Francesco Totti might be the most beloved athlete by his team’s fans in the world. At 39 he still plays for hometown club Roma, who he signed with as a 12-year-old in 1989. He is Roma’s captain—he was first named in 1998, 18 goddamn years ago—and holds numerous club and Serie A records.
It’s easy to forget that not all progress follows a smooth curve. Despite the natural desire to contextualize the entirety of a person’s growth in sports into a neat little narrative—one of an emergent, inchoate talent that gradually develops as crawling turns into walking, followed by a rapid ascent during the prime…
“Post, baby, how are you gonna do me like that?” Roma’s Edin Džeko appears to whisper to the goal’s woodwork after his horrendous miss. “You know I love you, Edin,” the post probably responded, “but that’s all on you.”
Barcelona keeper Marc-André ter Stegen has already used his aggressive positioning to break up Roma attacks, but this is always a threat when your keeper stands so far off his line. But holy smokes, this is some hit.
I’m not sure what the evil Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa did to make the kind-hearted and benevolent Lionel Messi headbutt and throat push him, but it had to be pretty bad. Here’s the full video:
Warning: the video above of Roma’s Radja Nainggolan sliding in on Chievo Verona’s Federico Mattiello and giving him a new knee joint in the middle of his shin is pretty gnarly. Watch (and listen, because you can hear the thing crack) at your own peril.
Remember those crazy Feyenoord fans who turned up in Rome ahead of their team's Europa League clash with Roma? The ones who seemed more concerned with tearing the city down before the match than with the game itself? Yeah, well they're getting ready for round two.
An estimated 7,000 Feyenoord fans made their way to Rome today for the Europa League match against Roma, according to the BBC, and some of them came just to make trouble. They gathered on the famed Spanish Steps to drink, set off flares, trash a nice fountain, and generally cause mayhem. Italian police told BBC they…
Roma are set to host Feyenoord later today in the Europa League, so it stands to reason that a bunch of Dutchmen would show up to cheer on their boys. What's unfortunately just as predictable is that the rival fans would bring, along with their support, the motherfucking ruckus.
Somehow, it's not really a shock to see the 38-year-old Francesco Totti still scoring goals in his 23rd season with Roma with outrageous bits of athleticism like the goal below. What is surprising is that the old man actually knows what a selfie is.
Italy's Serie A is a league of stories, full of characters, narratives, plots, tensions, climaxes, and clichés. Time and again, the line between fact and fiction becomes so blurred that you just have to throw your hands up and shrug. You really couldn't make a lot of this stuff up.