Franco Ossola (right) with Cesare Gallea (left) and Antonio Janni (center)
|Full name||Franco Ossola|
|Date of birth||23 August 1921|
|Place of birth||Varese, Italy|
|Date of death||4 May 1949(aged 27)|
|Place of death||Superga, Italy|
|Playing position||Wing Forward|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
With 85 goals, Ossola is the ninth highest scorer in the history of Torino behind Adolfo Baloncieri (100). He died on 4 May 1949 in the Superga air disaster when the Fiat G.212 which carried the celebrated Grande Torino team crashed into the retaining wall of the Basilica di Superga. The Stadio Franco Ossola in Varese is named after him.
Noticed as a young boy by the coach of Varese, Antonio Janni, he played for the senior team in Serie C. Initially, Janni did not allow him to play as he intended to sell him to Serie A club Torino, but was forced to send him on the pitch because of a starting player's injury. Janni contacted Ferruccio Novo, the president of Torino, who bought him for 55,000 lire.
At Torino he arrived at the age of 18 in 1939 and debuted in Serie A on 4 February 1940. Early in his career at Torino he suffered from the presence of Pietro Ferraris, who occupied the left wing. He eventually became a starter with the number 11 jersey, and played 181 games and scored 85 goals in Serie A, the 1944 Campionato Alta Italia and the National Division.
He was buried at the Cimitero Monumentale in Turin.
Franco Ossola was played by Gualtiero Burzi in the television miniseries "The Grande Torino".
- Dario Marchetti (eds.), Franco Ossola in Enciclopediadelcalcio.it, 2011.