Michele Andreolo

Miguel Ángel Andreolo Frodella (6 September 1912 – 14 May 1981), known as Michele Andreolo (Italian: [miˈkɛːle andreˈɔːlo]), was a Uruguayan Italian footballer who played as a midfielder. He was born in Dolores, Uruguay but his family was from Valle dell'Angelo in the province of Salerno.[1][2] He represented both Uruguay and Italy at international level, and was a member of the Italy team that won the 1938 FIFA World Cup.

Miguel Andreolo
Andreolo c. 1945
Personal information
Full name Miguel Ángel Andriolo Frodella
Date of birth (1912-09-06)6 September 1912
Place of birth Dolores, Uruguay
Date of death 14 May 1981(1981-05-14) (aged 68)
Place of death Potenza, Italy
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1932–1935 Nacional 35 (0)
1935–1943 Bologna 165 (24)
1943–1944 Lazio 14 (1)
1945–1948 Napoli 93 (11)
1948–1949 Catania
1949–1950 Forlì
National team
1935 Uruguay 0 (0)
1936–1942 Italy 26 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 2008

Club careerEdit

Andreolo played for Nacional in Uruguay before joining Serie A team Bologna F.C. 1909 ahead of the 1935–36 season and helping them win the league title (Scudetto) that year. He would remain in Bologna until 1943, winning the Scudetto three more times, in 1936–37, 1938–39 and 1940–41.

Later in his career he played for Italian sides Lazio, Napoli, Catania and Forlì.

International careerEdit

A former Uruguay international, following his success with Bologna, Andreolo was also called up to the Italian national team by Vittorio Pozzo and debuted on 17 May 1936 against Austria. He soon became a regular in the team, playing his crucial role of connection between defence and attack. He helped win the 1938 FIFA World Cup in France, and played his last match for the national team on 19 April 1942, having earned 26 caps and 1 goal. With Uruguay, he won the 1935 South American Championship.


Andreolo died in Potenza, southern Italy.








  1. ^ Enciclopedia dello Sport, volume Calcio. Rome: Istituto della "Enciclopedia Italiana". 2004. p. 603.
  2. ^ a b "Azzurro oriundo, ma serve in un Mondiale?". gqitalia.it. GQ Italia. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  3. ^ Martín Tabeir (23 November 2007). "Southamerican Championship 1935". RSSSF. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  4. ^ "FIFA World Cup Awards: All-Star Team". Archived from the original on 30 June 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2015.

This article is based on a translation of an article from the Italian Wikipedia.