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Unveiling Glory: AS Roma’s Finest Season Opening Performances

AS Roma's Argentinian forward Paulo Dybala (C) is congratulated by teammates after scoring the team's first goal during a friendly football match between Toulouse (TFC) and AS Roma (ASR) at the Stadium TFC in Toulouse, southwestern France, on August 6, 2023. (Photo by Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP) (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)
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The countdown is on for the 2023/24 edition of Serie A—which is scheduled to kick-off next Saturday with defending champions Napoli facing newly promoted Frosinone. Just like the slot machines at casino.com, the stakes are high entering a new season with clubs and fans alike dreaming of glory in the year ahead.

Winning the season opener gives teams a chance to set the tone for the entire campaign—which is exactly what AS Roma hope to do next weekend when they face Salernitana.

With their season just days away from beginning, let’s explore some of the Giallorossi’s most exciting round one fixtures.

Roma 2-0 Livorno (2013/14)

The 2013/14 Serie A season marked a turning point for the Giallorossi. Still feeling the effects of their Coppa Italia final defeat to rivals Lazio, the club hit the reset button when they appointed former Lille manager Rudi Garcia. The Frenchman guided the team to their best start in club history by winning their first ten league matches in a row—which started with their 2-0 round one victory over Livorno.

Coming off their promotion from Serie B the previous year, Livorno did well to initially frustrate Roma and entered halftime deadlocked at 0-0. However, the visitors eventually found a breakthrough in the 65th from Daniele De Rossi. The midfielder scored a thundering shot from 25 yards out before fellow Roman Alessandro Florenzi doubled their lead less than two minutes later.

Roma 4-0 Udinese (2016/17)

In what would be their highest points total in club history, Roma commenced their 2016/17 Serie A campaign with flair when they dismantled Udinese at the Stadio Olimpico.

A commanding second half performance saw the Giallorossi run riot over the Friulians, firing four goals past the visitors. Diego Perotti led the way after he converted two penalties before Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah also scored. Perotti, who was introduced in the 56th minute to replace Stephan El Shaarawy, showcased his proficiency from the spot, netting both penalties within a span of ten minutes.

Roma 1-0 Torino (2018/19)

Fresh off their Champions League semi-final run in the previous year, Roma started their 2018/19 campaign in dramatic fashion.

Facing Torino at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Roma appeared to be headed for a draw before Edin Dzeko flipped the script with a world class finish in the 89th minute. The Bosnian connected on a towering cross from Justin Kluivert and volleyed the ball beyond the reach of Salvatore Sirigu.

Conclusion

While there’s plenty more to name, these are just a few of the season openers that have left an indelible mark on the minds of Roma supporters worldwide. These matches not only displayed the team’s talent and determination but also offered a glimpse into the passion of the club’s dedicated fan base.

As fans eagerly anticipate the start of each new Serie A season, they can reflect on these iconic moments as a reminder of the club’s enduring pursuit of glory and excellence on the football pitch.

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