Roma vs Napoli by JerryDrake
Did you like history at school? I did not until 14 because my teacher was boring, afterwards I started loving it. I hope I will not be as boring as my teacher. But please, pay attention now.
Roma have reached 17 Coppa Italia finals in their history winning 9 and losing 8.
Roma won in 1964, 1969, 1980 and 1981 against Torino (in 1969 it was a group with Cagliari, Foggia and Torino), in 1984 against Verona, in 1986 and 1991 against Sampdoria, in 2007 and 2008 against Inter.
Roma lost in 1937 to Genoa, in 1941 to Venezia, in 1993 to Torino, in 2003 to Milan, in 2005, 2006 and 2010 to Inter while the last chapter has been written last year (2013) when Roma lost to their city rivals Lazio.
Napoli have played 8 finals, winning 4 and losing 4: they won with Spal in 1962, with Verona in 1976, with Atalanta in 1987 and with Juventus two years ago. They lost to Milan in 1972, to Inter in 1978, to Sampdoria in 1989 and to Vicenza in 1997.
When an Italian team wins a Serie A league, it holds the Scudetto and you can see the three-coloured shield on the jersey in the season which follows the title. When a team wins the Coppa Italia, it holds a “coccarda tricolore”, a three-coloured cockade which is also stitched on the jersey for twelve months.
What happens when a team wins ten titles? Everyone knows that when an Italian team wins 10 “Scudetti” then it has the right to stich a golden star on the jersey. Juventus have stitched their first golden star in 1958 when they won their 10th title, followed by Inter in 1966 and by Milan in 1979. In 1982 Juventus won their 20th title and stitched their second golden star.
At the moment Juventus have 28 Scudetti, followed by Inter 16 and Milan 15. As former Juventus player and president Giampiero Boniperti always stated: “Juventus want to get their third “stella” before another Italian teams get their second”.
Pity that Juventus forgot that also in Coppa Italia there is this not written rule: the team which wins ten Coppa Italia titles get a silver star. Now, Juventus and Roma have both won 9 titles. As Juventus have been eliminated by Roma, the Giallorossi have the chance to get the silver star as first. This would be something historic as in Italian football history we can only see Juventus at the top.
Now you understand the motivation Garcia and his players will have when they face Napoli in the semifinals. If they qualify to the final, this will be played in Rome and they would have a good opportunity to overtake Juventus in an important chapter of Italian football history.
Roma played 23 games this season in Coppa Italia and Serie A: 17 wins, 5 draws and only 1 defeat, 47 goals scored and only 11 goals conceded. If we count only the home games: 11 wins and 2 draws and no defeats, with 29 goals scored and only 2 conceded (Coppa Italia included).
Napoli have already played 30 games, 7 more than Roma. (This can be the reason why they seem to be so tired recently): 13-5-4, 44/26 in Serie A, 2-0-0. 4/1 in Coppa Italia and 4-0-2 in Champions League.
A curious statistics on Napoli: every time they lose one away game this season, they lose also the following match played on the road. In October 2013 they lost to Arsenal 0-2 in London and then they lost their successive away game in Rome (0-2). In November they lost 0-3 to Juventus in Turin and afterwards they lost also in Dortmund 1-3. Now they have lost to Atalanta 0-3 and, on the base of this statistics, they are supposed to lose in Rome again.
One more comment on the games played by the players this year. As I already wrote Napoli played many more games than Roma overall but Benitez made more tur
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