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Silvio Piola
Piola with the national team
Personal information
Full name Silvio Piola
Date of birth 29 September 1913(1913-09-29)
Place of birth    Robbio, Italy
Date of death    4 October 1996 (aged 83)
Place of death    Gattinara, Italy
Playing position Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1929–1934
1934–1943
1943–1944
1945–1947
1947–1954
Pro Vercelli
Lazio
Torino
Juventus
Novara
127 0(51)
227 (148)
023 0(27)
057 0(26)
185 0(86)   
National team
1935–1952 Italy 034 0(30)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Silvio Piola (29 September 1913 – 4 October 1996) was an Italian footballer from Robbio Lomellina, province of Pavia. He is known as a highly prominent figure in the history of Italian football due to several records he set. Piola won the 1938 FIFA World Cup with Italy, scoring two goals in the final.

Piola is third in the all-time goalscoring records of the Italian national team. He is also the highest goalscorer in Serie A history, with 274 goals, 49 ahead of anyone else. He played 537 Serie A games, putting him 4th on the all-time list for appearances in Italy's top flight. Along with Carlo Parola, he is also considered as the "inventor" of the bicycle kick.

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Club career

Piola began his career with Italian club side Pro Vercelli, making his Serie A debut against Bologna on 16 February 1930, scoring 13 goals in his first year, at the age of 17. He went on to score 51 goals in 127 appearances in Serie A for Pro Vercelli.

In 1934, he moved to Lazio, who had been on the receiving end of his first Serie A goal on 11 November 1930. He was to spend the next nine seasons there. Piola was the Serie A top scorer twice while at Lazio, in 1937 and 1943.

After leaving Lazio, he spent war-torn 1944 at Torino, where he scored an amazing 27 goals in just 23 games. Toward the end of the war, he joined Novara. Then, from 1945 to 1947, Piola played for Juventus, before moving back to Novara, where he stayed for seven more seasons.

International career

His first game for Italy came against Austria on 24 March 1935, when he also scored his first goal for the team. He was a World Cup winner in 1938, when he scored two of Italy's goals in the 4-2 victory over Hungary.

Piola went on to play 34 games for Italy and score 30 goals, a tally that would surely have been greater if not for the interruption caused by World War II. His last international appearance was in 1952, when Italy drew 1-1 with England. He died in Gattinara in 1996, aged 83.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Total
1929-30 Pro Vercelli Serie A 4 0
1930-31 32 13
1931-32 31 12
1932-33 32 11
1933-34 28 15
1934-35 Lazio Serie A 29 21
1935-36 27 20
1936-37 28 21
1937-38 28 15
1938-39 21 8
1939-40 23 9
1940-41 25 10
1941-42 24 18
1942-43 22 21
1944 Torino Serie A 23 27
1945-46 Juventus Serie A 29 16
1946-47 28 10
1947-48 Novara Serie B 30 16
1948-49 Serie A 36 15
1949-50 17 4
1950-51 37 19
1951-52 31 18
1952-53 25 9
1953-54 9 5
Total Italy 589 317
Career Total 589 317

Club Playing Honours

S.S. Lazio
Juventus F.C.
  • Serie A: runner-up 1945–46, 1946–47

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Aldo Boffi
Serie A Top Scorer
1942-43
Succeeded by
Eusebio Castigliano
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Simple English

Silvio Piola
Personal information
Full name Silvio Piola
Date of birth 29 September 1913(1913-09-29)
Place of birth    Robbio, Italy
Date of death    4 October 1996 (aged 83)
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1929-1934
1934-1943
1943-1945
1945-1947
1947-1954
Pro Vercelli
Lazio
Torino
Juventus
Novara
National team
1935-1952 Italy
Teams managed
1955-1956
1957
Cagliari
Cagliari

Silvio Piola (born 29 September 1913 - died 4 October 1996) was a former Italian football player. He had played for Italy national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
ItalyLeague
1929/30Pro VercelliSerie A40
1930/313213
1931/323112
1932/333211
1933/342815
1934/35LazioSerie A2921
1935/362720
1936/372821
1937/382815
1938/39219
1939/40239
1940/412510
1941/422418
1942/432221
1944TorinoSerie A2327
1945/46JuventusSerie A2916
1946/472810
1947/48NovaraSerie B3016
1948/49Serie A3615
1949/50174
1950/513719
1951/523118
1952/53259
1953/5495
CountryItaly 589318
Total 589318

International career statistics

[2]

Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
193522
193652
193755
193879
193968
194041
194100
194211
194300
194400
194511
194611
194710
194800
194900
195000
195100
195210
Total3430

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