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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Francesco Antonioli: Coppa Italia gives Cesena chance to shine against Roma

AS Roma Match Program (F. Viola) He wasn’t born in Cesena, but the Emilian city is like home for him now. Francesco Antonioli played 145 times for Roma, 10 of which were in the Coppa Italia, winning the scudetto and a Supercoppa with the Giallorossi. Now he’s Cesena’s goalkeeping coach, and while he’s preparing for an always emotional return to the Olimpico, he says that “Life’s good in Cesena, there’s the right sort of relaxed atmosphere to allow us to work well here.”

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