Marino Perani

Marino Perani (Italian pronunciation: [maˈriːno peˈraːni]; 27 October 1939 – 18 October 2017) was an Italian football manager and player, who played as a forward, usually as a winger.[1]

Marino Perani
Angelo Castronaro (left) and Marino Perani (right) 1970
Personal information
Full name Marino Perani
Date of birth (1939-10-27)27 October 1939
Place of birth Ponte Nossa, Italy
Date of death 18 October 2017(2017-10-18) (aged 77)
Place of death Bologna, Italy
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1958 Atalanta 31 (6)
1958–1959 Bologna 25 (3)
1959–1960 Padova 28 (8)
1960–1974 Bologna 296 (61)
1974–1975 Toronto Metros-Croatia 8 (1)
Total 388 (79)
National team
1966 Italy 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Born in Ponte Nossa, in the province of Bergamo, Lombardy, Perani came through the Atalanta youth system before joining the senior side. During his club career, he played for several other Italian teams, such as Bologna and Padova. He joined Bologna in 1958, where he spent most of his career, 15 seasons in total, remaining with the team until the 1973–74 season, aside from a brief stint away during the 1959–60 season. Although Perani initially struggled to break into the starting line-up with the Bolognese side, due to competition from other players, he later won a starting shirt over several other wingers in the side, such as Bruno Pace, Antonio Renna, and Giovanni Vastola, inheriting Cesarino Cervellati's role on the right flank. Perani formed a formidable partnership with fellow winger Ezio Pascutti; together, they helped Bologna win the Serie A title during the 1963–64 season, and Perani even set up Harald Nielsen's goal in a decisive 2–0 win over Inter in the Serie A playoff match at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, on 7 June 1964, which allowed Bologna to claim the league title. In total, he made 322 appearances for Bologna, scoring 70 goals, also winning two Coppa Italia titles with the club.[2][3] Perani closed his career with NASL side Toronto Metros-Croatia in 1975. In total he scored over 80 goals throughout his career.[3]

International career

At international level, Perani earned 4 caps and scored 1 goal for the Italy national football team in 1966, and also participated in the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England that year, where Italy suffered a first round elimination following an infamous defeat to North Korea.[3][4]

Style of play

A diminutive, creative, hard-working, and skilful right winger, with an eye for goal, Perani was mainly known for his vision, crossing accuracy, and his ability to cover the flank; he also possessed an accurate long-distance shot. Although his performances often proved decisive, he was also known to be inconsistent at times.[3]

Coaching career

Following his retirement, Perani worked for his former club Bologna as a coach for the team's youth side, and even coached the senior side during the late 70s.[2][3]

Personal life

He was married with Liliana Innocenti from 1961 until her death the 8 of december 2001. In 2014, Perani got married at the age of 75 to the Bolognese business woman Anna Ciano at the Palazzo D'Accursio.[2]







  1. Bologna FC, morto Marino Perani, l'ala destra dello scudetto (in Italian)
  2. Beppe Persichella. "A 75 anni, Marino Perani si sposa" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  3. "MARINO PERANI: SEMPRE ALL'ALA" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  4. Marino PeraniFIFA competition record (archived)