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Cagliari Calcio (ˈkaʎʎari; ) is an Italian football
Football in Italy
Football is the most popular sport in Italy. The Italian national football team has won the FIFA World Cup 4 times , trailing only Brazil . Italy's club sides have won 27 major European trophies, making them the most successful European nation in the subject of football...

 club based in Cagliari
Cagliari
Cagliari is the capital of the island of Sardinia, a region of Italy. Cagliari's Sardinian name Casteddu literally means castle. It has about 156,000 inhabitants, or about 480,000 including the outlying townships : Elmas, Assemini, Capoterra, Selargius, Sestu, Monserrato, Quartucciu, Quartu...

, Sardinia
Sardinia
Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea . It is an autonomous region of Italy, and the nearest land masses are the French island of Corsica, the Italian Peninsula, Sicily, Tunisia and the Spanish Balearic Islands.The name Sardinia is from the pre-Roman noun *sard[],...

. 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
Serie B
Serie B, currently named Serie bwin due to sponsorship reasons, is the second-highest division in the Italian football league system after the Serie A. It is contested by 22 teams and organized by the Lega Serie B since July 2010, after the split of Lega Calcio that previously took care of both the...

.

They won their only scudetto in 1970, when they were led by Italian national team
Italy national football team
The Italy National Football Team , represents Italy in association football and is controlled by the Italian Football Federation , the governing body for football in Italy. Italy is the second most successful national team in the history of the World Cup having won four titles , just one fewer than...

 all-time leading scorer, Gigi Riva
Luigi Riva
Luigi Riva , best known as Gigi Riva or by his nickname Rombo di Tuono , is a former Italian footballer, the all-time leading scorer for the Italian national team...

. The team's colors are blue and red. The club's stadium is the 23,486 seater Stadio Sant'Elia
Stadio Sant'Elia
Stadio Comunale Sant'Elia is a football stadium in Cagliari, Italy. It is currently the home of Cagliari Calcio. The stadium has a capacity of 23,486...

.

Before Serie A


Cagliari became the first ever out-right champions of Serie C
Serie C
The Lega Italiana Calcio Professionistico , commonly known as Lega Pro , is the governing body that runs the third and fourth highest football divisions in Italy, the Prima Divisione and Seconda Divisione respectively. It also includes the sole professional club of San Marino...

 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 Rossoblus debut season in Serie A featured players like defender Mario Martiradonna
Mario Martiradonna
Mario Martiradonna was an Italian footballer.Martiradonna was born in Bari, Italy. A right-back, he played for Teramo and Reggiana before joining Cagliari in 1962. He became a stalwart of the side, winning promotion in 1964 and the Serie A championship in 1970.-References:...

, midfielders Pierluigi Cera
Pierluigi Cera
Pierluigi Cera is a former Italian footballer.During his club career he played for Verona, Cagliari and Cesena. He earned 18 caps for the Italy national football team, and played in the 1970 FIFA World Cup, including the 1970 FIFA World Cup Final.-References:...

, Nené
Claudio Olinto de Carvalho
Claudio Olinto de Carvalho, known as Nené is a Brazilian professional football coach and a former player.-Honours:* Campeonato Paulista champion: 1962.* Taça Brasil champion: 1962, 1963....

 and Ricciotti Greatti
Ricciotti Greatti
Ricciotti Greatti is an Italian footballer.A central midfielder, Greatti began his career at Fiorentina before moving on to Palermo and Reggiana....

, and forward Luigi Riva
Luigi Riva
Luigi Riva , best known as Gigi Riva or by his nickname Rombo di Tuono , is a former Italian footballer, the all-time leading scorer for the Italian national team...

. 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
United Soccer Association
The United Soccer Association is a former professional soccer league featuring teams from the United States and Canada. The league survived only one season before merging with the National Professional Soccer League to form the North American Soccer League. All the teams in the league were imported...

. This league from Europe and South America to play in American and Canadian
Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

 cities, with each club bearing a local name. Cagliari played as the Chicago Mustangs
Chicago Mustangs
The Chicago Mustangs were an American professional soccer team based out of Chicago, Illinois that was a charter member of the United Soccer Association in 1967. The league was made up of teams imported whole from foreign leagues. The Chicago club was actually Cagliari Calcio from Italy...

, 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
Los Angeles Wolves
Los Angeles Wolves are a former United States professional soccer team, owned by Jack Kent Cooke, that played for two seasons during the 1960s...

. The league's leading scorer was Chicago/Cagliari's Roberto Boninsegna
Roberto Boninsegna
Roberto Boninsegna is an Italian former football player.He started his career in Serie B with Prato in 1963-64 season. He transferred to FC Potenza, who was Serie B team in 1964-65 season. He also played for Varese in 1965-66 and Cagliari between 1966-1969...

, 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
Angelo Domenghini
Angelo Domenghini is an Italian former footballer.Born in Lallio, province of Bergamo, he played for Italy in both the finals of the 1968 European Championship and 1970 World Cup. He played 164 times for Internazionale scoring 54 goals for the club. He also played for Cagliari. He ended his career...

 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
1970 FIFA World Cup
The 1970 FIFA World Cup, the ninth staging of the World Cup, was held in Mexico, from 31 May to 21 June. The 1970 tournament was the first World Cup hosted in North America, and the first held outside South America and Europe. In a match-up of two-time World Cup champions, the final was won by...

 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
Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri, is an Italian football manager, currently in charge as head coach of Internazionale.He has also managed many other well-known clubs in Europe, including Cagliari, Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Parma, Juventus and Roma.-Early life:Ranieri attended St...

 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
Carlo Mazzone
Carlo "Carletto" Mazzone is an Italian football manager.A former centre back who played several seasons for his beloved team, AS Roma, other than Spal and Ascoli, where he played for nine season, Mazzone left the playing career in season 1968-1969, to become the manager of Ascoli itself, in Serie...

. 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
Gianfranco Zola
Gianfranco Zola, OBE, Ufficiale OMRI is a retired Italian footballer and manager, who most recently managed West Ham United from 2008 to 2010, after having been assistant manager of the Italy U-21 under Pierluigi Casiraghi...

, 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
Serie A 2004-05
In the 2004–05 season, the Serie A, the highest professional football league in Italy, was composed of 20 teams for the first time in several years....

 was a quiet one for the Sardinians, that obtained a good mid-table position (12th place).

The 2005–06 season
Serie A 2005-06
In the 2005–06 season, Serie A, the major professional football league in Italian, was contested for the second year in a row by 20 teams. The league commenced on August 28, 2005 and finished on May 14, 2006...

, the first without Zola, started in the worst way possible for Cagliari, which changed its manager for three times, with Attilio Tesser
Attilio Tesser
Attilio Tesser is an Italian football manager, currently in charge of Novara.-Playing career:Tesser, a defender, started his playing career with Treviso. He moved to Napoli in 1978, where he played two seasons. He then played for Udinese from 1980 to 1985, and then for some lower league teams,...

, Daniele Arrigoni
Daniele Arrigoni
Daniele Arrigoni is an Italian football coach, his manager at Cesena.- Playing career :Arrigoni, a defender, made fifteen Serie A appearances in his first professional playing season with Cesena, and mostly played at Serie B and Serie C levels for several different teams, before retiring in 1993.-...

 and Davide Ballardini
Davide Ballardini
Davide Ballardini is an Italian association football manager who is currently the head coach at Serie A club Cagliari...

 alternating to the position of coach, before Nedo Sonetti
Nedo Sonetti
Nedo Sonetti is an Italian veteran football manager.-Career:Sonetti was born in Piombino, southern Tuscany and lives now in Gorle.He played in Serie B and Serie C for Spezia Calcio 1906 and Reggina....

, appointed in November, who was able to save the team from a relegation also thanks to goals of Honduran
Honduras
Honduras is a republic in Central America. It was previously known as Spanish Honduras to differentiate it from British Honduras, which became the modern-day state of Belize...

 striker David Suazo
David Suazo
Óscar David Suazo Velázquez is a Honduran football striker who currently plays for Calcio Catania in the Italian Serie A. He is also a member of the Honduran national team.-Early career:...

. For the 2006–2007 season
Serie A 2006-07
The Serie A 2006–2007 season began September 10, 2006. It was scheduled to begin on August 26 and 27, but was then postponed due to the Serie A scandal of 2006. It is the 104th Italian championship ever held, the first without the presence of Juventus, and the 75th Serie A league, the first...

, Marco Giampaolo
Marco Giampaolo
Marco Giampaolo is an Italian association football manager.-Playing career:Born in Bellinzona, Switzerland, but originary from Giulianova, Giampaolo is a former midfielder who played for several Serie C teams, including Giulianova Calcio, Gubbio, Licata and Siracusa, before to make his Serie B...

 was signed as head coach, however he was fired after the 17th matchday and replaced by Franco Colomba
Franco Colomba
Franco Colomba is an Italian football coach and former player, who is currently in charge of Serie A club Parma.-Playing:...

. However, after a number of poor performances ending in a 2–0 home defeat to Lazio
S.S. Lazio
Società Sportiva Lazio, commonly referred to as Lazio, is a professional Italian football club based in Rome. The team, founded in 1900, play in the Serie A and have spent most of their history in the top tier of Italian football...

, Colomba was sacked, and chairman Cellino chose to reinstate Giampaolo as head coach. Giampaolo was confirmed for the 2007–08 season
Serie A 2007-08
The 2007-08 Serie A football season was the seventy-sixth since its establishment, and started on August 26, 2007 and ended on May 18, 2008. Internazionale successfully defended the championship on the final day of the season, finishing first with 85 points, three ahead of Roma.-Plusvalenze...

, and his contract was extended for two more years.

The 2007–08 season saw the flagship strikers David Suazo
David Suazo
Óscar David Suazo Velázquez is a Honduran football striker who currently plays for Calcio Catania in the Italian Serie A. He is also a member of the Honduran national team.-Early career:...

, Esposito
Mauro Esposito
Mauro Esposito is an Italian footballer who plays for Atletico Roma FC mainly as a right winger.-Club career:...

 and Langella
Antonio Langella
Antonio Langella is an Italian football striker/winger .-Football career:After playing for a number of lower-rank Sardinian clubs in the beginning of his career, Langella joined Cagliari Calcio in March 2002, then in Serie B...

 leave for Internazionale
F.C. Internazionale Milano
Football Club Internazionale Milano, often referred to as Internazionale or simply Inter, is a professional Italian football club based in Milan, Italy. Outside Italy, the club is often called Inter Milan. They are the reigning FIFA Club World champions and Coppa Italia holders.Inter have always...

, Roma
A.S. Roma
Associazione Sportiva Roma, commonly referred to as simply Roma, is a professional Italian football club based in Rome. Founded by a merger in 1927, Roma have participated in the top-tier of Italian football for all of their existence but one season in the early 50s...

 and Atalanta
Atalanta B.C.
Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio, commonly known as just Atalanta, Atalanta Bergamo or the abbreviation Atalanta BC, is an Italian football club based in Bergamo, Lombardy.They are nicknamed the Nerazzurri and the orobici...

 respectively, and the experienced goalkeeper Chimenti
Antonio Chimenti
Antonio Chimenti is a retired Italian football goalkeeper.-S.S. Sambenedettese Calcio:Chimenti began his career in the youth academy of S.S. Sambenedettese Calcio. In 1988, he was promoted to the first team. After two more seasons spent in Sambenedettese in Serie C1 and then Serie C2, he was...

 leave for Udinese
Udinese Calcio
Udinese Calcio is an Italian football club based in Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and currently plays in the Serie A. Founded in 1896, Udinese is the second oldest club in the Serie A, after Genoa....

. The club reinforced itself with youngsters likes Acquafresca
Robert Acquafresca
Robert Acquafresca is an Italian footballer of half-Polish descent who plays for Serie A club Bologna as a striker.-Club career:...

, Matri
Alessandro Matri
Alessandro Matri is an Italian footballer who plays as a striker for Italian Serie A club Juventus and the Italian national team.-Milan:...

, Foggia
Pasquale Foggia
Pasquale Foggia is an Italian footballer, who plays as a left winger or attacking midfielder for Serie B club Sampdoria, on loan from Lazio. He is known for his pace, dribbling, tricks, flicks and accurate crossing....

, Argentine Larrivey
Joaquín Larrivey
Joaquín Oscar Larrivey is an Argentine footballer who plays for Italian club Cagliari Calcio.He is nicknamed el Bati, for his physical resemblance to former footballer Gabriel Batistuta...

 and Slovenian Koprivec
Jan Koprivec
Jan Koprivec is a Slovenian footballer. He plays in Italy for A.S. Bari, on loan from Udinese Calcio.-Career:Koprivec started his career at FC Koper. Along with first team player Jasmin Handanovič, Koprivec was transferred to Italian clubs from Koper in summer 2007...

 . 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
Vincenzo Marruocco
Vincenzo Marruocco is an Italian football goalkeeper currently contracted with Avellino. He also played at Serie A level with Cagliari Calcio....

 and Marco Fortin
Marco Fortin
Marco Fortin is an Italian football goalkeeper who currently plays for AEK Larnaca F.C..-Siena:Fortin joined Siena in July 2002. In his first season he is the first choice goalkeeper for the Serie B runner-up. In the second season with Siena and his first Serie A season he lost the place with...

 replaced by Marco Storari
Marco Storari
Marco Storari is an Italian professional footballer who plays for Juventus F.C. as a goalkeeper.After a lengthy spell in Italy's lower leagues, he arrived in Serie A aged 27. Steady performances for Messina prompted his signing by country giants A.C...

 and Luca Capecchi
Luca Capecchi
Luca Capecchi is an Italian footballer, currently playing for SPAL 1907.Capecchi has played for Baracca Lugo, A.S. Cittadella, Pisa Calcio, A.S. Sora and Ravenna Calcio. In January 2008, he joined Cagliari Calcio on loan until June.-Notes:...

, along with experienced striker Jeda
Jedaias Capucho Neves
Jeda is a Brazilian footballer. He plays for Novara on loan from Lecce.-Career:...

, and the Sardinian midfielder Andrea Cossu
Andrea Cossu (born 1980)
Andrea Cossu is an Italian footballer who plays in the in the role of an attacking midfielder, for Cagliari Calcio.-Club career:...

. 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
Serie A 2008-09
The 2008–09 Serie A was the seventy-seventh season since its establishment. It began on 30 August 2008 and ended on 31 May 2009, with the announcement of the list of fixtures made on 25 July 2008...

 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
Pierpaolo Bisoli
Pierpaolo Bisoli is an Italian football manager and former midfielder.-Playing:Bisoli started his professional career in 1984 with Pistoiese, where he spent a total of three seasons. He then played for a handful of minor teams before to join Cagliari in 1991, becoming a mainstay for the Sardinians...

, was fired on November 15, 2010 and replaced by former Italy and Napoli coach Roberto Donadoni
Roberto Donadoni
Roberto Donadoni is an Italian football manager and former player, last in charge of Serie A club Cagliari.An attacking midfielder or winger known for pace and technique, he was a pillar of the powerhouse AC Milan teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s and one of the pioneers of Major League...

 which is sacked on August 12, 2011.

Since August 16, 2011 new coach is Massimo Ficcadenti
Massimo Ficcadenti
Massimo Ficcadenti is an Italian football manager and former midfielder.-Playing:Ficcadenti started his playing career with Sambenedettese, where he played from 1985 to 1989. He then signed for Messina, playing for the Sicilian side for a total of three seasons before to join Verona in 1992...

.

Current squad



Out on loan



Retired numbers



11  Luigi Riva
Luigi Riva
Luigi Riva , best known as Gigi Riva or by his nickname Rombo di Tuono , is a former Italian footballer, the all-time leading scorer for the Italian national team...

, striker
Striker
Forwards, also known as strikers, are the players on a team in association football who play nearest to the opposing team's goal, and are therefore principally responsible for scoring goals...

, 1963–78

Notable former players



Including only players with at least 100 appearances in the club, or an appearance in a FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
The FIFA World Cup, often simply the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association , the sport's global governing body...

 edition
Enrico Albertosi
Enrico Albertosi
Enrico "Ricky" Albertosi is an Italian former footballer who played goalkeeper for the Italian national team in the 1966 World Cup and the 1970 World Cup....

 Roberto Boninsegna
Roberto Boninsegna
Roberto Boninsegna is an Italian former football player.He started his career in Serie B with Prato in 1963-64 season. He transferred to FC Potenza, who was Serie B team in 1964-65 season. He also played for Varese in 1965-66 and Cagliari between 1966-1969...

 Massimiliano Cappioli
Massimiliano Cappioli
Massimiliano Cappioli is a former Italian professional football midfielder.After having spent his early years in the AS Roma youth system, he moved to Cagliari in 1988 and played five seasons with the Sardinian side...

 Pier Luigi Cera Angelo Domenghini
Angelo Domenghini
Angelo Domenghini is an Italian former footballer.Born in Lallio, province of Bergamo, he played for Italy in both the finals of the 1968 European Championship and 1970 World Cup. He played 164 times for Internazionale scoring 54 goals for the club. He also played for Cagliari. He ended his career...

 Mauro Esposito
Mauro Esposito
Mauro Esposito is an Italian footballer who plays for Atletico Roma FC mainly as a right winger.-Club career:...

 Antonio Langella
Antonio Langella
Antonio Langella is an Italian football striker/winger .-Football career:After playing for a number of lower-rank Sardinian clubs in the beginning of his career, Langella joined Cagliari Calcio in March 2002, then in Serie B...

 Alberto Marchetti
Alberto Marchetti
Alberto Marchetti is an Italian professional football coach and a former player who played as a central midfielder....

 Gianfranco Matteoli
Gianfranco Matteoli
Gianfranco Matteoli is a retired Italian footballer.During his club career he played for Cantu San Paolo, Como, Osimana, Reggiana, Sampdoria, Internazionale, Cagliari and Perugia. He earned 6 caps for the Italy national football team....

 Francesco Moriero
Francesco Moriero
Francesco "Checco" Moriero is a retired Italian association football player turned manager.-Playing career:A right winger, Moriero played for several clubs, including US Lecce, Cagliari, AS Roma, Inter Milan and SSC Napoli....

 Roberto Muzzi
Roberto Muzzi
Roberto Muzzi is an Italian retired football striker. During his career, he has played for several Italian clubs including A.S. Roma, Pisa Calcio, Cagliari Calcio, Udinese Calcio, and S.S...

 Comunardo Niccolai
Comunardo Niccolai
Comunardo Niccolai is an Italian former football defender.A tough centre back, Niccolai played for Torres before to join Cagliari Calcio, where he played from 1964 to 1976 and won the only Serie A championship in the entire club history in 1970. He ended his career in 1977 for Perugia...

 Giuseppe Pancaro
Giuseppe Pancaro
Giuseppe Pancaro is a former Italian football defender.Pancaro started his career with Cagliari Calcio in 1992. After Cagliari were relegated in 1997, he transferred to S.S. Lazio. In summer 2003, Pancaro transferred to A.C. Milan in exchange for Demetrio Albertini. In 2004, he signed a one year...

 Luigi Piras Gigi Riva
Luigi Riva
Luigi Riva , best known as Gigi Riva or by his nickname Rombo di Tuono , is a former Italian footballer, the all-time leading scorer for the Italian national team...

 Franco Selvaggi
Franco Selvaggi
Franc Selvaggi is a former Italian football player. Born in Pomarico, province of Matera, he was a striker.In Serie A career he was played for Ternana, A.S. Roma, Cagliari, Torino, Udinese and Inter. For the Italian national team he was 1982 World Champion but never played a match in that event....

 Pietro Paolo Virdis
Pietro Paolo Virdis
Antonio Pietro Paolo Virdis is a former Italian footballer who played for Cagliari Calcio, Juventus F.C., Udinese Calcio, AC Milan and was part of their European Cup victory in 1989.-Club:...

 Cristiano Zanetti
Cristiano Zanetti
Cristiano Zanetti is an Italian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie B club Brescia.-Early career:He played for Fiorentina , Venezia , Reggiana before joined Internazionale at age of 21....

 Gianfranco Zola
Gianfranco Zola
Gianfranco Zola, OBE, Ufficiale OMRI is a retired Italian footballer and manager, who most recently managed West Ham United from 2008 to 2010, after having been assistant manager of the Italy U-21 under Pierluigi Casiraghi...

 Federico Marchetti
Federico Marchetti
Federico Marchetti is an Italian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Serie A club Lazio. He has also represented the Italian national team, most notably making three appearances after Gianluigi Buffon's injury at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.-Torino:A Torino youth system trainee,...

 Andrea Cossu
Andrea Cossu
Andrea Cossu is an Italian footballer, who currently plays for Universitatea Craiova in the Romanian Liga 1 as a midfielder.-Early life:Cossu was born in the Nigerian city of Buguma...

 Davide Biondini
Davide Biondini
Davide Biondini is an Italian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Cagliari.-Club career:...

 Davide Astori
Davide Astori
Davide Astori is an Italian footballer who plays as a defender for Serie A club Cagliari and the Italian national football team.He started his career with Milan twice going on loan to Pizzighettone in 2006 and Cremonese in 2007...


Nené
Claudio Olinto de Carvalho
Claudio Olinto de Carvalho, known as Nené is a Brazilian professional football coach and a former player.-Honours:* Campeonato Paulista champion: 1962.* Taça Brasil champion: 1962, 1963....

 Luis Oliveira
Luis Oliveira
Luis Airton Barroso Oliveira is a former Brazilian-Belgian football player and currently coach of the Nuorese.He spent most of his playing career in Italy.-Career:...

 Radja Nainggolan
Radja Nainggolan
Radja Nainggolan is a Belgian football midfielder playing for Cagliari after being sold in June 2010 by Piacenza.. He also has one cap for the Belgian national team.-Career:...

 Patrick Mboma Gerry Hitchens
Gerry Hitchens
Gerald Archibald "Gerry" Hitchens was an English footballer, who played as a centre forward.Hitchens was born in the village of Rawnsley, Staffordshire, near Cannock, and began his career with non-league Kidderminster Harriers in 1953...

 François Modesto
François Modesto
François Joseph Modesto is a French footballer who currently plays for Greek Superleague club Olympiacos.Modesto played his first professional match for SC Bastia against Monaco, in which Bastia won 2–0. After two seasons and 16 games for Bastia he spent four seasons in Italy with Cagliari until...

 Jonathan Zebina
Jonathan Zebina
Jonathan Zebina is a French footballer playing for Stade Brestois 29. He plays as a right back and occasionally as a centre back, though he started out as a striker....

 Fanis Katergiannakis
Fanis Katergiannakis
Theofanis "Fanis" Katergiannakis is a football player who plays as a goalkeeper.-Ethnikos Pylaias:...

 David Suazo
David Suazo
Óscar David Suazo Velázquez is a Honduran football striker who currently plays for Calcio Catania in the Italian Serie A. He is also a member of the Honduran national team.-Early career:...

 Julio Cesar Dely Valdes Alberto Gallardo
Alberto Gallardo
Alberto Gallardo was a Peruvian football player and manager.-Career:During his club career, Gallardo played for Sporting Cristal, A.C. Milan, Cagliari Calcio and Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras...

 Julio César Uribe
Julio César Uribe
Julio César Uribe Flores is a Peruvian football manager and former player. Uribe is currently the manager of Peruvian First Division club Unión Comercio since the second half of the 2011 Descentraliazado season....

 Eric Tinkler
Eric Tinkler
Eric Tinkler is a retired South African footballer who played for Wits in South Africa, Vitória de Setúbal and União de Tomar in Portugal, Cagliari in Italy and Barnsley in England....

 David Nyathi
David Nyathi
- Career :Nyathi played for a few teams, including FC St. Gallen , Ankaragücü , CD Tenerife and Cagliari .- International :...

 Marco Pascolo
Marco Pascolo
Marco Pascolo is a retired Swiss international football goalkeeper who spent his best playing days at Servette FC and FC Zürich in the 1990s and early 2000s. He is currently goalkeeping coach for FC Sion.-Career:...

 Ramon Vega
Ramon Vega
Ramon Vega is a former Swiss footballer of Spanish descent, who played as a central defender.During his 13-year professional career, he was best known for his spell in England at Tottenham Hotspur, but also had another stint in the United Kingdom, playing in Scotland for Glasgow Celtic.-Early...

 Daniel Fonseca
Daniel Fonseca
Daniel Fonseca Garis is an Uruguayan former footballer, now a football agent . As a forward, he played for Italy's S.S.C Napoli, A.S. Roma and Juventus....

 Luis Diego López Enzo Francescoli
Enzo Francescoli
Enzo Francescoli Uriarte is a former uruguayan football player of Italian and Spanish origin, who retired in 1997. An elegant and highly skillful dribbler, passer, and goal-scorer, Francescoli was nicknamed El Príncipe or Le Prince...

 José Oscar Herrera Nelson Abeijón Fabian O'Neill Darío Silva
Darío Silva
Darío Debray Silva Pereira is a retired Uruguayan footballer who played as a striker.After making a name for himself in his country and in Italy with Caglari, he spent the following seven years of his career in Spain - scoring 48 La Liga goals in 163 games, mostly for Málaga - before moving to...

 Waldemar Victorino
Waldemar Victorino
Waldemar Victorino is an Uruguayan former football forward who played football in 5 different countries: Uruguay, Colombia, Italy, Argentina, Ecuador and Peru.-Club: Nacional** Primera División Uruguaya: 1980...


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:

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.
Enrico Corrias
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|align=left|1941–42
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|align=left|Mariolino Congiu
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|align=left|1942–46
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|align=left|Raffaele D'Aquino
Raffaele D'Aquino
Raffaele D'Aquino was an Italian professional football player.He played for 4 seasons in the Serie A for A.S. Roma.-External links:*...


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|align=left|1946–48
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|align=left|Roberto Winkler
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|align=left|1948–49
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|align=left|Armando Latella
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|align=left|1949–50
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|align=left|Mariolino Congiu
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|align=left|1950
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|align=left|Enrico Carpitelli
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|align=left|1950–51
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|align=left|Mariolino Congiu
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|align=left|1951
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|align=left|Federico Allasio
Federico Allasio
Federico Allasio was an Italian footballer who was midfielder and manager from Turin. He started his footballing career with hometown side Torino, before going on to play for Genoa and Suzzara.-References:...


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|align=left|1951–54
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|align=left|Vincenzo Soro
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|align=left|1954
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|align=left|Carlo Alberto Quario
Carlo Alberto Quario
Carlo Alberto Quario was an Italian professional football player and coach.-External links:*...


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|align=left|1954–55
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|align=left|Silvio Piola
Silvio Piola
Silvio Piola was an Italian footballer from Robbio Lomellina, province of Pavia. He is known as a highly prominent figure in the history of Italian football due to several records he set. Piola won the 1938 FIFA World Cup with Italy, scoring two goals in the final.Piola is third in the all-time...


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|align=left|1955–56
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|align=left|Carlo Rigotti
Carlo Rigotti
Carlo Rigotti was an Italian football player and manager from Trieste. Over the course of his career, Rigotti played for three Serie A clubs; he started his career with hometown side Triestina, then going on to play for Milan and Novara.After retiring from the playing field, he became a manager at...


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|align=left|1956–57
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|align=left|Silvio Piola
Silvio Piola
Silvio Piola was an Italian footballer from Robbio Lomellina, province of Pavia. He is known as a highly prominent figure in the history of Italian football due to several records he set. Piola won the 1938 FIFA World Cup with Italy, scoring two goals in the final.Piola is third in the all-time...


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|align=left|1957
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|align=left|Mariolino Congiu
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|align=left|1957–58
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|align=left|Piero Andreoli
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|align=left|1958
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|align=left|Stefano Perati
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|align=left|1958–60
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|align=left|Carlo Rigotti
Carlo Rigotti
Carlo Rigotti was an Italian football player and manager from Trieste. Over the course of his career, Rigotti played for three Serie A clubs; he started his career with hometown side Triestina, then going on to play for Milan and Novara.After retiring from the playing field, he became a manager at...


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|align=left|1960–61
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|align=left|Arturo Silvestri
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|align=left|1961–66
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|align=left|Ettore Puricelli
Ettore Puricelli
Héctor "Ettore" Puricelli was an footballer player and manager. Born in Uruguay, he represented Italy at international level...


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|align=left|1967–68
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|align=left|Manlio Scopigno
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|align=left|1968–72
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|align=left|Edmondo Fabbri
Edmondo Fabbri
Edmondo Fabbri was an Italian football player and coach.Fabbri was born at Castel Bolognese-He was the head coach of the Italy national football team from 1962 to 1966, with a record of 18 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses, and led the team in the 1966 FIFA World Cup, where they were eliminated in the...


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|align=left|1972–73
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|align=left|Giuseppe Chiappella
Giuseppe Chiappella
Giuseppe Chiappella was an Italian football midfielder and manager. He started his career with Pisa, but is most famous for making over 300 appearances for Fiorentina...


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|align=left|1973–75
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|align=left|Luigi Radice
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|align=left|1975
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|align=left|Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez Miramontes
Luis Suárez Miramontes , also known by the diminutive Luisito, is a Spanish former footballer and manager. He played as a midfielder for Deportivo de La Coruña, CD España Industrial, CF Barcelona, Internazionale, Sampdoria and Spain. Suárez is regarded as one of Spain's greatest players; as a...


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|align=left|1975–76
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|align=left|Mario Tiddia
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|align=left|1976
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|align=left|Lauro Toneatto
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|align=left|1976–78
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|align=left|Mario Tiddia
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|align=left|1978–81
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Name Nationality Years
Paolo Carosi   1981–82
Gustavo Giagnoni
Gustavo Giagnoni
Gustavo Giagnoni is an Italian former footballer and manager from Olbia, Sardinia. He is most noted for his career as a footballing manager in Italy at clubs such as Roma, Bologna and AC Milan....

  1982–83
Mario Tiddia   1983–84
Fernando Veneranda
Fernando Veneranda
Fernando Veneranda was an Italian football player and manager.-Playing career:Veneranda, a forward, started his professional career for Fiorentina, where he played from 1960 to 1963. He never played a single Serie A match, but appeared in a Cup Winners' Cup match, as well as in the Coppa Italia...

  1984–85
Renzo Ulivieri
Renzo Ulivieri
Renzo Ulivieri is an Italian association football manager. He is the current chairman of the Associazione Italiana Allenatori Calcio .-Career:...

  1985–86
Gustavo Giagnoni
Gustavo Giagnoni
Gustavo Giagnoni is an Italian former footballer and manager from Olbia, Sardinia. He is most noted for his career as a footballing manager in Italy at clubs such as Roma, Bologna and AC Milan....

  1986–87
Enzo Robotti   1987–88
Mario Tiddia   1988
Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri, is an Italian football manager, currently in charge as head coach of Internazionale.He has also managed many other well-known clubs in Europe, including Cagliari, Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Parma, Juventus and Roma.-Early life:Ranieri attended St...

  1988–91
Massimo Giacomini   1991
Carlo Mazzone
Carlo Mazzone
Carlo "Carletto" Mazzone is an Italian football manager.A former centre back who played several seasons for his beloved team, AS Roma, other than Spal and Ascoli, where he played for nine season, Mazzone left the playing career in season 1968-1969, to become the manager of Ascoli itself, in Serie...

  1991–93
Luigi Radice   1993–94
Bruno Giorgi   1994
Oscar Washington Tabarez   1994–95
Giovanni Trapattoni
Giovanni Trapattoni
Giovanni Trapattoni , sometimes known as "Trap" or "Il Trap", is an Italian football coach and former player, considered the most successful club coach in the history of Serie A. As a player he was part of Italy's squad at the 1962 FIFA World Cup....

  1995–96
Bruno Giorgi   1996
Gregorio Pérez
Gregorio Pérez
Gregorio Elso Pérez Perdigón is a retired Uruguayan footballer. He now works as a manager. He is widely reputed in his country due for his respectful approach toward the game and general sportsmanship...

  1996
Carlo Mazzone
Carlo Mazzone
Carlo "Carletto" Mazzone is an Italian football manager.A former centre back who played several seasons for his beloved team, AS Roma, other than Spal and Ascoli, where he played for nine season, Mazzone left the playing career in season 1968-1969, to become the manager of Ascoli itself, in Serie...

  1996–97
Giampiero Ventura
Giampiero Ventura
Giampiero Ventura is an Italian football manager and the current manager of Torino.-Career:After a short playing career started with Sampdoria, Ventura was forced to retire from active football at the age of 25 because of a serious back injury...

  1997–99
Oscar Washington Tabarez   1999
Renzo Ulivieri
Renzo Ulivieri
Renzo Ulivieri is an Italian association football manager. He is the current chairman of the Associazione Italiana Allenatori Calcio .-Career:...

  1999–00
Gianfranco Bellotto   2000–01
Giuseppe Materazzi
Giuseppe Materazzi
Giuseppe Materazzi is an Italian football manager and former player.- Playing career :...

  2001
Antonio Sala   2001–02
Giulio Nuciari
Giulio Nuciari
Giulio Nuciari is an Italian football coach and former goalkeeper.- Career :Nuciari started his playing career with Montevarchi, on loan from Ternana. After two seasons with Ternana, he signed for AC Milan where he served as backup goalkeeper, making 28 league appearances in six seasons, with 18...

  2002
Nedo Sonetti
Nedo Sonetti
Nedo Sonetti is an Italian veteran football manager.-Career:Sonetti was born in Piombino, southern Tuscany and lives now in Gorle.He played in Serie B and Serie C for Spezia Calcio 1906 and Reggina....

  2002
Giampiero Ventura
Giampiero Ventura
Giampiero Ventura is an Italian football manager and the current manager of Torino.-Career:After a short playing career started with Sampdoria, Ventura was forced to retire from active football at the age of 25 because of a serious back injury...

  2002–04
Edoardo Reja
Edoardo Reja
Edoardo "Edy" Reja is an Italian football coach and former player, currently managing Lazio in the Italian Serie A. Born in Italy to Slovenian parents, Reja speaks Slovene and Italian. He is also fluent in Friulan....

  2004
Daniele Arrigoni
Daniele Arrigoni
Daniele Arrigoni is an Italian football coach, his manager at Cesena.- Playing career :Arrigoni, a defender, made fifteen Serie A appearances in his first professional playing season with Cesena, and mostly played at Serie B and Serie C levels for several different teams, before retiring in 1993.-...

  2004–05
Attilio Tesser
Attilio Tesser
Attilio Tesser is an Italian football manager, currently in charge of Novara.-Playing career:Tesser, a defender, started his playing career with Treviso. He moved to Napoli in 1978, where he played two seasons. He then played for Udinese from 1980 to 1985, and then for some lower league teams,...

  2005
Daniele Arrigoni
Daniele Arrigoni
Daniele Arrigoni is an Italian football coach, his manager at Cesena.- Playing career :Arrigoni, a defender, made fifteen Serie A appearances in his first professional playing season with Cesena, and mostly played at Serie B and Serie C levels for several different teams, before retiring in 1993.-...

  2005
Davide Ballardini
Davide Ballardini
Davide Ballardini is an Italian association football manager who is currently the head coach at Serie A club Cagliari...

  2005–06
Nedo Sonetti
Nedo Sonetti
Nedo Sonetti is an Italian veteran football manager.-Career:Sonetti was born in Piombino, southern Tuscany and lives now in Gorle.He played in Serie B and Serie C for Spezia Calcio 1906 and Reggina....

  2006
Marco Giampaolo
Marco Giampaolo
Marco Giampaolo is an Italian association football manager.-Playing career:Born in Bellinzona, Switzerland, but originary from Giulianova, Giampaolo is a former midfielder who played for several Serie C teams, including Giulianova Calcio, Gubbio, Licata and Siracusa, before to make his Serie B...

  2006–07
Nedo Sonetti
Nedo Sonetti
Nedo Sonetti is an Italian veteran football manager.-Career:Sonetti was born in Piombino, southern Tuscany and lives now in Gorle.He played in Serie B and Serie C for Spezia Calcio 1906 and Reggina....

  2007
Davide Ballardini   2007–08
Massimiliano Allegri   2008–10
Giorgio Melis (caretaker)   2010
Pierpaolo Bisoli
Pierpaolo Bisoli
Pierpaolo Bisoli is an Italian football manager and former midfielder.-Playing:Bisoli started his professional career in 1984 with Pistoiese, where he spent a total of three seasons. He then played for a handful of minor teams before to join Cagliari in 1991, becoming a mainstay for the Sardinians...

  2010–2010
Roberto Donadoni
Roberto Donadoni
Roberto Donadoni is an Italian football manager and former player, last in charge of Serie A club Cagliari.An attacking midfielder or winger known for pace and technique, he was a pillar of the powerhouse AC Milan teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s and one of the pioneers of Major League...

  2010–2011
Massimo Ficcadenti
Massimo Ficcadenti
Massimo Ficcadenti is an Italian football manager and former midfielder.-Playing:Ficcadenti started his playing career with Sambenedettese, where he played from 1985 to 1989. He then signed for Messina, playing for the Sicilian side for a total of three seasons before to join Verona in 1992...

  2011
Davide Ballardini   2011-

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Colours, badge and nicknames





The official red and blue colours of Cagliari mirror those featured on the stemma of Cagliari
Cagliari
Cagliari is the capital of the island of Sardinia, a region of Italy. Cagliari's Sardinian name Casteddu literally means castle. It has about 156,000 inhabitants, or about 480,000 including the outlying townships : Elmas, Assemini, Capoterra, Selargius, Sestu, Monserrato, Quartucciu, Quartu...

. The red parts of the stemma are a reference to the coat of arms
Coat of arms
A coat of arms is a unique heraldic design on a shield or escutcheon or on a surcoat or tabard used to cover and protect armour and to identify the wearer. Thus the term is often stated as "coat-armour", because it was anciently displayed on the front of a coat of cloth...

 of the House of Savoy
House of Savoy
The House of Savoy was formed in the early 11th century in the historical Savoy region. Through gradual expansion, it grew from ruling a small county in that region to eventually rule the Kingdom of Italy from 1861 until the end of World War II, king of Croatia and King of Armenia...

, a family which was previously the monarchy of Italy and more relevantly to Cagliari in particular, the Kingdom of Sardinia
Kingdom of Sardinia
The Kingdom of Sardinia consisted of the island of Sardinia first as a part of the Crown of Aragon and subsequently the Spanish Empire , and second as a part of the composite state of the House of Savoy . Its capital was originally Cagliari, in the south of the island, and later Turin, on the...

. The blue part of the stemma features the sky and the sea, also a castle
Castle
A castle is a type of fortified structure built in Europe and the Middle East during the Middle Ages by European nobility. Scholars debate the scope of the word castle, but usually consider it to be the private fortified residence of a lord or noble...

; this is because the old historic center of Cagliari is walled and called the Castello. Due to the use of these colours on their shirt in halves, the club is commonly nicknamed rossoblu.

Cagliari have had several different logo designs during their history, all of which feature the Flag of Sardinia
Flag of Sardinia
The flag of Sardinia, popularly known in Sardinia also as the Four Moors flag , is the traditional and officially recognized flag of the island, now an Autonomous Region of Italy....

. 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.

Currently the badge features an upright-oval
Oval
An oval is any curve resembling an egg or an ellipse, such as a Cassini oval. The term does not have a precise mathematical definition except in one area oval , but it may also refer to:* A sporting arena of oval shape** a cricket field...

 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. 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.

National titles


Serie A
Serie A
Serie A , now called Serie A TIM due to sponsorship by Telecom Italia, is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top of the Italian football league system and has been operating for over eighty years since 1929. It had been organized by Lega Calcio until 2010, but a new...

:
  • Champions (1): 1969–70
    Serie A 1969-70
    The 1969/1970 Serie A season was won by Cagliari Calcio.-Final classification:-Results:-References and sources:*Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005-External links:...

  • Runners-up (1): 1968–69
    Serie A 1968-69
    The 1968/1969 Serie A season was won by A.C. Fiorentina.-Final classification:-Results:-References and sources:*Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005-External links:...



Serie B
Serie B
Serie B, currently named Serie bwin due to sponsorship reasons, is the second-highest division in the Italian football league system after the Serie A. It is contested by 22 teams and organized by the Lega Serie B since July 2010, after the split of Lega Calcio that previously took care of both the...

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


Serie C
Serie C
The Lega Italiana Calcio Professionistico , commonly known as Lega Pro , is the governing body that runs the third and fourth highest football divisions in Italy, the Prima Divisione and Seconda Divisione respectively. It also includes the sole professional club of San Marino...

 / Serie C1
Serie C1
Lega Pro Prima Divisione is the name of the third highest football league in Italy. It consists of 36 teams, divided geographically into two divisions of 18 teams each. Until 2008 it was known as Serie C1....

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


Coppa Italia Serie C
Coppa Italia Serie C
Coppa Italia Lega Pro , formerly named Coppa Italia Serie C, is a straight knock-out based competition involving teams from Lega Pro in Italian football. All games, including the final, are on a home/away basis....

:
  • Winners (1): 1989


Campionato Sardo di I Divisione:
  • Winners (1): 1936–37

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