S.S. Lazio – Matches and Tickets 2012/13

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S.S. Lazio – Matches and Tickets 2012/13

S.S. Lazio is among the leading teams in Italy and simply known as Lazio. The “Derby della Capitale” against A.S. Roma is among the most exciting rivalries in Europe. An unusual fact is that both Lazio and A.S Roma still sharing the Stadio Olimpico.

Current

Their current manager is Bosnian Vladimir Petkovic. Lazio had a good start to the season and currently sit third in the table – four points behind Napoli and Juventus. Lazio were quiet in the transfer market only signing three players in the shape of Mickael Cani from Bordeaux, Antonio Candreva from Udinese and midfielder Ederson from Lyon. The 2006 Wold Cup Golden Boot Winner Miroslav Klose is playing extremely well already – scoring five goals already this campaign and Brazilian midfielder Hernanes also putting in some good performances, Lazio will be looking to continue this current form and look to put pressure on the two teams above.

Currently, the club is playing its home games at the Stadio Olimpico, which is the second largest stadium in Italy with a capacity of 72,000. However, the stadium is shared with rival A.S. Roma.

History

Lazio were founded in 1900 as Società Podistica Lazio. The official football section, however, didn’t start until 1910. The club played in the first Serie A game in 1929 and finished 2nd in 1937. The club was relegated to the Serie B, for the first time in club history in 1961, but returned 2 years later. The first Serie A title was won in 19974 with manager Maestrelli and player such as Luciano Re Cecconi and Chinaglia. In 1980, the club faced a massive betting scandal along with AC Milan and was forced to play in Serie B.

Lazio faced another betting scandal involving players and 9 point deduction in 1986. The on-going struggle and the distractions off the field led that the club didn’t return to the club before 1988. Also, the arrival of Sergio Cragnotti who invested heavily in new players such as Veron, Vieri and Crespo helped the club significant. In the next years, Lazio was one of the top teams and finished in in the top 4 from 1995-1997. Cragnotti was forced to leave the club in 2002 and Claudio Lotito aquired the majority of the club. In 2006, Lazio qualified for the UEFA Cup, but was excluded because of match fixing. In the history of the club, Lazio has won the Serie A twice – in 1974 and 2000.

Notable previous managers of Lazio include ex England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson who had a remarkable time in charge winning the Coppa Italia twice as well as the UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup and to top it all of the Serie A title. Notable players that have played for Lazio include Englishman Paul Gascoigne who signed in 1992 playing 43 games and scoring 6 goals, Hernan Crespo who was signed in 2000 and managed to score an impressive 39 goals in 54 appearances and the crafty Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved.

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