Casale Foot Ball Club A. S. D. is an Italian football club, based in Piedmont. The club plays in Serie D; the team's nickname nerostellati refers to the team’s colours of black with a white star on the heart. When the club was founded in 1909 Casale was at the geographical centre of the new footballing movement in Italy. Genoa, Pro Vercelli, Internazionale Torino and Alessandria were all leading clubs in the Italian football league system and Casale soon joined their number. In May 1913 Casale became the first Italian club to defeat an English professional team when they beat Reading F. C. 2–1. Reading won all the other games on this tour, defeating Genoa, Pro Vercelli and the Italian national team. In the following season Casale won their only national title. Italian football was organized on a regional basis and the national championship was divided into three stages. Casale topped the Ligurian-Piedmontese division and proceeded, along with second-placed Genoa, to compete in a division comprising the top northern teams.
Having won that division, Casale defeated central-southern champions Lazio 7–1, 0–2 in the two-leg final. After World War I Casale remained in the top division for a couple of decades, representing what had been the cradle of early Italian football. With the development of professionalism, Casale was progressively relegated to lower divisions, 1934 being their last year in Serie A; the club was refounded twice, in 1993 and 2013, when it was refounded with the present, original name used from 1909 to 1925 and 1929 to 1935. Heated rivalry between the fans Casale and Alessandria. See Category:Casale F. B. C. PlayersFive players who appeared in the scudetto-winning team of 1913–14 played in the Italian national team, all making their international debuts between 1912 and 1914: Luigi Barbesino Giovanni Gallina Angelo Mattea Giuseppe Parodi Amedeo Varese Casale’s biggest star, was the full back Umberto Caligaris whose career with the club ran from 1919 to 1928. During this period he made 37 appearances for the Azzurri.
He represented Italy in the 1924 Olympics and won a bronze medal at the 1928 Summer Olympics before leaving Casale for Juventus. His total of 59 caps stood as a record for many years. Eraldo Monzeglio to represent Italy on numerous occasions, including the 1934 and 1938 World Cups, made his Serie A debut with Casale in 1924–25; the following season, however he moved to Bologna F. C. 1909. Serie A Winners: 1913–14Serie B Winners: 1929–30Serie C Winners: 1937–38Coppa Italia Dilettanti Winners: 1998–99 For 1913: Il Calcio a Casale M.to
Giorgio Chinaglia was an Italian footballer who played as a striker. He grew up and played his early football in Cardiff and began his career with Swansea Town in 1964, he returned to Italy to play for Massese, Internapoli and S. S. Lazio in 1969. Chinaglia led Lazio to the club's first league championship in the 1973–74 season, during which he was the league's leading scorer, he played international football for Italy, making 14 appearances and scoring 4 goals between 1972 and 1975, including two appearances at the 1974 FIFA World Cup. Chinaglia was the first player in Italian football history to be called up internationally from the second division. In 1976, Chinaglia left Lazio to sign with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. With the Cosmos team that featured Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer, Chinaglia won four league titles, retired in 1983 as the NASL's all-time leading goal scorer with 193 goals. In 1980 Chinaglia scored a record 50 goals in regular and post season play, plus another 26 in friendly matches.
In all matches played, including friendly and pre-season games, Chinaglia scored 734 goals, giving him a lifetime average of a goal a game. In 2000, Chinaglia was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in the United States and was named the greatest player in Lazio's history during the club's centenary celebrations. A prolific goalscorer, some sources state that he is the highest scoring Italian player in all professional competitions, with 398 goals, ahead of Silvio Piola, although this claim is disputed, as the NASL did not abide to certain FIFA regulations at the time, he is the Italian player with the best goalscoring ratio in domestic championships, with 319 goals scored in 429 league matches played across both Italy and the United States. Chinaglia was given the nickname "Long John", a reference to Chinaglia's physical style of play, as well as his resemblance to the large Welsh footballing legend John Charles who played in Italy. Chinaglia was born in Carrara, Tuscany in 1947, but in 1955, he moved to Cardiff, Wales with his father Mario, mother Giovanna and his sister Rita, because of unemployment in Italy following World War II.
Because his family was poor, Chinaglia said, "All four of us lived in one room," he says, "My father was an ironworker and it was tough. I used to take the milk left on people's porches and drink it for breakfast." At age 13, Chinaglia was spotted scoring a hat trick for Cardiff Schools, joined Swansea Town in the Football League Third Division as an apprentice in 1962. Chinaglia made his senior debut for Swansea in October 1964 at Rotherham United, with his League debut following in February, his final Swans appearance was in March 1966. With Swansea, Chinaglia won the 1965 West Wales Senior Cup, scoring in the 3–0 victory in the final against Llanelli, represented the Swansea Senior Association Football League in 1964 in a representative match against the Birmingham & District Works Football Association. In 1966, because of the lack of interest from British clubs and his compulsory Italian military service, Chinaglia age 19, his family moved back to Carrara, he credited the military requirement with getting his career on track, saying, "Otherwise, I'd still be in Wales, slogging it out in the mud and drinking ale.
The Italian army has a special regiment for soccer players, so all I did in the service was to train all day, when my club had a game, get a pass."Chinaglia was banned from playing in Serie A, the top division, for three years because he had played professionally outside of Italy, his father fixed him up with Massese, a Serie C club in Massa near his home. The following season, he joined another Serie C club, Internapoli in Naples, where he played two seasons and scored 26 goals in 66 matches. Chinaglia rose to fame as a prolific goalscorer in Italy's Serie A, playing for S. S. Lazio, scoring 12 goals in his debut Serie A season, including a notable goal against European Cup holders Milan, led by Gianni Rivera, he scored 9 goals in his second season, insufficient to prevent Lazio from being relegated to Serie B the following season. Despite Lazio's poor league form that year, Chinaglia won the Coppa delle Alpi with Lazio in 1971, defeating Basel 3–1 in the final, he helped Lazio to gain promotion to Serie A during the following season, leading the club to a second-place finish in Serie B that year, finishing the season as the leading goalscorer in Serie B, with 21 goals.
The following season, Chinaglia scored 10 goals in Serie A, as Lazio narrowly missed out on the title, losing it to Juventus on the final matchday. During the 1973–74 season, he led the top Italian league in scoring, with 24 goals, he helped his team to the Serie A title that year, scoring the decisive goal from a penalty in a 1–0 win over Foggia, he was named the club's captain during his final season in Italy, concluding his European career with 14 goals. In total, he scored 98 league goals for Lazio in 209 appearances, 77 of which were scored in Serie A, in 175 appearances, he scored 122 goals in 246 appearances in all competitions for Lazio, scoring 13 goals in 28 Coppa Italia appearances, 9 goals in 11 European matches. In Rome, Chinaglia's family faced abuse from opposing fans and threats of kidnap by terrorist groups, he voiced frustration at Italian tax and corporate laws that he said led to business failures. 1972, Chinaglia began investing in American real estate while on a tour of the United States with Lazio.
And in 1975, his family bought a house in Englewood, New Jersey with the idea that he would commut
Gianluca Pessotto is a retired footballer who played as a defender or midfielder. A former Italian international, he spent the majority of his club career with Juventus, where he won several domestic and international trophies, is now head of its youth system, he represented his country at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, at UEFA Euro 2000, reaching the final of the latter tournament. After his retirement in 2006, Pessotto remained at Juventus as a member of the coaching staff, he is the Sporting Director of the club's youth academy. Pessotto was given the nickname Il Professorino by the fans, due to his glasses, his interest in philosophy and literature, as he was able to obtain a law degree during his career, his stamina and ability to run quickly – indeed he was described as "flying" on field in the media – earned him the nickname "Passerotto". Born in Latisana, in the province of Udine, Pessotto started his career in the A. C. Milan youth system. However, he was sold to A. S. Varese 1910 in 1989, he never made a professional appearance for Milan.
After joining Varese in 1989, Pessotto began his professional career. In two full seasons with the club, he tallied an impressive 64 appearances finding the back of the net on a solo occasion. In August 1991, Pessotto transferred to U. S. Massese 1919, although he only remained at the club for one season. In his lone season, he appeared 23 times in the league. Following impressive spells with both A. S. Varese 1910 and U. S. Massese 1919, he transferred to Serie B club Bologna F. C. 1909 in the summer of 1992. Despite being a anticipated transfer, Pessotto made just 21 league appearances, was sold at the conclusion of the season, he scored one goal for the Bolognese club. After a season with Bologna in Serie B, Pessotto transferred to fellow Serie B club, Hellas Verona F. C. in 1993. Pessotto was an undisputed starter for much of the season, impressing greatly, he made 34 league appearances with a seasonal career high of 3 goals. After impressing in the second division of Italian football, Pessotto transferred to Torino F.
C. in 1994. In his first season in the Serie A, Pessotto racked up a starting position along with 32 league appearances and his first Serie A goal. After impressing in his debut Serie A season, Pessotto moved to city rivals and European giants Juventus, in 1995, in what was a highly regarded transfer. After joining Juventus in 1995, Pessotto became a key part of the first team and helped Juventus form what was considered to be one of the best defences in the world at this time, teams regretted going down a goal to the club, as they knew how hard it would be to score one back for themselves. Pessotto formed impressive defensive partnerships with the likes of Ciro Ferrara, Moreno Torricelli, Paolo Montero, Mark Iuliano, Lilian Thuram, Alessandro Birindelli, Igor Tudor, Gianluca Zambrotta, Nicola Legrottaglie, Fabio Cannavaro, Jonathan Zebina, Giorgio Chiellini during his lengthy 12-year tenure with the club, he was one of many experienced players, at Juventus for a lengthy period of time. Injuries and other issues in the closing stages of his career limited his first-team opportunities to being used a substitute to Jonathan Zebina or Lilian Thuram.
Pessotto retired at the end of the 2005 -- 2006 Serie A season. With Juventus he managed well over 250 total appearances scoring 2 league goals in the process. Among his achievements as a Juventus player, Pessotto won the UEFA Champions League in 1996, playing in 4 Champions League Finals, the UEFA Super Cup in 1996, the Intercontinental Cup in 1996, 1 UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2000, 4 Scudetti 4 Supercoppa Italiana titles, 1 Coppa Italia in 1995. In total, Pessotto was capped 22 times for Italy between 1996 and 2002, under managers Arrigo Sacchi, Cesare Maldini, Dino Zoff, Giovanni Trapattoni, he played for his country at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where Italy were eliminated by hosts and eventual champions France on penalties in the quarter finals, at Euro 2000. At Euro 2000, Pessotto scored a penalty in the semi-final shootout win over co-hosts the Netherlands, which sent Italy into the final against France. In the final, Pessotto would set up Delvecchio's goal. Trezeguet became his Juventus teammate the following season.
He was unable to take part at the 2002 World Cup with Italy due to injury. Despite not being known as the most talented, flashy, or technically gifted footballer, Pessotto was considered to be a promising prospect in his youth, made a name for himself as a correct, hard-working, tactically intelligent and versatile utility player, with solid ball control and a good positional sense, able to play as an attacking full-back or wing-back, or as a wide midfielder on either flank. Despite being right-footed, he was capable of playing with either foot, he preferred to play on the left side of the pitch. In this role, he was known for his pace, calm composure, stamina, as well as his ability to chase and close down opponents, win back the ball, subsequently carry it up the flank, play exchanges with teammates, get forward, deliver crosses into the area, courtesy of his distribution and abili
Kit (association football)
In association football, kit is the standard equipment and attire worn by players. The sport's Laws of the Game specify the minimum kit which a player must use, prohibit the use of anything, dangerous to either the player or another participant. Individual competitions may stipulate further restrictions, such as regulating the size of logos displayed on shirts and stating that, in the event of a match between teams with identical or similar colours, the away team must change to different coloured attire. Footballers wear identifying numbers on the backs of their shirts. A team of players wore numbers from 1 to 11, corresponding to their playing positions, but at the professional level this has been superseded by squad numbering, whereby each player in a squad is allocated a fixed number for the duration of a season. Professional clubs usually display players' surnames or nicknames on their shirts, above their squad numbers. Football kit has evolved since the early days of the sport when players wore thick cotton shirts and heavy rigid leather boots.
In the twentieth century, boots became lighter and softer, shorts were worn at a shorter length, advances in clothing manufacture and printing allowed shirts to be made in lighter synthetic fibres with colourful and complex designs. With the rise of advertising in the 20th century, sponsors' logos began to appear on shirts, replica strips were made available for fans to purchase, generating significant amounts of revenue for clubs; the Laws of the Game set out the basic equipment which must be worn by all players in Law 4: The Players' Equipment. Five separate items are specified: shirt, socks and shin pads. Goalkeepers are allowed to wear tracksuit bottoms instead of shorts. While most players wear studded football boots, the Laws do not specify. Shirts must have sleeves, goalkeepers must wear shirts which are distinguishable from all other players and the match officials. Thermal undershorts must be the same colour as the shorts themselves. Shin pads must be covered by the stockings, be made of rubber, plastic or a similar material, "provide a reasonable degree of protection".
The only other restriction on equipment defined in the Laws of the Game is the requirement that a player "must not use equipment or wear anything, dangerous to himself or another player". It is normal for individual competitions to specify that all outfield players on a team must wear the same colours, though the Law states only "The two teams must wear colours that distinguish them from each other and the referee and the assistant referees". In the event of a match between teams who would wear identical or similar colours the away team must change to a different colour; because of this requirement a team's second-choice is referred to as its "away kit" or "away colours", although it is not unknown at international level, for teams to opt to wear their away colours when not required to by a clash of colours, or to wear them at home. The England national team sometimes plays in red shirts when it is not required, as this was the strip worn when the team won the 1966 FIFA World Cup. In some cases both teams have been forced to wear their second choice away kits.
Many professional clubs have a "third kit", ostensibly to be used if both their first-choice and away colours are deemed too similar to those of an opponent. Most professional clubs have retained the same basic colour scheme for several decades, the colours themselves form an integral part of a club's culture. Teams representing countries in international competition wear national colours in common with other sporting teams of the same nation; these are based on the colours of the country's national flag, although there are exceptions—the Italian national team, for example, wear blue as it was the colour of the House of Savoy, the Australian team like most Australian sporting teams wear the Australian National Colours of green and gold, neither of which appear on the flag, the Dutch national team wear orange, the colour of the Dutch Royal House. Shirts are made of a polyester mesh, which does not trap the sweat and body heat in the same way as a shirt made of a natural fibre. Most professional clubs have sponsors' logos on the front of their shirts, which can generate significant levels of income, some offer sponsors the chance to place their logos on the back of their shirts.
Depending on local rules, there may be restrictions on how large these logos may be or on what logos may be displayed. Competitions such as the Premier League may require players to wear patches on their sleeves depicting the logo of the competition. A player's number is printed on the back of the shirt, although international teams also place numbers on the front, professional teams print a player's surname above their number; the captain of each team is required to wear an elasticated armband around the left sleeve to identify them as the captain to the referee and supporters. Most current players wear specialist football boots, which can be made either of
Italy the Italian Republic, is a country in Southern Europe. Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Austria and the enclaved microstates San Marino and Vatican City. Italy covers an area of 301,340 km2 and has a temperate seasonal and Mediterranean climate. With around 61 million inhabitants, it is the fourth-most populous EU member state and the most populous country in Southern Europe. Due to its central geographic location in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, Italy has been home to a myriad of peoples and cultures. In addition to the various ancient peoples dispersed throughout modern-day Italy, the most famous of which being the Indo-European Italics who gave the peninsula its name, beginning from the classical era and Carthaginians founded colonies in insular Italy and Genoa, Greeks established settlements in the so-called Magna Graecia, while Etruscans and Celts inhabited central and northern Italy respectively; the Italic tribe known as the Latins formed the Roman Kingdom in the 8th century BC, which became a republic with a government of the Senate and the People.
The Roman Republic conquered and assimilated its neighbours on the peninsula, in some cases through the establishment of federations, the Republic expanded and conquered parts of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. By the first century BC, the Roman Empire emerged as the dominant power in the Mediterranean Basin and became the leading cultural and religious centre of Western civilisation, inaugurating the Pax Romana, a period of more than 200 years during which Italy's technology, economy and literature flourished. Italy remained the metropole of the Roman Empire; the legacy of the Roman Empire endured its fall and can be observed in the global distribution of culture, governments and the Latin script. During the Early Middle Ages, Italy endured sociopolitical collapse and barbarian invasions, but by the 11th century, numerous rival city-states and maritime republics in the northern and central regions of Italy, rose to great prosperity through shipping and banking, laying the groundwork for modern capitalism.
These independent statelets served as Europe's main trading hubs with Asia and the Near East enjoying a greater degree of democracy than the larger feudal monarchies that were consolidating throughout Europe. The Renaissance began in Italy and spread to the rest of Europe, bringing a renewed interest in humanism, science and art. Italian culture flourished, producing famous scholars and polymaths such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Machiavelli. During the Middle Ages, Italian explorers such as Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, John Cabot and Giovanni da Verrazzano discovered new routes to the Far East and the New World, helping to usher in the European Age of Discovery. Italy's commercial and political power waned with the opening of trade routes that bypassed the Mediterranean. Centuries of infighting between the Italian city-states, such as the Italian Wars of the 15th and 16th centuries, left the region fragmented, it was subsequently conquered and further divided by European powers such as France and Austria.
By the mid-19th century, rising Italian nationalism and calls for independence from foreign control led to a period of revolutionary political upheaval. After centuries of foreign domination and political division, Italy was entirely unified in 1871, establishing the Kingdom of Italy as a great power. From the late 19th century to the early 20th century, Italy industrialised, namely in the north, acquired a colonial empire, while the south remained impoverished and excluded from industrialisation, fuelling a large and influential diaspora. Despite being one of the main victors in World War I, Italy entered a period of economic crisis and social turmoil, leading to the rise of a fascist dictatorship in 1922. Participation in World War II on the Axis side ended in military defeat, economic destruction and the Italian Civil War. Following the liberation of Italy and the rise of the resistance, the country abolished the monarchy, reinstated democracy, enjoyed a prolonged economic boom and, despite periods of sociopolitical turmoil became a developed country.
Today, Italy is considered to be one of the world's most culturally and economically advanced countries, with the sixth-largest worldwide national wealth. Its advanced economy ranks eighth-largest in the world and third in the Eurozone by nominal GDP. Italy owns the third-largest central bank gold reserve, it has a high level of human development, it stands among the top countries for life expectancy. The country plays a prominent role in regional and global economic, military and diplomatic affairs. Italy is a founding and leading member of the European Union and a member of numerous international institutions, including the UN, NATO, the OECD, the OSCE, the WTO, the G7, the G20, the Union for the Mediterranean, the Council of Europe, Uniting for Consensus, the Schengen Area and many more; as a reflection
Roberto Mussi is a former Italian footballer, who played as a defender. Due to his dynamism, work-rate, technique, he was capable of helping his team both offensively and defensively as a fullback on the flank. At international level, he represented Italy at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, where they reached the final, at UEFA Euro 1996. Following his retirement, he worked as a manager. Throughout his career, Mussi played for several Italian clubs, he made his professional debut with U. S. Massese, helped the team to gain promotion to Serie C2, he subsequently moved to Parma in 1984, where he enjoyed a successful spell under manager Arrigo Sacchi in Serie C1, helping the club to a Serie B promotion by winning the Serie C title. In 1987, Sacchi purchased his former young fullback. Mussi spent two seasons with the club, winning an Italian Serie A title and a Supercoppa Italiana in 1988, as well as one European Cup in 1989 with the club, he subsequently moved to Serie B side Torino in 1989, helping the team to win the Serie B title that season, to earn promotion to Serie A.
The following season, he won the 1991 edition of the Mitropa Cup with Torino, he helped his club to qualify for the UEFA Cup the next season by finishing the Serie A season in fifth place. During the 1991–92 season, Mussi led Torino to a third-place finish in Serie A, he helped his club to reach the UEFA Cup final, where they were defeated by Ajax on aggregate. During the 1992–93 season, Mussi won the Coppa Italia with Torino, but the team missed out on the 1993 Supercoppa Italiana. In 1994, Mussi returned to Parma. In his second spell with the Emilian club, he won the UEFA Cup twice, one Coppa Italia in 1999, he retired from football in 1999, but he returned to Massese, the club with which he had made his debut, during the 2010–11 season, in the lower divisions, although he failed to make an appearance for the club during the season. Overall, Mussi played 250 matches in Serie A throughout his career. At international level, Mussi won 11 caps for the Italy national football team between 1993 and 1996 under manager Sacchi.
He participated at the 1994 FIFA World Cup with Italy, where they reached the final, only to lose to Brazil on penalties. He made 3 appearances during the tournament, including one in the final defeat, picking up an injury during the match, he notably set up Roberto Baggio's last minute equaliser against Nigeria in the round of 16, which enabled the Italians to win the match in extra-time with a Baggio penalty and advance to the quarter-finals. He took part at Euro 1996, making 3 appearances as Italy were eliminated in the group stage. ParmaSerie C1: 1985–86 Coppa Italia: 1998–99 UEFA Cup: 1994–95, 1998–99MilanSerie A: 1987–88 Supercoppa Italiana: 1988 European Cup: 1988–89TorinoSerie B: 1989–90 Mitropa Cup: 1991 Coppa Italia: 1992–93 ItalyFIFA World Cup: 1994
U.S. Folgore Caratese A.S.D.
U. S. Folgore Caratese A. S. D. is an Italian association football club, based in Carate Brianza which plays in Serie D group A. The club was founded in 2011 after the merger of U. S. Folgore Verano and U. S. Caratese; the most notable former player of Caratese has been Moreno Torricelli. Folgore Caratese is a satellite team of Novara Calcio; the club serves as a training side for Novara's young talents. The team's colors are blue with white border, it plays at the Stadio XXV Aprile in Carate Brianza, which has a capacity of 3,000. Official Website