The departure of Luis Enrique from Roma may on the surface have seemed a hammer blow to the project underway in the capital. A representative of Barcelona, the club the envy of the football world for its creative uniformity and productive youth academy, and the club on which Roma’s project was publically modelled, Enrique was a symbol as much as a Coach.
General director Franco Baldini spoke of Enrique being exhausted when he reveale...More
Only four rounds remain and the race to secure the final Champions League position is still wide open. Five sides – Lazio, Napoli, Udinese, Inter and Roma – are in the hunt but after respective runs of pitiful form, are crawling towards the finish line. Two direct matchups take place this weekend, making Round 35 pivotal in the final reckoning.
Somehow still third, Lazio – 55 points – travels north to face Udinese (fifth, 52). Whilst...More
Change was in the air at both Vinovo and Trigoria last summer. Seeking a return to pre-Calciopoli heights, Juventus turned to former captain Antonio Conte, meanwhile some 500kms south and following years of financial uncertainty, American businessman Thomas Di Benedetto led the Roman revolution. As 2011-12 nears completion, two of Italian football’s most interesting constructions have straddled different paths but appear to be headed fo...More
It’s incredible to think that should Roma beat Novara in Sunday’s early kick off, they could be as close as four points behind the final Champions League place. Despite their frightening inconsistency, long-term planning may pay dividends, seeing Roma return to where their fans believe they should be.
The word ‘project’ is possibly the most over-used word in all of calcio. Time and time again, presidents and coaches wheel out this wo...More
Since Sampdoria famously lifted the 1990-91 Scudetto, Milan, Juventus and Inter have won 17 of the 19 title’s available (the 2004-05 title was not awarded to anyone due to the Calciopoli scandal,) and all of the last nine championships. Will we ever see a provincial side win the Scudetto again? And if so, how?
Breaking the traditional dominance of the biggest sides in any country is a difficult if not impossible process, yet it’s tha...More
A second derby win of the season has brought the kind of joy to Laziale that hasn’t been felt since the reign of Sven Goran Eriksson in 1997/98, a tenure that ultimately brought the Scudetto to the blue side of Rome. A Derby della Capitale is never complete without controversy, and Sunday’s encounter was no exception as fans witnessed a penalty, red cards for both sides, bookings in abundance, and an electric atmosphere.
However, it ...More
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