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Edoardo Bosio

Edoardo Bosio
FBC Torinese
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Edoardo Bosio (1864-1927) was an Italian-Swiss footballing innovator from Turin. He is a prime figure in the history of Italian football as evidence exists to show that he founded the earliest football club in the country; Torino Football and Cricket Club.[1]


As a young man, Bosio was a merchant worker in the British textile industry, as part of his work he had the opportunity to live in London, England for a while and experienced the game of football.[1] Upon returning to his native Turin in 1886 he was determined to spread the word of football in his homeland; he brought back a leather ball and founded Torino Football and Cricket Club that year.

Bosio remained involved with the club after they merged with Nobili Torino to form Internazionale Torino. This is the club with whom he competed in the earliest Italian Football Championships, picking up two runners-up medals with the club. He even lured the famous Herbert Kilpin into Italian football, when he was hired to work for Bosio in the textiles industry.

In 1900 Bosio remained with the club as they merged into FBC Torinese, picking up another runners-up spot and notably scoring a hat-trick against Milan in the semi-finals of the Italian Football Championship which made him the topscorer of the tournament.



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