Rodolfo Volk


Rodolfo Volk (Sometimes italianized in Rodolfo Folchi) (born 14 January 1906 in Fiume – died 2 October 1983 in Nemi) was an Italian footballer who played as a forward.

Rodolfo Volk
Personal information
Full name Rodolfo Volk
Date of birth (1906-01-14)14 January 1906
Place of birth Fiume, Austria-Hungary
Date of death 2 October 1983(1983-10-02) (aged 77)
Place of death Nemi, Italy
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1925–1926 Gloria Fiume 15 (10)
1926–1927 Fiorentina 14 (11)
1927–1928 Fiumana 16 (16)
1928–1933 Roma 157 (103)
1933–1934 Pisa 30 (16)
1934–1935 Triestina 6 (1)
1935–1942 Fiumana 145 (74)
1945–1946 R.O.M.S.A. Fiume 2 (0)
1946–1948 Proleter Fiume ? (?)
1948–1949 Montevarchi 14 (5)
National team
1929–1930 Italy B 5 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Volk is regarded as one of the most prolific goalscorers in history of Roma and is remembered as the club's first goalscorer in an official match.[1] As of May 2020 he is the fourth best goalscorer in Roma's history, having scored 103 goals in 157 league appearances.[1][2] In 2018 he was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame.[1]

Career


Volk was born in Fiume in 1906 and began to play football for U.S. Fiumana, the team of his city; he was known to be a powerful striker.

He played a non-official match with Fiorentina under the fake surname of Bolteni, this was because he was serving in the military, and was not permitted to do any other activity.

In 1928 he was signed up by the newly formed Italian club A.S. Roma and became one of its most important players during the 1920s and the 1930s. He was the first official goalscorer in Campo Testaccio, the club's first ever stadium.

Playing a total of 150 games with the Giallorossi, he scored 103 goals for the club, and scored the first goal in the first ever Derby della Capitale, a 1–0 victory against cross-city rivals S.S. Lazio in 1929.

During the 1930–31 season, he was the Serie A top-scorer with 29 goals in 33 games, helping Roma to finish as runners-up in the league.

He left Roma in 1933, due to personal problems with Enrique Guaita and Elvio Banchero, and was signed up by Pisa.

Personal life


Rodolfo Volk was born in 1906 in the Adriatic port city of Fiume, Austria-Hungary (today Rijeka, Croatia), to an ethnic Slovene family.[3] The meaning of his family name Volk in Slovene is wolf,[2] a symbol of the club Roma where he spent his most prolific playing days and is considered a club legend.[1][2][4] During the interwar period and the fascist state policy of forced italianization he was known under the italianized name of Rodolfo Foschi (or Folchi).[1][4] In 1934 his first wife Giovanna died prematurely.[2] After World War II he and his second wife Maria, together with his two sons, were forced to leave Rijeka and were eventually settled in a refugee camp in Laterina.[2] Later in life he moved to Rome and made a living with the help of a number of low-paying jobs.[1][2][4] Volk died, on the night between 2 and 3 October 1983, impoverished and forgotten in a nursery home in a small town of Nemi.[1][2][4]

Honours


Club

Fiumana

Individual

References


  1. Davide Aprilini (14 January 2020). "14 gennaio 1906: nasce Rodolfo Volk. Il primo a scrivere la storia giallorossa" [14 January 1906: Rodolfo Volk is born. The first to write Giallorossi history] (in Italian). Siamolaroma. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  2. Adriano Stabile (8 February 2019). "Volk, primo bomber della Roma: il dramma del suo esodo da Fiume riemerge in un libro" [Volk, first striker of Roma: the drama of his exudos from Fiume re-emerges in a book] (in Italian). La Stampa. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  3. Gorazd Nejdely (29 May 2020). "Celar kot Mlakar, SNL namesto Serie B" [Celar like Mlakar, SNL instead of Serie B] (in Slovenian). Delo. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  4. Nicolo Giraldi (13 April 2020). "La storia dimenticata del fiumano Volk, attaccante della Roma morto in una casa di riposo" [The forgotten story of Rodolfo Volk, Roma striker who died in a nursery home] (in Italian). Trieste Prima. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  5. Roberto Di Maggio; Igor Kramarsic; Alberto Novello (11 June 2015). "Italy - Serie A Top Scorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  6. "Volk". ASRroma.com (in Italian). Archived from the original on 23 January 2019. Retrieved 23 January 2019.