Back in Time Special: The former Blues striker Eddie Firmani has been talking to the Guardian about his playing and coaching career around the world, including a spell alongside England boss Fabio Capello.



Eddie Firmani in his pomp

In between spells with Charlton Athletic striker Eddie Firmani turned out 62 times for the Shrimpers over two years, scoring 28 times.

I caught him at the end of his time at Roots Hall with the 66 World Cup taking place in England, and now 44 years later the 2010 competition is to take place in the country of his birth, though he'll always be an Italian to the Blues faithful of the time, and actually won 3 caps for the Azzurri in the fifties.

Eddie eventually returned to the Addicks, becoming their manager before coaching some of the world's top players in the States, including Pele! 

Upright and classy, sadly I can't remember if I saw him score, but he's still going strong and in the following article with the Guardian he talks about his life in football, including being asked for advice by present England manager Fabio Capello!

Eddie's had quite a life.

For the full article by Nick Harris, go here:
www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/may/19/the-footballing-life-eddie-firmani

The Firmani Files



Eddie, now 76, relaxes back in Cape Town, where England take on Slovenia

Personal information
Full nameEdwin Ronald Firmani
Date of birthAugust 7, 1933 (1933-08-07) (age 76)
Place of birth Cape Town, South Africa
Playing positionStriker
Youth career
1949-1950Clyde F.C. (Cape Town)
Senior career1
YearsClubApp (Gls)*
1950-1955
1955-1958
1958-1961
1961-1963
1963-1965
1965-1967
1967-1968
Charlton Athletic
Sampdoria
Internazionale
Genoa
Charlton Athletic
Southend United
Charlton Athletic
112 (51)
063 (52)
082 (48)
062 (25)
055 (32)
055 (24)
010 0(6)
National team
1956-1958Italy003 0(2)
Teams managed
1967-1970
1975-1977
1977-1979
1980
1981-1982
1984
1993
1996
Charlton Athletic
Tampa Bay Rowdies
New York Cosmos
Philadelphia Fury
Montreal Manic
New York Cosmos
Montreal Impact
New York/New Jersey MetroStars


1
Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)


(Player information supplied by Wikipedia, for the full article go here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Firmani)