Roman Soldier: Roma’s 1983 Scudetto Winners – Where Are They Now?
Goal.com’s ‘Roman Soldier’ Vince Masiello takes a look where Roma’s famous 1983 Scudetto winners are now…
Roma’s long wait for a second Serie A title came to an end in 1983. Swedish coach Nils Liedholm steered the Giallorossi to Scudetto glory for the first time since 1941-42 which was just reward for then President Dino Viola whose strenuous battle against the Calcio establishment and Juventus’ authority was the leitmotif of the 1980s in Italy.
Roma had narrowly missed out on the Scudetto in 1981 after a Maurizio Turone’s goal was wrongfully chalked off for offside during a key match with Juventus who went on to be crowned champions.
However the Lupi got revenge on the Bianconeri in style two years later to write their name in the history books. But where are they now?
Franco Tancredi was Liedholm’s undisputed first choice between the sticks. The shot-stopper spent his entire career in the Eternal City before retiring in 1990. He remained in the Giallorossi backroom staff as a goalkeeping coach until 2004 when he followed Fabio Capello to Juventus and then to Real Madrid and England.
Franco Superchi was Tancredi’s understudy and made just a cameo appearance in the final game of the season against Torino. He retired from football in 1985 and is currently a goalkeeping coach for the club’s youth team.
Roma’s midfield was anchored superbly by captain Agostino Di Bartolomei who, as Francesco Totti in 2001, experienced the undescribable joy of leading his hometown club to domestic glory. He represented Milan and Salernitana before retiring in 1990 and tragically killed himself on May 30, 1994, on the tenth anniversary of Roma’s Champions League final loss to Liverpool on penalties.
Nela’s fellow full-back Aldo Maldera, nicknamed ‘The Horse’, joined Roma at the start of the season after a successful spell at youth club Milan and quickly established himself as a starter. After three years in the capital, he moved to Fiorentina where he retired in 1987.
Pietro ‘The Zar’ Vierchowod spent that single season in Giallorosso but was an ever-present in Liedholm’s starting line-up. He quit football in 2000 before starting his managerial career which includes a brief spell at Fiorentina in Serie C2 in 2002. His last job was at Triestina in 2005 but was fired after just three months in charge. He is now a football pundit.
Carlo Ancelotti was the gladiator of Roma’s midfield, already displaying an acute tactical nous that has led him to become a successful manager. After ending his playing days at Milan, he enjoyed a long run on the Rossoneri’s bench before moving to Chelsea last summer.
Former Brazil international midfielder Paulo Roberto Falcao became the top earner in Serie A at the time after joining Roma from Internacional in 1980. He had a brief spell as head coach of Brazil and Japan and currently works as a pundit for Rete Globo.
Midfielder Giuseppe Giannini spent 15 years at his hometown club after coming through the youth ranks and later became the skipper of the side. He is currently learning the managerial ropes in Italy’s Second Division with Gallipoli after leading the Apulian outfit to an historic promotion last season.
Like Giannini, diminutive winger Bruno Conti is a Giallorossi legend who made up the core of Liedholm’s team. The 54-year-old is currently the Lupi’s technical director after a brief career as a manager which also saw him take charge of the first team in 2004-05.
Austrian midfielder Herbert Prohaska admirably pulled the strings in the middle of the park and has had managerial stints at the helm of the Austrian national team and Austria Wien after retiring. He is now a pundit for Austrian TV.
Roberto Pruzzo and Maurizio Iorio formed a lethal three-pronged attack along with Conti. Pruzzo has experienced mixed fortunes as a coach after his playing days came to an end and is currently with non-league Marche-based side Centobuchi. Iorio joined Roma in the summer of 1982 after two impressive seasons at Bari and contributed five goals to the Giallorossi’s cause on their way to the title. He currently works as a football pundit for local TV stations in Apulia.
The rest of the squad included defenders Massimo Gregori, Settimio Lucci, Michele Nappi, Ubaldo Righetti and Maurizio Turone, the latter left the club mid-season to join Bologna, midfielders Gianni Boccia, Odoacre Chierico, Paolo Giovannelli, Roberto Scarnecchia and Claudio Valigi, strikers Paolo Baldieri and Paolo Alberto Faccini.
Coach Liedholm had four different spells in charge of Roma in between stints at the club where he made his name both as a player and as a coach, AC Milan. He took over from Carlos Bianchi at the Olimpico in 1996-97 in what proved to be his final season in management before becoming a football commentator. He died on November 5, 2007.