Carlo Galli

Giancarlo Galli (born 6 March 1931), commonly known as Carlo Galli (Italian pronunciation: [(dʒaŋ)ˈkarlo ˈɡalli]), is an Italian retired footballer who played as a striker.

Carlo Galli
Carlo Galli 1953.jpg
Personal information
Full name Giancarlo Galli
Date of birth (1931-03-06) 6 March 1931 (age 89)
Place of birth Montecatini Terme, Italy
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1949–1951 Palermo 45 (16)
1951–1956 Roma 123 (54)
1956–1961 Milan 112 (47)
1961–1962 Udinese 8 (0)
1962–1963 Genoa 8 (3)
1963–1966 Lazio 38 (4)
National team
1953–1959 Italy 13 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Galli played for 16 seasons (305 games, 111 goals) in the Italian Serie A for U.S. Città di Palermo, A.S. Roma, A.C. Milan, Udinese Calcio, Genoa C.F.C. and S.S. Lazio. He was one of manager Giuseppe "Gipo" Viani's favourite players, and he coached while at both Palermo and Roma, before joining him at Milan in 1956, in exchange for an ageing Gunnar Nordahl. In his five seasons with Milan, Galli won two Serie A titles, and scored 47 goals, including five in a 6–1 home win over Lazio on 13 April 1958 at the San Siro.[1][2]

International careerEdit

At international level, Galli earned 13 caps and scored 5 goals for the Italian national team between 1953 and 1959, and participated in the 1954 FIFA World Cup.[3]

Style of playEdit

A tall and slender player, Galli was known for his acrobatic skills as a forward, as well as his heading accuracy and ability in the air, which enabled him to function as a centre-forward.[2][4] Throughout his career he was nicknamed "Carletto," as well as "Testina d'oro" (golden head), and "Esile giunco" (skinny reed), due to his playing style, aerial prowess, and physical build.[5]







A.C. Milan Hall of Fame[2]


  1. ^ "Klose 5 gol, l'ultimo in A fu Pruzzo nel 1986" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 5 May 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "A.C. Milan Hall of Fame: Carlo Galli". A.C. Milan. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  3. ^ Carlo Galli Statistics FIFA. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  4. ^ Furio Zara (15 May 2018). "Pavoletti e i grandi specialisti di testa dell'Italia e del mondo" [Pavoletti and the great heading specialists in Italy and the world] (in Italian). Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  5. ^ Massimo Zanaria; Giorgio dell'Arti (6 March 2014). "Biografia di Carlo Galli" (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  6. ^ Mikael Jönsson (21 April 2011). "Mediterranean Cup 1950-1953". Retrieved 12 May 2017.

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