Football Catania

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December 6, 2021

Calcio Catania S.p.A., better known as Catania, is an Italian football club based in the city of Catania. He plays in Serie C, third division of the Italian football championship. In 1953-1954 the club was promoted for the first time to Serie A, a category in which it played 17 championships, obtaining eighth place as best place in 1960-1961, 1963-1964, 1964-1965 and 2012-2013. Catania is in 23rd place in the perpetual classification of Serie A and in 14th place in the perpetual classification of Serie B. By sporting tradition it is the fifth most important team in the South and, with about 600,000 fans, the 12th most followed team in Italy. Italy. He has won a First Division championship, a Serie B championship and six Serie C championships. Other notable results are the final of the 1964 Alpine Cup and the semifinal of the 2007-2008 Italian Cup. It was one of the eight clubs that represented the FIGC in the 1960 Alpine Cup won by the Italian Federation.

History

Catania football before professionalism

The first sports club in the province of Catania was founded on 19 June 1908 with the name Sports Association for Physical Education; the football section in 1910 was constituted as the Catanese Sports Union, which in that period participated in the first amateur tournaments. After the First World War, in the twenties the official championships began: the leading city formations were the reconstituted U.S. Catanese and Juventus Catania F.C. In 1920 the Catanese participated in the only edition of the Sicilian Federal Cup and in 1928-29 won the Catanese Championship.

From the foundation to the 1940s

In 1929, with the advent of professionalism in football, the foundation of the Catania Sports Society took place, born from the merger of various football clubs from the suppressed Catania Championship, including the U.S. Catanese and Juventus Catania F.C. The team started from the Second Division championship in the 1929-1930 football season; admitted to the First Division the following season, she won the 1933-1934 championship and obtained her first arrival in Serie B. In her first championship among the cadets, the team came third in the standings, fighting until the end for promotion to Serie A. With the war the club was dissolved and on 24 September 1946 the new club was founded, which, having restarted from Serie C, returned to Serie B in three years.

The 1950s-1960s

In Serie B Catania played first level championships; in the 1952-1953 season Catania touched the promotion to the top flight, which came the following season. However, the redazzurri's stay in Serie A lasted just one season. Several B championships followed; the 1956-57 season was significant, in which Catania touched the promotion losing it only on the last day. The return to Serie A took place in the 1959-60 season after achieving third place. Between 1960 and 1966 Catania played six consecutive seasons in the top flight, obtaining eighth place three times: the first in particular - where he finished second in the first round - was that of the Clamoroso at Cibali !, where the result of Cibali prevented Inter from being able to become Serie A Champion 1960-1961. In his six years in the top flight, Catania stood out for other victories of absolute prestige, such as those at home against Milan for 4-3 in 1960-61, against Juventus for 2-0 in 1961-1962, and for 0-1 in Turin the following year. In this period they can also boast three participations in the Coppa delle Alpi, which took place in the years 1960 (won), 1964 (where he reached the final) and 1966, and two in the Italian-French Friendship Cup, in 1962 and 1963. However , in the 1965-1966 season Catania, despite some exploits such as the victories over Inter - champion of Italy and holder of the Champions Cup and Intercontinental Cup -

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