Roma, Milan, Ancelotti, Cafu...

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    Roma, Milan, Ancelotti, Cafu...

    Post by RefreSh on Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:06 pm

    Roma and Milan will come head-to-head at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday and it will be an emotional night for Carlo Ancelotti who has proudly worn the Rossoneri and Giallorossi colours during his career, but he is not the only one to have written his name in the history books of both clubs…

    AGOSTINO DI BARTOLOMEI

    Ago came through the Lupi youth ranks and went on to become a cult figure for the Maggica fans.

    The midfield maestro made a precocious step to senior level in 1972 at the age of 17 and played over 200 games for the Eternal City until 1984.

    He was even named skipper of the side during the era of coach Nils Liedholm and lead the Giallorossi to their second Serie A title in 1983, but also won three Italian Cups in his native city.

    He was unexpectedly sold to Milan in 1984 and had three positive seasons with the Rossoneri, before joining Cesena in 1987, following the arrival of Arrigo Sacchi.

    Ago committed suicide on May 30, 1994, on the tenth anniversary of the ill-fated Champions League final between Roma and Liverpool.


    CAFU

    The legendary Pendolino has played only for Roma and Milan in Europe, after leaving his homeland in 1997.

    The Giallorossi paid almost €7 million to sign the right-back from Palmeiras and the Brazilian international was one of the main protagonists of the run to the third Scudetto in the club’s history in 2001.

    He also won the Italian SuperCup with Roma in the same year, but moved to Milan in 2003 at the age of 33 and went on to win his second Serie A title, while also adding a Champions League, a Club World Cup and two UEFA Super Cup to his impressive trophy cabinet, which can also boast two World Cups (1994 and 2002).


    EMERSON

    Roma splashed out to capture the Puma from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in 2000 and the move paid dividends, as he became a pillar in Fabio Capello’s side who stormed to win the Scudetto in the 2000-01 season, despite being blighted by injury problems during his first year in the capital.

    He also lifted an Italian Super Cup in 2001, but amazingly betrayed the Giallorossi colours in 2004, when he opted to follow Capello to sworn rivals Juventus.

    After two seasons in Turin and a poor spell at Real Madrid, he returned to Italy in 2007 to join Milan, winning his first Club World Cup and a UEFA Super Cup.


    CHRISTIAN PANUCCI

    The versatile defender caught the eye of the Rossoneri when he was only 20-years-old and the Genoa youth product was an immediate hit at the Stadio San Siro, wowing fans and pundits alike with his majestic runs down the right flank and helping the Diavoli bag the Scudetto and the Champions League in 1994.

    After winning a second Serie A title in 1996, in addition to a UEFA Super Cup and two Italian Super Cups, he started travelling the world, with spells at Real Madrid, Inter, Chelsea and Monaco, before eventually settling in Rome in 2001.

    He has quickly become a fan favourite at the Stadio Olimpico and his stubbornness has earned him the nickname of El Grinta, but this could be his last season in Giallorosso, after hoisting two Italian Cups and an Italian Super Cup in over 200 appearances, as his contract is set to expire next June.


    CARLO ANCELOTTI

    The Diavoli boss has had very successful stints with both clubs during his footballing career, and after his incredibly long and productive tenure on the San Siro bench, it is only fitting that he will one day return to the Italian capital to guide the Giallorossi, as he has hinted in recent weeks.

    Carletto moved from his youth club Parma to Roma in 1979 and spent eight seasons in the Eternal City, winning the Scudetto in 1983 and four Italian Cups, but also suffering a major disappointment in 1984, when Roma lost the Champions League to Liverpool on penalty shoot-outs.

    He moved to Milan in 1987, which marked the start of the Arrigo Sacchi reign at San Siro, and lifted almost any major silverware in world football: two Scudetti, two Champions League, two European Super Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and an Italian Super Cup.

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