For a side who only began to make a splash in the world of Serie A in the early to mid-1980s, Sampdoria are these days seen as an iconic staple of the Italian game.
Sure, fortune was on their side. By the time wealthy oil tycoon Paolo Mantovani began to bankroll Samp, Italian football’s reputation around the world was already sky high. Then there was the shrewd practice of signing stars such as Graham Souness and Trevor Francis from abroad that helped spread the side’s reputation globally.
But almost more than any of this, there was the kit. The white, red and black band on a blue base was inspired by the merger of Sampierdarenese and Andrea Doria back in 1946, the red and black coming from Sampierdarenese and the white and blue from Andrea Doria. Once mixed together with a shield of Genoa’s patron saint St.George the result might just be the most aesthetically pleasing football kit on earth.
Here are 10 of our favourite Blucerchiati jerseys.
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