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  • Writer's pictureSimon Basten

December 4, 1932: Lazio Alessandria 6-0

Updated: May 21

Game, set and match

 

Big win for the Biancocelesti over the Piedmontese




Source Wikipedia

The season so far

 

The previous season Lazio had arrived 13th. It was a disappointing result; the club had signed quite a number of South America “oriundi” and had hoped for a much better result. Unfortunately, the new foreign players were unused to following tactics, so it was not easy. Manager Amilcar had had a number of problems and at the end of the season left and went back to Brazil. He was replaced by Austrian Karl Strumer.

 

The summer transfer session had seen a lot of changes. In came defender Armando Bertagni (Salernitana), midfielder Pietro Buscaglia (Vigevano) and forwards Antonio Bisigato (Bari) and Leonizio Fantoni III (Cruzeiro). Among the players leaving Lazio were Orlando Tognotti (Terni), Mario Malatesta (Milan), Aldo Spivach (Padova) and Carlo Cevenini V (Pisa).

 

After nine games the Biancocelesti were 10th. They had however managed to beat Ambrosiana Inter in Milan and had won the derby.

 

The match: Sunday, December 4, 1932, Stadio PNF, Rome

 

Lazio started the game at full speed and scored after only two minutes. Anfilogino “Filò” Guarisi ran down the wing, dribbled past Michele Borelli and crossed. Alejandro Demaria was ready in the box and headed the ball in. 1-0 for the Biancocelesti.

 

Alessandria tried to react but apart from a couple of shots from Renato Catteneo and Alfredo Notti in the 18th and 23rd minute, both saved by Ezio Sclavi, they were unable to be dangerous.

 

In the 33rd minute José “Ratto” Castelli sent the ball forward, but it hit an Alessandria defender. Demaria picked it up and passed on the right. Antonio Bisigato, Juan Fantoni I and Borelli all rushed towards the ball but it was the former who managed to beat Teresio Chiodi for Lazio’s second.

 

Four minutes later the Biancocelesti made it three. Filò passed to Bisigato who, despite being challenged by Oreste Barale and Borrelli, managed to get a shot at goal. Chiodi parried but Demaria tapped the ball into the net.

 

The enthusiasm led Lazio to look for a fourth but Chiodi this time managed to save a Fantoni I shot in the 41st minute. The half ended with Armando Del Debbio deflecting a big whack from Notti into corner and Sclavi making a good save on a Renato Catteneo attempt.

 

The second half opened exactly how the first one finished: Alessandria attacking to reduce the deficit. In the 46th minute Sclavi again managed to make a good save on a Notti shot. Alessandria attacked continuously from the left but were not very dangerous. Lazio on the other hand went close to their fourth. In the 59th minute Filò shaved the crossbar after a free kick. Notti again tried his luck in the 62nd minute but Sclavi made a magnificent save. In the 67th Catteno kicked the ball wide from a favourable position.

 

In the 71st minute, there was a free kick for the Biancocelesti about 25 metres from the goal. Filò with a precise shot beat Chiodi for Lazio’s fourth. Three minutes later Sclavi was miraculous on a Giovanni Riccardi close range volley. Quick Biancocleste counter attack and Bisigato with a long range shot beat Chiodi for his second goal of the day.

 

Why not make it six? In the 79th minute Fantoni I finally allowed Chiodi to make a save. A minute later Giuseppe Fenoglio handballed in the box. Ratto Castelli took the penalty and made it six for the Biancocelesti.

 

Towards the end of the game Scalvi had quite a bit of work. In the 84th minute Notti tried for the umpteenth time but the Lazio goalkeeper saved. In the 87th minute Sclavi saved a Riccardi shot, Cinzio Scagliotti tried again but hit the woodwork. One minute from the end Osvaldo Perazzo tried his luck but the ball went wide.

 

A great victory for Lazio!!!

 

Who played for Lazio

 

Sclavi, Del Debbio, Mattei II, Serafini, Pardini, Fantoni I, Guarisi, Bisigato, Fantoni II, Castelli, Demaria

Manager: Sturmer

 

Who played for Alessandria

 

Chiodi, Fenoglio, Borelli, Avalle, Costenaro, Barale (III), Cattaneo, Scagliotti, Notti, Riccardi, Perazzo

Manager: Molnar

 

Referee: Gama

 

Goals: 2' Demaria, 33' Bisigato, 37' Demaria, 71' Guarisi, 74' Bisigato, 80' Castelli (pen).

 

What happened next

 

Lazio arrived 10th at the end of the season. They were very inconsistent, losing against weaker teams, but winning against Juventus, Inter, Milan and Roma. The potential was certainly there to do better.

 

Enzio Enrique Serafini was the player with more appearances (33) and Joao Fantoni I the leading goal scorer (11).


Lazio 1932-33

Competition

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Goals scored

Serie A

34

12

9

13

42

Top appearances

Player

Appearances Serie A

Serafini

33

Sclavi

31

Fantoni I

30

Bertagni

30

Top 5 goal scorers

Player

Goals Serie A

Fantoni I

10

Demaria

7

Guarisi

6

Bisigato

6

Pastore

5

Let's talk about José Castelli


José Castelli is second from right standing. Source Wikipedia

José Castelli, better known as Rato (Rat) or the Italianised Ratto, was born in São Paulo on September 18, 1903. He started playing football with Corinthians in 1919 and debuted professionally two years later. From 1927 he became an important player for the Brazilian club and together with Alejandro Demaria was devastating on the left wing. They won the Campeonato Paulista in 1928, 1929 and 1930.

 

In 1931, with Demaria and Armando Del Debbio he signed for Lazio. He stayed for two years and was a formidable player. He scored the famous winner against Roma on October 23 1932, making it the first time the Biancocelesti beat their city rivals.

 

In the summer of 1933, he started the pre-season training with Lazio but soon left to go back to Brazil, scared of being called up by the Italian military (he had a dual passport). He went back to play for Corinthians and stayed until 1937 when he signed for Portuguesa Santista for his final year of active football.

 

After retirement he became a manager and in 1942 was called by his former club Corinthians to substitute Del Debbio. He stayed on coaching the youth teams and was occasionally called to manage the first team when head coaches were sacked, with the exception of the period from 1951-54 when he was the chosen manager. As head coach he won the São Paulo championship in 1951 and 1952 plus the Rio-Sao Paulo one in 1953. 

 

He died in São Paulo on September 24 1984.

 

At Lazio he made 48 appearances with seven goals, all in Serie A.


Lazio Career

Season

Serie A Appearances (goals)

1931-32

28 (4)

1932-33

19 (3)

Total

47 (7)

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