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Full name Cagliari Calcio SpA
Nickname(s) Rossoblu (Red-blues)
Isolani (Islanders)
Founded August 20, 1920
Ground Stadio Sant'Elia,
Cagliari, Italy
(Capacity: 23,486)
Chairman Italy Massimo Cellino
Head Coach Italy Massimiliano Allegri
League Serie A
2008-09 Serie A, 9th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Cagliari Calcio (in 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 all-time leading scorer, Gigi Riva. The team's colors are blue and red. The club's stadium is the 23,486 seater Stadio Sant'Elia.




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

The squad for the Rossoblu's debut season in Serie A featured players like defender Mario Martiradonna, midfielders Pierluigi Cera 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.


Current squad

As of 3 January 2010.[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 Mauro Vigorito
2 Italy MF Ignazio Carta
3 Italy DF Lorenzo Ariaudo (on loan from Juventus)
4 Italy MF Daniele Dessena
5 Italy MF Daniele Conti (captain)
6 Uruguay DF Diego López
7 Italy MF Andrea Cossu
8 Italy MF Davide Biondini
9 Brazil FW Nenê
10 Italy MF Andrea Lazzari
12 Italy GK Marco Ruzittu
13 Italy DF Davide Astori
14 Italy DF Francesco Pisano
15 Italy DF Lino Marzoratti
18 Italy MF Andrea Parola
No. Position Player}
19 Croatia MF Mario Brkljača (on loan from Hajduk Split)
20 Italy MF Simone Barone
21 Italy DF Michele Canini
22 Italy GK Federico Marchetti
23 Argentina FW Joaquín Larrivey
24 Italy GK Cristiano Lupatelli
25 Italy GK Michael Agazzi
26 Belgium MF Radja Nainggolan (on loan from Piacenza Calcio)
27 Brazil FW Jeda
29 Italy FW Mattia Gallon
30 Italy FW Daniele Ragatzu
31 Italy DF Alessandro Agostini
32 Italy FW Alessandro Matri
33 Italy DF Luca Di Laura

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
Italy DF Daniele Magliocchetti (at Triestina)
Italy MF Marco Mancosu (at Empoli)
Italy MF Claudio Pani (at Modena F.C.)
Italy MF Salvatore Burrai (at U.S. Cremonese)
Venezuela MF Rafael Acosta (at Diagoras F.C.)
Belarus MF Mikhail Sivakov (at Piacenza Calcio)
Italy MF Enrico Cotza (at Alghero)

Retired numbers

11Italy Luigi Riva, striker, 1963–1978

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
Gaetano Fichera 1920–1921
Antonio Zedda 1921
Giorgio Mereu 1921–1922
Angelo Prunas 1922–1924
Agostino Cugusi 1924–1926
Vittorio Tredici 1926–1928
Carlo Costa Marras 1928–1929
Enzo Comi 1929–1930
Giovan Battista Bosazza 1930–1931
Guido Boero 1931–1932
Vitale Cao 1932–1933
Enrico Endrich 1933
Name Years
Pietro Faggioli 1933–1934
Aldo Vacca 1934–1935
Mario Banditelli 1935–1940
Giuseppe Depperu 1940–1943
Eugenio Camboni 1944–1946
Umberto Ceccarelli 1946–1947
Emilio Zunino 1947–1949
Domenico Loi 1949–1953
Pietro Leo 1953–1954
Efisio Corrias 1954–1955
Ennio Dalmasso 1955–1957
Giuseppe Meloni 1957–1960
Name Years
Enrico Rocca 1960–1968
Efisio Corrias 1968–1971
Paolo Marras 1971–1973
Andria Arrica 1973–1976
Mariano Delogu 1976–1981
Alvaro Amarugi 1981–1984
Fausto Moi 1984–1986
Luigi Riva 1986–1987
Lucio Cordeddu 1987
Antonio Orrù 1987–1991
Massimo Cellino 1991–present

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 Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) 1920–1921
Giorgio Mereu Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) 1921–1923
Angelo Colombo Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) 1923–1926
Natale Archibusacci Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) 1926–1927
Roberto Winkler Hungary 1927–1930
Egri Erbstein Hungary 1930–1932
András Kuttik Hungary 1932–1934
Enrico Crotti Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) 1934–1935
Ferenc Molnár Hungary 1935
Roberto Orani Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) 1935–1936
Renato Bonello Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) 1936–1938
Roberto Winkler Hungary 1938–1939
Mariolino Congiu Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) 1939–1941
Mariolino Congiu
Enrico Corrias
Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946)
Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946)
Mariolino Congiu Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) 1942–1946
Raffaele D'Aquino Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) 1946–1948
Roberto Winkler Hungary 1948–1949
Armando Latella Italy 1949–1950
Mariolino Congiu Italy 1950
Enrico Carpitelli Italy 1950–1951
Mariolino Congiu Italy 1951
Federico Allasio Italy 1951–1954
Vincenzo Soro Italy 1954
Carlo Alberto Quario Italy 1954–1955
Silvio Piola Italy 1955–1956
Carlo Rigotti Italy 1956–1957
Silvio Piola Italy 1957
Mariolino Congiu Italy 1957–1958
Piero Andreoli Italy 1958
Stefano Perati Italy 1958–1960
Carlo Rigotti Italy 1960–1961
Arturo Silvestri Italy 1961–1966
Ettore Puricelli Uruguay 1967–1968
Manlio Scopigno Italy 1968–1972
Edmondo Fabbri Italy 1972–1973
Giuseppe Chiappella Italy 1973–1975
Luigi Radice Italy 1975
Luis Suárez Spain 1975–1976
Name Nationality Years
Mario Tiddia Italy 1976
Lauro Toneatto Italy 1976–1978
Mario Tiddia Italy 1978–1981
Paolo Carosi Italy 1981–1982
Gustavo Giagnoni Italy 1982–1983
Mario Tiddia Italy 1983–1984
Fernando Veneranda Italy 1984–1985
Renzo Ulivieri Italy 1985–1986
Gustavo Giagnoni Italy 1986–1987
Enzo Robotti Italy 1987–1988
Mario Tiddia Italy 1988
Claudio Ranieri Italy 1988–1991
Massimo Giacomini Italy 1991
Carlo Mazzone Italy 1991–1993
Luigi Radice Italy 1993–1994
Bruno Giorgi Italy 1994
Oscar Washington Tabarez Uruguay 1994–1995
Giovanni Trapattoni Italy 1995–1996
Bruno Giorgi Italy 1996
Gregorio Pérez Uruguay 1996
Carlo Mazzone Italy 1996–1997
Giampiero Ventura Italy 1997–1999
Oscar Washington Tabarez Italy 1999
Renzo Ulivieri Italy 1999–2000
Gianfranco Bellotto Italy 2000–2001
Giuseppe Materazzi Italy 2001
Antonio Sala Italy 2001–2002
Giulio Nuciari Italy 2002
Nedo Sonetti Italy 2002
Giampiero Ventura Italy 2002–2004
Edoardo Reja Italy 2004
Daniele Arrigoni Italy 2004–2005
Attilio Tesser Italy 2005
Daniele Arrigoni Italy 2005
Davide Ballardini Italy 2005–2006
Nedo Sonetti Italy 2006
Marco Giampaolo Italy 2006–2007
Nedo Sonetti Italy 2007
Davide Ballardini Italy 2007–2008
Massimiliano Allegri Italy 2008–

Colours, badge and nicknames

Cagliari's current 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 moor's heads were turned to the right; in 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.[7]


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



External links

Simple English

Cagliari Calcio
Full nameCagliari Calcio SpA
GroundStadio Sant'Elia
(Capacity 23,486)
ChairmanMassimo Cellino
ManagerMassimiliano Allegri
LeagueSerie A
2008/09Serie A, 9th

Cagliari Calcio is a football club which plays in Italy.



  • 1920-1924 Cagliari F.C.
  • 1924-1935 C.S. Cagliari
  • 1935-1970 U.S. Cagliari
  • 1970-present Cagliari Calcio

League title

League position

2000/01Serie B11th
2001/02Serie B12th
2002/03Serie B8th
2003/04Serie BChampions
2004/05Serie A10th
2005/06Serie A14th
2006/07Serie A17th
2007/08Serie A14th
2008/09Serie A9th

Former position



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