Unione Calcio Sampdoria, commonly known as Sampdoria [sampˈdɔrja], is an Italian association football club based in Genoa.

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.

Sampdoria have won the Scudetto only once in their history, in 1990–91. The club has also won the Coppa Italia four times (1985, 1988, 1989, and 1994) and one Supercoppa Italiana. Their biggest European success came when they won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1989–90. They also reached the European Cup final in 1991–92, losing the final 1–0 to Barcelona after extra time.

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