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Romà Forns

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Full nameRomà Forns
Place of birthCatalonia, Spain
Playing positionForward

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Romà Forns was a former Spanish/Catalan footballer and manager. He made his debut as a footballer in late 1902 playing one season for Irish FC but spent the rest of his career with FC Barcelona and the Catalan XI, always as a forward. He later served on the FC Barcelona board of directors and then coached the club between 1927 and 1929, guiding it to the first ever La Liga championship. He was the first manager from either Spain or Catalonia to take charge of the club.

During his playing career, Forns helped FC Barcelona win the Championat de Catalunya on five occasions and the Copa del Rey once. Among his team mates at the club were Ernest Witty, Francisco Bru, Paulino Alcántara and Jack Greenwell. Between 1910 and 1912 Forns also played at least 4 times for the Catalan XI. However records from the era do not always include accurate statistics and he may have played more games. On December 12, 1912 he played against France in the Catalan XI’s first game against an international team. After serving on the FC Barcelona board of directors, Forns was appointed club coach in 1927 and with a team that included Josep Samitier, Sagibarba and Franz Platko he won a Championat de Catalunya and a Copa del Rey before winning La Liga.

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