Someone said once that Rome was not built in one day. That person was right. Rome is a city that deserves a book exclusively dedicated about the city. Its football background too, because Roman football is a big part of the history of Calcio.
We all know about the Italian Calcio, North against the South and the rivalry between cities. Napoli against everyone. The misty of Firenze and the passion of Genova. Milano as the city with the most Champions League wins. The power of Juventus against the local proud feeling of Torino. After all of these issues, Rome needs a special mention. The Eternal City can be considered as the ‘Calcio Special Edition’. The capital of the old world. Roma and Lazio. Lazio and Roma. Just like this to the eternity.
SS Lazio was founded in 1900, and is the oldest team in the city. It has the name of the Lazio region where Rome is the capital. With an eagle on the crest surrounded by the sky blue and white colours, the Squadra Laziale has won two Serie A titles, a UEFA Cup, six times the Coppa Italia and the European Supercup.
On the other side, AS Roma was founded in 1927 due a merge of all Roman teams except Lazio. The badge of the giallorossi represents the legend of Rome’s founders, Romulus and Remus with a female wolf. Its colours represent the honour of the Roman Empire and its mythology. Three times Serie A winners, they hold 9 Coppa Italia trophies, two Italian Supercups and a Faires City Cup. They are also runner-ups of the of European Cup played in Rome in 1984.
Back at the beginning, the Derby della Capitale was always a good topic to chat about – you could discuss the derby all night long. If there is something extraordinary in Rome, it’s the passion for football. In the capital, there is no place for other team’s supporters. In Rome, you support either Lazio or AS Roma, there is no other option.
And all the matches take place in one stadium: Stadio Olimpico di Roma. A proper stadium for waving flags, Italian solo chants, and scarves to the sky, showing the colours of your team to the Empire. ‘Bomba carta’ are the fireworks for it. Many troubles and riots precede this derby between two of the most traditional Italian teams. Are you ready to take part?