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.


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 England William Baird
2 Italy Ernesto De Galleani
3 Italy Fausto Ghigliotti
4Italy Edoardo Pasteur I
5 England James Richardson Spensley (c)
6Italy Ettore Wallys Ghiglione
7England Robert Al Leaver
8Italy Giovanni Bocciardo
9Switzerland Henri Arthur Dapples
10Italy Silvio Piero Bertollo
11 Guernsey 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". BatsWeb.com. Archived from the original on 3 September 2007. Retrieved 4 August 2016.

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