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03/14/2011

Sunday soccer in Ferrara

SPAL is the name of the Ferrara soccer team. The club was funded in 1907 by a Salesian monk, Pietro Acerbis.  Initially the club was involved in art, cycling and athletic activities, but  in 1912 a soccer branch was started . It was named  SPAL “Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor”, its colours were white and light blue, the same as the coat of arms of the Salesian order.

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Nowadays SPAL is in the C1 Division, the team is worshipped by its local supporters, better known as spallini. It is an unforgettable experience to savour the atmosphere of a stadium in Italy,  our students were invited to take part to this event last Sunday for the SPAL – Sorrento match.

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Students joined Riccardo, myself, and many others in the curva ovest (west sector), the traditional spot for all the SPAL supporters. The match ended in nil-nil but the students attending could savour an authentic local experience.

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