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Season review: San Marino

Published: Friday 5 June 2009, 13.01CET
SP Tre Fiori ended a 14-year wait to win their fifth Sammarinese title while AC Juvenes/Dogana missing out on a domestic double after winning the Coppa del Titano, the oldest competition in the world's oldest republic.
by Elia Gorini
from San Marino
Season review: San Marino
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Published: Friday 5 June 2009, 13.01CET

Season review: San Marino

SP Tre Fiori ended a 14-year wait to win their fifth Sammarinese title while AC Juvenes/Dogana missing out on a domestic double after winning the Coppa del Titano, the oldest competition in the world's oldest republic.

SP Tre Fiori ended a 14-year wait to win their fifth Sammarinese title while AC Juvenes/Dogana missing out on a domestic double after winning the Coppa del Titano, the oldest competition in the world's oldest republic.

Champions: SP Tre Fiori
A fifth title success saw Tre Fiori become the most successful side in Sammarinese league history, and made up for losing to S.S. Murata in the play-off decider two seasons ago. The highest points scorers in the regular season, Floriano Sperindio's side nonetheless had to endure a nervy finale in the last phase of the season, beating Juvenes/Dogana 3-1 on penalties after 120 goalless minutes of the final, goalkeeper Massimiliano Micheletti making two priceless saves.

Cup final: AC Juvenes/Dogana 2–1 Domagnano FC
Founded in 2000 with the merger of S.S. Juvenes and GS Dogana – who had won seven editions of the Coppa del Titano between them – Juvenes/Dogana won their first cup in their new incarnation with a 2-1 success against Domagnano. Giacomo Gamberini's goal won the game after Claudio Berardi had cancelled out Alberto Colombini's opener for Juvenes/ Dogana. Their captain Marco Fantini was also the competition's top scorer with ten goals.

European places
SP Tre Fiori - UEFA Champions League first qualifying round
AC Juvenes/Dogana - UEFA Europa League first qualifying round

Player of the Year: Marco Fantini (AC Juvenes/Dogana)
Fantini scored 23 goals in all competitions, finishing as top scorer in the Coppa Titano with ten goals and scoring 13 more in the league. The leader of the team which reached the final of both competitions, the only disappointment was that he was one of the players who missed a penalty in the title decider against Tre Fiori.

One to watch: Giorgi Salaridze (S.S. Murata)
The Georgia Under-21 international has not scored many goals but had a fantastic season. Murata coach Massimo Agostini played him wide on the flank and he made a real impression with his great technique, helping his side to finish third in the league.

Surprise package: S.S. Pennarossa
After a very difficult start, Giovanni Podavini's team were transformed in the second half of the season. The team from Chiesanuova Castle played some of the most entertaining football in the country but were denied a play-off place on goal difference by Juvenes/Dogana.

Leading scorer: Marco Casadei, S.S. Murata (22)

Number: 5
The new record of Sammarinese titles set by Tre Fiori.

Quote
"We wanted to dedicate him our success to him two years ago but we lost in the final. Now we can finally do it. He is still in our hearts."
Tre Fiori defender Giacomo Benedettini explains why his side dedicated their title success to former team-mate Federico Crescentini who died two years ago while rescuing a friend from drowning in Mexico.

Last updated: 29/01/12 5.40CET

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