Carlos Volante

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Carlos Volante
Personal information
Full name Carlos Martín Volante
Date of birth (1910-11-11)November 11, 1910
Place of birth Lanús, Argentina
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1928 Platense
1929–1930 San Lorenzo
1930–1931 Vélez Sársfield (loan) 0 (0)
1931–1932 Napoli 25 (0)
1932–1933 Livorno 32 (0)
1933–1934 Torino 16 (0)
1934–1935 Rennes
1935–1936 Olympique Lillois 24 (1)
1937–1938 CA Paris
1938–1943 Flamengo 100 (3)
National team
1929–1933 Argentina 2 (0)
Teams managed
1946–1948 Internacional
1953–1955 Vitória
1959–1960 Bahia

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Carlos Martín Volante (November 11, 1910 – October 9, 1987)[1][2] is an Argentine former football defensive midfielder, who played in Argentine, Brazilian, French and Italian clubs.


Although he was born in Lanús, south Greater Buenos Aires, Volante begun his career in 1928 at northern Platense, a Vicente López club. In 1929 he transferred to San Lorenzo, with which he reached the semifinals of the local league. Between 1930 and 1931, Volante was loaned for free to Vélez Sársfield to play in the team's Pan-American tour.[3]

Two years later he signed a deal with Napoli. He also played for Livorno and Torino in Italy, where he would stay until 1934 when he moved to French football.

Once there, Volante took part in the historical Rennes 1934-35 squad and also played for Olympique Lillois and CA Paris. During 1938 FIFA World Cup, held in France, he was hired by Brazil National Football Team to work as a massagist.[4] The fear from World War II and a nice relationship built with Brazilian players made Volante transfer to Flamengo, where he would side with Brazilian stars Domingos da Guia and Leonidas.

Volante retired in 1943, at 33 years old, to build a managerial career. He won the Brazilian Championship in 1959 for Bahia.


In Brazil, the position of defensive midfielder is called volante, because Carlos defended one of the most popular clubs in the country, and his way of play popularized the term volante.





Olympique Lillois




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  2. Reference to the "late Carlos Martín Volante" (Portuguese)
  3. "Historia del Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010-10-29. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Copa do Mundo de 1938". (in português). Museu dos Esportes. Archived from the original on 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2009-09-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. (Portuguese)
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