Carlos Volante
Personal information
Full name Carlos Martín Volante
Date of birth (1905-11-11)November 11, 1905
Place of birth Lanús, Argentina
Date of death October 9, 1987(1987-10-09) (aged 76)
Place of death Milan, Italy
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1923–1924 Lanús
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1924–1926 Lanús 11 (0)
1926 CA General San Martín 3 (0)
1928 Platense
1929–1930 San Lorenzo
1930–1931 → Excursionistas 0 (0)
1931–1932 Napoli 25 (0)
1932–1933 Livorno 32 (0)
1933–1934 Torino 16 (0)
1934–1935 Rennes[1] 22 (1)
1935–1936 Olympique Lillois 24 (1)
1937–1938 CA Paris
1938–1943 Flamengo 100 (3)
National team
1928–1930 Argentina 2 (0)
Teams managed
1945–1946 Lanús
1946–1948 Internacional
1953–1955 Vitória
1959–1960 Bahia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Carlos Martín Volante (November 11, 1905 – October 9, 1987)[2][3] was an Argentine football defensive midfielder, who played in Argentine, Brazilian, French and Italian clubs.


Volante begun his youth career at small clubs in Lanús. In 1923, he signed Club Atlético Lanús, where he started his senior career on the following year. He would still serve in the military and then have a brief stint at Club Atlético General San Martín before joining Platense. 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.[4] Thereafter, he played four games in Excursionistas 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.[5] 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. His defensive prowess led the defensive midfielder position to be called "volante" in Brazil.[6]

Volante retired in 1943 to start a coaching career. He won the 1959 Taça Brasil for Bahia.





Olympique Lillois




  1. ^ [1] Stade Rennais Online (in French)
  2. ^ Assaf, Roberto; Martins, Clóvis (2001). Almanaque do Flamengo (in Portuguese) (1st ed.). Editora Abril. p. 514. OCLC 837719185.
  3. ^ Futebol Portenho (in Portuguese)
  4. ^ "Historia del Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2010-10-29.
  5. ^ "Copa do Mundo de 1938". (in Portuguese). Museu dos Esportes. Archived from the original on 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
  6. ^ A origem do volante no futebol brasileiro (in Portuguese)
  7. ^ (in Portuguese)
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2011-03-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)