1944 Campionato Alta Italia

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The 1944 Divisione Nazionale, traditionally known as 1944 Campionato Alta Italia, was a championship disputed during the second World War and not recognized by the FIGC until 2002, though the Spezia's win is not considered as a "Scudetto", but as an "honorary" official title.

Moreover, technically Spezia did not take part in the championship: the real winner of the tournament was 42° Corpo dei Vigili del Fuoco della Spezia, also known as VV.FF. Spezia (Spezia Firefighters), a Spezia's "satellite club". In fact, in 1944 Spezia was formally inactive since its chairman was deported in Germany, and Giacomo Semorile, the last manager of the society remained, ask the local firefighters to establish a new team with former players of Spezia.

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) without relation with the previous seasons and without round-robin format, holding it until March 1944. In the south, occupied by the US Army, 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. Originally, the Roman Championship won by Lazio was part of the Alta Italia qualifications, but the Liberation of Rome changed the plan.

Qualifications[edit]

Piedmont and Liguria[edit]

Standings[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 (in 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]

Standings[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 (in 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]

Standings
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 (in 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]

Standings
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 Withdrew[4]
7. Pellizzari Arzignano (2) - - (2) (1) (8) - 0
Results
Home \ Away[1] ASM DAM LAN MON PEL SMB HEL 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
Hellas 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 (in 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 withdrew during the championship. All their matches were voided.
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 withdrew 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]

Standings[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 (in 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]

Standings
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 (in 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]

Standings
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 (in 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]

Standings
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 (in 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]

Standings
P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1. VV.FF. 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.FF. Spezia 2–0 4–4 2–0 1–0

Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (in 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.

Tuscany[edit]

Standings[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

Group A (Piedmont and Lombardy)[edit]

Standings[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 (in 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 withdrew before the start of the semifinals.

Standings[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 (in 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]
Standings
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 (in 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]
Standings
P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1. VV.FF. 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.FF. Spezia 2–0 2–0 2–02

Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (in 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.FF. Spezia 0-2[7] 0-2[8]

VV.FF. Spezia didn't play the semifinals, due to the retirement of Lucchese (the semifinalist of Tuscany), and they were directly admitted to the final.

Final round[edit]

Standings[edit]

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1. VV.FF. 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.FF. Spezia
VV.FF. 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 withdrew 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.