1997–98 A.S. Roma season

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Roma
1997–98 season
President Franco Sensi
Manager Zdeněk Zeman
Stadium Stadio Olimpico
Serie A 4th
Coppa Italia Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Abel Balbo (14)

All:
Abel Balbo,
Paulo Sérgio (14)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Associazione Sportiva Roma was reinvigorated under new coach Zdeněk Zeman, who recently had been coaching arch rivals Lazio. Zeman brought his attacking 4–3–3 with him, resulting in Roma scoring 67 goals, but also conceding 42, an extreme rarity in defensive-minded Italian football. Roma finished fourth, three places above Lazio in the table. That was the first time it had happened in five years, which delighted the Roma board, and Zeman stayed on for a further season. The season also saw the international breakthrough of former youth-team product Francesco Totti, who at 21 was ready for increased responsibility and captaincy, responding with 13 league goals from a position on the left-wing of the attack. Also noticeable was new signing Cafu's offensive skills as a right-wing back, granting him a reputation among the world's top wing backs.

Players[edit]

Goalkeepers[edit]

Defenders[edit]

Midfielders[edit]

Forwards[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position
Final
position
First match Last match
Serie A Matchday 1 4th 31 August 1997 16 May 1998
Coppa Italia Round of 32 Quarter-finals 3 September 1997 21 January 1998

Last updated: 16 May 1998

Serie A[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Juventus (C) 34 21 11 2 67 28 +39 74 1998–99 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Internazionale 34 21 6 7 62 27 +35 69 1998–99 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
3 Udinese 34 19 7 8 62 40 +22 64 1998–99 UEFA Cup First round
4 Roma 34 16 11 7 67 42 +25 59
5 Fiorentina 34 15 12 7 65 36 +29 57
6 Parma 34 15 12 7 55 39 +16 57
7 Lazio 34 16 8 10 53 30 +23 56 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round
8 Bologna 34 12 12 10 55 46 +9 48 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
9 Sampdoria 34 13 9 12 52 55 −3 48 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
10 Milan 34 11 11 12 37 43 −6 44
11 Bari 34 10 8 16 30 45 −15 38
12 Empoli 34 10 7 17 50 58 −8 37
13 Piacenza 34 7 16 11 29 38 −9 37
14 Vicenza 34 9 9 16 36 61 −25 36
15 Brescia (R) 34 9 8 17 45 63 −18 35 Relegation to Serie B
16 Atalanta (R) 34 7 11 16 25 48 −23 32
17 Lecce (R) 34 6 8 20 32 72 −40 26
18 Napoli (R) 34 2 8 24 25 76 −51 14

Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
34 16 11 7 67 42  +25 59 10 4 3 44 21  +23 6 7 4 23 21  +2

Last updated: 16 May 1998.
Source: Competitive matches

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Ground A H H A H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A A H A H A H A H A H H A H A H
Result W D W D W D L W D W W L D L D D D W L W W W W L W D D W L W L W D W

Last updated: 16 May 1998.
Source: Competitive matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

Coppa Italia[edit]

Second round[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

References[edit]