1921–22 Prima Divisione

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Prima Divisione
Season1921–22 (CCI)
ChampionsPro Vercelli
7th title
RelegatedVicenza
Venezia

The 1921–22 Prima Divisione season was won by Pro Vercelli.

The CCI Italian Football Championship was formed during the summer of 1921, as a result of a dispute between the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio and the main teams.

The teams asked for a reduction of the number of participants in the First Category. Vittorio Pozzo, the Italian football coach, developed a plan to accommodate the teams' requests but, after a vote, the plan did not pass: the smaller clubs feared that they would disappear if such a reduction was introduced.

This led to the creation of a new Italian football federation, the CCI (Italian Football Confederation, in Italian Confederazione Calcistica Italiana), that organized a championship concurrent with the FIGC championship.

This separation only lasted one season and the following summer, FIGC accepted the proposal to reduce the number of participants and subsequently recognized the CCI championship as an official scudetto, alongside their own 1921–22 Prima Categoria (FIGC) that ran concurrently.

The CCI winner was S.G. Pro Vercelli.

Northern League[edit]

As a private league, the Northern League was composed by the 24 richest clubs of 1920–21 Prima Categoria.

Regular season[edit]

Group winners went to the final. Under original regulations, bottom clubs went to a test-match against the two best clubs of the Second Division.

Group A[edit]

Classification[edit]
P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualifications
1. Pro Vercelli 22 17 2 3 61 14 +47 36 Qualified
2. Novara 22 12 6 4 47 19 +28 32
3. Bologna 22 11 5 6 44 22 +22 27
4. Mantova 22 11 2 9 40 34 +6 24
5. Andrea Doria 22 11 1 10 36 32 +4 23
6. Juventus 22 7 8 7 27 32 -5 22
6. Hellas Verona 22 10 2 10 29 36 -7 22
8. US Milanese 22 6 8 8 24 29 -5 20
9. Milan 22 7 4 11 29 36 -7 18
10. Livorno 22 8 3 11 23 42 -18 17 Summer extra match
11. Spezia 22 5 6 11 21 31 -10 16
12. Vicenza (R) 22 2 3 17 18 73 -55 7 Test-match
Results table[edit]
Home \ Away ADO BOL HEL JUV LIV MAN MIL NOV PRO SPE USM VIC
Andrea Doria 1–2 5–2 6–2 3–1 4–2 1–2 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 3–0
Bologna 0–1 4–1 1–1 5–0 2–0 4–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 11–1
Hellas Verona 2–0 0–2 1–2 3–0 2–1 2–1 0–4 0–1 3–2 2–1 3–1
Juventus 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–2 0–0 0–1 1–7 2–2 1–2 1–0
Livorno 3–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–5 3–2 0–2 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–1
Mantova 1–0 1–0 3–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 2–2 1–2 4–0 0–2 6–2
Milan 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–3 1–2 2–2 0–5 1–0 0–1 2–0 7–0
Novara 4–0 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–0 3–1 3–2 0–1 1–0 1–1 4–2
Pro Vercelli 3–0 4–0 3–2 1–1 5–1 5–0 5–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 10–0
Spezia 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 3–2 1–2 0–0 1–3 1–1 1–2
US Milanese 2–4 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–1 0–2 0–0 2–2 1–2 2–1 2–1
Vicenza 0–3 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–3 0–6 1–1 2–2 2–1
Source:[citation needed]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Group B[edit]

Classification[edit]
P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualifications
1. Genoa 22 16 5 1 61 13 +48 37 Qualified
2. Alessandria 22 9 10 3 41 24 +17 28
3. Pisa 22 12 3 7 53 28 +27 27
4. Modena 22 12 2 8 34 33 +1 26
5. Padova 22 10 3 9 30 36 -6 23
6. Casale 22 7 6 9 33 27 +6 20
6. Legnano 22 7 6 9 28 29 -1 20
6. Savona 22 9 2 11 28 33 -5 20
6. Torino 22 6 8 8 21 29 -8 20
10. Venezia (R) 22 7 3 12 19 45 -36 17 Summer extra match
11. Brescia 22 6 3 13 19 33 -14 15 Summer extra match
12. Internazionale 22 3 5 14 29 66 -37 11 Test-match and extra
Results table[edit]
Home \ Away ALE BRE CAS GEN INT LEG MOD PAD PIS SAV TOR VEN
Alessandria 2–2 1–1 1–1 5–0 3–1 1–0 3–1 3–0 3–0 2–0 5–2
Brescia 0–1 4–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 3–0 1–0 0–3
Casale 0–0 4–0 3–2 7–0 0–1 6–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 3–0
Genoa 2–2 1–0 5–0 2–0 2–0 7–0 7–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 7–0
Internazionale 2–2 4–3 1–3 1–4 2–2 1–2 3–4 2–2 2–0 0–1 2–0
Legnano 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–3 6–0 0–0 3–1 4–2 2–1 1–1 3–0
Modena 2–0[1] 1–0 2–1 1–1 5–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 3–0 4–1
Padova 3–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–0
Pisa 3–2 5–0 2–0 1–1 7–2 4–0 4–1 3–1 4–0 4–1 5–0
Savona 1–1 2–0[1] 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 3–1 3–0
Torino 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 3–2 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1
Venezia 2–2 2–0 1–0 1–5 1–0 1–0 0–2[2] 0–1 2–0 2–1 0–0
Source:[citation needed]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Finals[edit]

Played on May 7 and 14, 1922.
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Pro Vercelli 2-1 Genoa 0–0 2–1

Southern League[edit]

The Southern League was a separate amatorial league, still divided in five regions. The winner were Fortitudo Rome.

National Finals[edit]

Played on June 11 and 18, 1922.
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Fortitudo Roma 2-8 Pro Vercelli 0-3 2-5

Test-matches[edit]

Played on July 2, 1922.
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Derthona 3-1(*) Vicenza

(*) This match was invalidated due to a referee's technical error. The match was repeated a week later:

Played on July 9, 1922, in Legnano.
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Derthona 4-0 Vicenza

Vicenza were relegated to 1922–23 Seconda Divisione.

Internazionale received a walkover as their opponents Sport Club Nazionale Lombardia went bankrupt and disbanded.

Barrage[edit]

The CCI was very rich but it suffered the lack of international recognition by the FIFA, so an agreement with the FIGC was found. On July 9 and 16, Inter and Derthona and the other four bottom clubs of the Northern League were challenged by six FIGC’s clubs.

Venezia was the sole CCI club to be relegated to the 1922–23 Seconda Divisione following the defeat by FIGC’s Rivarolese. Spezia was re-elected when CCI’s Livorno bought and merged with its FIGC's counterpart Pro Livorno, freeing a slot.

Extra matches[edit]

After U.S. Livorno and Pro Livorno's merger, a spot in the Prima Divisione was freed and extra-rounds had to be organized.

Extra Round 1[edit]

Played on September 17, 1922.[3]
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Sestrese 1-0 Venezia
Spezia 3-0 Treviso

Extra Round 2[edit]

Played on September 24, 1922, in Reggio Emilia.
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Sestrese 1-2 Spezia

References and sources[edit]

  • Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Forfeit.
  2. ^ Decided by the CCI.
  3. ^ Libertas Firenze and Piacenza forfeited.