A.S. Roma

Introducing Serie A Fantasy Quidditch

For those familiar with the wizarding sport of Quidditch, you’ll know that teams inconsequentially spend long periods of time throwing the Quaffle through goal hoops for the pittance of 10 points. This is all entirely meaningless because during this time, the seeker is attempting to catch the Golden Snitch, ending the game and giving his side 150 points.

Welcome To The Desert Of The Real: Making Sense Of The Absurd Italian Market

As we traverse the long, hot and boring summer, we find ourselves lost amid a desert of dullness — a boring expanse of time in which no football is actually played. No club football. No proper international tournament. Even the youth football has finished. Teams are barely beginning their preseason. Quite literally, there is no football to talk about. But the machine never ceases. Which brings us to the transfer market.

After Historic Year, Roma Raze Everything To The Ground To Find Way Forward

Last campaign, Roma set a club record in Serie A for most points in a season. They had never reached 87 points before, even when winning the Scudetto. So, obviously, the summer has consisted of parting ways with the manager, the sporting director, the legendary club captain, their most productive attacker and at least one of their coveted center backs. Of course, looking at the departures on an individual basis, they sort of make sense. But it’s still a weird summer for Roma.

Your Complete Guide To The 2017 Summer Soccer Schedule

Here it is: your complete guide to the 2017 summer soccer schedule. 

For most sports, the offseason is a time of respite. Once the Super Bowl ends in February, NFL teams don’t suit up for another game, scrimmage or otherwise, for six months. Soccer, fortunately, doesn’t abide by such silly rules.

The European soccer season technically ends after the Champions League final around late May or early June, but preseason exhibitions pick up in early July. Then there are also international matches (friendlies and cups) to also fill the void. 

Francesco Totti Plays His Final Game, Everybody Breaks Down

Well, that’s that then. Football made a good run at it, but it's over now. Francesco Totti has played in his final professional match, and while it went exactly as Roma had hoped sporting-wise (they achieved direct qualification to next season’s Champions League), it was easily the worst day in the club’s history.

Watch Gianluigi Buffon Get Beat By The Only Shot He Hasn't Seen In His 22-Year Career

You've got to hand it to AS Roma's Stephan El Shaarawy. We've never seen a shot make Gianluigi Buffon look all of 39 years of age, but he accomplished it with this absurd effort in Roma's 3-1 victory over Juventus on Sunday. The goal ended up being the match-winner and kept Roma's fading title hopes alive. El Shaarawy has been in fantastic form for his side after scoring a great goal against AC Milan last weekend.

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