Cagliari Calcio, commonly known as Cagliari is a professional Italian football club located in Cagliari, Sardina. This club is younger than most Italian teams since it was founded in 1920. The club is proud of its Sardinian origins, as evidenced by the flag of Sardinia found on the club’s badge. Cagliari is in process of building a new stadium, with the expected capacity of 21,000. At the moment, they play their games at Sardegna Arena.
The club didn’t have much success in the top flight of Italian football since they have only won the league once in their history. That happened in 1969/1970 season, when Cagliari was led to Scudetto by Gigi Riva, the all-time leading scorer of the Italian national team. Their best result in Europe was the semi-final in the 1993/1994 season of the UEFA Cup, which they lost to Inter Milan.
During its history, Cagliari often played in lower leagues, even dropping to Serie C1 at one time. However, since the start of the 21st century, they spent most of their time in Serie A, where they are currently competing. Their manager is Eusebio Di Francesco.
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Nahitan Nández from Boca Juniors for £16m in 2019
When Cagliari signed Nández from Boca in 2019, it was the record-breaking transfer fee paid by the Italian club. The Uruguayan midfielder proved himself in Argentina and, judging by his performances in the first season in Serie A, he will prove to be a smart piece of business by Cagliari.
Marko Rog from Napoli for £11.7m in 2020
Another recent and expensive signing by Cagliari was Marko Rog, a Croatian midfielder who spent last four years at Napoli. Although he didn’t really shine as much as it was expected of him in Naples, he already spent the last season at Cagliari on a loan and it seems that his stint at Sardegna Arena will be more successful.
Alessandro Matri from AC Milan for £3m in 2007
The Italian striker arrived at Cagliari for a fee of £3 million in 2007 and he quickly became the focal point of the team’s offence. He spent four years at the club and scored 36 league goals before he was sold to Juventus for a fee of £14 million.
Giovanni Simeone from Napoli for £10.8m in 2020
A familiar name for many, Giovanni is a son of Diego Simeone who spent a part of his impressive career in Italy playing for Inter and Lazio. Unlike his father, Giovanni plays as a striker and he already played one season for Cagliari on a loan before the club decided to sign him on a permanent deal.
Lorenzo Ariaudo from Juventus for £3.4m in 2010
One of the best signings for the club in the past decade, Lorenzo Ariaudo arrived for a modest fee of £3.4 million. The central defender soon became an indispensable part of Cagliari defence and spent four years at the club before going to Sassuolo.