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Hall of Fame 5: Romeo Romanutti


Born in Split, raised in Trieste, Romeo Romanutti has been one of the many “triestini” who made Olimpia’s history. In 1949/50 he became the Italian league leading scorer playing for Lega Nazionale Trieste. The following summer he was acquired by Borletti where he stayed for eight consecutive seasons, the last two with the Simmenthal logo on the jersey, winning the scoring crown again in 1955/56. In Milano he won six titles but when he arrived he was already a national team player, a star (he played in the 1948 Olympics in London but had to give up the 1952 participation for working-related reasons!). He left Olimpia in 1958, at 32, and then played two years in Varese and one more season in Vigevano. He died in 2008, at 82. As a player he was a forward, great shooter and scorer but mostly he was an athlete, he liked to run out on the break. In Olimpia there was another player with similar skills, Sergio Stefanini. Three times Stefanini finished slightly ahead of Romanutti in the scoring standing. There was a palpable rivalry between the two but it was a productive one for both of them and for the team.