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Udinese is an Italian football club based in the city of Udine, in the northeastern region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The club was founded in 1896 and is one of the oldest football clubs in Italy. Udinese’s nickname is “I Bianconeri” which means “The Black and Whites” in Italian, reflecting the team’s traditional colours. The team’s home stadium is the Stadio Friuli, which has a seating capacity of 25,144. 

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Udinese History

Udinese was founded in 1896 by a group of students from the Udine Technical School. The team played its first official match in 1912 and began competing in the Italian football league system in 1919. Udinese spent many years in the lower divisions of Italian football until they achieved promotion to Serie A in 1950. The club’s first stint in Serie A lasted only two seasons before they were relegated back to Serie B. Udinese’s fortunes improved in the 1970s, when they were promoted back to Serie A and established themselves as a mid-table team. Udinese’s most successful period came in the 1990s, when they were led by coach Alberto Zaccheroni and the attacking trio of Oliver Bierhoff, Roberto Muzzi, and Martin Jørgensen. The club achieved several top-half finishes in Serie A and reached the UEFA Cup quarter-finals in 1998. Udinese also won their first major trophy in 1996, when they defeated AC Milan in the Coppa Italia final.

Who Owns Udinese

Udinese’s current owner is Giampolo Pozzo. Pozzo bought the club in 1986. They were relegated due to a betting scandal in the first season but have since throughout their time at the club helped Udinese qualify for the Champions League and push for the title. In 2012 he and his son Gino Pozzo bought Watford and they now own both clubs. Over the last decade Watford and Udinese have made over 50 transfers between the clubs. 

Udinese Manager

Udinese’s current manager is Andres Sottil. Andrea Sottil is an Italian football manager who has managed at multiple lower league Italian clubs since 2011. He took over from Udinese in 2022 and helped the club finish 12th. 

Biggest Udinese Transfers

Udinese biggest transfers have been:

  • Rolando Mandragora from Juventus for £20.00m
  • Hassane Kamara from Watford for £19.00m
  • Gerard Deulofeu from Watford for £17.00m
  • Beto from Portimonense for £15.00m
  • Brenner from Cincinnati for £10.00m

Udinese biggest departures have been:

  • Rodrigo de Paul to Atletico Madrid for £35.00m
  • Marcio Amoroso to AC Parma for £28.00m
  • Alex Meret to SSC Napoli for £26.00m
  • Alexis Sanchez to Barcelona for £26.00m
  • Beto to Everton for £25.00m

Udinese Drama

Udiense has been helping Watford ‘work the system’ due their sister ownership by members of the Pozzo family. In 2022 Championship club Watford sold their left-back Hassane Kamara to Udinese for £16.00m for a profit of £12.00m in order to help stabilise their finances. The issue with this transfer is that the player was only regarded as being worth £3.60m and was loaned straight back to Watford by Udinese the same season. This transfer essentially provided Watford with a free £12.00m courtesy of Udinese. Championship senior club officials have commented saying how ‘The system is open to abuse’. 

Who Plays For Udinese Now

Udinese have a decent squad with defenders such as Marco Silvestri, Maduka Okoye, Nehuen Perez, Jaka Bijol, Enzo Ebosse, Adam Masina, Christian Kabasele, Hassane KKamara, Jordan Zemura, Festy Ebosele and Kingsley Ehizibue. They have quite a young midfield with players such as Walace, Etienne Camara, Lazar Samardzic, Sandi Lovric, Martin Payero, Pier Zarraga, Domingos Quina, Simone Pafundi and David Pejicic. In attack they have Marley Ake, Florian Thauvin, Gerard Deulofeu, Brenner, Lorenzo Lucca, Isaac Success, Kienan Davis, Vivaldo and Sekou Diawara. 

What Have Udinese Won

Udinese have won:

  • 2 Italian Serie B Titles
  • 2 Italian Lega Pro Championships (A)
  • Italian Lega Pro Championship (B)
  • Italienischer Pokalsieger (Serie C)
  • Mitropa Cup

Udinese 2023/24 Season Predictions

This season we predict Udinese will have another mid-table finish. They have strengthened relatively well and replaced star-striker Beto with Zapata which is a great move. However even then their squad is average and their manager is no better.

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