Derby della Capitale
Players from both Lazio and Roma observing a moment of silence for the victims of the L'Aquila earthquake before the 11 April 2009 match.
|Other names||Rome Derby|
Lazio 0–1 Roma|
1929–30 Serie A
(8 December 1929)
Lazio 0–2 Roma|
2016–17 Serie A
(4 December 2016)
Roma – Lazio|
2016–17 Serie A
(30 April 2017)
Official matches: 165 |
Unofficial matches: 16
Total matches: 181
Official matches: Roma (62)|
Unofficial matches: Lazio (7)
Total matches: Roma (68)
|Most player appearances||Francesco Totti (41)|
Dino da Costa|
Francesco Totti (11 official)
Roma 5–0 Lazio|
1933–34 Serie A
(1 November 1933)
The Derby della Capitale (English: Derby of the capital city), also known as Derby Capitolino and Derby del Cupolone, as well as The Rome Derby in English, is the football local derby in Rome, Italy, between Roma and Lazio. It is considered to be the fiercest inter-city derby in the country ahead of the other major local derbies, Derby della Madonnina (Milan derby) and Derby della Mole (Turin derby), and one of the greatest and hotly contested derbies in Europe.
Roma was founded in 1927 as a result of a merger between three teams: Roman, Alba-Audace and Fortitudo, initiated by Italo Foschi. It was the intention of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini to create a unified Roman club to challenge the dominance of Northern clubs. Thanks to the influence of Fascist general, Giorgio Vaccaro, Lazio were the only major team from Rome to resist the merger, thus a kind of rivalry emerged from the very early years of the coexistence in the same city.
Lazio was founded in the neighbourhood of Prati and initially played at the Rondinella field in the upper-class quartiere of Parioli. Roma began playing at the Motovelodromo Appio and subsequently, when the new stadium was built after only two years, moved to the working-class rione of Testaccio. Thus, Lazio's ultras traditionally occupy the northern one (Curva Nord) and Roma's the southern end (Curva Sud) of the Stadio Olimpico. Making ironic remarks, known as sfottò, focused on the origins of both sets of fans, is a traditional way of teasing between the supporters of Lazio and Roma.
The devout regionalism, that is perceived throughout the country, is one of the reasons that make the derby more heated, as the fans view it as a battle between two clubs fighting for the right to represent the city in the rest of the country and local bragging rights. This is partly fueled by the fact that Italian football has mostly been dominated by the biggest clubs in Northern Italy – namely Juventus, Milan and Internazionale.
The Roman derby has been the scene of several actions related to the political views of the fan bases. A minority of Lazio's ultras used to use swastikas and fascist symbols on their banners and they have displayed racist behaviour in several occasions during the derbies. Most notably at a derby of the season 1998–99 when laziali unfurled a 50-metre banner around the Curva Nord that read, "Auschwitz is your town, the ovens are your houses". Black players of Roma have often been receivers of racist and offensive behaviour; a banner that Lazio's ultras had once displayed claimed that Roma is a "Team of niggers followed by Jews". In 2000 Lazio fans showed their support for Serbian nationalist and war criminal Arkan. The club has distanced itself from these fans, who make up a minority, and fights to combat these kind of actions. As a result, Roma fans are sometimes incorrectly depicted as left wing, when in fact both clubs' ultras have right wing ideologies. Roma fans have also been known to hold up racist banners from time to time.
In 1979, Lazio fan Vincenzo Paparelli was hit in the eye and killed by a flare fired by a Roma fan from the opposite end of the stadium, becoming the first fatality in Italian football due to violence.
The derby on 21 March 2004 was abandoned four minutes into the second half with the score tied at 0–0, when a riot broke out in the stand; the president of the Italian Football League, Adriano Galliani, ordered referee Roberto Rosetti to suspend the match. The riots began with the spreading of a rumour that a boy had been killed by a police car just outside the stadium. In fact, from last row of the stadium, some fans noticed in the square below a body covered with a white sheet. Later, medics put the sheet explained that the boy had difficulty breathing, dangerously exacerbated by the air full of tear gas, and then the sheet was used as a filter. The denial by the police, spread through the speakers of the stadium, though it was not able to remove all doubt. Roma captain Francesco Totti then asked for the match to be called off, at which point President Galliani was reached by the referee by mobile phone—from the pitch—and ordered the game postponed. After the match was postponed, a prolonged battle between fans and police, with streets near the stadium being set on fire, eventually resulting in 13 arrests and over 170 injured among the police alone. The match was replayed on 28 March and ended in a 1–1 draw with no crowd trouble.
Official match results
- SF = Semi-final
- QF = Quarter-final
- R16 = Round of 16
- R32 = Round of 32
- GS = Group stage
- R1 = Round 1
- R2 = Round 2
Lazio win Draw Roma win
Statistics and records
As of 4 December 2016
|Total official matches||165||43||60||62||157||206|
- The first derby was played on 8 December 1929, and ended 1–0 for Roma with a goal by Rodolfo Volk. Lazio won its first derby on 23 October 1932 with goals by Demaría (L), Volk (R) and Castelli (L).
- The best result in a derby was the 5–0 victory for Roma in 1933–34. The best result for Lazio was the 3–0 victory in 2006–07.
- Lazio holds the record of the most victories in a single season, winning four derbies during the 1997–98 season: two in the league (3–1 and 2–0) and two in the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia (4–1 and 2–1).
- Only in one occasion the derby was played as a Cup Final, on 26 May 2013. Lazio won 1–0, bringing the Coppa Italia to the club.
|2||Dino da Costa||Roma||9||2||11|
|7–10||Pedro Waldemar Manfredini||Roma||5||0||5|
- Francesco Totti played the most number of derbies, with 41. The most present for Lazio was Giuseppe Wilson, with 23 appearances.
- Francesco Totti has scored the most number of goals in the derbies: 11. The best scorer for Lazio was Silvio Piola with 7 goals.
- Vincenzo Montella holds the record for the most goals scored in a single derby; on 11 March 2002, he scored four goals in a 5–1 Roma victory.
- Arne Selmosson is the only player who scored in the derby both for Lazio and Roma.
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- "Derby Lazio-Roma, blitz della polizia in ambienti ultras". Rai News. 2004-06-08. Retrieved 2011-01-20.