Special: Dutchman living in Haarlem has season ticket at AS Roma

Not all Dutch people are cheering for Feyenoord at 21:00 on Wednesday evening. Roel lives in Haarlem, but is a passionate fan of AS Roma and has had a season ticket for years. He flies to the Italian capital for every home game from I Giallorossi.
In view of the Conference League final, AS Roma visited the Dutch supporter. Roel doesn‘t speak a word Italian, but still tries to be at Stadio Olimpico in all the duels. โ€œLet’s just say I‘m in eight or nine out of ten duels,โ€ he says on the club site. โ€œSometimes I traveled to Rome three times in one week. With Covid, things were more complicated, and that’s why I haven‘t been to Curva Sud as much as I wanted, even this season.โ€
Roel says that he fell for the passion of the Italians when he watched a game in 2002. โ€œI don’
t even remember who the opponent was, but I remember the smoke bombs, the fireworks, the atmosphere and especially the intense cheers that never stopped, a passion I had never seen before. Roma had a great team and I loved Italian football, but the real spark skipped by the passion I felt and played with.โ€
Although he doesn‘t speak or understand Italian, the Dutch fan knows all the songs. โ€œI learned that by searching for videos on the internet. This is now easier thanks to YouTube. I hope it sounds a bit nice when I sing in Italian…โ€

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿบ๐ŸŸ In vista della #UECLfinal contro un club olandese vi presentiamo Roel, abbonato che dall’Olanda vola in Curva Sud ogni volta che la Roma gioca in casa ๐Ÿ’›โค๏ธ #ASRoma https://t.co/2MpX5tEl30
โ€” AS Roma (@OfficialASRoma) May 23, 2022