Pietro Ferraris

Pietro Ferraris (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpjɛːtro ferˈraːris]; 15 February 1912 – 11 October 1991) was an Italian footballer who played as a forward. Throughout his career, he won 6 Serie A titles with Ambrosiana-Inter and Torino, and the 1938 FIFA World Cup with the Italy national football team, where he scored Italy's fastest ever World Cup goal.

Pietro Ferraris
Personal information
Full name Pietro Ferraris
Date of birth (1912-02-15)15 February 1912
Place of birth Vercelli, Kingdom of Italy
Date of death 11 October 1991(1991-10-11) (aged 79)
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1929–1932 Pro Vercelli 86 (19)
1932–1936 Napoli 83 (13)
1936–1941 Ambrosiana-Inter 139 (43)
1941–1948 Torino 168 (55)
1948–1950 Novara 57 (20)
Total 533 (150)
National team
1935–1947 Italy 14 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Ferraris was born in Vercelli, Piedmont. He was also known as "Ferraris II", to distinguish him from Mario Ferraris I.[1]

He made his club debut with Pro Vercelli (1929–32) on 10 November 1929, in a 3–1 away loss to Triestina, and scored his first Serie A goal on 13 April 1930, in a 6–0 home win over Triestina, once again. He spent most of his career playing for Ambrosiana-Inter (1936–41), alongside Giuseppe Meazza, and later Torino (1941–48), becoming a member of Ferruccio Novo's Grande Torino side; he also played for Napoli (1932–36), and Novara (1948–50), before retiring. In total, he scored 123 goals in 469 appearances in Serie A. In total, he won 6 Serie A titles: 2 with Inter, in 1937–38 and 1939–40, and 4 with Torino, in 1942–43, 1945–46, 1946–47, and 1947–48; he also won two Coppa Italia titles: 1 with Inter, in 1938–39, and 1 with Torino, in 1942–43.[1][2]

International career

At international level, Ferraris made 14 appearances for Italy between 1935 and 1947, scoring 3 goals. He made his international debut on 17 February 1935, in a 2–1 home win over France, and he later represented Italy at the 1938 FIFA World Cup, as the Italians went on to win the tournament. He scored his first goal for Italy, and his only goal of the tournament, in the second minute of their first round match of the World Cup against Norway, on 5 June, which ended in a 2–1 win; along with Bruno Mora's goal against Switzerland in the 1962 FIFA World Cup, this is Italy's fastest ever World Cup goal.[1][2][3][4][5]

Style of play

Capable of playing both as a striker or as a winger, Ferraris was a quick, efficient, intuitive, and intelligent player, with excellent technical skills, creativity, and an eye for goal. He was an accurate striker of the ball from close or mid range, and was also known for his positional sense, distribution, work-rate, professionalism, and longevity throughout his career.[1]

Career statistics

International goals

1.5 June 1938Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France Norway2–1Win1938 FIFA World Cup
2.5 April 1942Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy Croatia4–0WinFriendly
3.19 April 1942San Siro, Milano, Italy Spain4–0WinFriendly







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  2. Roberto Di Maggio; Adriano Stabile (12 February 2005). "Pietro Ferraris II - Goals in Serie A". RSSSF. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  3. "Record e Curiosità" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  4. "Ferraris, Pietro" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  5. "A double for Pozzo". Football Italia. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  6. Football PLAYER: Pietro Ferraris