is a football (soccer) club from Italy.
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Associazione Sportiva Casale Calcio is an Football in Italy club, based in Casale Monferrato, Piedmont.
The club currently plays in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.
The team's nickname nerostellati
(the “the starred-blacks”) refers to the team’s colours of black with a white star on the heart.
When the club was founded in 1909 Casale was at the geographical centre of the new footballing movement in Italy.
Genoa CFC, Pro Vercelli, Internazionale Torino and U.S. Alessandria Calcio 1912
were all leading clubs in the Italian football league system and Casale soon joined their number.
In May 1913 Casale became the first Italian club to defeat an English professional team when they beat Reading F.C 2–1. Reading won all the other games on this tour, defeating Genoa, A.C. Milan, Pro Vercelli and even the Italy national football team.
In the following season Casale won their first and only national title. Italian football was then organized on a regional basis and the national championship was divided into three stages. Casale topped the Ligurian-Piedmontese division and proceeded, along with second-placed Genoa, to compete in a division comprising the top northern teams. (The others being Internazionale Milano F.C., Juventus F.C., Vicenza Calcio and Hellas Verona F.C..) Having won that division, Casale defeated central-southern champions Lazio 7–1, 0–2 in the two-leg final.
After World War I Casale remained in the top division for a couple of decades, representing what had been the cradle of early Football in Italy.
With the development of professionalism, Casale was progressively relegated to lower divisions, 1934 being their last year in Serie A.
Five players who appeared in the scudetto-winning team of 1913–14 played in the Italy national football team, all making their international debuts between 1912 and 1914:
- Luigi Barbesino (midfielder)
- Giovanni Gallina (attacker)
- Angelo Mattea (midfielder)
- Giuseppe Parodi (midfielder)
- Amedeo Varese (midfielder)
Casale’s biggest star, however, was the Fullback (association football) Umberto Caligaris whose career with the club ran from 1919 to 1928. During this period he made 37 appearances for the Azzurri. He represented Italy in the 1924 Summer Olympics and won a bronze medal at the 1928 Summer Olympics before leaving Casale for Juventus. His total of 59 caps stood as a record for many years.
Eraldo Monzeglio, later to represent Italy on numerous occasions, including the 1934 FIFA World Cup and 1938 FIFA World Cup World Cups, made his Serie A debut with Casale in 1924–25. The following season, however he moved to Bologna F.C. 1909.
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