NEWS
Wednesday August 21 2019
Defrel chooses Sampdoria

Roma striker Gregoire Defrel has reportedly chosen a return to Sampdoria, despite offers from Cagliari, Saint-Etienne and Sassuolo.

The forward is available on loan with an option or even obligation to buy for approximately €14m.

There was interest from several clubs, including Cagliari and Sassuolo in Serie A, with Ligue 1 outfit Saint-Etienne stepping up their pursuit today.

However, Sportitalia and Sky Sport Italia are confident Defrel has chosen Sampdoria.

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NEWS
Saturday August 17 2019
EDF: 'Samp start for real now'

Eusebio Di Francesco said Sampdoria must be ready to “start the season for real” with a Coppa Italia Third Round tie at Crotone on Sunday.

“With this Coppa game, we start the season for real,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“It’ll be an important match against a difficult opponent, but will also be fundamental in our preparations for the Serie A season, so I need to evaluate the players at my disposal.

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BLOG ITALIA
Monday August 5 2019
Derby della Lanterna shines brighter

Genoa and Sampdoria are revamping this season with raised ambitions, explains Vijay Rahaman, but uncertainty in the boardroom.

The Marassi showdown between Genoa and Sampdoria is called the Derby della Lanterna after the lighthouse that shines bright over the port city. While the rivalries of Milan, Rome and Turin garner more attention, the one in Genoa has probably been most closely fought over the years and is perhaps seen as the most crucial fixture of the entire season for both sets of fans.

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NEWS
Monday July 8 2019
EDF: At Samp to entertain

Eusebio Di Francesco says he is at Sampdoria ‘to entertain the fans and get results’.

Di Francesco was confirmed as Marco Giampaolo’s successor last month, and Samp finally unveiled him to the Press on Monday afternoon.

“I thank the club, President Ferrero and Carlo Osti for the great opportunity they’ve given me,” began the former Roma boss.

“I wanted to get back on track after my experience at Roma, and I’m convinced that this is the right place for me to work.

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BLOG ITALIA
Saturday June 29 2019
Sampdoria the surprise package

Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall believes Eusebio Di Francesco’s Sampdoria could be the surprise package this season.

There is more to the Blucerchiati than a madcap owner. In fact, despite Massimo Ferrero’s antics, one could say he isn’t even that mad. The evidence of this was left on the pitch last term as Sampdoria finished ninth with pride.

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NEWS
Friday June 28 2019
EDF: Why I chose Samp...

Eusebio Di Francesco chose Sampdoria because ‘they really wanted me’ and is promising ‘a bright, lively, competitive’ team.

Di Francesco was linked with the likes of Milan, Sevilla and Fiorentina before being confirmed as Samp’s new Coach last week, and he is ‘very happy’ with his decision.

“The President was tireless with his courtship,” he told the club’s YouTube account.

“in the long run, it was also nice because he really wanted me and feeling wanted is important.

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BLOG ITALIA
Thursday June 27 2019
Totti's toxic Roma divorce

After 30 years of commitment, Francesco Totti walked out on the Giallorossi amid bitter recrimination. Vijay Rahaman reflects on their ugly separation.

Most divorces are bitter and normally involve laying the blame at the feet of the other party, so Francesco Totti terminating his lifelong love affair with Roma was no different. In celebrity splits, there is usually one side that is seen as the ‘bad guy’ in the breakdown of their relationship and in this case there are absolutely no doubts who the love rat is. President James Pallotta and consultant Franco Baldini are the villains of the piece. That would make Totti the Jennifer Aniston, fitting as they did have similar haircuts in the 1990s.

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NEWS
Sunday June 23 2019
Where next for De Rossi?

With reports Daniele De Rossi will remain in Serie A after Roma let his contract expire, options include Sampdoria, Fiorentina, Inter, Milan and Atalanta.

According to Sky Sport Italia this evening, De Rossi has decided to continue his playing career in Italy, even if it means for the first time facing his beloved hometown club.

There were proposals from abroad, such as Boca Juniors, LAFC and the LA Galaxy, but he does not want to take his family away from the Peninsula.

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NEWS
Sunday June 23 2019
Berardi reunited with EDF at Samp?

Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi could reunite with Eusebio Di Francesco, as it’s reported Sampdoria are offering €12m plus Gianluca Caprari.

According to Italian news agency ANSA, Blucerchiati President Massimo Ferrero wants to give new Coach Di Francesco one of his favourite players.

The tactician and the Italy international spent almost five years working together with the Neroverdi, and the 24-year-old played his best football under the ex-Roma boss.

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Saturday June 22 2019
Official: Sampdoria appoint Di Francesco

Sampdoria have officially appointed Eusebio Di Francesco as their new Coach on a three-year contract. “He is the best choice.”

He replaces Marco Giampaolo, who joined Milan this week, and it is his first role since Roma fired him in March.

“Di Francesco is the best choice, with the objective of continuing to help our Samp grow,” President Massimo Ferrero told the official club website.

“He is a Coach who will put his preparation, experience, quality football, hunger and mentality at our disposal. Welcome, Eusebio!”

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