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  1. Avatar SearchingForBernini
    February 25, 2016 @ 9:32 am

    Nice story John! And you know how NOT a sports fan I am, so that’s saying something!

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      March 4, 2016 @ 12:48 am

      Just saw this comment, Lisa. Yes, coming from you, a non sports fan and a journalist, it is the ultimate compliment. Grazie mille!!!

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  2. Avatar William Edington
    April 2, 2017 @ 1:48 pm

    My wife and I will be in Rome from May 7th until the 14th. We will be staying in Travastere the entire time, and I thought it might be fun to see their football team play, especially after reading your article.

    I cannot find a schedule for the Trastevere team for this season, and wondered whether you might know if they have a home match during our visit. Also, I collect hats of sports teams, and thought it would be great to probably be the only person around with an D.C. Trastevere hat. Any idea where they can be purchased?

    Any information would be appreciated.

    Regards,

    Bill Edington

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      April 2, 2017 @ 11:45 pm

      Hi, Bill. Thanks for the note. It’s funny you should write me. I just got all over the club’s media rep about its terrible website. It has nothing. No schedule, roster, statistics. I met with the club owner to do an English-language version. He liked the idea but could only pay me 100-200 euros a month. Welcome to recession, Italian style.

      To answer your question, ASD Trastevere ends its regular season the day you arrive. And they’re on the road. They play at 3 p.m. May 7 against Cynthia in Genzano, outside of Rome. I’m sure that won’t be No. 1 on your priority list when you land but, just in case, you can take a train from Rome’s Termini station to Genzano di Roma, changing at Albano Laziale. It’s under 10 euros and takes 1 hour, 15 minutes.

      However, you may get another chance. Trastevere is leading its Girone H (Girone is “Division” in Italian) and it wins a promotion to Lega Pro (Serie C) if it keeps its lead. If they wind up in 2nd to fifth place, they will enter playoffs. Then you could see them while you’re here. Here’s a website that has the Girone H schedule and results: http://www.soccer24.com/italy/serie-d-group-h/

      ASD Trastevere has a souvenir store in Trastevere just east of the Basilica di Santa Maria Trastevere, at Via della Lungaretta, 98. It’s open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. You can find plenty of stuff there.

      Let me know if you have any other questions. In the meantime, in January I joined the club for a road trip to San Savero, Puglia. If you’re interested, here’s how it went. Ever watched a soccer game in snow? https://johnhendersontravel.com/2017/01/14/on-the-road-in-serie-d-4th-division-trastevere-flying-high-in-italys-soccer-lowlands/.

      John Henderson

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  3. Avatar James Soper
    July 9, 2018 @ 12:14 pm

    Dear John, I was walking down Via Della Lungaretta looking for somewhere to eat. I saw the Trastevere Club Shop and as a fan of small clubs in big cities I had to go in. It looked great, the team is currently sponsored by a local business with a very friendly logo, but I needed to google the team to make sure. This post was the only info I could find. Not only am I going back to buy some merch, I’m sitting with my wife in Carlo Menti eating great food at amazing prices on your recommendation! Send me your address to +44 7976 320 864. I’d like to say thank you by sending you a little something from my own small team. James Soper

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      July 11, 2018 @ 3:27 am

      Hey, thanks, James! That’s very kind. Yes, it’s hard to find much info about little ASD Trastevere. It goes to the root of a major problem in Rome: marketing. No one here has a clue. Did you ever go to the club’s website? It’s the worst on the planet. It doesn’t have the schedule, statistics, player bios, not even names. The team picture is just that, a team picture. They have match reports and merchandise but no information about ticket prices, location of the field. At the bus stop where I catch the bus for the little stadium, I met two Spanish tourists who were going to the game, too. They knew about the team but they said they needed about two hours to find out when and where their next game was. It’s maddening. I knew the owner so we talked over dinner at Carlo Menta. I told him I’d do a website for him, complete with player bios, player features, ticket info, stadium map, etc. He looked entirely bored. He wasn’t interested. It was going to be about 30 hours a week. He offered me 100-200 euros a month. His excuse? They can look them up on their Facebook page. Huh? Who looks up team info on Facebook? He also said there is a Serie D website that has all that info. That’s true. But I follow the team and I can’t even remember the name of the website. They’ve been close to promotion the last two years and no one in town knew about it. They draw the same 800 fans every game when they should fill the place, considering the cheap tickets, ideal location, quality of club, history. But that’s Rome for you. We’ll put this on. If you want to come, come. If you don’t, that’s fine, too. I’ll send you my address I’m curious.

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