The Wolves. The Magic One. The Yellow Reds.
Orlando City SC plays host to Italian side A.S. Roma for a friendly match tonight which pretty much surpasses the knowledge the average American soccer fan has of Italian soccer. We here at TCBG have taken it upon ourselves to be the Official Orlando City SC Blogger Hype People of Associazione Sportiva Roma for the next two and a half hours.
Founded in 1927, Roma plays in the top flight of Italian soccer, Serie A for the 62nd year in a row and though they haven’t won the Serie A title in since 2000-2001, they have three to their name, as well as nine Coppa Italias (Like the Lamar hunt Open Cup) and two Supercoppa Italiana titles (A preseason game between the previous year’s Serie A and Coppa Italia champions).
Rocking colors of imperial purple and golden yellow, the Wolves are the result of a forced merger of three separate Roman clubs during the 1920s Italian fascist rule. Much like sausage, its better to just enjoy the final product without paying attention to the way it was made, which happened to be in what we’d call a politically challenging environment.
Roma currently calls Stadio Olimpico home and they share that ground with their ultra hated rivals, Lazio. Honestly we’d probably not like a team sharing our place called Lazio either, they’d likely never clean up and leave food lying around.
The first thing (besides, colors, badges, and location) anyone really needs to know about Roma is Francesco Totti.
Francesco Totti is the symbol of the club. He’s their Jordan, their Ripken, their Gretzky, their Brady all rolled into one. He leads the club in goals scored and overall fan devotion having been a follower of the team since he was a child. He wears number 10 and Orlando City SC Head Coach Adrian Heath has high praise for him calling him, “One of the better players in the world over the past 20 years.”
When you go to watch Roma, you are going to watch Totti.
Roma has many rivalries but their fiercest one is with Lazio. The Derby della Capitale (Derby of the Capitol) is one of the most heated in the world which has resulted in violence including at one point a fatality.
Speaking of stadiums, like the Lions, the Wolves are in the process of constructing a new stadium themselves. Stadia della Roma will be a privately financed, 50,000 plus capacity facility located in the Tor di Valle area of southwest Rome. They are planning on having it ready for the 2016-2017 season.
Coming off a 2013-2014 campaign that fell just short of a fourth Serie A championship, Roma is returning to Orlando for summer training as part of an agreement with ESPN Wide World of Sports as their official professional soccer team.