The weekend past saw the last competitive match at Cagliari’s home ground Stadio Sant’Elia with a 2-1 victory over AC Milan, so I thought I’d redo some old photos I shot a few years back in tribute.
The stadium has been Cagliari’s home since 1970 moving in the season after winning their so far one and only Scudetto triumph.
The stadium originally had a capacity of 70,000 by the time Italia ’90 came around it was reduced to less than 40,000 as England, Netherlands, Egypt and the Republic of Ireland battle it out for a place in the last 16.
The stadium eventually decreased in capacity further when it became a stadium within a stadium with two stands erected over the north and south sections of running track. The ground was closed in 2012 due to safety concerns moving the club to the Stadio Is Arenas, which was apparently equally unsafe.
Cagliari eventually ended up playing their matches in Trieste which although in Italy isn’t too far from Slovenia! Check a map and see how far away that was for a home game.
Eventually the Rossoblu ended back at Sant’Elia winning promotion last season from Serie B finishing this season in a respectable eleventh, way ahead of island rivals and relegated Palermo. Not bad for the first season back in Serie A.
I check Cagliari’s results every week, when the numbers come up I’ll maybe get a wee place along the Via Roma and can take in a few games in the sun with a pre/post match Ichnusa. Obviously more appealing than freezing cold Scotland!