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Should I see Lazio or AS Roma?


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#1 of 9 OFFLINE   Jason L.

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Posted February 06 2004 - 03:53 AM

I am a yank going to Rome on Feb 16-27 and would like to see a football match. I am definitely not looking for any sort of trouble with rowdy fans. My only reference is an Arsenal vs. Deportivo UEFA Cup match I saw in London.

I've heard that Lazio has a bit rougher crowd than Roma.

My questions are:

1. Which team should I go see? Money is not an issue.

2. Are they going to be at home during Feb 16-27? I can't read the AS roma site. [L=null]http://www.asroma.it/SerieA.aspx[/L]

3. Are tickets easy to get [outside of big matches like Juventus, AC Milan, Inter] and where can I get them at?

Thanks.

#2 of 9 OFFLINE   Jonathan White

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Posted February 06 2004 - 05:29 AM

Hi

Sun Feb 22 2004

Roma v Siena 14:00

Only Roma have a home game in the period you are there. They are currently 2nd in the league and Siena are eleventh.

Have fun

#3 of 9 OFFLINE   Yee-Ming

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Posted February 07 2004 - 12:30 AM

I think Jonathan's post answers the question from a practical point of view, but notwithstanding that, on current form Roma would be a better bet anyway, if you want to watch an entertaining match -- Lazio are struggling.

Arsenal v. Deportivo, eh? That glorious 5-1 drubbing Posted Image

#4 of 9 OFFLINE   Jonathan White

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Posted February 07 2004 - 03:44 AM

I don't think getting tickets will be much of a problem. Roma have only been getting 45,000 - 50,000 for their recent home games and the stadium holds about 80,000.

You could probably just buy tickets on the match day from the stadium. But seeing as you are getting there on 16th you'll have plenty of time to get them.

#5 of 9 OFFLINE   Jason L.

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Posted February 08 2004 - 03:39 AM

Yee-Ming,

It's funny that you remember that 5-1 drubbing because I sure do.

Back in the Spring of 2000, I was your typical soccer-hating American like everyone else. It wasn't that I didn't enjoy playing it as a kid [most American kids do play soccer at some point].

However, to watch soccer on TV was brutal. The endless boredom of a 0-0 draw. The inexplicable behavior of players, when barely touched, fall to the ground in agony as if a sniper had just taken them out. After a few minutes, a stretcher would come out and suddenly - - the player would jump back up as if nothing had happen.

But everyone said you need to go watch a match in England, so I did. Outside the Tower of London was a ticket broker and a sign read:

Arsenal vs. Deportivo La Coruna - 25 pounds.

I had no idea what the hell Arsenal was, and I didn't understand why there were playing a team with a Spanish name. However, you could take the Tube there so I decided to go.

Well, you know the rest. Arsenal handed out an ass whoopin'. Thierry Henry I believe had a hat trick, and celebrated a goal about 10 feet away from me near the corner. The crowd was electric and I was know a soccer fan - albeit a bandwagon-jumping soccer fan.

The difference between watching a U.S. World Cup Qualifier and Arsenal [or another world-class team] is like the difference between the WNBA and the 1980's L.A. Lakers. I am glad the the Premiership is NOT full of divers and cheats like the Latin/South American players.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Thank god I didn't go see West Ham, Charlton, or [gasp!] Spurs!

#6 of 9 OFFLINE   Yee-Ming

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Posted February 08 2004 - 03:56 PM

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It's funny that you remember that 5-1 drubbing because I sure do.

Considering I've been a Gooner for going-on 27 years, sure I'd remember a 5-1 can of whoop-ass! Better yet the recent 5-1 demolition of Inter at the San Siro.
Living out here, mid-week European games that kick off at 8pm local time means 4-bloody a.m., so an excellent result (like the two 5-1s) makes for a memorable occasion.

As for Spurs, what can I say, 3-0 up at HT against 10 men, 4-3 down...

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albeit a bandwagon-jumping soccer fan.

Much as long-suffering fans (Arsenal were miserable in the early and mid-80s) often deride band-wagon jumpers, hey, if you're gonna pledge allegience to the Gunners, allow me to welcome you with open arms! And if you want more info as to links etc, PM me.

#7 of 9 OFFLINE   Hakan Powers

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Posted February 13 2004 - 09:10 PM

So have you decided on anything yet?

To bad you weren't in Rome last weekend.. Roma-Juventus 4-0, excellent game.

Hope you enjoy your trip to Europe!
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#8 of 9 OFFLINE   Jason L.

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Posted February 14 2004 - 12:13 PM

Well, I am going to see AS Roma [by default] if my schedule allows.

I leave tomorrow for a well deserved break. I haven't been outside the Middle East in 13 months.

I'll let everyone know how it went.

Hopefully, The Return Of The King will be playing there as well! It will be my only chance to see it on the big screen.

Ciao!

#9 of 9 OFFLINE   Jason L.

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Posted February 23 2004 - 05:13 AM

I'm not sure how you say "Ass Whooping" in Italian, but Roma sure laid one on Siena 6-0 !!!

Siena played no defense at all. Even when Roma went down a man, they still couldn't do anything.

Nice atmosphere - a lot of singing and chanting. The Olympic Stadium holds 80,000 and there were probably 50,000+ there. Paid 45 euro for the ticket. The physical seats there suck, though. Old, tiny seats, covered with grime. Waaay too small for the U.S.

I'll try and post some pics when I get back.

I totally lucked out by getting to see The Lord of the Rings in English !!! Very tiny theater, though. I don't know what it is about seats in Italy. I had my knees jammed into the seat in front of me for 3+ hours.





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