Roma’s Mario Rui: Beating Lazio will be easier with Curva Sud support

AS Roma Match Program (F. Viola) We spoke to Mario Rui ahead of the league derby to mark his return to the first team after his long injury. It boded well, the Portuguese defender was selected in the squad and the game finished 2-0 to us. A good reason to interview Mario Rui again on the eve of the Coppa Italia match, after 6 appearances in all competitions and with his performances continually improving.

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Francisco Lima: Roma were perfect against Villarreal

AS Roma Match Program (F.Viola) Roma have only ever played Villarreal once before, a two-legged affair in the last 16 of the 2003/04 UEFA Cup. The Spanish side have only visited the Olimpico once as well, and when they did there was a certain Giallorossi player on the pitch who still refers to Roma as “us”. Francisco Govinho Lima, born in 1971, wore the Giallorosso shirt for 3 seasons, making 130 appearances for the club.

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Roma legend Paulo Roberto Falcao: It’s important Roma have their own stadium

Paulo Roberto Falcao was back in Rome on Tuesday for the presentation of a new documentary about him, Chiedi chi era Falcao, made by Roma Studio and produced by David Rossi. The legendary Brazilian was joined at the presentation by some of his team-mates from the 1982/83 scudetto-winning side including Bruno Conti and Ubaldo Righetti, as well as current coach Luciano Spalletti, general director Mauro Baldissoni and Guido Fienga, Head of Strategy & Media.

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Federico Balzaretti: Roma-Fiorentina will be a spectacular match

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.

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