When you're talking about trophies, international claim and robust bank accounts, Roma can't really compete with the big boys. Winning another Scudetto or reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League again won't suddenly put Roma on level pegging with Barcelona or Real Madrid, but there is one area in which Roma have always been at the forefront: fashion.
From the old Adidas days in the late 1980s and early 1990s to the Kappa classics in the early 00s to the recent wave of Nike designs, Roma has always had some of the slickest kits in the business. There’s just something about the club colors that lend themselves to unique and visually pleasing designs, a fact Roma have taken full advantage of over the past decade.
Along with selecting 11 players and one manager, you were tasked with selecting your favorite kit of the decade.
So, without further delay, here were your top four selections in reverse order.
#4: The 2013-2014 “Roma Cares” Home Kit
Appearing on 8% of ballots, this kit was a game changer. With James Pallotta's ownership fully entrenched at this point, Roma debuted their new crest on this sleek, sponsor-less and manufacture-less kit. This shirt featured a shade of red we hadn't quite seen before and a traditional shade of yellow/orange on the color and served as a transition between Kappa and Nike.
This was also the shirt in which Roma won ten straight matches to start Rudi Garcia's Roma career. The white and black varieties were sharp, but the no frills appeal of this makes it a classic.
#3: The 2019-2020 Retro Blues
I can't recall a Roma kit being released with the same level of hype as this year's third shirts, but the noise was well worth it. Hearkening back to the blue shirt/yellow collar combo they wore briefly in the 90s, these modern remakes were soaking in nostalgia and took social media by storm, earning praise from all corners of the internet. The level of detail on the shirts is a key component of their appeal, as they feature faint watermarks of the club's classic lupetto logo throughout the shirt.
And, as always, the sponsor-less version the women are fortunate enough to wear looks best.
#2: The 2014-2015 Clean & Classic Home Shirts
With a simple and clean look, no sponsor, and a tennis-club collar, these kits were a personal favorite of mine (I have two hanging in my closet), and with nearly 26% of your votes, they were the second most popular kit of the decade.
If football clubs didn't change kits every single year, these are the ones I would have stuck with. They are absolutely timeless and look even better paired with the white shorts and red socks. Similarly, the subtle yellow trim on the letters and numbers is the perfect accent to these beauties.
As great as these were, they were no match for your winner.
The Roma Kit of the Decade: The SPQR Derby Special
I mean, do I really have to say anything? The dark red, the gold, the SPQR. Sheer fucking perfection. Released only for the April 30, 2017 derby (the fall derby had the color scheme but not the SPQR) these things disappeared from store shelves like heyday Air Jordans. Priced at €121 they didn't come cheap, so if you were fortunate enough to snag one, particularly a Totti one, make sure you're storing it in a bank vault or some sort of secure crypt—it's that precious.
If the club are ever short on funds, reissuing these could kick start the Roma economy in no time. And with 47% of your vote, they were a runaway winner for our AS Roma Kit of the Decade.
We'll be back shortly with our forwards of the decade.