Premier League Champ and Ex Lazio Goes Across the Road to the Other Side of Rome #90


               Monchi is still at it even more business pulled off by the Transfer wizard as he adds another defender to help cover the sale of Rudiger to Chelsea in Roma’s 8th signing of the summer. With the singing off 2-Time Premier League winner and Former Lazio player Left back Aleksandar Kolarov he becomes the 8th signing of the summer. Monchi has brought in Center Back Hector Moreno from PSV, Right Back Rick Karsdorp from Feyenoord, Winger from Sassuolo Lorenzo Pellegrini, Striker/Winger Cengiz Under from Başakşehir, and Striker Gregiore Defrel from Sassuolo and have secured the permanent transfer of Center back Fazio from Tottenham. They had also sold Mouhamed Salah to Liverpool Rudiger to Chelsea and Leandro Paredes to Zenit. Monchi goes out and gets an experienced left back from Man City a Proven winner who can be a leader for Roma and a key sub for the Romans. Roma reached an agreement with Man City to secure the transfers in a deal worth 5.8 Million deal with Aleksandar Kolarov agreeing on a 3-Year deal with the Romans. A quite controversial move as he played for the other team in Rome playing for Lazio for three seasons before joining Man City. Very controversial given the fact that there are not two clubs that have more hate for each other in world football than Rome and Lazio a deal that will not sit well with some fans across the road. The Serbian will be reunite with Bosnian team mate and personal friend Edin Dzeko who played with Kolarov with many years at man City. With Rudiger recently sold to Chelsea it gives Roma another cover their tracks a little bit here with a player that can supply some needed intensity off the bench. This will be Roma’s third signing in two weeks after the arrival of Gregiore Defrel arrival Tuesday and Cengiz Under signing last week.He would complete the move on Saturday when Serbian International flew to Boston to comeplte the move and he would join up with his new Roma teammates in the United States for Roma’s preseason tour.  Upon his arrival  his spoke about his new challenge ” I’m very happy to be here I’ll give 100% and more for Roma”. In 10 seasons at Manchester City Kolarov made 243 appearances scoring 21 goals while at Manchester City he won Two Premier League titles one FA Cup one League Cup and one FA community shield. Considered by many as one of the best Man City player in their history as many supporters are sad to see him leave. He is a proven winner that can add to this Roma squad Monchi and Roma board are still working on bringing in Ryaid Mahrez from Leicester City and despite having their last bid rejected Monchi feels extremely confident in getting a deal done soon also Roma will be given Raja Nainggolan a new contract with only technicalities to been dealt with before the deal is signed.


A very Controversial move Kolarov played for Crosstown Rivals Lazio from 2007-2009

               Kolarov started his playing career in the youth set up of RED STAR Belgrade in the Serbian Premier League. Joining as 14 year old spending 5 years in their youth system but wasn’t considered a key player in fact despite going through 5 years with their youth team Kolarov never played a single game for them as he wasn’t part of their plans. So he would move elsewhere to insure first team playing time he would move north of Belgrade to a town in Serbia called Čukarica about 30 minutes away to join their local football club FK Čukarički. At Just 18 years old at the time he started to show promise but he couldn’t prevent the club from relegation after the 2004-2005 season he would play another season with FK Cukaricki playing in division two but despite a good push after failing to lead up to his expectations he decided to leave during the winter transfer window. In two seasons with Čukarički FK he made 44 appearances scoring two goals. In a transfer that was under controversial circumstances due to some contract issues. He would move back to Belgrade to join OFK Beograd Kolarov really started coming into his own as high quality defender as well as getting the reputation as a defensive scorer. He would be on the move again after 1 and ½ seasons during his time at OFK Beograd he made 40 appearances scoring 5 goals.He would make his move to Italy in 2007 for 925,000 as he would join Roma’s arch rivals Lazio which is where I first saw him. In Serie A he became a different type of player he was the core of that Lazio defense and even scored 3 goals for Lazio. In his first season in 2007-2008 Lazio did less than impressive as Lazio finished well below their standards as they ended it up in 12th. The next season in 2008-2009 Lazio had their fair struggles in the league again however Lazio would go on a cup run as they went all the way to the final of the Coppa Itaila they would face Sampdoria in the final it would go into the Pens with Lazio winning claiming the Coppa Itaiala as Kolarov would win his first trophy as a player again individually Kolarov did very well once again proving to be a top class defender and scored 3 goals that season the exact same amount he had scored the year prior. To Start the 2009-2010 season they beat Inter Milan in the Supercoppa Italiana as Kolarov won his second trophy of his career Kolarov went on to have a career year that season providing once again as a defensive rock in the back and offensively was a beast scoring 5 goals that season highlighting that was a wonder goal against Roma in the Derby Della Capitale. However once again Lazio didn’t live up to expectations Lazio would finish 12th that season. Kolarov would get interest from many teams that summer in the summer Man City came calling as the Serbian left back would head to the Premier League to join the Manchester Giants in a 16 Million deal. In three wonderful seasons in Rome he made 104 appearances and 11 goals as well as winning the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana: 2009. Many people would describe his time in Manchester as a breakthrough in his career as he was a consistent starter in practically every season. In his first season at Manchester City did very well in the league and Kolarov also got his first European experience as a player. Man City finished 3rd in the league in that first season with 21-8-9 record earning 71 points an very good season but not quite enough to win it as they had to watch their crosstown rivals Manchester United lift the trophy. Man City failed to do anything in Europe that season going on in the Round of 16 of the Europa league to Dynamo Kyiv however there was some positivity that season as they went on a Deep FA Cup run making it all the way to the final taking out Man United in the process. They would face Stoke City in the final and Man City would prevail as Kolarov would earn his first trophy in England. In his first season in England the Serbian would score 3 goals in 37 appearances. In his second season at Man City the Manchester giants brought it current Roma Striker Edin Dzeko as well as Sergio Aguero. Man City beat United in the Shield as well title challenged all season as they spent all season in a dog fight with Man United a season that came down to the last game of the season. On Match day 38 City were down 2-1 going into stoppage time with both City and United on 86 points and united already having won City needed two goals in the final minutes to win the title. The miracle would happen Edin Dzeko would score than Augero would score in the closing minutes to steal the title from united to win their first Premier League title they ever won as City won the league on goal difference with both teams having finishing with 86 points. Despite Kolarov only played 27 games in all competitions that season but he would play a big part late in the 2011-2012 premier league title he scored 4 goals that season. The following season Man City would try to challenge once again but United would breeze through the title winning it quite easily Man City would finish second with 78 points and they got knocked out of Europe by Barca was a very poor season Kolarov still did his part though as a defender and he scored 4 goals in 30 games that season. The following year in the 2013-2014 season Manchester City did the double as they won the Premier League title thanks to Liverpool as they would throw it away. City not only would they win league but they would beat Sunderland in the league cup to win two trophies that season. Kolarov continued to be a consistent player for City making 44 appearances scoring 4 goals. Kolarov and Man City would fail to win the league again over his last three season however he would win another League cup with City in 2015-2016 season This season he was little used in the team which lead to his exit. After 7 wonderful years in England Kolarov He made 243 appearances scoring 21 goals winning two premier league titles 2 League cups a FA Cup and a Community shield. Roma have gotten a player with experience and someone that knows how to win.


Roma add some more depth on their defense after bringing in Hector Moreno from PSV and Rick Karsdorp from Feyenoord this move for Aleksandar Kolarov will only add to an already very deep Defense. It somewhat gives Roma another option in light of Antino Rudiger’s sale to Chelsea with this signing Roma have a lot of difference options to use in the back I guess it that EDF will use several different lineups in the back. Now with the very deep defense that Roma now have featuring Moreno, Karsdorp, Juan Jesus, Bruno Peres, Emerson, Manolas and Florenzi as well as many more. Aleksandar Kolarov will add the leadership that Roma don’t quite have in their defense having success at every level and more experience than most players on the defense line he is 31 years old an older player that can be one of the vocal leaders on and off the pitch. I expect Kolarov and Moreno to be the leaders at the back with the leadership both players have in their career’s they should rub off on the youngsters. Kolarov might get some starts here and their but I wouldn’t bet on him being a main starter but certainly can bring that energy off the bench during crucial moments however I think he should start some games can he is still a capable starter even at his age. As far as what he can do on the pitch and what he adds to the team the first thing I can think of is passing. Kolarov is a razor sharp passer who last season despite not playing consistently he passed at a high level having an impeccable 85% conversion rate. He also has some attacking ability as well a proven scorer as a defender. He can impact the attack maybe not in the way Rudiger did during his time in Italy but he has the explosiveness that can help Roma’s attack. A player with decent crossing ability and the ability to score I think he’s a great signing a proven winner and a leader on and off the pitch. It doesn’t matter to me that he used to be a Lazio player he can do great things for Roma. The Wizard casting another spell in the transfer market as Monchi continues to build Roma. Mahrez talks will continue as another bid is being prepared Monchi also has a very more things up his sleeve. This was a cheap but potentially effective deal.


He spoke about his time at Lazio as well as gave Roma fans some reassurance “I cannot, and do not want to, deny my past. But now I am with Roma and just as I gave 100% when I was at Lazio I will now give 100% and more for Roma.Lazio was a good experience for me, but from today they are my rivals on the pitch.”


Appearances: 499 Goals: 48


Coppa Italia: 2008–09[8]
Supercoppa Italiana: 2009[9]

Manchester City
Premier League: (2) 2011–12,2013–14
FA Cup: 2010–11[17]
Football League Cup: (2) 2013-2014,2015–16
FA Community Shield: 2012

Serbian Player of the Year: 2011




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