1944 Campionato Alta Italia

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.

QualificationsEdit

Piedmont and LiguriaEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
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

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away 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
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (in Italian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

LombardyEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
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

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away 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
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (in Italian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Tie-breaker
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Brescia   0-1(aet)   Varese

Varese advanced to the semifinals

VenetoEdit

Group AEdit

Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Venezia 12 10 0 2 43 12 +31 20 Qualified
2 Treviso 12 8 1 3 36 11 +25 16[a]
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
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ 1 point deducted?
Results
Home \ Away 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
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (in Italian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
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[a]
5 Monti Padova 10 1 1 8 12 31 −19 3
6 Sambonifacese 10 1 2 7 16 25 −9 2[b]
7 Audace San Michele 2 0 0 2 1 7 −6 0 Withdrew[c]
7 Pellizzari Arzignano 2 0 0 2 1 8 −7 0
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ 1 point deducted.[1]
  2. ^ 2 points deducted.[1]
  3. ^ Audace San Michele and Pellizzari Arzignano withdrew during the championship. All their matches were invalidated.
Results
Home \ Away ASM DAM LAN MON PEL SMB HEL VIC
Audace San Michele
DAM Valdagno 2–0 1–0 [a] 0–0 1–2
Lanerossi Schio 3–1 1–0 2–0[b] 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 0–2[b]
Hellas Verona 2-0[c] 2–0[b] 5–0 4–2 6-0[c] 2–2 3–1
Vicenza 5-1[c] 5–0 4–1 3–0 2-1[c] 4–0 2–0[b]
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (in Italian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ 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 respectively.
  2. ^ a b c d Forfeit
  3. ^ a b c d Audace San Michele and Pellizzari Arzignano withdrew during the championship. All their matches were voided.

Final roundEdit

Treviso and Vicenza withdrew before the start of the round

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

Both Venezia and Verona were admitted to the semifinals.

Friuli-Venezia GiuliaEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
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

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away 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
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (in Italian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Emilia-RomagnaEdit

Group AEdit

Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
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[a]
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ 2 points deducted
Results
Home \ Away 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
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (in Italian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Group BEdit

Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Faenza 8 4 3 1 18 7 +11 11 Qualified
1 Forlimpopoli 8 5 1 2 17 11 +6 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 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
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (in Italian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Group CEdit

Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Modena 8 6 2 0 17 6 +11 14 Qualified[a]
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
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ Carpi qualified on goal difference.
Results
Home \ Away 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
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (in Italian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Group DEdit

Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
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[a]
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ 1 point deducted
Results
Home \ Away 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
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (in Italian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

TuscanyEdit

StandingsEdit

SemifinalsEdit

Group A (Piedmont and Lombardy)Edit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
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

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away 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
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (in Italian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Group B (Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia)Edit

Verona withdrew before the start of the semifinals.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Venezia 4 2 2 0 3 0 +3 6 Qualified
2 Ampelea Isola d'Istria 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 2[a]
2 Triestina 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2[a]
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ 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.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AMP TRI VEN
Ampelea Isola d'Istria [a] 0–1
Triestina 1–2 0–0
Venezia 2–0[b] 0–0
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (in Italian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Decided by the FIGC.

Group C (Emilia-Romagna)Edit

Round 1Edit

Group AEdit
Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
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 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
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (in Italian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Group BEdit
Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 VV.FF. Spezia 6 5 0 1 14 4 +10 10 Qualified
2 Corradini Suzzara 6 2 1 3 7 10 −3 4[a]
2 Carpi 6 2 1 3 5 7 −2 4[a]
4 Modena 6 2 0 4 3 8 −5 3[a]
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c 1 point deducted
Results
Home \ Away CRP COR MOD VFS
Carpi 1–1 0–1 2–1
Corradini Suzzara 2–0[a] 2–0 2–5
Modena 0–2 2–0[a] 0–2
VV.FF. Spezia 2–0 2–0 2–0[a]
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (in Italian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Decided by the FIGC.

Round 2Edit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bologna   0-4   VV.FF. Spezia 0-2[2] 0-2[3]

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 roundEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Result
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

ResultsEdit

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

References and sourcesEdit

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

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Decided by the FIGC.
  3. ^ Forfeit.

External linksEdit