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Marino Furlani

Updated: Jul 9

Marino Furlani was born in Gorizia, Friuli, on November 2, 1904.


Marino Furlani is fourth from left standing. Source Wikipedia

His first club was Pro Gorizia where he played in 1927-28. The Biancazzurri were in the Seconda Divisione Nord and finished 2nd.

 

In 1928 he joined Lazio. The Romans were in the Divisione Nazionale (top flight) and finished joint 8th with Napoli in the B group. The top 8 from each group would go into the following year's single Serie A league so Lazio and Napoli went to a playoff. The game ended 2-2 after extra time but before they got round to a replay the Federation decided to expand the new format to 18 teams, so they were both in.


Lazio got through four managers; Franz Sedlacek (1-3), Fernando Saraceni (4-14), Augusto Rangone (15-23) and Ferenc Molnar (24-34). Furlani played 27 league games with 4 goals (Fiorentina, Biellese, Brescia, Verona) plus the playoff. Lazio's best results were beating Inter 1-0 and Fiorentina 5-1 at home plus Juventus 1-0 away.

 

In 1929-30 in Serie A the manager was Ferenc Molnar with an interlude with Pietro Piselli and then Molnar again. Lazio struggled and finished 15th. Furlani played 26 league games.

 

In 1930-31, Lazio started with Molnar (1-26) then Cesare Migliorini (27-31) and finally Amilcar as player/manager (32-34). Lazio finished 8th, they beat Milan 1-0 away, Juventus 2-1 and Inter 1-0 at home while both derbies were draws. Furlani played 26 league games.

 

In 1931-32, Lazio definitely became "Brasilazio" adding seven more Brazilians to the two Fantoni's. The manager was Amilcar and Lazio finished 13th. The highlight was beating Juventus 2-1 away. Furlani played 24 league games.

 

In 1932-33 the manager was Austrian Karl Stürmer and Lazio finished 10th. The Biancocelesti beat Inter 2-1 away, Roma 2-1, Juventus 1-0 and Milan 2-0 at home. Furlani played 11 league games.

 

The 1933-34 season was his last with Lazio. Stürmer stayed on and Lazio finished 10th again. They beat Milan 4-0 at home and drew a derby 3-3 after being 0-3 down. Furlani played 8 league games.

 

Furlani then played two more seasons with Bagnolese (Napoli) in Serie C.

 

At 33 he retired. After retiring he had some coaching spells at amateur level.

 

Furlani was a midfielder. Between 1928 and 1932 he was a pillar of Lazio's midfield, then played less in his last two seasons. His main midfield companions were Leopoldo Caimmi (1928-31), Silvio Griggio (1928-29), Mario Malatesta (1929-32), Francesco Rier (1928-30), Odoacre Pardini (1928-33), Aldo Spivach (1928-32), Octavio Fantoni II (1930-34), Gino Lamon I (1928-29 and 1930-31), José Castelli (1931-34), Mario Tonali (1930-34), Pietro Buscaglia (1932-34), Francesco Gabriotti (1932-34), Raggio Montanari (1933-34) and Duilio Salatin (1933-34).

 

Furlani played 122 league games for Lazio with 4 goals, over six seasons. In his Lazio period he played two games for the Italy B side.

 

He died on July 15, 1975, in Verona.


Lazio Career

Season

Total

National Division

Serie A

1928-29

28 (4)

28 (4)

-

1929-30

26

-

26

1930-31

26

-

26

1931-32

24

-

24

1932-33

11

-

11

1933-34

7

-

7

Total

122 (4)

28 (4)

94


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