Rino Della Negra

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Rino Della Negra
Personal information
Date of birth (1923-08-18)18 August 1923
Place of birth Vimy, France
Date of death 21 February 1944(1944-02-21) (aged 20)
Place of death Fort Mont-Valérien, France
Playing position Goalkeeper
Right winger
Youth career
Argenteuil
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1942–1943 Red Star Olympique
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Rino Della Negra (18 August 1923 – 21 February 1944) was a French footballer who was active in the Resistance during World War II.

Life and career[edit]

Della Negra was born in Vimy, France to Italian parents, and grew up in nearby Argenteuil.[1] Playing as a Goalkeeper or right winger, he began his football career with local club Argenteuil, before joining Red Star Olympique in mid-1942.[1] Combining his playing career while working in a factory, Della Negra became active in the French Resistance in October 1942, and went into hiding in February 1943.[1] Della Negra, a Communist,[2] was a member of the Manouchian Group; he was wounded in an attack in November 1943, and he was executed by firing squad in February 1944.[1][3] Before he died, Della Negra wrote a letter to his brother saying "hello and goodbye to Red Star."[1][3] His brother was present on 21 February 2004 as the club revealed a plaque in his honour.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Matthew Barker (22 February 2013). "Celebrating the French Resistance goalkeeper's life". When Saturday Comes. 
  2. ^ a b "HOMMAGE A RINO DELLA NEGRA" (in French). Allez Red Star. February 2004. 
  3. ^ a b "Résistance. l’Affiche rouge Rino Della Negra, ailier droit résistant" (in French). Humanite.fr. 21 February 2004. Archived from the original on 20 May 2010.