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  09/03/2011: The Rome Derby
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The Rome Derby, also known as Derby della Capitale (Derby of the capital), is the football local derby in Rome, Italy, between the two major teams of the city, Lazio and Roma. It is considered to be the fiercest derby in the country ahead of the other major local derbies, and one of the greatest and hotly contested capital derbies in Europe.

The locals like to say that the Derby della Capitale is "much more than just a game". Roma was founded as a result of a merger between three teams, Roman, Alba-Audace, and Fortitudo. It was the 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.

The first derby was played on 8 December 1929, and ended 1–0 for Roma. Lazio won its first derby on 23 October 1932. On 29 November 1953 was played the first derby in the Stadio Olimpico, and finished with a 1–1 draw.

Since 1929, from 135 Serie A derby games Lazio has won 34 and Roma 47, 54 games ended with draws. For 17 Coppa Italia derby games, Lazio has won 5 and Roma 9, 3 games ended with draws.

The best result in a derby was the 5–0 victory of Roma during the season 1933–34. The best result for Lazio was the 3–0 victory of the season 2006–07.

Lazio holds the record of the most consecutive victories in a single season, winning four derbies during the season 1997–98: two in the league (3–1 and 2–0) and two in the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia (4–1 and 2–1).

Two extreme incidents in particular have left their mark on the history of this fixture. 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, and in 2004 an unprecedented event occurred when the Roma ultras forced the game to be suspended after spreading false rumors among the crowd that a child had been killed by the police prior to the beginning of the game. In the recent derby on December 2009, the referee stopped play for some seven minutes just 13 minutes into the first half due to fireworks being thrown onto the pitch.

The next derby will be host by Roma on Sunday, 13 March 2011 at 15.00 CET.

(Ali Alkatiri)
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