The after-war

After the suspension due to the war, Udinese was inserted in the "Veneto-emiliano" group including 36 teams from B and C. Sergio Manente made his debut with the bianconeri. He was to become one of Juventus' master players with his 231 matches.
The bianconeri remained in Serie B until the 1947-48 season when the Federation restored it into a single championship. For this reason, in order to gain salvation Udinese had to finish at least in 6th place. Unfortunately they only managed to get the tenth position with 35 points.

The Arrival of Giuseppe Bertoli: reaching the Serie A

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Giuseppe Bertoli who led Udinese from Serie C to Serie A
At the beginning of the season there was a turning point: Guido Cappelletto resigned and its position as the club's president was taken by the entrepreneur Giuseppe Bertoli, co-owner of Officine Bertoli in Paderno, north of Udine. He was able to erase the club's debts of the amount of nearly 9 million liras.
Bertoli was the protagonist of bianconero football, he was a determined man. Trained first by Hermann Schramseis, Austrian coach, and then by Elio Loschi, Udinese only reached the tenth position, as we had already mentioned, and could not leave Serie C. Bertoli was able to handle the situation and wanted the former goalkeeper Aldo Olivieri, World Champion in Paris in 1938, to train the team building a balanced squad. It really proved to be a good choice. Udinese went back to Serie B but they were not ready to compete for Serie A yet. Bertoli hired an offensive trio from Mestrina: Perissnotto-Darin-Dalle Vacche; and Solan, an Irish player, joined from Torino. New purchases were Brandolin, goalkeeper, (Lazio), then Berganmasco (Pro Gorizia), Farina (Chieti), Zorzi and Vicich (Sampdoria). Zorzi had already played in Udinese and he was happy to come back. Then there was Severino Feruglio, a hallmark of bianconeri history, one of the main protagonists that lead Udinese to Serie A. Udinese finished in the second place with 60 points, behind Napoli (61) and eventually reached Serie A. The lineup was more or less the same as the previous year, but for Aldo Olivieri, now playing for Inter; the new incomer was Guido Testolina, a coach whose attitude was mainly defensive. The team experienced only slight changes. Sloan left and Soerensen joined Udinese together with Acconcia (Fiorentina), Marchi (Bologna), Rinaldi and Toppan (Milan), Forlani (Reggiana), Paulinich (Cremonese).

From Bertoli to Dino Bruseschi

Udinese defensive trio in 1952-53 season: Zorzi, Toso, Tubaro
At the end of 1951-52 season, Giuseppe Bertoli decided to give full responsibility of the club to his son-in-law, Dino Bruseschi, leading a wood enterprise in Palmanova. Bertoli became honorary president and Bruseschi proved a good business man calling Aldo Olivieri back to train the team, and selling Travagini to Milan for a large amount of money. Toni Bacchetti, an authentic football genius joined from Napoli, a new goalkeeper, Pin, from Mestrina, and Vascellari from Treviso. They played good football but at half-way the team got lost, and were beaten in the following matches: relegation seemed closer and closer. At the very last match day in Busto Arsizio bianconeri won 3-2, although it turned out to be a combine.
The next season Dino Bruseschi wanted a new coach, Peppino Bigogno; he obtained Puccioni goalkeeper, from Inter; Invernizzi, midfielder; from Fiorentina; Bertrandi, from Brescia; Zamboni, from Venezia; Romano, from Pro Gorizia and Orzan, from Vigevano Stucchi. The president also wanted at all costs the Swedish forward Arne Selmosson, also known as the famous Moon Beam, but the player was not allowed to come and play in the Italian Championship.
Magli sostituisce il portiere Romano
Udinese beat rossoneri devils and the 25.000 supporters at Moretti got over excited. Udinese managed to play almost the whole match without their goalkeeper Gianni Romano, who had a bad game collision to Nordhal and was subsituted by Augusto Magli (at the time substitutions were not allowed). Other teams in the same situation during such an important match would have gone insane, would have surrendered, but Bigogno's men fought to the end thus gaining an unexpected 3 - 2 to Milan. There were new chances for Udinese to do their best for the end of the championship. Unfortunately in the last five games Udinese could not hook Milan at the top of the table: the team could not go beyond a draw to Pro Patria, Novara and Torino while Milan ended the season up with 48 points (Udinese only 44).

Udinese got relegated

Some strange results at the end of the 1954-55 season brought up some rumours about some possible combines. Federcalcio investigators discovered some irregularities during the match Pro Patria-Udinese which had taken place two years before. The Friulian football club overpaid the consequences, being the victim of a heavy scandalistic campain and on the 1 August 1955the board of Consiglio della Lega Nazionale of Figc sentenced Udinese to be relegated to serie B.

The Friulian peole invaded Piazza Libertà to protested against the verdict. Luckily no accidents took place neither after the appeal which once again condemned Udinese for the supposed combine. That day more bad news reached the club: the deputy president of the bianconeri, Arrigo De Pauli, prematurely died in a car accident while driving to Torino to watch Udinese play in a pre-season match.
Per Bredesen nel campionato 1955-56
In Serie B, without Bettini and Selmosson, who had joined Lazio, also without La Forgia and Dell'Innocenti (now playing for Bologna); without Szoke (Triestina) and Zorzi, who had retired, Udinese won and gained their place back to A thanks to two new football phenomena: the Norwegian player Bredesen and Secchi, a forward. Udinese won every single home match: that was no less than seventeen games.
The bianconeri, from 1956-57 to 1961-62 remained in serie A, and reached extraordinary results in 1956-57 finishing in 4th palce (same place together with Inter and Milan) thanks to the Swedish guy Lindskog who turned out to be just fundamental for the team's balance for two consecutive seasons. Unfortunately, soon afterwards the Club began to lose more and more matches. In 1960-61 they only managed to gain salvation at the play-offs in Bologna against Bari (1-1) and Lecce (3-3). The protagonist of the second half of the 1950s were Lorenzo Bettini and Luis Pentrelli, a right winger of Argentinian origins. Also belonging to the same lineup that year there were Piquè, Pantaleoni, Frignani, De Giovanni, Milan, Canella, Lindskog, a great player that although joining Inter with the trainer, Bigogno, always struggled for Udinese. That year Massimo Giacomini made his debut (13 October 1957, 1 -1 home draw to Milan): a good midfielder with a wide overview of the game dynamics.
The championship was disappointing and only after the play-offs in Milan against Spal, beaten 2-0 and in Florence against Palermo (1-1) bianconeri were able to avoid relegation. The only positive note was about Giuseppe Virgili, whose nickname was "Pecos Bill", from Udine, grown up at Ricreatorio Festivo Udinese: he scored 9 goals although being just a young professional. Virgili had debuted the year before the 12 October in Como (0 -0) and a week later he impressed the supporters against Juventus, in Turin even if Udinese badly lost 4-0.

1955: it is almost Scudetto

Campionato 1954-55: Selmosson e Bettini superano il portiere della Roma, Moro
"Pecos Bill Virgili" joined Fiorentina and the viola, thanks to his contribution, managed to get their first scudetto a year after his arrival. Although Virgili had left, our president Bruseschi had an extraordinary intuition and bought Lorenzo Bettini after a poor season with Roma. Bettini turned out to be a valid subsitute of Virgili.

Udinese hired new talents: Selmosson joined in; and then Magli (from Fiorentina), an elegant and clever midfielder; Dell'Innocenti (from Spal), La Forgia, a quick winger (from Bologna), Morelli (from Legnano). The beginning of the season was slow, Udinese lost 0 - 2 to l'Inter at home for the debut match, 1 - 3 to Napoli, 0 - 5 to Catania. It was thus necessary to strenghten and support the defence and in November Umberto Pinardi joined from Juventus.

That was a turning point. The team was more balanced, the defence proved stronger, the attack seemed more confident and after Sampdoria beat Udinese in Genoa on 12 December 1954 (2 -0), the bianconeri never again lost one single match. Game after game they got closer and closer to Nordhal, Schiaffino, Liedholm's Milan. The championship opened again, and turned hot for Udinese. On 1 May, Udinese faced Milan at "Moretti" stadium. Udinese got 35 points, Milan 39. Almost everybody was anxious about the match and Udinese carried out an extraordinary enterprise.
Udinese flew high and at the end of the season they conquered the ninth position out of 20 participants. The next year Udinese really had to struggle since from then on three teams risked being relegated. Even so, Udinese could move effectively during the transfer market as they hired some excellent players: Giancarlo Bacci, an eclectic winger straight from Roma, then there was Amos Mariani from Atalanta, a quick right winger who also gained a place in the Olympic team. Other new players were Ercole Castaldo (from Salernitana), Silvano Moro (Pro Gorizia), Ploegher (Juventus), Toso (Internazionale). At the end of the season bianconeri finished in 11th position, a positive outcome, although they suffered a bad defeat at home against Juventus, losing 2 -7. Bertoli sacked Testolina and the new coach was the team's captain who also led the team to salvation.

Campionato 1959-1960: Lorenzo Bettini