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2009 Serie A Season Review: Roma

Team Overview: Roma is undeniably one of Serie A’s most popular and consistent teams. They have been in the top flight for almost six decades straight, and they have won a whopping nine Coppa Italia titles. Moreover, they have also won three Serie A titles, a feat few teams have achieved. 2009 was a decent year, but trophies were absent.

Top Performers: Roma was steered by ITA MNT veteran Francesco Totti, who had a typical year with 13 goals and 4 assists. Mirko Vucinic also had a decent season with 11 goals and three assists. Goalkeeper Doni is usually tough between the posts, but he suffered a down-year and ceded more than a goal and a half a game in 2009.

Highest Highs: Roma hit their stride during the middle of the season, winning four of five games (and tying the other) in January. In fact, they picked up 13 points that month and only ceded two goals. Their unbeaten streak was halted at seven matches, but their spark did put them into a position to finish strong and qualify for Europe.

Lowest Lows: Roma’s October was more trick than treat. They lost three straight games to mediocre opponents and finished the month with a giant goose egg. Their poor results were due to their inability to score, as they only notched one goal the entire month. Sure, they had to play Inter and Udeinese, but they still looked miserable.

Future Outlook: Roma’s offense is OK, but its defense needs to play with more awareness. Except for a few powerhouse teams, Roma is one of the best in Serie A, but they simply concede too many goals (61 this season). They need a defensively-minded midfielder to control the flow of play and perhaps a big name in the net.