Torneo Internazionale Stampa Sportiva

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The Torneo Internazionale Stampa Sportiva (English: The Sport Press International Tournament) was one of the very first international football (soccer) competitions. Held in 1908, it predated the more famous Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy by a year. However, there had been football competitions, involving amateur sides, held at the Summer Olympic Games as far back as the 1900 games in Paris, though these were initially termed exhibition games and no medals were awarded until 1908.

Organised by Italian sports magazine La Stampa Sportiva, the Torneo Internazionale featured teams from Italy, France, Switzerland and Germany. All the games were played in Turin, Italy. Swiss team Servette FC were eventual winners, beating Torino of Italy 3-1.

Results[edit]

Pre-Qualifying (Italy Italy only)[edit]

Semi-finals

March 22, 1908
Juventus Italy 4–1
(a.e.t)
Italy Piemonte Calcio or Piemonte F.C.
Borel Goal
Goccione Goal
Donna Goal
Brusa Goal o.g.'
F. Berardo Goal
Final

April 12, 1908
Torino Italy 2–1 Italy Juventus
Pozzi Goal
Debernardi Goal
Donna Goal

Final tournament[edit]

Semi-finals

April 19, 1908
Torino Italy 4–0 France US Parisienne
Squair Goal
Debernardi Goal
Debernardi Goal
Debernardi Goal pen.'
Third Place playoff

April 20, 1908
Juventus* Italy 4–0 France US Parisienne
Borel Goal
Borel Goal
Borel Goal
Goccione Goal

* Juventus had replaced Freiburger FC, who withdrew from the tournament.

Final

April 20, 1908
Servette FC Switzerland 3–1 Italy Torino
Nett Goal
Nett Goal
Henneberg Goal
Pozzi Goal

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