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Romolo Alzani

Updated: Feb 22

Romolo Alzani was one of the most important players ever to have worn the Lazio jersey. Part of Lazio’s defensive backbone from the mid 1940s to the mid 1950s, he stayed with Lazio for ten years. Faithful, dedicated with a strong sense of belonging, despite his “wrong” origins. He was nicknamed “la diga” (the dam).


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Alzani was born in Rome on March 6 1921. He began playing football in the youth teams of Alba, one of the clubs that later merged to become AS Roma. In 1938 he joined Rimini in Serie C and a year later he signed for Roma but only played one game. In 1941 he joined Tirrenia (later renamed Gruppo Sportivo Ala Italiana) again in Serie C and on the outbreak of World War II he played in the Roman War Championship.


He signed for Lazio in 1945 following a recommendation from Fulvio Bernardini. Along with the Sentimenti brothers (III and IV), Antonazzi, Furiassi and Malacarne he formed the Lazio defence for a decade. To score against Lazio in those years was by no means easy. He was very useful and could cover different roles. He stayed until 1955.


He played his last professional year in 1955-56 with Foligno. After he stopped playing he became a manager and joined the Italian Football Federation. He was head trainer of a number of national teams and from the end of the 1960s to 1986 he was selector of the Italian National Amateur League.


He died in Rome on October 3, 2002.


He played 269 times for Lazio, 246 in Serie A, 21 in the Centre-South Serie A-B Championship of 1945-46 and post competition, 2 in Mitropa Cup, and scored 7 goals.


Lazio Career

Season

Total appearances (goals)

Serie A

Centre- South Serie A-B Champ.

Post Centre South Serie A-B Champ.

Mitropa Cup

1945-46

21 (1)

-

17 (1)

4

-

1946-47

27 (1)

27 (1)

-

-

-

1947-48

38

38

-

-

-

1948-49

33 (2)

33 (2)

-

-

-

1949-50

33

33

-

-

-

1950-51

38 (1)

36 (1)

-

-

2

1951-52

37 (1)

37 (1)

-

-

-

1952-53

27 (1)

27 (1)

-

-

-

1953-54

13

13

-

-

-

1954-55

2

2

-

-

-

Total

269 (7)

246 (6)

17 (1)

4

2

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