Doping, denials and death in the dressing room: the tragic story of Roma’s Giuliano Taccola

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.

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