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Corrado Giubilo

Corrado Giubilo was born in Rome on July 21 1921. When he was very young his family moved to Como and he started playing for a local youth team. His brother Alberto Giubilo, who at the time was playing for the Lazio youth teams and who would become one of the most important and historic Italian horse racing journalists, advised him to join the Biancocelesti and Giubilo would become one of the heroes of Vienna.


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In July 1932, the Lazio manager Karl Strumer organised a draft for the under 14s. This was something unheard of at the time in Italy. The Microbes, as they were called, kids born in 1920 and 1921, trained twice a week, had tactical and behavioural lessons, and started playing and winning around Italy. They became so famous that they were invited to play in Vienna, on June 11, 1933, for a game against Wacker. The match was played before a 45,000 crowd gathered to watch the national Wunderteam play against Romania. It was a 40-minute game.


The Microbes managed to draw the game and with a bit of luck might have even won it. The small little Biancocelesti against the much bigger Austrian youngsters left the stadium with the crowd enthusiastic. For the Italian media it was a triumph and when the kids arrived in Rome they were overwhelmed by fans, relatives and the entire Lazio first team.


Corrado Giubilo was the goalkeeper of that team.


He stayed at Lazio for 7 years and debuted in Serie A against Juventus on March 24 1940. He fought in the Second World War in Croatia and was a POW in Germany. He came back to Lazio in 1945-46, but his career was marred by three very serious injuries.


After leaving Lazio he played for Pontinia Latina, Anconitana and Chinotto Neri. When he stopped playing he became a manager and coached Cassino from 1958 to 1960.


With Lazio he appeared in 40 league games and once in Coppa Italia.


He died in Rome on January 6, 1997. He will be forever remembered as part of the Microbes.


Lazio Career

Season

Total appearances

Serie A

Coppa Italia

National Centre-South Championship

Post National Centre-South Championship

1939-40

4

3

1



1940-41

4

4

-



1941-42

1

1

-



1945-46

7

-

-

1

6

1946-47

25

25

-



1947-48

6

6

-



Total

48

40

1

1

6

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