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Adolfo Baloncieri

Full name: Adolfo Baloncieri
Gender: Male
Born: July 27, 1897 in Castelceriolo, Alessandria, Italy
Died: July 23, 1986 in Alessandria, Alessandria, Italy
Affiliations: US Alessandria, Alessandria (ITA) / Torino FC, Torino (ITA)
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Football

Related Olympians: Cousin of Guglielmo Brezzi.

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all-time, Adolof Baloncieri played as a midfielder and later was a manager. He was born in the little village of Castelceriolo in Alessandria province. During childhood he lived with his family in Rosario, Argentina for 12 years where he started football. Baloncieri returned to Italy in 1913 and joined Alessandria for which he débuted in 1914 before serving as a gunner in World War I. He played with AS Alessandria from 1919-25, and then Torino FC until 1932, where he won two Italian titles in 1927-28, although the 1927 title was revoked years later due to a scandal. Baloncieri played 318 club matches with 172 goals.

After his retirement Baloncieri was very interested in the development of young athletes and coached many clubs. From 1932-62 he managed AC Milan, SS Napoli, US Alessandria, Sampdoria, AS Roma, and also Chiasso, Switzerland, a small city on the Italian border.

At the international level, Baloncieri was captain of the national team that won the bronze medal at the 1928 Olympics and the 1930 Coppa Internazionale. He earned 47 caps for Italy between 1920-30 and with 25 goals he is Italy’s sixth all-time highest goal scorer as of 2015.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Football Men's Football Italy ITA 4
1924 Summer 26 Paris Football Men's Football Italy ITA 5T
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Football Men's Football Italy ITA 3 Bronze

Men's Football

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G YC RC
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Football Italy ITA Final Standings 4 1920-08-28 1 0 0
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Football Italy ITA Quarter-Finals Match #2 2 1920-08-29 FRA 3, ITA 1 0
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Football Italy ITA Second Place Tournament - Round Two Match #1 2 1920-09-02 ESP 2, ITA 0 0
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Football Italy ITA Round One Match #3 1 1920-08-28 ITA 2, EGY 1 1
1924 Summer 26 Paris Football Italy ITA Final Standings 5T 1924-05-25 1 0 0
1924 Summer 26 Paris Football Italy ITA Quarter-Finals Match #4 2 1924-06-02 SUI 2, ITA 1 0
1924 Summer 26 Paris Football Italy ITA Round Two Match #5 1 1924-05-29 ITA 2, LUX 0 1
1924 Summer 26 Paris Football Italy ITA Round One Match #3 1 1924-05-25 ITA 1, ESP 0 0
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Football Italy ITA Final Standings 3 1928-05-27 6 0 0
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Football Italy ITA Final Round Match 3/4 1 1928-06-09 ITA 11, EGY 3 2
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Football Italy ITA Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1928-06-07 URU 3, ITA 2 1
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Football Italy ITA Quarter-Finals Match #1 1T 1928-06-01 ITA 1, ESP 1 1
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Football Italy ITA Quarter-Finals Replay #1 1 1928-06-04 ITA 7, ESP 1 1
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Football Italy ITA Round One Match #4 1 1928-05-29 ITA 4, FRA 3 1
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