Fabio Firmani

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Fabio Firmani
Fabio Firmani at Auronzo.JPG
Firmani as a Lazio player (2009)
Personal information
Date of birth (1978-05-26) 26 May 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Lodigiani
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Lodigiani 20 (0)
1996–2001 Vicenza 70 (2)
1998–1999 Reggina (loan) 27 (1)
2001–2003 Chievo 1 (0)
2002 Bologna (loan) 5 (0)
2002–2003 Venezia (loan) 21 (1)
2003–2005 Catania 39 (0)
2005–2011 Lazio 36 (3)
2009 Al Wasl (loan) 1 (0)
2011 Shaanxi Renhe 18 (2)
Total 238 (9)
National team
1999–2000 Italy U21 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Fabio Firmani (born 26 May 1978) is an Italian retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

He amassed Serie A totals of 83 games and four goals over the course of ten seasons, representing in the competition Vicenza, Chievo, Bologna and Lazio.

Club career[edit]

Born in Rome, Firmani began his career with local A.S. Lodigiani in 1995, moving the following season to Vicenza Calcio. He remained at the club for seven years, making his Serie A debut on 26 January 1997 in a 3–2 home win against ACF Fiorentina and going on to collect nearly 100 official appearances. He also scored in the quarterfinals of the 1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup against Roda JC, in a 9–1 aggregate routing.

During his time in Veneto, Firmani headed south for a year, spending the 1998–99 campaign on loan at Reggina Calcio and splitting 2001–02 between A.C. Chievo Verona (co-ownership with Vicenza) and Bologna F.C. 1909. After competing in Serie B in the 2002–03 season with S.S.C. Venezia, he was finally released and joined Calcio Catania, helping them to two mid-table positions in the competition.

The following year, Firmani signed with hometown's S.S. Lazio, replacing Juventus FC-bound Giuliano Giannichedda. He made a good start to his career in the capital, but suffered a serious injury in November 2005, causing him to miss to rest of the campaign.

On 25 November 2007, Firmani scored his first goal for the Biancocelesti against Parma F.C. at the Stadio Olimpico, in a 1–0 victory.[1] The goal, which was scored in the 90th minute, came only a week after the death of his good friend Gabriele Sandri, who was shot by a policeman, and the player's celebration with fans in Curva Nord earnt him their recognition; due to injuries, he only managed seven appearances for the season but still netted three times, the other two being successful strikes against U.S. Città di Palermo and S.S.C. Napoli.

Firmani's streak with injuries continued throughout the following season and, due to several physical problems, he did not feature whatsoever for his team. He did however, receive a red card during the 1–4 home loss to Cagliari Calcio, when he reacted to an incident involving opponent Daniele Conti and Goran Pandev.[2] He received adulation and support from the Lazio fans following the incident, due to the insipid nature of the team's performance – a popular message was then adopted by the side's faithful, Noi vogliamo undici Firmani (We want eleven Firmanis).

Shortly after the incident, Firmani was requested by Lazio to accept a loan move that would help him regain match fitness. The club suggested some Saudi teams, but the player instead requested he joined Al-Wasl F.C. in the United Arab Emirates;[3] subsequently, the Italians accepted the latter offer.[4]

Firmani returned to Lazio in July 2009, starting preseason training in the northern town of Auronzo di Cadore and trying to earn himself a place in new coach Davide Ballardini's team. In February 2011, after being released upon his request, the 33-year-old joined Chinese Super League side Shaanxi Renhe FC.[5]

International career[edit]

Firmani was never called up to the Italian national team, but collected ten caps for the under-21 side, scoring once.

He was a member of the side which won the 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, and also played Olympic football in the same year, in Sydney.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Firmani thrilled to end Lazio drought; UEFA.com, 26 November 2007
  2. ^ "Il Cagliari gioca la partita perfetta 4–1 in casa di un'incredibile Lazio" [Cagliari plays perfect match, 4–1 in home of incredible Lazio] (in Italian). La Repubblica. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Firmani, la Lazio: "Rispettata la sua volontá"" [Firmani, Lazio: "His wish has been granted"] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato. 5 February 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  4. ^ "Italian player to move to the UAE League" (in Arabic). Al Saha. 5 February 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  5. ^ China/Shaanxi, Firmani is coming; Football Press, 13 February 2011

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