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1898 Italian Football Championship

The Italian Football Championship of 1898 was a major event in the footballing history of Italy. It was the first FIGC-endorsed league competition which is considered an official predecessor of Serie A.

It was a knock-out tournament involving three clubs from Turin and one from Genoa. All three matches were played at the Velodromo Umberto I in Turin on 8 May, over the course of the one day.[1] The winner of this first-ever season was Genoa.


  • Semi-finals 1
  • Final 2
  • Champions 3
  • References 4


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Internazionale Torino 2-1 FBC Torinese
Genoa 2-0 Ginnastica Torino


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Genoa 2-1(aet) Internazionale Torino


Italian Football Championship
1898 Winners
Genoa C.F.C.
1st Title
1 William Baird
2 Ernesto De Galleani
3 Fausto Ghigliotti
4 Edoardo Pasteur I
5 James Richardson Spensley (c)
6 Ettore Wallys Ghiglione
7 Robert Al Leaver
8 Giovanni Bocciardo
9 Henri Arthur Dapples
10 Silvio Piero Bertollo
11 John Quertier Le Pelley


  1. ^ Modena, Panini Edizioni (2005). Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004. 
  2. ^ "Le formazioni dei campioni d'Italia dal 1898 al 1915". Archived from the original on 3 September 2007. Retrieved August 2007. 

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