Sunday, June 5, 2011

shirt history AS Roma

Roma were the club that I followed in Italy and although they are most famous for wearing red and yellow, hence the nickname giallo rosso the club didn't always wear those colours.

AS Roma were formed in 1927 by a merger between SS Alba-Audace and Fortitudo-Pro Roma SGS with Italo Foschi being the driving force behind the merger. AS Roma could also trace their lineage back to FBC Roma who were formed in 1901 and who wore red and yellow, but the first shirts they wore took the red, white and blue of Fortitudo-Pro Roma.

Roma soon established themselves at the top table of Italian football and in 1931 finished runners up to Juventus and by now had settled on red and yellow as their colours. However, you'll have to take my word for it because the picture below shows Attilio Ferraris in black and white.

In 1942 Roma went one better and won their first Scudetto with Amadeo Amadei scoring 18 goals to help them secure the title. Pictured below he is wearing the change shirt with a replica of the home shirt also shown.

The next 30 years or so were a fairly quiet period for Roma with them being a constant in Serie A. In fact they have played every season in Serie A apart from 1951-2 (replica of shirt shown below). However they didn't exactly fill their trophy cabinet either as Milan, Juve and Inter dominated Italian football with Torino being one of the few teams that challenge the dominance of the big three during the period.

Below is the 1971 shirt that Roma wore, which was unusual for two reasons. Firstly, the shirt was red and yellow stripes rather than red with yellow trimming and secondly in a time when it was unusual for teams to name the manufacturers of their shirts it was made by tennis brand La Coste.

The following year Roma were back in more traditional shirts and won a trophy. The Anglo-Italian cup in which they defeated Blackpool. It wasn't really until the early 1980s when Roma started to bother the historians again when in 1983 they won the title for a second time and the following season they reached the European Cup final in their own city where they lost to Liverpool on penalties Below is a photo from the scudetto winning game and the shirt that was worn the following season complete with the scudetto badge.

Roma again tasted defeat in Europe in 1991 when they took on fellow Italians, Inter in the UEFA Cup final. Below Rudi Voller, who later had an unsuccessful stint as Roma manager leads out the team in the game against Inter.

Towards the end of the 1990s, when I lived in Rome, Roma were on the up again with the talismanic Francesco Totti reaching maturity and Gabriele Battistuta enjoying a swansong after leaving his beloved Fiorentina. Vincenzo Montella, who is currently the temporary boss of the club was also knocking the goals in. Finally in 2001 after I had left and after they had seen their bitter rivals Lazio lift lo Scudetto Roma won the title for themselves. Below are the 3 before mentioned players celebrating the victory.

Since then Roma have won the Italian Cup a couple of times and have been regular competitors in the Champions League, although they have missed out for next season. Below are the kits they were wearing last season.

1 comment:

Jeff Smith said...

great article, the first football shirt is good looking. The new AS Roma football shirt 2013/14 also beautiful.