Luca Gunby Date: 9th March 2017 at 7:52pm
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While Genoa are Italy’s oldest side, the Derby della Lanterna versus Sampdoria is a relatively young contest given that the Blucerchiati were only formed in 1946.

At present, Samp have won 40 matches, the Rossoblu 29 with 44 draws.

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The first derby

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On account of Samp’s fluid identity, the derby is both one of Italy’s oldest and youngest. The first match between Sampdoria and Genoa was held in November 1946 with 45,000 fans and the President of the Republic Enrico De Nicola in attendance. The upstarts Sampdoria won 3-0 as Giuseppe Baldini scored the first goal with a long-range thunderbolt that was so good that Genoa’s Juan Carlos Verdeal went to shake his hand after it crossed the line.

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