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1909 Italian Football Championship

Sports season

Campionato Federale di Prima Categoria
1909 Pro Vercelli's squad
Season1908–09
ChampionsPro Vercelli
2nd title
Top goalscorerAmilcare Pizzi (9)
1908

The 1909 Italian Football Championship season was won by Pro Vercelli.

In this season, as in the previous one, two championships of Prima Categoria were played:

  1. Federal Championship, the first tournament where foreign players (if they lived in Italy) were also allowed to play; the winners would be proclaimed Campioni Federali (Federal Champions)[1]
  2. Italian Championship, the second tournament where only Italian players were allowed to play; the winners would be proclaimed Campioni Italiani (Italian Champions)

The winner of Federal Championship was Pro Vercelli. They won as a prize Coppa Oberti.

The winner of Italian Championship was Juventus. They won as a prize Coppa Buni.

However, the "spurious international teams" (the clubs composed mostly of foreign players), adversing the autarchical policy of the FIF, decided to withdraw from Italian Championship in order to make the Federal competition the most relevant tournament and to diminish the Italian one. More, Pro Vercelli's victory of the Federal Championship (where Juventus was soon eliminated) with an all-Italian squad transformed the Italian Championship into a meaningless tournament. The dissenters' strategy worked out: the failure of the Italian Championship won by Juventus forced the Federation to later recognized the Federal Champions of Pro Vercelli as "Campioni d'Italia 1909", disavowing the other tournament.

1909 Italian Football Championship Intro articles: 3

Federal Championship

Qualifications

Liguria

Played on January 17 and February 7
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Andrea Doria 4-4 Genoa 1-1 3-3
Tie-break
Played on February 21 on neutral ground
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Andrea Doria 1-2 Genoa

Lombardy

Classification
Pos Team Pld Won Drw Lst Pts GF GA GD Notes
1 US Milanese 2 2 0 0 4 5 1 +4 Qualified for Semi-Finals
2 Milan 2 1 0 1 2 3 4 -1
3 Internazionale 2 0 0 2 0 2 5 -3
Results
Played on January 10, 17 and 24
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Milan 3-2 Internazionale
US Milanese 3-1 Milan
Internazionale 0-2 US Milanese

Piedmont

Round 1
Played on January 10 and 17
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Juventus 3-2 Torino 0-1 3-1

Due to the fact that both teams won a match (aggregate total was not applied), a tie break was needed.

Repetition
Played on January 24 on Juventus ground
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Juventus 0-1 Torino

Torino advanced to Round 2.

Round 2
Played on February 7 and March 14
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Pro Vercelli 3-1 Torino 2-1 1-0

Veneto

Venezia was the only registered team.

1909 Italian Football Championship Federal Championship articles: 4

Semifinals

Lombardy-Veneto

Played on February 21 and March 28
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Venezia 3-18 US Milanese 1-7 2-11

Piedmont-Liguria

Played on March 21 and 28
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Pro Vercelli 4-3 Genoa 3-2 1-1

Final

Played on April 4 and 25
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Pro Vercelli 4-2 US Milanese 2-0 2-2

Italian Championship

References and sources

  1. ^ "La gran finale del Campionato Federale". La Stampa. 22 February 1908. p. 5. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  • Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005
  • Carlo Chiesa, La grande storia del calcio italiano Chapter 2: Juve, scippati due titoli! Inter, l'atroce beffa (1908-1910), pp. 17–32, Guerin Sportivo #5, May 2012.
  • Digitalized online archive of Turin newspaper La Stampa.