Circolo Sportivo Ponziana City: Trieste Italy Colours: sky blue and white /white/white Current position: Amateur Italian Championship I Categoria 2003-2004. Soccer's field "Giorgio Ferrini" in Trieste, Piazzale delle Puglie. This is a short history about a club which played in two different countries. 1912 Birth of Circolo Sportivo (CS) Ponziana 1918 Ponziana merged with FBC Trieste into US Triestina. Some member disagreed and reorganized the Club. 1920 New CS Ponziana enrolled into FIGC. 1920-21 Admitted to the Regional Promozione (4th level) 1921-22 Promozione FIGC wins her group and was promoted to the III Division 1922-23 III Division Venezia Giulia 1923-24 III Division Venezia Giulia. Preliminary Group with Edera, Monfalconese, Pro Gorizia, Grion Pola, Triestina. 1924-25 III Division Venezia Giulia 1925-26 Promoted to the II Division Northern League. 1926-27 II Division North Group C winner with 30 pts.. Promoted to I Division 1927-28 I Division Group A 5th with 20 pts. 1928 Fascists local Rulers forced the Club to merge with Edera into ASPE (Associazione Sportiva Ponziana and Edera). CS Ponziana restarted from the I Categoria with the name of Ponzianini Erranti. ASPE Trieste 1928-29 I Division North Group C 5th with 35 pts. 1929-30 I Division North Group C third with 36 pts. The union ceased and the Club took the name of SocietÓ Sportiva Ponziana (SS) reorganized from the Ponzianini Erranti team in 1930-31. SS Ponziana 1931-32 I Division Group A 5th with 28 pts. 1932-33 I Division Group C 10th with 18 pts. 1933-34 I Division Group A 8th with 28 pts. 1934-35 I Division Group A 10th admitted to the new I Division (level 4th). 1935-36 I Division Interregionale Promoted to Serie C. 1936-37 Serie C Group A 4th with 30 pts. 1937-38 Serie C Group A third with 39 pts. 1938-39 Serie C Group A 10th with 22 pts. 1939-40 Serie C Group A third with 31 pts. 1940-41 Serie C Group A second with 34 pts. 1941-42 Serie C Group A 6th with 32 pts. 1942-43 Serie C Group A 6th with 23 pts. 1943-44 Alta Italia Championship, Tournament "V zona Venezia Giulia" 8th with 7 pts. 1945-46 Northern League Serie C. The territory of Trieste was claimed by the Yugoslav Government while divided into Zones A (Trieste - under Allied Control) and B (Istria - under Yugoslav Control). Many riots occurred in that difficult time. Yugoslavia, strongly willing a Trieste's Club in her 1st Division for political aims, offered lots of money to Ponziana for enrolling in Yugoslavian Soccer. The Italian Club (in Serie C) granted 5000 it. Lire /monthly to the players, a very low amatorial salary. Yugoslavs boasted about 30.000 it. Lire/monthly if the project could be realized. Edera and Ponziana sent a formal request to be admitted to Serie A arguing on the forced merging ordered by Fascists in 1928. Ponziana threatened FIGC to leave Italian Soccer. The Federal Council declared both requests and threats as unbelievable and ordered to the Clubs to enrol into Serie C's ranks. Edera said "yes" but Ponziana refused. The Slavs had finally won the political match and so two Ponzianas were created. The SS Ponziana, a ghost Club without many players, played in Italian Serie C falling down into the minor Leagues; the Amatori Ponziana (white shirt with sky-blue horizontal band) began to trip over Yugoslavia. SS Ponziana in Italy's Serie C 1946-47 Serie C North - Group I (the group won by Edera Trieste with 48 pts.): SS Ponziana placed last with zero pts. (3 penalty pts.). 1947-48 Serie C North - Group I - third with 37 pts. admitted to the Promozione. 1948-49 Promozione Interregionale Amatori Ponziana Trieste in Yugoslavian I Division 1946/47 Yugoslavian I Division - Ponziana Trst was 10th with Buducnost Titograd with 20 pts. but wasn't relegated for political interests. 1947/48 Yugoslavian I Division Ponziana Trst was 7th with 16 pts. 1948/49 Yugoslavian I Division Ponziana Trst was last (10th) with 10 pts. and relegated In 1949 Marshall Josip Broz "Tito" left the Soviet Union Influence trying an approach to the Allied political positions. So the question of Trieste became not so important as before. The Trieste's Club was "freed" (or no more money was granted) and returned to the Italian Championship with the historical name of CS Ponziana. CS Ponziana 1949-50 Promozione Interregionale. Promoted in Serie C 1950-51 Serie C Group B 14th with 33 pts. Relegated and readmitted. 1951-52 Serie C Group B 14th with 27 pts. Admitted to the new IV Serie. 1952-53 IV Serie Group C 13th with 19 pts. Relegated to Promozione. 1953-54 Promozione 1954-55 Promozione 1955-56 Promozione. Promoted to IV Serie 1956-57 IV Serie Group D 11th with 32 pts. 1957-58 IV Serie II categoria. Relegated to the new I Categoria (the former Promozione) 1959-60 I Categoria 1960-61 I Categoria
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