Nickname(s): The Islanders
All-Time Ranking: 14th
2007/2008 Finish: 14th
2008/2009 Position (as of 04/07): 7th
Coach: Massimiliano Allegri
Key Players: Daniele Conti, Federico Marchetti, Michele Fini
Cagliari was founded in 1920 and the team is located on the island of Sardinia (hence their nickname). They play in a 24,000 seat stadium called Stadio Sant’Elia. The squad’s only great success came in 1970 when they won the Serie A title (which is called the “scudetto”) due to the legendary play of Gigi Riva, a fantastic ITA National Team player.
By 1987 though, Cagliari had dropped all the way down to Italian soccer’s third tier. Coach Claudio Ranieri led them all the way back to Serie A in just two seasons, but the team has been up and down since. However the team has enjoyed some very good results as of late and has climbed all the way up to 7th on the Serie A tables, quite a feat.
American Sports Doppleganger:
Cagliari hasn’t competed for a title in 40 years, but their rabid fans have remained dedicated despite that fact. Though the last four decades have been tough, the team actually appears to be on the rise. So, I think Cagliari are very much like the MLB’s Detroit Tigers. Sure, both teams haven’t won a title in a long time, but things are at least looking up.