Luigi Ferraris (footballer)

Luigi Ferraris (November 18, 1887 – August 23, 1915) was an Italian footballer, engineer and soldier who died during the World War I.

Luigi Ferraris
Luigi Ferraris in 1911
Personal information
Date of birth (1887-11-18)18 November 1887
Place of birth Florence, Kingdom of Italy
Date of death 23 August 1915(1915-08-23) (aged 27)
Place of death Monte Maggio, Kingdom of Italy
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1902–1903 Genoa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1904–1906 Genoa II 2 (0)
1907–1911 Genoa 35 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Ferraris was born Florence, while his family hailed from Saluzzo, Piedmont. He joined Genoa in 1902,[1] and played there his entire career,[2] where he won the reserve championship (it) 4–0 against Juventus in 1904.[3]

He studied engineering at the Polytechnic University of Milan from 1906 to 1911. Afterwards, he worked at the Officine Elettriche Genovesi (OEG) in San Fruttuoso, then at Pirelli in Milan.

During the World War I, he served as a volunteer then reached the rank of lieutenant. However, he died during a mission in Val Posina, a minor valley of the Val d'Astico [it] in the municipality of Posina.[4] He was awarded the Medal of Military Valor in 1915.[4]

In 1933, the stadium, Stadio Luigi Ferraris, was named after him.[5]