Valerio Bacigalupo

Valerio Bacigalupo (Italian pronunciation: [vaˈlɛːrjo batʃiɡaˈluːpo]; 12 February 1924 – 4 May 1949) was an Italian footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Valerio Bacigalupo
ValerioBacigalupo.jpg
Bacigalupo in the 1940s
Personal information
Full name Valerio Bacigalupo
Date of birth 12 February 1924[1]
Place of birth Vado Ligure, Italy
Date of death 4 May 1949(1949-05-04) (aged 25)
Place of death Superga, Italy
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1942–1943 Savona 20 (0)
1944 Genoa 20 (0)
1945–1949 Torino 137 (0)
Total 177 (0)
National team
1947–1949 Italy 5 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Born in Vado Ligure, he began his career with Savona. After a brief spell at Genoa, he moved to Torino in 1945, where he won four Serie A titles. He also represented the Italy national team.

Club careerEdit

Bacigalupo started his club career with home province side Savona. After a brief spell at Genoa he moved to Torino where he won Serie A four times in a row.[1][2][3]

International careerEdit

Bacigalupo was called up to the Italian national football team five times between 1947 and 1949, making his senior international debut in a 3–1 win over Czechoslovakia on 14 December 1947.[1][4]

Style of playEdit

 
Bacigalupo in action

Regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation, Bacigalupo was a modern and world-class goalkeeper, who revolutionised his position in Italy. A precocious talent, he was known for his strong physique, reactions and excellent positional sense, as well as his athletic diving saves. In addition do being an outstanding shot-stopper, he was also a dominant goalkeeper, known for his ability to come off his line to collect crosses.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Valerio Bacigalupo's older brother, Manlio Bacigalupo, also played professional football before the Second World War, also serving as a goalkeeper for Genoa and Torino.[1] Valerio died in the Superga air disaster with most of the Grande Torino team, which also formed a large part of the Italian national team at the time, which was scheduled to take part at the 1950 FIFA World Cup.[5]

LegacyEdit

After his death, the club where he started his career, Savona, named its ground Stadio Valerio Bacigalupo in his honour.

HonoursEdit

TorinoEdit

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Valerio Bacigalupo". Enciclopediadelcalcio.it (in Italian). Archived from the original on 18 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Superga tragedy strikes Il Grande Torino". FIFA. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  3. ^ "La Storia del Torino Fc". torinofc.it (in Italian). Torino Football Club. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Bacigalupo, Valerio" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  5. ^ Pia, Simon (2 May 1999). "The day the dream team of Italian football died". Scotland on Sunday. Archived from the original on 29 March 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Nasce la Hall of Fame del Toro: il 3 dicembre la cerimonia per i primi 5 granata indimenticabili". Quotidiano Piemontese (in Italian). 20 November 2014. Archived from the original on 19 September 2020. Retrieved 19 February 2021.