1944 Campionato Alta Italia

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See also: Spezia Calcio

This championship was disputed during the second World War and wasn't recognized by the FIGC until 2002, though Spezia's Scudetto is considered a "decoration".

As said above, the winner was Spezia, that at the time was called 42° Corpo dei Vigili del Fuoco della Spezia (VV.F. Spezia - Spezia Firefighters): since most of Spezia's players were drafted, the society's president had to ask the local firefighters to play for the team.

The new Commissioner of the Italian National Olympic Committee Ettore Rossi, appointed by the Italian Social Republic, organized the League of 1943-44 Alta Italia (Upper Italy), holding it until March 1944. In the south the situation was rather different: the matches were played in regional tournaments: the part about the Apulian sector was won by Conversano, while Lazio was imposed in the area of Rome.

The Campionato Alta Italia (Northern Italy Championship) was the only championship that was organized on a more than regional basis: in Central and Southern Italy many regional championship were held. The intention was to organize a national final, but the Gothic Line prevented this.

Campionato Alta Italia
1944 Winners
VV.F. Spezia
Decorative Title
(Awarded to Spezia Calcio 1906 in 2002)
Scudetto.svg

Qualifications[edit]

Piedmont and Liguria[edit]

Classification[edit]

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1. Torino FIAT 18 16 2 0 78 19 +59 34 Qualified
2. Juventus Cisitalia 18 12 3 3 44 25 +19 27
3. Biellese 18 12 0 6 44 32 +12 24
4. Liguria 18 10 3 5 40 25 +15 23
5. Genova 1893 18 9 2 7 34 31 +3 20
6. Novara 18 8 1 9 28 33 -5 17
7. Asti 18 5 3 10 21 36 -15 13
8. Casale 18 4 2 12 20 37 -17 10
8. Alessandria 18 4 2 12 13 46 -33 10
10. Cuneo 18 1 0 17 8 46 -38 2

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALE AST BIE CSL CUN GEN JUV LIG NOV TOR
Alessandria 1–3 0–4 1–0 2–0 0–2 2–2 0–0 1–0 0–4
Asti 0–1 2–3 0–1 3–2 1–3 0–2 0–0 4–2 0–4
Biellese 5–1 3–0 4–3 2–0 3–1 1–2 5–4 3–2 1–2
Casale 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–4 2–2 1–4
Cuneo 3–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–3
Genova 1893 3–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 3–2 2–0 1–3 2–1 4–4
Juventus Cisitalia 4–0 2–2 3–2 5–1 6–1 3–1 4–3 2–0 0–0
Liguria 4–1 4–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 2–1 4–3 1–0 1–2
Novara 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–2 3–2 1–3
Torino FIAT 7–0 6–1 7–1 5–4 4–0 7–1 5–0 3–2 8–2

Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (Italian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Lombardy[edit]

Classification[edit]

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1. Ambrosiana-Inter 14 10 1 3 30 13 +17 21 Qualified
2. Varese 14 6 4 4 26 20 +6 16 Tie-breaker
2. Brescia 14 7 2 5 24 20 +4 16
4. Fanfulla 14 5 5 4 17 17 0 15
5. Milano 14 5 3 6 18 16 +2 13
5. Pro Patria 14 4 5 5 12 14 -2 13
7. Cremonese 14 3 4 7 13 24 -11 10
8. Atalanta 14 3 2 9 12 28 -16 8

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AMB ATA BRE CRE FAN MIL PPA VAR
Ambrosiana-Inter 2–1 8–2 3–1 3–1 0–2 2–0 3–0
Atalanta 1–2 3–2 2–0 0–0 0–2 1–0 1–4
Brescia 0–1 1–0 0–0 4–1 1–0 1–1 4–1
Cremonese 1–2 2–1 0–4 1–1 0–0 3–0 1–1
Fanfulla 2–1 3–1 0–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 1–1
Milano 1–3 6–0 3–2 0–2 1–0 1–1 0–0
Pro Patria 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 3–1
Varese 1–0 3–0 0–1 7–2 3–3 2–1 2–0

Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (Italian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Tie-breaker
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Brescia Italy 0-1(aet) Italy Varese

Varese advanced to the semifinals

Veneto[edit]

Group A[edit]

Classification
P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1. Venezia 12 10 0 2 43 12 +31 20 Qualified
2. Treviso 12 8 1 3 36 11 +25 16
2. Padova 12 8 0 4 27 18 +9 16
4. Bassano 12 6 0 6 22 31 -9 12
5. Mestre 12 1 5 6 10 21 -11 7
6. Legnago 12 2 2 8 19 35 -16 6
6. Rovigo 12 2 2 8 9 38 -29 6
Results
Home \ Away[1] BAS LGN MST PAD ROV TRV VEN
Bassano 4–1 1–0 0–3 5–2 0–7 0–1
Legnago 1–4 1–1 3–1 6–0 1–4 0–3
Mestre 0–2 2–2 0–2 0–0 1–1 1–2
Padova 7–2 7–1 2–1 1–0 1–3 2–0
Rovigo 0–1 3–2 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–3
Treviso 2–1 2–0 5–0 3–0 7–0 1–3
Venezia 7–2 4–1 2–3 5–0 11–0 2–1

Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (Italian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Group B[edit]

Classification
P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1. Vicenza 10 8 1 1 32 7 +25 17 Qualified
2. Verona 10 5 3 2 18 15 +3 13
3. Lanerossi Schio 10 5 2 3 16 16 0 12
4. DAM Valdagno 10 5 1 4 15 15 0 10[1][2]
5. Monti Padova 10 1 1 8 12 31 -19 3
6. Sambonifacese 10 1 2 7 16 25 -9 2[2][3]
7. Audace San Michele (2) - - (2) (1) (7) - 0 Retired[4]
7. Pellizzari Arzignano (2) - - (2) (1) (8) - 0
Results
Home \ Away[1] ASM DAM LAN MON PEL SMB VER VIC
Audace San Michele
DAM Valdagno 2–0 1–0 3 0–0 1–2
Lanerossi Schio 3–1 1–0 2–02 4–0 1–1
Monti Padova 2–3 1–1 4–1 1–2 1–5
Pellizzari Arzignano
Sambonifacese 1–3 2–3 10–1 0–0 0–22
Verona 2-04 2–02 5–0 4–2 6-04 2–2 3–1
Vicenza 5-14 5–0 4–1 3–0 2-14 4–0 2–02

Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (Italian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2Forfeit.
3The match DAM Valdagno-Sambonifacese wasn't disputed. FIGC decided that both the teams had lost the match and had 1 and 2 points deducted rispectively.
4Audace San Michele and Pellizzari Arzignano retired during the championship. All their matches were invalidated.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Final round[edit]

Treviso and Vicenza retired before the start of the round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Venezia Italy 7-3 Italy Verona 5-1 2-2

Both Venezia and Verona were admitted to the semifinals.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia[edit]

Classification[edit]

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1. Ampelea Isola d'Istria 14 10 2 2 35 17 +18 22 Qualified
2. Triestina 14 8 3 3 28 11 +17 19
3. Pro Gorizia 14 6 4 4 21 21 0 16
4. Monfalcone 14 6 2 6 19 22 -3 14
5. San Giusto 14 4 5 5 14 14 0 13
5. Udinese 14 5 3 6 17 25 -8 13
7. Cormonese 14 4 0 10 16 28 -12 8
8. Ponziana 14 3 1 10 13 25 -12 7

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AMP COR MFA PON PGO SGI TRI UDI
Ampelea Isola d'Istria 4–2 3–0 5–2 4–1 1–1 2–0 6–2
Cormonese 1–4 2–1 1–0 0–1 3–1 0–4 0–2
Monfalcone 1–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 4–1 2–1 1–0
Ponziana 0–1 0–4 1–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 1–0
Pro Gorizia 3–1 2–1 1–1 3–2 1–1 0–3 3–1
San Giusto 0–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–0 0–0 4–0
Triestina 3–0 3–1 4–0 3–2 2–1 0–0 3–0
Udinese 1–1 3–1 4–3 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–1

Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (Italian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Emilia-Romagna[edit]

Group A[edit]

Classification
P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1. Bologna 6 5 0 1 22 8 +14 10 Qualified
2. Cesena 6 4 0 2 12 5 +7 8
3. Panigale 6 3 0 3 9 12 -3 6
4. San Pietro in Casale 6 0 0 6 3 21 -18 -2[3]
Results
Home \ Away[1] BOL CES PAN SPC
Bologna 2–0 4–0 2–1
Cesena 5–0 2–0 2–0
Panigale 1–3 3–2 3–1
San Pietro in Casale 1–11 0–1 0–2

Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (Italian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Group B[edit]

Classification
P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1. Faenza 8 4 3 1 18 7 +11 11 Qualified
1. Forlimpopoli 8 5 1 2 17 11 +8 11
3. Ravenna 8 4 1 3 17 7 +10 9
4. Imola 8 4 0 4 14 17 -3 8
5. Forlì 8 0 1 7 3 27 -24 1
Results
Home \ Away[1] FAE FOR FRL IML RAV
Faenza 1–1 4–1 5–0 1–1
Forlì 1–2 1–5 0–1 0–3
Forlimpopoli 2–2 3–0 3–2 2–1
Imola 0–3 7–0 1–0 2–1
Ravenna 1–0 5–0 0–1 5–1

Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (Italian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Group C[edit]

Classification
P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1. Modena 8 6 2 0 17 6 +11 14 Qualified[5]
2. Carpi 8 4 3 1 19 6 +13 11
2. Reggiana 8 5 1 2 13 9 +4 11
4. Mantova 8 1 1 6 11 28 -17 3
5. Centese 8 0 1 7 11 22 -11 1
Results
Home \ Away[1] CRP CEN MAN MOD REA
Carpi 2–1 6–1 0–0 1–1
Centese 1–5 2–2 1–2 0–1
Mantova 0–4 3–1 1–3 1–2
Modena 1–1 4–3 5–0 1–0
Reggiana 1–0 3–2 5–3 0–1

Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (Italian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Group D[edit]

Classification
P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1. VV.F. Spezia 8 5 3 0 14 6 +8 13 Qualified
2. Corradini Suzzara 8 5 1 2 15 8 +7 11
3. Fidentina 8 2 4 2 20 20 0 8
4. Parma 8 2 3 3 8 12 -4 7
5. Orlandi Busseto 8 0 1 7 7 18 -11 0[1]
Results
Home \ Away[1] COR FID ORL PAR VFS
Corradini Suzzara 6–0 2–0 2–1 0–2
Fidentina 2–3 2–1 7–1 1–1
Orlandi Busseto 1–2 3–3 0–1 1–2
Parma 0–0 1–1 4–1 0–0
VV.F. Spezia 2–0 4–4 2–0 1–0

Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (Italian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Semifinals[edit]

Group A (Piedmont and Lombardy)[edit]

Classification[edit]

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1. Torino FIAT 6 3 2 1 21 12 +9 8 Qualified
2. Juventus Cisitalia 6 3 1 2 15 9 +6 7
3. Ambrosiana-Inter 6 2 2 2 12 13 -1 6
4. Varese 6 1 1 4 6 20 -14 3

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AMB JUV TOR VAR
Ambrosiana-Inter 2–1 3–3 3–0
Juventus Cisitalia 1–0 3–1 6–1
Torino FIAT 6–2 3–3 2–1
Varese 2–2 2–1 0–6

Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (Italian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Group B (Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia)[edit]

Verona retired before the start of the semifinals.

Classification[edit]

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1. Venezia 4 2 2 0 3 0 +3 6 Qualified
2. Ampelea Isola d'Istria 3[6] 1 0 2 2 4 -2 2
2. Triestina 3[6] 0 2 1 1 2 -1 2

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AMP TRI VEN
Ampelea Isola d'Istria 2 0–1
Triestina 1–2 0–0
Venezia 2–03 0–0

Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (Italian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2Ampelea Isola d'Istria and Triestina renounced to play the last match: Venezia was already qualified and there were public security problems due to the war and the rivalry between the two teams' fans.
3Decided by the FIGC.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Group C (Emilia-Romagna)[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Group A[edit]
Classification
P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1. Bologna 6 4 1 1 11 5 +6 9 Qualified
2. Cesena 6 4 0 2 13 6 +7 8
3. Forlimpopoli 6 2 2 2 10 11 -1 6
4. Faenza 6 0 1 5 5 17 -12 1
Results
Home \ Away[1] BOL CES FAE FRL
Bologna 2–0 3–1 3–1
Cesena 2–0 5–1 2–0
Faenza 0–2 0–2 0–2
Forlimpopoli 1–1 3–2 3–3

Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (Italian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Group B[edit]
Classification
P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1. VV.F. Spezia 6 5 0 1 14 4 +10 10 Qualified
2. Corradini Suzzara 6 2 1 3 7 10 -3 4[1]
2. Carpi 6 2 1 3 5 7 -2 4[1]
4. Modena 6 2 0 4 3 8 -5 3[1]
Results
Home \ Away[1] CRP COR MOD VFS
Carpi 1–1 0–1 2–1
Corradini Suzzara 2–02 2–0 2–5
Modena 0–2 2–02 0–2
VV.F. Spezia 2–0 2–0 2–02

Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (Italian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2Decided by the FIGC.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Round 2[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bologna Italy 0-4 Italy VV.F. Spezia 0-2[7] 0-2[8]

Final round[edit]

Classification[edit]

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1. VV.F. Spezia 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 3 Champions
2. Torino FIAT 2 1 0 1 6 4 +2 2
3. Venezia 2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 1

Results[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Venezia Italy 1-1 Italy VV.F. Spezia
VV.F. Spezia Italy 2-1 Italy Torino FIAT
Torino FIAT Italy 5-2 Italy Venezia

References and sources[edit]

  • Fabrizio Calzia and Paolo Rabajoli, Lo Scudetto per sempre – I Vigili del fuoco della Spezia Campioni d’Italia 1944, Sagep e Il Secolo XIX

External links[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e 1 point deducted.
  2. ^ a b The match DAM Valdagno-Sambonifacese wasn't disputed. FIGC decided that both the teams had lost the match and had 1 and 2 points deducted rispectively.
  3. ^ a b 2 points deducted.
  4. ^ Audace San Michele and Pellizzari Arzignano retired during the championship. All their matches were invalidated.
  5. ^ Carpi qualified on goal difference.
  6. ^ a b Ampelea Isola d'Istria and Triestina renounced to play the last match: Venezia was already qualified and there were public security problems due to the war and the rivalry between the two teams' fans.
  7. ^ Decided by the FIGC.
  8. ^ Forfeit.