Omar Sivori
02.10.1935 - 17.02.2005
Nickname: Foot, Big Left, Gray, Rampage
Nationality: Argentina, Italy
Stature: 171 см
Position: forward

1954 - 1957Argentina ArgentinaRiver Plate6329
1957 - 1965Italy ItalyJuventus215135
1965 - 1969Italy ItalyNapoli6312
All:Gols in match: 0.52341176
Years performancesNational teamGamesGols
1956 - 1957Argentina Argentina199
1961 - 1964Italy Italy98
All:Gols in match: 0.612817

Omar Sivori was born on October 2, 1935 in the city of San Nicolas de los Arroyos, which is located 250 km from Buenos Aires, in the family of Italian émigrés Adeodato Civori and Carola Tiracchia, who came from Naples. As a child, Sivori loved football, playing from dusk to dawn between the houses.

He has violent temperament from early childhood: playing for the team of his native town, “San Nicholas”, he yelled at his partners when they did not give him the ball, desperately did not want to lose, he certainly responded with a blow to the blow. As a result, his shirt constantly got out of the pants, and according to this sign he could always be easily distinguished from the stands from the crowd.

In his memoirs, Civori speaks of Renato Cesarini with particular gratitude. "My parents gave me the name, and Cesarini made him famous," he says. The man in question in the 1930s was himself a popular striker for Juventus, born in Argentina, but he was a child in Italy. Becoming a coach, he opened Sivori in the wilds of teenage football, bringing his 16-year-old to the River Plate in 1952.

Fate bound them together for a decade and a half. Then Cesarini recommended Sivori to Juventus in 1957, where a little later, in 1959, they were reunited as a player and coach. Sivori was very easy on the rampage in relations with anyone, and Cesarini was almost the only example of a man with whom he did not allow himself the slightest rudeness.


In 1952, Omar was in the "River Plate". First - in the fourth team. 14 goals scored in 12 games contributed to his quick transfer to the third team, where he continued the season-52 with indicators: 11 matches, 6 goals. The next season, playing the left insider, he started with 6 goals in 8 games, and then he was transferred to the second (21 games, 11 goals).

Finally, on January 30, 1954, he made his debut in the main team of “Rivera” - he replaced the famous Angel Labrun in a friendly match with the Yugoslav “Partizan”. April 4 of the same year - the debut in the first division of Argentina. “River” wins (5: 2) “Lanus”, four goals on the account of the Uruguayan star Walter Gomez. The fifth, the last, is on the account of the debutant, whom he immediately begins to compare to Labrune, noting his many merits.

Having an average size - 170 centimeters of height and 70 kilograms of weight, the young Sivori found excellent vision of the field, a strong blow with both legs and dribbling, which he preferred to perform with his left leg (for this he was given a nickname "Foot").

In a principled second-round match of the championship-54 against Boca Juniors, Civori leads the audience into ecstasy, circling four competitors in turn - Colman, Edwards, Pesce and Mourinho. After the final whistle, they pick him up in his arms and carry him out of the stadium.

Omar Sivori at River Plate
Omar Sivori at River Plate

He became the champion of the country in 1955 and 1956 and made his debut for the Argentina national team at the America's Cup-56, scoring a goal for Peruvians in his first match. In the final, the Argentines are inferior to the hosts of the tournament Uruguayans.

A year later, the new America's Cup raffle in Lima. And this time - victorious for the team Sivori. In the final in spectacular style, Brazil was defeated (3-0). Everyone praises the powerful troika of the Maschio-Angelillo-Sivori attack, which, after the day of the final match in the Argentine press, is called the gentle unifying expression "caras sucias" - "dirty faces". They tried so hard to defeat the Brazilians that they roll out in the mud.

All three “dirty faces” are instantly bought by rich Italian clubs. Sivori holds May 5, 1957 a farewell match for River Plate and on May 27 becomes a Juventus footballer. Juve pays 10 million pesos for it - a world record for that time.


Sivori came to Juventus at the height of the scandal that was raging there. President Umberto Agnelli was accused of squandering funds. Omar played no matter. But gradually broke up, in a match with “Vicenza” (5:2) made poker and finished the season 57/58 with an asset of 22 goals and with the title of champion of Italy.

1960 brings Sivori a new scudetto, and with it the title of king of scorers of the series A. Paradox: despite the fact that he constantly finds himself in the epicenter of scandals, is often disqualified, he is still recognized as the best football player in Italy, and Juve continues to pray for him . In Juventus, a killer attacking trio is working at full power: the Welshman John Charles in the center, Boniperti and Sivori on the sides.

In 1961, Sivori awarded the European Golden Ball.

In 1961, when they gave me the Golden Ball, I scored the way I wanted and to whom I wanted. In the Italian national team in 9 matches I scored 8 goals! In this I was not equal, although at that time in the world such great people as Luis Suarez, Di Stefano, Puskas were performing...
Omar Sivori 1961
Handing the "Golden Ball" (1961)

Having received Italian citizenship, he makes his debut as part of the "Azzurra Squadra". In the third match in its composition on June 15, plays in Florence against Argentina. The opposition to compatriots acts at first depressingly at first, but in the second half, he leaves emotions aside and starts playing at full strength. Scored a goal, and Italy wins big - 4:1.

Another noteworthy event of 1961 is the match between Juventus and Inter, in which the “interists” offended by the federation, in protest, puts a youth squad. Black and white do not spare youths and smash them to pieces - 9:1. Six of the nine goals accounted for by Sivori, who repeats the record of Silvio Piola.

Since then, no one in Italy has scored so much in one match anymore. In 1962, Sivori for the third and last time became the champion of Italy and participates in the World Championships in Chile. True, without much shine. On his account matches against Germany and Switzerland. Happy for Sivori period ended with the arrival in “Juventus” on the coaching position of Paraguayan Heriberto Herrera. Taking the example of his namesake Elenio, he began to "strangle" the players by the need to act in strict accordance with their schemes, which Omar could not stand. He repeated many times that he was used to playing football with his heart, and not with schemes. The conflict broke out, the winner in which Herrera came out.

Omar Sivori 1963
"Striped" Luis Suarez ("Inter") and Omar Sivori (1963)

LAST SCANDAL - THE LARGEST Sivori had to retreat to Napoli in the summer of 1965, where he was given an unprecedentedly warm welcome. Together with him, another A-series star, Italian-Brazilian Jose Altafini, moved to this club. For two paid 150 million Argentine pesos. There it was still possible to “play with the heart”. The maximum achievement achieved by Napoli in 4 seasons with Sivori is second in the 67/68 season. But he was almost not involved in this success, because he had only 7 games due to injuries. Moreover, throughout this season, Sivori continually cursed with coach Bruno Pesola, who was forced to leave right after end of contract to Fiorentina, where, by the way, he immediately proved his qualification, having won the scudetto.

Season-68/69 turned out to be the last and keen scandal in Sivori’s career, which became her worthy “crown”. He spent many months in the hospital, and only by November began to recover. Coach Carlo Parola, who came to replace Napa in “Napoli”, has already picked up an alternative to the position of the left forward in the face of Barison. Sivori still considered himself the best. Parola, Corvino physician and administrator Roberto Fiore believed that maximum of 60 minutes he can play and therefore should not count on a place on the "basis". I want to play and will play! As a result, he was fined at 1 million lire.

Among his partners in “Napoli” grew discontent: they “got” the antics of a restless player. This, by the way, was radically different from Maradona - another great Argentinian from the south of Italy in club, who was in honor of his appearance in it. As it was known, a man of restless nature, but he was still immensely loved in Naples. But Sivori lost this love.

Meanwhile, the events developed as follows. November 13, 1968 Omar for the first time after a long break, took to the field in the UEFA Cup match with “Leeds” (0:2). November 17, he played with “Palermo” and scored the winning goal. In the next round, in principle, he did not spoil the paintings in Vicenza, although “Napoli” lost - 0:2. It seemed that he was about to reclaim his place of “titular”. But the trouble was that the next opponent of the Neapolitans on December 1 was “Juventus”, where the old enemy of Sivori - Heriberto Herrera was still working. It could be assumed that something bad would happen. And it happened. The guardian of the Argentinean by the name of Favalli (perhaps on the instructions of Herrera) clearly entered the field to make one mad Sivori. He writhed on the lawn and provoked the judge. At some point, the referee Pieroni pecked at his bait and showed Sivori to the locker room. His decision caused a fight on the field with the participation of a large number of people. As a result, in addition to Sivori, the Neapolitan Panzanato, Juventisian Salvador, and some of the coaching staff were also removed.

Reputation Sivori worked against him: he gets a 6-match suspension. The fact that he was not the one who suffered the most in this story (Panzanato was disqualified for 9 games) did not comfort him.

Enraged Sivori convened a press conference on December 5, in which terrible curses fell on Heriberto Herrera’s head and advised Juventus president Katella to reflect on what was happening in his club. On December 6, he announced that he would end up with football in protest against unfair disqualification. Career ended.


Possessing a seething kind, Sivori, after hanging shoes on a nail, didn’t sit around for long. A year later, he was already working as a coach, having taken "Rosario Central" in January 1970. But in the new field he was not without adventures. Sivori went as a radio commentator to the World Championships in Mexico, and when he returned, he discovered that Rosario already had a different mentor. In 1971 he headed "Estudiantes", but the experience at this club turned out to be quite short - 15 days. His next team was the national team of Argentina, which in November 1972 he volunteered to conduct through the qualifying round of the next world championship. Of course, he failed to bring the case to an end: a fight with a federation official ended with his dismissal in September 1973. Argentines successfully completed the qualifying tournament, but without him. Then he appeared as a coach in River Plate (1974), Naples (1976) and Velez Sarsfield (1978–1979), but again not for long again.

Omar Sivori once said about Juventus:

Here it is necessary to fight all the time and not give up, even when everything seems lost, “Juventus” never gives up.
Omar Sivori

Having completed his coaching career, Sivori rested for a while. In 1986, he returned to Italy and worked as a TV commentator for 7 years. After that, he left for Argentina, and remained to live on his prosperous ranch, which he called Juventus. From 1993 to 1994, Sivori led a column in Clarin magazine. From 1994 until the end of his life, Sivori worked as a scout for Juventus in South America.

Sivori died at the age of 69 from pancreatic cancer in his hometown of San Nicolas de los Arroyos. A few weeks before his death, Sivori often said: "I saw a little football." He was buried on February 18 at 15.00 at Memorial Celestial Cemetery in San Nicolas. After the death of Sivori, the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport printed on the title page a black and white photograph of a young Sivori with a Juventus t-shirt, shot after one of his goals, another newspaper Tuttosport published an article entitled "Ciao 'Omar" (Goodbye Omar), Corriere dello Sport has printed that "one of the greatest in history has died."

On February 25, 2005, the tribune of the Monumental stadium, built with money from the sale of Sivori, was named after the footballer.

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Award nameYearAmount
1 South American Championship player of the tournament 1957 1
2 The best scorer of the Italian championship (28 goals) 1960 1
3 The best football player in Italy 1960, 1961 2
4 Gold ball 1961 1
5 Championship record holder in Italy in terms of the number of goals in one match (6 goals) 1961 1

Club "River Plate"
Award nameYearAmount
1 Champion of Argentina 1955, 1956 2
2 South American Champion 1955, 1957 2

Club " Juventus"
Award nameYearAmount
3 Champion of Italy 1958, 1960, 1961 3
4 Italian Cup 1959, 1960, 1965 3
5 Alpine Cup 1963 1

Club "Napoli"
Award nameYearAmount
6 Alpine Cup 1966 1