Francesco Calì

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Francesco Calì
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Personal information
Date of birth (1882-05-16)16 May 1882
Place of birth Riposto, Italy
Date of death 3 September 1949(1949-09-03) (aged 67)
Place of death Genoa, Italy
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1899–1901 Zürich
1901 Genoa
1902–1912 Andrea Doria
National team
1901 Switzerland 5 (0)
1910 Italy 2 (0)
Teams managed
1902 Juventus
1912 Italy
1914–1915 Italy
1920–1921 Italy
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Francesco Calì (16 May 1882 in Riposto – 3 September 1949 in Genoa) was a Swiss and later Italian professional football player and coach, who played as a defender. He captained the Italy national football team in their first ever match, in 1910.


Born in Italy, Calì moved to Switzerland at a young age and played several games as a left-back for the Switzerland national football team, and with Swiss club Zürich. Later he moved back to Italy, where he played for two rival Genovese teams: Genoa and Andrea Doria.[1] Due to his experience as a footballer, as well as his knowledge of several foreign languages, he was selected as team captain for Italy's first ever game,[1][2][3] on 15 May 1910, in Milan, against France, which saw the Italians win 6–2.[4]

After his retirement he became a coach. Under his management, Juventus F.C. won the Coppa Città di Torino, which was an important trophy at the time in 1902. After that, on several occasions he was a member of the technical commission managing the Italy national football team, in total he managed the national team for 13 games with 6 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses.[3]


  1. ^ a b Enrico Bronzo (6 January 2011). "Calì divenne capitano della nazionale perché conosceva le lingue straniere" (in Italian). Il Sole 24 Ore. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Franz Calì: il primo capitano raccontato in un libro" [Franz Calì: the first captain recounted in a book] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Enrico Bronzo (6 December 2011). "La maglia azzurra compie 100 anni. La storia di Francesco Calì, il primo capitano" [The Azzurri shirt turns 100. The story of Francesco Calì, the first captain] (in Italian). Il Sole 24 Ore. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Momenti di gloria: Debutta la Nazionale Italia - Francia 6-2" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
'new creation'
Italy captain
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Milano