Antonio Roma

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Antonio Roma
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Personal information
Full name Antonio Roma
Date of birth (1932-07-13)13 July 1932
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date of death 20 February 2013(2013-02-20) (aged 80)
Place of death Buenos Aires, Argentina
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1959 Ferro Carril Oeste 95 (0)
1960–1972 Boca Juniors 313 (0)
Total 408 (0)
National team
1956–1967 Argentina 42 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 2007.
† Appearances (Goals).

Antonio Roma (13 July 1932 – 20 February 2013) was an Argentine football goalkeeper.[1]

Nicknamed Tarzan for the way of throwing himself for the ball, he started his professional career with Ferrocarril Oeste in 1955, where he played until 1959. He was then transferred, together with teammate Silvio Marzolini, to Boca Juniors, where he debuted in the victory of 3 April 1960 against Estudiantes de La Plata.

Roma stayed with Boca until his retirement in 1972, becoming one of the biggest idols of the club, with total of 323 matches in all competitions. With the club Roma won the Argentine League of 1962, 1964, 1965, and the Campeonato Nacional 1969 and 1970. In 1969 he kept his goal clear for 783 minutes.

Probably the most remembered save by Antonio Roma was the penalty executed by Brazilian River's player Delem, that he sent to the corner. With only two rounds before the end of the 1962 championship, Boca and its all-time derby River Plate shared the first position at the local league. The decisive match was played at La Bombonera, Boca Juniors home stadium. Boca was ahead 1:0 when referee Nai Foino conceded a penalty to River. After the save, the public invaded the field delaying the continuation of the match for 11 minutes. River was not able to change the score, and Boca finally won that championship after defeating Estudiantes de La Plata in the next round.

Roma also played with the Argentina national football team, including at the 1962 FIFA World Cup and 1966 FIFA World Cup. He made a total of 42 appearances for his national team between 1956 and 1967.[2]

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