Juventina champion of Italy “An indelible emotion” – Chronicle

Juventina champion of Italy “An indelible emotion” – Chronicle
Juventina champion of Italy “An indelible emotion” – Chronicle

As a prize a week in Rome and the meeting with the Pope. It was 1951 and the legendary Juventina won the title of Italian champion of the Italian Sports Center (Csi, of Catholic inspiration). The Roman stay at the Domus Mariae and the audience with Pope Pius XII were, at the time, a beautiful recognition and much appreciated by the young Italian champions of Pontedera. But…

As a prize a week in Rome and the meeting with the Pope. It was 1951 and the legendary Juventina won the title of Italian champion of the Italian Sports Center (Csi, of Catholic inspiration). The Roman stay at the Domus Mariae and the audience with Pope Pius XII were, at the time, a beautiful recognition and much appreciated by the young Italian champions of Pontedera. But looking at it after seventy years, with the aspirations and very often the demands of today’s kids … it seems to be on another planet. Juventus Pontedera, for all Juventina, had as a spiritual assistant a young priest, Don Vasco Giuseppe Bertelli, who would later become a proposal for the city Cathedral and in 1985 bishop of Volterra.

The national final of the CSI championship was played in Turin, in the legendary Filadelfia stadium and Juventina won against Rapid Roma. “In the morning, before the game – says one of the players at the time, Angiolo Mainardi, who has lived in Prato for many years but has kept his Pontederese heart – we went to pay homage to the tombstone of the Superga Fallen of the Grande Torino. the name of Juventina and that of their city, Pontedera “. Mainardi kept the photos (above the Superga team and below a game action of the final) of that extraordinary day for him and for all his teammates. But, above all, he kept the memories intact. Indelible.

On 8 July 1951 Ghilli, Birga, Acerbi, Polidori, Nencioni, Magnani, Bettarini, Sardelli, Mainardi, Corbella, Danesi took the field in Filadelfia. Coaches were Renzo Marconcini and Vasco Puccioni. The president of the company was Dr. Emilio Zoli. It was the national president of the CSI, the international referee Generoso Dattilo, who organized the Roman holiday-prize with the Vatican. For those guys, and Pontedera, a beautiful page of history.

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