Born: July 11, 1912
in Trieste, Italy
Died: March 12, 2006
Della Pergola was secretary general of the International
Press Association from 1977 to 1988
and since 1989 has been the organization’s vice president.
As Italy’s premier sports journalist, he has contributed
to more than 65 newspapers and periodicals and to Italian
and international radio, television, and press agencies.
Della Pergola has reported 11 Summer Olympic Games, 3 Winter Olympics, and 11
World Soccer Cups.
In 1946, as editor-in-chief of the Milan Newspaper Gazetta dello Sport,
he founded the organization that launched Totocalcio—the football (soccer)
pools system—to finance Italy’s national soccer
program and the Italian Olympic Committee. He is also founder of the Italian
Sporting Press Union and has served or currently serves in a variety of capacities
in the Italian and world sports community.
Della Pergola is a Grande Officiale of the Republic of Italy, recipient
of the Prize of the International Universities Sports Federation. He coined the
name “ Universiades” for the World University
Championships. He has received the City of Milan gold medal and numerous other
Since 1960, Massimo has been president of the Italian Maccabi Federation and,
from 1961 to 1989, was the organizer of every Italian Maccabi Team competing
in the World Maccabiah Games in Israel.