Corriere della Sera (Gianluca Piacentini) Fans’ chants against Napoli’s supporters, sung by a section of the stadium during last Saturday’s match at the Olimpico, have cost Roma €10,000. “Territorial denigration” was the explanation given by the Giudice Sportivo: technically a correct punishment, by the letter of the law, but it is in stark contrast to the lack of punishment given to Lazio fans after their racist booing of Rudiger – which was noticed by the authorities – during the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Chiara Zucchelli) Luciano Spalletti sounded the alarm just under 2 months ago. “We might have a few problems around February-March. We’ll have 11-12 games in 40 days and we won’t get out of it if we don’t have the right number of players.” The coach, speaking two weeks before the end of the transfer window, has been proved right. It was 15th January, there was time to add to the squad, but only one player arrived: Clement Grenier from Lyon. He can’t play in the Europa League because he has already played for the French side in the competition, and after a month and a half he has only played for a few minutes in the league in the 4-0 win against Fiorentina.
Corriere dello Sport (Francesco Guerrieri) France-Italy, or rather, France-Rome, is a rarely trodden route. Grenier is just the 10th player to arrive in Rome from France. Who was the first? Vincent Candela, who is now an adopted Roman. When he first arrived in the capital in January 1997 though, “it was a shock” as he himself admitted. He was signed from Guingamp by then sporting director Perinetti, and after having issues with Zeman he was a key part of Capello’s team that won the scudetto. He acclimatised well both on and off the pitch, learning both Roman and then Italian from Di Biagio, Petruzzi and Totti. He left the capital after 8 years, but it was only an arrivederci – he returned to the Olimpico in 2009 to mark his retirement from the game. He wanted to retire there, his adopted home, because “Rome and Roma are close to my heart”.
Leggo (Romolo Buffoni) Maybe, like Cinderella’s slipper, size matters. The fact is, recently, players who have worn Roma’s famous number 7 shirt haven’t been able to do it justice. The player who wore it with greatest success was Bruno Conti, who wore it, sweating and toiling, for 16 seasons (either side of his loan spells at Genoa). At the time (the late 1970s to the early 1990s) shirts didn’t have players’ names on, but after winning the 1983 scudetto and 5 Coppe Italia (though he missed out on the European Cup), Roma’s number 7 shirt was practically tattooed on Brunetto’s skin.
LaRoma24.it (Gabriele Conflitti) Frederic Massara seems to have now fully taken over the role in the transfer market left to him by Walter Sabatini. The new sporting director has now completed a deal to bring Clément Grenier, the talented Lyon midfielder, to the Giallorossi. While negotiations for Gregoire Defrel, Franck Kessié and Godfred Donsah are still ongoing, Roma have completed their first signing of 2017.