Groundhopper Guides introduces you to Italian football club A.S. Roma, who play in one of the world’s most-visited cities, and have a rich, winning tradition.
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Introduction to Associazione Sportiva Roma
Commonly referred to as Roma, the club is based in the country’s capital. Founded in 1927, Roma have played in the top tier of Italian football for every season but one since their inception.
A.S. Roma have won three Serie A titles (1942, 1983 and 2001), nine Coppa Italias and two Supercoppas.
The club’s colors are carmine red and golden yellow, hence the nickname I Giallorossi (The Yellow and Reds). The club badge features a she-wolf, an allusion to the founding myth of Rome.
In August 2020, the club was sold to American businessman Dan Friedkin for $591 million.
A very familiar face to English soccer fans joined A.S. Roma in May 2021, as José Mourinho was appointed as the club’s manager on a three-year contract.
This COPA90 video shows the unique relationship of Roma supporters to their club:
A.S. Roma History
A.S. Roma was founded in 1927, merging three clubs from the Italian Football Championship into one. The purpose of the merger was to form a strong rival to the most dominant clubs in northern Italy. Lazio was the only major Roman club that did not agree to merge with all the city’s teams.
The new club found early success with second place finishes in 1931 and 1936, followed by its first league title in 1942.
After World War II, Roma slid down the standings and were relegated to Serie B following the 1951 season. But they returned to Serie A the very next season and have played in the top tier ever since.
They won the league title in 1983 and again in 2001.
A.S. Roma’s Stadium, Stadio Olimpico
Both A.S. Roma and Lazio call the stadium home, and the Coppa Italia Final is held in the venue every year. The Stadio Olimpico was originally built in 1932, and underwent an extensive renovation for the 1990 World Cup. It currently has a capacity of 70,000.
Roma have played their home fixtures at Stadio Olimpico since 1953.
The first game of Euro 2020 between Italy and Turkey was contested in the stadium, as was the 1990 World Cup Final and 2009 Champions League Final.
It seems like every Italian club has plans for a new stadium, but just like many other Serie A clubs, A.S. Roma has not started construction on its proposed 52,500-seat Stadio della Roma.
Groundhopper Paul saw a Europa League game featuring Lazio and Salzburg at the Stadio Olimpico. Read more about his first foray into the world of Italian football.
A.S. Roma Rivals
Both located in Rome and both calling Stadio Olimpico their home field, A.S. Roma and Lazio play in the Derby della Capitale.
A.S. Roma also claim Napoli as a heated rival, and they compete in the Derby del Sole.
Here is a video about the heated Derby della Capitale:
Read More About A.S. Roma
Here is a book that will help you learn more about the club:
The City of Rome, Italy
The capital and largest city in Italy, Rome is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. It is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, and Vatican City (the smallest country in the world) is an independent country inside the city borders of Rome.
Rome’s history spans 28 centuries, with the founding of Rome dating back to 753 BC.
Each year over 10.1 million tourists visit Rome, ranking only behind London and Paris. The city is home to some of the most visited historic sites in the world including the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Roman Forum just to name a few.
Rome served as host city for the 1960 Summer Olympics.
Here is a city tour of Rome from Expedia:
How to Watch Serie A on TV in the USA
Starting with the 2021-22 season, CBS Sports will be the home of Serie A matches in the U.S. for the next three seasons. The new agreement was for a reported $200 million, and includes some Italian Cup matches. The network will broadcast all 380 league games on Paramount+, while some games will be aired on its regular TV channels.
Getting Tickets to A.S. Roma
The club sells tickets directly on their website.
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