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Thursday, April 27, 2017

SANTOS WIN 2016-17 VATICAN CITY CHAMPIONSHIP AND MAKE HISTORY

Santos recently won the 2016-17 Vatican City league championship, which this year featured nine teams and a change of format. This year's championship was played in a round-robin format with no play-offs. It wasn't without controversy. Santos won the championship with a four-point cushion on runners-up Musei Vaticani and third-placed Rappresentativa OPBG, who, oddly enough, finished with a goal-difference superior to that of the runners-up but were listed as third, presumably because their two results against Musei Vaticani didn't quite go their way. It was Santos' first-ever league title.

The match between Musei Vaticani and Associazione SS Pietro & Paolo was abandoned 10 minutes into the second half with Musei Vaticani leading 3:0. Bar one of the Ass. SS P&P players walked off the field without warning and did not return. The ACDV disciplinary committee announced that the result stood, awarded eight yellow cards to the Ass. SS P&P team (apart from Paolo Nardi, who stayed on the pitch until the referee blew the final whistle) on warning and suspended Ruggiero Rinaldin for five matches for what they termed as "severely unsportsmanlike behaviour." 

Ass. SS P&P were docked two points for their misdemeanours, but they weren't the only ones; Gendarmeria also lost two points for picking up too many disciplinary points, whilst Fortitudo 2007 were given a three-point penalty for their card-count.


On a more positive note, the ACDV commended Fortitudo 2007 player Gabrielle Mattiacci for admitting to the referee that he had committed handball in scoring against Dirtel. Dirtel's Armando Goxhaj has been a prolific goalscorer in Vatican City competitions in recent years, and he continued in the same vein throughout the season just ended, finding the net 20 times. He scored nine more goals than Santos duo Marco Puoti and Flviano Sperati, who finished equal-second in the top-scorers' list. 

Please find below the list of results from the 2016-17 Vatican City championship.

17/10/16 Fortitudo 2007 1:1 Circulo San Pietro
17/10/16 Gendarmeria 3:0 Ass. SS P&P
18/10/16 Musei Vaticani 2:0 Rappresentativa OPBG
18/10/16 Guardia 0:2 Santos
24/10/16 Ass. SS P&P 3:3 Fortitudo 2007
24/10/16 Rappresentativa OPBG 3:1 Guardia
25/10/16 Santos 1:0 Gendarmeria
25/10/16 Circolo San Pietro 3:1 Dirtel
07/11/16 Gendarmeria 1:1 Rappresentativa OPBG
07/11/16 Musei Vaticani 3:0 Dirtel 
08/11/16 Fortitudo 2007 0:1 Santos
08/11/16 Ass. SS P&P 5:3 Circolo San Pietro
14/11/16 Circolo San Pietro 0:1 Musei Vaticani
14/11/16 Dirtel 2:1 Guardia 
15/11/16 Santos 4:1 Ass. SS P&P
15/11/16 Rappresentativa OPBG 5:3 Fortitudo 2007
21/11/16 Santos 4:3 Circolo San Pietro
21/11/16 Guardia 0:1 Musei Vaticani
22/11/16 Ass. SS P&P 0:3 Rappresentativa OPBG
22/11/16 Gendarmeria 3:3 Dirtel
28/11/16 Rappresentativa OPBG 2:0 Santos
28/11/16 Circolo San Pietro 3:1 Guardia
29/11/16 Musei Vaticani 3:0 Gendarmeria
29/11/16 Dirtel 4:1 Fortitudo 2007
05/12/16 Fortitudo 2007 0:3 Musei Vaticani
05/12/16 Guardia 0:2 Gendarmeria 
06/12/16 Rappresentativa OPBG 1:0 Circolo San Pietro
06/12/16 Ass. SS P&P 1:2 Dirtel
12/12/16 Dirtel 0:1 Santos
12/12/16 Guardia 0:1 Fortitudo 2007
13/12/16 Circolo San Pietro 0:0 Gendarmeria
13/12/16 Musei Vaticani 3:0 Ass. SS P&P*
16/01/17 Fortitudo 2007 4:5 Gendarmeria
16/01/17 Ass. SS P&P 0:3 Guardia
17/01/17 Rappresentativa OPBG 2:1 Dirtel 
17/01/17 Santos 0:0 Musei Vaticani
23/01/17 Circolo San Pietro 3:0 Fortitudo 2007
23/01/17 Ass. SS P&P 0:5 Gendarmeria
24/01/17 Rappresentativa OPBG 1:0 Musei Vaticani
24/01/17 Santos 3:1 Guardia 
30/01/17 Fortitudo 2007 3:4 Ass. SS P&P
30/01/17 Guardia 1:6 Rappresentativa OPBG
31/01/17 Dirtel 6:1 Circolo San Pietro
06/02/17 Rappresentativa OPBG 1:3
06/02/17 Dirtel 1:0 Musei Vaticani
07/02/17 Santos 2:0 Fortitudo 2007
07/02/17 Circolo San Pietro 5:0 Ass. SS P&P
10/02/17 Gendarmeria 1:2 Santos
13/02/17 Musei Vaticani 3:2 Circolo San Pietro
13/02/17 Guardia 1:4 Dirtel
14/02/17 Ass. SS P&P 0:9 Santos
14/02/17 Fortitudo 2007 0:5 Rappresentativa OPBG
20/02/17 Circolo San Pietro 1:5 Santos
20/02/17 Musei Vaticani 4:0 Guardia
21/02/17 Rappresentativa OPBG 3:0 Ass. SS P&P
21/02/17 Dirtel 2:0 Gendarmeria
27/02/17 Santos 3:3 Rappresentativa OPBG
27/02/17 Guardia 3:4 Circolo San Pietro
28/02/17 Gendarmeria 0:1 Musei Vaticani
28/02/17 Fortitudo 2007 2:4 Dirtel
06/03/17 Musei Vaticani 2:4 Fortitudo 2007
06/03/17 Guardia 1:2 Gendarmeria
07/03/17 Circolo San Pietro 0:1 Rappresentativa OPBG
07/03/17 Dirtel 6:1 Ass. SS P&P
13/03/17 Santos 2:0 Dirtel
13/03/17 Fortitudo 2007 1:0 Guardia
14/03/17 Gendarmeria 0:3 Circolo San Pietro
14/03/17 Ass. SS P&P 0:2 Musei Vaticani
20/03/17 Gendarmeria 1:1 Fortitudo 2007
20/03/17 Guardia 3:1 Ass. SS P&P
21/03/17 Dirtel 4:3 Rappresentativa OPBG
21/03/17 Musei Vaticani 1:1 Santos

 *Match abandoned; awarded 3:0 to Musei Vaticani



TEAM
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
PTS
GD
SANTOS
16
12
3
1
40
13
39
27
Musei Vaticani
16
11
2
3
29
9
35
20
Rappresentativa OPBG
16
11
2
3
40
19
35
21
Dirtel
16
10
1
5
40
26
31
14
Circolo San Pietro
16
6
2
8
29
32
20
-3
Gendarmeria**
16
6
4
6
27
23
20
4
Fortitudo 2007***
16
3
3
10
24
40
9
-16
Guardia
16
2
0
14
13
39
6
-26
Ass. SS P&P**
16
2
1
13
16
57
5
-41


**Docked 2 points
**Docked 3 points


Meanwhile, the Coppa Sergio Valci, the Vatican City's FA Cup, is nearing its conclusion; the competition's results will be listed here at a later date. The Vatican City's national team will be playing against Monaco at Rome's Stadio Spellman on 29 April, and the fixture has a 20:00 kick-off. 

TOP SCORERS: Armando GOXHAJ (Dirtel) 20; Santo MORABITO (Santos), Marco PUOTI (Santos) 11; Flaviano SPERATO (Fortitudo 2007) 9; Federico BERDINI (Musei Vaticani), Fernando PANELLA (Ass. SS P&P)

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 AUTHOR'S NOTE: Many thanks to the ADCV for forwarding the above information; any errors contained in the above article are the author's own.

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