Posts Tagged ‘Roma’

Arsenal-Roma & Inter-Manchester: The UCL Battle Begins Tuesday

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Premiership vs. Serie A: Let the fight begin!!

It turned out to be a tough draw back in December, when the remaining Italian sides in the UEFA Champions League were all paired against English opposition.  The Premier League clubs may have dominated the competition in recent seasons but there is a lot of quality in Serie A and I for one am excited by the prospect of an Anglo-Italian showdown

Marco did a great post at the time taking a Preliminary Look at Our EPL Opponents, but a lot has changed in the rankings & rosters since then, so I thought I’d run through the English teams involved and give you a little update.

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Roma 1-0 Siena: Taddei Stronger Than Bad Karma (Serie A Matchday 25)

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

AS Roma Brazilian midfielder Rodrigo Taddei (middle) celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between As Roma and Siena, in Rome's Olympic stadium, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009.

“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night…” as they say for the Postal Service, a creed which can be applied to soccer as well. Meaning that no matter how many hardships you face the show must go on. Heart & soul in the face of adversity: those are the distinguishing factors of a great team.

Roma understood that Saturday, battling against the odds (injuries, suspensions, and other perversions of karma) to steal the three points away from Siena. Delivery came from a great goal by Taddei (ex-Siena player in his own right), and it is a goal which gives the team its much needed morale lifter after the 0-3 debacle vs. Atalanta. Looks like a big weight has just been lifted from Tuesday’s flight to the Emirates.

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Serie A vs. Premier League: Gazzetta Presents the UEFA Champions League Showdown

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Premiership vs. Serie A: Let the fight begin!!

Are English clubs still the football Masters of Europe or has something changed compared to last season, which as history has shown was unequivocally and irrevocably dominated by Premier League teams?

Attempting to provide the first part of the answer next week will be three clubs of Serie A. While Scudetto holders and current league leaders Inter Milan prepare to face off against European Champions Manchester United, Ranieri’s Juventus will attempt to surprise Hiddink’s Chelsea and the young guns of Arsenal will face off against the imperial armada of AS Roma. Three very appetizing, but also very difficult encounters for Italian Football’s remaining UCL representatives, and three matches which should tell us once and for all whether the technical gap between EPL and Serie A has finally been filled.

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Serie A: The Battle for Champions League Qualification

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Serie A: The Battle for Champions League

In a league with its fair share of last-day title deciders, Serie A has still plenty to say with 14 league matches left on the calendar. Even though Inter Milan‘s victory over cousins AC Milan last week may have strongly nudged this season’s Scudetto towards the Nerazzurri, Juventus could still catch Internazionale and at a push the Rossoneri still have an outside shot and a glimmer of hope. With both sides having relatively old squads however, I just can’t see them picking up enough points to topple Mourinho’s men.

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Napoli 0-3 Roma: Giallorossi Enjoying Neapolitan Hospitality (Serie A Matchday 20)

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Without a doubt one of the main stadiums that contributed (and continue to contribute) to Italian football’s great history is Stadio San Paolo, and without a doubt the hospitality it continues to show for AS Roma will make Spalletti & Co. glad to return here next year.

It just seems that Napoli‘s home form, as good as it might be (the Azzurri had raked up 18 consecutive home matches without a loss), can’t help but break its teeth when it’s dealing with the Giallorossi. Who have now increased their Napoli-Roma victories streak to three (four if you add 2005′s Coppa Italia) and this without conceding a single goal. Scary. And unproductive (for Napoli that is), because Reja’s team now find themselves level with Roma in the standings, and the prospects of Champions League football (howevery illusory they might have been) slowly slipping away.

The only catch (and excuse for Napoli)? Roma’s first goal by Philippe Mexès was blatantly offside.

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