Seventy-four years ago today, Roma were crowned champions of Italy for the first time in the club’s history.
Led by Austro-Hungarian coach Alfred Schaffer and president Edgardo Bazzini, the Giallorossi’s first Scudetto triumph was confirmed on 14 June 1942, just 15 years after the club was founded in 1927.
Roma beat Modena 2-0 on the final day of the season courtesy of goals from Renato Cappellini and Ermes Borsetti, giving them a three-point cushion over Torino in second.
However, with the Second World War ongoing, the Giallorossi were rewarded with nothing more than a simple keyring to mark their success. Only the club masseur Angelino Cerretti – recently returned from active service in Russia – was presented with a commemorative watch. It was another time – and football was a different game.
Nonetheless, the win over Modena meant that the first generation of Roma fans – and the founding fathers of the club – were finally able to reap the rewards of the past 15 years.
Below are the eleven players that started the game against Modena on 14 June 1942, handing Roma the club’s first Scudetto crown: Guido Masetti, Luigi Brunella, Sergio Andreoli, Aldo Donati, Edmondo Mornese, Paolo Jacobini, Ermes Borsetti, Renato Cappellini, Amedeo Amadei, Aristide Coscia, Miguel Angel Panto.