Sampdoria started the season with a new coach, ex-Roma Eusebio Di Francesco. However, until the 7th week of Serie A 2019/20, Sampdoria sank at the bottom of the standings with three points (M1 S0 K6).
Sampdoria and Di Francesco finally decided to separate on 7 October 2019.
Sampdoria needed time before deciding on a new replacement for Di Francesco. The two main choices they have declined, namely Stefano Pioli and Gennaro Gattuso.
Sampdoria’s choice finally fell to Ranieri, Leicester City manager when he won the 2015/16 Premier League and had also previously replaced Di Francesco.
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Rome’s Counter debut
The next Sampdoria match, after the international break, is a home match against AS Roma in Week 8 of Serie A, October 20, 2019. For Ranieri, this will be a special debut as Sampdoria’s coach.
Ranieri was born in Rome on 20 October 1951.
The match against Rome, which is the club from his hometown, as well as his former club, coincides with Ranieri’s 68th birthday. Victory can be the best gift for him, also Sampdoria.
From Di Francesco to Ranieri
Before this, Ranieri had replaced Di Francesco, namely AS Roma.
Di Francesco coached Roma for the 2017-2019 period. Di Francesco was sacked by Rome on 7 March 2019, after the Giallorossi were ousted by Porto in the last 16 of the 2018/19 Champions League.
At that point, Roma finished fifth in the Serie A standings, with 12 matches remaining.
The day after sacking Di Francesco, Roma appointed Ranieri as coach until the end of the season. Ranieri failed to bring Roma through to the Champions League, only finishing 6th.
Claudio Ranieri’s career
Sampdoria became the 17th club during Ranieri’s coaching career.
Previously, Ranieri had handled Vigor Lamezia, Puteolana, Cagliari, Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia (2 times), Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Parma, Juventus, Roma (2 times), Inter, Monaco, Leicester City, Nantes, and Fulham.
Ranieri also briefly coached the Greek national team in 2014.
Ranieri has gone through 393 matches in Serie A as a coach. The result is 169 wins, 126 draws and 98 defeats.
Champion titles include the 2015/16 Premier League with Leicester City, the 2004 European Super Cup and the 1999 Copa del Rey with Valencia, also the 1995/96 Coppa and the 1996 Supercoppa Italiana with Fiorentina.