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  • Writer's pictureDag Jenkins

June 25, 1971: Basel Lazio 1-3 Alps Cup Final

Lazio win Alps Cup


Lazio put on good performance to beat Basel 3-1 and lift consolation silverware


Source SS Lazio Museum

The season so far


It had been a negative season for Lazio. The Biancocelesti had been relegated from Serie A under Juan Carlos Lorenzo. Lazio had finished 15th, after 5 wins, 12 draws (both derbies) and 13 defeats.


In Coppa Italia they had been eliminated in the first round despite 2 wins out of three, as they lost 2-0 to Roma.


In the Fairs Cup the "Aquilotti" were eliminated by Arsenal in the Round of 64. The Gunners drew 2-2 in Rome and then won 2-0 at Highbury.


The Coppa delle Alpi (The Alps Cup) was the last tournament of the season and the chance for some consolation silverware. It was to be played between June 12 and June 25.


This was the 11th edition of the cup. It was a competition between Italian and Swiss sides. This year eight teams took part, divided into two mixed groups. The A Group was made up of Lazio, Sampdoria, Lugano and Winterthur. The B Group had Varese, Verona, Basel and Lausanne.


The formula was that each team played the foreign team in their group twice (so no matches between Italians). The highest placed Italian and Swiss team would then qualify for the final. The points were calculated from the points from the four matches plus the goals scored.


In the first match, on June 12, Lazio beat Lugano 4-0 (Pierpaolo Manservisi, Giuliano Fortunato, Marc Berset o.g, Giorgio Chinaglia).


In the second match, on June 15, Lazio beat Winterthur 4-1 (Chinaglia hat-trick and Ferruccio Mazzola).


In the third match, on June 19, Lazio drew 2-2 away at Lugano (Fortunato, Chinaglia).


In the last match, on June 22, Lazio beat Winterthur 5-2 away (Manservisi, Mario Facco, Costantino Fava, Arrigo Dolso, Giancarlo Morrone).


So Lazio, with 7 points plus 15 goals, totted up 22 points and qualified for the final (Samp 11, Verona, 11, Varese 8).


In the Swiss aggregate group Basel came first with 4 points plus 7 goals so a total of 11 (Lugano 8, Lausanne 7, Winterthur 5).


The final Basel vs Lazio was to be played at St. Jakob Stadium in Basel on June 25.


Basel were the holders of the cup as they had won the past two editions. They were considered a decent team (far superior to Lugano and Winterthur), had some good players in Karl Odermatt, Walter Balmer, Peter Ramseier and had a highly respected manager in German Helmut Benthaus (would later win Bundesliga with Stuttgart in 1984). They had come second in the Swiss league (would win it the following year) and reached the Last 16 in the European Cup (lost to eventual winners Ajax).


The match: Friday, June 25, 1971, St. Jakob Stadium, Basel


The final was played on a drizzly evening in front of 15,000 spectators (mainly Italian). Lazio were without Pino Wilson and Arrigo Dolso but otherwise put out their best possible line-up.


The Swiss imposed an extremely high rhythm from the start but Lazio held their own.


The first chance was for the hosts but Gaetano Legnaro managed to wall a shot by Balmer. Lazio had a penalty appeal in the 4th minute when Mazzola was pulled down but not for the referee. The Biancocelesti had a huge chance in the 14th minute but Giuliano Fortunato's powerful strike hit the crossbar. The "Rotblau" then hit the woodwork themselves with a Jurgen Sunderman header.


After 20 minutes Lazio took the lead. Straight after the Swiss post, Chinaglia got the ball in midfield and skipped past his marker Urs Siegenthaler and then Walter Mundschin, he then put Manservisi through on the right and he beat Jean-Paul Laufenburger with a low diagonal shot. Basel 0 Lazio 1


Basel took a while to recover from the setback and Lazio continued to attack. Gradually however the "Bebbi" reorganized and Rosario Di Vincenzo had to save a thundering shot by Balmer.


In the 40th minute the Swiss equalised. Peter Wenger headed a Sunderman free kick under the crossbar to level the score. Basel 1 Lazio 1.


For the second half both sides made replacements; Lazio put Giuseppe Massa on for Fava while Basel put Bruno Rahmen on for Stefan Reisch.


Basel continued where they had left off and Di Vincenzo made a superb save on Ramseier. From then on however it was all Lazio. Chinaglia almost scored from a tight angle forcing Laufenberger to make a diving save. Then in the 57th minute Chinaglia shot wide with the keeper coming off his line.


The Swiss were in difficulty and became increasingly physical and dirty, targeting Chinaglia and Mazzola in particular. The German referee Weyland let them get away with it and in the 69th minute waved away a blatant penalty for Lazio when Josef Kiefer blocked a Massa shot with his arm. The Lazio players, led by "Long John", surrounded the referee, trying to convince him to change his decision. The fans too were furious with about twenty invading the pitch in protest. The police and numerous appeals on the tannoy finally restored order.


After five minutes of chaos the game restarted. "Uccellino" (Little Bird) Manservisi scored but he was clearly offside. A minute later, in the 74th, Lazio scored and this time it was all good. The move started with Massa who found Fortunato at the edge of the box, his quick thinking pass reached Chinaglia who pounced and hammered the ball past Laufenburger. Basel 1 Lazio 2. About fifty fans again ran onto the pitch but this time they came in peace to congratulate their fellow emigrant (Chinaglia had lived in South Wales as a youngster).


Five minutes later Lazio sealed the victory. Manservisi jiggled into the box and was hacked down by Mundschin. Not even Weyland could ignore that one and he immediately pointed to the penalty spot. "Giorgione" Chinaglia stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way, Basel 1 Lazio 3.


A great satisfaction for Lazio after a difficult season. It was certainly not the European Cup or UEFA Cup but it held some prestige at the time. Lazio had performed well and the win was given great emphasis in the local and national media.


Serie B awaited but with today's triumph, new manager Tommaso Maestrelli (in the stands today) and President Lenzini's promise not to sell Chinaglia to Juventus the future looked brighter. And it certainly was.


Who played for Basel


Laufenburger, Kiefer, Mundschin, Ramseier, Siegenthaler, Sundermann, Balmer, Odermatt, Riner, Reisch (46' Rahmen), Wenger

Substitutes: Kunz, Pales

Manager: Benthaus


Who played for Lazio


Di Vincenzo, Facco, Legnaro, Governato, Polentes, Marchesi, Manservisi, Mazzola II (89' Chinellato), Chinaglia, Fava (46' Massa), Fortunato

Substitutes: Sulfaro

Manager: Lovati


Referee: Weyland (West Germany)


Goals: 20' Manservisi, 40' Wenger, 76' Chinaglia, 85' Chinaglia (pen)


Lazio Cup of the Alps 1971

Competition

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Goals scored

Cup of the Alps

5

4

1

-

18

Appearances and goals

Player

Appearances

Goals

Chinaglia

5

8

Fortunato

5

1

Legnaro

5

-

Manservisi

5

3

Marchesi

5

-

Polentes

5

-

Chinellato

4

-

Di Vincenzo

4

-

Massa

4

-

Mazzola II

4

1

Facco

3

1

Fava

3

1

Governato

3

-

Doslo

2

1

2

-

Sulfaro

2

-

Wilson

2

-

1

1

Let's talk about Pierpaolo Manservisi


Pierpaolo Manservisi is third from right kneeling. Source Wikipedia

Pierpaolo Manservisi was born in Castello d'Argile (Bologna), on August 4, 1944.


As a player he was formed in the Fiorentina youth sector. He then made his first team squad debut on May 31, 1964 in a home game against Bari. That would remain his one and only game for the "Viola" under Giuseppe Chiappella.


In 1964 he moved west to another Tucan town and joined Lucchese in Serie C. Under Leo Zavatti he played 34 league games with 8 goals. The "Pantere" finished 13th.


In 1965 he stayed in Tuscany but moved to the coast and joined Livorno in Serie B. Under Carlo Parola (Juventus legend but also former Lazio), the "Labronici" had a decent season and finished 7th.


In 1966 he joined Livorno's main rivals and joined fellow Tuscans Pisa in Serie B. In his first year the Nerazzurri came 12th and Manservisi played 23 games with 3 goals.


In 1967-68, under Renato Lucci, the Pisani won promotion to Serie A. Manservisi played 38 games and scored 11 goals.


The following year, in Serie A, Pisa struggled and with 15th place were relegated. Manservisi played 29 games with 3 goals (Verona, Vicenza, Verona again).


In 1969 he finally made it out of Tuscany and went south to Napoli in Serie A. There he found the manager who had given him his debut, Giuseppe Chiappella. The "Partenopei" had a satisfactory season and finished 6th. Manservisi played 24 league games with 3 goals (Torino, Milan, Lazio), 3 games in Coppa Italia and 6 games in the Fairs Cup with 1 goal (Ajax).


In 1970 he joined Lazio, in a deal that saw Gian Piero Ghio go the other way. The Romans had Juan Carlos Lorenzo as manager until May 30, when Bob Lovati took over. Lazio were relegated but as a small consolation won the Anglo-Italian Cup. Manservisi played 10 league games plus 3 in Coppa Italia. He scored the opening goal in Lazio’s 3-1 win in Basel to lift the Alps Cup.


In November 1971 he returned to Napoli on loan while Alessandro Abbondanza came to Lazio. Chiappella was still there and they finished 8th. The "Azzurri" were also losing finalists in the Coppa Italia (Milan 0-2). Manservisi played 19 league games with 3 goals (Samp, Vicenza, Cagliari) plus 6 games in Coppa Italia.


In 1972-73 he returned to Lazio, who in the meantime under Tommaso Maestrelli were back in Serie A. Lazio had an excellent season and went close to winning the title, eventually coming third (it all went down to the last game of the season). Manservisi played 28 league games with 1 goal (Napoli) plus 1 game in Coppa Italia. So a good season for Manservisi and Lazio, who also won both derbies (2-1, 2-0).


The following year was even better for Lazio. The Biancocelesti won the Scudetto with the crazy gang of 1974. Manservisi however played less, 4 league games, due to the blossoming of young Vincenzo D'Amico. So, a triumphant year for Lazio who again also won both derbies (2-1, 2-1).


The 1974-75 season Manservisi left Lazio and joined Mantova in Serie C. He stayed two years with the "Virgiliani" who finished 11th and 6th. He played 57 league games with 4 goals.


He then had a couple of years in Serie D with U.S San Felice, near Modena and then went back to his roots as player manager with Libertas Argile (near Bologna) at regional amateur level.


Manservisi was a slim and agile player. He was nicknamed "Uccellino" (Little Bird) for his physique. He was a very tactically astute and versatile player and could play in several roles. He played mainly on the left wing but could carry out both defensive and attacking tasks.


At Lazio he played 63 games with 2 goals. He will forever be part of Lazio's first historic Scudetto squad. In a recent interview he said "that team was a real madhouse but we were by far the best team", he also stated "it's something I can't explain but even if you only pull on the Lazio jersey once, you become Laziale forever".


Lazio Career

Season

Total games (goals)

Serie A

Serie B

Coppa Italia

UEFA Cup

Intercities Fairs Cup

1970-71

15

10

-

3

-

2

1971-72

6 (1)

-

2

4 (1)

-

-

1972-73

29 (1)

28 (1)

-

1

-

-

1973-74

13

4

-

7

2

-

Total

63 (2)

42 (1)

2

15 (1)

2

2

Sources


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