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Fabio Firmani
Fabio Firmani at Auronzo.JPG
Personal information
Full name Fabio Firmani
Date of birth May 26, 1978 (1978-05-26) (age 31)
Place of birth    Rome, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Lazio
Number 4
Youth career
Lodigiani
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1995–1996
1996–2001
1998–1999
2001–2003
2002
2002–2003
2003–2005
2005–
2009
Lodigiani
Vicenza
Reggina (loan)
Chievo
Bologna (loan)
Venezia (loan)
Catania
Lazio
Al Wasl (loan)
020 (0)
070 (2)
027 (1)
001 (0)
005 (0)
021 (1)
039 (0)
027 (3)
001 (0)   
National team
1999–2000 Italy U21 010 (1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 20 December 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Fabio Firmani (born 26 May 1978 in Rome) is an Italian footballer currently playing for S.S. Lazio in the Italian first division, as a midfielder.

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Club career

Firmani began his career in Rome with A.S. Lodigiani in 1995–96, moving the following season to Vicenza Calcio. He remained at the club for seven years, making made his Serie A debut on January 26, 1997, in a 3–2 home win over ACF Fiorentina, going on to collect 70 league appearances. He also scored in the quarterfinals of the 1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup against Dutch outfit Roda JC, in a 9–1 aggregate routing.

During his time in Veneto, Firmani headed south for a year, spending 1998–99 on loan at Reggina Calcio, splitting 2001–02 with A.C. ChievoVerona (co-ownership with Vicenza) and Bologna F.C. 1909. After spending 2002–03 in the second level, with S.S.C. Venezia, Firmani was finally released and joined Calcio Catania, helping them to two Serie B mid-table positions.

The following year, he signed with hometown club S.S. Lazio, replacing Juventus-bound Giuliano Giannichedda. Firmani made a good start to his career in the capital, but suffered a serious injury in November 2005, causing him to miss to rest of the season.

On November 25, 2007, Firmani scored his first goal for the biancocelesti against Parma F.C. at the Stadio Olimpico, in a 1–0 victory.[1] The goal, which was scored in the 90th minute, came only a week after the death of his good friend Gabriele Sandri, who was shot by a policeman, and Firmani's celebration with fans in Curva Nord earnt him the fans recognition. Due to injuries, Firmani only managed seven appearances for the season, yet scored three goals, the other two coming against U.S. Città di Palermo and S.S.C. Napoli.

Firmani's horror streak with injuries continued throughout the next season and he due to various injuries, he did not make a league appearance in 2008–09. He did however, receive a red card during the 1-4 home loss to Cagliari Calcio, when he reacted to an incident involving Cagliari midfielder Daniele Conti, son of A.S. Roma legend Bruno, and Goran Pandev.[2] Firmani received adulation and support from the Lazio fans following the incident, due to the insipid nature of the team's performance. A popular message was then adopted by the Lazio faithful, noi vogliamo undici Firmani (we want eleven Firmanis).

Just days after his red card against Cagliari, Firmani was requested by Lazio to accept a loan move that would help him get back to shape and return to Rome with the aim to return to his usual first team position. The club suggested some Saudi teams, but the player instead requested he joined Al Wasl FC in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.[3] Lazio accepted and he joined the club until the end of the season.[4]

Firmani returned to Lazio in July 2009, starting preseason training in the northern town of Auronzo di Cadore, trying to earn himself a place in new coach Davide Ballardini's team.

International career

Firmani was never called-up to the Italian national team, but collected 10 caps for the under-21 side, scoring once.

He was a member of the side which won the 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, and also played Olympic football in the same year, in Sydney.

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