The Derby della Capitale match between SS Lazio and AS Roma is one of the best spectacles that the Serie A has to offer each year when the schedule comes out. Fans of both clubs will look out for this particular fixture as soon as the list is announced, as they will all want to flock to the Stadio Olimpico to see their side in action against one another for bragging rights of the capital.
SS Lazio are one of the most recognisable teams in Italian football as they have managed to carve out a rather successful history for themselves when it comes down to domestic and European titles. With the 1990s their most successful period, things have taken a turn a little, however they remain as fierce and competitive as they once did and continue to challenge for silverware in whichever tournament they compete in. I Biancocelesti generally always finish in the upper echelons of the Serie A as well, meaning continental football is usually something they can look forward to each season.
A lot of that could also be said about AS Roma, as I Giallorossi perhaps have a rather similar story to their neighbours. The club have been hugely successful over the years in domestic competition, having amassed a haul of titles in each of the Italian club competitions played, whilst continuing to challenge those in Europe for major honours. Just like their Rome rivals, La Magica can generally be found near the top of the table competing for top honours as well.
Add the fact that these two sides share the 72,698-seater Stadio Olimpico, it is no wonder why this particular fixture has such an intense rivalry attached to it. Being the second-largest stadium in Italy, it is a venue that becomes extremely passionate with an expectant fanbase from both sets of sides looking for their team to obtain them the bragging rights of the city.
With all things considered, it is not a surprise that past results have been extremely close in most cases, with a number of draws having been recorded over time such as 1-1, 0-0 and 2-2 having all been produced. However, matches between the two sides have also seen a number of goals as well, with some fixtures having ended 1-4, 3-0 and 1-3 in recent memory.
The two Italian heavyweights have had a number of superstars feature for them over the years, with some of the world’s most iconic strikers having led the lines at times. Therefore, the Derby della Capitale is a fixture that must be experienced at the Stadio Olimpico as fans will be unable to see a game that provides them with an experience that matches the one SS Lazio vs AS Roma can give them.