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Scarves on Statues – I Ragazzi della Sud

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here]

The statue, on the North Island of New Zealand’s rugged West Coast, is part of a circle of four Maori sculptures on the cliff tops above Whaingaroa, or Raglan Harbour. Together, they represent the four points of the compass. North, South, East and West. As the shade in this picture so nicely illustrates, being situated in the Southern Hemisphere, this pillar of the four winds faces South.

The scarf says “I ragazzi della sud – c’è un cuore che batte, che batte nel cuore di Roma”. In English, “The people of the South – this is the heart that beats, the beat at the heart of Rome”. The South of course, in this case, is the southern end of the Stadio Olimpico, where the diehard Roma ‘ultras’ stand.

So much about this speaks to the way I feel about Roma right now. The season we’ve had – or, more to the point, haven’t had, leaves us in a state of perpetual shade for the time being. No trophies, no European football. All we have to show for two seasons of upheaval so far is a project back at square one, some racist fans, and a new logo. Not a lot of hope that things can be turned around in a hurry

Fitting then, that this is the last Scarf on Statue for 2013. Hopefully when and if I pick this up again, some of the photos will have happy blurbs. Daje Roma.


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Enzo Giordani

A grassroots sports photography enthusiast based in Auckland, New Zealand, and a fan of the most magnificent football club on earth - A.S. Roma.

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