Former home of Cagliari Calcio opened in 1970 on the back of Cagliari’s only Scudetto, at the time they were the first side south of Rome to win the title. They were led by Italian national side all time leading scorer Luigi Riva (35 goals in 42) Losing only two games and conceding eleven goals (the fewest in any major European league to date)
Sadly unlike most UK grounds you can’t get close up to the stadium with the entire building fenced off completely. With it being so close to our hotel I had to have a walk around it, I’ll class it as my first Serie A stadium visit.
I’d imagine it would have been an impressive and intimidating site to see the Cagliari tifosi marching through here after a big victory.
Mexico ’86 is the first World Cup I remember and Italia’90 was the last of the childhood World Cups, Salvatore “Totò” Schillaci being the player to be with his 6 goals in the tournament earning him the Golden Boot. Cagliari would host England’s opening matches of the tournament and see slightly less than Toto’s goal tally with 3 goals being scored in England’s opening group games, they would finish the tournament in 4th place with Toto’s 6th goal making sure Italy finished 3rd. Scotland would do their usual and get beat from the lowest team in the group first leaving us needing a miracle against Brazil in the last match………….it didn’t happen.
Above the first home of Cagliari originally held 29,000 now holds 8,000 and used as a gymnastics stadium.
After getting back to the hotel I decided I was going back to the stadium later to rip off one of these posters advertising the next match as a wee souvenir from my trip.
The north end of the stadium the bars standing upright are I assume to guide the supporters towards the gates when they’re in the correct position obviously.
I like this view with the slogans across the concrete reinforcements.
The above photo taken on my second visit and my attempt to grab a piece of Cagliari Calcio history for myself. On my first visit I was chased off by someone at the medical centre which seems to be the only part of the stadium open. On my return this “No Foto Stadium Please” had been placed over the advertising board. I decided not to enrage the good folks further by clambering up the railings and left empty handed.