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Month: January 2017

Italianism or Romanism? the future for Roma

The Chinese economy has done something wonderous – or, is it absurd – for world football. Players who were being paid three million six months ago, now find their salaries quadrupled, if not more with offers from Shangai, Gangzhou Evergrande, and other imperial clubs within China’s mainland.

In Italy alone, we have seen the Chinese Yen come to the rescue of the debt-riddled and managerially-failing Milan clubs. Following Silvio Berlusconi’s headaches (too much Bunga-Bunga) and Massimo Moratti’s “modest” bank accounts, the Chinese have offered lifelines to the stripes in Lombardi.

In irony’s truest form, now the Chinese ownerships have declared their intent to transform the teams into young Italian powerhouses – the new shining stars, le stelle of Italia. Yes, that’s right, after Inter’s literal foundations in being the international club of Italy, for foreign players, the emphasis has now shifted to the owners proclaiming their love and mission to make the team Italian. Milan’s Mr. Bee, or whoever it is now, has attested to just the same. Try to wrap your head around that one.

This got me to thinking, was it really important that Roma had an Italian identity? I tweeted after the Genoa-Roma match that it wasn’t important, that I’d rather sign the Lithuanian national team if it meant a Scudetto for Roma. But, that’s not entirely true, and I apologize.

After a long thought, I considered… What does it matter if a young player from Piedmont, Torino, or Modena comes to play for Roma? That somehow their Italian pride will make them a better player when playing for their nation’s capital? It’s a stretch.

What’s more important is that the player is a product of Rome – manufactured from the Primavera and/or the inferno that is the Eternal Capital. One who understands the ambiance, the attitudes, the pressures, and maybe most importantly, the expectations.

Further, Romans are not like other Italians – they see themselves as Romans first, then Italians, as “Frank” is famously quoted as saying.

But what is important, and what is crucial to the team’s essence, and to the missing tifosi, is that there is Roman blood within the squad.

It’s impossible to think of a Roma without the Bandiere – the true leaders, those who sacrifice greater successes and riches for the sake of their city and their team. Do I have to say it? TottiDeRossiFlorenzi. One word.

In terms of nurturing the next Bandiere, the “Go on loan and figure it out” policy has really been a thorn in Roma’s side. In fact, it has almost always failed.

Amato Ciciretti, who was supposed to be “The next Totti” went on loan for a couple years, was released by the club, and is now being scouted by Napoli. Marco D’Alessandro is becoming a useful piece at Atalanta. Lorenzo Pellegrini is growing exponentially at Sassuolo (thank God for the buyback), Gianluca Caprari was bought by Inter, Federico Viviani and Valerio Verre both showed signs of promise following their Primavera-championship-winning-years, Elio Capradossi is lost somewhere in Bari, trying to find his way. The list goes on.

A solution to this catastrophe of Roman talent is to make a “B Team,” like there is in Spain. But lets stay on task here.

The Primavera squad right now, still led by Alberto De Rossi, just keeps marching to success. They just conquered Inter 1-0 to speed to the semifinals of the Coppa Italia.

The Giallorossi will continue to risk losing their young treasures if smart loans are not made, to competent and fostering clubs which nurture Roma’s boys. But that’s a lot to ask for as well.

Marco Tumminello is another one of these – a Stefano Okaka Chuka, a Sadiq Umar. The next big striker who is supposed to lead Roma for years to come. It’s crucial that Roma does everything they can to provide the best environment for his development – either by training with the first-team and slow introduction, or on-loan at a healthy club with option to repurchase.

With this Roman identity strengthened – this Romanità – the club will reestablish itself as more than just a team. It is Rome, and if we keep the emphasis on coveting players from the system as strong as the flow of the Tiber, we can be assured of pride and victory to come.


“Call him Bobo. Tumminello is on fire”

This article is an adaptation from http://gianlucadimarzio.com/it/tumminello

His teammates call him “Bobo,” reminiscent of Christian Vieri. Primavera Champion of Italy and Supercoppa winner (in which the Giallorossi put up big numbers against Inter Milan).

He calls Vieri his idol: “He’s one of the players that I love most in the world.” And yet he celebrates like Montella, with the former Roma star’s “Aeroplanino,” hands out, flying straight across the field after a goal.

But Marco has his own style and identity. Another round and another win for “Tummy,” acting as an instrumental part of the Lupi squad that beat Inter 1-0 in the first-leg of the Semifinal for the Primavera Coppa Italia. His figures? 11 goals in nine matches for the season.

Tumminello is “On fire” as it’s now fashionable to say for him. He’s come back strong after six match disqualification in June for a “disrespectful attitude towards the referee.” Due to his hard-working attitude and maturity, it is just something that has come to pass for the young striker.

It’s a happy time for him. He remains as one of the strongest players in Italy for his age, and it’s truly the big moments which have made all the difference for him. Even last year, he scored 12 goals between league and cup ties. Discovered by Bruno Conti and brought to the club by Walter Sabatini and Massara when he was 13 years old, interest has already been shown by Sassuolo and AC Milan – though Roma has no intentions of letting him go.

Last year he earned his first start in professional football under Rudi Garcia, earning a couple minutes against Chievo Verona. Now he is under the watchful eyes of Luciano Spalletti and takes Edin Dzeko as a role model. The coach knows what he is capable of, and that’s afforded him training with the first team now.


Dinner for ex-player Bertini

Next week marks a celebratory charity-dinner to honor Giovanni Bertini’s 66th birthday, ex-player who now suffers from a rare neuromuscular disorder.


After six years with the Giallorossi, Bertini is acclaimed as one of the club’s most important players in the late 1960s and early 1970s, in which he played 54 matches. The defender though, now suffers from a rare neuromuscular disorder that has left him disabled.

The dinner will be held at Le Streghe on Via Tuscolana 643 on the 12th of January alongside authors such as Francesco Gocci, Diego Angelino, Paul Marcacci, Alessandro Oricchio, Marco Madeddu, Susana Marcellini, and many others.

During the event there will be a raffle with prizes such as an autographed football and signed jersey.



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