Romeo Menti

Romeo Menti (Italian pronunciation: [roˈmɛːo ˈmenti]; 5 September 1919 in Vicenza – 4 May 1949 in Superga) was an Italian footballer who played as a forward. He scored 145 goals in a career that spanned fifteen years.

Romeo Menti
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Personal information
Date of birth (1919-09-05)5 September 1919
Place of birth Venice, Italy
Date of death 4 May 1949(1949-05-04) (aged 29)
Place of death Superga, Italy
Playing position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1934–1938 L.R. Vicenza Virtus 82 (34)
1938–1941 Fiorentina 75 (44)
1941–1943 Torino 50 (23)
1944Milan 9 (1)
1944–1945 → Stabia ? (?)
1945–1946Fiorentina 18 (7)
1946–1949 Torino 81 (31)
National team
1947–1949 Italy 7 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

Born in Vicenza, Menti debuted for his hometown's Serie C club in 1935, in the same stadium that was to be dedicated to him a few years later.

His older brothers Mario Menti and Umberto Menti and nephew Luigi Menti (son of Mario) all played football professionally, with Umberto playing for Juventus F.C., S.S.C. Napoli and A.C. Milan. To distinguish them, Mario was known as Menti I, Umberto as Menti II, Romeo as Menti III, and Luigi as Menti IV. In some sources, Mario was ignored and Umberto and Romeo were listed as Menti I and Menti II respectively.

In 1938 he was sold to Fiorentina, where he played for three seasons before moving to Torino F.C.. His abilities became evident also with national team, for which he received 5 caps with 7 goals.[1]

Menti played for the then almost unbeatable Torino (dubbed Grande Torino, "Great Torino") until his death, with the exception of the 1945-46 season, when he played again for Fiorentina. Menti died in 1949 with almost his entire team in the Superga air disaster, after scoring the last goal of "Grande Torino" in Lisboa.

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Fiorentina
Torino

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Menti, Romeo". figc.it.