Alejandro Scopelli

Alejandro Scopelli Casanova (Spanish pronunciation: [aleˈxandɾo eskoˈpeli], Italian: [skoˈpɛlli]; 12 May 1908 – 23 October 1987) was an Italian Argentine football player and coach. A striker, he played for Argentina between 1929 and 1941, and competed at the inaugural 1930 FIFA World Cup. He also represented the Italy national football team on one occasion.[1][2]

Alejandro Scopelli
Scopelli in 1931
Personal information
Full name Alejandro Scopelli Casanova
Date of birth (1908-05-12)12 May 1908
Place of birth La Plata, Argentina
Date of death 23 October 1987(1987-10-23) (aged 79)
Place of death Mexico City, Mexico
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1928–1933 Estudiantes 68 (45)
1933–1935 Roma 63 (24)
1936 Racing Club 0 (0)
1936–1937 Red Star ? (24)
1938–1939 RCF Paris
1939–1941 Belenenses
1941 Universidad de Chile
National team
1929–1937 Argentina 8 (4)
1935 Italy 1 (0)
Teams managed
1939–1941 Belenenses
1941–1945 Universidad de Chile
1947–1948 Belenenses
1948–1949 Porto
1949–1950 Deportivo La Coruña
1950–1952 Universidad de Chile
1952–1954 Español
1955–1956 Sporting CP
1956–1957 Celta
1957–1959 Granada
1962–1963 Valencia
1963–1964 Espanyol
1964–1965 América
1966–1967 Chile
1970 América
1972–1974 Belenenses
1978–1979 América
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing career

Born in La Plata, Scopelli started his career in Argentina with Estudiantes de La Plata where he became part of the legendary side nicknamed "Los Profesores". In 1931 he scored 31 goals for the team but was beaten to the golden boot by team mate Alberto Zozaya's 33.

In 1933 Scopelli moved to Italy where he played for Roma. During this time he took the Italian citizenship (as oriundo) and played for the Italy national team. In 1936 Scopelli returned to Argentina to play for Racing Club de Avellaneda. In his later career he played for Red Star Paris in France,[3] around the start of the Second World War he moved to neutral territory to play for Belenenses and then Benfica in Portugal. In 1942 Scopelli returned to South America to play for Universidad de Chile.

Managerial career

After retirement he became a manager, coaching many club teams including Club América in Mexico, and Valencia CF Español and Deportivo de La Coruña in Spain, Belenenses[4] Sporting CP and FC Porto in Portugal and Universidad de Chile.

Scopelli was the Sporting CP manager in the inaugural game of European Cup on 4 September 1955 against FK Partizan Belgrade.

Scopelli also coached at international level, with Chile, Portugal and Mexico.


Scopelli died in Mexico City on 23 October 1987, aged 79.

Career statistics

International goals

Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Scopelli goal.
List of international goals scored by Alejandro Scopelli
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1.16 November 1929Estadio Gasómetro, Buenos Aires, Argentina Uruguay2–02–0Friendly
2.26 July 1930Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay United States2–16–11930 FIFA World Cup
3.9 January 1937Estadio Gasómetro, Buenos Aires, Argentina Paraguay1–06–11937 South American Championship

See also