Virgilio Fossati

Virgilio Fossati
Personal information
Date of birth (1891-01-03)3 January 1891
Place of birth Milan, Italy
Date of death 25 December 1916 (aged 25)
Place of death near Monfalcone, Italy
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1909–1915 Inter Milan 97 (4)
National team
1910–1915 Italy[1] 12 (1)
Teams managed
1909–1915 Internazionale
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Virgilio Fossati (Italian pronunciation: [virˈdʒiːljo fosˈsaːti]; 3 January 1891 – 25 December 1916) was an Italian footballer and manager. A midfielder, he played for and coached Italian club Inter Milan, also representing the Italy national football team; he captained both teams throughout his career.


Fossati spent his entire career with Inter Milan. He played 97 times for the club and scored 4 goals. Throughout his career, Fossati served as Inter and Italy's captain and also the first Inter player to play with the Italian national team. On 15 May 1910, he scored in Italy's first official match, a 6–2 win over France. He later also coached Inter.

Fossati's career was ended by World War I. He died on Christmas Day 1916 at Monfalcone during a battle between the Italian and Austrian armies.[2]

His brother Giuseppe (born 1894) played 43 matches in three years with Inter.


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  2. ^ Martin, Simon (15 August 2011). Sport Italia: The Italian Love Affair with Sport. I.B.Tauris. p. 46. ISBN 9781845118204.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Hernst Marktl
Inter Milan captain
Succeeded by
Ermanno Aebi
Preceded by
Giuseppe Milano
Italy captain
Succeeded by
Renzo De Vecchi