Luis Monti

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Luis Monti
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Monti covered on El Gráfico , 1934.
Personal information
Full nameLuis Felipe Monti
Date of birth(1901-05-15)15 May 1901
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date of death 9 September 1983(1983-09-09) (aged 82)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
1921 Huracán ? (?)
1922 Boca Juniors 0 (0)
1922–1930 San Lorenzo 215 (48)
1930–1939 Juventus 225 (20)
National team
1924–1931 Argentina 16 (5)
1932–1936 Italy 18 (1)
Teams managed
1939–1940 Triestina
1942 Juventus
1942–1943 Varese
1944 Varese
1945–1947 Atalanta
1947 Vigevano
1947–1948 Huracán
1949–1950 Pisa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Luis Felipe Monti (15 May 1901 – 9 September 1983) was an Italian Argentine footballer who played as a midfielder and an Olympian. Monti has the distinction of having played in two FIFA World Cup final matches with two different national teams. He played the first of these finals with his native Argentina in 1930, which was lost to Uruguay; and the second with Italy as one of their Oriundi in 1934, thanks to his Romagnol descent. [1] This second time Monti was on the winning side in a 2–1 victory over Czechoslovakia.

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Monti was a rugged and ruthless player, but had the technical skills to go with his strong tackling. He played as an attacking centre half in the old-fashioned Metodo system: a position roughly equivalent to the defensive central midfield position of today. As such he would mark the opposing centre forward when his team were defending, but would be the main midfield playmaker when his team were on the attack, due to his passing and creativity. [2] He was nicknamed doble ancho (double wide) due to his coverage of the pitch. [3]

In association football, a playmaker is a player who controls the flow of the team's offensive play, and is often involved in passing moves which lead to goals, through their vision, technique, ball control, creativity, and passing ability.



Monti in 1925 while playing at San Lorenzo. Luismonti 1925casla.jpeg
Monti in 1925 while playing at San Lorenzo.

Monti started his career in 1921 with Huracán, where he won the first of his many championships. The following year he signed with Boca Juniors but left without playing a game. He joined San Lorenzo where he won a further three Argentine championships. All of Monti's honours in Argentina were recorded during the Amateur Era.

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Boca Juniors sports club in Argentina

Club Atlético Boca Juniors is an Argentine professional sports club based in La Boca neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. Boca Juniors is mostly known for its professional football team which, since its promotion in 1913, has always played in the Argentine Primera División, becoming the most successful team of Argentina in number of official titles, with 68 won to date. National titles won by Boca Juniors include 33 Primera División championships, and 13 domestic cups. Boca Juniors also owns an honorary title awarded by the Argentine Football Association for their successful tour of Europe in 1925.

Monti was first called up to represent the Argentine national team in 1924. He won the 1927 South American Championship and the Silver Medal at the 1928 Summer Olympics. [4] With Monti as a key player, Argentina cruised to the World Cup final in 1930, defeating France, Mexico, Chile, and the United States. Monti scored two goals along the way, and injured opponents with his tackling. Some sources speculate that Monti was carrying an injury, but whatever the truth, and despite a death threat, [5] he had a quiet game as Uruguay triumphed 4–2.

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In 1931 Monti was signed by the Italian club Juventus, as he had Italian citizenship. As he was overweight and out of condition, he had a month's solitary training. Monti was back to top form helping Juventus to four consecutive Serie A titles (1932 to 1935), also serving as the club's captain. Monti went on to play 225 matches and score 19 goals in Italy.

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He was also called up, within a year, to play for the Italian national team as an oriundo . Hosts Italy won their way to the 1934 World Cup final and defeated Czechoslovakia 2–1.

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1934 FIFA World Cup 1934 edition of the FIFA World Cup

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The Battle of Highbury

The Battle of Highbury is a match that took place between Italy and England on November 14, 1934 at Highbury, the home ground of Arsenal. Monti was playing centre half for Italy, but as early as the second minute he broke a bone in his foot after a clash with England centre forward Ted Drake. Down to 10 men, in the days before substitutes, Italy succumbed 2–3. Monti was only to play twice more for Italy.

In total Monti won 16 caps (5 goals) for Argentina between 1924 and 1931, and 18 caps (1 goal) for Italy between 1932 and 1936.

After football

Monti became manager after retiring. He died in 1983 aged 82.

International goals

Argentina's goal tally first

1.31 August 1924 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 3–03–2 Friendly
2.13 June 1928 Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam, Netherlands Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 1–11–2 1928 Summer Olympics
3.15 July 1930 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay Flag of France.svg  France 1–01–0 1930 FIFA World Cup
4.26 July 1930 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1–06–1 1930 FIFA World Cup
5.4 July 1931 Estadio Sportivo Barracas, Buenos Aires, Argentina Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay 1–11–1 Copa Rosa Cheva




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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Virginio Rosetta
Juventus F.C. captains
Succeeded by
Mario Varglien