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.
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.
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.