In the midst of crisis -- or rotation, or injuries, or what-have-you -- the hope is that from among a team's depth will arise a hero unforeseen. This has been a fairly common pattern throughout Rudi Garcia's coaching career at Roma: Mattia Destro returning from injury last season and seemingly being unable to stop scoring, and the clutch set-pieces of Miralem Pjanic against Napoli are examples of that in the club's recent history. Gervinho is the epitome of this unforeseen hero as well -- from...
The thing about owning AS Roma and telling the world about your long-term project to make the giallorossi into the dominant force in Europe is that there almost too many clichés.
It wasn't built in a day, we get it. But, ultimately, all roads lead there, which is why there is so much potential. The key though, now that you're in Rome, is knowing when -- and to what extent -- to do as the Romans do and when to do your own thing, your way.
James Pallotta eschews these aphorisms. He has his own....
ESPN FC assesses the greatest rivalries in football, focusing on the teams who, together, challenged at the very peak of the sport over a period of years. Just as now, Roma provided Juventus' main competition in the early '80s during a period in which two continental giants engaged in a bitter rivalry.
GREATEST RIVALRIES RANKING
7. Liverpool-Everton 1984-89
6. Roma-Juventus 1980-84
5. Barcelona-Real 1958-60
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The central power vs. the capital team
As a lifelong Roma fan, Francesco Totti is more aware than most footballers of the historical strands that drive his club, the issues that obsess the supporters....
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Atletico Madrid: Koke
The 22-year-old has gone from strength to strength this season, showing why he is widely regarded as one of Europe's top talents, looking comfortable in a number of positions across the midfield. He has taken over dead-ball duty from skipper Gabi and the...
Talk of a crisis was, of course, premature. Talk of a recovery would be as well. Roma are somewhere in the middle right now -- a very good side who have struggled in recent weeks against very good teams in very difficult venues. One win against Torino does not change that.
But it does feel pretty good. Roma's first win after two consecutive 2-0 losses came as expected from Rudi Garcia: easily, fluidly and powerfully.
It was a brilliant Francesco Totti and Vasilis Torosidis interplay that created...
Another Champions League matchday brought yet more mixed fortunes for Serie A's representatives. Juventus win, but their progress to the round of 16 is in doubt, while Roma lost and yet seem closer to the last 16. James Horncastle recaps the action.
Uncertain win for Juve
It was a night when Giampiero Boniperti's motto applied more than usual. Winning isn't important at Juventus; it's the only thing that counts. After losing in Madrid and in Athens, their Champions League campaign and objective...