Since its inception in 2017, Roma Esports has become a major player in the world of competitive gaming – with a host of successes in its short existence to date.
Roma Esports players have competed in tournaments all over the world, and against clubs including Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Ajax, Valencia, Sporting Clube de Portugal and Schalke.
In April 2018, the team became Gfinity Elite Series Season 3 champions, as they defeated UNILAD on their way to the title. In December 2018, they became the only team in Elite Series history to defend their title, becoming back-to-back champions in Season 4 of the Gfinity competition.
The team initially partnered with Fnatic, one of the leading organisations in esports, and two of its players went on to reach the semi-finals of the prestigious FIFA eClub World Cup in 2019.
In November 2020, the Giallorossi announced the launch of an official PES team - in collaboration with Italian esports organisation Mkers - by signing three professional PES gamers: Marko Roksic, Stefan Slavkovic and Emiliano Spinelli. In February 2021, Aleksandar Krstic joined the trio as the latest addition to the squad.
The team will face off against other club-affiliated teams from across Europe, including Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Juventus, in Konami's elite eFootball.Pro competition - as well as the domestic eSerie A league tournament.
Real name: Marko Roksic
Born: June 5, 1992
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia
Professional debut: 2018
Style of play: "My play style is fast and aggressive, and I am constantly looking for ways to score. I prefer to play an ultra-attacking style and don't worry too much about defence."
Preferred formation: "I like to play the 4-2-1-3 formation - with three centre-forwards, it gives me many options up front in attack and proves very difficult for my opponent to defend so many attackers."
Favourite Roma player in real life, past or present: "My favourite Roma player in real life is Edin Dzeko. He is a very talented player and seems like a very good person as well. He is an amazing leader and gives Roma lots of firepower in attack."
Favourite Roma player on PES: "My favourite Roma player on PES is Lamine Tall because he is fast and has great shooting statistics on the game."
Best PES memory: "My best memory of PES is when I travelled to China for the World Electronic Sports Games tournament - I nearly made the final, but ended up losing a close semi-final match. Another great PES memory of mine is when I won a 2018 tournament in Milan representing Mkers."
Why Roma Esports: "Roma are such a massive club and brand, which made it an easy choice for me once they expressed interest. I am extremely happy about this opportunity in my life; I am ready to give everything I have and do anything possible for the best of our team."
Goals: "This season, my main goal is to play good football with my teammates and to try to represent Roma on the big stage in the best way possible - which is of course, to win eFootball.Pro. Daje Roma!"
Real name: Aleksandar Krstic
Born: December 22, 1994
Birthplace: Donja Gusterica, Serbia
Professional debut: 2021
Style of play: "My play style is super-offensive - I like to score more goals than my opponent!"
Preferred formation: "I enjoy playing fast and aggressive football while using a simple 4-3-3 tactic. I prefer to have a strong striker in the middle as well as great dribblers on the wing to pull off some amazing moves."
Favourite Roma player in real life, past or present: "Francesco Totti, for sure - he was amazing player who was incredibly loyal, too. He was a great goalscorer, but perhaps an even greater creator, with the ability to execute a superb long-range pass with either foot."
Favourite Roma player on PES: "My favourite Roma player on PES is Edin Dzeko because he is very strong with amazing shot accuracy. He is strong on the ball, has great heading ability and I most recently scored an epic goal from distance with him - that's the main reason why he's my favourite!"
Best PES memory: "Back in some Serbian league, I was representing OFK Beograd and we were so close to the final, but we narrowly lost in the semi-final. Another really good memory is the WESG tournament I played in China, where I beat Kepa in the final. He was unbeatable during that time period, but it was a great win for me."
Why Roma Esports: "Roma is a massive club and they helped me fulfill my dream of playing at the professional level, which was an offer I could not decline!"
Goals: "I want to improve myself in every way possible in order to help our team win the eFootball.Pro competition this season."
Real name: Emiliano Spinelli
Born: March 10, 1989
Birthplace: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Professional debut: 2007
Style of play: "My play style is mainly based on experience and dominating the pitch. I really put a lot of effort into my defensive ability, and I try my best to not waste the ball whenever I'm in possession."
Preferred formation: "I prefer the 4-2-1-3 because it gives me a variety of options. I have my wingbacks to help out with maintaining possession, and a solid defensive midfielder that can be used as an added defender."
Favourite Roma player in real life, past or present: "My favourite Roma player in real life is Nicolò Zaniolo because of his great talent and incredible potential. I think he can achieve great things in the future."
Favourite Roma player on PES: "My favourite Roma player on PES is Borja Mayoral. He’s lethal in attack and rarely ever misses a chance for me."
Best PES memory: "I have lots of great memories of PES because I'm a veteran in the scene, so I always prefer to say that the best memory is always my next victory!"
Why Roma Esports: "First of all, Roma is the team of my city! Both the club and the esports project are really huge, and I'm excited to be a part of it. We are very ambitious for the first-ever PES season in Roma history."
Goals: "This season, I definitely want to reach the knockout stage of eFootball.Pro with my new teammates. Once we achieve that, we’ll aim to win the championship together!"
Real name: Stefan Slavkovic
Born: August 30, 1994
Birthplace: Kragujevac, Serbia
Professional debut: 2016
Style of play: "My play style is ultra-aggressive on both sides. I'm always trying to score a lot of goals and I like to play a lot of short, tiki-taka style passes in front of goal."
Preferred formation: "I always play in the 4-3-3 formation with two centre-forwards and one secondary striker. In middle I use one attacking midfielder, one central midfielder, and one defensive midfielder. This is a classic PES formation that most of the professional players use."
Favourite Roma player in real life, past or present: "Edin Dzeko. I really like his playing style: always in the right place in front of goal to go along with his amazing finishing. He can just do everything."
Favourite Roma player on PES: "To be honest, I like a lot of the Roma players on PES, but if I have to choose, it would have to be Borja Mayoral. He can score with both feet from any position and has a really strong shot."
Best PES memory: "My best memory of PES is when I qualifed for the first PES World Cup in Milan back in 2016. Also, another great PES memory I have is when I played the E-Euro 2020 final for my national team, Serbia."
Why Roma Esports: "Roma are one of the best teams in the world, and when a club like that calls you to play for them, you don't think twice about such an amazing opportunity. It is a great honor to be a part of this club."
Goals: "My main goal is just to win everything, like always. This season, the main priority is to try and win eFootball.Pro with my teammates, but I just want to do my best in all competitions."