Unione Calcio Sampdoria, commonly known as Sampdoria, is a football club based in the city of Genoa in the Italian region of Liguria. It is one of the youngest Serie A clubs – the team was founded in 1946 by the merger of two existing clubs Sampierdarenese and Andrea Doria. Sampdoria’s home ground is Stadio Luigi Ferraris with a capacity of around 36,000 seats.
The club didn’t have much success in the early years of their existence. However, their glory days arrived after being acquired by an oil businessman Paolo Mantovani in 1979. The team won all its trophies in the 1980s and 1990s, including one Serie A title, four Coppa Italia trophies and the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1990. Sampdoria also reached the final of the European Cup in 1992, where they lost to Barcelona after extra time.
Sampdoria has since played in Serie B on many occasions but they’ve been a permanent member of Serie A since 2012. Their manager at the moment is Claudio Ranieri, an experienced manager who was at the helm of many big Italian and European clubs.
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Roberto Mancini from Bologna for £2.2m in 1982
One of the biggest Sampdoria legends and the crucial part of the team that won the only Scudetto for the club in 1991, Mancini arrived at Sampdoria as a promising teenager. He spent 15 years with the club and appeared in 424 Seria A games with Sampdoria.
Emil Audero from Juventus for £18m in 2019
The highest fee that Sampdoria ever paid for a player was £18 million for Audero in 2019. The Italian goalkeeper first came on loan in 2018 and after playing in all but 2 Serie A games for the team, the move was made permanent.
Siniša Mihajlović from AS Roma for £5.4m in 1994
Mihajlović came to Roma after winning the European Cup with Red Star but his two-year spell at the club wasn’t as successful as he expected. He welcomed the opportunity to move to Sampdoria, where he spent four seasons before being sold to Lazio for £8.5 million in 1998. The Serbian left-back was best known for his amazing free kick abilities.
Milan Škriniar from Žilina for £4.7m in 2016
The Slovakian centre back arrived at Sampdoria for £4.7 million in 2016 and he quickly proved his defensive ability in Serie A. After spending just one season with the team, he was sold to Inter Milan for a fee of £30.5 million, which is the second-highest fee that the club ever received.
Vincenzo Montella from Genoa for £4m in 1996
Montella played just one season for Genoa before Sampdoria came knocking with a £4 million offer in 1996. The young Italian striker immediately left his impact at Stadio Luigi Ferraris. He remained with the club for 3 years and scored 54 league goals in 83 games. Eventually, Montella was sold to Roma for a fee of around £23 million.