer: 
Roberto Mancini – 132
Season's Top Scorer: 
Sergio Brighenti – 27 (1960-61)
Most Points: 
67 (2009-10)
Least Points: 
20 (1973-74)
Biggest Home Win: 
7-0 v Pro Patria (1955-56)
Biggest Home Defeat: 
0-5 v Inter (1965-66 & 69-70) & v Milan (2007-08)
Biggest Away Win: 
7-3 v Venezia (1949-50), 6-2 v Padova (1956-57), 5-1 v Catania (1963-64)
Biggest Away Defeat: 
1-7 v Inter (1955-56) & v Udinese (1960-61)
Most Wins: 
20 (1990-91)
Least Wins: 
4 (1974-75)
Most Defeats: 
18 (1949-50 & 2010-11)
Least Defeats: 
3 (1990-91)
Most Goals: 
74 (1948-49)
Least Goals: 
16 (1972-73)
Most Conceded: 
76 (1950-51)
Least Conceded: 
21 (1984-85 & 1986-87)
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Marco Giampaolo
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He was the nearly-man of Italian football, fired by Cagliari, Siena and Cesena, famously quitting Brescia and going AWOL one game into the 2013-14 Serie B campaign.  That all changed at Empoli, when Giampaolo carried on the work done by Maurizio Sarri at the Stadio Castellani and won plaudits for their organised and entertaining approach.  The tactician opted to walk away and start afresh at Sampdoria, a club that has caused huge problems for more experienced Coaches.
Stadium Info
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Stadio Luigi Ferraris
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Corso A De Stefanis, 16139 Genoa
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105m x 68m
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Built in 1911, the Stadio Luigi Ferraris is one of Italy’s oldest stadiums with a distinctly British architectural influence stemming from the creation of Sampdoria’s neighbours, Genoa. The pair share the ground, although the latter regard the arena as theirs – many locals still refer to it as ‘U Campu du Zena’ which means Genoa’s pitch in Ligurian dialect.

The Luigi Ferraris – also known as the Marassi after the urban district it was built in – was redeveloped for the 1990 World Cup and its square red structure, with four 44-metre-tall towers at each corner of the perimeter, makes it one of Italy’s most recognisable stadiums. The proximity of the fans to the pitch allows the 9,000-strong crowd of the Gradinata Sud to make their support during the Derby della Lanterna fully heard.

Located near the city centre and in a dense neighbourhood of closely-packed buildings, the stadium is easy to reach on foot or on a special stadium bus which departs from either of the city’s main railway stations Principe or Brignole.