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Thursday September 10 2020
Stadium law can transform Serie A

The law treating antiquated stadiums as precious antiques to be protected could finally change, and Richard Hall sees it as a transformative moment for Calcio.

Have you ever seen the proposed design for the new Napoli Stadium? What about the renovation of Bologna? How about that Siena re-model with the grass roof (yes grass, not glass)? Or the Stadio Della Roma project that has been going for pretty much a decade at this point?

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Thursday September 3 2020
Stadium law passes first hurdle

The law change that should allow for old stadiums to be restructured has passed its first hurdle and could be ratified on September 14.

The rule has been nicknamed Sbloccastadi – Stadium unblocker – and will simplify the current rules that make the restructuring of arenas so difficult in Italy.

Clubs such as Fiorentina, Genoa, Sampdoria, Bologna, Pescara, Crotone, but even potentially San Siro, could have the opportunity to fundamentally restructure and improve existing venues.

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Saturday August 15 2020
Pallotta: 'Friedkin learn from my mistakes'

Roma President James Pallotta insists he ‘always wanted what is best for the club’ and is ready to help Dan Friedkin ‘learn from my mistakes and not repeat them.’

The takeover is expected to reach its closing stage on Monday, with Friedkin and his son Ryan announcing a new Board of Directors.

Reports are flooding in about Friedkin’s plans, including a change of tack with the Stadio della Roma project, where he’d give ownership of the land over to the club.

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Friday January 24 2020
Lazio the real power in Rome now

Lazio have grown both on and off the field in recent years, as Susy Campanale sees them rivalling Roma to become the leading light in the Capital.

The Lazio motto in recent years has been La Prima Squadra della Capitale – the first team in the Capital. This refers to the fact they were founded before rivals AS Roma, but have historically always been considered the smaller club, in terms of fanbase, success and influence. However, things are changing in the Eternal City.

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Monday December 30 2019
Pallotta to sell Roma, invest in UK?

When James Pallotta completes the sale of AS Roma to The Friedkin Group, he’ll reportedly try to purchase an English club, having grown frustrated with Italian red tape.

A statement released late last night confirmed they were “in negotiations” for the sale, but insisted reports of an imminent transfer of money was premature.

Any deal would be subject to due diligence and is said to be in the region of €790m.

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Monday December 30 2019
Roma: 'No deal with Friedkin Group yet'

Roma have released a statement denying a deal has been formalised for The Friedkin Group to purchase the club from James Pallotta, but they are "in negotiations."

There had been multiple reports all over the Italian media that the agreement had been reached for €780-790m, therefore ending Pallotta’s seven-year reign at the Stadio Olimpico.

Suggestions an initial €50m payment was going to be handed over within 48 hours proved to be premature.

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Thursday August 1 2019
'Stadio della Roma back on...'

Rome mayor Virginia Raggi says the Stadio della Roma will finally break ground ‘as soon as we reach an agreement on public works’.

The project has been in the pipeline for several years, but red tape and corruption allegations have prevented any construction work from taking place.

However, Raggi made it clear the venue was still very much part of her vision for the Italian capital. 

“We’ve given our political verdict,” she told Radio Radio.

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Tuesday June 4 2019
Raggi: 'Stadio della Roma must wait'

Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi warned the Stadio Della Roma project is not a priority. “First public works for the citizens, then football pitches.”

The attempts to build a new arena in the Capital have been hit by numerous problems, delays and setbacks.

This evening, Mayor Raggi spoke to news agency ANSA about the situation and sent out a stern warning.

“My only interest is that AS Roma maintain the promise made with the city: first public works for the citizens, then football pitches.

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Saturday May 11 2019
Florenzi: 'Worst Roma in six years'

Alessandro Florenzi admits this has been “the worst of the last six seasons” for Roma and he doesn’t expect quick stadium developments.

The Giallorossi host Juventus on Sunday at 19.30 UK time (18.30 GMT), click here for a match preview.

“Roma-Juventus is always a special game and we know how much it means to the people of this city, but ultimately it is worth three points and we need to chase those points down in every way,” Florenzi told Sky Sport Italia.

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Wednesday May 8 2019
Pallotta: 'Roma must demand stadium'

Roma President James Pallotta called for fans to “demand action” after city officials refused to even meet for the Stadio della Roma project.

This evening, Pallotta posted a message via the official Roma website.

“Stadium Update: Sent senior stadium staff from Boston to Rome hoping to make progress but city officials were too busy to meet.

“Maybe new stadium, big investment & lots of new jobs in Rome is not that important. If fans want a new stadium, they need to demand action.”

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