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Bruno Franzini

Bruno Franzini was born in Cremona on July 31, 1938. At 14 he started playing in the Cremonese youth teams and reached the A team in 1956. After two seasons in Serie C he signed for Genoa in 1958, but only played the Coppa Italia before moving to Lazio.


Bruno Franzini is second from left kneeling. Source Wikipedia

Bruno Franzini was born in Cremona on July 31, 1938. At 14 he started playing in the Cremonese youth teams and reached the A team in 1956. After two seasons in Serie C he signed for Genoa in 1958, but only played the Coppa Italia before moving to Lazio.


He played three seasons for the Biancocelesti and was a good attacking midfielder in difficult years for Lazio. He appeared in 80 games (75 in Serie A and 5 in Coppa Italia) and scored six goals in Serie A.


After Lazio were relegated, he signed for Bologna. He played quite a lot in the first year, but in the second he got seriously injured and missed half of the season as well as the possibility to participate in the 1962 World Cup. When he returned, manager Fulvio Bernardini played him for just three games in the 1963-64 season. He however managed to contribute to Bologna’s scudetto.


In 1964 he signed for Sampdoria but stayed for just a year as he did the next season at Potenza in Serie B. In 1966 he joined Modena and stayed for four seasons before ending his career playing for his hometown.


He managed a few minor league teams in the 1970’s. He owned some bars in Cremona and apparently was not too bad a tennis player.


He died in Cremona on October 11, 2017.


Lazio Career

Season

Total appearances (goals)

Serie A

Coppa Italia

1958-59

19 (2)

17 (2)

2

1959-60

34 (2)

33 (2)

1

1960-61

27 (2)

25 (2)

2

Total

80 (6)

75 (6)

5

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