1908 Italian Football Championship

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Campionato Italiano di Prima Categoria
Season 1908
Champions Pro Vercelli
1st title
1907
1909

The 1908 Italian Football Championship season was won by Pro Vercelli.

In this season, two championships of Prima Categoria were played:

  1. Federal Championship (where foreign players were admitted, too)
  2. Italian Championship (where only Italian players were admitted)

The winner of Federal Championship was Juventus. They won as prize Coppa Spensley.

The winner of Italian Championship was Pro Vercelli. They won as prize Coppa Buni.

However, only Pro Vercelli's Federal title is officially recognized by the Italian Football Federation.

Federal Championship[edit]

Genoa and Torino didn't enter in the competition. Milan withdrew from the tournament on January 1, 1908, in order to protest against FIF.

Final

Played on January 19 and February 23
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
A. Doria Italy 1-3 Italy Juventus 0-3 1-0

Classification

Pos Team Pld Won Drw Lst Pts GF GA GD Notes
1 Juventus 2 1 0 1 2 3 1 +2 Champions
After playoff.
2 Andrea Doria 2 1 0 1 2 1 3 -2 Second place
After playoff.
N/A Milan - - - - - - - - Withdrew.

Playoff (Turin, March 16)

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Juventus Italy 2-2 Italy A. Doria

Cancelled and repeated for a mistake made by the referee during the match

Playoff (Torino, May 10)

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Juventus Italy 5-1 Italy A. Doria
  • Juventus Federal Champions

Juventus didn't receive Coppa Spensley as prize because Milan, the club who won the Cup in 1906 and 1907, refused to give the Cup to Juventus and gave it to Spensley and Genoa in order to protest against FIF. In the Federal Assembly of 1908 FIF decided to assign permanently Spensley Cup to Milan. The federal title won by Juventus isn't currently recognized by FIGC as "scudetto".

Italian Championship[edit]

Qualifications[edit]

Piedmont[edit]

Played on March 1 and 8
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Pro Vercelli 600px Bianco con croce sottile Rossa.png 3-1 Nero e Bianco (Strisce).png Juventus 1-1 2-0

Liguria[edit]

Andrea Doria was the only registered team.

Lombardy[edit]

U.S. Milanese was the only registered team.

Final round[edit]

Final classification[edit]

Pos Team Pld Won Drw Lst Pts GF GA GD Notes
1 Pro Vercelli 4 2 2 0 6 4 2 +2 Champions
2 U.S. Milanese 4 2 1 1 5 7 3 +4
3 Andrea Doria 4 0 1 3 1 4 10 -6

Results[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
U.S. Milanese Nero e Bianco (Quadrati).png 5-1 Bandiera blu e bianca con scudo di San Giorgio.svg Andrea Doria
Pro Vercelli 600px Bianco con croce sottile Rossa.png 0-0 Nero e Bianco (Quadrati).png U.S. Milanese
Andrea Doria Bandiera blu e bianca con scudo di San Giorgio.svg 1-2 600px Bianco con croce sottile Rossa.png Pro Vercelli
Pro Vercelli 600px Bianco con croce sottile Rossa.png 1-1 Bandiera blu e bianca con scudo di San Giorgio.svg Andrea Doria
U.S. Milanese Nero e Bianco (Quadrati).png 0-1 600px Bianco con croce sottile Rossa.png Pro Vercelli
Andrea Doria Bandiera blu e bianca con scudo di San Giorgio.svg 1-2 Nero e Bianco (Quadrati).png U.S. Milanese

Champion[edit]

Italian Football Championship
1908 Winners
S.G. Pro Vercelli
1st Title
Scudetto.svg

Pro Vercelli

References and sources[edit]

  • Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005
  • Carlo Chiesa, La grande storia del calcio italiano, 2nd episode: Juve, scippati due titoli! Inter, l'atroce beffa (1908-1910, pp. 17–32, Guerin Sportivo #5 (May 2012).
  • Online digitalized Archive of newspaper La Stampa of Turin.