AS Roma Vintage Photo Collection is a series of a 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
Click on each photo to see in full size. Each photo will be captioned below.
The Curva Sud, Stadio Olimpico, 1977-78
A view from below the Curva Sud – the graffiti on the walls shows the condition the stadium was in before its major renovation in 1989
The Curva Sud, complete with smoke, flares, colour and balloons, prior to a derby match v Lazio
A spectacular shot of the Curva Sud with a fire display for the derby
The 1977-78 squad photo. Back row: Tancredi, Prati, Rocca, Musiello, Ugolotti, Menichini, Santarini, P. Conti, Recagni (trainer); middle row: Minaccioni (physio), Boni, De Sisti, Peccenini, Giagnoni, De Nadi, Chinellato, Casaroli; front row: Piras (prof), Quintini, Maggiora, Di Bartolomei, Piacenti, B. Conti, Orsi
An iconic shot of Di Bartolomei’s goal v Atalanta
Sergio Santarini on his way to scoring
A packed Curva Sud, showing the hills in the background
Another view of the Curva Sud from across the pitch
A classic shot of the fans in the Curva Sud
Players and fans alike celebrate victory over Milan
Roberto Pruzzo – ‘Il Bomber’ himself – in action against Genoa (his hometown club)
Roberto Scarnecchia, who played for Roma for eight seasons
Paolo Conti claims a high ball into the box against Genoa
The Curva Sud in full flow
In this photo you can see the space which existed between the Curva and the pitch
A packed section of Roma fans. Note the USA flag above the Fedayn banner
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