Photo subject: Classicist, Humanities major, Skilled debater
Where to find him: Memorizing Cicero’s “On the Republic,” pointing out rhetorical fallacies during drunken arguments outside his dorm room, Studying abroad second-semester junior year, Posting too many architecture-themed Facebook albums
Team: AS Roma, three-time Serie A champions and nine-time Coppa Italia winners. The club’s crest features the famous Capitoline Wolf bronze sculpture of Romulus, Remus and their she-wolf foster mother. Captain Francesco Totti, who has spent his entire career with Roma, is Serie A’s active scoring leader and fifth all-time with 207 goals.
American connection(s): New owner Thomas DiBenedetto was born in Boston. The four-man investing team DiBenedetto AS Roma LLC, the formal subsidiary that took over the club in April, includes three other Americans and is incorporated in Delaware. DiBenedetto also owns a minority share of the Red Sox.
With his purchase, DiBenedetto fulfilled every Italian-American’s dream of connecting with his roots. Now, instead of hanging a cornicello from his rearview mirror, eating muzzarel and talking about his great-grandma’s red sauce and sixth-cousin-twice-removed’s farm in Campania, DiBenedetto owns one of Italy’s most popular clubs.