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This Week in the LISFL - 12/10/17

This week in the LISFL saw all games cancelled on Sunday due to the weather. As a result, we're able to catch up on all the recent games in the ENYSSA Cups, League Cups, and League games before the winter break. Read more

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Marciano Cipriano Forest Park

FINDING SOME FAME:

Marciano Cipriano inducted into Eastern New York Soccer Hall

We’re lucky that Marciano’s father was a hard man and he made him got to work,” said FDNY and Eastern New York State Soccer Association trustee Joe Brosi, who once played for the College Point Flames. “Marciano played only street soccer and not organized soccer. He tells me if he had played organized soccer, he would have played Serie A, stayed in Italy; and he’d be interviewing for the coach the Italian national team right now.” As it turns out, Italy’s loss became New York

soccer’s game. Cipriano was inducted into the Eastern NewYork Soccer Hall of Fame for his dedication and hard work about the beautiful game at the recent ENYSSA’s dinner at Verdi’s of Whitestone.

After immigrating to the United States at the age of 16 in 1972, Cipriano lived on Long Island and met Pasquale DeLuca, the founder of the Forest Park Soccer Club and wound up playing for the club’s reserve team in the Long Island Soccer Football League. When Forest Park needed a reserve coach, DeLuca asked Cipriano to take over. He wound up coaching directing the reserve team as the club won two league titles, two LISFL Cup championship and the Cangero Cup. Not surprisingly, Cipriano made an impact well off the field, becoming an LISFL trustee, vice president, treasurer, arbiter and director of the league’s indoor tournament. He is a trustee with ENYSSA and a Life Member since 2008.

As a member of the North Shore Soccer Club for more than 30 years, Ciprianohas made an impact with youth Soccer. He served as president of the club and is vice president today. He has seen the club grow from 180 intramural players and four travel teams to about 850 players and 20 travel teams. They have had a lot of success there,” Brosi said. Cipriano’s sons went on to play Division I school, Michael at Northeastern University, Daniel at Manhattan College. And the true reward came, the circle was complete when both boys eventually came back to play for their dad at Forest Park,” Brosi said.

In his acceptance speech, Cipriano thanked the association and his wife. For me to get this award, I really appreciate it,” he said. “I would like to thank the committee for voting for me. I would like to thank [ENYSSA president] Sal Rapaglia for his hard work and dedication for all the years to the state association. He’s been unbelievable. I want to thank [ENYSSA 2nd vice president] Gus Xikis for recommending me for the Hall of Fame. Thank you. I’ve been blessed during my time in soccer. First of all I want to thank my wife Patricia. She also supported me 100 percent, always there for me because I went to the field every Sunday, attending meetings over the years and she made a lot of sacrifices. I’m very grateful for that. You can’t do anything without support from your wife. Michael and Danny are here because they love the game just like I love. Again, I am blessed with that to be able to see them play their youth and college games. That was the best experience for a father who will never forget. I learned so much from them.” Cipriano related an incident when coached Michael when his son was 10- years-old. He yelled at the team. In front of all of the parents, he ran to the sideline and said, ‘Dad, it’s only a game,’ ” Cipriano said with a laugh. That was such an incredible message for me. Soccer is only a game and we should always treat it that way so we can enjoy it.”

Cipriano also acknowledged three mentors — DeLuca and two others who have passed away — LISFL president Tony Cangero and North Shore SC president Neil Capobianco. He thanked the former for allowing him to coach at Forest Park, Cangero for getting him involved in the league and being a teacher and Capobianco, who got him involved with his soccer club’s youth program.

“When you start you never thought about getting awards,” he added. “That’s something that comes from nowhere. So, we do it because we enjoy the game. We do it because we want to see soccer grow in this country. But the best thing we get out of it, is the friendship that we have created over the years that we’ll never forget. It will last for a lifetime and that’s what it’s all about.”

Donato Cellucci NY Hota Bavarians

FINDING SOME FAME:

Cellucci inducted into Eastern New York Soccer Hall of Fame Donato Cellucci has been associated with only one soccer club in his life — N.Y. Hota Bavarian S.C.

QUEENS, N.Y. — Donato Cellucci, who has been with only one soccer club in his life, has been rewarded for his dedication and longevity

in the game.

Cellucci was inducted into the Eastern New York Soccer Hall of Fame Sunday night. The current president if the N.Y.

Hota/Bavarian S.C. has done just about everything one can do with a club. After emigrating from Italy Feb. 18, 1966, Cellucci began his American soccer experience with the Under-14 team when the club was known as the Bavarian Soccer Club and earned a spot on the first team that competed in the German-American Soccer League (now Cosmopolitan Soccer League) and eventually joined the Over-30 squad.

After winning the Dr. Manning Cup in 1975, the club merged with N.Y. Hota S.C. as Cellucci played with the first team until 1983 and with the O-30 side through 1990. ENYSSA second vice president Gus Xikis, who introduced Cellucci to the audience at Verdi’s of Whitestone, remembered the Hota player as one tough foe.

“I played against him. I was a goalkeeper,” Xikis said. “Thank God he was a defender. He never had a chance to come by me. Sometimes on corner kicks he would come up. He was a dirty player, let me tell you.”
Of course, he was only joking in that last comment.

Then Xikis got serious.
“He worked very hard for the league,” he said. “Any time we need favors, he’s always there. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.”
After hanging up his boots for good, Cellucci coached several junior teams and he still coaches Hota’s Over-30 team in the Long Island Soccer Football League. During his acceptance speech, Cellucci looked back at his soccer career, sometimes seriously, sometimes jokingly, and sometimes humbly.
“The opportunity to play for only one club,” he said. “Never wanted to play pro. Never wanted to do anything except curse at the referees once in a while. But I enjoyed every bit of it.
“I want to thank everybody for putting me up here. It’s just something else I appreciate. 


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