The Colosseum, Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica. There are plenty of reasons to why Rome is called the Eternal City. For us football maniacs Stadio Olimpico will beat anything else the city has to offer however.
When Derby della Capitale , matches between Roma and Lazio, takes place there is a special feeling in the whole city. Each derby match feels like a volcanic eruption with supporters of each side trying to create a better atmosphere than their rivals by displaying tifos, using bangers and fire works.
In Curva Sud Francesco Totti is the great hero. Il Re di Roma (The King of Rome) has played 40 Derby della Capitale matches and scored 11 goals, something no other player has managed to do. There may be more to come from the 39 year old as well. In the derby game earlier this season Totti scored the first two goals for Roma. Everything comes to an end however and maybe the derby game on the 24th of May 2015 will be his last?
Lazio’s supporters in Curva Nord are hoping on Felipe Anderson, a 21-year-old Brazilian magician who applies his tricks in the midfield for them this season. Anderson is a big prospect for the future and the Rome derby is the kind of game where he can make his mark as a real top class player.
Juventus are unchallenged at the top of Serie A but the battle for second place is fierce between the two clubs from Rome. The runner-up in the league will have a guaranteed place in the Champions League, while the third-placed club are forced to go through the qualifying round. In other words there are much more at stake in the Rome derby this time around than just the pride, which normally is more than enough to create a spectacular event on each occasion these two clubs face each other.
Below are a few lines from a person that booked a trip to the Rome derby a few years ago:
I had the good fortune to experience Derby della Capitale on January 6th in 2005. Lazio had not won a derby since March 2000. The club icon Paolo Di Canio was back at Lazio and they had great hopes of breaking the losing streak against their rivals. Me and my son, Johan, have been to plenty of amazing places (thanks Nickes.Com!) but the atmosphere, the noise levels and the expectations of both clubs’ supporters made this a really extraordinary experience.
Lazio took the lead half an hour in to the game, trough none other than the man himself…Di Canio. Lazio kept their lead well into the second half but with twenty minutes remaining another controversial (and spectacular) player, Antonio Cassano, equalised. The game was far from over however, the just over 70,000 excited spectators at the Stadio Olimpico got to see (and hear) two more goals. First, Lazio’s current youth coach César made it 2-1 and then Rocchi put the nail in the coffin.
After the game we swiftly boarded a bus to escape the mess and tear gas outside the stadium. We got off at St. Peter’s Basilica and found a bar where we enjoyed a couple of beers and all the TV replays, passionate comments and wise analyses. Fortunately Johan speaks Italian.
After midnight we took a taxi straight through Rome, it’s always an adventure in this city. We started to get a little hungry and was looking for a pizza to sink our teeth into. Most places had already closed but eventually we found an Irish pub (believe it or not) that served delicious pizza. And guess what was showing on the TV screens …
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