Stadio Angelo Massimino
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The stadium that welcomes and exalts Catania and the people of Catania, stronghold of a great and sincere sentiment, has been entitled since 20 June 2002 to Angelo Massimino , historic President of the Elephant club on several occasions, between 1969 and 1996 .
Currently, the plant also houses the operational headquarters of the Catania SSD.
The acknowledgment of the city to the figure of the late " Knight ", who died in a road accident when he was returning from yet another long car journey necessary to reiterate the sunny reasons of Catania , is valid as a thank you for the generous work: for many decades , Angelo Massimino was " man alone in command ", passionately committed to the attempt to bring out the only true team of the heart of Catania on the national football scene. Many many words, from him the facts of the years that were.
The first denomination of the Catania plant that stands in Piazza Spedini originates from the city district that hosts it: Cibali .
It was inaugurated on Sunday 28 November 1937 on the occasion of AFC Catania-Foggia, a match valid for the ninth day of Group E of the Serie C Championship : Raffaele Pulzone's goal ended 1-0 in the 33rd minute, making him thus go down in history as first scorer in an official match on the new green rectangle much desired by the city. On 4 June 1961 , according to the most accredited source, one of the most significant expressions of Italian football jargon was coined: a young Sandro Ciotti, connected from Catania during the radio broadcast " Tutto il Calcio minute by minute ", thus underlines the feat of Catania-Davide, who in the extraordinary climate of the friendly stadium outclasses Inter-Goliath with a net 2-0: " Clamoroso at Cibali ". The last renovation of the internal premises and redefinition of the spaces was carried out on the occasion of the 1997 Universiade.
The Provincial Supervisory Commission on public entertainment venues has certified an effective seating capacity of 20,016 , divided as follows by sector: Grandstand A (covered) 3,243 seats , Grandstand B 4,502 seats , Curva Sud 5,865 seats , Curva Nord 5,406 seats , Sector Guests 1,000 seats .
The "Massimino" stadium is currently equipped with 8 access gates , 3 2 electronic turnstiles for the recognition of titles and spectator access, 9 emergency exits , 11 internal cameras , 69 external cameras , 12 positions in the control room with 23 monitors for video surveillance. The internal separation elements of the sectors reach a height of 3.5 meters, well above the reference standard, and are equipped with a small barrier.
On 16 December 1956 , Catania played a prestigious friendly match: the Piazza Spedini stadium gave political-sporting asylum to the club which at that time was the strongest in the world, the legendary Honved Budapest led by the champion Ferenc Puskas, among the best shooters of all time. Puskas gave Cibali's audience a 50-metre goal on the occasion. In February 1957 , the first " Federal Course for football coaches " was held at the Cibali.
It was also the stadium of Jolly Componibili Catania , the women's soccer team that won the Scudetto in 1978 .
On 3 October 1993, more than 10,000 Catania fans were present at the Cibali stadium, despite knowing that Giarre, opponents designated by the Serie C1 group B calendars redefined by the TAR, would not show up but would instead take the field in Avellino, following the indication of the Football Federation. Finally, after the regular waiting times, a friendly was played with the amateurs of Libertas Palestro. Beyond the now outdated historical contrast, one message is eternally topical: Catania fans go to the stadium for Catania and are Catania's first strength.
On the festive night between 9 and 10 June 2002, on their return from Taranto, Catania was welcomed to the stadium by the delirious public, as in broad daylight: about 15,000 people from Catania at Cibali, at 2, not for a match but for the shirt and healthy pride.
THE NATIONAL TEAMS AT THE "MAXIMUM"
28/01/1998 – Italy-Slovakia 3-0, friendly match: st Timko 3rd own goal, Del Piero 8th, Di Matteo 18th;
13/02/2002 – Italy-USA 1-0, friendly match: st 17th Del Piero;
06/09/2019 – Under 21 – Italy-Moldova 4-0, friendly match: pt 33 Scamacca; st 7th and 18th Frattesi, 24th Tumminello.
19/11/2019 – Under 21 - Italy-Armenia 6-0, match valid for the European qualifiers: pt 15th Kean, 25th Pinamonti, 41st Kean; st 8th Zanellato, 12th Scamacca, 21st Del Prato.
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