Luis Monti

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Luis Monti
Monti covered on El Gráfico, 1934.
Personal information
Full name Luis Felipe Monti
Date of birth (1901-05-15)15 May 1901
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date of death 9 September 1983(1983-09-09) (aged 82)
Place of death Escobar Partido, Argentina
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1921 Huracán 4 (0)
1922 Boca Juniors 0 (0)
1922–1930 San Lorenzo 202 (40)
1930–1939 Juventus 225 (19)
Total 431 (59)
International career
1924–1931 Argentina 16 (5)
1932–1936 Italy 18 (1)
Managerial career
1939–1940 Triestina
1942 Juventus
1942–1943 Varese
1944 Varese
1945–1947 Atalanta
1947 Vigevano
1947–1948 Huracán
1949–1950 Pisa
Medal record
Men's football
Representing  Argentina
Copa América
Winner 1927 Peru
FIFA World Cup
Runner-up 1930 Uruguay
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1928 Amsterdam
Representing  Italy
FIFA World Cup
Winner 1934 Italy
Central European International Cup
Winner 1933–35 Europe
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Luis Felipe Monti (15 May 1901 – 9 September 1983) was an Italian Argentine footballer who played as a midfielder and an Olympian.[1] Monti has the distinction of having played in two FIFA World Cup final matches with two different national teams. He played the first of these finals with his native Argentina in 1930, which was lost to Uruguay; and the second with Italy as one of their Oriundi in 1934, thanks to his Romagnol descent.[2] This second time Monti was on the winning side in a 2–1 victory over Czechoslovakia.

Monti was a rugged, physical, and ruthless player, but he had the technical skills to go with his stamina and strong tackling. He played as an attacking centre half or metodista in the old-fashioned Metodo system: a position roughly equivalent to the defensive central midfield position of today. As such he would mark the opposing centre forward when his team were defending, but would be the main midfield playmaker when his team were on the attack, due to his passing and creativity, which enabled him to start attacking plays after winning back the ball.[2][3][4] He was nicknamed doble ancho (double wide) due to his coverage of the pitch. Monti is considered one of the best center-halves of his generation.[5]



Monti in 1925 while playing at San Lorenzo.

Monti started his career in 1921 with Huracán, where he won the first of his many championships. The following year he signed with Boca Juniors but left without playing a game. He joined San Lorenzo where he won a further three Argentine championships. All of Monti's honours in Argentina were recorded during the Amateur Era.

Monti was first called up to represent the Argentina national team in 1924. He won the 1927 South American Championship and the silver medal at the 1928 Summer Olympics.[6] With Monti as a key player, Argentina cruised to the World Cup final in 1930, defeating France, Mexico, Chile, and the United States. Monti scored two goals along the way, and injured opponents with his tackling. Some sources speculate that Monti was carrying an injury, but whatever the truth, and despite a death threat,[7] he had a quiet game as Uruguay triumphed 4–2.


In 1930 Monti was signed by the Italian club Juventus, as he had Italian citizenship. As he was overweight and out of condition, he had a month's solitary training. Monti was back to top form helping Juventus to four consecutive Serie A titles (1932 to 1935), also serving as the club's captain. Monti went on to play 225 matches and scored 19 goals in Italy.

He was also called up, within a year, to play for the Italy national team as an oriundo. Hosts Italy won their way to the 1934 World Cup final and defeated Czechoslovakia 2–1.[4] And he also was a part of the successful squad that won the 1933–35 Central European International Cup.

The Battle of Highbury[edit]

The Battle of Highbury is a match that took place between Italy and England on 14 November 1934 at Highbury, the home ground of Arsenal. Monti was playing centre half for Italy, but as early as the second minute he broke a bone in his foot after a clash with England centre forward Ted Drake. Down to 10 men, in the days before substitutes, Italy succumbed 2–3.[8] Monti was only to play twice more for Italy.

In total Monti won 16 caps (5 goals) for Argentina between 1924 and 1931, and 18 caps (1 goal) for Italy between 1932 and 1936.

After football[edit]

Monti became manager after retiring. In 1947, he managed the first team of Huracán. He died in 1983 aged 82.

International goals[edit]

Argentina's goal tally first

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 31 August 1924 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  Uruguay 3–0 3–2 Friendly
2. 13 June 1928 Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Uruguay 1–1 1–2 1928 Summer Olympics
3. 15 July 1930 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  France 1–0 1–0 1930 FIFA World Cup
4. 26 July 1930 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  United States 1–0 6–1 1930 FIFA World Cup
5. 4 July 1931 Estadio Sportivo Barracas, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Paraguay 1–1 1–1 Copa Rosa Cheva

Italia's goal tally first

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 3 December 1933 Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence, Italy   Switzerland 5–2 5–2 1933–35 Central European International Cup




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  1. ^ "Luis Monti". Olympedia. Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Azzurro oriundo, ma serve in un Mondiale?". GQ Italia. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  3. ^ Blair Newman (24 April 2015). "The relationship between a player's age and their position on a football pitch". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b Molinaro, John F. (24 November 2009). "1934 World Cup: Italy wins for Il Duce". CBC Sports. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  5. ^ Luis Monti Planet World Cup
  6. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Luis Monti". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2020-04-18.
  7. ^ Death threat Archived 2008-01-04 at the Wayback Machine, 1930 World Cup Final: website. Retrieved on March 6, 2008.
  8. ^ "From the Vault: England and Italy do battle at Highbury in 1934". The Guardian. London. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  9. ^ "FIFA World Cup Awards: All-Star Team". Archived from the original on 30 June 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2015.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by Juventus F.C. captains
1935 –'38
Succeeded by
World Cup-winners status
Preceded by Oldest living player
14 July 1979 – 9 September 1983
Succeeded by