Cagliari Calcio

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Cagliari Calcio
Club logo of Cagliari Calcio
Basic data
Surname Cagliari Calcio SpA
Seat Cagliari , Italy
founding 20th August 1920
Colours Red Blue
president Tommaso Giulini
First soccer team
Head coach Eusebio Di Francesco
Venue Sardegna Arena
Places 16,233
league Series A
2019/20 14th place

Cagliari Calcio ( Sardinian Casteddu , until 1970 US Cagliari ) is an Italian football club from Cagliari on Sardinia . The club receives its opponents in the Sardegna Arena .


The club was founded in 1920 and achieved its greatest success in 1970 when it won the Italian championship.

Although Cagliari Calcio in its current form did not come into being until 1934, the official founding date is August 20, 1920. On that day, a group of students from the University of Cagliari founded the FC Cagliari, which four years later joined the US Italia club as the Club Sportivo Cagliari and was only regionally significant until its dissolution in 1934. In the same year the club was re-established as Unione Sportiva Cagliari (US Cagliari) and in the post-war years initially commuted between series B and C (2nd and 3rd league) before they achieved their sporting breakthrough in 1964 with promotion to Serie A. succeeded.

US Cagliari quickly established themselves in the top Italian division and achieved the club's greatest success to date with the Italian championship title in 1970, after they had already become runner-up the year before. The storm star Luigi "Gigi" Riva , to this day the greatest idol of the Cagliari fans and still the record scorer not only of the Sardinian club, but also of the Italian national team, played a decisive role in this . In the European Cup, however, they were unable to build on their national successes in these years. First Cagliari failed after the runner-up in the second round of the UEFA Cup at FC Carl Zeiss Jena ( GDR ) and a year later in the European Cup of Champions at the Spanish representatives Atlético Madrid . The greatest success here was reaching the UEFA Cup semi-finals in 1994, where they failed against league rivals Inter Milan (3-2, 0-3) after they had already defeated another Italian representative, Juventus Turin (1 : 0, 2: 1), surprisingly turned off.

Stadium move, return and construction of the new stadium

On May 16, 2012, the authorities declared the Stadio Sant'Elia to be a danger to the general public due to safety deficiencies. Cagliari played the last games of the 2011/12 season at the Stadio Nereo Rocco in Trieste . For the 2012/13 season , Cagliari Calcio initially moved for three years as a temporary solution to the Stadio Is Arenas in Quartu Sant'Elena , which was converted to meet the demands of Serie A. However, the move did not solve the stadium problem. From the start there were safety concerns at Stadio Is Arenas and the permit was partially denied. Before the end of the 2012/13 season, the club left the venue and once again used the Trieste Stadio Nereo Rocco for the final games. After negotiations between Cagliari Calcio and the city, it was agreed to return the club to its old venue. The first home games of the 2013/14 season had to be played in Trieste before returning to the Stadio Sant'Elia in October 2013. From the 2019/20 season, a new arena with a capacity of 25,200 spectators is to be installed on the site of the current stadium. The construction work should be completed in June 2021, the cost of which is expected to be 55 million euros. As a temporary venue was required and the home games were to continue to be played in Sardinia, a replacement stadium was built on the parking lots next to the Sant'Elia for the duration of the construction work. The main grandstand of the old Stadio Is Arenas was used for this. The temporary stadium has a capacity of 16,233 spectators and will be available from the 2017/18 season. The construction of the Sardegna Arena cost around eight million euros.

Club successes

Current squad

As of January 31, 2020

goal Defense midfield attack
01 BrazilBrazil Rafael 03/03/1982
28 ItalyItaly Alessio Cragno 06/28/1994
34 ItalyItaly Giuseppe Ciocci 01/24/2002
90 DenmarkDenmark Robin Olsen 01/08/1990
03 ItalyItaly Federico Mattiello 07/14/1995
12 ItalyItaly Fabrizio Cacciatore 10/08/1986
15th EstoniaEstonia Ragnar Klavan 10/30/1985
19th ItalyItaly Fabio Pisacane 01/28/1986
22nd GreeceGreece Charalampos Lykogiannis 10/22/1993
23 ItalyItaly Luca Ceppitelli (C)Captain of the crew 08/11/1989
24 ItalyItaly Paolo Faragò 02/12/1993
33 ItalyItaly Luca Pellegrini 03/07/1999
40 PolandPoland Sebastian Walukiewicz 04/05/2000
04th BelgiumBelgium Radja Nainggolan 04/04/1988
06th CroatiaCroatia Marko Rog 07/19/1995
08th ItalyItaly Luca Cigarini 06/20/1986
14th SloveniaSlovenia Valter Birsa 08/07/1986
17th UruguayUruguay Christian Oliva 06/01/1996
18th UruguayUruguay Nahitan Nández 12/28/1995
20th UruguayUruguay Gastón Pereiro 06/05/1995
21st Moldova RepublicRepublic of Moldova Artur Ioniță 08/17/1990
09 ItalyItaly Alberto Paloschi 04/01/1990
10 BrazilBrazil João Pedro 03/09/1992
26th ItalyItaly Daniele Ragatzu 09/21/1991
30th ItalyItaly Leonardo Pavoletti 11/26/1988
99 ArgentinaArgentina Giovanni Simeone 07/05/1995

Top 10 after appearances and goals

Daniele Conti
Luigi Riva

(As of March 2, 2020; all league games and goals are given)

1 ItalyItaly Daniele Conti 1999-2015 434
2 ItalyItaly Mario Brugnera 1968-1974
3 ItalyItaly Luigi Piras 1973-1987 320
4th ItalyItaly Luigi Riva 1963-1976 315
5 UruguayUruguay Diego Lopez 1998-2010 314
6th BrazilBrazil Nene 1964-1976 311
7th ItalyItaly Mario Martiradonna 1962-1973 306
8th ItalyItaly Oreste Lamagni 1971–1973
9 ItalyItaly Roberto Quagliozzi 1974-1985 282
10 ItalyItaly Matteo villa 1991-2001 264
1 ItalyItaly Luigi Riva 1963-1976 164
2 HondurasHonduras David Suazo 1999-2007 94
3 ItalyItaly Luigi Piras 1973-1987 87
4th ItalyItaly Mauro Esposito 2001-2007 58
ItalyItaly Roberto Muzzi 1994-1999 58
6th BrazilBrazil João Pedro 2014– * 53
7th ItalyItaly Daniele Conti 1999-2015 48
8th BelgiumBelgium Luis Oliveira 1992-1996
9 ItalyItaly Marco Sau 2012-2019 44
10 ItalyItaly Erminio Bercarich 1951-1953 42
* = still active for Cagliari Calcio

Former players

Former trainers

Club records

European Cup balance sheet

season competition round opponent total To Back
1969/70 Exhibition cities cup 1 round GreeceGreece Aris Saloniki 4: 1 1: 1 (A) 3: 0 (H)
2nd round Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR FC Carl Zeiss Jena 0: 3 0: 2 (A) 0: 1 (H)
1970/71 European Champions Cup 1 round FranceFrance AS Saint-Etienne 3: 1 3: 0 (H) 0: 1 (A)
2nd round Spain 1945Spain Atlético Madrid 2: 4 2: 1 (H) 0: 3 (A)
1972/73 Uefa cup 1 round Greece 1970Greece Olympiacos Piraeus 1: 3 1: 2 (A) 0: 1 (H)
1993/94 Uefa cup 1 round RomaniaRomania Dinamo Bucharest 4: 3 2: 3 (A) 2: 0 (H)
2nd round TurkeyTurkey Trabzonspor (a)1: 1 ( a ) 1: 1 (A) 0: 0 (H)
3rd round BelgiumBelgium KV Mechelen 5: 1 3: 1 (A) 2: 0 (H)
Quarter finals ItalyItaly Juventus Turin 3: 1 1: 0 (H) 2: 1 (A)
Semifinals ItalyItaly Inter Milan 3: 5 3: 2 (H) 0: 3 (A)
Legend: (H) - home game, (A) - away game, (N) - neutral place, (a) - away goal rule , (i. E.) - on penalties , (n. V.) - after extra time

Overall record: 20 games, 9 wins, 3 draws, 8 defeats, 26:23 goals (goal difference +3)

Web links

Commons : Cagliari Calcio  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Stadio Is Arenas is being rebuilt for Cagliari Calcio Article from May 29, 2012 (Italian)
  2. Change back to the Stadio Sant'Elia (English)
  3. Italy: Cagliari return to Cagliari, finally! Article from October 17, 2014
  5. Home. In: Cagliari Calcio, accessed March 1, 2018 (Italian).