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Season review: San Marino

Published: Friday 7 June 2013, 12.18CET
There was a familiar look to the San Marinese season as SP Tre Penne once again defeated AC Libertas to win the title, this time on penalties, and SP La Fiorita retained the Coppa Titano.
by Elia Gorini
Season review: San Marino
Tre Penne captain Enrico Cibelli receives the league trophy ©UEFA.com
Published: Friday 7 June 2013, 12.18CET

Season review: San Marino

There was a familiar look to the San Marinese season as SP Tre Penne once again defeated AC Libertas to win the title, this time on penalties, and SP La Fiorita retained the Coppa Titano.

There was a familiar look to the season in San Marino. SP Tre Penne once again beat AC Libertas to win the title, this time on penalties, and SP La Fiorita retained the Coppa Titano.

Champions: SP Tre Penne
It took penalties to decide the championship finale as 120 minutes were not enough to separate Libertas and Tre Penne. Federico Valentini saved from Daniele Rocchi while Tre Penne kept their composure, scoring all five spot kicks, to secure a second title just 12 months after their maiden success.

Coppa Titano final: SP La Fiorita 1-0 SS San Giovanni
The oldest trophy in San Marino remained in La Fiorita's hands as the team from Montegiardino Castle defeated surprise package San Giovanni with a goal from 'Lion King' Sossio Aruta two minutes after the interval. The 42-year-old striker, known in Italy for his role in the reality show Campioni when he was playing for AS Cervia in 2005/06, was once again decisive in a Coppa Titano final – having hit the winner in the 2009/10 edition for SP Tre Fiori.

European places*
SP Tre Penne – UEFA Champions League first qualifying round
AC Libertas – UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
SP La Fiorita – UEFA Europa League first qualifying round

*Subject to final confirmation from UEFA

Player of the year: Aldo Simoncini (AC Libertas)
The San Marino goalkeeper conceded only 13 goals in the regular season and none in the play-offs. Widely considered one of the best keepers in the country's history, he made a series of fine saves against Tre Penne to send the Championship final to penalties.

He also received praise for his international performances. At Wembley in October he kept England at bay for 35 minutes, while last month in Bologna he produced similar heroics in a friendly against Italy.

One to watch: Vladimir Mikhaylovski (SP Tre Penne)
The Russian centre-back was a key player in the Tre Penne team that clinched back-to-back titles. This term he scored three goals, including a crucial one in the play-offs. Rock-solid in defence, he was dominant in the air and always dangerous from set pieces. He also showed great composure when converting one of the penalties in the final.

Surprise package: SS San Giovanni
Massimiliano Venturi's side surprised most neutral observers by reaching the Coppa Titano final. Despite losing to La Fiorita, it was their best showing in the competition. They finished the regular campaign in fifth place in Group B.

Leading scorer: Denis Iencinella, SS Fiorentino (17)

Number: 4
It was the fourth consecutive play-off final for Tre Penne. The club from San Marino Città Castle lost the first two yet won the next couple to become the first Sammarinese team to qualify for Europe for four straight seasons.

Quote
"It's the right reward for always believing in our work despite a poor start to the season and despite losing many players to injuries throughout the campaign."
Tre Penne coach Moris Tamburini was in jubilant mood after winning the league at the end of his first term in charge.

Last updated: 07/06/13 13.06CET

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