Vintage Photo Collection is a series of classic historical vintage photos of AS Roma. The photos have all been digitally retouched and, in most cases, are high-resolution, or at least quite large file size.
The earlier photos consist mainly of team line-ups – as, naturally enough, there aren’t too many action shots available – while the photos from the 70’s and 80’s focus predominantly on the tifosi and the Ultras, although there are a number of player and action shots mixed in, too.
They capture the passion and enthusiasm which existed around the club at the time. Much like it is now, Roma fans can be quite devout and feverish in their support, and if anything the scenes in the Curva Sud in these images were even more intense and chaotic. In a sense, they also featured better coreografía than what we see today, something which we have perhaps lost from the time. Yes, the Curva Sud of today can put on a show, but the simplicity of the colour and flares and flags from those days are something which you just don’t get anymore.
Roma is a club which has had its fair share of legends, on and off the field. Giacomino Losi, core de Roma; the mythical Campo Testaccio; Agostino Di Bartolomei, o capitano… ; the Curva Sud, the colour and the Ultras; The Derby della Capitale; Rocca, Pruzzo, Conti… Totti. It is a club which is brimming with history. A history which is still reflected in the stands today. The photos in this collection will come to reflect that.
The photos will be categorised into the following parts (NOTE: the following will be hyperlinked for navigation when appropriate entry is added):
Orignal photo credits are to:
AlmanaccoGiallorosso.it – a wonderful database and almanac collection of AS Roma’s history
LaMiaRoma.it – a historic collection of AS Roma’s past
AsRomaUltras.org – the story of AS Roma and the Ultras
Plus other various sources, listed as appropriate.
Click on each photo to see in full size. Each photo will be captioned below.
A new season, a new mister. With Il Barone’s departure for Milan (for his third stint), Sven-Goran Eriksson joined Roma from Benfica. Seen here in training with Carlo Ancelotti
Curva Sud in full colour for Roma v Steaua Bucurest in the first round of the Coppa delle Coppe UEFA (UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup)
Fumogeni and colour in the Curva Sud
Striscione in the Curva Sud
Sud B – la Curva getting organised
This photo and 3 below: Showing the faces and characters in the Curva Sud, many of whom can be recognised today – I know one person in this photo
Carlo Ancelotti scoring v Cremonese
Action from Roma v Juventus
Toninho Cerezo competes for a high ball, Roma v Inter
Il Principe, Giuseppe Giannini, graceful as ever v Torino
A muddy Bruno Conti walks off with Antonio Tempestilli (future Roma player, and current organisational first team manager at Roma)
Ancelotti gives Maradona the run-a-round
Napoli’s Bagni with a good old fashioned defenders challenge on Pruzzo
Away to Fiorentina, nothing can stop Il Bomber Pruzzo as he performs a rovesciata
Curva Sud, Derby della Capitale
A special banner for the Derby v Lazio
Roma tifosi away to Inter
Away in numbers at Milan
Roma traveled to Bayern Munich in the Coppa delle Coppe UEFA (UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup)
Roma tifosi in Munich airport
Ancelotti quizzing the ref, v Como
Aldo Maldera challenges Alessandro Altobelli of Inter for a high ball
Aldo Maldera, born in Milan, played for Roma for three seasons, winning the scudetto in 1982/83 before departing for Fiorentina in ’85
Cerezo salutes his adoring fans in the Curva Sud
The full Roma team salute the tifosi
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