Alessandro Frigerio

Alessandro Frigerio Payán (15 November 1914 – 10 January 1979) was a Swiss-Colombian footballer who played as a forward.

Alessandro Frigerio
Personal information
Full name Alessandro Frigerio Payán[1]
Date of birth (1914-11-15)15 November 1914
Place of birth Tumaco, Colombia
Date of death 10 January 1979(1979-01-10) (aged 64)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1930 Lugano
1931 Liverpool[1]
1931–1932 Servette
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1932–1937 Young Fellows Zürich (50+)
1937–1938 Le Havre 24+ (35)
1939–1942 Lugano (72+)
1943–1946 Bellinzona (17+)
1947–1949 Chiasso 20+ (7+)
National team
1932–1937 Switzerland[2] 10 (1)
Teams managed
1947–1948 Chiasso (player-manager)
1951 Chiasso[3]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Frigerio began his career in the youth team of Lugano in 1930. After spending some time in the youth team of English club Liverpool, he returned to Switzerland, where he joined Servette.[1]

Frigerio made his professional debut in the Young Fellows Juventus, where he played for eight years, during which they won the 1935–36 Swiss Cup. Frigerio was the scorer of the 1936–37 Nationalliga.

In mid-1937, Frigerio was acquired by the French club Le Havre, with whom he won the 1937–38 French Division 2. After that season returned to Switzerland, due to the outbreak of the Second World War. Between 1939 and 1942 he played for Lugano, with whom he won the 1940–41 Nationalliga and were runners up in the 1942–43 Swiss Cup, being the goalscorer of the 1940–41 and 1941–42 Nationalliga.

Frigerio played four years at the club Bellinzona, and ended his career in 1949 at the club Chiasso.

International careerEdit

Frigerio made his international debut on 6 March 1932 at the age of 17 (a record that lasted a long time) in a friendly match against Germany in Leipzig that ended in a 2–0 defeat. Frigerio played a total of 10 matches between 1932 and 1937, and scored his only goal in a 2–2 draw against Yugoslavia on 24 September 1933 in a 1934 FIFA World Cup qualifier match. He was called for the 1938 FIFA World Cup squad, however he did not play any match.

Managerial careerEdit

Frigerio played 1947–48 Nationalliga B as a player-manager of Chiasso. That year the team was the runner-up in the league, tied on 36 points with Urania Genève Sport, which was promoted for next year. The next season, Italian Alfredo Foni (also player-manager) replaced Frigerio as coach. Frigerio left football in 1949, returned as manager of Chiasso in 1951, and retired again that year.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Son of Swiss Reinaldo Frigeiro, a consul, and Colombian María Payán, Alessandro lived in Buenaventura until age 8.[1]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

This table is incomplete, thus some stats and totals could be incorrect.

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Switzerland League Cup Europe Total
1935–36 Young Fellows Zürich Nationalliga - 27 - - - - - 27
1936–37 - 23 - - - - - 23
France League Cup Europe Total
1937–38 Le Havre Division 2 - 19 - - - - - 19
1938–39 Division 1 24 16 - - - - 24 16
Switzerland League Cup Europe Total
1940–41 Lugano Nationalliga - 26 - - - - - 26
1941–42 - 23 - - - - - 23
1942–43 - 23 - - - - - 23
1946–47 Bellinzona Nationalliga A - 17 - - - - - 17
1948–49 Chiasso 20 7 - - - - 20 7
Total France 24+ 35 0 0 0 0 24+ 35
Switzerland 20+ 146+ 0 0 0 0 20+ 146+
Career total 44+ 181+ 0 0 0 0 44+ 181+

InternationalEdit

International appearancesEdit

Team Year Apps Goals
Switzerland 1932 2 0
1933 2 1
1934 1 0
1935 3 0
1936 1 0
1937 1 0
Total 10 1

International goalsEdit

International goals
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 1933-09-24 Stadion BSK, Belgrade, Yugoslavia   Yugoslavia 2–1 2–2 1934 FIFA World Cup qualification

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Bellinzona
Chiasso
Runner-up (1): 1947–48
Le Havre
Lugano
Runner-up (1): 1942–43
Young Fellows Zürich

IndividualEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Primer futbolista colombiano al exterior". arcotriunfal.com (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  2. ^ Swiss Players in France, RSSSF
  3. ^ Switzerland – Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs, RSSSF Archived 27 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Alessandro Frigerio's profile". Worldfootball.net.