Cagliari Calcio, Italian Serie A soccer club based in Cagliari, Sardinia, is the pride of an entire region and one of the most beloved teams in Italy.
When talking about sport in Sardinia, it is impossible not to mention the glorious story of the Cagliari Football Club, founded in 1920 and better known as Cagliari.
The red and blue team is the only team in the south of Italy to rally back to win the Italian Championship, after being runner up the year prior. Cagliari won the 68th edition of the Italian football championship in 1969-1970 after placing second in 1968-1969.
Cagliari’s exciting history includes:
1951 - 1952
Champions – Italy National Football League (Serie C/3rd Division)
1968 - 1969
1969 - 1970
1988 - 1989
Champions – Coppa Italia (Serie C/ 3rd Division)
Semi-finalists – UEFA Cup
2015 - 2016
Champions – Italy National Football League (Serie B/2nd Division)
Victories, unforgettable goals, but also bitter defeats, from which, nevertheless, Cagliari has always been able to rise again, which constitutes its strength today.
It is the team of Gigi Riva, an icon for Sardinians and a symbol of Italian football in the world. He is the all-time leading scorer for the Italian National Team, indistinguishably linked to Cagliari and Sardinia. He had a primary role in Italy’s 2006 World Cup victory, as a technical staff member.
Alongside Riva, the trio from Uruguay must also be remembered in the history of Cagliari: Francescoli-Herrera-Fonseca and two highly important players, Gianfranco Zola and Daniele Conti. Gianfranco Zola is the champion of Oliena who emigrated to England (voted as the best ever Chelsea player) and who returned to lead his beloved team back to Serie A. Daniele Conti has been a leader both on and outside the pitch, the most capped player in Cagliari’s history.
Today, we get to experience the next generation shine with Radja Nainggolan and Diego Godìn.