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Celebrative Sticker #71: ARPAD WEISZ

Not to forget. It’s as if today, from one day to the next, into thin air, Mourinho, Guardiola or Klopp disappeared. Without anything more being known about it and the story and tragedy remaining unknown for decades afterwards.

Celebrative Sticker #71 is Arpad Weisz to whom the eleventh edition of FIGUCON is dedicated, Sunday 14 January at the Estragon Club, the annual stickers & cards expo organized by Figurine Forever in Bologna, 80 years after his death.

Arpad Weisz, born in Solt (Hungary) on 16 April 1896, was one of the greatest coaches in the history of Italian and European football. He won three Serie A championships, one with Inter in 1929/30, in the first historic edition of the single-group championship, two with Bologna in 1935/36 and 1936/37. Under the guidance of the Hungarian coach, “the squadron that makes the world tremble” was also able to triumph at the Expo Tournament in Paris in 1937.

In 1938, due to the racial laws passed by the fascist government, he was forced to leave, in general silence, the bench and our country together with his wife Elena and his two children Roberto and Clara, taking refuge first in France and then in the Netherlands, continuing to train.

At the beginning of the 1940s the general situation in Nazi-occupied Holland worsened significantly and the Jewish population was expelled from school, work and any activity, including football. In August 1942 the Weisz family was arrested by the Gestapo and in October the gates of Auschwitz opened for them. The two children were immediately sent to the gas chambers. Arpad died on 31 January 1944, he was 47 years old.

The collaboration with ANED (National Association of Former Deportees in Nazi Camps) and with the Bologna Football Club, who collaborated in the creation of this solidarity figurine, is renewed and strengthened.

TOGETHER for ANED!

With this solidarity sticker it will be possible to support the “Adotta con la Figurina” project where Figurine Forever engages annually in different solidarity projects and support the activities of ANED the National Association Ex Deported in the nazi camps (http://www.deportati.it/?lang=en); we strongly feel the need to keep the memory of what happened alive and daily, because it should never happen again.

ARPAD WEISZ
Celebrative Sticker #71 – Sticker + Folder

1st numberd edition 109 copies
from 1 to 109

3rd numberd edition 150 copies
from 351 to 500

Free offer starting from 7,00€ 
+ shipping (for Europe 10,00€)
4×3 with four different Celebrative
one is gift

How to contribute:

  • Bank transfer: 
    Bank:Emil Banca – Credito Cooperativo 
    Branch:Borgo Panigale, Bologna Italia 
    IBAN:IT82 Y070 7202 4000 0000 0427 519 
    BIC:ICRAITRRTS0 
    For purchases by bank transfer, please always follow an email to figurineforever@gmail.com
  • Paypal to the address only figurineforever@gmail.com, with Paypal the price per card is € 1.00 more
  • IN THE CAUSAL ALWAYS INSERT: WHICH CARD YOU WANT TO BUY AND YOUR ADDRESS FOR SHIPMENT, PLEASE BEFORE TO PAY ALWAYS POSTAGE COSTS FROM ITALY TO YOUR COUNTRY
  • On Ebay https://www.ebay.it/str/figurineforeverofficial

AVAILABLE NOW!
(1st numbered edition 1-109, copies available 10/109)
(2nd numbered edition 110-350, SOLD OUT)
(3rd numbered edition 351-500, copies available 148/150)

the folders of the solidarity stickers are numbered, the number you receive is random. The choice of the specific number is a pre-sale service only and only for the members of Figurine Forever

An unnumbered version was also printed, mainly used for distribution to institutions, schools, cultural and social realities as a method to raise awareness and always keep historical memory alive.

On the occasion of Remembrance Day 2024, in collaboration with LND (National Amateur League), the second edition was printed and distributed at events throughout Italy, numbered from 110 to 350

Celebrative Sticker #61: CORIOLANO PERIOLI

Football fans remember the 1944 Northern Italian championship, at the height of the war, where it was difficult to organize travel and where, certainly, the priorities were different, but football could also help to defuse the drama that was being experienced. In 1944, several clubs, to avoid calling up their players to arms, made the decision to move the players to non-sporting realities, so that the commitment of work, necessary for the war, could safeguard them.

Among these, the best known is certainly the story of Spezia which in 1944 played as a team of the Fire Brigade and which, in an unpredictable way for some, after a championship with a thousand logistical difficulties, won the final round against Venezia and above all FC Torino , which already had the backbone of what would be the Grande Torino of 5 consecutive championships, stopped only by fate and the Superga disaster. The Fire Brigade of La Spezia won the championship against the team where the unforgettable Valentino Mazzola already played.

The president of that Spezia was Coriolano Perioli, his story must be told and not only from a sporting point of view, the solidarity sticker Celebrative Sticker #61 is dedicated to his memory.

Orazio Coriolano Perioli was one of the protagonists in the history of Spezia Calcio and the Resistance. Born in Arcola on 31 March 1894, together with his brothers he ran one of the most important port companies in the city. In 1941 he became president of the football team, making a big impact and purchasing players such as Eusebio Castigliano and Carlo Scarpato. In 1943, after the armistice, he allowed the team to be incorporated into the Fire Brigade, in order to prevent the players from being called up to arms, as other clubs would do.

That team would win the 1944 championship, for which an honorary title would be recognized posthumously. President Perioli was captured on 23 November 1944 for having supplied food to the partisan forces. On 2 February 1945 he was sent to the Mauthausen concentration camp and then to Gusen 2. He was killed on 30 April 1945 by beatings from a kapo.

The solidarity sticker is made possible thanks to the availability of Perioli’s granddaughter, Mrs. Gabriella Bartolozzi Bianchi. We thank Spezia Calcio and the Municipality of Arcola for their collaboration.

Thanks also to the journalist Armando Napoletano, fundamental in the search for contacts and information, author of the book that recounts the 1944 scudetto and the president who made the dream possible (“Lo scudetto dello Spezia” Edizioni Giacché, 2020). Thanks also to Elisa Fazio, daughter of Francesco, symbol of Spezia in the 80s and to the staff of Spezia Fantasy, who were also fundamental to the success of the initiative.

The print of the first edition numbered in 306 copies is intended as a small homage to the La Spezia club, with that final 06 which recalls the year of foundation, 1906.

TOGETHER for ANED!

With this solidarity sticker it will be possible to support the “Adotta con la Figurina” project where Figurine Forever engages annually in different solidarity projects and support the activities of ANED the National Association Ex Deported in the nazi camps (http://www.deportati.it/?lang=en); we strongly feel the need to keep the memory of what happened alive and daily, because it should never happen again. 150 copies were donated to Aned as our support to this important reality, for a total value of 750 euros

CORIOLANO PERIOLI
Celebrative Sticker 61 – Sticker + Folder

1st numberd edition 306 copies
from 1 to 306

Free offer starting from 7,00€ 
+ shipping (for Europe 10,00€)
4×3 with four different Celebrative
one is gift

How to contribute:

  • Bank transfer: 
    Bank:Emil Banca – Credito Cooperativo 
    Branch:Borgo Panigale, Bologna Italia 
    IBAN:IT82 Y070 7202 4000 0000 0427 519 
    BIC:ICRAITRRTS0 
    For purchases by bank transfer, please always follow an email to figurineforever@gmail.com
  • Paypal to the address only figurineforever@gmail.com, with Paypal the price per card is € 1.00 more
  • IN THE CAUSAL ALWAYS INSERT: WHICH CARD YOU WANT TO BUY AND YOUR ADDRESS FOR SHIPMENT, PLEASE BEFORE TO PAY ALWAYS POSTAGE COSTS FROM ITALY TO YOUR COUNTRY
  • On Ebay https://www.ebay.it/str/figurineforeverofficial

AVAILABLE NOW!
(1st numbered edition 1-306, copies available 135/306)
(2nd numbered edition 307-500, SOLD OUT)

the folders of the solidarity stickers are numbered, the number you receive is random. The choice of the specific number is a pre-sale service only and only for the members of Figurine Forever

An unnumbered version was also printed, mainly used for distribution to institutions, schools, cultural and social realities as a method to raise awareness and always keep historical memory alive.

On the occasion of Remembrance Day 2024, in collaboration with LND (National Amateur League), the second edition was printed and distributed at events throughout Italy, numbered from 307 to 500

Fumetto Forever Card #35: THE CERVELLATI BROTHERS

Sport and the dramas of the Second World War have many common histories, just as many sportsmen suffered the tragedy of deportation to Nazi concentration camps. Stories that are often little known, almost forgotten, except for certain families and areas of the country who instead have made it a symbol and an indelible memory so that it never has to happen again.

The Cervellati brothers were two cyclists, the older, Irnerio, aspiring, the younger, Idro, aspiring. Their dreams of riding a bicycle were shattered first by the outbreak of war and then by their deportation to the Gusen-Mauthausen concentration camp, where they lost their lives together with their father Carlo.

The Cervellati family owned a small farm in Calcara, on the neighboroughs of Bologna, where the partisans had built a hut and sometimes stopped and spent the night, the family helped them.
The parents Carlo and Clementina but also the three children: Irnerio, Idro and Stella.

Not only the partisans, the family also gave help to those who, after the armistice of 1943, had decided to flee to escape imprisonment for refusing not to join the republican army.

The Cervellati house was surrounded by fascists and SS men. in December 1944, the three men of the house were arrested and taken first to Bologna, then Mantua and with their final destination the Gusen-Mauthausen concentration camp where they never returned. When the camp was liberated on May 5, 1945, they were already dead.

The Comic Card #35 solidarity sticker is dedicated to the two brothers and their passion for cycling. To a dream torn from the madness of war and fascism. Those who saw Irnerio Cervellati compete defined him as one of the strongest riders of the period, with great potential and some races won between Emilia Romagna and Tuscany. hydro? We will never know what he could express on the streets, riding his bicycle, next to his older brother.

The cartoonist Mabel Morri was involved for the realization https://www.mabelmorri.it/ who really took the initiative to heart and gave away five splendid drawings of the 2 brothers, thanks to the photos provided by the Cervellati/Morselli family. Too talented to show only one, for this reason, in addition to the solidarity card, the other 4 illustrations are printed on the postcard.

We thank the Municipality of Valsamoggia for having sponsored the solidarity card.

We thank the Unione Sportiva Calcara, the cycling club of the town of the Cervellati Brothers which since 1945, through the passion for this sport, has also carried on the memory of these two youngsters, potential champions, throughout the year and every April with the Liberation Grand Prix. At the next edition, scheduled for April 30, 2023, there will also be Irnerio and Idro through their solidarity card.

TOGETHER for ANED!

With this solidarity card + postcard, it will be possible to support the Adotta Con La Figurina project and support the activities of ANED the National Association Ex Deported in the nazi camps (http://www.deportati.it/?lang=en); we strongly feel the need to keep the memory of what happened alive and daily, because it should never happen again.

The Cervellati brothers by Mabel Morri
Fumetto Card #35 – Card + Postcard
1st edition 145 copies numbered

Free offer starting from 5,00€
+ shipping (for Europe 10,00€)
3×2 con with three different Fumetto Card
one is gift

How to contribute:

  • Bank transfer: 
    Bank:Emil Banca – Credito Cooperativo 
    Branch:Borgo Panigale, Bologna Italia 
    IBAN:IT82 Y070 7202 4000 0000 0427 519 
    BIC:ICRAITRRTS0 
    For purchases by bank transfer, please always follow an email to figurineforever@gmail.com
  • Paypal to the address only figurineforever@gmail.com, with Paypal the price per card is € 1.00 more
  • IN THE CAUSAL ALWAYS INSERT: WHICH CARD YOU WANT TO BUY AND YOUR ADDRESS FOR SHIPMENT, PLEASE BEFORE TO PAY ALWAYS POSTAGE COSTS FROM ITALY TO YOUR COUNTRY
  • On Ebay https://www.ebay.it/str/figurineforeverofficial

AVAILABLE NOW!
(1st edition numbered 1-145, copies available 29/145)

the postcards of the solidarity cards are numbered, the number you receive is random. The choice of the specific number is a pre-sale service only and only for the members of Figurine Forever

An unnumbered version was also printed, mainly used for distribution to people involved in this project.

Celebrative Sticker #36: CARLO CASTELLANI!

Many have heard on the radio or television “let’s take the line from the Castellani stadium in Empoli ..” without knowing who the person after whom the Tuscan city named the stadium was. Around Italy there are sports facilities that with their name want to remember stories and characters that must not be forgotten.

What happened many years ago is still fresh in mind, not only in Empoli. The name Carlo Castellani is indelible, the project of this solidarity sticker has two purposes: to pay homage to those who have never forgotten it, to restore strength to the historical memory of those who still do not know the life and tragedy of this champion.

The Celebrative Sticker #36 is Carlo Castellani, born in Montelupo Fiorentino on January 15, 1909, died in Gusen on August 11, 1944. In between, a lot of football played, many goals scored with his Empoli, the Tuscan club’s absolute best scorer for over 70 years . The record will be surpassed only by Francesco “Ciccio” Tavano in 2011.

In the dark years of the war and the regime, although his family is anti-fascist, Carlo doesn’t get involved in politics. On the night of 8 March 1944, the carabinieri and the hierarch knock on the door of the Castellani house to take away his father David, who however is ill. Carlo decides to take his place, without resisting for fear of retaliation against his family.

Carlo is taken to Florence. From platform 6 of the Santa Maria Novella station he is loaded onto a train for Germany, crammed with hundreds of other deportees and deportees, some will die along the way, he arrives days later at the Mauthausen concentration camp.

Carlo Castellani, physically and mentally exhausted, died on 11 August 1944.

This solidarity stickers was made possible thanks to the collaboration with Aned – National Association of Former Deportees in Nazi Camps, in particular the sections of Empoli, Florence and Bologna. It is sponsored by the Municipality of Empoli and the Municipality of Montelupo Fiorentino and is created in collaboration with the Empoli Football Club which allowed the official logo of the white-blue club to be inserted.

Special thanks to Franco Castellani, Carlo’s son, for sharing memories, letters, photos. Of these photos, only a few but significant ones have given life to a folder that acts as a splendid frame for a figurine that will remain over time. To never forget.

The Celebrative Sticker #36 solidarity sticker will be presented on Friday 3 March 2023, at 4.30 pm in the Press Room of Empoli FC at the Carlo Castellani Stadium.

TOGETHER for ANED!

With this solidarity sticker it will be possible to support the “Adotta con la Figurina” project where Figurine Forever engages annually in different solidarity projects and support the activities of ANED the National Association Ex Deported in the nazi camps (http://www.deportati.it/?lang=en); we strongly feel the need to keep the memory of what happened alive and daily, because it should never happen again. 150 of the numbered version and 50 of the unnumbered version were donated to Aned Empoli as our support to this important reality, for a total value of 1,000 euros

We want to remember Carlo Castellani both for the great man, persecuted, that he was, and for the great footballer, as the facts say, that he was.

CARLO CASTELLANI
Celebrative Sticker #36 – Sticker + Folder

1st numberd edition 300 copies
from 1 to 300

Free offer starting from 7,00€ 
+ shipping (for Europe 10,00€)
4×3 with four different Celebrative
one is gift

How to contribute:

  • Bank transfer: 
    Bank:Emil Banca – Credito Cooperativo 
    Branch:Borgo Panigale, Bologna Italia 
    IBAN:IT82 Y070 7202 4000 0000 0427 519 
    BIC:ICRAITRRTS0 
    For purchases by bank transfer, please always follow an email to figurineforever@gmail.com
  • Paypal to the address only figurineforever@gmail.com, with Paypal the price per card is € 1.00 more
  • IN THE CAUSAL ALWAYS INSERT: WHICH CARD YOU WANT TO BUY AND YOUR ADDRESS FOR SHIPMENT, PLEASE BEFORE TO PAY ALWAYS POSTAGE COSTS FROM ITALY TO YOUR COUNTRY
  • On Ebay https://www.ebay.it/str/figurineforeverofficial

AVAILABLE NOW!
(1st numbered edition 1-300, copies available 91/300)
(2nd numbered edition 301-500, SOLD OUT)

the folders of the solidarity stickers are numbered, the number you receive is random. The choice of the specific number is a pre-sale service only and only for the members of Figurine Forever

An unnumbered version was also printed, mainly used for distribution to institutions, schools, cultural and social realities as a method to raise awareness and always keep historical memory alive.

On the occasion of Remembrance Day 2024, in collaboration with LND (National Amateur League), the second edition was printed and distributed at events throughout Italy, numbered from 301 to 500

Celebrative Sticker #20: VITTORIO STACCIONE!

Vittorio Staccione Forever! So that the memory of Vittorio, of his history, of all the stories related to the political and racial persecutions of fascism and the consequent, for many, deportation to Nazi concentration camps, may never be forgotten, may never be “a history of other times” , to be placed in the drawer.

We are happy and proud to announce the Celebrative Sticker # 20 solidarity sticker, dedicated to Vittorio Staccione. The sporting and human history of the turin footballer goes hand in hand with the darkest twenty years in Italy.

The refusal to bow to Mussolini’s regime undoubtedly made Vittorio’s career as a footballer very complicated; despite the intimidation and even the repeated physical violence suffered by the fascist squads, Staccione on the playing field was able to leave his mark, both in his beloved Torino FC, where he grew up, and later in Cremonese, Fiorentina and Cosenza.

Intense, bitter story, more than others worthy of becoming a film, which is well told in Francesco Veltri’s book “Il mediano di Mauthausen” (Diarkos editions, 2019), thanks also to the collaboration with Federico Molinario, Vittorio’s nephew. It is above all thanks to Federico and the Grande Torino Museum that put us in contact if we were able to carry out this project; thanks also to the Panathlon Club of Cremona and to the Fiorentina Museum if the memory of Staccione is still alive.

Vittorio Staccione, on 12 March 1944, was arrested by the police in Turin and handed over to the SS to be deported to concentration camps, he died in Mauthausen on 16 March 1945; his brother Francesco, deported to the same concentration camp, will follow him nine days later.

For the solidarity sticler, we assumed that history had gone differently, that Italy was a better country in those years and that therefore Vittorio Staccione, solely for his proven football skills, could make his debut and become a protagonist also in the national team. He too triumphed at the International Tournament held between 1927 and 1930, forerunner of that winning Italy of coach Pozzo who will bring the Azzurri to the throne of the world twice in the following 8 years.

TOGETHER for ANED!

With this solidarity sticker it will be possible to support the “Adotta con la Figurina” project where Figurine Forever engages annually in different solidarity projects and it will be possible to support the activities of ANED the National Association Ex Deported in the nazi camps (http://www.deportati.it/?lang=en); we strongly feel the need to keep the memory of what happened alive and daily, because it should never happen again. At the same time, 60 copies will be donated to the Grande Torino Museum for sale at their in-house shop. We want to remember Vittorio Staccione both for the great man, persecuted, that he was, and for the great footballer, as the facts say, that he was.

VITTORIO STACCIONE
Celebrative Sticker #20 – Sticker + Folder

3rd numbered edition coming soon

Free offer starting from 7,00€ 
+ shipping (for Europe 10,00€)
4×3 with four different Celebrative
one is gift

How to contribute:

  • Bank transfer: 
    Bank:Emil Banca – Credito Cooperativo 
    Branch:Borgo Panigale, Bologna Italia 
    IBAN:IT82 Y070 7202 4000 0000 0427 519 
    BIC:ICRAITRRTS0 
    For purchases by bank transfer, please always follow an email to figurineforever@gmail.com
  • Paypal to the address only figurineforever@gmail.com, with Paypal the price per card is € 1.00 more
  • IN THE CAUSAL ALWAYS INSERT: WHICH CARD YOU WANT TO BUY AND YOUR ADDRESS FOR SHIPMENT, PLEASE BEFORE TO PAY ALWAYS POSTAGE COSTS FROM ITALY TO YOUR COUNTRY
  • On Ebay https://www.ebay.it/str/figurineforeverofficial

EDITION 3 COMING SOON!
(1st numbered edition 1-245, SOLD OUT)
(2nd numbered edition 246-500, SOLD OUT)

the folders of the solidarity stickers are numbered, the number you receive is random. The choice of the specific number is a pre-sale service only and only for the members of Figurine Forever

An unnumbered version was also printed, mainly used for distribution to people involved in this project.

The choice to print 245 copies is not accidental, that final “45” is a clear reference to when man’s madness and cruelty put an end to the life of an Italian sports champion

On the occasion of Remembrance Day 2024, in collaboration with LND (National Amateur League), the second edition was printed and distributed at events throughout Italy, numbered from 246 to 500