AS Roma have released their 2017/18 home kit by Nike. The jersey features a simple and traditional design with an iconic combination of red, yellow and black. The tones of red and yellow celebrate the traditions and history of the club, which was founded in 1927 with the sole purpose of defending the name, colors and identity of Rome.
The jersey uses a template with round neck-line bordered in yellow. The ‘Roma siamo noi’ (‘We are Roma’) motto appears in the inside of the neck, showing the pride and bond of the club and their supporters with their beloved city. The AS Roma crest is placed over the heart, accompanied by a yellow Swoosh on the right.
The black stripes on the sides maximize ventilation by expanding with movement, revealing an underlying yellow mesh.
The uniform is completed by red shorts with black detailing and black socks, recalling some kits from the early 2000s.
AS Roma will debut their new home look this weekend against Genoa, in Francesco Totti’s last professional game.
One of Serie A’s most beloved and best clubs, premier side AS Roma and Nike have united to produce the 2017/18 away jerseys I Giallorossi will wear.
White and off-white combine with Rome’s colors of gold and the maroon-hued imperial purple for the latest change shirt. The collar features a half golden, half maroon trim on the back on each side. “Roma Siamo Noi” (We are Rome) is placed in the inner neck.
The sleeves are off-white and leads into the front of the jersey, and has a contrasting striped pattern with white on the upper chest that reverses halfway down the shirt.
The side stripes that run from the underarms continue the halved pattern from the collar, with gold on the right arm side, and maroon on the left.
The swoosh on the chest is maroon, placed across from Roma’s crest.
Roma’s full body kit has white shorts and socks with gold trim on the right leg, imperial purple trim on the left leg, and imperial purple back stripes on the socks’ calves.
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
If you have watched any Italian soccer in the past couple of years, you may have noticed that A.S. Roma does not currently boast a jersey sponsor on the front of their uniforms. For a club as storied as Roma, it’s surprising not to see a company shelling out big bucks to be associated with them.
As of the end of the 2017 season, it has been three years since Roma last had a jersey sponsor, and their most recent was Roma Cares, a charitable organization. There is much speculation that Roma’s asking price, believed to be around 15 million euros per year, combined with the decreasing reach of the Italian league, has scared many potential sponsors away.
There is also some thought that Roma is hoping to pair the shirt sponsorship with future stadium naming rights for the Stadio della Roma, the club’s new stadium that remains in the development stages.
Despite Roma’s current lack of sponsor, the club has featured quite a few over the past four decades. Starting in the early 1980s, when many of the bigger Italian clubs welcomed their first sponsors as well, Roma added the Barilla name to its jersey. The Italian giant of pasta manufacturing remained on the jersey from 1981-1994.
Following that sponsorship, Roma welcomed two insurance companies in quick succession. The latter, INA Assitalia, remained the sponsor for seven seasons from 1995-2002. The automaker Mazda joined from 2002-2006.
The most recent sponsor of note, WIND, one of the largest Italian telecommunications operators, was sponsor from 2007-2013. Since then, Roma has been on the hunt for someone to fill the sponsor’s boots.