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38 minutes ago, TheMadMonk said:

Enjoying the story greatly

Thank you, @TheMadMonk. Glad you are enjoying the story.

39 minutes ago, TheMadMonk said:

just popped in to say the teleprinters given an incorrect score in the previous but one post :)

Well spotted...

2 hours ago, Stuniverse said:

FT: Juventus 1-0 Sampdoria

Sampdoria finally lose after eight Serie A matches undefeated.

... and corrected!

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23 January 2026

CHABOT TO MISS A MONTH

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Sampdoria's 27 year-old centre-back Julian Chabot is set for a month on the sidelines with a hernia.

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25 January 2026

SPOTLIGHT - SAMPDORIA U20s AND U18s

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Sampdoria's U20s are well-placed in Italian U20 Division 1 this season and the U18s are top of the Italian U18 Division 1 Group B league table.

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Sunday 25th January 2026

Pre-match v Inter Milan (H) - Serie A (21)

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Match Preview

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: Inter come to Stadio Luigi Ferraris on the back of 17 straight Serie A victories. How difficult a match is this one?

Stuniverse: As difficult as it gets... in Serie A. You just say it... there... 17 wins... on the spin... staggering. On the back of... tiring game Juventus... we couldn't have two tougher... back-to-back games. But you never know... in football. We train well... with big crowd behind us... in Stadio Luigi Ferraris... our wonderful supporters... could cheer players on... achieve something remarkable.

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: You lost 5-3 against Inter much earlier in the season. Will that goal fest have any bearing today?

Stuniverse: No. I not think so. We learnt lot lessons... since then... this season... We harder score against... for one thing. Today is... a chance... see how we measure up... against best team in Italia. My players should... need... no motivating for this one... if they not inspired... this challenge... they shouldn't be play for Sampdoria.

Unavailable: Jairo Riedewald (sports hernia), Julian Chabot (hernia).

Doubtful: Lawrence Shankland (gashed upper leg-90).

Stuniverse (Sampdoria manager):

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Sunday 25th January 2026

Sampdoria (11th) v Inter Milan (1st) - Serie A (21)

Team Selection

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Sampdoria make ONE change.

IN: Lawrence Shankland (SC).

OUT: Massimo Bottaro (SC).

Highlights

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13 minutes.

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Inter took the lead with a scrambled goal. Esposito headed Lemar's free-kick against the post, the ball rolled slowly along the line, and Barella slid in to inch it over.

24 minutes.

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On his return to the starting-11 following a gashed upper leg, Lawrence Shankland equalised for Sampdoria with a flicked header to wrong foot Inter goalkeeper Rulli after Karol Linetty's volley flew straight at him.

37 minutes.

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Sampdoria's left-back Antonini Gallo went off injured. Chancel Mbemba moved to left-back and Andrea Cistana came on to play centre-back.

HT: Sampdoria 1-1 Inter Milan

45 minutes + 34 seconds.

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34 seconds after the restart, Lawrence Shankland headed Alessandro Cortinovis's free-kick in off the underside of the crossbar to give Sampdoria the lead.

46 minutes.

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Samporia changed to a VERY DEFENSIVE 4-2-2W-1-1 system.

52 minutes.

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Ramos equalised for Inter after Samdoria goalkeeper Matteo Soncin parried Lemar's close-range shot towards Ramos.

53 minutes.

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Sampdoria reverted back to a BALANCED 4-2-3-1 system.

68 minutes.

Sampdoria almost took the lead when Alessandro Cortinovis crossed and the near post denied Lawrence Shankland a hat-trick.

88 minutes.

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Sampdoria changed to a BALANCED 4-4-2 system.

90+3 minutes.

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With Inter pushing forward for a winner, Sampdoria cleared a free-kick to the edge of their penalty area, Salvatore Esposito played the ball out wide to Gianluca Caprari, who ran half the length of the pitch, before finding a wide open Lawrence Shankland and Shankland buried his shot for a sensational hat-trick.

90+5 minutes.

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

FT: Sampdoria 3-2 Inter Milan

The noise inside the Stadio Luigi Ferraris was deafening on the final whistle as Sampdoria produced a magnificent performance to end Inter Milan's 17-match unbeaten winning streak.


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Sunday 25th January 2026

Post-match: Sampdoria 3-2 Inter Milan - Serie A (21)

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: Congratultions. I didn't see that win coming, particularly when Inter took the lead with a scrappy goal. How do you feel after that?

Stuniverse: Grazie. Grazie. My players deserve... all credit... they were magnifico. I love Italia... I love Sampdoria... I love our fabulous fans... they were incredible today... so noisy... give players massive lift... This one's for all the Blucerchiati. Enjoy.

Blucerchiati Messaggero: As hat-tricks go, that was something very special. Just how good was Shankland?

Stuniverse: Lawrence Shankland was... outstanding today... but for the post, he could've scored four. I know some... eyebrows were raised... when I signed him from Celtic... but I knew what I was getting with Lawrence... he's the most gifted, natural finisher... I've worked with. But today's not... about... singling out individuals... Lawrence's hat-trick... grab headlines... rightly so... but the win was... a... a... collective team effort. The starting-11... the three subs... all gave everything today. They deserved this victory... and I hope the fans enjoyed it.

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: Gallo went off injured, how is he?

Stuniverse: Antonini fell on his... wrist. We get it checked tomorrow... hopeful something he can play through... with Jairo Riedewald... also unavailable with hernia... we need Antonini.

Stuniverse (Sampdoria manager):

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Added-time winner to beat the top of the table--you must be buzzing!

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1 hour ago, Tajerio said:

Added-time winner to beat the top of the table--you must be buzzing!

"Buzzing" is exactly the right word, @Tajerio... and yes, I am! Made even more special because Lawrence Shankland - a player I took with me from Hibs to Celtic, and then again from Celtic to Sampdoria - scored a hat-trick!

Not only were Inter Milan top of Serie A they had won their last 17 games in Serie A.

I think it's the hardest I've worked in the dugout during a game on this save. Not only did I make the four changes to formation / system in the Highlights (above), I also made seven or eight more subtle changes as well as three substitutions during the game.

90+3 minutes, we were defending a free-kick, headed it clear from inside our own penalty area, played the ball wide, a great run down the left-wing by Gianluca Caprari,  Lawrence Shankland, breaking forward and wide open, receives the pass and scores the winner. YES! GET-IN!

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26 January 2026

POCHETTINO NOT IMPRESSED BY STUNIVERSE

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Sampdoria manager Stuniverse, and Inter Milan manager Mauricio Pochettino, have become embroiled in a war-of-words following Sampdoria's shock 3-2 victory over Inter Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris this weekend.

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Mauricio Pochettino (Inter Milan manager):

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Stuniverse (Sampdoria manager):

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Mauricio Pochettino (Inter Milan manager):

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Finally caught up after a month off the forum. This has been interesting as always.

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33 minutes ago, kidthekid said:

Finally caught up after a month off the forum. This has been interesting as always.

Thank you, @kidthekid. Welcome back.

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It's taken a good couple of hours to get up to date with this after slipping behind, but a great read as always! Good work. :thup:

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32 minutes ago, coady said:

It's taken a good couple of hours to get up to date with this after slipping behind, but a great read as always! Good work. :thup:

Thanks, @coady, for taking the time to catch-up again and post a comment. I’m glad you’re still enjoying it.

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SAVE UPDATE

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Apologies that this save has't progressed much since the weekend, and probably won't do much this next week either, although I should be able to keep it ticking over a bit more over the next few days.

As most of you know, I'm the FM researcher for Derby County and the end of a season (the Championship season has just ended, with the mighty Rams finishing 10th) is always the busiest time of the annual FM research cycle.

I'd like to thank everybody who's following this save, adding a like now and again, commenting on the thread, or sending me a direct message from time to time, as it really is the interaction with all of you that makes this worthwhile for me and keeps me going.

As for this save, I'm thoroughly enjoying it and am starting to feel at home and settled in Italia... and am looking forward to many more seasons as part of my FM20 Adventure. I hope you'll continue to accompany me as we discover how I get on in my Football Management career.

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Saturday 31st January 2026

Pre-match v Bologna (a) - Serie A (22)

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Match Preview

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: Following on from your impressive victory over Inter, does that give you confidence going into an away match with Bologna who are two places and three points behind you?

Stuniverse: The victory over Inter... at Stadio Luigi Ferraris... brilliant result for us... players buzzing in training... important we not get... carry away. Bologna a good team... with their fans cheer them... at Renato Dall'Ara... be difficult for us... but we owe it... ourselfs... our supporters... get result... build on Inter win. We work hard training... prepare... try do just that.

Unavailable: Jairo Riedewald (sports hernia), Julian Chabot (hernia), Jakub Jankto (ill).

Doubtful: Lawrence Shankland (gashed upper leg-90), Antonini Gallo (sprained wrist ligaments-90).

Stuniverse (Sampdoria manager):

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Gennaro Scognamiglio (Bologna manager):

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Saturday 31st January 2026

Bologna (12th) v Sampdoria (10th) - Serie A (22)

Team Selection

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Sampdoria make ONE change.

IN: Andrea Cistana (DC).

OUT: Antonini Gallo (DL-sprained wrist ligaments).

Highlights

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34 minutes.

Sampdoria's captain Gianluca Caprari got caught in possession. Bologna counter-attacked at pace and Moretto's shot, from outside the penalty area, rattled the crossbar.

38 minutes.

After a great run down the right-wing, Sampdoria's Andrija Zivkovic cut inside and hit the crossbar with a long-range effort.

39 minutes.

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Sampdoria took the lead when Alessandro Cortinovis headed home Andrija Zivkovic's cross at the far post.

HT: Bologna 0-1 Sampdoria

62 minutes.

Bologna almost equalised in a goalmouth scramble which ended with Moretto's shot shaving the outside of the post and going wide.

89 minutes.

Bologna were inches away from an equaliser when Maresic's shot bounced back off the post, Farago followed up, and substitute Massimo Bottaro cleared off the line.

FT: Bologna 0-1 Sampdoria

Sampdoria win and move up to 8th in Serie A.

 

 

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Saturday 31st January 2026

Post-match: Bologna 0-1 Sampdoria - Serie A (22)

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: A good win, one that sees you climb to 8th, your highest Serie A position of the season.

Stuniverse: Grazie. We play well... very professional job... we defend well... score good goal... nearly add to it... have a couple scary moments... get the win... and three points.

Blucerchiati Messaggero: You're now nine points off a top six place and European qualification, with a game-in-hand. Do you think the Blucerchiati could be watching Continental football next season?

Stuniverse: Who know...? We put ourselfs in... great position... but important we not get ahead ourselfs... cliche, but... one game at time... try get many points we can... see where we finish. But, si, we very happy how things go for us.

Blucerchiati Messaggero: With two days to go until the transfer window closes are we likely to see any more ins or outs?

Stuniverse: No... not think so... very happy with squad.

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: What about Linetty? Does he still want away?

Stuniverse: Si. Karol still want go... play Continental football... but we have no offers. A few teams want... take Karol on loan... but we not want lose him. Karol know that... understand... he only go if we receive... bid of £33M.

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Stuniverse (Sampdoria manager):

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31 January 2026

SAMPDORIA'S FEBRUARY FIXTURES

Blucerchiati Messaggero: After a mixed bag of results in January - three wins, one draw and two defeats - Sampdoria face four Serie A fixtures in February, two at Stadio Luigi Ferraris and two away from home.

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1 February 2026

RIO AVE LOAN MPIE

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Portuguese Premier League side Rio Ave have taken Sampdoria's 24 year-old left-winger Jamie Yayie Mpie on loan for the rest of the season.

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1 February 2026

MONTHLY REPORTS

Manager Performance:

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Finances:

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Dynamics:

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2 February 2026

SAMPDORIA ADD TO U18s SQUAD

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Sampdoria Director of Football Carlo Osti has signed Serie C/A Giana Ermnio's 17 year-old right-back Niccolo Lenocci for £30.5K (£51K) until the summer of 2027. Lenocci will join up with the U18s squad.

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2 February 2026

TRANSFER WINDOW CLOSES IN ITALY

Blucerchiati Messaggero: A quiet transfer window day at Stadio Luigi Ferraris saw Sampdoria sign Niccolo Lenocci for the U18s squad and loan Jamie Yayie Mpie to Portguese Premier League side Rio Ave.

Top Spenders

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Italian Transfer Window Roundup

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Sampdoria's Transfer History

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2 January 2026

D'ANDREA FACING UNCERTAIN SAMPDORIA FUTURE

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Sampdoria's 20 year-old attacking midfielder Sante D'Andrea faces an uncertain future between now and his contract expiring at the end of the season. With no signs of negotiations over a new Sampdoria contract, D'Andrea has rejected pre-contract offers from Serie B sides Livorno and Spezia.

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2 February 2026

LINETTY REMAINS AT STADIO LUIGI FERRARIS

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Sampdoria's 31 year-old midfielder Karol Linetty failed to secure a move away from the Stadio Luigi Ferraris this transfer window. Long-serving Sampdoria player Linetty made it clear in the summer that he wanted to leave for a club playing Continental football.

Sampdoria manager Stuniverse agreed Linetty could leave if a fee of £33M was received but, we understand, no bids were received for the Polish international in either the summer or the winter transfer windows.

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Saturday 7th February 2026

Pre-match v Cremonese (H) - Serie A (23)

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Match Preview

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: A home game against 15th placed Cremonese gives you an excellent opportunity to consolidate your top-half position in Serie A and push on in your hunt for a European qualification spot, doesn't it?

Stuniverse: Si. It does, si. We win 3-0 at Cremonese... early season... so... so... important... we not complacent... expect our fans... rock Stadio Luigi Ferraris... so... important we do... professional job... make our supporters smile... with win... if we can.

Blucerchiati Messaggero: A quiet transfer window day as you said it would be. Linetty remains a Sampdoria player though?

Stuniverse: Si. He does. And I happy for us Karol... still Sampdoria player. Si... he want leave... play European competition... but who know?... maybe Karol can... play in Europe... for us.

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Sommer has announced his intention to retire at the end of the season Do you agree with his decision?

Stuniverse: That not me say. Yann still good goalkeeper... but we have two good young goalkeepers here... Matteo Soncin our number one... Lorenzo Innocenti wait in wings... Yann been good servant... to Sampdoria... to football...  wish him well... whatever he decide do... whether play on... or hang up gloves.

Unavailable: Jairo Riedewald (sports hernia), Julian Chabot (hernia), Gonzalo Santapaolo (twisted knee).

Doubtful: Lawrence Shankland (gashed upper leg-90), Yann Sommer (bruised hand-90), Andrea Chiodo (tight calf).

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Your medical team have been busy this week, I understand?

Stuniverse: Si. Gonzalo Santapaolo, Yann Sommer and Andrea Chiodo all... pick up injury... this week.

Stuniverse (Sampdoria manager):

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Saturday 7th February 2026

Sampdoria (9th) v Cremonese (15th) - Serie A (23)

Team Selection

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Sampdoria make ONE change.

IN: Antonini Gallo (DL).

OUT: Gonzalo Santapaolo (DC).

Highlights

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24 minutes.

Lawrence Shankland thought he'd given Sampdoria the lead but he was deemed to be offside when Andrija Zivkovic threaded his pass through the Cremonese defence.

33 minutes.

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Cremonese take the lead, against the run of play, when De Carli volleys home Daehli's free-kick.

35 minutes.

Sampdoria pushed the wing-backs forward and changed to an ATTACKING mentality.

39 minutes.

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Sampdoria equalised when Alessandro Cortinovis out-jumped Mogos at the far post to head in Andrija Zivkovic's cross.

HT: Sampdoria 1-1 Cremonese

56 minutes.

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Sampdoria's Chancel Mbemba limped off in obvious discomfort to be replaced by Marco Novelli.

64 minutes.

Sampdoria pushed captain Gianluca Caprari further forward as a false nine.

70 minutes.

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Gianluca Caprari gave Sampdoria the lead, getting on the end of Andrija Zivkovic's free-kick to half-volley home at the far post.

71 minutes.

Sampdoria changed to a BALANCED mentality.

85 minutes.

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

90+3 minutes.

Lawrence Shankland made the three points safe for Sampdoria by diverting Alessandro Cortinovis's shot past the Cremonese goalkeeper.

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... but VAR had other ideas and chalked the goal off for offside. That's the second time VAR denied Shankland a goal in this match.

FT: Sampdoria 2-1 Cremonese

Sampdoria came from behind to win and take the three points.

 


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Saturday 7th February 2026

Post-match: Sampdoria 2-1 Cremonese - Serie A (23)

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: A good win in the end, but were you worried when Cremonese took the lead?

Stuniverse: You never like... concede goals... fall behind... but we barely half hour in... goal complete against... run of play... I had... complete confidence... my team... they show... character... spirit... determination... win game.

Blucerchiati Messaggero: You change Caprari to false nine and five minutes later he score the winning goal. You're starting to get a reputation as a tactical genius.

Stuniverse: Grazie [laughs]. Grazie. I'm a football manager... I make decisions... that's what we do... some decisions work out... some have no impact... some backfire. Today, Gianluca Caprari... false nine... it work very well. I take that good fortune, grazie.

Blucerchiati Messaggero: VAR was busy, ruling out two goals for Shankland. Was VAR right?

Stuniverse: First one... si, Lawrence offside. Second one... well... well... I not want say something get me trouble.

Stuniverse (Sampdoria manager):

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11 February 2026

CAGLIARI SACK MAZZARRI

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Sampdoria will almost certainly travel to the Sardegna Arena to face a managerless Cagliari on Sunday after Walter Mazzarri was sacked tonight following Cagliari's 2-0 defeat to AC Milan in the San Siro.

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Sunday 15th February 2026

Pre-match v Cagliari (a) - Serie A (24)

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Match Preview

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: What are your thoughts on Cagliari sacking Walter Mazzarri this week?

Stuniverse: It sad... it always sad me when... fellow professional manager lose job. They had... what... won one, draw one, lose three... of... last five games... Serie A... so.... I guess... owner know best.

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Ahead of your match at the Sardegna Arena, you're eight points better off than Cagliari with a game-in-hand. Does the fact that they're without a manager give Sampdoria even more of an advantage?

Stuniverse: I... I... not sure... these things... tend go one way or other... players either despondent... play within themselfs... not play well... or look something prove... play above themselfs... make you ask why didn't you pay like that before? So... who know? We not know what expect... can only prepare... like normal do.

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Has the injury situation improved any?

Stuniverse: Si. It improve... some, si. Nobody... complete rule out... but quite few... still early back training... medical team advise not play full 90 minutes. We also had... some flu in squad this week... I shouldn't stand too close me... just in case.

Doubtful: Gonzalo Santapaolo (twisted knee-90), Chancel Mbemba (pulled groin-90), Antonini Gallo (bruised knee-90), Andrea Chiodo (tight calf-90), Massimo Bottaro (flu-90), Julian Chabot (hernia-45), Jairo Riedewald (sports hernia-45), Matteo Frau (flu-30).

Stuniverse (Sampdoria manager):

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Clarence Seedorf (former Sampdoria player):

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Sunday 15th February 2026

Cagliari (12th) v Sampdoria (9th) - Serie A (24)

Team Selection

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Sampdoria make ONE change.

IN: Bruno Santos (SC).

OUT: Lawrence Shankland (SC).

Highlights

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4 minutes.

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Locatelli opened the scoring with a stunning individual goal to give Cagliari the lead, after good build-up play from Xhaka and Ramirez.

35 minutes.

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Sampdoria pushed the wing-backs on and changed to an ATTACKING 4-4-2 system.

39 minutes.

Bruno Santos missed a chance to equalise, blasting Giovanni Troupee's cross high and wide of the goal.

42 minutes.

Sampdoria went close again. Andrija Zivkovic played the ball down the right channel, Bruno Santos crossed, and Alessandro Cortinovis's header shaved the top of the crossbar.

HT: Cagliari 1-0 Sampdoria

74 minutes.

Sampdoria changed to a VERY ATTACKING mentality, and stopped playing out from the back so much.

Cagliari had their goalkeeper Cragno to thank for preserving their slender lead with a string of fine saves, the best of which was a superb dive to tip substitute Matias Puggioni's long-rang shot over the bar.

FT: Cagliari 1-0 Sampdoria

Sampdoria dominated the match but were unable to score and lost to a wonder strike from Manuel Locatelli.

 


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Sunday 15th February 2026

Post-match: Cagliari 1-0 Sampdoria - Serie A (24)

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: That didn't go according to plan. What happened?

Stuniverse: We lost. Simple that... they score one goal... we score no goals... we lost. This fooball... this Serie A... this things happen. But I not think we deserve lose... we have... lots more chances they do... much more possession they do... but they catch us cold... four minutes in... wonderful goal from Locatelli... and then they defend... for their lifes... for 86 plus minutes... we huff... we puff... but we cannot score past Cragno... goalkeeper produce some... good saves... for them... but we not make him... work... hard enough. We must do better... in these situations.

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Was substituting Bruno Santos at half-time, when you were already a goal down, a sign you got your team selection wrong?

Stuniverse: No, not think so. We not score first-half... Bruno Santos play... we not score second-half... Lawrence Shankland play. Look... Lawrence needed a rest... he can't play every game... Massimo Bottaro out with flu... so Bruno Santos start... he has start some time... At half-time... way Cagliari defend deep... in numbers... we thought... experience would help second-half.

Blucerchiati Messaggero: On Wednesday you finally get to play your game-in-hand against Napoli at their San Paolo Stadio.

Stuniverse: Si. Very difficult game... for us. Napoli second in Serie A. If Napoli win... they close gap to leaders Inter... to two points. Very difficult game for us... but we do our best.

Stuniverse (Sampdoria manager):

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Save Update
Thank you for your patience. My FM20 Adventure should resume tomorrow (Thursday) or Friday, definitely by the weekend with further updates from Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa as my managerial career continues with Sampdoria...

On 25/07/2020 at 07:26, Stuniverse said:

SAVE UPDATE

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Apologies that this save has't progressed much since the weekend, and probably won't do much this next week either, although I should be able to keep it ticking over a bit more over the next few days.

As most of you know, I'm the FM researcher for Derby County and the end of a season (the Championship season has just ended, with the mighty Rams finishing 10th) is always the busiest time of the annual FM research cycle.

I'd like to thank everybody who's following this save, adding a like now and again, commenting on the thread, or sending me a direct message from time to time, as it really is the interaction with all of you that makes this worthwhile for me and keeps me going.

As for this save, I'm thoroughly enjoying it and am starting to feel at home and settled in Italia... and am looking forward to many more seasons as part of my FM20 Adventure. I hope you'll continue to accompany me as we discover how I get on in my Football Management career.

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Wednesday 18th February 2026

Pre-match v Napoli (a) - Serie A (25)

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Match Preview

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: You've waited a while, but finally you get to play your game-in-hand. A win would see you go five points clear of Atalanta and put you level on points with 8th-placed Napoli.

Stuniverse: It would. Si. But Napoli are second... go two points back Inter... with win... and in their back-yard... San Paolo... going be very difficult game.. for us.

Blucerchiati Messaggero: You were disappointing last time out against Cagliari, losing 1-0 at home in the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. You must be looking for an improvement tonight?

Stuniverse: Si. Of course. But... like I say at time... we didn't do whole lot wrong... against... Cagliari... we just... not score. I pleased everything else.

Doubtful: Gonzalo Santapaolo (twisted knee-90), Chancel Mbemba (pulled groin-90), Antonini Gallo (bruised knee-90), Julian Chabot (hernia-45), Jairo Riedewald (sports hernia-45).

Fatigued: Giovanni Troupee (89%), Matteo Frau (86%).

Vladimir Petkovic (Napoli manager):

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Stuniverse (Sampdoria manager):

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Wednesday 18th February 2026

Napoli (2nd) v Sampdoria (9th) - Serie A (25)

Team Selection

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Sampdoria make THREE changes.

IN: Marco Novelli (DR), Gonzalo Santapaolo (DC), Lawrence Shankland (SC).

OUT: Giovanni Troupee (DR), Andrea Cistana (DC), Bruno Santos (SC).

Highlights

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14 minutes.

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With Sampdoria's Andrija Zivkovic injured, Napoli took advantage and scored through Politano, from Mau-Mau's cross, at the second attempt after Matteo Soncin saved his initial effort.

15 minutes.

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Sampdoria's Giovanni Pagano replaces Andrija Zivkovic.

22 minutes.

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Paulo doubled Napoli's lead, turning in Foyth's cross with an acrobatic scissor-kick at the near post.

28 minutes.

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Sampdoria push Gianluca Caprai further forward.

44 minutes.

The Sampdoria bench were furious when the referee awarded a penalty when Foyth's late tackle took out Alessandro Cortinovis...

...but VAR said the incident happened just outside the penalty area.

Gianluca Caprari's free-kick was headed clear.

HT: Napoli 2-0 Sampdoria

51 minutes.

Sampdoria changed to an ATTACKING mentaltiy.

52 minutes.

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Napoli extended their lead after a brilliant individual run by Maldini, Gonzalo Santapaolo blocked his first shot but, with goalkeeper Matteo Soncin already committed to the dive, Maldini put the rebound into an open net.

FT: Napoli 3-0 Sampdoria

Sampdoria lost their second Serie A match in a row.

 


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Wednesday 18th February 2026

Post-match: Napoli 3-0 Sampdoria - Serie A (25)

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: A heavy 3-0 defeat. That's not good, is it?

Stuniverse: No. I know it look bad... but I thought we play well... we had more possession... more attempts on goal... against a very strong Napoli team... but the breaks all went their way. We're annoyed... we gave them good game... for first goal... ref needs stop game... surely he see genuine injury... then Matteo Soncin make great save... but ball go back straight... their man... he score. Same again... later... Gonzalo Santapaolo make great block... go back their man... score.

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: Real Sociedad manager Robert Moreno was here scouting Zivkovic. Is his injury bad?

Stuniverse: Well Moreno won't... seen much of him. Andrija pulled groin. Maybe a week... or two... out.

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Should you have had a penalty?

Stuniverse: Si. I thought so. Right before halftime... the referee... actually... awarded it... then VAR change mind. It was inside... penalty area... ridiculous decision. Unbelievable.

Stuniverse (Sampdoria manager):

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20 February 2026

EIGHT WEEKS OUT FOR CHABOT

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Sampdoria have been rocked by news that 28 year-old centre-back Julian Chabot has suffered a lower back stress fracture and could be out for up to eight weeks.

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Sunday 22nd February 2026

Pre-match v Atalanta (H) - Serie A (26)

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Match Preview

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: Atalanta were immediately below you in Serie A before Torino's 0-0 draw with Chievo at lunchtime. A win will take you five points clear of both Atalanta and Torino.

Stuniverse: Si. It will. That what we want do... win game at... Stadio Luigi Ferraris... for our amazing supporters.

Blucerchiati Messaggero: How do you bounce back after two straight defeats?

Stuniverse: Win game. Score goals. Of course. We play well... against Cagliari and Napoli... I thought... but not get rub of the green... hopefully we have bit more luck today. But... all start hard work on training... we train hard... prepare well... we confident.

Unavailable: Julian Chabot (lower back).

Doubtful: Gonzalo Santapaolo (twisted knee-90), Chancel Mbemba (pulled groin-90), Antonini Gallo (bruised knee-90), Andrija Zivkovic (pulled groin-90), Lawrence Shankland (bruised ankle-90), Jairo Riedewald (sports hernia-45).

Fatigued: Matteo Frau (75%).

Stuniverse (Sampdoria manager):

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Sunday 22nd February 2026

Sampdoria (9th) v Atalanta (10th) - Serie A (26)

Team Selection

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Sampdoria make FOUR changes.

IN: Giovanni Troupee (DR), Giovanni Pagano (AMR), Massimo Bottaro (AMC), Bruno Santos (SC).

OUT: Marco Novelli (DR), Andrija Zikovic (AMR-groin), Gianluca Caprari (AMC), Lawrence Shankland (SC-bruised ankle).

Highlights

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10 minutes.

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Pessina headed Atalanta into the lead from a Rashica corner, with an excellent, glancing header.

14 minutes.

Sampdoria pushed their full-backs on more and changed to a shorter passing style.

19 minutes.

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Bruno Santos equalised with a glancing header from Antonini Gallo's cross. A first Sampdoria goal for Santos.

45+1 minutes.

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Andrija Zivkovic replaced the injured Giovanni Pagano.

HT: Sampdoria 1-1 Atalanta

58 minutes.

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Pessina restored Atalanta's lead with a rocket that went in-off-the-post.

60 minutes.

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

66 minutes.

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Sampdoria equalised for the second time, Massimo Bottaro's shot was well saved by Jehl, in goal, but the rebound richocheted in off Atalanta's unfortunate defender Kossounou.

83 minutes.

Andrija Zivkovic hits a Sampdoria corner to the far post and Massimo Bottaro's header rattled the crossbar.

92 minutes.

OFF!

Atalanta's Kossounou fouled Bruno Santos and was dismissed with a second yellow card.

FT: Sampdoria 2-2 Atalanta

Sampdoria ended their two-match losing streak with a draw.

 

 

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Sunday 22nd February 2026

Post-match: Sampdoria - Atalanta - Serie A (26)

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: You came from behind twice to draw. Was this a point won or two points dropped?

Stuniverse: It feel like two points dropped... we believed we could win today... we were confident... so... that respect... it's a missed opportunity. We disappointed... but we could've won it... Massimo Bottaro hit crossbar... late on.

Blucerchiati Messaggero: It's now three matches since your last win.

Stuniverse: Si. We try again next match... against Lecce... will prepare thoroughly... go there looking to win.


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24 February 2020

SAMPDORIA'S MARCH FIXTURES

Blucerchiati Messaggero: After a disappointing February, with one win, one draw and two defeats, Sampdoria face another four Serie A fixtures in March and will be hoping for an improvement in results.

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26 February 2026

LINETTY HAPPY TO STAY AT SAMPDORIA

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Sampdoria's 31 year-old midfielder Karol Linetty has announced that he's happy to stay at Stadio Luigi Ferraris. The Polish international had previously told manager Stuniverse that he wanted to leave for a club playing Continental football. Linetty was told that he could leave if a bid of £33M was lodged but no bids were received in the summer or winter transfer windows.

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1 March 2026

MONTHLY REPORTS

Manager Performance:

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Finances:

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Dynamics:

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Sunday 1st March 2026

Pre-match v Lecce (a) - Serie A (27)

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Match Preview

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: With Torino, immediately below you in Serie A, drawing 1-1 with Fiorentina, and Atalanta, a place below Torino, losing 4-0 to Lazio, a win at Lecce would really consolidate your position in the top-half and increase the pressure on Roma just above you?

Stuniverse: Si. It would. A win would put us five points clear of both Torino and Atalanta. But we go to Via del Mare under no illusions... Lecce... it will be a difficult game for us. Earlier in the season Lecce left our Stadio Luigi Ferraris with... a hard-fought point... in a nil-nil draw... where we couldn't break them down. I'm expecting more of the same... to be honest... and it will be up to us to find... a way to score goals. I also hope for a bit more good fortune than we've had of late.

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Roberto Baronio (Lecce manager):

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Stuniverse (Sampdoria manager):

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Unavailable: Julian Chabot (lower back stress fracture), Giovanni Pagano (groin strain).

Doubtful: Andrija Zivkovic (pulled groin-90), Lawrence Shankland (bruised ankle-90), Jairo Riedewald (sports hernia-45).

Fatigued: Matias Puggioni (86%), Matteo Frau (81%).


 

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Sunday 1st March 2026

Lecce (14th) v Sampdoria (9th) - Serie A (27)

Team Selection

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Sampdoria made THREE changes.

IN: Andrija Zivkovic (AMR), Stefano Sana (AMC), Lawrence Shankland (SC).

OUT: Giovanni Pagano (AMR-groin strain), Massimo Bottaro (AMC), Bruno Santos (SC).

Highlights

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23 minutes.

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Sampdoria changed to a shorter passing style of play.

A very even, tight half, with a few chances, ended without a goal.

HT: Lecce 0-0 Sampdoria

56 minutes.

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Sampdoria made two substitutions - Andrea Cistana (DC) and Jakub Jankto (MC) for Chancel Mbemba (DC) and Stefano Sana (AMC) - and changed to a 4-3-3 BALANCED system.

74 minutes.

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Substitute Bruno Santos gave Sampdoria the lead after great work down the left-wing by former Lecce player Antonini Gallo and Alessandro Cortinovis.

77 minutes.

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Another substitute, Jakub Jankto, doubled Sampdoria's lead with a thunderbolt from just outside the penalty area. After being set-up by Alessandro Murgia, Sampdoria's forgotten man this season, Jakub Jankto reminded everybody of exactly how good he is with a fabulous strike.

90 minutes.

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Lecce pulled one back when Lukic turned in Tarensi's low cross at the far post.

FT: Lecce 1-2 Sampdoria

A much improved Sampdoria after the break were richly deserved winners as they earned their first victory in three Serie A matches.

 

 

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Sunday 1st March 2026

Post-match: Lecce 1-2 Sampdoria - Serie A (27)

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: What a turnaround that was. Congratulations.

Stuniverse: Si. Grazie. We have a saying back home... "Game of two halves" and... whilst this wasn't exactly that... in the truest sense... we did have two very different 45 minutes... and we're delighted to have come out on top... with the three points.

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Talk us through it per favore?

Stuniverse: First-half we play as we normally do and... as expected... Lecce play very defensive 4-1-4-1... we struggle break them down... struggle create chances... not look like scoring. After break we make changes... drop our attacking midfielder... back into central midfield... and we take control of game... find more space... create more chances... score two fine goals. Shame we concede near end... but we thoroughly deserve win... I think.

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Si, you did, Sampdoria were much the better side second-half. Another tactical masterclass with you changing the system and two substitutes scoring. You must be delighted?

Stuniverse: Si. Grazie. Of course. But it the players that do the hard work over 90 minutes... not me... the players deserve the credit. All of them. I delighted for the two goalscorers. It's taken Bruno Santos time to settle but with two goals... in two games... he starting to show why we signed him in January. Jakub Jankto is very good player... but we have found it difficult o accommodate him in central midfield... with Karol Linetty and Alessandro Murgia forming... an... an... an excellent partnership there. Jakub reminded me... today... that he is a very good player.

Stuniverse (Sampdoria manager):

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Sunday 8th March 2026

Pre-match v Udinese (H) - Serie A (28)

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Match Preview

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: Udinese are 6th, three places and eight points ahead of you. If you're to have any chance of catching Udinese you have to beat them today, don't you?

Stuniverse: It's a big game for us... that's for sure. I wouldn't say it's a 'must win'... lot of game still to play... but... but... but, clearly our chances of catching Udinese... this season... will be much harder if we don't win.

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Udinese are unbeaten in their last five Serie A matches and beat you 1-0 at their Dacia Arena earlier in the season. How do you rate your chances?

Stuniverse: Udinese are a very good team. They battered us... at the Dacia Arena... and the scoreline flattered us. That said... we are playing much better now... we're harder to beat... and Udinese have drawn four of those five unbeaten games. We are confident and... with the Blucerchiati cheering us on in the Stadio Luigi Ferraris... we fancy our chances.

Unavailable: Julian Chabot (lower back stress fracture), Giovanni Pagano (groin strain), Lorenzo Innocenti (virus).

Doubtful: Andrija Zivkovic (pulled groin-90), Lawrence Shankland (bruised ankle-90).

Stuniverse (Sampdoria manager):

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8 March 2026

SAMPDORIA BOARD REDUCE PERCENTAGE REVENUE RETAINED

Blucerchiati Messaggero: Sampdoria have announced that they will be reducing the percentage of transfer revenue retained from player sales to 30%.

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Posted (edited)

Sunday 8th March 2026

Sampdoria (9th) v Udinese (6th) - Serie A (28)

Team Selection

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Sampdoria made TWO changes.

IN: Jakub Jankto (MC), Bruno Santos (SC).

OUT: Stefano Sana (AMC), Lawrence Shankland (SC).

Highlights

20 minutes.

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Against the run-of-play, Bruno Santos gave Sampdoria the lead, heading home Alessandro Cortinovis's cross.

HT: Sampdoria 1-0 Udinese

48 minutes.

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Bruno Santos doubled Sampdoria's lead, with his second goal of the game, after a superb pass from Andrija Zivkovic put him clean through.

73 minutes.

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Sampdoria's two goal hero Bruno Santos went off injured and Massimo Bottaro replaced him.

79 minutes.

OFF!

Udinese's Guglielmi received a straight red for an appalling challenge on Andrija Zivkovic that could have caused serious injury.

89 minutes.

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Jakub Jankto wrapped up the points against his former team, arriving late in the penalty area, to collect Alessandro Murgia's low cross and score with a fierce shot.

90+2 minutes.

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Alessandro Cortinovis made it four, finishing off a superb Sampdoria move involving Chancel Mbemba, Jakub Jankto, Alessandro Murgia and Massimo Bottaro.

FT: Sampdoria 4-0 Udinese

A sensational second-half performance from Sampdoria saw them win their second consecutive Serie A match and stretch their unbeaten run to three matches.

 

 

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Sunday 8th March 2026

Post-match: Sampdoria 4-0 Udinese - Serie A (28)

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Blucerchiati Messaggero: Well I certainly enjoyed that one. Congratulations.

Stuniverse: Grazie. The players were magnificient... I'm so proud of them. It was a funny game... odd... strange... Udinese started well and... for 20 minutes... we couldn't get close to them. We had a couple of break-aways... scored from the second one... then the game changed... we grew in confidence... they seemed to lose confidence... and by half-time I thought we had control of the game. After the break... we dominated the game. Scored four good goals... three points... we're delighted.

Blucerchiati Messaggero: You didn't look happy during the second-half, what was going on there?

Stuniverse: I was furious with my... my... my counterpart... Lorenzo D'Anna... the way he had his Udinese side playing. The foul that injured Bruno Santos bad enough... the challenge on Andrija Zivkovic was criminal. Fair play... referee... produce red card... instantly... but Andrija... very fortunate... his leg not broken.

Blucerchiati Messaggero: You started 4-3-3 as you finished against Lecce, not your usual 4-2-3-1, and your team played the system very well to great success. Are we likely to see it next weekend in the derby della Lanterna against Genoa?

Stuniverse: Si. 4-3-3 suited us... for half-an-hour or so... against Lecce and... again today... after sticky 20 minutes... or so. We haven't decided yet how we'll set-up against Genoa.

Stuniverse (Sampdoria manager):

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Posted (edited)

14 March 2026

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN SCOTLAND?

I decided to take a quick look at how my former club's are getting on...

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Celtic doing what they always do... now under my successor Gaeton Bong.

Hibernian right up there in third place under Ralph Hassenhuttl.

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Good to see both clubs made it through to the Betfred Cup Final.

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After flirting with relegation back to League One for a couple of seasons, it's good to see Falkirk back in the playoff hunt again under their current manager Owen Coyle.

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