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Pietro Rava
Pietro Rava
Personal information
Full name Pietro Rava
Date of birth 21 January 1916(1916-01-21)
Place of birth Cassine, Alessandria, Italy
Date of death 5 November 2006 (aged 90)
Place of death Turin, Italy
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1935–1943 Juventus 180 (3)
1944–1946 Juventus 050 (8)
1946–1947 U.S. Alessandria 038 (5)
1947–1950 Juventus 073 (3)
1950–1952 Novara 025 (1)
National team
1935–1946 Italy 030 (0)
Teams managed
1952–1954 Padova
1956 Sampdoria
1957 Palermo
1961–1963 U.S. Alessandria
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Pietro Rava (January 21, 1916 – November 5, 2006) was an Italian football defender and coach. He won the 1936 Summer Olympics and the 1938 FIFA World Cup with the Italian national team.

Rava, born in Cassine, Province of Alessandria, played for the clubs U.S. Alessandria (1928-35, 1946-47), Juventus F.C. (1935-46 and 1947-50) and Novara Calcio (1950-51). He won two Italian Cups in the 1937/38 and 1941/42 seasons, and two scudettos 1934/35 & 1949/50. He was Juventus' captain from 1947 to 1950. In total, he played in 352 Serie A matches (including 303 for Juventus), scoring 15 goals.[1]

For the Italian national team, he appeared in 30 international matches from 1936 to 1946, losing only one game, becoming the captain in 1940. He won the gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics, and won the 1938 FIFA World Cup. He was selected to the "Best XI" of the 1938 World Cup. Along with Alfredo Foni, Sergio Bertoni, and Ugo Locatelli, Rava is one of only four Italian players ever to win both the Olympic tournament and the World Cup.

As a coach, he managed the clubs Sampdoria, Palermo, Padova, Monza, Alessandria, Novara, Carrarese, and A.C. Cuneo.

On November 5, 2006, Rava, the last surviving member of the 1938 World Cup champion squad, died in Turin after having had surgery on his right femur due to a fracture days before. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for several years.[1] Juventus announced that the following day, for a Serie B match against Napoli, the players would wear mourning armbands in his memory.[2]



  1. ^ a b (Italian) "Addio Rava, Mondiale nel 1938" - - La Gazzetta dello Sport - retrieved Nov. 05, 2006.
  2. ^ (Italian) "La Juventus in lutto per Rava" - - Juventus FC official web site - retrieved Nov. 05, 2006.

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Preceded by
Mario Varglien Iº
Juventus F.C. captains
Succeeded by
Carlo Parola


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