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Giants owners Steve Tisch and John Mara have teamed up with Jets owner Woody Johnson and are kicking around a plan to buy a controlling stake in Italian soccer team AS Roma.

The trio reportedly made an offer recently to buy the beleaguered team nearly three years after George Soros and New York lawyer Joe Tacopina put in an unsuccessful bid to buy the club, the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto reported today.

The newspaper reported that the dollar amount has not been made public as both sides try to hammer out a deal.

Anthony J. Causi / New York Post

Jets owner Woody Johnson, left, and the Giants owner John Mara.

The Giants and Jets are co-owners of the New Meadowlands Stadium, which opened last year, and both teams worked together last year to bring Super Bowl XLVIII to the stadium in 2014.

An AS Roma spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

One of Italy's most popular teams, Roma is currently in fifth place in the Serie A standings and features former Italy striker Francesco Totti and Brazilian forward Adriano.

AS Roma, which was founded in 1927, has won the Serie A title three times in its history, most recently in 2001.

The club -- known in Italy simply as Roma -- is temporarily owned by Italian bank UniCredit, who is seeking an outside buyer since last summer.

Unlike England's Premier League, where American ownership of major teams has become common, Italy's pro squads are owned by Italians, so the purchase by Tisch, Mara and Johnson would be the first of its kind.

The team plays its games at the Olympic Stadium, opened in 1930 and rehabbed for the 1990 World Cup, and like the Jets and Giants, shares the 73,000-seat venue with city rivals SS Lazio.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/soccer/giants_and_jets_looking_roma_buy_o9mY8SY7g271c8Wz9r57JN#ixzz1A5hkLhpt

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FWIW, this is NOT in the news here and there are several soccer only broadcast television stations and several pages of soccer in each paper. Manifesto is a commie rag and not really considered much of a real paper like Corriere, La Republica or La Stampa which I read every day for work. Doesn't mean out of the realm of possibility, but it's pretty farfetched. We'll see if there is anything tomorrow. They mentioned Tisch buying in back before Thanksgiving and he said he wasn't interested.

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"Personal Seat License," in Italian: sede licenza personale

"Go f*ck yourselves, thieving sh*tbirds": Andate a fanculo, ladro uccelli merda

Ebonics for "Go jump off a cliff Tom Shane, and hooray for Woody and Roma!": Go jump off uh cliff Tom Shane, an' hooray fo' Woody an' Roma! brace yourself foo'!

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