Virgilio Levratto

Virgilio Felice Levratto (Italian pronunciation: [virˈdʒiːljo feˈliːtʃe leˈvratto]; 26 October 1904 – 18 September 1968) was an Italian association football player and later a coach, who played as a striker.

Virgilio Levratto
Personal information
Full name Virgilio Felice Levratto
Date of birth (1904-10-26)26 October 1904
Place of birth Carcare, Italy
Date of death 18 September 1968(1968-09-18) (aged 63)
Place of death Genoa, Italy
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1919–1924 Vado 50 (53)
1924–1925 Verona 20 (15)
1925–1932 Genoa 188 (86)
1932–1934 Ambrosiana-Inter 63 (25)
1934–1936 Lazio 50 (8)
1936–1940 Savona 46 (24)
1940–1941 Stabia ? (?)
1941–1942 Cavese ? (?)
National team
1924–1928 Italy 28 (11)
Teams managed
1936–1937 Savona
1938–1939 Savona
1940–1941 Cavese
1941–1942 Stabia
1942–1943 Colleferro
1945–1947 Savona
1947–1949 Messina
1949–1951 Arsenale Messina
1951–1952 Lecce
1952–1953 Savona
1958–1959 Finale
1962–1963 Cuneo
1965–1968 Nolese
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Levratto was born in Carcare. Throughout his club career, he played for F.C. Vado (where he won his first Coppa Italia title in 1922, scoring a decisive goal in the final) and also played for Hellas Verona F.C., Genoa C.F.C. (appearing in 148 matches and scoring 84 goals), Inter Milan in 1932, and S.S. Lazio in 1934. He later played with Savona in Serie C, and closed his career in Serie D with Cavese.

International career

With the Italian national football team, Levratto obtained 28 international caps, scoring 11 goals. He played in the 1924 Summer Olympics and won a bronze medal at the 1928 Summer Olympics.

Style of play

A well-known striker with an eye for goal, Levratto was also known as "Lo Sfondareti" (The net-tearer) for his famous powerful shot.[1]

Managerial career

In the 1950s, Levratto coached Savona, Messina, U.S. Lecce and was assistant coach for Fulvio Bernardini at ACF Fiorentina during the 1955–56 season.

In popular culture

In 1940s, popular singers Quartetto Cetra dedicated Virgilio a song, titled "Che centrattacco!" ("What a striker!").