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Old 01-06-2019, 10:10 PM
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Default Giuseppe Meazza Science Project

For a country that prides itself on its defensive prowess it is probably a little unsettling that a center-forward / attacking mid-fielder is arguably the greatest Italian footballer of all-time (all due respect to Maldini, Baggio, et al). 2x World Cup Championships and 1x Golden Ball (1934) and his numerous off field exploits make a legend in a country filled with legendary talent. At any rate he is one of my favorite players and although it makes for some lively debate, i certainly digress.

Probably a long shot but I am hopeful that someone on here can shed some light on a card that I own of Mr. Meazza very early in his career. Playing for Inter most of his career he is easily spotted in the legend Blue and Black. Now the kit that Inter wears really needs no introduction except for a little hiccup which i will attempt to address. As a little background, Meazza was signed by Inter in September of 1927 however, the fascist regime at the time decided to name the club Società Sportiva Ambrosiana (after Saint Ambrose) a year later in 1928. This name stood until 1931 when the name was changed again to "Associazione Sportiva Ambrosiana-Inter" to accommodate loyal supporters. During this 3-4 year span they adopted the red cross emblematic with St. Ambrose which from what i can tell still seemed to be worn sparingly. I have several cards and pictures (some of which i will post here) during this time which display the typical Inter colors. While one isolated card exists of a very, very young Meazza wearing what appears to be black shorts with a white shirt complete with a thick black (I think) stripe across the middle.

The science project I have been tracking down is for the black and white Meazza soccer card where he is kicking the ball (I have attached other Ambrosiana photos for reference):

1) Can anyone identify this kit that he is wearing?
2) What year(s) did Inter wear this (notice the card says "Int" after Meazza's name on top)
3) Was this a practice uniform or perhaps a second division team he may have played for before signing with Inter? (I havent seen any evidence of this)
4) Something else that i am not thinking of?

Any information no matter how small would be really appreciated.
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File Type: jpg Italo-Swiss Meazza.jpg (26.3 KB, 50 views)

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Old 01-07-2019, 01:53 AM
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That is an Internazionale / Ambrosiana shirt pictured. Not sure off-hand of the specific year but would be approx 1929. The badge includes the fasces, the symbol of Italian fascism.

I have a reasonable number of historic Inter photos at my main home and return there in less than two weeks - so can ascertain if I can provide a specific date then.

For info, I am a season ticket holder with Internazionale - regularly travelling from London to Milan for their games.
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Old 01-07-2019, 06:38 AM
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That is an Internazionale / Ambrosiana shirt pictured. Not sure off-hand of the specific year but would be approx 1929. The badge includes the fasces, the symbol of Italian fascism.

I have a reasonable number of historic Inter photos at my main home and return there in less than two weeks - so can ascertain if I can provide a specific date then.

For info, I am a season ticket holder with Internazionale - regularly travelling from London to Milan for their games.
Thanks for chiming in and for the info--and cool to hear you are an Inter fan. Certainly a team with a long and storied history. The uniform that i am concerned with is the one Meazza is wearing in the unnamed black and white card while kicking kicking the ball (lower left). It is certainly does not appear to be an Inter or Ambrosiana shirt but rather one with just a large solid stripe across the middle? Clearly different than the others with the red cross.
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Old 01-08-2019, 04:22 PM
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Is there anything on back of the card in question or is it a blank back?
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Old 01-08-2019, 08:29 PM
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Here is a scan of the back--I have done some cursory research of the caramel / chocolate company and looks like they had been in business since the turn of the century.

Strangely enough, at the age of 14 Meazza had earned a tryout from his favorite team (AC Milan) but was rejected on account of his "slight frame". Hard to believe looking at him just a few years later.

Additionally, and just to add a little twist to the project--the uniform he is wearing on the card in question looks similar to the away colours of AC Milan. Not sure how many photographers were around to take pictures of players during a tryout but does it look like he may be around 14?

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Old 01-11-2019, 11:18 AM
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Thanks for chiming in and for the info--and cool to hear you are an Inter fan. Certainly a team with a long and storied history. The uniform that i am concerned with is the one Meazza is wearing in the unnamed black and white card while kicking kicking the ball (lower left). It is certainly does not appear to be an Inter or Ambrosiana shirt but rather one with just a large solid stripe across the middle? Clearly different than the others with the red cross.
Apologies - I thought you were talking about the first photo posted.

Ironically, the shirt is also exact in style to the away shirt worn by Inter in the late 1930s and early 1940s although this is clearly a much earlier image of Meazza.
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