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A.S. Roma

A.S. Roma (Associazione Sportiva Roma) is a Italian football club. Nicknamed the giallorossi. They play in dark red shirts, white shorts and black socks.

Founded in July 1927. Rome already had three teams in the Italian football league - Alba, Fortitudo and Lazio. The idea was to merge all the Rome clubs to form one strong enough to challenge the northerners. Lazio refused even a meeting but Alba, Pro Roma, Fortitudo and Roman attended and Roma was formed. Named after the city and with the red and yellow strip of the Roman club. The initial stadium was Motovelodromo Appio. They took part in their first league in the 1929-30 season.

A.S. Roma won their first scudetto in the 1941-42 season. The second was won in the 1982-83 season and the third in 2000-01. They were runners-up in 1930-31, 1935-36, 1980-81, 1983-84, 1985-86 and 2001-02. They were relegated only once, at the end of the 1950-51 season.

The club has won the Coppa Italia seven times: 1963-64, 1968-69, 1979-80, 1980-81, 1983-84, 1985-86, and 1990-91. and the UEFA Cup (Fairs Cup) once in 1960-61, defeating Birmingham City F.C.

The current stadium is the 82,656 seater Stadio Olimpico.

Famous players have included: Amadeo Amadei, Angelo Sormani, Roberto Pruzzo, Bruno Conti, Paulo Roberto Falcăo, Rudi Völler, Giuseppe Giannini, Hidetoshi Nakata. Current 'stars' include Gabriel Omar Batistuta, Cafu, Emerson and Francesco Totti.

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