Raimundo Orsi

Raimundo Bibiani "Mumo" Orsi (2 December 1901 – 6 April 1986) was an Italian Argentine footballer who played as a winger or as a forward. At international level, he represented both countries, winning the 1927 Copa América and the silver medal at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with Argentina, as well as two editions of the Central European International Cup and the 1934 FIFA World Cup, with Italy.

Raimundo Orsi
Orsi in 1920
Personal information
Full name Raimundo Bibiani Orsi
Date of birth (1901-12-02)2 December 1901
Place of birth Avellaneda, Argentina[1]
Date of death 6 April 1986(1986-04-06) (aged 84)
Place of death Santiago, Chile[2]
Position(s) Winger, Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1920–1928 Independiente 249 (110)
1928–1935 Juventus 194 (88)
1935 Independiente 32 (9)
1936 Boca Juniors 11 (0)
1937–1938 Platense 27 (10)
1939 Flamengo 2 (0)
1939–1940 Almagro 23 (13)
1940 Flamengo 1 (0)
1941–1942 Peñarol ? (?)
1943 Santiago National ? (?)
National team
1924–1928 Argentina 12 (3)
1929–1935 Italy 35 (13)
1936 Argentina 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

His career began in Argentina with Club Atlético Independiente (1920–1928; 1935), but it was with Juventus that Orsi would have the most success in his club career. He joined the club in time for the 1928–29 season and would stay at Juventus until 1935, winning five consecutive league titles between 1931 and 1935. After leaving Italy, Orsi played the rest of his career in South America. He returned to Independiente before moving on to Boca Juniors (1936), Club Atlético Platense (1937–38), and Almagro (1939–40); he also played for Flamengo in Brazil (1939; 1940), Peñarol in Uruguay (1941–42), and Santiago National in Chile (1943).[3][4]

International career

His international debut for Argentina on August 10, 1924 was against Uruguay. Over the next 12 years, he played 13 times for Argentina and scored 3 goals, winning the 1927 Copa América and the silver medal at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Orsi's career is strange by modern standards, however, in that he played for Italy as well as Argentina, allowing him to gain 35 caps and score 13 goals for his second country between December 1, 1929 and March 24, 1935. This also allowed him to win two editions of the Central European International Cup, and to be a part of the side that won the 1934 FIFA World Cup, in the final of which he scored. He died in 1986 aged 84.[3][4]

Style of play

Considered one of the greatest players of his time, and one of the best ever Italian players in his position,[5] Orsi was a quick left-footed winger, who usually played on the left flank, due to his crossing ability. A prolific goalscorer, he was an accurate finisher, both with his head and his feet, and he excelled in the air and acrobatically; because of this he was also capable of playing as a striker, and on the right flank, a position in which he was able to make diagonal attacking runs or cut into the centre to shoot with his stronger foot. Nicknamed "Mumo", despite his lack of shooting power and physical strength, he was an extremely quick player, with excellent technical ability, who was renowned for his dribbling skills and his use of feints to beat opponents. He was also an accurate penalty kick taker.[3][4]








  1. "Orsi, Raimundo Bibiano" (in Italian). Enciclopedia del Calcio. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  2. "Leyendas: Raimundo Orsi" (in Spanish). Independiente.com. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  3. Stefano Bedeschi (2 February 2013). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Raimundo ORSI" (in Italian). Tutto Juve. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  4. Vladimiro Caminiti. "Raimundo "Mumo" Orsi" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  5. Chiesa, Carlo F. (August 22, 1999). "We are the champions - I 150 fuoriclasse che hanno fatto la storia del calcio" [The 150 champions that made football's history]. Calcio 2000 (in Italian). Action Group S.r.l. p. 124.
  6. "FIFA World Cup Awards: All-Star Team". Retrieved 19 August 2015.