Derby della Capitale

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Derby della Capitale
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Players from both Lazio and Roma observing a moment of silence for the victims of the L'Aquila earthquake before the 11 April 2009 match.
Other namesRome Derby
LocaleRome, Italy
First meetingLazio 0–1 Roma
Serie A
(8 December 1929)
Latest meetingLazio 1–1 Roma
Serie A
(1 September 2019)
Next meetingRoma v Lazio
Serie A
(26 January 2020)
StadiumsStadio Olimpico
Meetings totalOfficial matches: 173
Unofficial matches: 16
Total matches: 189
Most winsOfficial matches: Roma (65)
Unofficial matches: Lazio (7)
Total matches: Roma (71)
Most player appearancesFrancesco Totti (44)
Top scorerDino da Costa
Francesco Totti (11 official)
Largest victoryRoma 5–0 Lazio
Serie A
(1 November 1933)
Lazio home kit
Roma home kit

The Derby della Capitale (English: Derby of the capital city), also known as Derby Capitolino and Derby del Cupolone, as well as The Rome Derby in English and Derby di Roma in Italian, is the football local derby in Rome, Italy, between Roma and Lazio. It is considered to be the fiercest intra-city derby in the country ahead of the other major local derbies, Derby della Madonnina (Milan derby) and Derby della Mole (Turin derby), and one of the greatest and hotly contested derbies in Europe.[1]


Football rivalry[edit]

Roma was founded in 1927 as a result of a merger between three teams: Roman, Alba-Audace and Fortitudo, initiated by Italo Foschi. It was the intention of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini to create a unified Roman club to challenge the dominance of Northern clubs. Thanks to the influence of Fascist general, Giorgio Vaccaro, Lazio were the only major team from Rome to resist the merger, thus a kind of rivalry emerged from the very early years of the coexistence in the same city.

Lazio was founded in the neighbourhood of Prati and initially played at the Rondinella field in the upper-class quartiere of Parioli. Roma began playing at the Motovelodromo Appio and subsequently, when the new stadium was built after only two years, moved to the working-class rione of Testaccio. Thus, the Lazio ultras traditionally occupy the northern one (Curva Nord) and Roma's the southern end (Curva Sud) of the Stadio Olimpico. Making ironic remarks, known as sfottò, focused on the origins of both sets of fans, is a traditional way of teasing between the supporters of Lazio and Roma.

In 1979, Lazio fan Vincenzo Paparelli was hit in the eye and killed by a flare fired by a Roma fan from the opposite end of the stadium, becoming the first fatality in Italian football due to violence.[2]

On 17 December 2000, Lazio's Paolo Negro scored an own goal in a 1–0 Roma victory. Roma eventually went on to lift the scudetto that season, as Lazio finished the season in third place. Negro continues to be taunted by Roma fans for the goal.[3]

The derby on 21 March 2004 was abandoned four minutes into the second half with the score tied at 0–0, when a riot broke out in the stand; the president of the Lega Nazionale Professionisti, Adriano Galliani, ordered referee Roberto Rosetti to suspend the match. The riots began with the spreading of a rumour that a boy had been killed by a police car just outside the stadium. In fact, from last row of the stadium, some fans noticed in the square below a body covered with a white sheet. Later, medics put the sheet explained that the boy had difficulty breathing, dangerously exacerbated by the air full of tear gas, and then the sheet was used as a filter. The denial by the police, spread through the speakers of the stadium, though it was not able to remove all doubt. Roma captain Francesco Totti then asked for the match to be called off, at which point President Galliani was reached by the referee by mobile phone—from the pitch—and ordered the game postponed.[4] After the match was postponed, a prolonged battle between fans and police, with streets near the stadium being set on fire, eventually resulting in 13 arrests and over 170 injured among the police alone.[2] The match was replayed on 28 March and ended in a 1–1 draw with no crowd trouble.

On 26 May 2013, the teams met in the 2013 Coppa Italia Final, the first cup final in the history of the fixture. Lazio won the match 1–0 with a goal by Senad Lulić in the 71st minute, a low right footed shot from a low cross from the right by Antonio Candreva after the goalkeeper Bogdan Lobonț failed to cut out the crossed ball.[5][6][7]

On 15 January 2015, Roma's Francesco Totti, playing in his 40th derby, scored twice to salvage a 2–2 draw for Roma, becoming the all-time leading goalscorer in the fixture. He celebrated by taking a selfie in front of Roma's fans in the Curva Sud, having given his phone to the goalkeeping coach before kick off.[8]

On 4 December 2016, Roma recorded their fourth victory in a row against Lazio and extended their unbeaten run in the fixture to seven games with a 0–2 away victory.[9] However, the game was marred by controversy, with Lazio's Danilo Cataldi sent off for grabbing Roma's Kevin Strootman, after Strootman had thrown the contents of a water bottle in Cataldi's face after scoring the opening goal, sparking a mass brawl. Strootman subsequently received a two match ban for his role in the incident.[10] Lazio's Senad Lulić was also given a 20-day ban for offensive comments made towards Roma's Antonio Rüdiger after the game.[11]

Cultural rivalry[edit]

The devout regionalism that is perceived throughout the country is one of the reasons that make the derby more heated, as the fans view it as a battle between two clubs fighting for the right to represent the city in the rest of the country and local bragging rights. This is partly fueled by the fact that Italian football has mostly been dominated by three clubs, of all which are based in Northern Italy – namely Juventus in Turin and Milan and Internazionale in Milan.

The Rome derby has been the scene of several actions related to the political views of the fan bases. A minority of Lazio's ultras used to use swastikas and fascist symbols on their banners, and they have displayed racist behaviour in several occasions during the derbies. Most notably, at a derby of the season 1998–99, laziali unfurled a 50-metre banner around the Curva Nord that read, "Auschwitz is your town, the ovens are your houses". Black players of Roma have often been receivers of racist and offensive behaviour.[12]

In November 2015, Roma's ultras and their Lazio counterparts boycotted Roma's 1–0 victory in the Derby della Capitale in a protest against the new safety measures imposed at the Stadio Olimpico. The measures, imposed by Rome’s prefect, Franco Gabrielli, had involved plastic glass dividing walls being installed in both the Curva Sud and Curva Nord, splitting the sections behind each goal in two.[13] Both sets of ultras continued their protests for the rest of the season, including during Roma's 4–1 victory in the return fixture. Lazio's ultras returned to the Curva Nord for Roma's 1–4 victory in December 2016, but the Roma ultras continue to boycott games.[14]

In 2017, Lazio fans left anti-Semitic stickers of Anne Frank in a Roma jersey, as well as graffiti, at the Stadio Olimpico.[15] The resulting controversy prompted anti-racist actions by Series A clubs including Lazio, though some of these actions were opposed by their fans.[16] On 30 April 2017, Lazio beat Roma 3–1 in a Serie A match, and four days later, Lazio ultras hung dummies with Roma jerseys from a pedestrian walkway near the Colosseum in the Italian capital. The mannequins was accompanied with a banner read: "A warning without offence...sleep with the lights on!"[17]

Official match results[edit]

  • SF = Semi-final
  • QF = Quarter-final
  • R16 = Round of 16
  • R32 = Round of 32
  • GS = Group stage
  • R1 = Round 1
  • R2 = Round 2

  Lazio win   Draw   Roma win

11961–62 Coppa Italia round of 16 match won by Roma 6–4 in penalty shoot-out
2Roma won match 2–0 as a walkover

Statistics and records[edit]

As of 1 September 2019

Matches Lazio wins Draws Roma wins Lazio goals Roma goals
Divisione Nazionale 2 1 0 1 2 2
Serie A 151 38 59 54 147 190
Coppa Italia 20 7 3 10 21 24
Total official matches 173 46 62 65 170 216
Campionato Romano 4 1 2 1 3 2
Friendlies 4 2 1 1 10 9
Other meetings 8 4 0 4 9 11
Total matches 189 53 65 71 192 238
  • The first derby was played on 8 December 1929, and ended 1–0 for Roma with a goal by Rodolfo Volk. Lazio won its first derby on 23 October 1932 with goals by Demaría (L), Volk (R) and Castelli (L).
  • The best result in a derby was the 5–0 victory for Roma in 1933–34. The best result for Lazio was the 3–0 victory in 2006–07.
  • Lazio holds the record of the most victories in a single season, winning four derbies during the 1997–98 season: two in the league (3–1 and 2–0) and two in the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia (4–1 and 2–1).
  • Only in one occasion the derby was played as a Cup Final, on 26 May 2013. Lazio won 1–0, bringing the Coppa Italia to the club.


Player Club(s) League Cup Total
1 Italy Francesco Totti Roma 11 0 11
2 Italy Dino da Costa Roma 9 2 11
3 Italy Marco Delvecchio Roma 9 0 9
4 Italy Vincenzo Montella Roma 7 1 8
5 Italy Rodolfo Volk Roma 7 0 7
6 Italy Silvio Piola Lazio 6 1 7
7–11 Italy Amedeo Amadei Roma 5 0 5
7–11 Brazil Alejandro Demaría Lazio 5 0 5
7–11 Italy Pedro Manfredini Roma 5 0 5
7–11 Italy Tommaso Rocchi Lazio 5 0 5
7–11 Sweden Arne Selmosson Lazio
5 0 5


  • Francesco Totti played the most derbies, with 44. The most present for Lazio is Giuseppe Wilson, with 23 appearances.
  • Francesco Totti has scored the most goals in the derbies, with 11. The best scorer for Lazio is Silvio Piola with 7 goals.
  • Vincenzo Montella holds the record for the most goals scored in a single derby; on 11 March 2002, he scored four goals in a 5–1 Roma victory.
  • Arne Selmosson and Aleksandar Kolarov are the only two players which have scored in the derby for both teams.


Lazio[18] Competition Roma[19]
2 Serie A 3
7 Coppa Italia 9
4 Supercoppa Italiana 2
1 Serie B 1
14 Total 15
European and Worldwide
1 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (defunct)
1 UEFA Super Cup
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (defunct) 1
2 Total 1
16 Grand Total 16

Note: Roma won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup once, but it does not count towards their official UEFA European record.

Chronological order of honours[edit]

Table correct as of 15 May 2019.
Competition 1942 1958 1964 1969 1974 1980 1981 1983 1984 1986 1991 1998 1999 2000 2001 2004 2007 2008 2009 2013 2017 2019 Total
Serie A
Coppa Italia
Supercoppa Italiana
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
UEFA Super Cup

Players who played for both clubs[edit]

Lazio then Roma
Roma then Lazio
From Lazio to Roma 1
From Lazio to another club before Roma 5
Total 6
From Roma to Lazio 1
From Roma to another club before Lazio 4
Total 5
Total Switches 11


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