Felice Borel

Felice Placido Borel (Italian pronunciation: [feˈliːtʃe boˈrɛl]; 5 April 1914 – 21 January 1993) was an Italian football player who played as a striker. He was a member of the Italy national football team that won the 1934 FIFA World Cup.

Felice Borel
Borel II with Juventus in the 1930s
Personal information
Full name Felice Placido Borel II
Date of birth 5 April 1914
Place of birth Nice, France
Date of death 21 January 1993 (aged 78)
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1932–1941 Juventus 205 (119)
1941–1942 Torino 25 (7)
1942–1946 Juventus 75 (24)
1946–1947 Alessandria 1 (0)
1948–1949 Napoli 1 (0)
Total 307 (150)
National team
1933–1934 Italy 3 (1)
Teams managed
1942–1946 Juventus
1946–1947 Alessandria
1948–1949 Napoli
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Borel was born in Nice, France. During his career, he played for Juventus and cross-city rivals Torino in Serie A and, in Serie B, for Alessandria, and finally for S.S.C. Napoli, where he finished his career.[1][2][3]

He scored 157 goals for Juventus, winning three Serie A titles (1933, 1934, and 1935) and a Coppa Italia (1938) during his time with the club, as well as the Serie A top-scorer award on two occasions (1933 and 1934); he is currently Juventus's sixth highest goal scorer. During his second spell with the club in the 1940s, he held the position of player-manager.[1][2][3]

International career

Borel made 3 appearances for Italy between 1933 and 1934, scoring his only international goal on his debut against Hungary on 22 November, in Budapest, during the Dr. Gero Cup. He was part of the 1934 FIFA World Cup winning national team, appearing once throughout the tournament, during the quarter-final victory over Spain on 1 June.[2][4]

Style of play

Nicknamed farfallino ("little butterfly," in Italian), Borel usually played as a centre-forward, and is regarded as one of Italy's and Juventus's greatest forwards of all time. He was known for his speed, movement, shooting, goalscoring, dribbling, team-play, and technical ability. In his later career he usually played as an inside forward or mezzala, or even as an offensive–minded central midfielder. Despite his ability, however, he was also injury prone.[2][3][5]

After retirement

During the 1958–59 season, he was technical director of Catania.[1]

Personal life

Felice's older brother Aldo Borel played football professionally, spending 10 seasons in the Serie A, and their father Ernesto Borel played for OGC Nice, AS Cannes and Juventus in the 1900s and 1910s, and later also served as a manager. To distinguish the brothers, Aldo was known as Borel I and Felice - as Borel II.[3]








  1. "Borel, Felice Placido" (in Italian). Enciclopedia del Calcio. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  2. Caminiti, Vladimiro. "BOREL Felice Placido: il volo di Farfallino" (in Italian). storiedicalcio. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  3. Bedeschi, Stefano (1 April 2019). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Felice Placido BOREL" (in Italian). Tutto Juve. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  4. "Nazionale in cifre: Borel, Felice" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  5. Garanzini, Gigi. "BOREL, Felice Placido" (in Italian). Treccani: Enciclopedia del Calcio (2002). Retrieved 19 May 2020.