Renato Curi (20 September 1953 – 30 October 1977) was an Italian footballer who played as a midfielder. He is best known for his tenure as a Perugia mainstay in the 1970s until his death during a league game against Juventus.

Renato Curi
Associazione Calcio Perugia 1974-75 - Renato Curi.jpg
Curi with Perugia in 1974–75 season
Personal information
Full name Renato Curi
Date of birth (1953-09-20)20 September 1953
Place of birth Montefiore dell'Aso, Italy
Date of death 30 October 1977(1977-10-30) (aged 24)
Place of death Perugia, Italy
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1973 Giulianova 105 (3)
1973–1974 Como 24 (0)
1974–1977 Perugia 81 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Renato Curi was born in Montefiore dell'Aso, Province of Ascoli Piceno in 1953. He started his professional career in 1969 with then-amateur club Giulianova, helping his side to win promotion to Serie C. He left Giulianova in 1973 for Como, and Serie B club Perugia one year later, helping his side, coached by Ilario Castagner, to win a historical first promotion ever to Serie A, and being a grifoni mainstay in the next years. Notably, his impressive performances proved to be instrumental for ensuring Perugia a historical sixth place in their 1976–77 Serie A campaign, and newspapers started rumours about a possible call-up of him for the Italy national football team. However, this never happened, as Curi suddenly died on 30 October 1977 during a home match against Juventus, five minutes after the beginning of the second half, due to a myocardial infarction.[1]


The Perugia home stadium where Curi died was later named after him.[2] Also, a Serie D team is named Renato Curi Angolana.[3]


  1. ^ Kennedy, Francis (8 December 1998). "Football: Italian magistrate investigates `suspect deaths' of 45 players". Independent. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  2. ^ Gillon, Doug (19 March 2012). "'It verges on the obscene in striking apparently fit and healthy young people'". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  3. ^ Ashdown, John (17 February 2010). "Which clubs are named after people?". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media Limited. Retrieved 27 October 2019.


  • Bacci, Andrea; Paolo Sollier (2005). Continua a correre Renato Curi. Torino: Bradipolibri.

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