Torneo Internazionale Stampa Sportiva

The Torneo Internazionale Stampa Sportiva (English: The Sport Press International Tournament) was an early international football (soccer) competitions. Held in 1908, it predated the more famous Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy by a year.

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.

ResultsEdit

Pre-Qualifying (  Italy only)Edit

Semi-finals
Juventus  4–1
(a.e.t)
  Piemonte
Borel  
Goccione  
Donna  
Brusa   o.g.'
F. Berardo  
Torino  2–1  F.C. Ausonia Milano
Final
Torino  2–1  Juventus
Pozzi  
Debernardi  
Donna  

Final tournamentEdit

Semi-finals
Servette FC  5–3  Freiburger FC
Torino  4–0  US Parisienne
Squair  
Debernardi  
Debernardi  
Debernardi   pen.'
Third Place playoff
Juventus*  4–0  US Parisienne
Borel  
Borel  
Borel  
Goccione  

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

Final
Servette FC  3–1  Torino
Nett  
Nett  
Henneberg  
Pozzi  

The Italian football authorities whilst pleased with the tournament, were aware that the absence of an English team, made the tournament not truly 'International'. Thomas Lipton agreed and in a gesture of thanks to the Italians who had honoured him, he donated the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy. He himself told them that he would organise an English team to participate in the next competition, that was held in 1909. Lipton wanted a team from the Northern League in England to come over to Turin and his decision led to the participation of West Auckland Football Club from Country Durham in the 1909 and 1911 Tournaments. The full story of this is fascinating and the achievement of a team of miners in winning both these tournments is truly an historic and amazing one. The West Auckland Club itself would experience a heavy penalty for their participation in the Turin tournaments but the pride of this small County Durham village, West Auckland, has kept the club alive and a statue to their success stands in the centre of their village today.

ReferencesEdit

  • "Torneo Internazionale Stampa Sportiva 1908 (Torino)". RSSSF.
  • 'The Miners' Triumph, The First English World Cup Win in Football History' Martin Connolly, ISBN 9780957465152
  • "Our Cup of Tea (A project of Robert Kilburn and Dubai based company Moving Adverts)".