The SCUDETTO (Italian for: "little shield") is a decoration worn by Italian sports clubs that win the annual championship of their respective sport in the previous season.
The scudetto was created in the 1920s to honour the winner of the
national association football league (which eventually become Serie A
in 1929) and the first ever team to wear it was
Later, it was adopted by the teams of other sports.
Andrea Marcato , a rugby union player, wearing the scudetto won with Benetton Treviso the season before
Sources generally agree that the inventor of the scudetto was the
Italian poet and playwright Gabriele D\'Annunzio . In his youth,
D'Annunzio was a keen follower of football and in 1887 he bought in
Later in 1920, once the former Austro-Hungarian city of Fiume (now
In 1924, the Italian Football Federation approved the decision to honour the incumbent champion allowing them to wear the scudetto on their jerseys. Since then, the scudetto has become the symbol of the incumbent champions of every sports league in Italy.
The Italian rugby union championship which started in 1928 also adopted the scudetto on the champion team's jerseys and so did the other team sports in Italy.
* ^ A B C Paolo Pierangelodate=8 April 2013. "150 anni di
D\'Annunzio, l\'ideatore dello scudetto sulle maglie da gioco" . la
Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian).
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