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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Historical Analysis of Italy vs. USA from 1934 to 2012 at the Senior Level


1. Historic Facts
2. American-Born Players at Serie A Clubs in Recent Times
3. Italian Players Who Have Played in Major League Soccer
4. A Homecoming for US Manager, Jurgen Klinsmann
5. The Record of Jurgen Klinsmann as a Player and Manager Against Italy
6. Special Exclusion for the Azzurri
7. Historical Compilation of Games
8. Historical Trivia About the 1934 US World Cup Team
9. References

10. Related Articles

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The Azzurri faced the USA from Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa on 29 February 2012 for the 11th meeting between the two countries. This was the first meeting between the two teams since the 2009 Confederations Cup group round match in South Africa. The two countries have a rich history that dates back to the 1934 World Cup in Italy.

1. Historic Facts

  • According to the respected Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, or RSSSF, the two teams have met 11 times at the senior level (Olympic results were counted as full internationals between 1936 and 1952 in this particular analysis).
  • Eight of the games have been competitive.
  • The teams have met three times in the World Cup (1934, 1990 and 2006), three times in the Olympic Games as senior internationals (1936, 1948 and 1952), once in the US Cup (1992) and once in the Confederations Cup (2009), respectively.
  • Three of the games have been friendlies: 1984, 2002 and 2012, respectively.
  • Italy has won seven games, drawn three and lost one.
  • Italy has outscored the USA 32-5.
  • The USA has faced Italy three times when the Azzurri were the reigning World Cup champions: 1936, 1984 and 2009, respectively.
  • Italy has faced the USA more times (3) at the World Cup than against either England (1) or Spain (2).
  • Two games occurred at the modern Olympic Games (1984 and 1992) that were not counted as senior internationals by RSSSF. Italy won both games (0-1 and 2-1).
  • One game occurred between an American select team with foreign stars (Giorgio Chinaglia of Italy, Bobby Moore of England and Pelé of Brazil) called "Team America," in May 1976.
    "This match in 1976 involved a team of players active in the US league (NASL) - mostly aging foreigners and only a few USA nationals. The Italian FA insists it is an official international." (1)

  • Italy outscored the Team America selection, 0-4.
2. American-Born Players at Italian Serie A Clubs in Recent Times (in chronological order of their appearance in Italy)

  • Alexi Lalas: Padova. Giuseppe Rossi: Parma. Gabriel Ferrari: Sampdoria.
  • Oguchi Onyewu: AC Milan. Michael Bradley: Chievo Verona and AS Roma.
3. Italian Players Who Have Played in Major League Soccer
  • Nicola Caricola and Roberto Donadoni: MetroStars.
  • Giuseppe Galderisi and Walter Zenga: New England Revolution. (Zenga was also a head coach with the Revolution).
  • Marco Di Vaio, Matteo Ferrari and Alessandro Nesta: Montreal Impact.
  • All but Caricola were capped at the senior level for the Italian national team.
4. A Homecoming for US Manager, Jurgen Klinsmann

The Genoa friendly is a homecoming for US manager, Jurgen Klinsmann. He played between 1997 and 1998 with Sampdoria of Genoa at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. Before that spell, Klinsmann played from 1989 to 1992 with Internazionale Milano winning the UEFA Cup in 1991.

Jurgen Klinsmann in Action with Internazionale Milano

5. The Record of Jurgen Klinsmann as a Player and Manager vs. Italy
  • Trivia: West Germany/Germany have never defeated Italy in a competitive match.
  • As a Manager: 1 win and 2 losses in 3 games. (Two friendlies and one competitive game).
Genoa (Stadio "Luigi Ferraris") - Wednesday, 29 February 2012 - h. 20:45
ITALY - USA 0-1 (Friendly)
USA: Tr. Jurgen Klinsmann.

Dortmund ("Westfalenstadion") – Tuesday, 4 July 2006 – h. 21.00
GERMANY – ITALY 0-2 a.e.t. (0-0, 0-0, 0-0) IX FIFA World Cup (Final Phase, Semifinal)
GERMANY: Tr. Jurgen Klinsmann.

Firenze (Stadio "Artemio Franchi") – Wednesday, 1 March 2006 – h. 21.00

ITALY – GERMANY 4-1 (3-0) Friendly
Jurgen Klinsmann.

Courtesy of Maurizio Mariani, Roberto Di Maggio and RSSSF.

  • As a Player: 1 win, 2 draws, 1 loss, and he scored two goals. (Two competitive games and two friendlies).
Manchester (Old Trafford Stadium) - Wednesday, 19 June 1996 - h. 19,30
ITALIA - GERMANY 0-0 VIII European Championship of Nations "X Henri Delaunay Cup" (Final Phase, Group C, 3rd Match)

GERMANY: Köpke, Strunz, Freund, Sammer, Helmer, Ziege, Hässler, Eilts, Möller (89' Bode), Klinsmann (cap.), Bobic.
Coach: B. Vogts. Subs bench: Kahn, Reck, Reuter, Scholl, Kuntz, Schneider, Bierhoff.

Note: 8' Zola missed a penalty. 60' Strunz sent off.

Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion) - Wednesday, 23 March 1994 - h. 20,30
GERMANY - ITALIA 2-1 (1-1) Friendly

GERMANY: Illgner, Strunz, Brehme, Kohler (73' Berthold), Effenberg, Buchwald, Möller, Hässler (78' Basler), Klinsmann, Matthäus (cap.), Sammer.
Coach: B. Vogts. Subs bench: Köpke, Thom, Helmer, Gaudino, Ziege, Scholl, Wörns.

Scorers: 44' D. Baggio (I), 45' and 47' Klinsmann.
Torino (Stadio "Delle Alpi") - Wednesday, 25 March 1992 - h. 20,30
ITALIA - GERMANY 1-0 (0-0) Friendly

GERMANY: Illgner, Reuter, Brehme, (46' Schulz), Helmer, Binz, Buchwald, Doll (69' Bein), Hässler, Völler (46' Klinsmann), Matthäus (cap.), Riedle.
Coach: B. Vogts. Subs bench: Köpke, Kuntz, Schupp.

Scorer: 86' Baggio pen.
Düsseldorf (Rheinstadion) - Friday, 10 June 1988 - h. 20,15
WEST GERMANY - ITALIA 1-1 (0-0) IV European Championship of Nations "VI Henri Delaunay Cup" (Final Phase, Group 1, 1st Match)

WEST GERMANY: Immel, Kohler, Brehme (76' Borowka), Berthold, Buchwald, Herget, Littbarski, Matthäus (cap.), Völler (82' Eckstein), Thon, Klinsmann.
Coach: F. Beckenbauer. Subs bench: Illgner, Rolff, Wuttke.

Scorers: 52' Mancini (I), 56' Brehme

Courtesy of Maurizio Mariani, Roberto Di Maggio and RSSSF.

6. Special Exclusion for the Azzurri

Azzurri manager, Cesare Prandelli has a strict ethical code (he will not call-up players who have been disciplined and/or banned at the club level). Mario Balotelli, who has been banned from the Azzurri set-up in the past, was not spared this time after his recent four-match ban in the Premiership.

"Vedo Balotelli ancora un po’ agitato. Quando dico che dobbiamo arrivare agli Europei preparati, intendo che non voglio arrivare con una squadra che non sa gestire tensioni e provocazioni. Quindi abbiamo qualche mese di tempo per fare le nostre riflessioni". (2)

"I see Balotelli as still a little agitated. When I say that we must arrive at Euro 2012 as prepared, I mean that I don't want to arrive with a team that does not know how to manage tension and provocations. Therefore, we have a few months to make up our minds." --- Cesare Prandelli

7. Historical Compilation of Games

Please Note:

The numbers next to the Italian names are international appearances (caps) as of that date.

29 February 2012: Italy 0 - USA 1 from Stadio Luigi Ferraris (Marassi) in Genoa, Italy.

  • US Roster

    : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).

    Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg-out due to hamstring injury), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).

    Midfielders: Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04-out due to calf injury), Jose Torres (Pachuca-out due to hamstring), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim).

    Forwards: Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy-out due to bronchitis).

    Injury updates and roster additions according to Soccer Insider, Steve Goff:

    Additions: Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (FC Dallas).

    Comments by Jurgen Klinsmann

    “We’re looking forward to having all the European-based players back in the roster and picking up where we left off with them from the Slovenia game. I’m excited about getting everybody together and challenging a world-class team like former World Cup winner Italy on their home soil. I think we have put a very competitive roster together. This roster was co-developed with the U-23 team because we wanted them to have a great preparation game before they go into Olympic qualifying in March. Our roster is highly competitive and ready to give them a real fight."

    Italy Roster

    Portieri/Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris St. Germain), Emiliano Viviano (Palermo).

    Difensori/Defenders: Ignazio Abate (Milan), Davide Astori (Cagliari), Federico Balzaretti (Palermo), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Zenit St. Petersburg), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Angelo Ogbonna (Torino-Serie B).

    Centrocampisti/Midfielders: Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Thiago Motta (Paris St. Germain), Antonio Nocerino (Milan), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus).

    Attaccanti/Strikers: Fabio Borini (Roma-first call-up), Sebastian Giovinco (Parma), Alessandro Matri (Juventus), Giampaolo Pazzini (Inter). (4)
  • Landon Donovan of the USA and Gianluigi Buffon of Italy are the only members of their respective teams who featured at the last friendly in Italy on 13 February 2002 from Catania, Sicily. Donovan started and Buffon was a reserve keeper.
  • Gigi Buffon had an interesting prediction last week about his future:

    «Dove ho finito di giocare? A livello proprio agonistico nella Juve, però insomma anche gli ultimi due anni in America e l'ultimo in Cina sono stati delle esperienze di vita molto importanti. Da quanto ho smesso di giocare? Ormai sono passati trentatre anni, avevo quarant'anni quando ho smesso». (5)

  • "Where will I finish playing? At the highest playing level with Juventus. But also the last two years in America and the last one in China would be very important life experiences. When will I hang up my boots? I've already passed 33 years of age. I'll be 40 when I've quit."

15 June 2009: Italy 3 - USA 1: Confederations Cup in Pretoria, South Africa.

Pretoria ("Loftus Versfeld") – Monday, 15 June 2009 – h. 20.30

ITALY – U.S.A. 3-1 (0-1) FIFA Confederations Cup (Group B, 1st Match)

ITALY: Buffon (Juventus) 93, Zambrotta (Milan) 85, Legrottaglie (Juventus) 14, Chiellini (Juventus) 19, Grosso (Lyon) 43, Gattuso (Milan) 68 (57' G. Rossi
(Villarreal) 6), De Rossi (Roma) 46, Pirlo (Milan) 57, Camoranesi (Juventus)
45 (57' Montolivo (Fiorentina) 7), Gilardino (Fiorentina) 33 (69' Toni
(Bayern Monaco) 45), Iaquinta (Juventus) 29.
Subs bench: Amelia, De Sanctis, Santon, Gamberini, Dossena, Palombo, Pepe, Quagliarella.
Tr.: Lippi

U.S.A.: Howard, Spector, DeMerit, Onyewu, Bornstein (86' Kljestan), Feilhaber (73' Beasley), Bradley M., Clark, Dempsey, Donovan, Altidore (66' Davies).
Subs bench: Guzan, Robles, Wynne, Bocanegra, Calif, Adu, Torres Mezzel, Pearce, Casey.
Tr.: Bradley B.

Referee: Pozo (Chile)

Scorers: 41' Donovan pen., 58' G. Rossi, 72' De Rossi, 94' G. Rossi

Attendance: 35.000
Note: 33' Clark sent off

Courtesy of Maurizio Mariani, Roberto Di Maggio and RSSSF.

17 June 2006: Italy 1 - USA 1: World Cup in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Kaiserslautern ("Fritz Walter Stadion") – Saturday, 17 June 2006 – h. 21.00

ITALY – U.S.A. 1-1 (1-1) IX FIFA World Cup (Final Phase, Group E, 2st Match)

ITALY: Buffon (Juventus) 62, Zaccardo (Palermo) 14 (53' Del Piero (Juventus) 76), Nesta (Milan) 76, Cannavaro I (Juventus) 95, Zambrotta (Juventus) 53,
Perrotta (Roma) 26, Pirlo (Milan) 26, De Rossi (Roma) 19, Totti (Roma) 53
(35' Gattuso (Milan) 42), Toni (Fiorentina) 20 (60' Iaquinta (Udinese) 14),
Gilardino (Milan) 17.
Subs bench: Peruzzi, Amelia, Oddo, Barzagli, Materazzi, Grosso, Barone, Camoranesi, Inzaghi.
Tr.: Marcello Lippi

U.S.A.: Keller, Cherundolo, Pope, Onyewu, Bocanegra, Dempsey (62' Beasley),
Mastroeni, Reyna, Convey (50' Conrad), Donovan, McBride.
Subs bench: Howard, Hahnemann, Albright, Lewis, Berhalter, O’Brien, Olsen, Ching, Wolff, Johnson.
Tr.: Bruce Arena

Referee: Larrionda (Uruguay)

Scorers: 22' Gilardino, 26' og. Zaccardo
Attendance: 46.000

Note: 27' De Rossi sent off, 45' Mastroeni sent off, 47' Pope sent off

Courtesy of Maurizio Mariani, Roberto Di Maggio and RSSSF.

13 February 2002: Italy 1 - USA 0: Friendly in Catania, Sicily.

Catania (Stadio Cibali) - Wednesday, 13 February 2002

ITALIA - U.S.A. 1-0 (0-0) Friendly

ITALIA: Toldo (Inter) 20, Cannavaro (Parma) 55 (cap.) (37' Sartor (Parma)
1), Materazzi (Inter) 5, Iuliano (Juventus) 14, Asta (Torino) 1 (46'
Zambrotta (Juventus) 20), Tommasi (Roma) 11 (75' Gattuso (Milan)
10), Zanetti (Inter) 2, Coco (Barcelona) 11, Totti (Roma) 28 (46'
Doni (Atalanta) 2), Vieri I (Inter) 23 (46' Marazzina (Chievo
Verona) 1), Di Vaio (Parma) 2 (46' Del Piero (Juventus) 47)
Coach: G. Trapattoni.
Subs bench: Buffon (Juventus), Bonera (Brescia),
Tacchinardi II (Juventus), Pessotto (Juventus), Di Livio (Fiorentina).

U.S.A.: Friedel, Agoos, Berhalter, Regis, Armas, O' Brien, Reyna (80'
Lewis), Sanneh (59' Hejduk), Stewart, Donovan (64' Wolff), Moore
(78' Kirovski)
Coach: Arena.
Subs bench: Keller, Jones, Lewis, Mastroeni.

Referee: Attard (Malta).

Scorer: 63' Del Piero.
Attendance: 30,000

Courtesy of Maurizio Mariani, Roberto Di Maggio and RSSSF.

24 July 1992: Italy 2 - USA 1: 1992 Barcelona Olympics

RSSSF did not include this game in their historic compilation as a senior international.

6 June 1992: USA 1 - Italy 1: US Cup in Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago (Soldier Field) - Saturday, 6 June 1992 - h. 21,00

U.S.A. - ITALIA 1-1 (1-1) U.S. Cup '92 (3rd match)

U.S.A.: Meola (cap.), Caligiuri, Dooley, Quinn, Doyle, Balboa, Ramos (87'
Michalik), Harkes, Wegerle, Murray, (46' Clavijo), Perez (85'
Coach: B. Milutinovic.
Subs bench: Keller, Kinnear, Vermes, Ibsen, Armstrong, Chung, Henderson.

ITALIA: Marchegiani (Torino) 1, Mannini (Sampdoria) 5, P. Maldini (Milan)
40, Galia (Juventus) 3 (65' Fusi (Torino) 8), Ferri II (Inter) 45
(46' Di Chiara (Parma) 2), Baresi II (Milan) 63 (cap.), Bianchi
(Inter) 5 (74' Lombardo (Sampdoria) 8), Donadoni (Milan) 41,
Casiraghi (Juventus) 7, Baggio I (Juventus) 22 (74' Vialli
(Sampdoria) 56), Signori (Foggia) 3.
Coach: A. Sacchi.
Subs bench: Zenga (Inter), Carboni (Roma), Venturin (Torino), Mancini (Sampdoria).

Referee: Vargas Gonzales (Costa Rica).

Scorers: 2' Baggio I (I), 23' Harkes.

Attendance: 20,000

Courtesy of Maurizio Mariani, Roberto Di Maggio and RSSSF.

14 June 1990: Italy 1 - USA 0: World Cup in Rome, Italy.

Roberto Donadoni from the video:

"It wasn't a great game. I believe that the Americans are lovers of a great spectacle because they did very little. But they made things difficult for us in what could have been a good game. You also need to concentrate at certain times."

Roma (Stadio Olimpico) - Thursday, 14 June 1990 - h. 21,00

ITALIA - U.S.A. 1-0 (1-0) V FIFA World Cup (Final Phase, First Round, Group A, 2nd Match)

ITALIA: Zenga (Inter) 37, Bergomi (Inter) 67 (cap.), Maldini (Milan) 21,
Baresi II (Milan) 41, Ferri II (Inter) 31, Berti (Inter) 12,
Donadoni (Milan) 31, De Napoli (Napoli) 40, Vialli (Sampdoria) 44,
Giannini (Roma) 36, Carnevale I (Napoli) 10 (52' Schillaci
(Juventus) 3).
Coach: A. Vicini.
Subs bench: Tacconi (Juventus), De Agostini (Juventus), Vierchowod (Sampdoria), Baggio (Fiorentina).

U.S.A.: Meola, Doyle, Banks (82' Stollmeyer), Windischmann (cap.),
Armstrong, Balboa, Caligiuri, Ramos, Vermes, Harkes, Murray (84'
Coach: B. Gansler.
Subs bench: Keller, Trittschuh, Bliss.

Referee: Codesal (Mexico).

Scorer: 11' Giannini

Attendance: 75,000 (73,423 buyers)

Note: 33' Vialli missed a penalty.

Courtesy of Maurizio Mariani and RSSSF.

30 May 1984: USA 0 - Italy 0: Friendly in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

31 July 1984: USA 0 - Italy 1
: 1994 Olympics in Los Angeles

This was a video of the USA vs. Italy (0-1) match at the 1984
Los Angeles Olympics.
RSSSF did not include this game in their
historic compilation.

New York (Meadowlands, "Giants Stadium") - Wednesday, 30 May 1984 - h. 21,00

U.S.A. - ITALIA 0-0 Friendly

U.S.A.: Brcic, Canter, Durgan (cap.), Di Bernardo, Kapp (69' Crow), Thompson, Parkinson (80' Glenn), Green (65' Van Der Beck), Comrie (46' Fox), Moyers, Perez (70' Peterson).
Coach: A. Panagulias.
Subs bench: Mausser, Tambi, Borja, Hooker.

ITALIA: Galli (Fiorentina) 7, Bergomi (Inter) 16 (73' Collovati (Inter) 43),
Vierchowod (Sampdoria) 12, Tardelli (Juventus) 73 (cap.), Baresi II
(Milan) 9 (59' Dossena (Torino) 23), Scirea (Juventus) 65, Fanna
(Verona) 7, Bagni (Inter) 13 (41' Sabato (Inter) 3), Giordano
(Lazio) 10 (46' Mancini (Sampdoria) 2), Battistini (Milan) 4 (65'
Massaro (Fiorentina) 4), Altobelli (Inter) 26.
Coach: E. Bearzot.
Subs bench: Bordon (Sampdoria), Gentile (Juventus).

Referee: Dorantes (Mexico).

Attendance: 35,000 (31,210 buyers).

Courtesy of Maurizio Mariani and RSSSF.

23 May 1976: Team America 0 - Italy 4: Bicentennial Cup in Washington, D.C.

Pelé and Romeo Bonetti in action at RFK
Giachinto Facchetti, the Italian
captain, is in the background on the right side.

Photo: Blog do Boleiro.

Washington ("Robert Kennedy" Stadium) - Sunday, 23 May 1976 - h. 13,00

U.S.A. ALL STAR - ITALIA 0-4 (0-2) U.S.A. Bicentennial Tournament (1st match)

U.S.A. ALL STAR: Rigby (USA), Smith (USA), Chandler (USA), Eddy (England), Jump (England), Moore (England), Scullion (Scotland) (72' Mifflin (Peru), 80' Skotarek (USA)), Clements (Northern Ireland), Chinaglia (Italy), Pelé (Brazil) (cap.), Kovalik (Poland) (50' David Trinidad and Tobago).
Coach: K. Furphy.
Subs bench: Martin (Scotland), Trikovic (USA).

ITALIA: Zoff (Juventus) 47, Tardelli (Juventus) 2, Rocca (Roma) 12, Benetti
II (Milan) 26, Bellugi (Bologna) 15, Facchetti (Inter) 85 (cap.), Causio (Juventus) 19 (67' C. Sala (Torino) 4), F. Capello (Juventus) 25, Graziani (Torino) 6, Antognoni (Fiorentina) 11 (67' Zaccarelli (Torino) 3), P. Pulici (Torino) 9 (62' Bettega (Juventus) 3).
Technical Director: F. Bernardini.
Trainer: E. Bearzot.
Subs bench: Castellini (Torino), Roggi (Fiorentina).

Referee: Hungerbühler (Switzerland).

Scorers: 15' F. Capello, 22' P. Pulici pen., 72' Graziani, 84' Rocca

Attendance: 33,455
Note: 50th win away!

Courtesy of Maurizio Mariani and RSSSF.

16 July 1952: Italy 8 - USA 0: Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland.

Some rare footage of Italy vs. the great Hungarian team of Ferenc Puskas
at the
1952 Helsinki Olympics who were the eventual gold medalists.

Tampere (Stadion) - Wednesday, 16 July 1952 - h. 19,00

ITALIA - U.S.A. 8-0 (3-0) XV Olympic Games (First Round)

ITALIA: Bugatti (Spal) 1, Rota (Atalanta) 1, Corradi (Juventus) 1, M. Neri
(Inter) 3, Cadè I (Atalanta) 1, Venturi (Roma) 3, A. Mariani
(Udinese) 1, Pandolfini (Fiorentina) 6 (cap.), La Rosa (Pro Patria)
1, Gimona (Palermo) 2, Fontanesi (Spal) 1.
Coach: C. Beretta.
Trainer: G. Meazza.

U.S.A.: Burkhard, Schaller, Keough (cap.), Sheppel, Colombo, McHugh,
Monsen, J. Souza, Surock, Mendoza, Cook.
Coach: Wood.

Referee: Ellis (England).

Scorers: 3' Gimona, 16' Pandolfini, 27' Venturi, 50' Gimona, 51' Fontanesi,
61' Pandolfini, 75' Gimona, 87' A. Mariani

Attendance: 10,000

Courtesy of Maurizio Mariani and RSSSF.

2 August 1948: Italy 9 - USA 0: Olympic Games in London, England.

Amateur newsreel of the 1948 London Olympics opening ceremony.

Brentford (Griffin Park) - Monday, 2 August 1948 - h. 18,30

ITALIA - U.S.A. 9-0 (2-0) XIV Olympic Games (First Round)

ITALIA: Casari (Atalanta) 1, G. Giovannini (Bologna) 1, Stellin (Genoa) 1,
Presca (Triestina) 1, M. Neri (Modena) 1 (cap.), Mari (Atalanta) 1,
Caviglioli (Pro Patria) 1, Turconi II (Pro Patria) 1, Pernigo
(Modena) 1, V. Cassani (Modena) 1, Caprile (Legnano) 1.
Coach: V. Pozzo.

U.S.A.: Strimel, Costa (cap.), Martin, Colombo, Ferreira, Bahr, Beckham,
J.B. Souza, Bertani, McLaughlin, E. Souza.
Coach: W. Glieser.

Referee: Delasalle (France).

Scorers: 2' Pernigo, 25 Stellin pen., 46' Turconi II, 57' Pernigo,
72' and 87' Caviglioli, 88' Pernigo, 89' Caprile, 90' Pernigo

Attendance: 20,000
Note: All players are at first match (debut) like in Berlin 1936.

Courtesy of Maurizio Mariani and RSSSF.
  • Note: A "Beckham" played for the USA vs. Italy on this day as did Walter Bahr, an American soccer legend who was on the 1950 World Cup team.

3 August 1936: Italy 1 - USA 0: Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany.

Berlin (Post-Stadion) – Monday, 3 August 1936 – h. 15,00

IOC newsreel of the 1936 Berlin Olympics opening ceremony.

ITALIA – U.S.A. 1-0 (0-0) XI Olympic Games (First Round)

ITALIA: Venturini (Sampierdarenese) 1, Foni (Juventus) 1, Rava (Juventus) 1,
Baldo (Lazio) 1, Piccini (Fiorentina) 1, Locatelli (Ambrosiana – Inter) 1,
Frossi (Ambrosiana – Inter) 1, Marchini (Lucchese) 1,
Scarabello (Spezia) 1, Biagi (Pisa) 1, Cappelli (Viareggio) 1 (cap.).
Coach: V. Pozzo.

U.S.A.: Bartkus, Greinert, Zbilowski, Crockett, Pietras, Altemost, Gajda,
Nemchik, Lutkfeeder, Fiedler, Ryan (cap.).
Coach: E. Schroeder.
Trainer: F.J. Cavanaugh.

Referee: Weingaertner (Germany).

Scorers: 58’ Frossi

Note: All players made debuts and are registered as students. Rava sent off
at 53’ (becoming the first player to be sent off for the Italian national team).

Courtesy of Maurizio Mariani and RSSSF.

27 May 1934: Italy 7 - USA 1: World Cup in Rome, Italy.

Roma (Stadio Nazionale del P.N.F.) – Sunday, 27 May 1934 – h. 15,00

With Benito Mussolini in the crowd.

ITALIA – U.S.A. 7-1 (3-0) 2nd Rimet Cup (First Round)

ITALIA: Combi (Juventus) 43, V. Rosetta (Juventus) 52 (cap.),
Allemandi (Ambrosiana – Inter) 10, Pizziolo (Fiorentina) 9,
L. Monti (Juventus) 11, Bertolini (Juventus) 20, Guarisi (Lazio) 6,
Meazza (Ambrosiana – Inter) 23, Schiavio (Bologna) 18,
Giovanni Ferrari (Juventus) 20, Orsi (Juventus) 28.
Coach: V. Pozzo.

U.S.A.: Hjulian, Czerkiewicz, Moorehouse (cap.), Pietras, Gonsalves, Florie,
Ryan, Nilson, Donelli, Dick, McLean.
Coach: Gadsby.

Referee: Mercet (Switzerland).

Scorers: 18’ Schiavio, 20’ Orsi, 29’ Schiavio, 57’ Donelli (U.S.A.),
63’ Giovanni Ferrari, 64’ Schiavio, 69’ Orsi, 90’ Meazza

Attendance: 30,000

Courtesy of Maurizio Mariani and RSSSF.

8. Historical Trivia About the 1934 U.S. World Cup Team

Aldo Donelli, who scored the lone American goal, would later coach in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Rams, respectively. Donelli was also the first player to score four goals in a World Cup match (the play-in game vs. Mexico in 1934 from Italy). Both historical facts are courtesy of Ed Farnsworth of Philly Soccer Page. (7)

9. References

(1) RSSSF: Italy-List of Results National Team by Igor Kramarsic, Roberto Di Maggio and Joe Tiziano.

(2) "Sentite Prandelli
«Balotelli pare troppo agitato»"; Gazzetta dello Sport; 25 Feb. 2012.
(3) "Klinsmann Calls 21 Players to Face Four-Time World Cup Champion Italy on Feb. 29 in Genoa"; US Soccer; 23 Feb. 2012.

(4) "Prandelli chiama Borini e Balotelli resta a casa"; Gazzetta dello Sport; 26 Feb. 2012.
Buffon: «Smetto a 40 anni. Forse in Cina o America»; Corriere dello Sport; 22 Feb. 2012.
RSSSF: World Cup 1950 (no author was listed).
(7) "The US and the 1934 World Cup"; Philly Soccer Page; 15 April 2010; Ed Farnsworth.

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