Attila Sallustro

Attila Sallustro
Personal information
Full name Attila Sallustro
Date of birth (1908-12-15)15 December 1908
Place of birth Asunción, Paraguay
Date of death 28 May 1983(1983-05-28) (aged 74)
Place of death Rome, Italy
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1920–1922 Internazionale Napoli
1922–1925 FBC Internaples
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1925–1926 FBC Internaples 13 (10)
1926–1937 Napoli 258 (107)
1937–1939 Salernitana 14 (1)
National team
1929–1932 Italy 2 (1)
Teams managed
1939 Salernitana
1961 Napoli

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

Attila Sallustro (15 December 1908 – 28 May 1983) born in Asunción, Paraguay was a professional ItalianParaguayan footballer who played as a striker. He is considered an important player in S.S.C. Napoli's history, and became extremely popular with the fans during his time with the club.

Early life

Sallustro was born in Asunción, Paraguay to Italian parents, but moved to Naples in Italy, with his family as a youngster. He came from a wealthy background and his father wanted him to play football in Italy.

Club career


He joined Napoli when they were first known as Internaples and stayed on with the club for the majority of his career. At Napoli he was nicknamed "Il Veltro" and "Il Divino". Due to his background, Sallustro chose not to take any financial pay from the club, though he was rewarded with a luxury motor car.

At Napoli he played for 12 years, scoring 107 goals, in a career which was halted at one point due to World War II. He had a brother two years his junior, named Oreste Sallustro (referred to sometimes as Sallustro II). The two played together at Napoli though Oreste appeared less frequently.[1] After retiring from football he stayed in Naples where he died in 1983.

International career

He was called up to the Italian national football team twice in 1929 and scored for them once. One of the games in which he played was a 6–1 defeat of Portugal. Sallustro along with Marcello Mihalic was the first Napoli player to be called up to the Italian national team.[2]

Despite his goal-scoring pedigree at club level, he was kept out of the side during much of his playing days due largely to the inclusion of Giuseppe Meazza. This was famously much to the dismay of some Neapolitans who thought his exclusion from the squad was unjust.[3]


  1. Archived 19 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. "Napoli Statistics". Forza Azzurri. 24 June 2007.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Paulo Innocenti
Napoli captain
Succeeded by
Carlo Buscaglia
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