Riccardo Garrone


GENOA, Italy (AP) - Sampdoria president Riccardo Garrone has died after a long illness. He was 76.

The Italian club announced the death on its website, without elaborating on the illness.

Having led a family oil business, Garrone purchased Sampdoria in 2002 and immediately helped the club earn promotion from Serie B to the top division.

In 2009-10, Sampdoria achieved its best result under Garrone with a fourth-place finish in Serie A. The club qualified for the final round of Champions League playoffs, although it didn't reach the group stage.

In 2010-11, temperamental striker Antonio Cassano insulted Garrone with a profanity-laced tirade and was promptly transferred to AC Milan. Cassano later made peace with Garrone and said he was "destroyed" upon learning of his death.

Sampdoria is tied for 14th this season.

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This was truly an amazing person with so much talent the loss is clearly ours. Prayers fill our hearts while singing praises to God asking him to let us never forget the love we have for this wonderful person gone from our lives never forgetting the joy we shared experiencing a great talent. Hebrews 6:10.

The world has lost a great man.
Deepest Sympathy to the Garrone Family
Michele and Paul from the Gold Coat Australia

Rivelazione 21:3,4
Allora udii un'alta voce dal trono dire: “Ecco, la tenda di Dio è col genere umano ed egli risiederà con loro, ed essi saranno suoi popoli.E Dio stesso sarà con loro.Ed egli asciugherà ogni lacrima dai loro occhi, e la morte non ci sarà più, né ci sarà più cordoglio né grido né dolore. Le cose precedenti sono passate”.

I am sorry to hear of your loss. God Almighty can be a refuge for your family during a difficult time like this. I pray that you all can have comfort.

To the Garrone family,God promises us that soon "no more mourning, outcry and pain be around they will have passed away".

My condolences to the family. May God's word give you the strength and comfort to cope during this difficult time.


I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend of family membe. The bible can be of some comfort at John 3:16