Amedeo Biavati

Amedeo Biavati (Italian pronunciation: [ameˈdɛːo bjaˈvaːti]; 4 April 1915 – 22 April 1979) was an Italian footballer, who was born in Bologna. He was usually deployed as forward or as a midfielder on the wing.[1] A very fast and creative player, with an eye for goal, precise crossing, and excellent technical ability and dribbling skills, Biavati is regarded as one of the greatest Italian players and wingers of all time, and is largely remembered for popularising the use of notable skills and feints in Italian football, in particular the step over.[2][3][4]

Amedeo Biavati
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Biavati as Bologna's captain in 1946
Personal information
Full name Amedeo Biavati
Date of birth (1915-04-04)4 April 1915
Place of birth Bologna, Kingdom of Italy
Date of death 22 April 1979(1979-04-22) (aged 64)
Place of death Bologna, Italy
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
1930–1932 Bologna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1934–1935 Bologna 16 (6)
1934–1935 Catania 30 (9)
1935–1947 Bologna 203 (58)
1948–1949 Reggina ? (?)
1949–1950 Imolese ? (3)
1950–1951 Magenta ? (?)
1951–1952 U.G. Manduria Sport ? (?)
1953–1954 A.S.D. Molfetta 1+ (1+)
1954–1955 Belluno 9+ (3+)
National team
1938–1947 Italy 18 (8)
Teams managed
1949–1950 Imolese
1950–1951 Magenta
1951–1952 U.G. Manduria Sport
1953–1954 A.S.D. Molfetta
1954–1955 Belluno B
19?? Fano
19?? Boca San Lazzaro
1969–1970 U.S. Rovereto
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Biavati played in Serie A with Bologna, making his debut on 21 May 1933 in a 7–0 win over Casale. He also played with Catania in Serie B. With Bologna he enjoyed a successful period, winning in particular three Serie A titles during the 1936–1937, 1938–1939, and 1940–1941 seasons, as well as the Torneo Internazionale dell'Expo Universale di Parigi in 1937, and the Coppa Alta Italia in 1946.[2][5][6]

International careerEdit

Biavati made 18 appearances and scored eight goals for the Italy national football team between 1938 and 1947, and he helped the team to win the 1938 FIFA World Cup in France, as well as the third edition of the Central European International Cup.[1] He made his international debut on 12 June 1938, during the quarter-finals of the 1938 World Cup, as Italy defeated the host nation 3–1.[7] Biavati is often remembered for the notable goal he scored against England in Milan, on 13 May 1939, placing the ball into an empty net after dribbling past the English defenders and the goalkeeper.[1]

Managerial careerEdit

After retiring, Biavati attempted to pursue a career as a football manager, albeit unsuccessfully.[1]







  1. ^ a b c d e f "BIAVATI, Amedeo" (in Italian). Treccani: Enciclopedia dello Sport (2002). Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Ma è un italiano il padre della finta" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 7 March 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  3. ^ "1938 Italia: Capitolo VIII: Ritratti dei Campioni del Mondo" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  4. ^ Furio Zara (15 May 2018). "Pavoletti e i grandi specialisti di testa dell'Italia e del mondo" (in Italian). Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Grande successo per Amedeo Biavati. Il mito del doppio passo" (in Italian). Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Biavati, Amadeo". (in Italian). Enciclopedia del Calcio. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Amadeo Biavati". (in Italian). FIGC. Archived from the original on 7 September 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2015.

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