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Sunday 28th August 2025

Post match: Sampdoria 0-1 Cagliari - Serie A (6)

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Francesco Baiano (Sampdoria coach):

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Posted (edited)

29 September 2025

SAMPDORIA'S OCTOBER FIXTURES

Blucerchiati Messaggero: After a disastrous start to the season, that has seen 15th placed Sampdoria pick up just one win and one draw from their opening six Serie A matches, Sampdoria face four more daunting Serie A fixtures in October, ending with the derby della Lanterna against Genoa.

Sampdoria start October away to 4th placed Atalanta, then play 12th placed Lecce at home, before travelling to 6th placed Udinese, and then finishing the month back home at Stadio Luigi Ferraris by entertaining 17th placed Genoa in the derby della Lanterna.

In ordinary seasons, Sampdoria supporters would consider these four winnable matches but this form is not an ordinary start to the season and, right now, does any Blucerchiati fan have any confidence in manager Stuniverse's ability to get Sampdoria winning again?

We don't!

After his success at Celtic, we were prepared to give Stuniverse the benefit of the doubt but doubt is fast turning into disgruntlement as the Board's decision to appoint a manager who can't speak Italian looks like backfiring big time.

[Translated into English by Football Translation Services]

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Saccheggiato al mattino, verrai licenziato al mattino

The above translates to "Sacked in the morning, you're getting sacked in the morning."

Well it's fair to say the start to my Sampdoria managerial career has been a disaster. We've picked up four points from a possible 18 and I can't speak the lingo yet... not even basic Italian.

Clearly, the way I was playing at Celtic, just attack teams from the first whistle isn't going to work here at Sampdoria. So what will...?

Any ideas?

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Club Vision - Board satisfied

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Dynamics

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48 minutes ago, Stuniverse said:

29 September 2025

SAMPDORIA'S OCTOBER FIXTURES

Blucerchiati Messaggero: After a disastrous start to the season, that has seen 15th placed Sampdoria pick up just one win and one draw from their opening six Serie A matches, Sampdoria face four more daunting Serie A fixtures in October, ending with the derby della Lanterna against Genoa.

Sampdoria start October away to 4th placed Atalanta, then play 12th placed Lecce at home, before travelling to 6th placed Udinese, and then finishing the month back home at Stadio Luigi Ferraris by entertaining 17th placed Genoa in the derby della Lanterna.

In ordinary seasons, Sampdoria supporters would consider these four winnable matches but this form is not an ordinary start to the season and, right now, does any Blucerchiati fan have any confidence in manager Stuniverse's ability to get Sampdoria winning again?

We don't!

After his success at Celtic, we were prepared to give Stuniverse the benefit of the doubt but doubt is fast turning into disgruntlement as the Board's decision to appoint a manager who can't speak Italian looks like backfiring big time.

[Translated into English by Football Translation Services]

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1 October 2025

MONTHLY REPORTS

Manager Performance:

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Finances:

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Dynamics:

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1 October 2025

ESPOSITO SUFFERS DOUBLE HERNIA

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Sampdoria have been hit with an injury blow  as their 24 year-old midfielder Salvatore Esposito has suffered a double hernia.

[Translated into English by Football Translation Services]

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It's been a long time since I managed in Italy, so not sure I can give a specific comment there. I feel like the club went through a lot of changes, between manager, players, tactics so I'd suggest to try and stick it out - assuming the board gives you that much time of course...

I would consider slotting in a few friendlies with low level sides and see if that helps in building both morale, and some positive form. The international window between the Atalanta and Lecce games could allow you to lay at least two games, even if it means using the reserves based on players being away on international duty.

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2 October 2025

12 SAMPDORIA PLAYERS CALLED UP

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Sampdoria have had 12 players called-up for international duty which follows this weekend's away match against Atalanta.

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25 minutes ago, Johnny-Trotter said:

It's been a long time since I managed in Italy, so not sure I can give a specific comment there.

That's alright, @Johnny-Trotter, thanks for taking the time to comment.

25 minutes ago, Johnny-Trotter said:

I feel like the club went through a lot of changes, between manager, players, tactics so I'd suggest to try and stick it out - assuming the board gives you that much time of course...

That's all very true and, I guess, I need to be patient and have confidence in my managerial abilities. At the moment the Board are satisfied, my job security is showing as stable, I'm on a C+ both overall and for results, and the players are still with me.

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Also, I think some of it is down to me. I got spoilt at Celtic; we could attack teams from the first whistle and, domestically, win comfortably. There was nothing in the Cagliari game, to be fair, very even, but I got increasingly frustrated that we hadn’t scored that I went more and more attacking from halftime onwards, and we got sucker-punched when I went very attacking near the end. Lost 0-1.

I’m thinking of going Balanced mentality, rather than the Attacking mentality we currently start with. I also think I need to resist the temptation, when the scores are level, to go more attacking and trying to force a goal. It is early days, and I haven’t worked out my best 11, or most balanced starting line-up yet.

25 minutes ago, Johnny-Trotter said:

I would consider slotting in a few friendlies with low level sides and see if that helps in building both morale, and some positive form. The international window between the Atalanta and Lecce games could allow you to lay at least two games, even if it means using the reserves based on players being away on international duty.

I might just try that, @Johnny-Trotter. We have 11 players called up for international duty, make that 12 if Chancel Mbemba gets a DR Congo call-up... although I am planning on watching both Poland games to see how they play our want-away, highest paid player, Karol Linetty. I feel like we're not getting the most out of him.

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What tactical approaches did you use with Celtic in Europe? That's probably closer to your current underdog status than your usual dominance of divisions.

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I always find fluid counter attack better outside of England, no full backs on attack, let the front 4/5 counter teams!

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I was going to say I’ve actually never managed in Italy so I can’t really help, but I suppose going from being a top team in the league (Celtic) Down to a ‘mid-table’ team in Italy would mean a complete change in mentality.
Although having noticed that both possession lost and assists conceded are mostly down your left side, I would be asking questions of the full back. 

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Linetty for me is the engine of a midfield three. He's not your holder but he's not the creative force or the major goalscorer either. I also agree with @coady that you might be better off trying to counterattack with your front 4 or 5, and leaving the rest to sit back and provide a solid foundation.

I like a 4-3-3 for that personally, because I think it works well with the split block for a more front-foot counterattack. You give your front three plus two of your midfielders PIs to close down aggressively, and the rest default to a calmer overall setting. So you can start counterattacks by winning the ball with quick pressure in the other end, or, if they get past you there, by turning them over in your end once they've committed bodies forward. That's how I understand it at least.

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Like @coady and @Tajerio said I think counterattacking is the way to go as you won't be able to out attack the big Italian teams. 

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14 hours ago, enigmatic said:

What tactical approaches did you use with Celtic in Europe? That's probably closer to your current underdog status than your usual dominance of divisions.

Thanks, @enigmatic. That’s a very good point and one I hadn’t really considered. Unfortunately, I never really found a system in Europe for Celtic I was happy with. I kept changing things around as we went, especially in the second season at Celtic, last season, when Man Utd and PSG hammered us in every game it seemed.

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14 hours ago, coady said:

I always find fluid counter attack better outside of England, no full backs on attack, let the front 4/5 counter teams!

Good suggestion, @coady. Thank you.

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14 hours ago, Mrlee.1986 said:

I was going to say I’ve actually never managed in Italy so I can’t really help, but I suppose going from being a top team in the league (Celtic) Down to a ‘mid-table’ team in Italy would mean a complete change in mentality.
Although having noticed that both possession lost and assists conceded are mostly down your left side, I would be asking questions of the full back. 

That's a good spot, @Mrlee.1986. I bought Antonino Gallo with a view to him being my left-back, but he dropped out the team with a bruised shoulder and Jairo Riedewald came in and has pretty much kept him out ever since, mainly because a very impressive display against Serie C/C Juve Stabia remains in my mind. Maybe it's time to go back to Gallo.

Antonino Gallo

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Jairo Riedewald

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Ricardo Esgaio, my back-up right-back, also provides cover a left-back now that Antonio Barreca has been sold to Charleroi.

Ricardo Esgaio

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Antonio Barreca

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19 hours ago, Tajerio said:

Linetty for me is the engine of a midfield three. He's not your holder but he's not the creative force or the major goalscorer either. I also agree with @coady that you might be better off trying to counterattack with your front 4 or 5, and leaving the rest to sit back and provide a solid foundation.

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Karol Linetty is a real enigma. He's been at Sampdoria since July 2016, is our highest paid player on £99K p/w, wants away to play in European competition but nobody is interested in him, nobody has made a bid for him despite our best efforts, and I've been playing him in his preferred box-to-box role and he's averaging 6.57 for me whilst averaging 7.20 for Poland. Is he under-performing for me because he wants away or because I'm not using him right?

19 hours ago, Tajerio said:

I like a 4-3-3 for that personally, because I think it works well with the split block for a more front-foot counterattack. You give your front three plus two of your midfielders PIs to close down aggressively, and the rest default to a calmer overall setting. So you can start counterattacks by winning the ball with quick pressure in the other end, or, if they get past you there, by turning them over in your end once they've committed bodies forward. That's how I understand it at least.

I like 4-3-3 too, although with a DM. I tried it for a bit in one of the recent games but it didn't have much effect but, then, we were struggling in the game at the time. Maybe if I played it from the start - it is one of three formations we're training the players in.

But I also like the balance and solidity of our current 4-2-3-1 system, albeit we've conceded 12 goals in six Serie A games, including five in one match against Inter.

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4 hours ago, JaytheGreat said:

Like @coady and @Tajerio said I think counterattacking is the way to go as you won't be able to out attack the big Italian teams. 

Thanks, @JaytheGreat. It's certainly looking like the big Italian teams are going to be the equivalent of Celtic versus Ma Utd and PSG last season.

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Sunday 5th October 2025

Pre-match v Atalanta (a) - Serie A (7)

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Match Preview

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Unavailable: Salvatore Esposito (double hernia), Julian Chabot (fractured arm).

Doubtful: Marco Novelli (tight calf-90), Jakub Jankto (bruised ankle-90), Andrea Chiodo (pulled thigh-90), Andrea Campana (hamstring strain-90).

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Francesco Baiano (Sampdoria coach):

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Fabio Depaoli (Genk - former Sampdoria player):

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Sunday 5th October 2025

Atalanta (5th) v (16th) Sampdoria - Serie A (7)

Team Selection

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Sampdoria make THREE changes.

IN: Antonino Gallo (DL), Karol Linetty (MC), Gianluca Caprari (AMC).

OUT: Alessandro Murgia (MC), Stefano Sana (AMC), Matias Puggioni (ML).

Highlights

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Sampdoria appeared to be playing a more CAUTIOUS minded 4-2-3-1 fluid counter-attacking system than in their previous matches this season.

31 minutes.

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Sampdoria grabbed the lead when Alessandro Cortinovis headed Gianluca Caprari's cross into the back of the net, for a goal against his former team.

HT: Atalanta 0-1 Sampdoria

61 minutes.

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Andrija Zivkovic found space at the far post and turned in Alessandro Cortinovis's cross to double Sampdoria's lead.

62 minutes.

With both full-backs, Giovanni Troupee (DR) and Antonino Gallo (DL) on yellow cards, Sampdoria replaced them with Ricardo Esgaio (DR) and Alessandro Murgia (MC), with Jairo Riedewald moving to left-back.

65 minutes.

Atalanta were awarded a penalty after VAR review with Andrija Zivkovic adjudged to have tripped Vizeu.

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Lucca stepped up and gave Matteo Soncin no chance with a powerful spot-kick that went in off the post.

80 minutes.

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Sampdoria brought on Jakub Jankto for Massimo Bottaro and changed to a 4-2DM-1-3 formation with a VERY DEFENSIVE mentality.

FT: Atalanta 1-2 Sampdoria

 

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Sunday 5th October 2025

Post match: Atalanta 1-2 Sampdoria - Serie A (7)

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7 October 2025

How are my previous clubs doing?

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Posted (edited)

9 October 2025

STUNIVERSE SPOTTED AT SLASKI

Blucerchiati Messaggero: With the Sampdoria players either away on international duty, or enjoying five days off, Blucerchiati manager Stuniverse was in Poland today watching Poland's 1-0 World Cup Qualifier defeat to Croatia at Slaski.

Sampdoria's Karol Linetty played the full game for Poland as a left-sided central midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 system, before dropping back to play a defensive midfielder role in a 4-1-3W-1 formation.

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14 October 2025

STUNIVERSE WATCHES SECOND POLAND MATCH

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Sampdoria manmager Stuniverse was spotted at the Jozef Pilsudski City Stadium as Poland beat Luxembourg 2-0 in a friendly match.

Sampdoria player Karol Linetty came on as a 68th minute substitute and played as the left-sided central midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

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Karol Linetty

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15 October 2025

MBEMBA RETIRES ROM INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Sampdoria's 31 year-old central defender Chancel Mbemba has announced his retirement from international football after winning 99 caps and scoring four goals for DR Congo. Mbemba hopes the decision will help prolong his club career.

Mbemba is a new signing for Sampdoria this season, having followed his manager Stuniverse from Celtic.

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Sunday 19th October 2025

Pre-match v Lecce (H) - Serie A (8)

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Match Preview

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Vicenzo Montella (Italy manager):

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Unavailable: Salvatore Esposito (double hernia), Julian Chabot (fractured arm).

Doubtful: Andrea Chiodo (pulled thigh-90), Lawrence Shankland (tight thigh-90).

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Stuniverse (Sampdoria manager via translator Francesco Baiano coach):

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Sunday 19th October 2025

Sampdoria (14th) v Lecce (12th) - Serie A (8)

Team Selection

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Sampdoria make NO changes, going again with the lineup that won at Atalanta last time out.

Highlights

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32 minutes.

Sampdoria almost took the lead when Gianluca Caprari's shot from outside the penalty area struck the foot of the post and went out for a goal kick.

Sampdoria had the better of the first-half with 62% possession and 10 attempts to Lecce's three, but Sampdoria only tested Roef in the Lecce goal twice.

HT: Sampdoria 0-0 Lecce

48 minutes.

Lecce send a fee-kick into the penalty area and VAR adjudges Gonzalo Santapaolo gulity of shoving in a crowd of players. Penalty.

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Brignola steps-up and Matteo Soncin pulled off a sensational one-handed save.

59 minutes.

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Andrija Zivkovic limped off in some discomfort and was replaced by Giovanni Pagano.

72 minutes.

Sampdoria replaced Alessandro Cortinovis with Matias Puggioni and changed to a BALANCED mentality.

FT: Sampdoria 0-0 Lecce

Despite being the better side, Sampdoria were unable to make their dominance tell and the match ended goalless.

Sampdoria go two Serie A matches unbeaten for the first time this season.

 


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Sunday 19th October 2025

Post match: Sampdoria 0-0 Lecce - Serie A (8)

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Francesco Baiano (Sampdoria coach):

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22 October 2025

CORTINOVIS ADDS TO INJURY LIST

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Sampdoria will be without the services of 24 year-old attacking midfielder / winger Alessandro Cortinovis for 3-5 weeks after he suffered an abdominal strain in training.

[Translated into English by Football Translation Services]

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Sunday 26th October 2025

Pre-match v Udinese (a) - Serie A (9)

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Match Preview

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Unavailable: Alessandro Cortinovis (abdominal strain), Andrija Zivkovic (fractured toe).

Doubtful: Lawrence Shankland (tight thigh-90), Julian Chabot (fractured arm-90), Salvatore Esposito (double hernia-45).

 

 

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Sunday 26th October 2025

Udinese (3rd) v Sampdoria (15th) - Serie A (9)

Team Selection

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Sampdoria make FOUR changes, two enforced through injury.

IN: Alessandro Murgia (MC), Giovani Pagano (MR), Matias Puggioni (ML), Lawrence Shankland (SC).

OUT: Gonzalo Santopaolo (DC), Andrija Zivkovic (MR-fractured toe), Alessandro Cortinovis (ML-abdominal strain), Massimo Bottaro (SC).

Highlights

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24 minutes.

Sampdoria changed to a DEFENSIVE mentality.

A first-half where Sampdoria edged possession, and Udinese created the better chances, ended goalless.

HT: Udinese 0-0 Sampdoria

70 minutes.

Sampdoria changed back to a CAUTIOUS mentality.

77 minutes.

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Carrasco breaks the deadlock for Udinese, squeezing home Esteves's low cross in off the far post from an acute angle.

78 minutes.

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Sampdoria changed to a VERY ATTACKING 4-2-4W formation.

FT: Udinese 1-0 Sampdoria

Sampdoria suffered a narrow defeat and will go into the home derby della Lanterna at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Wednesday night below rivals Genoa in the Serie A league table.

 

 

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Sunday 26th October 2025

Post match: Udinese 1-0 Sampdoria - Serie A (9)

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Francesco Baiano (Sampdoria coach):

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Wednesday 29th October 2025

derby della Lanterna

Pre-match v Genoa (H) - Serie A (10)

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Match Preview

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Unavailable: Chancel Mbemba (suspended), Alessandro Cortinovis (abdominal strain), Andrija Zivkovic (fractured toe).

Doubtful: Lawrence Shankland (tight thigh-90), Julian Chabot (fractured arm-90), Salvatore Esposito (double hernia-45).

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Francesco Baiano (Sampdoria coach):

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Christian Bucchi (Genoa manager):

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Gianluca Pagliuca (Bologna U20s GK coach):

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Wednesday 29th October 2025

derby della Lanterna

Sampdoria (16th) v (14th) Genoa - Serie A (10)

Team Selection

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Sampdoria make THREE changes.

IN: Andrea Cristana (DC), Gonzalo Santapaolo (DC), Massimo Bottaro (SC).

OUT: Chancel Mbemba (DC-suspended), Alessando Murgia (MC), Lawrence Shankland (SC).

Highlights

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33 minutes.

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Sampdoria seized the initiative in the derby della Lanterna with a delightful, patient build-up that eventually saw Giovanni Pagano cross the ball into the penalty area and Matias Puggioni's scuffed volley hit the inside of the post and crossed the line. Just.

HT: Sampdoria 1-0 Genoa

54 minutes.

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Genoa changed to a POSITIVE 4-4-2 formation.

63 minutes.

Genoa changed to an ATTACKING mentality.

65 minutes.

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Sampdoria changed to a VERY DEFENSIVE mentality.

Sampdoria defended for their lives, throwing themselves into blocks and tackles, and kept Genoa out.

FT: Sampdoria 1-0 Genoa

Sampdoria win the derby della Lanterna. Sampdoria WIN THE DERBY DELLA LANTERNA!

Sampdoria climb above Genoa in the Serie A league table.

 

 

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Wednesday 29th October 2025

derby della Lanterna

Post match: Sampdoria 1-0 Genoa - Serie A (10)

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Christian Bucchi (Genoa manager):

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Francesco Baiano (Sampdoria coach):

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30 October 2025

SAMPDORIA'S NOVEMBER FIXTURES

Blucerchiati Messaggero: After winning two, drawing one, and losing only one of four Serie A fixtures in October, Sampdoria face another four Serie A fixtures in November.

[Translated into English by Football Translation Services]

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1 November 2025

MONTHLY REPORTS

Manager Performance:

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Finances:

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Dynamics:

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Monday 3rd November 2025

Pre-match v Roma (a) - Serie A (11)

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Match Preview

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Unavailable: Alessandro Cortinovis (abdominal strain), Ricardo Esgaio (pulled thigh).

Doubtful: Giovanni Troupee (bruised foot-90), Julian Chabot (fractured arm-90), Andrija Zivkovic (fractured toe-90), Salvatore Esposito (double hernia-45).

Fabio Depaoli (Genk):

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Monday 3rd November 2025

Roma (8th) v Sampdoria (14th) - Serie A (11)

Team Selection

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Sampdoria make TWO changes.

IN: Chancel Mbemba (DC), Stefano Sana (AMC).

OUT: Andrea Cristana (DC), Massimo Bottaro (SC).

Highlights

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9 minutes.

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Roma took the lead when Zouma headed Unger's free-kick against the crossbar and the rebound hit Chancel Mbemba and went in for an unfortunate own goal.

HT: Roma 1-0 Sampdoria

54 minutes.

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Sampdoria changed to a 4-1-2-3 DM BALANCED formation.

70 minutes.

Sampdoria changed to an ATTACKING mentality.

81 minutes.

Sampdoria changed to a VERY ATTACKING mentality.

FT: Roma 1-0 Sampdoria

 

 

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Monday 3rd November 2025

Post match: Roma 1-0 Sampdoria - Serie A (11)

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Posted (edited)

4 November 2025

GOAL SHY SAMPDORIA

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Sampdoria sit 14th in the Serie A league table, the same position they finished last season, with 11 points from 11 matches (W3, D2, L6).

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Sampdoria have only scored 12 goals in 11 Serie A matches, with eight teams having scored less than that.

At the other end, 15 goals have been conceded in 11 matches, although five of them were scored by Inter in a crazy 5-3 defeat. Eight teams have conceded more goals than Sampdoria.

[Translated into English by Football Translation Services]

Edited by Stuniverse

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5 November 2025

ELEVEN INTERNATIONAL CALL-UPS

Blucerchiati Messaggero: 11 Sampdoria players have been called-up for international duty after this weekend's home match against Torino at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

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Edited by Stuniverse

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Saturday 8th November 2025

Pre-match v Torino (H) - Serie A (12)

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Match Preview

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Doubtful: Giovanni Troupee (bruised foot-90), Julian Chabot (fractured arm-90), Andrija Zivkovic (fractured toe-90), Ricardo Esgaio (pulled thigh-90), Alessandro Cortinovis (abdominal strain-60), Salvatore Esposito (double hernia-45).

 


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Saturday 8th November 2025

Sampdoria (14th) v Torino (9th) - Serie A (12)

Team Selection

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Sampdoria make TWO changes.

IN: Jamie Yayie Mpie (ML), Lawrence Shankland (SC).

OUT: Matias Puggioni (ML), Stefano Sana (AMC).

Highlights

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39 minutes.

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Torino made their first-half dominance tell when Jairo Riedewald missed his interception allowing Verdi to receive Fossi's pass and run on to rifle the ball into the back of the net.

40 minutes.

Sampdoria changed to a POSITIVE mentality.

HT: Sampdoria 0-1 Torino

64 minutes.

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Sampdoria changed to an ATTACKING 4-4-2 formation.

65 minutes.

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Sampdoria equalised when Massimo Bottaro headed-on Matteo Soncin's long clearance and Lawrence Shankland ran through to slot the ball past the Torino goalkeeper.

66 minutes.

Sampdoria changed to a POSITIVE mentality.

77 minutes.

Torino came close to regaining the lead when Pezzella hit the post.

FT: Sampdoria 1-1 Torino

 

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Saturday 8th November 2025

Post match: Sampdoria 1-1 Torino - Serie A (12)

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21 November 2025

CHIODO SUFFERS HERNIA

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Sampdoria will be without Andrea Chiodo for a few weeks after the 21 year-old attacker suffered a hernia in training.

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22 November 2025

STUNIVERSE TO ATTEND PRESS CONFERENCES

Blucerchiati Messaggero: We were delighted to hear from the club today that Sampdoria manager Stuniverse will be attending press conferences imminently. We were informed that Stuniverse only speaks basic Italian and will be accompanied by first-team coach Francesco Baiano who will translate and answer some questions on Stuniverse's behalf.

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Sunday 23rd November 2025

Pre-match v AC Milan (a) - Serie A (13)

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Match Preview

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: We're 12 matches into the Serie A season and Sampdoria have been unable to threaten the top-half of the league table. How do you sum up the season so far?

Stuniverse: It be tough. We had difficult start play Lazio, Juventus, Inter and get uno point. That make things uphill for us... it been tough but we strive do better. Last six games we only lose two... and we did beat Genoa.

Sergio Volpi (Franciacorta manager):

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: Franciacorta manager Sergio Volpi has been outspoken about your current poor form. Surely it can't be helpful having a former Sampdoria fans favourite critiscising you in public?

Stuniverse: No. Not helpful at all... guess he entitled own opinion... and he still want Blucerchiati do well. We all want do better... be higher up table... and we work hard in training make that happen.

Stuniverse (Sampdoria manager):

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Unavailable: Jairo Riedewald (suspended), Andrea Chiodo (hernia).

Doubtful: Andrija Zivkovic (fractured toe-90), Ricardo Esgaio (pulled thigh-90), Alessandro Cortinovis (abdominal strain-45).

 

 

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Sunday 23rd November 2025

AC Milan (4th) v Sampdoria (14th) - Serie A (13)

Team Selection

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Sampdoria make THREE changes.

IN: Andrea Cristana (DC), Jakub Jankto (MC),  Ricardo Esgaio (MR).

OUT: Jairo Riedewald (MC-suspended), Giovanni Pagano (MR), Gianluca Caprari (AMC).

Highlights

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29 minutes.

Colombo headed Milan into the lead from Jacquot's corner but the goal was disallowed for a foul after VAR review.

41 minutes.

Milan came close again when Burda headed Jacquot's free-kick against the crossbar.

HT: AC Milan 0-0 Sampdoria

66 minutes.

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Bernadeschi eventually did give Milan the lead, heading home Jacquot's cross.

67 minutes.

Sampdoria changed to an ATTACKING mentality.

84 minutes.

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Two Sampdoria substitutes combined to equalise when Andrija Zivkovic put Massimo Bottaro through to fire a fabulous shot into the corner of the net.

86 minutes.

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Sampdoria changed to a VERY DEFENSIVE 4-2-1-3 formation.

FT: AC Milan 1-1 Sampdoria

Nobody gave Sampdoria a chance today, but the Blucerchiati avoided defeat with a spirited, defensive display, and a sensational goal from Massimo Bottaro.

 

 

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Sunday 23rd November 2025

Post-match: AC Milan 1-1 Sampdoria - Serie A (13)

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: All the pundits expected Milan to win comfortably today but you defied the odds and came away from the San Siro stadium with a draw.

Stuniverse: Si. Grazie. Milano are good team... we knew we had to make it difficult for them... and we did. We play well defensively... and when they scored... the players show character and spirit to fight their way back into the game. I thought it no more than we deserve for the hard work and effort the players put in today.

Stuniverse (Sampdoria manager):

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Blucerchiati Messaggero:  You sprung something of a surprise today with your 4-1-2-3 formation. What was the thinking behind that?

Stuniverse: It one of a few systems we've worked on in training. We changed to it a couple of times in other games and I liked what I saw when used second-half against Roma. We felt we had nothing to lose against Milano and decided to spring a surprise. I very happy how we looked out there and we got good result. I thought we deserve it.

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