Two Sicilies national football team

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Two Sicilies
Association Federazione Lega Calcio Due Sicilie
Confederation NF Board
Head coach Michele Riviello
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Padania 0 – 0 Two Sicilies Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
Darfo Boario Terme, Italy; April 30, 2009
Biggest win
Kingdom of the Two Sicilies Two Sicilies 3 – 0 Sardinia 
Avellino, Italy September 23, 2009
Biggest defeat
 Iraqi Kurdistan 4 – 1 Two Sicilies Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
Xewkija, Malta; May 31, 2010
VIVA World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2010)
Best result 4th in 2010

The national football team of the Two Sicilies is the football team of the Two Sicilies, which are a territory formed by the Island of Sicily and Hither Sicily (or Napolitania, which is the Southern part of the Italian peninsula). The team is controlled by the Federazione Lega Calcio Due Sicilie.[citation needed] As the Two Sicilies are not a recognised state they are neither a member of FIFA nor UEFA, and the team therefore is not eligible to enter either the World Cup or European Championship. However, from January 2010, they became a provisional member[1] of the NF-Board.

History[edit]

In December 2008, the national football team of the Two Sicilies was established on the initiative of Guglielmo Di Grezia and Antonio Pagano, with the purpose, then not achieved, to participate in the 2009 VIVA World Cup.[2][3] On April 30, 2009, the team played its first match against Padania in Darfo Boario Terme[4] during the charity tournament "1° Trofeo SMArathon".

They made their VIVA World Cup debut against Iraqi Kurdistan, of the fourth edition of the tournament.[5] Two Sicilies took fourth place, losing the 3rd-place match against Occitania. On 23 September 2010 the team took part in the second edition of "Trofeo del Mediterraneo", against Gozo and ASD Castellana, which they went on to win.[6]

Selected internationals[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Score
10-06-2012 Carrara, Italy  Two Sicilies  Sardinia 3-2
05-06-2010 2010 VIVA World Cup, Gozo  Two Sicilies  Occitania 0–2
04-06-2010 2010 VIVA World Cup, Gozo  Two Sicilies  Padania 0-2
01-06-2010 2010 VIVA World Cup, Gozo  Two Sicilies  Provence 1-0
31-05-2010 2010 VIVA World Cup, Gozo  Two Sicilies  Iraqi Kurdistan 1-4
23-09-2009 Avellino, Italy  Two Sicilies  Sardinia 3-0
30-04-2009 Brescia, Italy  Two Sicilies  Padania 0-0

References[edit]

  1. ^ NF Board – Press release n.27
  2. ^ (Italian)Marseglia, Cosimo Enrico (January 28, 2009). "È nata la Nazionale di Calcio del Regno delle Due Sicilie". Corrieresalentino.it. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ (Italian)Marro, Fiore (December 16, 2008). "Presentazione della Nazionale di Calcio del Regno delle Due Sicilie". Comitati Due Sicilie. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ (Italian)"Positivo esordio della Nazionale delle Due Sicilie". Associazione Culturale Due Sicilie - Duesicilie.org. May 3, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ Antoine Busuttil (June 1, 2010). "Narrow defeat for Gozo in first game". maltafootball.com. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ (Italian)"La squadra delle Due Sicilie si aggiudica il II Trofeo del Mediterraneo". Associazione Culturale Due Sicilie - Duesicilie.org. September 24, 2010. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 

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