Il Tempo (Adriano Serafini) It’s happened again, and once more it comes with a grudge. If we look back at the club’s recent history, it certainly isn’t difficult to think of former players (or even players who were still owned by the club) who have gone from being unhappy at Roma to being able to put a spoke in the Giallorossi’s wheels.
Skorupski, on loan at Empoli until June, is the latest in this long line of players after he made some decisive saves last Sunday. Let’s just look at the current season for a moment: Roma have already lost 7 points because of former players, most recently from the Polish keeper’s saves (jokingly pelted by his former team-mates at the end of the game), to Iago Falque’s brace for Torino, to Borriello (as usual) who scored for Cagliari. The striker is currently the most effective scorer against his former club (alongside Daniele Conti) with 5 goals, while wearing the shirts of 4 different clubs (Genoa, Carpi, Atalanta, Cagliari).
This ‘vendetta’ is almost always accompanied by unbridled celebrations. Without looking back too far to the likes of Pruzzo and Di Bartolomei, in recent years many have cupped their ears towards their former fans. Destro has done so twice (with Milan and Bologna), just as Osvaldo did during his time with Inter and Juventus. Last year it was the turn of Politano at the Olimpico when Sassuolo got a draw. Guberti put the seal on the Giallorossi’s defeat in Genoa against Sampdoria, Colonnese scored the decisive goal for Siena, and Tavano did the same in 2009 for Livorno.
The list goes on with Emerson, Bovo, Cerci, Vucinic, Bojan, Tachtsidis, Pivotto, Scarchilli and ‘Pierino’ Wome, able to do so twice with Bologna and Brescia. However neither Delvecchio nor Di Francesco chose to celebrate when they scored for Ascoli and Piacenza respectively, and nor did the youngsters Bertolacci and Caprari.