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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

VATICAN CITY: HONOURS-LIST

The twenty-eighth edition of the Vatican City's league championship is currently in full swing, but the very first championship, the Coppa Amicizia, was held in 1973; seven teams - Governatorato, Musei Vaticani, Astor Osservatore Romano, Radio Vaticana, Sampietrini, Tipografia Poliglotta and Vigilanza - took part, with Astor Osservatore Romano finishing as champions and Governatorato as runners-up.

The country's league championship has been known as the Campionato Calcio Vaticano - or just the Campionato Vaticano - since it was rejigged and expanded in 1981. Dirseco have won the most championships (seven), but have not competed since their last triumph in 2012. San Pietro won the 2013 and 2014 editions, but disappeared at the end of the 2015 season. Musei Vaticani are the current holders of the Campionato Calcio Vaticano, having won it for only the second time last season; it was their first championship success in more than thirty years.

They also hold the Coppa Sergio Valci, which is more commonly known as the Coppa Vaticana and was posthumously re-named after the former president of the Attività Calcistica Dipendenti Vaticani (the Vatican FA) who died in late 2012. Dirseco are the most successful team in the history of cup competition in the Vatican, having won it five times.

They have also won the Supercoppa, which was introduced in 2007, twice. Cirioni AS were the first winners of the tournament, but have seemingly disappeared into oblivion.

The Clericus Cup, a competition involving teams representing various seminaries in the Rome area, also saw the light of day in 2007, and is regarded by many in the media and the general public as being the Vatican's equivalent of the FA Cup. However, this is erroneous as the competition is held under the control of the Italian Sports Confederation and not the ACDV.

Please find below the honours lists for all three competitions held under the aegis of the ACDV: the Campionato Calcio Vaticano and the Supercoppa Vaticana.

COPPA AMICIZIA


1973 Astor Osservatore Romano
1974 Fortitudo Governatorato
1975-78 NOT PLAYED
1979 Astor Osservatore Romano
1980 NOT PLAYED 


CAMPIONATO CALCIO VATICANO

1981 Malepeggio Edilizia 
1982 Astor Osservatore Romano
1983 Hermes Musei Vaticani
1984 Virtus Vigilanza
1985 Telepost
1986 Telepost
1987 Tipografia Osservatore Romano
1988 Servizi Tecnici
1989 Ariete APSA
1990 Servizi Economici
1991 Associazione SS Pietro e Paolo
1992 Dirseco
1993 Dirseco
1994 Dirseco
1995 Dirseco
1996-2006 NOT PLAYED
2007 Cirioni AS*
2008 Associazione SS Pietro e Paolo
2009 Gendarmeria
2010 Dirseco
2011 Dirseco
2012 Dirseco
2013 San Pietro
2014 San Pietro
2015 Musei Vaticani


COPPA VATICANA (COPPA SERGIO VALCI)

1985 Telepost
1986 Hermes Musei Vaticani
1987 Autoparco
1988 Servizi Tecnici
1989 Telepost
1990 Telepost
1991 Servizi Tecnici
1992 Dirseco
1993 Dirseco
1994 Dirseco
1995 Telepost
1996-2006 NOT PLAYED
2007 Pantheon SD
2008 Hermes SS
2009 Hermes SS
2010 Dirseco 
2011 Telefoni SCV
2012 Dirseco
2013 Fortitudo 2007
2014 San Pietro
2015 Musei Vaticani


SUPERCOPPA VATICANA

2007 Pantheon SD
2008 Hermes SS
2009 Hermes SS
2010 Dirseco
2011 NOT KNOWN
2012 Dirseco
2013 San Pietro**
2014 San Pietro
2015 Santos

*NOTE: Cirioni AS won the 2007 league championship by defeating Pantheon SD 1:0 in the final; it would seem, however, that the competition was played on a knockout basis, as the final classification was given thus:

1 Cirioni AS; 2 Pantheon SD; =3 Hermes SS, New Team;'=5 Ass. SS P&P, Gendarmeria, Omnia UM, Theorema FC

** NOTE: As mentioned in the review of the 2013 league championship season, which was published in July 2014, San Pietro defeated Fortitudo 2007 2:1 in the 2013 Supercoppa (held on 10/6/13).

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AUTHOR'S NOTE: Information was gleaned from a number of sources, such as the RSSSF website, "Io Sport In Vaticano" (published in 2011) and this blog's archives. 

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