An Italian in Roots Hall: Eddie Firmani's Footballing Life
Feature by exiledessexboy
Updated Thursday, 20th May 2010
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:
The Firmani Files
Eddie, now 76, relaxes back in Cape Town, where England take on Slovenia
|Full name||Edwin Ronald Firmani|
|Date of birth||August 7, 1933 (1933-08-07)|
|Place of birth||Cape Town, South Africa|
|1949-1950||Clyde F.C. (Cape Town)|
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