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The ink is barely dry, and already the size of the task awaiting Roma’s new owner is emphatically clear. Rather than welcome Di Benedetto with successive home wins, the Giallorossi succumbed to league and cup defeats, scuppering any hopes of a honeymoon period for the American regime. Having triumphed against the odds in Udine, the visit of an ailing Palermo side appeared to be an attractive proposition, the ideal fixture to commemorate a momentous new era. Fittingly, an early penalty [...]

Posted by Stuart Harper On Apr - 21 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

“The deal is done” Four small words, but ones bearing huge significance as AS Roma became the first Serie A club to come under the control of a foreign owner. Di Benedetto himself seemed very excited to finally put pen to paper on the deal as he told Friday nights press conference; “Thanks to all, I’m glad that you’re here. I hope that you have loved this place [in Boston] and ate fantastic fish [A Boston joke]. The agreement is [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On Apr - 16 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Roma’s rollercoaster rattles on. Ascending from the depths of last week’s Juventus misery; the Giallaorossi emerged to clinch a vital three points against an in-form Udinese – with ‘il capitano’ bagging two ‘typically Totti’ strikes to keep Roma’s ‘fourth-place quest’ alive. Saturday’s trip to Udine was fraught with danger. Defeat to Juve the previous weekend left the Bianconeri breathing down Roma’s neck, and a loss to Guidolin’s in-form Zebrette would have made a fourth place finish nigh on impossible. Having [...]

Posted by Stuart Harper On Apr - 14 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Saturday’s match between Udinese and Roma pitted two kindred spirits against each other. Both Librans; the attributes of Francesco Totti and Antonio Di Natale strike a synergistic balance which, amongst the second-half mayhem, was undoubtedly lost upon the Friuli onlookers – therefore, Serie A Weekly reflects gazes upon these stars, most definitely aligned. Just a year separates Totti and Di Natale, and despite being in the autumn of their careers, both remain significant Serie A forces. Despite a sluggish start [...]

Posted by Stuart Harper On Apr - 12 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

There was no tearful gesturing to the Curva Sud. There were no boots or shirt tossed to the Roma faithful. Instead, there was a forlorn limp towards the dugout as the Stadio Olimpico scoreboard glowed ‘AS Roma 0-0 Juventus’. Unbeknown at the time, Philippe Mexes had played his last game in the famed Giallorossi - his last gift (at that time), a clean sheet. Wednesday afternoon, and Twitter was awash with disconsolate, albeit largely unsurprised Romanisti, resigned to the fact [...]

Posted by Stuart Harper On Apr - 7 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Early last week Thomas Di Benedetto flew into Rome’s Fiumicino airport to a fervent reception. Both media and tifosi alike were eagerly awaiting his arrival and subsequently waited for that watershed moment - when a Serie A club would enter into foreign ownership for the very first time. A week later and there are still details, diligences and more small print to mull over. No sale yet. The lack of a denouement poses no real problem and in the grand [...]

Posted by Stuart Harper On Apr - 5 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

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