Fallen Giants: A tribute to the great Samp of Vialli, Mancini & Lombardo

Attilio Lombardo celebrates scoring for Sampdoria. Turin, January 1991.

在1980年代和1990年代,有很多出色的意大利球队 - Vujadin Boskov的Sampdoria方面就在那里,其中最好的一面。

Going into the 1990-91 season, Sampdoria had developed something of a reputation as a cup team, winning multiple honours in the previous few seasons without ever really challenging for the league title.

Between 1985 and 1990, the Genoese outfit won three Coppa Italias and reached two Cup Winners’ Cup finals, claiming the trophy at the second time of asking, but their league form saw them finish anywhere between 11th and fourth over the same period, which nevertheless represented their best-ever form in Serie A.

In fairness, this was unsurprising. This was a golden age of Italian football, with Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan winning consecutive European Cups in 1989 and 1990.

Diego Maradona had just enjoyed his most prolific season yet for Napoli by scoring 16 in 28 league games as he led them to Serie A triumph, while Inter boasted the brightest talents of new world champions Germany in Andreas Brehme, Lothar Matthaus and Jurgen Klinsmann.

In fact, of the 10 outfielders selected for the 1990 World Cup team of the tournament, only Dragan Stojkovic, Paul Gascoigne and Roger Milla didn’t play for one of Sampdoria’s Serie A rivals, with Milan legends Paolo Maldini and Franco Baresi featured alongside Golden Boot winner Salvatore Schillaci of Juventus, Inter’s German trio, and of course, Napoli’s Maradona.


塞尔维亚人的管理生涯使他在欧洲的旅程中带领他以南斯拉夫经理的身份开始,然后与丹·哈格(Den Haag)和费耶诺德(Feyenoord)一起旅行,然后与皇家扎拉戈萨(Real Zaragoza),皇家马德里(Real Madrid)和体育吉扬(Gijon)一起前往荷兰。

After pitching up in Italy and leading Ascoli to Serie B triumph in 1986, he was appointed as Eugenio Bersellini’s successor at Sampdoria, for whom he had made a handful of appearances as a player in the 1961-62 season.

Awesome foursome

Already in situ upon his arrival in the summer of ‘86 was the foursome that would take Sampdoria to glory: 22-year-old striker Gianluca Vialli, 21-year-old silky forward Roberto Mancini, 27-year-old lightning-quick and tough-as-nails defender Pietro Vierchowod, and a 19-year-old giant of a youth prospect and possessor of perhaps the greatest name in football history, Gianluca Pagliuca.

Considering how close that foursome was to reaching their respective primes, and the knowledge now of how brilliant we now know all four would become, it is clear in hindsight that a perfect storm was ready to blow into the port of Genoa.


Just like Vialli five years before, Lombardo had joined Sampdoria from Cremonese following a triumphant season in Serie B, and, again like Vialli, he would go on to terrorise the sternest defences in the world on a regular basis.

Sampdoria’s cup exploits proved the perfect preparation for the side, allowing them to take a winner’s mentality into the new season despite their representatives at a World Cup on home soil enduring a frustrating tournament: Vialli was in terrible form, Pagliuca and Mancini were left on the bench throughout, and Vierchowod was only handed an appearance in the third-place play-off.

Boskov will have referred his side back to their triumph in the 1990 Cup Winners’ Cup, in which Sampdoria had not lost so much as a single leg of a game on their way to beating Anderlecht in the final courtesy of two extra-time goals from Vialli.

Not that Boskov needed to do too much to boost morale. Much like this year’s Tottenham, the side showed clear signs of togetherness and genuine affection towards one another, even verging on the frivolous on occasion.

这是他们在球场上令人难以置信的风格所反映的。Mancini played like melted chocolate, Lombardo was unstoppable down the wing, Vialli was a supreme and varied finisher, and unusually for a centre back, even Vierchowod’s most notable attribute was his incredible pace, which led Gary Lineker to describe him as the toughest defender he ever faced.




The steel in the side was provided by Fausto Pari, who shielded the back four and gave that attacking trio the latitude to play with just as much openness and verve as they liked.

在前七场联赛中,受伤的明星前锋维亚利(Vialli)缺席对桑普多利亚(Sampdoria)来说是一场打击,但尽管缺乏进球能力,他们仍在不败,甚至赢得了1-0的胜利,以1-0击败了两次欧洲冠军米兰在米兰的胜利。San Siro through Toninho Cerezo’s sensational volleyed goal.

Further unbelievable volleys from Mancini and the returning Vialli helped Sampdoria to beat Serie A holders Napoli 4-1 – also away from home – just three weeks later, a result and performance so scintillating that Sampdoria’s unlikely title prospects suddenly seemed like a real possibility, regardless of Napoli’s own travails.

Whether through heady giddiness or simply an accident of the fixture calendar, Sampdoria promptly went on to win just one of their next eight.


That game was followed by two more embarrassing defeats: at home to Torino, then away to struggling Lecce – that was one of the relegated side’s six wins all season.


But Sampdoria’s see-saw season wobbled back the other way as they won an incredible nine of their next 10 games, including impressive victories over Juventus, Parma, Milan, and another 4-1 victory over Napoli that would prove to be Maradona’s last game in Italy.

The coup-de-grace, however, was their encounter with Inter in an absolutely bonkers match that is remembered as one of the greatest games in Italian football history.


Red cards were shown and flares were thrown. An Inter goal was disallowed, woodwork was struck, and shots were cleared off the line. Pagliuca had an absolute stormer with a ridiculous 14 saves including a Lothar Matthaus penalty.

在表演的平衡上,国际米特是值得的获胜者,但比赛结束时的记分牌显示Sampdoria 2,Inter 0。


They weren’t done yet. In a final celebratory flourish, Sampdoria’s players bleached their hair blond en masse for their final game, a 3-3 draw with Lazio in which they came back from being 2-0 down after just nine minutes.


Sampdoria failed to maintain anything like a title challenge the following season, finishing 18 points behind unbeaten Milan in a 34-game season in which a win was worth just two points.

但是他们作为杯赛大方的地位仍在继续,他们在一个激烈的团体舞台上幸存下来,进入了欧洲杯的决赛,对阵温布利的约翰·克鲁伊夫(Johan Cruyff)的巴塞罗那。

值得注意的是,这只是巴塞罗那有史以来第三次欧洲杯决赛,1962年输给了本菲卡,而斯托瓦·布加勒斯特(Steaua Bucharest)在1986年被处罚,这意味着我们被保证是首次成为欧洲冠军。

The game was deadlocked through 90 minutes and into extra time until Barcelona won a free kick 25 yards out after a nothing foul by substitute Giovanni Invernizzi on Eusebio Sacristan.

Unfortunately for Sampdoria, Barcelona had free-kick specialist Ronald Koeman on the field, and he duly stepped up to hammer home Hristo Stoichkov’s layoff through a crowd of charging Italians and past Pagliuca.

在九年foll第四个意大利杯owed in 1994 before the club suffered relegation in 1999 despite boasting a star-studded squad.


BySteven Chicken

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