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Gazzetta dello Sport: Estonians with no mercy, rivals beaten 36-0!

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The echo of Virtsu JK legendary defeat at FC Infonet has travelled around the globe.
Born inspired by an Italian football legend as Alessandro Del Piero, the Virtsu JK lads can now boast to have seen their name appearing on the same newspaper where Alex's one has appeared for years: 'La Gazzetta dello Sport'.
This article that we have translated for you, appeared on Gazzetta's weekly magazine, 'Sportweek' (see picture on the right - click to enlarge)

The original version in Italian is available at the bottom after our English rendition.


In Estonia, the national cup competition it is open to everyone. Really everyone, from top-flight (Premium Liiga) to the non-league level (Rahvaliiga). It would be like if the Coppa Italia would be opened to ‘Terza Categoria’ clubs (last tier of Italian football). There are no filters. A big draw with no seeded teams and then anything can happen. This year, for 2015-2016 competition, Tallinn’s FC Infonet, top club from Premium Liiga, took on Virtsu JK from the Rahvaliiga amateur level. Virtsu is a 500-inhabitant village. In due proportions, it’s like if AC Fiorentina were to take Ponte a Greve FC, a club from the ‘Terza Categoria’ of the Florence metropolitan area. The full-time score in Tallinn was 36-0 for Infonet. Yes, thirtysix to nil: 13-0 in the first half, and 23-0 at the end of the resume, just because the Virtsu lads collapsed in second half. Defender Trevor Elhi was the day topscorer with 10 goals. In Estonia, everything took the result with good spirit: a laugh and no controversy. The news travelled as far as to the English paper, The Telegraph, which dedicated a long article to the game and defined the manual – not digital - scoreboard guy as the most busy person of the match (in the picture the full-time score, külalised means ‘guests’). It’s just another way to conceive football. In Italy, usually, they don’t push the score so further, at a certain point they stop. The Estonian Cup open to everyone it’s a nice thing, however we’re a bit puzzled at the full-time score: is it logical to have such a score in an official competition?


A cover of Sportweek in the old fashion with Virtsu JK's hero featuring 

A cover of Sportweek in the old fashion with Virtsu JK's hero featuring 

ESTONI SENZA PIETA': RIVALI BATTUTI 36-0!

In Estonia la coppa nazionale di calcio e’ aperta tutti ma proprio a tutti, dalla Premium Liiga – la prima divisione – all’ultima serie dilettantistica. Come se in Italia alla TIM Cup potessereo iscriversi le squadre di terza categoria. Non ci sono filtri in Coppa d’Estonia. ‘Sorteggione’ integrale e succede quel che succede. Quest’anno, per il primo turno dell’edizione 2015-2016, si sono trovate di fronte l’Infonet di Tallin, club di livello della Premium Liiga, ed il Virtsu JK, gruppo di amatori della Rahvaliiga, l’ultimo gradino del calcio estone. Alle spalle del Virtsu, un villaggio di 500 abitanti. Fatte le proporzioni, come se la Fiorentina affrontasse il Ponte a Greve, formazione della terza categoria fiorentina. A Tallin e’ finita 36-0 per l’Infonet. Si, trentasei a zero: 13-0 nel primo tempo e 23-0 nella ripresa perche’ i ragazzi del Virtsu alla lunga sono crollati. Il difensore Trevor Elhi e’ stato il capocannoniere del giorno con 10 gol. In Estonia l’hanno presa tutti bene, battuti compresi, soltanto risate, nessuna polemica. La notizia si e’ diffusa oltre confine, in Inghilterra il Telegraph ne ha parlato in un lungo articolo ed ha definito l’addetto al tabellone – manuale non elettronico – l’uomo piu’ impegnato dell’incontro (nella foto: il risultato, külalised significa ospiti). Un altro modo di concepire il calcio. Da noi di solito non ci si spinge cosi’ in la’, a un certo punto ci si ferma. La Coppa d’Estonia ‘open’ e’ una bella cosa, ma un 36-0 lascia perplessi, ha senso un risultato del genere in una competizione ufficiale?