Portrait of Finisterre by Eulogia Merle
Alexandre Campos Ramírez
6 May 1919
|Died||9 February 2007 (aged 87)|
|Other names||Alexandre de Fisterra|
|Known for||Inventor of the futbolín, a Spanish variant of the table football|
Alejandro Finisterre (born Alexandre Campos Ramírez; 6 May, 1919 – 9 February, 2007) is known as the inventor of the futbolín, a Spanish variant of the table football. He was also a poet, publisher and anarchist.
He was born Alexandre Campos Ramírez in 1919 to the radio-telegraphist at the lighthouse in Fisterra. He was injured when Franco's fascist forces bombed Madrid in November 1936 and had the idea for a football game while in Barcelona recovering. While convalescing in Montserrat, Barcelona he realized that he and his fellow wounded Republicanos would never play football again and he had the idea for the table game. He patented his invention in Barcelona in 1937 and he also patented a foot-pedal that lets musicians turn the pages of their scores.
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