Cagliari Calcio

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Cagliari
Club crest
Full name Cagliari Calcio SpA
Nickname(s) I Rossoblu (The Red-blues)
Gli Isolani (The Islanders)
I Sardi (The Sardinians)
Castéddu (Sardinian name for Cagliari)
Founded 20 August 1920; 93 years ago (1920-08-20)
Ground Stadio Sant'Elia,
Cagliari, Italy
Ground Capacity 16,200
President Massimo Cellino
Head Coach Ivo Pulga
League Serie A
2012–13 Serie A, 11th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Cagliari Calcio (Italian: [ˈkaʎʎari] ( ); Sardinian: Casteddu) is an Italian football club based in Cagliari, Sardinia. The club was formed in 1920 and currently plays in Italian Serie A, having spent a large part of recent years mainly in Serie A and Serie B.

They won their only scudetto in 1970, when they were led by Italian national team's all-time leading scorer, Gigi Riva. The triumph was also the first by a club from south of Rome. Cagliari's colours are blue and red. The club's stadium is the 5,000 seater (expected to be 16,000 after the current renovation) Stadio Sant'Elia in Cagliari. During the 2012–13 season, however, the team has temporarily played their home games at the Is Arenas, in Quartu Sant'Elena

The club's best European performance was in the 1993-94 UEFA Cup, losing in the semi-finals to Inter Milan.

History

Before Serie A

Cagliari became the first ever out-right champions of Serie C during the 1951–52 season, prior to that in the league the championship was shared amongst more than one team. They spent the 1950s from then on in Serie B, losing a promotion play-off in 1954. After descending to Serie C in the early 1960s, Cagliari's rise would be meteoric- eventually achieving promotion to Serie A in 1964.

First Serie A adventure: 1964–1976

Forward Luigi Riva led Cagliari to their first Serie A title in 1969–70.

The squad for the Rossoblu's debut season in Serie A featured players like defender Mario Martiradonna, midfielders Pierluigi Cera, Nené and Ricciotti Greatti, and forward Luigi Riva. A poor first half of the season saw Cagliari in last place with 9 points at the halfway mark. An astonishing second half of the season saw Cagliari defeat the likes of Juventus and Milan and finish in 7th place with 34 points. Two seasons later Riva finished Serie A top scorer for the first time while Cagliari finished with the league's best defensive record.

During the summer of 1967, Cagliari played a season in North America as part of a fledgling league called the United Soccer Association. This league from Europe and South America to play in American and Canadian cities, with each club bearing a local name. Cagliari played as the Chicago Mustangs, and finished joint second in the league's Western Division with 13 points, two behind the division champion and eventual league champion Los Angeles Wolves. The league's leading scorer was Chicago/Cagliari's Roberto Boninsegna, who scored 10 goals while playing in 9 of the team's 12 games.

Cagliari first emerged as serious Serie A title contenders in 1968–69 with a three-horse race involving them, Fiorentina and Milan. Fiorentina would win the league, but the following season would bring ultimate glory. With Angelo Domenghini joining the side, Cagliari would win the title in 1970 with only two games lost, 11 goals conceded (the fewest in any major European league to date) and Riva as league top scorer once more. Players like Cera, Domenghini and Riva played in Italy's 1970 World Cup Final team.

The 1970s would see a gradual decline (though were title contenders two years after their one and only scudetto win) Cagliari were finally relegated in 1976 with Riva's career having effectively ended during that season.

Up and down again: 1976–87

After relegation, Cagliari lost a play-off for promotion the following season and would return to Serie A in 1979. Players like Franco Selvaggi, Mario Brugnera (a survivor of the 1970 team) and Alberto Marchetti ensured a respectable four-year stay in the top flight before a second relegation in 1983. The 80s would then prove to be a darker time compared to the previous two decades with relegation to Serie C1 in 1987.

There and back: 1987–2000

Cagliari spent two seasons in Serie C1. In the first one it barely avoided relegation in Serie C2. In 1988, Claudio Ranieri was appointed coach, and led the team to two successive promotions, to Serie B in 1989 and to Serie A in 1990. The first two seasons back in Serie A saw Cagliari fight relegation, with safety being achieved by excellent second half runs. But season 1992–93 would see Cagliari fight for a European place and succeed under the management of Carlo Mazzone. The following season saw a run to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup, unprecedented for the Sardinian club.

The next few years would see Cagliari return to mid-table anonymity, before a struggle in 1996–97 saw Cagliari relegated after losing a play-off to Piacenza. Once more they bounced back after just one year, but their next stay in Serie A lasted just two seasons.

Once and again: 2000 onwards

Cagliari spent the next four seasons in Serie B, for most part in mid-table mediocrity. But 2003–04 would see the Rossoblu, led by Sardinian-born Gianfranco Zola, mount a successful promotion challenge and the following season saw Cagliari hold their own in Serie A with a respectable mid-table finish. The following season was a quiet one for the Sardinians, that obtained a good mid-table position (12th place).

The 2005–06 season, the first without Zola, started in the worst way possible for Cagliari, which changed its manager for three times, with Attilio Tesser, Daniele Arrigoni and Davide Ballardini alternating to the position of coach, before Nedo Sonetti, appointed in November, who was able to save the team from a relegation also thanks to goals of Honduran striker David Suazo. For the 2006–2007 season, Marco Giampaolo was signed as head coach, however he was fired after the 17th matchday and replaced by Franco Colomba. However, after a number of poor performances ending in a 2–0 home defeat to Lazio, Colomba was sacked, and chairman Cellino chose to reinstate Giampaolo as head coach. Giampaolo was confirmed for the 2007–08 season, and his contract was extended for two more years.

The 2007–08 season saw the flagship strikers David Suazo, Esposito and Langella leave for Internazionale, Roma and Atalanta respectively, and the experienced goalkeeper Chimenti leave for Udinese. The club reinforced itself with youngsters likes Acquafresca, Matri, Foggia, Argentine Larrivey and Slovenian Koprivec . Nedo Sonetti returned to coach the Rossoblu in November 2007 after Giampaolo was relieved of his duties as a result of poor results in the first part of the 2007–08 Serie A season that saw them sink to the bottom of the Serie A standings. In the January transfer window, Cagliari made changes to their squad with goalkeepers Vincenzo Marruocco and Marco Fortin replaced by Marco Storari and Luca Capecchi, along with experienced striker Jeda, and the Sardinian midfielder Andrea Cossu. With these new players Cagliari won many matches and continued their climb up the table eventually ending the season at 14th. The 2008–09 season saw Cagliari start their season badly losing their first 5 matches. However, despite their rough start, they went on to end the season at a comfortable 9th place, 19 points above relegation.

Cagliari's coach, Pierpaolo Bisoli, was fired on 15 November 2010 and replaced by former Italy and Napoli coach Roberto Donadoni which is sacked on 12 August 2011.

Cagliari started the 2011–12 season with Massimo Ficcadenti as head coach, then replaced by comeback man Davide Ballardini. A few weeks before the end of season, Ballardini was however removed as head coach due to poor results and Ficcadenti was reinstated. At the end of the season, Cagliari has played their home games at Stadio Nereo Rocco in Trieste, after the historical club stadium was closed down in March 2012. Cagliari has used Stadio Is Arenas in Quartu Sant'Elena as its home venue for the 2012–13 season, coming back to the Sant'Elia (still under renovation) in the following season.

Current squad

First team

As of 31 January, 2014.1

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Marco Silvestri (on loan from Chievo)
3 Italy DF Alessandro Bastrini (on loan from Novara)
4 Italy MF Andrea Tabanelli (on loan from AC Cesena)
5 Italy MF Daniele Conti (captain)
7 Italy MF Andrea Cossu
8 Brazil DF Danilo Avelar
9 Italy FW Marco Sau
10 Republic of Macedonia FW Agim Ibraimi (on loan from Slovenia Maribor)
13 Italy DF Davide Astori
14 Italy DF Francesco Pisano
15 Italy DF Luca Rossettini
16 Sweden MF Sebastian Eriksson
18 Brazil FW Nenê
19 Greece DF Mários Oikonómou
No. Position Player
20 Sweden MF Albin Ekdal
21 Italy MF Daniele Dessena
22 Uruguay MF Matías Cabrera
23 Colombia FW Víctor Ibarbo
24 Italy DF Gabriele Perico
25 Serbia GK Vlada Avramov
27 Uruguay MF Matías Vecino (on loan from Fiorentina)
28 Italy GK Werther Carboni
29 Italy DF Nicola Murru
32 Brazil MF Adryan (on loan from Brazil Flamengo)
34 Italy DF Dario Del Fabro
36 Italy MF Andrea Demontis
51 Chile FW Mauricio Pinilla

Returning from loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Italy FW Lorenzo Porceddu (at Novese)

Co-Ownership

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Italy MF Enrico Verachi (with Como)

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
4 Belgium MF Radja Nainggolan (at Roma)
Uruguay MF Pablo Ceppelini (at Slovenia Maribor)
Italy MF Daniele Giorico (at Venezia)
No. Position Player
Italy MF Alberto Melis (at Aprilia)
Italy MF Marco Piredda (at Como)

Youth team

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
26 Italy FW Antonio Loi
30 Italy MF Alessandro Masia
No. Position Player
35 Italy MF Michele Suella
38 Italy FW Simone Solinas

Retired numbers

11Italy Luigi Riva, forward, 1963–78

Notable former players

Including only players with at least 100 appearances in the club, or an appearance in a FIFA World Cup edition

Presidential history

Cagliari have had numerous presidents over the course of their history, some of which have been the owners of the club, others have been honorary presidents, here is a complete list of them:2

 
Name Years
Italy Gaetano Fichera 1920–21
Italy Antonio Zedda 1921
Italy Giorgio Mereu 1921–22
Italy Angelo Prunas 1922–24
Italy Agostino Cugusi 1924–26
Italy Vittorio Tredici 1926–28
Italy Carlo Costa Marras 1928–29
Italy Enzo Comi 1929–30
Italy Giovan Battista Bosazza 1930–31
Italy Guido Boero 1931–32
Italy Vitale Cao 1932–33
Italy Enrico Endrich 1933
Italy Pietro Faggioli 1933–34
 
Name Years
Italy Aldo Vacca 1934–35
Italy Mario Banditelli 1935–40
Italy Giuseppe Depperu 1940–43
Italy Eugenio Camboni 1944–46
Italy Umberto Ceccarelli 1946–47
Italy Emilio Zunino 1947–49
Italy Domenico Loi 1949–53
Italy Pietro Leo 1953–54
Italy Efisio Corrias 1954–55
Italy Ennio Dalmasso 1955–57
Italy Giuseppe Meloni 1958–60
Italy Enrico Rocca 1960–68
Italy Efisio Corrias 1968–71
 
Name Years
Italy Paolo Marras 1971–73
Italy Andrea Arrica 1973–76
Italy Mariano Delogu 1976–81
Italy Alvaro Amarugi 1981–84
Italy Fausto Moi 1984–86
Italy Luigi Riva 1986–87
Italy Lucio Cordeddu 1987
Italy Antonio Orrù 1987–91
Italy Massimo Cellino 1991–05
Italy Bruno Ghirardi 2005–06
Italy Massimo Cellino 2006–

Managerial history

Cagliari have had many managers and trainers, some seasons they have had co-managers running the team, here is a chronological list of them from when they founded in 1920 onwards.3

 
Name Nationality Years
Gaetano Fichera Italy 1920–21
Giorgio Mereu Italy 1921–23
Angelo Colombo Italy 1923–26
Natale Archibusacci Italy 1926–27
Roberto Winkler Hungary 1927–30
Egri Erbstein Hungary 1930–32
András Kuttik Hungary 1932–34
Enrico Crotti Italy 1934–35
Ferenc Molnár Hungary 1935
Roberto Orani Italy 1935–36
Renato Bonello Italy 1936–38
Roberto Winkler Hungary 1938–39
Mariolino Congiu Italy 1939–41
Mariolino Congiu
Enrico Corrias
Italy
Italy
1941–42
Mariolino Congiu Italy 1942–46
Raffaele D'Aquino Italy 1946–48
Roberto Winkler Hungary 1948–49
Armando Latella Italy 1949–50
Mariolino Congiu Italy 1950
Enrico Carpitelli Italy 1950–51
Mariolino Congiu Italy 1951
Federico Allasio Italy 1951–54
Vincenzo Soro Italy 1954
Carlo Alberto Quario Italy 1954–55
Silvio Piola Italy 1955–56
Carlo Rigotti Italy 1956–57
Silvio Piola Italy 1957
Mariolino Congiu Italy 1957–58
Piero Andreoli Italy 1958
 
Name Nationality Years
Stefano Perati Italy 1958–60
Carlo Rigotti Italy 1960–61
Arturo Silvestri Italy 1961–66
Ettore Puricelli Uruguay 1967–68
Manlio Scopigno Italy 1968–72
Edmondo Fabbri Italy 1972–73
Giuseppe Chiappella Italy 1973–75
Luigi Radice Italy 1975
Luis Suárez Spain 1975–76
Mario Tiddia Italy 1976
Lauro Toneatto Italy 1976–78
Mario Tiddia Italy 1978–81
Paolo Carosi Italy 1981–82
Gustavo Giagnoni Italy 1982–83
Mario Tiddia Italy 1983–84
Fernando Veneranda Italy 1984–85
Renzo Ulivieri Italy 1985–86
Gustavo Giagnoni Italy 1986–87
Enzo Robotti Italy 1987–88
Mario Tiddia Italy 1988
Claudio Ranieri Italy July 1, 1988 – June 30, 1991
Massimo Giacomini Italy 1991
Carlo Mazzone Italy 1991–93
Luigi Radice Italy 1993–94
Bruno Giorgi Italy 1994
Óscar Tabárez Uruguay July 1, 1994 – June 30, 1995
Giovanni Trapattoni Italy July 1, 1995 – Feb 13, 1996
Bruno Giorgi Italy 1996
Gregorio Pérez Uruguay July 1, 1996 – Jan 1, 1997
Carlo Mazzone Italy Oct 23, 1996 – June 30, 1997
 
Name Nationality Years
Giampiero Ventura Italy July 1, 1997 – June 30, 1999
Óscar Tabárez Uruguay July 1, 1999 – Sept 15, 1999
Renzo Ulivieri Italy 1999–00
Gianfranco Bellotto Italy 2000–01
Giuseppe Materazzi Italy 2001
Antonio Sala Italy 2001–02
Giulio Nuciari Italy Oct 28, 2001 – Dec 23, 2001
Nedo Sonetti Italy 2002
Giampiero Ventura Italy July 1, 2002 – Dec 1, 2003
Edoardo Reja Italy July 1, 2003 – June 30, 2004
Daniele Arrigoni Italy 2004 – June 30, 2005
Attilio Tesser Italy July 1, 2005 – Aug 29, 2005
Daniele Arrigoni Italy Aug 29, 2005 – Sept 16, 2005
Davide Ballardini Italy Sept 15, 2005 – Nov 8, 2005
Nedo Sonetti Italy Nov 12, 2005 – June 30, 2006
Franco Colomba Italy Dec 17, 2006 – Feb 26, 2007
Marco Giampaolo Italy Feb 26, 2007 – Nov 13, 2007
Nedo Sonetti Italy 2007
Davide Ballardini Italy Dec 28, 2007 – June 30, 2008
Massimiliano Allegri Italy May 29, 2008 – April 13, 2010
Giorgio Melis (interim) Italy April 13, 2010 – June 30, 2010
Pierpaolo Bisoli Italy June 23, 2010 – Nov 15, 2010
Roberto Donadoni Italy Nov 16, 2010 – Aug 12, 2011
Massimo Ficcadenti Italy Aug 16, 2011 – Nov 8, 2011
Davide Ballardini Italy Nov 9, 2011 – March 11, 2012
Massimo Ficcadenti Italy March 11, 2012 – Oct 3, 2012
Ivo Pulga Italy Oct 3, 2012 – June 30, 2013
Diego López Uruguay July 1, 2013 – April 06, 2014

Colours, badge and nicknames

Cagliari's 2008 third kit.
Cagliari's crest used prior to 1970.
Cagliari's previous logo

The official red and blue colours of Cagliari mirror those featured on the stemma of Cagliari.4 The red parts of the stemma are a reference to the coat of arms of the House of Savoy, a family which was previously the monarchy of Italy and more relevantly to Cagliari in particular, the Kingdom of Sardinia.4 The blue part of the stemma features the sky and the sea, also a castle; this is because the old historic center of Cagliari is walled and called the Castello.4 Due to the use of these colours on their shirt in halves, the club is commonly nicknamed rossoblu.5

Cagliari have had several different logo designs during their history, all of which feature the Flag of Sardinia.6 Usually the badge also features the club colours, if there is a change the main difference has been the colour of the border or the shape.6

Currently the badge features an upright-oval which is coloured in blue and red halves, it features the club's name in black. Inside this is an Old French-shaped escutcheon with red and blue halves, with the colours the opposite way around to the outer layer; inside this is the Flag of Sardinia and the club's foundation date, 1920 in black.6 Interestingly, the badge was not changed to match the change in the Sardinian flag in 1992, when the Moors' heads were turned to the right; on the Cagliari logo the heads still look to the left.

Due to the fact that Cagliari are the main club from the island of Sardinia, they are nicknamed the Isolani (Islanders).7

Honours

National titles

Serie A:

Serie B:

  • Winners (1): 2003–04
  • Runners-up (2): 1963–64; 1978–79
  • Promoted (2): 1989–90; 1997–98

Serie C / Serie C1:

  • Winners (3): 1930–31; 1951–52; 1988–89

Coppa Italia Serie C:

  • Winners (1): 1989

Campionato Sardo di I Divisione:

  • Winners (1): 1936–37

European titles

UEFA Cup:

World Cup winners

References

  1. ^ "Prima squadra" [First team]. Cagliari Calcio (in Italian). Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Presidenti". CalcioCagliari.it. 8 June 2007. 
  3. ^ "Allenatori Dal 1920 Ad Oggi". CalcioCagliari.it. 27 August 2007. 
  4. ^ a b c "Stemma Provincia di Cagliari". Comuni-Italiani. 24 June 2007. 
  5. ^ "Cagliari, e' Matri il primo colpo rossoblu: arriva dal Rimini". Eurosport. 24 June 2007. 
  6. ^ a b c "Cagliari Calcio". WeltFussballArchiv.com. 24 June 2007. 
  7. ^ "Cagliari Calcio". About.com. 24 June 2007. 

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