Alejandro Finisterre

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Alejandro Finisterre
Alexandre Campos Ramírez (MUNCYT, Eulogia Merle).jpg
Portrait of Finisterre by Eulogia Merle
Alexandre Campos Ramírez

(1919-05-06)6 May 1919
Died9 February 2007(2007-02-09) (aged 87)
Other namesAlexandre de Fisterra
Known forInventor 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.[1][2][3][4]


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.[5] 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.[6] He patented his invention in Barcelona in 1937 and he also patented a foot-pedal that lets musicians turn the pages of their scores.[7]


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  5. ^ "Alejandro Finisterre - The inventor of Table Football". Typically Spanish. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  6. ^ Eaude, Michael. "Alejandro Finisterre". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Who Invented Foosball?". Liberty Games. Retrieved 18 September 2017.