Celebrating the midpoint of their 10-year partnership, Nike has released the AS Roma 2018/19 away jersey ahead of the new season. The jersey’s primary color of silver and grey resembles the famed Capitoline wolf. The Giallorossi away color symbolizes the she-wolf that anciently raised the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus. In black lettering, the jersey proudly displays the club’s new multi-year sponsorship with Qatar Airways. The AS Roma logo boldly pops red and yellow on the front left breast of the jersey parallel to a black Nike Swoosh.
“This kit is quite simply a color story inspired by the wolf,” said Pete Hoppins, Nike Football Apparel Senior Design Director. “A classy wolf grey kit fits well with the mythology surrounding the city and how the club places great value on this important symbol.”
On the back tag of the jersey, the lupetto (little wolf) emblem sits between the red and yellow stripes. First unveiled in 1978, locals can embrace it’s return after a two-year absence.
“The lupetto is iconic for the club,” Hoppins announced on the Nike website. “Here, we have used it as an outer pride feature.” The matching grey shorts complete the kit with player’s number largely displayed on the left leg.
Nike has revealed the AS Roma 2018/19 home jersey, inspired by the armor worn by soldiers in Ancient Rome.
Il Giallorossi (The Yellow-Reds) will wear their new jerseys on May 13th in the Serie A fixture of the weekend, hosting Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico. Rome’s imperial deep red and yellow colors are displayed in the Fast Fit Vaporknit template, with a yellow collar and tonal deep red details.
The design on the body is based from the lorica hamata, a type of chain-mail armor worn by Roman legionnaires during ancient times.The links in the armor represent the bond between the club and the Eternal City. The full kit has deep red shorts with yellow trim and black socks. Qatar Airways will begin their first full season with the club as shirt sponsor.
In 1927, a Roman named Italo Foschi merged three Rome soccer clubs together to form Associazione Sportiva Roma. At the outset, the merger was meant to give the Italian capital a chance to compete with the powerful northern clubs of the time, like Juventus. Little did Faschi know that his new club would soon be famous the world over.
Early on, Roma looked like they would knock Juventus off its perch, finishing runners-up to the Turin giants in 1930/31. Unfortunately, Roma would often play second fiddle to their northern rivals over the next 90 years, only capturing the scudetto (the Italian title) three times and the Italian Cup nine times.
However, to root for “I Lupi” (The Wolves) is more about emotion and a sense of place than the glory of titles. Attending a match at the Stadio Olimpico is on every soccer fan’s wish list, and the noise from the “ultra” fans in the famed and feared Curva Sud can be deafening.
The Rome derby, played between Roma and Lazio, the only Roman team to not join in Foschi’s original merger, is one of the globe’s most heated. While most Derby della Capitales keep the aggression on the field, in some cases the emotion on display has turned to violence.
Roma is also known for its homegrown talent, particularly Francesco Totti, known in Rome and beyond simply as Il Gladiatore. Totti finished his career with Roma at the end of the 2016/17 season, after 25 seasons with the club he came to as a 13 year old. Daniele De Rossi, Roma’s current captain, is another local talent who has spent his career with the club, and other Romans like Giuseppe Giannini spent their lives with the hometown club.
The city of Rome is known for its ancient ruins, monuments to the roots of Western civilization. It makes sense then that A.S. Roma, one of the world’s most famous soccer clubs, would have its own set of players who can serve as monuments to the legacy to the beautiful game.
Here are the top five Roma legends, in no particular order.
Daniele De Rossi