Aldo Olivieri

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Aldo Olivieri
Personal information
Full name Aldo Olivieri
Date of birth (1910-10-02)2 October 1910
Place of birth San Michele Extra, Italy
Date of death 5 April 2001(2001-04-05) (aged 90)
Place of death Lido di Camaiore, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1929–1933 Hellas Verona 99 (0)
1933–1934 Padova 8 (0)
1934–1938 Lucchese 121 (0)
1938–1942 Torino 81 (0)
1942–1943 Brescia 32 (0)
1943–1946 Viareggio 4 (0)
National team
1936–1940 Italy 24 (0)
Teams managed
1950–1952 Inter Milan
1952–1953 Udinese
1953–1955 Juventus
1958–1959 Triestina
1959–1960 Hellas Verona
1967–1968 Casertana
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Aldo Olivieri (2 October 1910 – 5 April 2001) was an Italian football goalkeeper from 1931 to 1943, and manager after World War II.

Club career[edit]

Olivieri was born in San Michele Extra, Verona. Nicknamed Ercolino Semprimpiedi ("Always-Standing Little Hercules"), a famous definition of Italian journalist Gianni Brera, he played for Hellas Verona, Lucchese, and Brescia in Serie B, and Torino in Serie A.[1]

International career[edit]

With the Italy national football team, Olivieri became World Champion in 1938.[2]

Style of play[edit]

A courageous, spectacular and athletic shot-stopper, Olivieri is regarded as one of Italy's greatest ever goalkeepers; throughout his career, he was known in particular for his reflexes, intelligence, and ability to rush off his line, which earned him the nickname il Gatto Magico (the magic cat).[2][3]


He died in Lido di Camaiore at 90 years old. He was the penultimate survivor of the 1938 winning team squad. The last member, who died on 5 November 2006, was defender Pietro Rava.





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  2. ^ a b c "I PIU' GRANDI NUMERI UNO" [The Greatest Number Ones] (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Aldo Olivieri, il Gatto Magico e il meteo nella testa" (in Italian). 17 January 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2016.