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2009 Serie A Season Review: Sampdoria

Team Overview: Sampdoria hasn’t looked too great recently, but back in 1991 they hoisted the Cup after winning the Serie A title. They have also fared well in the Coppa Italia over the years, with four victories spanning from 1984 to 1994. But, this season they were mediocre, though they did almost win the Coppa Italia once again.

Top Performers: Sampdoria was led by MNT star Antonio Cassano who had 12 goals and 11 assists, a solid season for the striker. Giampaolo Pazzini also had 11 goals for the squad. Minding the net was Luca Castellazzi, who had a very good season, and only ceded a mere 1.33 goals per game. The squad wasn’t lacking for talent.

Highest Highs: Sampdoria’s 3-0 beatdown of Inter in the Coppa Italia has to go down as their highest high as no one else beat the champs so soundly this season. Their entire Cup run was phenomenal, but their big win over the favorites must go down as their top moment. Unfortunately, Sampdoria appears to have hit its stride too early.

Lowest Lows: Sampdoria’s most painful moment also involves the Coppa Italia, and it came when they lost in the Final to Lazio on penalties (6-5). It was one of the best games of the season, so they have no reason to hang their heads. Although they missed out on the hardware, they proved they were a team to fear in Serie A.

Future Outlook: Sampdoria has already taken a big step this offseason by bringing in former Roma and Chievo manager Gigi Del Neri to steer the ship now that Walter Mazzari is gone. Del Neri recently took Atalanta to the middle of the league table as well. If he can shore up some flaws, the Bluerchiati’s future will certainly be bright.