AS Roma Match Program (Tiziano Riccardi) Any time of the week, in any season, this is always a good game. Roma-Fiorentina has become a classic match, almost always full of goals and stylish football, whether it has been in the league, Coppa Italia or the Europa League. In fact, along with Inter, the Viola are the only team who the Giallorossi have faced both domestically and on the European stage. What’s more, at some point Roma have faced Fiorentina on every day of the week, from Monday to Sunday. Whether it was for safety reasons, the vagaries of modern football, or cup schedules, the fact remains that this game has always had a unique place in the football calendar. It’s impossible to mention all the best games in such a small space, but we can revisit some of the biggest here.
AS Roma Match Program (F. Viola) He ended his career at Roma, but he also spent part of his career in Florence. It may have only been for 6 months, but his time there left its mark. “I had a long career, and they were the only team I ever left in January,” says Federico Balzaretti, who is now part of Roma’s backroom staff.
Roma have completed the signing of Matias Nani on a free transfer from Lanus. The young Argentine defender has been training with the Giallorossi since last July, but has only now been given clearance to play for the club.
Corriere dello Sport (Roberto Maida, Guido D’Ubaldo) “What’s happened? It’s not like they’ve said no.” From the other side of the Atlantic, James Pallotta is playing things down. At this time of political confusion and spasmodic expectations, the Roma president remains clear-headed and is holding his ground. He hasn’t lost control of his position to either political institutions or the media. Pallotta is in constant contact with his colleagues at Trigoria, and was calm about the release of the Region of Lazio’s documentation about the stadium. “The City of Rome only requested a 30 day extension period for the Conferenza dei Servizi, as they were perfectly entitled to do,” explained Pallotta, who clearly hasn’t lost hope of starting construction on the Tor di Valle site on time, i.e. before the summer. Nothing has changed, in his opinion, compared to 3 days ago, when the grant of the extension slowed down – but didn’t stop – the project.
AGI – Today, the city administration of the City of Rome gave their feedback on the Stadio della Roma project to the Region of Lazio. “The opinion of the City of Rome on the final version of the Stadio della Roma project is not favourable”, the document read. The document has been made available to the public here and its release was announced by the Region of Lazio. Click here for the full report (PDF, in Italian).
Roma and developer Luca Parnasi “remain confident that the institutions involved in the decision-making process [of the new Roma stadium] won’t want to pass up the opportunity of an €1.6 billion investment in the city”.
Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) Roma left it until the last possible moment to reach the Coppa Italia semi-final. It needed a penalty from Totti, scored in the 7th minute of injury time, to seal the Giallorossi’s qualification to a two-legged tie against Lazio. Roma made life difficult for themselves against Cesena, who are currently in the relegation zone in Serie B, and were on the verge of going to extra time. Camplone’s team troubled the Giallorossi even in the first half, when they hit the post and created more opportunities than Roma. In the second half, after Dzeko had scored the opener, Garritano scored an equaliser and it took a last minute penalty for Roma to win a game that should have been a gimme. Roma looked distracted, particularly in defence where Manolas was a shadow of the player that has previously played so well this season.