Udinese Calcio, or just Udinese, is a professional Italian football club from the city of Udine located in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. Udinese was founded in 1896 as a sports club, while the football section was established in 1911. The club plays home matches at Stadio Friuli with a capacity of 25,000 seats in striped black and white kits.
During its long-lasting history, Udinese didn’t have much success. They’ve spent half of the years in lower leagues and their biggest success came on the European scene, not in domestic competitions. In 2000, Udinese won the UEFA Intertoto Cup, a minor European competition. Their best results at home were a Coppa Italia final in 1922 and the third place in Serie A in 2012.
The best years for Udinese are still going on since the club has been a perennial member of Serie A since 1994, earning a spot in European competitions a few times in those years. The current manager of Udinese is Luca Gotti.
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Antonio Di Natale from Empoli for £90,000 in 2004
Widely considered to be the best player to ever play in Udinese, Di Natale arrived at the club in 2004 after his former club Empoli was relegated to Serie B. He came along with his teammates Manuel Belleri and Emílson Cribari, in a co-ownership deal with Empoli believed to be worth £90,000 for Di Natale. The striker spent the rest of his career at Udinese, scoring 191 goals in 385 Serie A games for the club.
Alexis Sánchez from Cobreloa for £2.7m in 2006
The Chilean forward arrived at Udinese in 2006 when he was only 18 years old. He spent the first two seasons on loans at Colo Colo and River Plate before making his debut for Udinese in 2008. In 2011, after three successful years in Italy, he was sold to Barcelona for £23.4 million.
Rolando Mandragora from Juventus for £18m in 2018
The most expensive transfer in Udinese’s history is the signing of Mandragora from Juventus for £18 million in 2018. However, the deal included the buy-back option for the same price, which Juventus exercised in 2020 before sending the Italian midfielder back to Udinese, this time on loan.
Fabio Quagliarella from Sampdoria for £6.5 in 2007
The Italian striker arrived at Udinese in 2007 for a fee of around £6.5 million. During his two years at Udinese, Quagliarella scored 25 goals in 73 Serie A games and drew interest from major Italian clubs. In 2009, he was sold to Napoli for £16.2 million.
Gökhan İnler from FC Zürich for £900,000 in 2007
Inler was only 23 years old when he joined Udinese but he already had significant experience in the Swiss league. The central midfielder spent four years at the club and earned a reputation as one of the best Swiss players. Ultimately, Inler was sold to Napoli for a fee or around £16 million