Guglielmo Gabetto

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Guglielmo Gabetto
Personal information
Date of birth (1916-02-24)24 February 1916
Place of birth Turin, Italy
Date of death 4 May 1949(1949-05-04) (aged 33)
Place of death Superga, Italy
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1934–1941 Juventus 164 (87)
1941–1949 Torino 219 (122)
Total 383 (209)
National team
1942–1948 Italy 6 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Guglielmo Gabetto (24 February 1916 – 4 May 1949) was an Italian footballer who played as a striker.

Aside from goalkeeper Alfredo Bodoira, he is the only player to win the Italian championship with both Torino F.C. and cross-city rivals Juventus F.C..[1]


Gabetto was born in Turin, Italy, in the Aurora district of the Piedmont capital.[1]

He died in a commercial airplane tragedy as one of the victims of the 1949 Superga air disaster, when a plane carrying almost the entire Torino Football Club squad crashed into the Superga hill near Turin. He was buried in the monumental cemetery in Turin.[1]

Club career[edit]

Gabetto began his career with Juventus in 1934, scoring 102 goals for the club in seven seasons, 85 of which came in the league; he is still today one of the club's best goalscorers.[1]

In 1941 he was acquired by local rivals Torino, for a notable sum of 330,000 Lit.; the same season, Torino bought two other Juventus players: Felice Borel, and Alfredo Bodoira. He formed a notable attack alongside Ezio Loik and Valentino Mazzola, becoming a key player in the Grande Torino side which dominated Italy, winning five consecutive Serie A titles. Interestingly enough, only he and his team-mate Piero Operto were originally from Turin. In total, he scored 127 goals for Torino in 225 matches.[1]

International career[edit]

Gabetto also made 6 appearances for Italy between 1942 and 1948, scoring 5 goals, the first of which came on his debut against Croatia on 5 April.[2]

Style of play[edit]

Regarded as one of the best Italian players of his generation, and one of Italy's greatest ever strikers, Gabetto was a complete, creative, fast, and technically gifted forward. He possessed “acrobatic” characteristics that apparently allowed him to make "near-impossible" goals. The precision and the power of his kicking made him an impeccable and highly prolific goal-scorer, which made him an idol of the fans, who affectionately called him "Gabe".[1]





  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Gabetto, Guglielmo" (in Italian). Enciclopedia del Calcio. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Nazionale in cifre: Gabetto, Guglielmo" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 

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