Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
A Rome Derby to Remember for the Right Reasons
Guardian, March 21st, 2008 3:30PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Wednesday night's Rome derby could go down in history as one of the friendliest ever between bitter rivals Roma and Lazio, says the Guardian's Paolo Bandini -- and it was another great game, to boot. With Roma still chasing after league leader Inter Milan and Lazio inching closer toward a spot in Europe, this was an encounter full of meaning for both clubs, but goodwill triumphed in the end. Prior to the match, Lazio president Claudio Lotito begged Rome's often-violent fans to show the world "the level of maturity" they've achieved since the death of Lazio fan Gabriele Sandri, who was shot by police in November.

"Inside the Olimpico there was an unreal silence, before this different derby," wrote La Repubblica's Giulio Cardone. As Roma captain Francesco Totti, Lazio captain Tommaso Rocchi and Sandri's brother Cristiano laid flowers before a mural of the deceased, with Totti bending down to kiss the image to tumultuous applause from the Lazio supporters, Roma fans at the other end unfurled a banner containing the message, "Tears don't know color. Gabbo is one of us".

In the end, Lazio stole the derby, 3-2, with a 91st-minute game-winner from Valon Behrami, but the outcome of the match took a backseat to the goodwill reverberating around a stadium shared by supporters whose hatred for each other normally transcends the sport. For Roma fans, it helped, of course, that Inter had already tied Genoa earlier in the day, thus lowering the stakes of the outcome. Now seven points adrift of the league leader, Roma will be banking on a favor from Juventus and a return to form this weekend to retain their Scudetto hopes.

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Creighton shuts down Jordan Morris    
No. 24 Creighton got goals by freshman Ricky Lopez-Espin and Fabian Herbers to beat No. 13 ...
Redknapp to Sign Two-Year QPR Extension    
Despite losing his first three games of the season, Queens Park Rangers coach Harry Redknapp revealed ...
Hernandez, Juve Agree Personal Terms    
The Corriere dello Sport on Friday reported that Juventus has agreed personal terms with Manchester United ...
Cambiasso Joins Leicester City     
Former Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso on Friday officially joined Premier League club Leicester City. The ...
Fringe Players' Pay Could Derail Man United Transfer Plans    
Following the British record $99 million arrival of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid, Manchester United ...
Chelsea's Torres Wants AC Milan Move     
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is said to be closing in on a move to AC Milan ...
Report: Gunners Favorite to Sign Falcao on Loan     
ESPN on Thursday reported that AS Monaco has made sought-after striker Radamel Falcao available for a ...
Xabi Alonso Transfer Raises Question Marks in Germany    
Xabi Alonso's 10 million-euro ($13.2 million) transfer from Real Madrid to Bayern Munich has been met ...
Rooney Named England Captain     
Roy Hodgson on Thursday named Wayne Rooney captain of England following the retirement of former captain ...
Van Basten Exhibits 'Severe Symptoms'; Leaves AZ Indefinitely     
Netherlands and AC Milan legend Marco van Basten on Thursday mysteriously left his post as AZ ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives