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Loro Boriçi (also known as Lorenzo Borici; 4 August 1922 – 25 April 1984) was an Albanian association football forward and is regarded as one of Albania's football legends.

Loro Boriçi
Loro Boriçi 2002 stamp of Albania.jpg
Boriçi on a 2002 stamp of Albania
Personal information
Full name Lorenco Boriçi
Date of birth (1922-08-04)4 August 1922
Place of birth Shkodër, Albania
Date of death 25 April 1984(1984-04-25) (aged 61)
Place of death Tirana, Albania
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1937–1941 Vllaznia
1941–1943 Lazio 19 (6)
1945–1948 Vllaznia
1949–1956 Partizani (68)
1957 Spartak Tirana (1)
National team
1945–1957 Albania 24 (6)
Teams managed
1957–1963 Albania
1962–1971 Partizani
1965–1967 Lokomotiva Durrës
1965–1972 Albania
1976 Albania
1981 Albania
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of 1956/57 season
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1957

He played mostly for Partizan Tirana (won the 1949 and 1954 Albanian title and scored 68 goals for them [2]) and Vllaznia (won the 1945 Albanian title). Boriçi was the reserve of Silvio Piola in Italian Serie A with S.S. Lazio. He captained Albania in winning the 1946 Balkan Cup. Today, Loro-Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër is named in his honour.

Playing careerEdit

ClubEdit

Born Lorenco Boriçi on 4 August 1922 in Shkodër, Albania, Boriçi was pursuing secondary studies in the Xaverian College of his city, and was only 15 when he played as part of the first team of Vllaznia in an August 1937 friendly against Dragoi Pogradec. He went to Italy, and registered at La Sapienza University, Rome, to pursue Jurisprudence studies, and in 1941, became part of the SS Lazio team, where he played in the first year with the reserves, and in the second year he was part of the first team, with which he scored 6 goals in 19 matches. Upon his return in Albania he captained Vllaznia to two titles, the 1945, and the 1946 ones, after which, in 1949, at the age of 27, he joined KF Partizani. With Partizani Boriçi won the 1949 and 1954 titles. He closed his career at KF Spartaku Tiranë, but it is believed that he may have played some games also with Flamurtari Vlorë.[1]

InternationalEdit

He made his debut for Albania in an August 1946 friendly match against Montenegro and earned a total of 24 caps, scoring 6 goals. His final international was a September 1957 friendly match against China.[3] Lorenco Boriçi captained Albania in winning the Balkan Cup in 1946.[1]

Managerial careerEdit

Boriçi became then manager at KF Partizani, a team which he led to winning the 1962–63, the 1963–64, and the 1970–71 titles, in addition he led also the 1963–64, the 1965–66, the 1967–68, and the 1969–70 Albanian Cups.[1]

Aside Partizani, he managed the Albania national football team in five separate stints.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Boriçi never married, but it was believed that he had fathered a son with a married woman. KF Tirana fans during the derbys against FK Partizani Tirana, would usually sing the name of his natural son, in order to make him nervous, which usually succeeded.[1]

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Kuka, Bledar. "Loro Borici, kollos i futbollit shqiptar". Shkodra Sport. Shkodra Sport. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  2. ^ Gjithë golashënuesit dhe “Këpucët e Arta” të Partizanit - Sot News(in Albanian)
  3. ^ "Player Database". eu-football.info. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  4. ^ http://cacellain.com.br/blog/?p=8157
  5. ^ Albania - Championship Winning Teams - RSSSF
  6. ^ Albania - Championship Winning Teams - RSSSF

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