From light-weight material, aero-dynamic design, random holes and even those tops that hug the body and may compliment footballers but not football fans football shirt technology has come along way over the years but Sampdoria’s latest edition is a Henley Shirt U.C. Sampdoria
Whilst the Joma designed kit retains all the classic marks of the Serie A side, blue in colour, St. George design on the front, tight fitting, it’s new addition takes kit technology in a weird direction.
The Sampdoria badge whilst keeping it’s usual visual design is actually hiding a mini speaker. When you push the badge a group of the club’s players singing the club’s songs will play back to you, we can’t decide if we like this or not- it’s definitely different
Sampdoria's new kit has a speaker in the badge. When pressed it plays recordings of club chants! pic.twitter.com/iHGRYIBWNJ
— BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) July 18, 2015
The club crest features a sailor in profile known by the old Genoese name of Baciccia, which translates to Giovanni Battista in Italian or John-Baptist in English. The image of a sailor is appropriate due to Sampdoria being based in the port city of Genoa.
The white, blue, red and black colours within the crest represent the clubs origins of a merger between two teams, Sampierdarenese and Andrea Doria, who wore respectively red/black and white/blue jerseys.
Sampdoria supporters come mainly from the city of Genoa. The biggest group are Ultras Tito Cucchiaroni, named after an Argentinian left winger who played for Sampdoria. The group were founded in 1969, making it one of the oldest ultra groups in Italy. They are apolitical, although there are smaller groups like Rude Boys Sampdoria, who are left-wing. The main support with flags and flares comes from the southern Curva, Gradinata Sud.
Sampdoria’s biggest rivals are Genoa C.F.C., against whom they play the Derby della Lanterna. When Sampdoria were relegated from Serie A in 2011, more than 30,000 Genoa supporters staged a mock funeral procession through the streets of the city carrying a coffin draped in blue.
The club was formed in 1946 from the merger of two existing sports clubs whose roots can be traced back to the 1890s, Sampierdarenese and Andrea Doria. Sampdoria currently compete in Serie A.
Both the team name and jersey do reflect this, the first being a combination of the former names, the second incorporating the former teams’ colours (blue-white and red-black) in a single design. The team’s colours are blue with white, red and black hoops, hence the nickname blucerchiati (“blue-circled”). Sampdoria play at Stadio Luigi Ferraris, capacity 36,536, which it shares with Genoa’s other club, Genoa Cricket and Football Club. The derby between the two teams is commonly known as the Derby della Lanterna.
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