La Roma: Soccer and Identity in Rome (Report)
Annali d'Italianistica 2010, Annual, 28
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Rome and "la Roma" The history of Rome in the twentieth century is closely related to the history of its main soccer team, Associazione Sportiva (AS) Roma, commonly known simply as la Roma. (1) Roma plays a central role in the everyday life of Rome and its inhabitants. While precise and detailed data about fandom in Rome are not available, it is estimated that around 48% of the population in Rome supports Roma, 12% supports Societa Sportiva (SS) Lazio, the other Roman team, and the remaining 40% of the population supports other teams or does not care about soccer. (2) For those who do not support Roma, it can certainly be argued that the team plays a role in their life anyway, through relatives, friends, colleagues, and the city at large. This relationship between Roma and the inhabitants of Rome is extremely complex, precisely because it has involved large sectors of the Roman population, and therefore very different communities and individuals, over a span of more than 80 years. While studies on specific groups of supporters of Roma, or specific aspects of Roma fandom, would be very important, the scarcity of scholarly research on this phenomenon invites first of all a provisional and broad mapping of the relationship between Rome (the city) and Roma (the team). (3)
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- Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
- Published: 01 January 2010
- Publisher: Annali d'Italianistica, Inc.
- Print Length: 40 Pages
- Language: English