AS Roma Vintage Photo Collection – Digitally Retouched: 1978-79

AS Roma 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):

This will, hopefully, continue up to the 2000’s, or there or there about, so be sure to check back.

Orignal photo credits are to: – a wonderful database and almanac collection of AS Roma’s history – a historic collection of AS Roma’s past – the story of AS Roma and the Ultras

Click on each photo to see in full size. Each photo will be captioned below.

Young fans in the Curva Sud in 1978
An incredible image from the Rome derby of 1978, as the tifosi bring a cross into the Curva (presumably the Nord end). I wonder would the authorities allow such an ‘accessory’ into the Curva today?

The Curva Sud as seen in full glorious colour in 1978

Francesco ‘Kawasaki’ Rocca, who played 163 games for Roma, despite retiring at the age of 26
Paolo Conti, Roma’s imposing goalkeeper who played seven seasons for the giallorossi
Pre-season squad photo – front: Scarnecchia, Spinosi, Ugolotti, Di Bartolomei, De Nadi, Peccenini, Santarini, P Conti; middle:Recagno, Tancredi, Maggiora, Casaroli, Anzalone, Giagnoni, Giovannelli, Pruzzo, Rossi; front: Minaccioni, Boni, Chinellato, De Sisti, Shaccantili, Borelli
Di Bartolomei scores against Bologna, leaving a bemused looking defence in his wake at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara
Roma tifosi at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara for the Bologna game
Roma tifosi at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, v Fiorentina. Roma always had huge numbers traveling away for this fixture
Another shot of Roma fans away at Fiorentina
A spectacular panoramic shot of the Stadio San Paolo in Naples for Napoli v Roma. Without the roof, the San Paolo is the definition of a bowl stadium
Roma ultras away to Atalanta
Away to Verona at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi
Michele De Nadai scores for Roma against Inter in the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
Roma team line-up at home to Milan
The Curva Sud prior to Roma v Milan
A packed Curva Sud

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