24th March 1935: A date that won’t mean much to anyone other than the most knowledgeable fans, but in reality it was hugely significant as it was the first time that Silvio Piola wore the Azzurri shirt.
Italy were playing Austria in Vienna and Piola was selected by Pozzo as a surprise starter. In those 90 minutes, he showed that he was a real prodigy as he scored both goals in a 2-0 win. After the match, he asked the manager if he could take home a shirt to give to his mum. Although it wasn’t normal at the time, Pozzo couldn’t say no.
Silvio’s mother kept the shirt proudly and sewed “Vienna: 24th March 1935, Austria 0-2 Italy. Piola scored. First match for Piola in the national team.”
Those words displayed the maternal love for a great player who would finish his Azzurri career with 30 goals.
It was Silvio’s daughter Paola after the death of her father who discovered that shirt of great historic value and she donated it to the Football Museum where it remains today.
This family anecdote which intertwines with the history of the Azzurri is the ideal way to recognise Mother’s Day.