Profile: Dan Friedkin - Making Roma Fly Again

8 November 2020

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Texan billionaire flew a Spitfire in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk; now he wants to make Roma soar again.

AS Roma have 11 consecutive years of losses and last week rocked up a €204 million deficit. The club have the highest wages to turnover ratio of all Serie A clubs.

December share issue will convert most of the club’s debt to equity; future sustainability dependent on new stadium. The commercial revenue is less than a fifth of Juventus’.

Friedkin: “This is first and foremost a passion. A passion for the city, for the team, for the people, and for football.”

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

The scene is magnificent and moving.

As the sun sets over the English Channel, a spitfire soars above a vast expanse of open sand, slowing lowering its undercarriage as it come in to land. Edward Elgar’s Variations on an Original Theme plays as a soldier reads Churchill’s We Shall Fight Them on the Beaches speech. The plane lands in shadow and the actor Tom Hardy can be seen emerging from the plane, which he then proceeds to set alight lest it fall into enemy hands. The film rolls to its conclusion.

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