Luigi Allemandi (Italian pronunciation: [luˈiːdʒ(i) alleˈmandi]; 8 November 1903 – 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.
Allemandi with Juventus in 1926
|Full name||Luigi Allemandi|
|Date of birth||8 November 1903|
|Place of birth||San Damiano Macra, Italy|
|Date of death||25 September 1978(aged 74)|
|Place of death||Pietra Ligure, Italy|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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.
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.
- "Archive – Luigi Allemandi". Inter.it. Retrieved 6 July 2007.
| Italy captain