Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Roma All-Time Team

2007 Supercoppa

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

AS Roma have won Serie A three times, first in 1941–42 then in 1982–83 and again in 2000–01, as well as winning nine Coppa Italia titles and two Supercoppa Italiana titles. On the European stage Roma won an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1960–61, coming close to European Cup victory in 1983–84 (lost the one-legged final played at home against Liverpool), and finishing as runners-up in the UEFA Cup for 1990–91 (two-legged aggregate defeat against Internazionale). Therefore, Roma is the fourth Italian club by major honours won, behind Juventus, Milan and Inter, and it is considered one of the Seven Sisters of Italian football.

GK: Franco Tancredi (Italy)
He was long-time keeper for Roma.  He played for them between 1977 and 1990. He went to the WC Finals in 1986.

Franco Tancredi

GK: Guido Masetti (Italy)
He played for Hellas Verona and AS Roma from 1926 to 1943.  He was the backup keeper at the World Cup Finals in both 1934 and 1938.

GK: Fabio Cudicini (Italy)
Played Udinese, Roma, AC Milan and Brescia.  He was remembered for his two stints with AC Milan.  He won the European Cup in 1969.  He was playing in the same generation as Dino Zoff, Lozenzo Buffon and Enrico Albertosi.  He was uncapped.

RB: Francesco Rocca (Rome/Lazio)  
He played his entire career with Roma.   He played 18 games for the Italy national football team from 1974 to 1976.  he retired at the age of 26 because of a serious injury.

RB: Cafu (Brazil)
Cafu is the all-time cap record holder for Brazil.  He is the only man to play in three WC Finals, winning in 1994 and 2002.  He was the captain of the national team as they won the World Cup in 2002.  He played with Sao Paulo, Roma and AC Milan. He was South American Player of the Year in 1994. 
SW: Giacomo Losi (Italy)
Nicknamed "the Heart of Roma", he was considered one of the greatest player for Roma.  He held Roma's all-time appearance record until Francesco Totti broke it in 2007.  He won Inter-Cities fairs Cup in 1960-61.  He was capped 11 times and went to the 1962 World Cup Finals.
Gaicomo Losi

CB: Sergio Santarini (Italy)
Santarini won three Italian Cups with AS Roma in 1969, 1980 and 1981.  He had two caps for Italy.  He was elected to Roma's Hall of Flame.

CB: Aldair (Brazil)
Aldair played for Flamengo before heading to Europe.  He was widely remembered for his 13 seasons with Roma.  The club retired his #6 jersey for 10 seasons.  For the national team, he was a key member of the great defensive unit of the WC winning team in 1994.   

LB/CB: Sebcastiano Nela (Italy)
He could play as a left back, rightback and sweeper.  He joined Roma in 1981 from Geona.  He was a part of the great team that won the Serie A title in 1982-83 and 3 Italian Cups.  Capped 5 times and went to Mexico 1986.  

LB: Vincent Candela (France)
For his club career, he is best remembered for his stint with Roma.  He was a part of the great French team that won the WC in 1998 and then European Championship in 2000.  He also went to play in the WC in 2002.

LB: Amedeo Carboni (Italy)
He was the starting fullback for Roma before he went to Valencia.  His team made it to the Champions' League Finals twice and won the UEFA Cup/League Double in 2003/2004.

DM: Daniele De Rossi (Italy)  
At the time of writing, he has played his entire career with Roma.  He was an important player for Italy since making his national debut in 2004.  He went to every major international tournaments.  He was Italian Footballer of the Year in 2009. 
Daniele De Rossi

DM: Attilio Ferraris (Italy) 
He was a member of Italy 1934 WC winning team.  He played mainly for Roma.

CM: Carlo Ancelotti (Italy)
Began his career with Parma, but he made his name with AS Roma. He won the Serie A title in 1982-1983 and 4 Italian Cup's.  In 1987, he joined AC Milan and became a part of the team that won two European Cup.  He was capped 26 times.  He narrowly missed the WC Finals in 1982, but went to Mexico 1986 and 1990.

AM/CM: Agostino Di Bartlomei (Italy)
With Roma, Di Bartlomei formed a midfield partnership with Falcao in the mid-1980's.  He was a part of the great team that won the Serie A title in 1982-83 and 3 Italian Cups.  He is considered to be one of the greatest footballers in Roma's history.  However, he was uncapped.
Agostino Di Bartlomei

CM: Falcao
At one stage, Falcao was the world's highest paid footballer.  He played with Internacional at home before becoming the star of Roma in the 1980's.  He won Serie A in 1982-83 and Roma had to wait 17 years for the next title after that.  For national team, he was left out of the WC in Argentina, but four years later, he was a key player for the fantastic Brazilian of Spain 1982.  He won the Silver Ball as the best Brazilian playing in Spain.

RW: Bruno Conti (Italy)
Conti was the greatest winger in Italy's history.  He won the World Cup in 1982.  The following season, he helped Roma to win the league title.  He also led them to the 1984 European Cup Final but were defeated on penalties by Liverpool.

RW: Alcides Ghiggia (Uruguay)
He scored the winning goal against Brazil in the 1950 World Cup Finals that sealed the WC for Uruguay.  The match was known as 
the "Maracanazo".   He played for the national sides of both Uruguay and Italy during his career. He also played for the club sides of the Peñarol and Danubio in Uruguay and A.S. Roma and A.C. Milan in Italy.

AM/LM: Francesco Totti (Italy)
Totti was the long serving captain of Roma.  He brought the scudetti back to Roma in 2001 after 20 years.  He was named the Italian Footballer of the Year for 2000 and 2001. He won the European Golden Boot award in 2006-2007.  He won a World Cup with Italy in 2006. 
Francesco Totti

AM: Giuseppe Giannini (Italy)
He was a symbol of Roma before the emerge of Totti.  He played mainly for them, but with brief stints in other clubs at his late years.
He played for Italy during Italia 1990.  His nickname was  "Il Principe" (The Prince).
Giannini "Il Principe"

ST/FW: Marco Delvecchio (Italy)
Started with Inter Milan, but went through several clubs before settling with AS Roma.  He played 10 seasons winning the 2000-2001 league there.  He was capped 22 times.

ST: Fulvio Bernardini (Italy)
He played Lazio and and Inter Milan before spending 9 seasons with Roma.  He was a member of the 1928 Italian Olympic team that won a bronze medal.  He was one of the first players elected to Roma's Hall of Flame.

ST: Vincenzo Montella (Italy) 
His best years were spent with Roma, where he scored many, important goals, despite having conflicts with Coach Fabio Capello.  He went to Euro 2000 and the WC Finals in 2002, but saw limited action. 

ST: Amadeo Amadei (Italy)
Known as the "Eight King of Rome",  Amadei made his Serie A debut in 1937 as a 15 years old.  He became the youngest ever scorer a week later, a record still held today.  He won the Serie A in 1941-42.  He also played for Atlanta, Inter Milan and Napoli.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1950.  

ST: Roberto Pruzzo (Italy)
He started with Gemoa,  In 1979, he moved to Roma for a record transfer.  He was a part of the great team that won the Serie A title in 1982-83 and 3 Italian Cups.   He was Serie A top scorer three times: 1981, 1982 and 1986.  He was only capped 6 times.
Roberto Pruzzo

Honorable Mention
Simone Perrotta, Damiano Tommasi, Toninho Cerezo and Giancarlo De Sisti, Ubaldo Righetti, Ubaldo Righett, Philippe Mexes, Walter Samuel, Gabriel Batistuta, Marco Delvecchio, Rudi Voller, Abel Balbo, Rodolfo Volk, Arne Selmosson, Pedro Manfredini, Francesco Graziani, Christian Panucci, Alberto Ginulfi, Fabio Cudicini, Paolo Conti, Pierluigi Pizzaballa, Doni, Simone Perrotta, Damiano Tommasi, Toninho Cerezo and Giancarlo De Sisti.

Squad Explanation
-- After selecting 24 players, the team lacked a good left midfielder or left winger.  I was considering Zbigniew Boniek and Naim Krieziu were considered. Boniek only played briefly for the club and was not in his prime.  It would be hard to select him over an all-time great.  Naim Krieziu seldom got mention on any all-time team.  In the end, I took Marco Delvecchio who had played as a left wing forward.  He got ahead of other Roma attacking legends such as Gabriel Batistuta and Pedro Manfredini.
-- Roma had many great strikers.  I could not take Gabriel Batistuta, Rudi Voller, Abel Balbo, Rodolfo Volk, Arne Selmosson, Pedro Manfredini and Francesco Graziani.  
-- Batistuta appeared in many all-time list for AS Roma.  His impact for the 2000-01 was great, but his career with them was too short.  I took Montella over him.  
-- Because Sebcastiano could play as centerback and a left back, I have the options of taking a left back or a centerback.  For centerbacks, I was looking at Ubaldo Righett, Philippe Mexes and Walter Samuel.  In the end, I took a left back, Amedeo Carboni.
-- I took Cafu over Christian Panucci.
-- The third keeper was between Alberto Ginulfi, Fabio Cudicini, Paolo Conti, Pierluigi Pizzaballa and Doni.  I took Cudicini because he was probably the most well-known.  
-- Roma also had too many great centre midfielders.  I took Ancelotti, Falcao, Di Bartlomei , De Rossi and Ferraris.  I have no more spot for Simone Perrotta, Damiano Tommasi, Toninho Cerezo and Giancarlo De Sisti.  All of the players deserved a space on the 25 team.
-- Naim Krieziu, Omero Losi and Arcadio Venturi were old players whom I knew very little.

Fabio Cudicini was the most famous keeper, but Guido Masetti and Tancredi were more identified with the club. De Rossi earned his starting position over Ancelotti.  I reunited Falcao with Di Bartlomei.  Then, I tried to use two playmakers up front and Pruzzo as the lone striker.

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