The sixth Italian Cup in the history of Rome, in 1986. Perhaps the most surprising and difficult of all the nine won to date.
For many reasons. Technical and motivational. A team fresh from the disappointment of a Scudetto lost at home with the relegation of Lecce on the penultimate day, finds itself concluding the season in the Italian Cup with a good portion of the national team holders for the World Cup in Mexico.
The Giallorossi coach, Sven Goran Eriksson, relies on a young team, with various elements of the Roma team, plus Roberto Pruzzo and Francesco “Ciccio” Graziani to act as veterans. One of them is Stefano Impallomeni. 18 years old then. Today a journalist and face of Roma TV. “We did some sort of business, at a particular historical moment,” he says.
What happened to Roma?
“In my opinion a unique thing. A national cup won with a band of young people on the pitch. We went to play the games with a smile on our lips, light-hearted. To bet on ourselves. Without big goals or expectations. But we succeeded. We won it ”.
What was the secret of that alchemy?
“It was a team that moved within a pre-established playing facility that worked. Even with different interpreters from the owners. And then there was a factor that contributed to making that statement magical ”.
“It was a Roma team. Romanista for real. We all were. We faced opponents with three thousand percent commitment, desire. And people understood that feeling that moved this group. For example, after the return match won with Sampdoria, the final torchlight procession was beautiful. Exciting. The team had been able to convey something to the fans ”.