The derby della capitale is one of the most fiercely contested same-city derbies in world football.
Possibly the biggest and most hostile in Italy the Rome derby and was first contested in 1929 and features SS Lazio and AS Roma who since 1953 have both shared the Stadio Olimpico as their home venue.
The two sets of supporters and their ultras have been known to clash on many occasions with both teams vying for pride of the city. Lazio the oldest, founded in 1900 in the neighbourhood of Prati whilst Roma, founded in 1927 after merging with three teams to create one as the new kids on the block. A deliberately Roman team created by Bernito Mussolini to represent the city and compete with the Northern powers of Inter, AC Milan and Juventus. Little wonder why it might have upset the existing men from Lazio somewhat.
Of the two famous teams Roma is slightly the more successful with 3 Serie A titles and 9 Copa Italia’s to Lazio’s 2 Serie A titles and 6 domestic cups. Against each other Roma have considerably more wins (69 against 52) in 184 matches between the two sides.
Here are three of the best matches to have involved il Giallorossi and I Biancoceleste.
1931: Lazio 2-2 Roma (Serie A, Rome)
Having played their first ever match between each other only two years earlier both teams had a league win each and a draw going in to their fourth competitive encounter at the PNF National Stadium. In fact Roma had months before recently won 4-1 in a friendly thanks largely to a couple of goals from striker Rodolfo Volk. But it was back to business in the league.
Lazio took the lead on the half hour through Pastore but the prolific Volk (en-route to becoming the leagues top goalscorer for the season) equalised on 49 minutes. Fantoni thought he had won it for Lazio on 61 but with only two minutes left Roberto Bodini got a rare goal to equalise in an entertaining game between the new rivals. Roma eventually finished second in the title race behind Juventus with Lazio ending 8th in Serie A.
1994: Lazio 0-3 Roma (Serie A, Rome)
Roma had not won the derby since 1990 and had lost the last encounter against Lazio after seven straight draws against each other. In fact the previous fourteen games included eleven draws with two single goal wins for Lazio and one for Roma. The two sides you could say were very evenly matched.
Carlo Mazzone’s Roma took the lead against Zdenek Zemen’s Lazio after the great Giusseppe Giannini crossed for Abel Balbo to head home in just the second minute. A skirmish between Roma and Lazio players lead to the substitution of Le Aquile frontman Alen Boksic after just 11 minutes. Roma continued to dominate and Fonseca went close before Balbo tucked home afer smart play on 25. The homeside pressed but were again undone when Fonseca headed in on 51 before Negro was sent off whilst fighting in the stands marred an event which saw Roma bridge the gap in the Serie A table on Lazio to just one point.
2013: Roma 0-1 Lazio (Coppa Italia Final, Rome)
The first ever meeting of these two teams in a cup final was held in front of 70,000 fans in Rome after both sides beat quality opposition in the semi-finals as Lazio saw off Juventus and Roma beat Internazionale over two legs.
The final itself wasn’t much to shout about with needle and tension getting the better of the two teams in their biggest occasion in opposition and it would be an unlikely here that stole the show in Lazio’s favour as Bosnian striker Senad Lulic tapped home a cross by Candreva which was parried by Roma goalkeeper Lobont. Francesco Totti went closest to equalise for Roma but it was a win for Vladimir Petkovic which ensured Europa League football and the pride of Rome for a few months at least.
Quick Fact: Francesco Totti has played the most Rome derby matches with 44 in total he has also scored the most goals in the derby with 11.