Silvio Piola

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Silvio Piola
Silvio Piola (Pro Vercelli).jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1913-09-29)29 September 1913
Place of birth Robbio, Italy
Date of death 4 October 1996(1996-10-04) (aged 83)
Place of death Gattinara, Italy
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1929–1934 Pro Vercelli 127 (51)
1934–1943 Lazio 227 (143)
1943–1944 Torino 23 (27)
1945–1947 Juventus 57 (26)
1947–1954 Novara 185 (86)
Total 619 (333)
National team
1935–1952 Italy 34 (30)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Silvio Piola (Italian pronunciation: [ˈsilvjo ˈpjɔla]; 29 September 1913 – 4 October 1996) was an Italian footballer from Robbio Lomellina, province of Pavia. He is known as a highly prominent figure in the history of Italian football due to several records he set. Piola won the 1938 FIFA World Cup with Italy, scoring two goals in the final.

Piola is third in the all-time goalscoring records of the Italian national team. He is also the highest goalscorer in Italian first league history, with 290 goals (274 in Serie A and 16 in Divisione Nazionale).[1] He played 566 Serie A games, putting him 4th on the all-time list for appearances in Italy's top flight. Piola is the only player to have the honour of being the all-time Serie A top scorer of three different teams (Pro Vercelli, Lazio and Novara)[2][3][4]

After his death a pair of Italian stadiums were renamed after him: one in Novara in 1997 and another in Vercelli in 1998.

Club career[edit]

Piola began his career with Italian club side Pro Vercelli, making his Serie A debut against Bologna on 16 February 1930, scoring 13 goals in his first year, at the age of 17. He went on to score 51 goals in 127 appearances in Serie A for Pro Vercelli.

In 1934, he moved to Lazio, who had been on the receiving end of his first Serie A goal on 11 November 1930. He was to spend the next nine seasons there. Piola was the Serie A top scorer twice while at Lazio, in 1937 and 1943.

After leaving Lazio, he spent war-torn 1944 at Torino, where he scored an amazing 27 goals in just 23 games. Toward the end of the war, he joined Novara. Then, from 1945 to 1947, Piola played for Juventus, before moving back to Novara, where he stayed for seven more seasons.

International career[edit]

His first game for Italy came against Austria on 24 March 1935, when he also scored his first goal for the team. He was a World Cup winner in 1938, when he scored two of Italy's goals in the 4–2 victory over Hungary.

Piola went on to play 34 games for Italy and score 30 goals, a tally that would surely have been greater if not for the interruption caused by World War II. His last international appearance was in 1952, when Italy drew 1–1 with England. He died in Gattinara in 1996, aged 83.

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Total
1929–30 Pro Vercelli Serie A 4 0
1930–31 32 13
1931–32 31 12
1932–33 32 11
1933–34 28 15
1934–35 Lazio Serie A 29 21
1935–36 27 20
1936–37 28 21
1937–38 28 15
1938–39 21 8
1939–40 23 9
1940–41 25 10
1941–42 24 18
1942–43 22 21
1944 Torino CAI 23 27
1945–46 Juventus Serie A-B 29 16
1946–47 Serie A 28 10
1947–48 Novara Serie B 30 16
1948–49 Serie A 36 15
1949–50 17 4
1950–51 37 19
1951–52 31 18
1952–53 25 9
1953–54 9 5
Total Italy 619 333
Career total 619 333

Club Playing honours[edit]

S.S. Lazio
Juventus F.C.
  • Serie A: runner-up 1945–46, 1946–47

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hafez Ahmed @ http://www.daily-sun.com (2012-09-28). "Sports | Totti becomes Serie A's third top all-time scorer". daily sun. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  2. ^ "Serie A Top Scorers - Lazio". Free-elements.com. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  3. ^ "Serie A Top Scorers - Pro Vercelli". Free-elements.com. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  4. ^ "Serie A Top Scorers - Novara". Free-elements.com. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Aldo Boffi
Serie A Top Scorer
1942–43
Succeeded by
Eusebio Castigliano