Federico Pisani

Federico Pisani (25 July 1974 – 12 February 1997) was an Italian professional footballer who played as a forward for Atalanta and Monza. Pisani died in a car crash on 12 February 1997,[1] and his squad number (#14) was retired as a mark of respect.

Federico Pisani
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-07-25)25 July 1974
Place of birth Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Italy
Date of death 12 February 1997(1997-02-12) (aged 22)
Place of death Milan, Italy
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1997 Atalanta 64 (6)
1993Monza (loan) 21 (2)
Total 85 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Pisani began playing for Atalanta's youth team and after a few years joined the Margine Coperta, a satellite club of Atalanta. Returning to Bergamo, he made his debut in Serie A at the age of 17 years. In the Primavera team, he was coached by Cesare Prandelli and often used as a substitute.[2]:362

Pisani died in a car accident with his BMW 320 convertible in the company of his girlfriend Alessandra Midali (who also died in the accident)[3] and two friends (who were uninjured) on 12 February 1997. Pisani was returning home after an evening at the casinò di Campione d'Italia.[4]

Following the death of Pisani, Atalanta retired the number 14 jersey. In his short Serie A career, he made 44 appearances and scored five goals.

The main stadium of the Atalanta training centre in Zingonia, and the Curva Nord of the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, are both named after him.


  1. "Football: Federico Pisani killed in car crash". The Independent. 13 February 1997. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
  2. Elio Corbani; Pietro Serina (2007). Cent'anni di Atalanta - Vol 2. Bergamo: Sesaab. ISBN 978-88-903088-0-2.
  3. Roberti Ezio (16 February 1997). "L'addio di Bergamo a Federico e Alessandra". Corriere della Sera (in Italian).
  4. Biglia Andrea (13 February 1997). "Pisani, uno schianto nella notte". Corriere della Sera (in Italian).