L’Ultimo Uomo (Federico Di Vita and Fabiagio Salerno) The first time you go into the stadium is like when you’re sitting in the back seat of the car as a child and, as it rounds a bend, you see the sea suddenly appear under the bright August sun. You get the same feeling the first time you run up to the top of those stairs – you feel dizzy, just for a moment, as you see that great expanse of grass stretching out below you. Then comes the noise, the voices of people selling soft drinks, the colour of the scarves, the section filled with away fans, the masses of people all supporting your team, the banners, the flags being waved, the chants, the songs, the smell of people smoking (and not just tobacco) – then come the teams for their warm up, players practice shots from distance, firemen hose down the athletics track, then out come the ball boys.
In January 2015, Francesco Totti inspired Roma to come back and draw 2-2 in the derby with Lazio. It was a memorable derby for another reason, though, other than Totti’s brilliance. Before the game, the Curva Sud displayed some stunning choreography of large banners depicting club legends, including the likes of Totti, Daniele De Rossi and Bruno Conti. Among those icons was one face that is perhaps not as well known to Romanisti as he should be: Giuliano Taccola. But Taccola didn’t have an illustrious playing career, nor did he earn renown as a coach. Tragically, at the age of just 25, he died in the Roma dressing room at Cagliari on 16th March, 1969. This is Taccola’s story.
Over 80 years after its composition, the ‘Canzone di Testaccio’ is still sung by Roma supporters. It’s a way of keeping the memory of the times the team played in the shadow of the Monte dei Cocci, but it’s also a call to arms to the 11 players on the pitch: bring out the Testaccino spirit of yesteryear. Continue reading
On this day, 7th June, the presidents of Roman F.C., Alba-Audace and Fortitudo Pro Roma – under the instigation of Italo Foschi – signed the agreement to merge their clubs and found AS Roma.