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Cagliari Calcio, commonly referred to as Cagliari (Italian: [ˈkaʎʎari] (About this soundlisten)), is a Italian football club based in Cagliari, Sardinia. The club currently plays in Serie A.

Club crest
Full nameCagliari Calcio S.p.A.
Nickname(s)I Rossoblu (The Red and Blues)
Gli Isolani (The Islanders)
I Sardi (The Sardinians)
Casteddu (Sardinian name for Cagliari)
Founded30 May 1920; 99 years ago (1920-05-30)
GroundSardegna Arena
OwnerTommaso Giulini
PresidentTommaso Giulini
Head coachRolando Maran
LeagueSerie A
2018–19Serie A, 15th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

They won their only Scudetto in 1969–70, when they were led by the 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.

As of 2018–19, the team is temporarily playing their home games at the 16,000 Sardegna Arena, adjacent to the future new stadium site.

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


Before Serie AEdit

1930–31 Club Sportivo Cagliari

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: 1964–1976Edit

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, however, saw Cagliari in last place with nine points at the halfway mark. An astonishing second half of the season saw Cagliari defeat the likes of Juventus and Milan and finish in seventh place with 34 points. Two seasons later, Riva finished as Serie A's top scorer for the first time while Cagliari finished with the league's best defensive record.

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

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 ten 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 Albertosi, Niccolai, Boninsegna, Gori, 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: 1976–87Edit

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 1980s would then prove to be a darker time compared to the previous two decades with relegation to Serie C1 in 1987.

There and back: 1987–2000Edit

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 the 1992–93 season 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 onwardsEdit

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, they obtained a good mid-table position (12th place).

Cagliari spent the 2012–13 season at the Stadio Is Arenas in Quartu Sant'Elena

The 2005–06 season, the first without Zola, started in the worst way possible for Cagliari, who changed their manager three times, with Attilio Tesser, Daniele Arrigoni and Davide Ballardini alternating to the position of coach, before Nedo Sonetti, appointed in November, was able to save the team from a relegation thanks to goals from Honduran striker David Suazo. For the 2006–07 season, Marco Giampaolo was signed as head coach, however he was fired after the 17th match and replaced by Franco Colomba. However, after a number of poor performances which ended 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, Mauro Esposito and Antonio Langella leave for Internazionale, Roma and Atalanta respectively, and the experienced goalkeeper Chimenti leave for Udinese. The club reinforced itself with youngsters likes Robert Acquafresca, Alessandro Matri, Pasquale Foggia, Argentine Joaquín Larrivey and Slovenian Jan 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 five matches. Despite their rough start, however, they went on to end the season at a comfortable ninth 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, who was himself 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, however, Ballardini was 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 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. Cagliari were relegated from Serie A in the 2014–15 Serie A season. They gained promotion back to Serie A the following season after finishing in first place in Serie B.[1]

Colours, badge and nicknamesEdit

Cagliari's 2008 third kit
Cagliari's crest used prior to 1970
Cagliari's past logo, used sometime before 2010 in many variations. Its last variation had white lettering
Cagliari's logo for the 2010–11 season. Used from 2011–2015 with the golden wreath omitted

The official red and blue colours of Cagliari mirror those featured on the stemma of Cagliari.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2] Due to the use of these colours on their shirt in halves, the club is commonly nicknamed rossoblu.[3]

Cagliari have had several different logo designs during their history, all of which feature the flag of Sardinia.[4] 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.[4]

Currently, the badge features an "Old French"-shaped escutcheon with red and blue halves, with the club's name written in white just above the flag of Sardinia.[4] The moors heads have, for the first time, been turned to the right as of 2015 so as to match the Sardinian flag after it was updated in 1992.

Due to the fact that Cagliari are the main club from the island of Sardinia, they are nicknamed the "Isolani" ("Islanders").[5]


National titlesEdit

European titlesEdit



Current squadEdit

As of 3 September 2019[6]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Rafael
2   DF Simone Pinna
3   DF Federico Mattiello (on loan from Atalanta)
4   MF Radja Nainggolan (on loan from Inter Milan)
6   MF Marko Rog (on loan from Napoli)
8   MF Luca Cigarini
9   FW Alberto Cerri
10   MF João Pedro
12   DF Fabrizio Cacciatore
14   MF Valter Birsa
15   DF Ragnar Klavan
17   MF Christian Oliva
18   MF Nahitan Nández
19   DF Fabio Pisacane
20   GK Simone Aresti
No. Position Player
21   MF Artur Ioniță
22   DF Charalambos Lykogiannis
23   DF Luca Ceppitelli (captain)
24   MF Paolo Faragò
26   FW Daniele Ragatzu
27   MF Alessandro Deiola
28   GK Alessio Cragno
29   MF Lucas Castro
30   FW Leonardo Pavoletti
33   DF Luca Pellegrini (on loan from Juventus)
34   GK Giuseppe Ciocci
40   DF Sebastian Walukiewicz
90   GK Robin Olsen (on loan from Roma)
99   FW Giovanni Simeone (on loan from Fiorentina)

On loanEdit

As of 2 September 2019

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

No. Position Player
  GK Luca Crosta (at Olbia until 30 June 2020)
  GK Guglielmo Vicario (at Perugia until 30 June 2020)
  DF Senna Miangue (at Standard Liege until 30 June 2020)
  DF Fabrizio Caligara (at Venezia until 30 June 2020)
  DF Marko Pajač (at Genoa until 30 June 2020)
  DF Filippo Romagna (at Sassuolo until 30 June 2020)
  MF Filip Bradarić (at Hajduk Split until 30 June 2020)
No. Position Player
  MF Nicolò Barella (at Internazionale until 30 June 2020)
  MF Nunzio Lella (at Olbia until 30 June 2020)
  FW Kiril Despodov (at Sturm Graz until 30 June 2020)
  FW Damir Ceter (at Chievo Verona until 30 June 2020)
  FW Diego Farias (at Lecce until 30 June 2021)
  FW Han Kwang-song (at Juventus U23 until 30 June 2021)

Retired numbersEdit

11  Luigi Riva, Forward, 1963–78
13  Davide Astori, Defender (2008–14) - posthumous honour[7]

Notable former playersEdit

Presidential historyEdit

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:[8]

  • Antonio Zedda (1921)
  • Gaetano Fichera (1920–21)
  • Giorgio Mereu (1921–22)
  • Angelo Prunas (1922–24)
  • Agostino Cugusi (1924–26)
  • Vittorio Tredici (1926–28)
  • Carlo Costa Marras (1928–29)
  • Enzo Comi (1929–30)
  • Giovan Battista Bosazza (1930–31)
  • Guido Boero (1931–32)
  • Vitale Cao (1932–33)
  • Enrico Endrich (1933)
  • Pietro Faggioli (1933–34)
  • Aldo Vacca (1934–35)
  • Mario Banditelli (1935–40)
  • Giuseppe Depperu (1940–43)
  • Eugenio Camboni (1944–46)
  • Umberto Ceccarelli (1946–47)
  • Emilio Zunino (1947–49)
  • Domenico Loi (1949–53)
  • Pietro Leo (1953–54)
  • Efisio Corrias (1954–55)
  • Ennio Dalmasso (1955–57)
  • Giuseppe Meloni (1958–60)
  • Enrico Rocca (1960–68)
  • Efisio Corrias (1968–71)
  • Paolo Marras (1971–73)
  • Andrea Arrica (1973–76)
  • Mariano Delogu (1976–81)
  • Alvaro Amarugi (1981–84)
  • Fausto Moi (1984–86)
  • Luigi Riva (1986–87)
  • Lucio Cordeddu (1987)
  • Antonio Orrù (1987–91)
  • Massimo Cellino (1991–05)
  • Bruno Ghirardi (2005–06)
  • Massimo Cellino (2006–14)
  • Tommaso Giulini (2014–present)

Managerial historyEdit

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.[9]

In EuropeEdit

European CupEdit

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate Reference
1970–71 First Round   Saint-Étienne 3–0 0–1 3–1 [10]
Second Round   Atlético Madrid 2–1 0–3 2–4

UEFA CupEdit

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate Reference
1972–73 First Round   Olympiacos 0–1 1–2 1–3 [11]
1993–94 First Round   Dinamo București 2–0 2–3 4–3 [12]
Second Round   Trabzonspor 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
Third Round   Mechelen 2–0 3–1 5–1
Quarter-Final   Juventus 1–0 2–1 3–1
Semi-Final   Internazionale 3–2 0–3 3–5

UEFA-non organised seasonal competitionsEdit

Inter-Cities Fairs CupEdit

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1969–70 First Round   Aris Thessaloniki 3–0 1–1 4–1
Second Round   Carl Zeiss Jena 0–1 0–2 0–3


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  2. ^ a b c "Stemma Provincia di Cagliari". Comuni-Italiani. 24 June 2007. Archived from the original on 24 November 2007.
  3. ^ "Cagliari, e' Matri il primo colpo rossoblu: arriva dal Rimini". Eurosport. 24 June 2007. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009.
  4. ^ a b c "Cagliari Calcio". 24 June 2007. Archived from the original on 3 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Cagliari Calcio". 24 June 2007. Archived from the original on 24 August 2007.
  6. ^ "Team". Cagliari Calcio (in Italian). Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Astori's number 13 shirt retired by Fiorentina and Cagliari following tragic passing". Archived from the original on 6 March 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Presidenti". 8 June 2007. Archived from the original on 27 December 2008.
  9. ^ "Allenatori Dal 1920 Ad Oggi". 27 August 2007. Archived from the original on 27 December 2008.
  10. ^ "UEFA Champions League 1970–71". UEFA. Archived from the original on 17 October 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  11. ^ "UEFA Europa League 1971–72". UEFA. Archived from the original on 17 October 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  12. ^ "UEFA Europa League 1993–94". UEFA. Archived from the original on 17 October 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.

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