1961–62 Serie A
The 1961–62 Serie A season was won by Milan. Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, September 2005 1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column. Colours: Blue = home team win. For coming matches, an a indicates. Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, September 2005 it:Classifica calcio Serie A italiana 1962 - Italian version with pictures and info. - All results on RSSSF Website
UEFA Euro 1968
The 1968 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in Italy. This was the third European Football Championship, an event held every four years and organised by UEFA; the final tournament took place between 5 and 10 June 1968. It was in this year that the tournament changed its name from the European Nations' Cup to the European Championship. There were some changes in the tournament's qualifying structure, with the two-legged home-and-away knock-out stage being replaced by a group phase. Only four countries played in the final tournament, with the tournament consisting of the semi-finals, a third place play-off, the final; the hosts were only announced after the qualifying round, which meant that they had to qualify along with all the others for the final stage. The qualification competition was played in two stages: the quarter-finals. There were eight qualifying groups of four teams each with the exception of group 4, which only had three; the matches were played in a home-and-away basis.
Victories were worth 2 points, draws 1 point, defeats 0 points. Only group winners could qualify for the quarter-finals; the quarter-finals were played in two legs on a home-and-away basis. The winners of the quarter-finals would go through to the final tournament. In all matches but the final, extra time and a coin toss were used to decide the winner if necessary. If the final remained level after extra time, a replay would be used to determine the winner. All times are local, CEST. There were 7 goals scored for an average of 1.4 goals per match. 2 goals 1 goal UEFA Team of the Tournament UEFA Euro 1968 at UEFA.com
Varese Calcio referred to as Varese, is an Italian football club based in Varese, Lombardy. It plays in Serie D, it was founded as Varese Football Club on 22 March 1910. It became Associazione Sportiva Varesina in 1923, Varese Sportiva in 1926, reverted to Varese F. C. from 1946 to 2004, Associazione Sportiva Varese 1910 from 2004 to 2015. The club was formed on March 22, 1910, as Varese Football Club, with the goal of promoting football and other open air games. All members, both players and management, paid dues of 1 Lira every month; the club's colours were white and purple and the local market place doubled as the club's first ground. A rope fenced off the pitch from the public, dressing rooms were improvised in an alley restaurant; the club played numerous friendly matches before joining any sort of league or organised competition. Early opponents included the "Aurora" of Busto Arsizio, the "Libertas" of Gallarate, the Luino, the Unione Sportiva Milanese, the Ausonia, Inter; the club took the first steps on the Italian league ladder by entering the Lega Regionale Lombarda in 1914, the first official championship saw the Varesini playing in their original colours of purple and white silk.
The club's American goalkeeper, distinguished himself in this first official season as one of Varese's star players. In May 1915 the war interrupted the season, but by 1919, World War I had ended and life returned to its regular rhythm with a resurgence of interest in football and other recreational activities. In 1926 -- 27, the club's colours became red, to match the colours of the city. In the quarter of Masnago, a stadium named, it was renamed in September 1950 to Stadio Franco Ossola, in honour of a player who had transferred from Varese to Torino Calcio and died in the 1949 Superga air disaster. Varese, a town not far from Milan, is regarded by various athletes who dress "bianco-rosso" thanks to Military Territorial Compartments. In 1964, with the entrepreneur Giovanni Borghi as president, the Varese achieved a place in Serie A after two consecutive promotions from the Serie C. Among the notable players who have worn the white and red shirt are Pietro Anastasi, Roberto Bettega, the World Cup winners Claudio Gentile, Giampiero Marini and Riccardo Sogliano.
After a decade in the top-flight, the golden era of Varese ended with relegation in 1975. From 1975 to 1985 the club played in Second Division Serie B but one year in Third one, during season 1979-80. Relegated the previous season the club regained its place in Serie B. Since further relegation in 1985, the club had not succeeded in returning to Serie B: 10 of the next 20 seasons were spent in C2, where the club were readmitted after promotion from Campionato Nazionale Dilettanti in 1994; the club returned to the C1 Series within four years thanks to the work of general manager Stefano Capozucca, brought to Varese by the entrepreneur Claudio Milanese, co-owner of the club with the President, Paolo Binda, other lesser associates. In 2001, after financial conflicts between entrepreneur Gianvittorio Gandolfi and sponsors SiViaggi and CIT, the Turri family arrived at the club, bringing a series of innovations. In the summer of 2004, under the Turri-Tacconi co-presidency and financial ruin made the club sink to its lowest ebb.
In July 2004, the bankrupt Varese Football Club was reformed under a new board, called A. S. Varese 1910; the club was forced to start afresh in the Eccellenza league. The Sogliano family took control of the team, with Riccardo Sogliano assuming overall control; the former player of Varese and A. C. Milan, has experience controlling clubs in Serie A: Parma F. C. and the Genoa C. F. C.. In its first season the new board suffered from delay and inexperience, promotion to Serie D was missed narrowly due to points dropped early on in the season to the club's eventual title-rivals. Club President Peo Maroso and general manager Luca Sogliano, son of Riccardo and a former player, decided to install a new first-team coach from within. Devis Mangia, at just 32 years of age, was the youngest head coach of the division and the entire league; the club has had problems with its supporters who treated black players badly. It happened in spring of 2002 with French players, Mohamed Benhassen, Samir Benhassen and the Cameroonian goalkeeper, Andrè Joel Eboué.
They were at the stadium every weekend and fight with rival supporters. In season 2005/2006, Varese won the Serie D/A league, thus gaining promotion to Serie C2, three matches before the end of the season. In season 2008/2009, they won Lega Pro Seconda Divisione, were promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione, the third level of Italian football system. Varese finished second in Girone A of League Pro Prima Divisione and qualified for promotion play-offs at next season. Varese defeated Benevento in semi-final and Cremonese in final and returned to Serie B after 25 years of absence with making second consecutive promotion. At the end of season 2011/12, A. S. Varese achieved fifth place in Serie B, qualifying for the play-offs for promotion into Serie A. Drawn against Hellas Verona they won 3–1 on aggregate to qualify for the two-legged final against Sampdoria. Although a narrow 3–2 defeat in the initial leg in Genoa held the promise to be a useful result for Varese, their rivals scored the only goal in the home leg, giving Sampdoria a 4–2 aggregate victory and denying Varese the promotion.
After their relegation from Serie B in the 2014–15 season, Varese 1910 failed to meet the deadline to register for Lega Pro and the club declared bankruptcy. The cl
England is a country, part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to Scotland to the north-northwest; the Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south; the country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight. The area now called England was first inhabited by modern humans during the Upper Palaeolithic period, but takes its name from the Angles, a Germanic tribe deriving its name from the Anglia peninsula, who settled during the 5th and 6th centuries. England became a unified state in the 10th century, since the Age of Discovery, which began during the 15th century, has had a significant cultural and legal impact on the wider world; the English language, the Anglican Church, English law – the basis for the common law legal systems of many other countries around the world – developed in England, the country's parliamentary system of government has been adopted by other nations.
The Industrial Revolution began in 18th-century England, transforming its society into the world's first industrialised nation. England's terrain is chiefly low hills and plains in central and southern England. However, there is upland and mountainous terrain in the west; the capital is London, which has the largest metropolitan area in both the United Kingdom and the European Union. England's population of over 55 million comprises 84% of the population of the United Kingdom concentrated around London, the South East, conurbations in the Midlands, the North West, the North East, Yorkshire, which each developed as major industrial regions during the 19th century; the Kingdom of England – which after 1535 included Wales – ceased being a separate sovereign state on 1 May 1707, when the Acts of Union put into effect the terms agreed in the Treaty of Union the previous year, resulting in a political union with the Kingdom of Scotland to create the Kingdom of Great Britain. In 1801, Great Britain was united with the Kingdom of Ireland to become the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
In 1922 the Irish Free State seceded from the United Kingdom, leading to the latter being renamed the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The name "England" is derived from the Old English name Englaland, which means "land of the Angles"; the Angles were one of the Germanic tribes that settled in Great Britain during the Early Middle Ages. The Angles came from the Anglia peninsula in the Bay of Kiel area of the Baltic Sea; the earliest recorded use of the term, as "Engla londe", is in the late-ninth-century translation into Old English of Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People. The term was used in a different sense to the modern one, meaning "the land inhabited by the English", it included English people in what is now south-east Scotland but was part of the English kingdom of Northumbria; the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle recorded that the Domesday Book of 1086 covered the whole of England, meaning the English kingdom, but a few years the Chronicle stated that King Malcolm III went "out of Scotlande into Lothian in Englaland", thus using it in the more ancient sense.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, its modern spelling was first used in 1538. The earliest attested reference to the Angles occurs in the 1st-century work by Tacitus, Germania, in which the Latin word Anglii is used; the etymology of the tribal name itself is disputed by scholars. How and why a term derived from the name of a tribe, less significant than others, such as the Saxons, came to be used for the entire country and its people is not known, but it seems this is related to the custom of calling the Germanic people in Britain Angli Saxones or English Saxons to distinguish them from continental Saxons of Old Saxony between the Weser and Eider rivers in Northern Germany. In Scottish Gaelic, another language which developed on the island of Great Britain, the Saxon tribe gave their name to the word for England. An alternative name for England is Albion; the name Albion referred to the entire island of Great Britain. The nominally earliest record of the name appears in the Aristotelian Corpus the 4th-century BC De Mundo: "Beyond the Pillars of Hercules is the ocean that flows round the earth.
In it are two large islands called Britannia. But modern scholarly consensus ascribes De Mundo not to Aristotle but to Pseudo-Aristotle, i.e. it was written in the Graeco-Roman period or afterwards. The word Albion or insula Albionum has two possible origins, it either derives from a cognate of the Latin albus meaning white, a reference to the white cliffs of Dover or from the phrase the "island of the Albiones" in the now lost Massaliote Periplus, attested through Avienus' Ora Maritima to which the former served as a source. Albion is now applied to England in a more poetic capacity. Another romantic name for England is Loegria, related to the Welsh word for England and made popular by its use in Arthurian legend; the earliest known evidence of human presence in the area now known as England was that of Homo antecessor, dating to approximate
Giacinto Facchetti was an Italian footballer who played as a defender. From January 2004 until his death, he was chairman of Internazionale, the Italian club for which he played for his entire club career during the 1960s and 1970s, he played 634 official games for the club, scoring 75 goals, was a member of the Inter team, referred to as "Grande Inter", under manager Helenio Herrera, with which he won four Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia, two European Cups, two Intercontinental Cups. At international level, Facchetti represented the Italy national football team on 94 occasions, took part at three FIFA World Cups, winning a runners-up medal in the 1970 edition of the tournament, in which he was elected to the All-star Team, he was captain of the national side that won Italy's first UEFA European Football Championship on home soil in 1968, where he was elected to the team of the tournament. Facchetti is remembered as one of the first great attacking full-backs, placed second in the Ballon d'Or in 1965.
He is regarded as one of the best players of all time in his position, due to his pace, intelligence and stamina, formed a formidable defensive partnership with fellow full-back Tarcisio Burgnich in Inter's defensive catenaccio system at club level, as well as with the Italian national side. In addition to his playing ability, Facchetti stood out for his discipline and leadership throughout his career, served both as Inter's and Italy's captain for several years. In March 2004, Pelé named him one of the Top 125 greatest living footballers as part of FIFA's 100th anniversary celebrations. Following Facchetti's death in 2006, he was named one of the year's Golden Foot "Football Legends", was the recipient of the FIFA Presidential Award. In 2015, he was posthumously inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame. Born in Treviglio, in the Province of Bergamo, Facchetti began his career with his hometown club, Trevigliese, as a forward, due to his pace, powerful shot, technique, he was soon noticed by Helenio Herrera manager of Inter, who launched him in Serie A in the late 1960–61 season as an attacking full-back on the left, due to his physique and tackling ability, in addition to his offensive attributes.
The change of role proved to be an effective choice, Facchetti developed into one of the most effective defenders in Italian football, forming a notable partnership in defence with fellow Italian full-back Burgnich. Facchetti's innovative playing style as one of the first European overlapping full-backs, combining hard defending with offensive prowess, played a key role in the defensive, yet counter-attacking "catenaccio" system of Herrera's "Grande Inter" side that dominated Italian and World Football in the 60s, he held the record for most goals in a single Serie A season by a defender, with 10 goals scored during the 1965–66 season, until it was broken by Marco Materazzi during the 2000–01 season. Facchetti spent his entire professional career with Inter captaining the side, after Armando Picchi, Mario Corso, Sandro Mazzola, during his final season with the club, between 1977–78. With his club, Facchetti won four scudetti in 1963, 1965, 1966 and 1971. Due to his performances for Inter, Facchetti narrowly missed the opportunity to become the first defender to win the Ballon d'Or, placing second in 1965, after narrowly missing out on a treble winning season with Inter that year.
Facchetti's 59 goals in Serie A make him the most prolific defender in the history of the Italian league. Facchetti made his debut for Italy on 23 March 1963, in a 1–0 away win in a European qualifier against Turkey, he was capped 94 times wearing the captain's armband 70 times and scoring three goals between 1963 and 1977. He played for his country at the 1966, 1970, 1974 FIFA World Cups, captaining Italy in the latter two editions of the tournament. Facchetti captained the Italian squad to victory at Euro 1968, wearing the number 10 shirt, after advancing to the finals by calling the coin toss following extra time against the Soviet Union, before winning the final over Yugoslavia 2–0 in the replay match, as well as being named to the Team of the Tournament, he was named to the Team of the Tournament in the 1970 World Cup, where he helped his team to the final of the tournament, only to be defeated 4–1 by Brazil. Regarded as one of the greatest full-backs of all time, Facchetti's pace, stamina and excellent physical and technical traits allowed him to excel as an offensive full-back or wing-back.
A strong, large and hard-working footballer, good in the air, he was regarded for his ability with either foot, as well as his distribution, ball skills
A midfielder is an association football position. Midfielders are positioned on the field between their team's defenders and forwards; some midfielders play a disciplined defensive role, breaking up attacks, are otherwise known as defensive midfielders. Others blur the boundaries, being more mobile and efficient in passing: they are referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box, or holding midfielders; the number of midfielders on a team and their assigned roles depends on the team's formation. Most managers assign at least one midfielder to disrupt the opposing team's attacks, while others may be tasked with creating goals, or have equal responsibilities between attack and defence. Midfielders are the players who travel the greatest distance during a match; because midfielders arguably have the most possession during a game they are among the fittest players on the pitch. Central or centre midfielders are players whose role is divided equally between attack and defence and to dominate the play around the centre of the pitch.
These players will try to pass the ball to the team's attacking midfielders and forwards and may help their team's attacks by making runs into the opposition's penalty area and attempting shots on goal themselves. When the opposing team has the ball, a central midfielder may drop back to protect the goal or move forward and press the opposition ball-carrier to recover the ball. A centre midfielder defending their goal will move in front of their centre-backs in order to block long shots by the opposition and track opposition midfielders making runs towards the goal; the 4–3–3 and 4–5–1 formations each use three central midfielders. The 4−4−2 formation may use two central midfielders, in the 4–2–3–1 formation one of the two deeper midfielders may be a central midfielder; the term box-to-box midfielder refers to central midfielders who are hard-working and who have good all-round abilities, which makes them skilled at both defending and attacking. These players can therefore track back to their own box to make tackles and block shots and run to the opponents' box to try to score.
The change of trends and the deviation from the standard 4–4–2 formation to the 4–2–3–1 formation imposed restrictions on the typical box-to-box midfielders of the 80s, as teams' two midfield roles were now divided into "holders" or "creators". Notable examples of box-to-box midfielders are Bastian Schweinsteiger, Yaya Touré, Radja Nainggolan. Left and right midfielders have a role balanced between attack and defence, similar to that of central midfielders, but they are positioned closer to the touchlines of the pitch, they may be asked to cross the ball into the opponents' penalty area to make scoring chances for their teammates, when defending they may put pressure on opponents who are trying to cross. Common modern formations that include left and right midfielders are the 4−4−2, the 4−4−1−1, the 4–2–3–1 and the 4−5−1 formations. Jonathan Wilson describes the development of the 4−4−2 formation: "…the winger became a wide midfielder, a shuttler, somebody who might be expected to cross a ball but was meant to put in a defensive shift."
Notable examples of wide midfielders are Ryan Giggs. The historic position of wing-half was given to midfielders, it became obsolete as wide players with defensive duties have tended to become more a part of the defence as full-backs. Defensive midfielders are midfield players; these players may defend a zone in front of their team's defence, or man mark specific opposition attackers. Defensive midfielders may move to the full-back or centre-back positions if those players move forward to join in an attack. Sergio Busquets described his attitude: "The coach knows that I am an obedient player who likes to help out and if I have to run to the wing to cover someone's position, great." A good defensive midfielder needs good positional awareness, anticipation of opponent's play, tackling, interceptions and great stamina and strength. A holding or deep-lying midfielder stays close to their team's defence, while other midfielders may move forward to attack; the holding midfielder may have responsibilities when their team has the ball.
This player will make short and simple passes to more attacking members of their team but may try some more difficult passes depending on the team's strategy. Marcelo Bielsa is considered as a pioneer for the use of a holding midfielder in defence; this position may be seen in the 4 -- 2 -- 3 -- 4 -- 4 -- 2 diamond formations. A defensive midfielder, or "destroyer", a playmaker, or "creator", were fielded alongside each other as a team's two holding central midfielders; the destroyer was responsible for making tackles, regaining possession, distributing the ball to the creator, while the creator was responsible for retaining possession and keeping the ball moving with long passes out to the flanks, in the manner of a more old-fashioned deep-lying playmaker or "regista". Early examples of a destroyer are Nobby Stiles, Herbert Wimmer, Marco Tardelli, while examples include Claude Makélélé and Javier Mascherano, although several of these players possessed qualities of other types of midfielders, were therefore not confined to a single role.
Early examples of a creator would be Gérson, Glenn Hoddle, Sunday Oliseh, while more recent examples Xabi Alonso, Michael Carrick. The latest and third type of holding midfielder developed as a box-to-box midfielder, or "carrier", neither destructive nor creative, capable of winning b
S. P. A. L. An acronym for Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor, is a professional Italian football club, based in Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna; the team plays in the highest level of the Italian football league system. Founded in 1907, since 1928 they have played their home matches at Stadio Paolo Mazza, named after Paolo Mazza. In total, SPAL have participated in 23 top-tier, 26 second-tier, 41 third-tier, 7 fourth-tier and 1 fifth-tier league seasons; the club's best finish was when they came fifth in the 1959–60 Serie A. The club is owned by Vetroresina S.p. A. and chaired by Walter Mattioli. The current manager is Leonardo Semplici; the club was founded in March 1907 as Circolo Labor by the Salesian priest Pietro Acerbis. In the early stages, it was a cultural and religious association in 1913 it became a multi-sports company, taking the name of Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor; the team began its professional activity under the aegis of the Italian Football Federation in 1919, competing in the second-tier tournament.
SPAL played in the top flight league from 1920 to 1925, reaching the qualification playoff for the National Finals in 1921–22. From 1925 until the Second World War, they played in Serie B and Serie C: in this period, the club's all-time top striker Mario Romani scored 130 goals in 189 games during two different periods with the white-blues. Between 1939 and 1943 the club temporarily changed its name to A. C. Ferrara, wearing the black and white colours of the city. After the suspension of the championships due to war, in 1945 the club returned to the name SPAL and to the light blue and white kits. In 1946 Paolo Mazza became chairman of the club. After five consecutive seasons in Serie B, SPAL won promotion to Serie A after finishing the championship first in 1950–51; the white-blues subsequently stayed in the top division for most of the 1950s and 1960s, competing in 16 out of 17 Serie A seasons from 1951 to 1968. SPAL finished fifth in 1959–60, thus obtaining the best finish in its history. In 1961–62 they played in the Coppa Italia final, losing against Napoli.
In the early stages of 1962–63 season, in which the club finished in eighth place, the white and blues managed to reach the top of the league table. During those years, the club was a launchpad for many young players who became stars, among them Fabio Capello. In 1963–64 they were relegated to Serie B, but they came back to Serie A after only one year, remained in the top division until 1968. At the end of the last season in the top flight, SPAL won the Cup of Italian-Swiss Friendship. During 1970s, 1980s and 1990s SPAL played in Serie B and Serie C/C1. Paolo Mazza was replaced by Primo Mazzanti; the former chairman died in December 1981 and three months Ferrara's Stadio Comunale was named after him. In 1990, Giovanni Donigaglia became chairman of the club: between 1990 and 1992 SPAL obtained back-to-back promotions from Serie C2 to Serie B, under the management of Giovan Battista Fabbri. Donigaglia left the presidency in 2002 with the squad in Serie C1, he was replaced by Lino di Nardo. The club went bankrupt in 2005, were reformed as SPAL 1907 S.r.l. under the terms of Article 52 of N.
O. I. F.. In the summer of 2012, after suffering a second bankruptcy, the club was refounded for the second time as Società Sportiva Dilettantistica Real SPAL and would begin life in Serie D again under Article 52 of N. O. I. F.. At the end of the 2012–13 season the club took back its original denomination. Giacomense, a club founded in 1967 at Masi San Giacomo, a frazione of Masi Torello, had moved to the city of Ferrara; the club changed its name to S. P. A. L. 2013, in order to continue the football history of SPAL. They finished the 2013–14 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season in sixth place, thus qualifying for the inaugural unified 2014–15 Lega Pro season. In 2015–16, the squad won promotion to Serie B for the first time since the 1992–93 season, after finishing first in group B of the Lega Pro; the following year they came first in Serie B, thus obtaining promotion to Serie A after a 49-year absence. The team's colours are light white, which derive from the Salesians' emblem; the home kit, since 1962, has been composed of a vertical striped light blue-white shirt, white trainers and white socks.
The only exception to light blue and white was when the club adopted a black and white kit between 1939 and 1943, in honour of Ferrara's civic colours. The badge features an oval-shaped light blue escutcheon, with a white band in the upper section, on, written the acronym S. P. A. L. in golden characters. In the lower section, the black and white emblem of the city is featured. From 1980 until mid-1990s the official badge featured another symbol of the club. SPAL's most common nicknames are Estensi. Campo di Piazza d'Armi Stadio Paolo Mazza The current home ground of SPAL is the 16,134 seater Stadio Paolo Mazza; the stadium was opened in September 1928 as Stadio Comunale took on its current name in February 1982, in honour of the former president of the club Paolo Mazza, who died two months earlier. It had a capacity of 4,000. In concomitance with the promotion of SPAL to Serie A