Valerio Bacigalupo

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Valerio Bacigalupo
Personal information
Full name Valerio Bacigalupo
Date of birth 12 March 1924[1]
Place of birth Vado Ligure, Italy
Date of death 4 May 1949(1949-05-04) (aged 25)
Place of death Superga, Italy
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1942–1943 Savona 20 (0)
1944 Genoa 20 (0)
1945–1949 Torino 137 (0)
Total 177 (0)
National team
1947–1949 Italy 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Valerio Bacigalupo (12 March 1924 – 4 May 1949) was an Italian association football goalkeeper from Vado Ligure, Savona.

Club career[edit]

Bacigalupo started his club career with home province side Savona. After a brief spell at Genoa he moved to Torino where he won Serie A four times in a row.[1][2][3]

International career[edit]

Bacigalupo was called up to the Italian national football team five times between 1947 and 1949, making his senior international debut in a 3–1 win over Czechoslovakia on 14 December 1947.[1][4]

Style of play[edit]

Regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation, Bacigalupo was a modern and world-class goalkeeper, who revolutionised his position in Italy. A precocious talent, he was known for his strong physique, reactions and excellent positional sense, as well as his athletic diving saves. In addition do being an outstanding shot-stopper, he was also a dominant goalkeeper, known for his ability to come off his line to collect crosses.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Valerio Bacigalupo's older brother, Manlio Bacigalupo, also played professional football before the Second World War, also serving as a goalkeeper for Genoa and Torino.[1] Valerio died in the Superga air disaster with most of the Grande Torino team, which also formed a large part of the Italian national team at the time, which was scheduled to take part at the 1950 FIFA World Cup.[5]

Legacy[edit]

After his death, the club where he started his career, Savona named its ground Stadio Valerio Bacigalupo in his honour.

Honours[edit]

Torino[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Valerio Bacigalupo" (in Italian). Enciclopedia del Calcio. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Superga tragedy strikes Il Grande Torino". fifa.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "La Storia del Torino Fc". www.torinofc.it (in Italian). Torino Football Club. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Bacigalupo, Valerio" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Pia, Simon (2 May 1999). "The day the dream team of Italian football died". Scotland on Sunday. Retrieved 30 November 2012.