Renato Curi

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Renato Curi
Personal information
Full name Renato Curi
Date of birth (1953-09-20)20 September 1953
Place of birth Montefiore dell'Aso, Italy
Date of death 30 October 1977(1977-10-30) (aged 24)
Place of death Perugia, Italy
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1973 Giulianova 105 (3)
1973–1974 Como 24 (0)
1974–1977 Perugia 81 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Renato Curi (20 September 1953 – 30 October 1977) was an Italian footballer best known for his tenure as Perugia mainstay in the 1970s until his death during a league game against Juventus.

Biography[edit]

Renato Curi was born in Montefiore dell'Aso, Province of Ascoli Piceno in 1953. He started his professional career in 1969 with then-amateur club Giulianova, helping his side to win promotion to Serie C. He left Giulianova in 1973 for Como, and Serie B club Perugia one year later, helping his side, coached by Ilario Castagner, to win a historical first promotion ever to Serie A, and being a grifoni mainstay in the next years. Notably, his impressive performances proved to be instrumental for ensuring Perugia a historical sixth place in their 1976-77 Serie A campaign, and newspapers started rumours about a possible call-up of him for the Italy national football team. However, this never happened, as Curi suddenly died on 30 October 1977 during a home match against Juventus, five minutes after the beginning of the second half, due to a myocardial infarction.

Legacy[edit]

The Perugia home stadium where Curi died was later named after him. Also, a Serie D team is named Renato Curi Angolana.

References[edit]

  • Bacci, Andrea; Paolo Sollier (2005). Continua a correre Renato Curi. Torino: Bradipolibri. 

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