Vito Doria Date: 1st May 2014 at 11:44pm
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Both good and bad news came out of Genoa this week.

Sampdoria won 2-1 against Chievo after they had gone winless in the last four rounds.

Cyril Thereau scored from a penalty for the Flying Donkeys after Samp defender Shkodran Mustafi received a red card for attempting to pull down Victor Obinna’s pants in the penalty box.

Left-back Vasco Regini helped Il Doria get the three points by creating a goal for Eder with less than 10 minutes remaining, and in stoppage time his cross was deflected towards Roberto Soriano, who scored with the outside of his boot.

The Doriani are now in 12th place in Serie A with 44 points, two more than what they had under Delio Rossi at the end of last season.

Unfortunately a Sampdoria legend died hours after the victory against Chievo. Vujadin Boskov, the coach of Il Doria’s 1991 Serie A-winning team, passed away just three weeks before his 83rd birthday after a long battle with illness.

Sampdoria personnel from the past and present paid tribute to the man who coached the Doriani to their solitary scudetto win.

“The news of his passing was painful,” Sampdoria president Edoardo Garrone told primocanale.it.

“It is as if they have taken away a piece of Sampdoria’s history.

“I remember him as a fan for the emotions that he and that team transmitted.”

Former Sampdoria striker Gianluca Vialli paid tribute to the Serbian tactician who coached him when the Doriani won the scudetto, two Coppa Italia titles and the 1990 European Cup Winners’ Cup.

“The results that he obtained at Sampdoria were truly extraordinary and they turned him into an immortal,” Vialli told Sky Sport Italia.

“The immortals do not die, they move a house level above in expectation that then we go to find them.”

Current Sampdoria coach Sinisa Mihajlovic not only played under Boskov when his compatriot coached the Blucerchiati for a second spell in 1997-98 but he played under him at Roma for the 1992-93 Serie A season and in the Yugoslav national team at Euro 2000.

“For me, he was like a father,” Mihajlovic told the club website. “He has been a teacher, an example [for us all], in terms of football and also on a human level, one of those people who never wanted to leave and when they leave they leave a huge void.

“Vujadin will remain a unique [and] inimitable [man], a Serbian football legend and a myth for each Sampdoria supporter.”

Boskov was a fine player in his day, having played at two World Cups for Yugoslavia in the 1950s. He was past his peak when he played for Sampdoria in 1961-62 but after various coaching spells overseas, he went back to Italy to coach Ascoli in Serie B in 1985-86 before going back to the Doriani as a coach.

Italo Allodi, the man who opened up the coaching school at Coverciano, had invited Boskov to give lectures there in the past, and he recommended the Serbian coach to Sampdoria club director Paolo Borea.

Paolo Mantovani had been bringing in young players into the roster like Vialli, Roberto Mancini, Fausto Pari, Luca Pellegrini and Moreno Mannini since becoming Sampdoria’s president in 1979.

In that time, Mantovani had also bought stars that had played in the old English First Division like Liam Brady, Trevor Francis and Graeme Souness.

Mantovani had tried five different coaches since taking the presidency before Boskov’s arrival. Once Boskov arrived, the former stars from the English game were gone, and the foreigner players that were brought to the club like Hans-Peter Briegel and Toninho Cerezo were workhorses.

Sampdoria also had experienced Italian players like Ivano Bordon, Francesco Casagrande and Alessandro Scanziani on the roster but they would be gone once Boskov came.

Boskov’s Sampdoria was built around emerging Italian players, and thanks to the Serbian tactician, they became stars. Mantovani was finally getting the rewards for his investment.

By the time Boskov left for Roma in 1992, he left a legacy at Sampdoria. Unfortunately things were slowly unravelling at Samp as well as Vialli left for Juventus in the same year and Pietro Vierchowod and Attilio Lombardo joined him in Turin three years later.

Worst of all, Mantovani died in October 1993, and his son Enrico took over the presidency. Since Mantovani Snr passed away, Il Doria have only won one trophy, which was the 1994 Coppa Italia.

Even if better days do come for Sampdoria, that golden era for the Doriani will never be forgotten. Boskov played a great role in the club’s greatest successes.

For more stories on Boskov as well as some his quotes, read this tribute that Ahmed Assem and I wrote on him for ForzaItalianFootball.com.

Riposi In Pace Vuja e Forza Doria!