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Updated: 2018-02-21T00:00:02+01:00

 



How to Watch Shakhtar Donetsk v. Roma: TV and Streaming Options

2018-02-21T00:00:02+01:00

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Will Ünder’s heroics carry over to the Champions League?

MATCH INFO

Location: OSK Metalist Stadion, Kharkiv

Kick-off time: 21:45 CET, 2:45 EST

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My Italian is, shall we say, still developing, but even I can sense the seething sarcasm in that caption, which was just, muah! Perfetto! Miralem Pjanic must have some adamantium in him because he recovered from that agonizing pain in an instant, popping up to give the ref (whose paycheck must have been delayed this week) a piece of his mind.

All of this got me to thinking...I really do not miss Miralem Pjanic one iota. I try to refrain from cursing on here, particularly in relation to the character of a particular player, but suffice it to say, I don’t think highly of Pjanic anymore. Loved him while he was here and delighted in watching him orchestrate Roma’s attack and his free kicks were must see TV, but after clandestinely scheming his Juve move, he moved to the top spot of my Dunzo List, where his *%&@ like behavior since then has kept him firmly planted.

This, then, got me thinking—well, which former Roma player do I miss most? Which guy tugs hardest at my heartstrings?

Unfortunately, given Roma’s financial situation, there are no shortage of candidates, but for me it’s Marquinhos. While Roma’s backline has been fine without him, something about his backstory makes his meteoric rise all the more impressive. While I’m sure those in the know where at least aware of his existence, Roma signed him at the behest of Leandro Castan, who saw something in Hos spry legs and charming yet crooked smile.

We all know the story from there, Marquinhos became a lock in Zeman’s starting lineup by October 2012, and by July of the following year he was gone, shipped off to PSG for a cool €31ish million, a record for an adolescent at the time.

Roma has done well enough without him, as they were able to recruit Mehdi Benatia and then Kostas Manolas to take his place, but just imagine Hos, Greece Lightning and Federico Fazio in a three man backline—oof, that would have been a site.

So, which Roma line-item budget note do you miss most?




Highlights of Roma’s Two-Nil Victory Over Udinese

2018-02-18T00:00:02+01:00

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All hail the ThÜnderbolt!

Some great Spanish commentary here. Enjoy!

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