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1908 Italian Football Championship

In this season were played two championships of Prima Categoria:

  1. the federal championship, won by Juventus (later not recognized by FIGC)
  2. the Italian championship, won by Pro Vercelli (the only title recognized as "scudetto")

The reasons of this "schism" were the fact the FIF (later FIGC, the Italian Football Association) wanted to exclude foreign players from Italian championship. So FIF decided to organize two championships: Campionato Federale (where also foreign players were admitted) and Campionato Italiano (where only Italian players were admitted). The winner of the Federal Championship would have won the Coppa Spensley (Spensley Cup) and the winner of the Italian Championship would have won the Coppa Buni. Milan, Genoa and Torino withdrew from Italian and Federal Championship in order to protest against the autarchical policy of FIF.

The winner of the Federal Championship was Juventus.

The winner of the Italian championship of Prima Categoria was S.G. Pro Vercelli.


  • Federal Championship 1
  • Italian Championship 2
    • Qualifications 2.1
      • Piedmont 2.1.1
      • Liguria 2.1.2
      • Lombardy 2.1.3
  • Final round 3
    • Final classification 3.1
    • Results 3.2
  • Champion 4
  • References and sources 5

Federal Championship

Genoa and Torino didn't enter in the competition. Milan withdrew from the tournament on January 1, 1908, in order to protest against FIF.


Played on January 19 and February 23
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
A. Doria 1-3 Juventus 0-3 1-0
Pos Team Pld Won Drw Lst Pts GF GA GD Notes
1 Juventus 2 1 0 1 2 3 1 +2 Champions
After playoff.
2 Andrea Doria 2 1 0 1 2 1 3 -2 Second place
After playoff.
N/A Milan - - - - - - - - Withdrew.
Playoff (Turin, March 16)
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Juventus 2-2 A. Doria

Cancelled and repeated for a mistake made by the referee during the match

Playoff (Torino, May 10)
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Juventus 5-1 A. Doria
  • Juventus Federal Champions

Juventus didn't receive Coppa Spensley as prize because Milan, the club who won the Cup in 1906 and 1907, refused to give the Cup to Juventus and gave it to Spensley and Genoa in order to protest against FIF. In the Federal Assembly of 1908 FIF decided to assign permanently Spensley Cup to Milan. The federal title won by Juventus isn't currently recognized by FIGC as "scudetto".

Italian Championship



Played on March 1 and 8
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Pro Vercelli 3-1 Juventus 1-1 2-0


Andrea Doria was the only registered team.


U.S. Milanese was the only registered team.

Final round

Final classification

Pos Team Pld Won Drw Lst Pts GF GA GD Notes
1 Pro Vercelli 4 2 2 0 6 4 2 +2 Champions
2 U.S. Milanese 4 2 1 1 5 7 3 +4
3 Andrea Doria 4 0 1 3 1 4 10 -6


Team 1  Score  Team 2
U.S. Milanese 5-1 Andrea Doria
Pro Vercelli 0-0 U.S. Milanese
1-2 Pro Vercelli
Pro Vercelli 1-1 Andrea Doria
U.S. Milanese 0-1 Pro Vercelli
1-2 U.S. Milanese


Italian Football Championship
1908 Winners
S.G. Pro Vercelli
1st Title

Pro Vercelli

References and sources

  • Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005
  • Carlo Chiesa, La grande storia del calcio italiano, 2nd episode: Juve, scippati due titoli! Inter, l'atroce beffa (1908-1910, pp. 17–32, Guerin Sportivo #5 (May 2012).
  • Online digitalized Archive of newspaper La Stampa of Turin.
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