Aldo Olivieri

Aldo Olivieri
Personal information
Full name Aldo Olivieri
Date of birth (1910-10-02)2 October 1910
Place of birth San Michele Extra, Italy
Date of death 5 April 2001(2001-04-05) (aged 90)
Place of death Lido di Camaiore, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1929–1933 Hellas Verona 99 (0)
1933–1934 Padova 8 (0)
1934–1938 Lucchese 121 (0)
1938–1942 Torino 81 (0)
1942–1943 Brescia 32 (0)
1943–1946 Viareggio 4 (0)
National team
1936–1940 Italy 24 (0)
Teams managed
1950–1952 Inter Milan
1952–1953 Udinese
1953–1955 Juventus
1958–1959 Triestina
1959–1960 Hellas Verona
1967–1968 Casertana

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Aldo Olivieri (2 October 1910 – 5 April 2001) was an Italian football goalkeeper from 1931 to 1943, and manager after World War II.

Club career

Olivieri was born in San Michele Extra, Verona. Nicknamed Ercolino Semprimpiedi ("Always-Standing Little Hercules"), a famous definition of Italian journalist Gianni Brera, he played for Hellas Verona, Lucchese, and Brescia in Serie B, and Torino in Serie A.[1]

International career

With the Italy national football team, Olivieri became World Champion in 1938.[2]

Style of play

A courageous, spectacular and athletic shot-stopper, Olivieri is regarded as one of Italy's greatest ever goalkeepers; throughout his career, he was known in particular for his reflexes, intelligence, and ability to rush off his line, which earned him the nickname il Gatto Magico (the magic cat).[2][3]


He died in Lido di Camaiore at 90 years old. He was the penultimate survivor of the 1938 winning team squad. The last member, who died on 5 November 2006, was defender Pietro Rava.





  2. 1 2 3 "I PIU' GRANDI NUMERI UNO" [The Greatest Number Ones] (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  3. "Aldo Olivieri, il Gatto Magico e il meteo nella testa" (in Italian). 17 January 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2016.

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