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#OnThisDay: Bologna win the Paris Expo Trophy on 6th June 1937

Having already secured their fourth Scudetto, Bologna were able to dedicate themselves to a European showcase. The insightful Dall’Ara was certainly on the right track when he retained the services of Schiavio as the Rossoblù were invited to the especially prestigious international football tournament organised for the international Expo in Paris. It was practically an early World Cup for the most prestigious clubs of the time. Bologna made their debut on the 30th of May 1937 in Paris with an ad hoc attacking line-up as Weisz used Busoni as the spearhead of an attacking trident with Schiavio and Reguzzoni in behind. It was an explosive opening match as the side beat Sochaux 4-1. On the 3rd of June they beat Slavia Prague 2-0 with an authoritative display as Busoni scored both goals.

On the 6th of June, things came to a head at the Colombes Stadium against the fancied Chelsea side who played football in the school of the British masters and who were the big favourites for the tournament. With three goals from Reguzzoni and another from the usual Giovanni Busoni, Bologna won 4-1 and the game was practically over after 30 minutes. It was the highpoint for a team that commentators of the time regarded as perfect. The unbeatable Ceresoli was between the posts. The strong and elegant Fiorini combined with Gasperi’s positional sense made up a formidable defence along with the full-backs Montesanto and Corsi and the adventurous centre-back Andreolo. In attack, weaving runs from Sansone and Fedullo freed up the talented trio of Busoni, Schiavio and Reguzzoni to score goals.

6 June 1937, Final

Parigi, Colombes Stadium


BOLOGNA: Ceresoli, Fiorini, Gasperi, Montesanto, Andreolo, Corsi, Busoni, Sansone, Schiavio, Fedullo, Reguzzoni. Head Coach: Weisz.

CHELSEA: Jackson, Barkas, Barber, Mitchell, Craig, Weaver, Spence, Argue, Bambrick, Gibson, Reid. Head Coach: Knigtin.

Referee: Lequerrq (France).

Goalscorers: 14′ Reguzzoni (B), 20′ Busoni (B), 30′ Reguzzoni (B), 72′ Reguzzoni (B), 78′ Weaver (C).


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