Luigi Allemandi

Luigi Allemandi (Italian pronunciation: [luˈiːdʒ(i) alleˈmandi]; 8 November 1903[1] – 25 September 1978) was an Italian footballer who played as a defender, usually as a left back. He was a member of the Italian national team which won the 1934 World Cup.

Luigi Allemandi
1926–27 Divisione Nazionale - Bologna v Juventus (final round) - Schiavio, Rosetta and Allemandi (cropped).jpg
Allemandi with Juventus in 1926
Personal information
Full name Luigi Allemandi
Date of birth (1903-11-08)8 November 1903
Place of birth San Damiano Macra, Italy
Date of death 25 September 1978(1978-09-25) (aged 74)
Place of death Pietra Ligure, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1919–1921 Legnanesi ? (?)
1921–1925 Legnano 85 (22)
1925–1927 Juventus 27 (0)
1927–1935 Ambrosiana 193 (0)
1935–1937 Roma 50 (1)
1937–1938 Venezia 23 (0)
1938–1939 Lazio 2 (0)
National team
1925–1936 Italy 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Born in San Damiano Macra, province of Cuneo, Allemandi debuted in 1921 with A.C. Legnano. Later, he played with Juventus F.C., F.C. Internazionale Milano, A.S. Roma, S.S.C. Venezia and S.S. Lazio, and also had a successful international career with Italy. However, the part of his career that stands out is the corruption scandal in the Torino–Juventus derby in 1927 that resulted in Torino being stripped of their title.

According to the official account, a manager from Torino offered Allemandi 35 000 lira to throw the game, 25 000 immediately and the rest after the match. Torino won the match 2–1, but Allemandi was one of the best players in the field, and when he went to collect the rest of the money he was refused: a journalist find out the match fixing and went public with the information. After a controversial trial, along with Torino's title revocation, Allemandi was banned for life even though he always self-proclaimed innocent. He was later pardoned by CONI in 1928 and joined Ambrosiana-Inter.

International careerEdit

After debuting for the Italian national team in 1925, Allemandi eventually won the left back position from Umberto Caligaris before their 1934 World Cup qualifying match against Greece. Manager Vittorio Pozzo started him in every match of the final tournament, helping the Azzurri win the title on home soil; he later served as Italy's captain between 1935 and 1936.







  1. ^ "Archive – Luigi Allemandi". Retrieved 6 July 2007.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gianpiero Combi
Italy captain
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Meazza