S.S. Lazio is an Italian football club based in Formello, Rome. The name Lazio was chosen by the original founders in 1900. They wanted a name that included more than just the city they were based.
Lazio is a region of Italy near the centre of the country, and encompasses a vast area to encourage the land to cheer on the Formello based team.
S.S. Lazio’s full name is Società Sportiva Lazio which translates to Sport Society Lazio.
They have spent most of their history in the top tier of Italian Football, and have been Italian Champions twice; the first time in 1974, and the second in 2000.
They have also won the Coppa Italia 7 times, the Supercoppa Italiana 3 times, the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.
Here is a quick list of other basic facts:
- Full Name: Società Sportiva Lazio S.p.A.
- I Biancocelesti (The White and Sky Blues)
- Le Aquile (The Eagles)
- Aquilotti (Eaglets)
- Founded: 9 January 1900; 121 years ago, as Società Podistica Lazio
- Ground: Stadio Olimpico
- Capacity: 70,634
- Owner: Claudio Lotito (66.70%)
- Chairman: Claudio Lotito
- Head Coach: Maurizio Sarri
- League: Serie A
- Website: Club Website
Lazio’s home ground is Stadio Olimpico and it is the largest sporting facility in Rome. It seats over 70,000 spectators on blue chairs which match the team’s colors.
The stadium is owned by the Italian National Olympic Committee, but that doesn’t mean there is a track course or other non-football-related structures on the pitch. Stadio Olimpico is primarily used for football.
However, there is one exception to this rule. Music concerts are also held in this massive arena. When Claudio Baglioni had a concert in June 1998, his fans broke the record for attendance, with a whopping 100,000 spectators attending. That record is still held today.
One of the biggest uses of the stadium is for the Coppa Italia final. Every year Stadio Olimpico will host the final fight, no matter which teams are the last ones standing.
In total, Società Sportiva Lazio have won 6 different trophies.
The Italian Championship was won twice by Lazio in the 1973 – 1974 season and again in the 1999 – 2000 season.
The Italian Cup was won by Lazio 7 times and is their most repeated win. They succeeded in the 1957 – 1958 season, 1997 – 1998 season, 1999 – 2000 season, 2003 – 2004 season, 2008 – 2009 season, 2012 – 2013 season, and the 2018 – 2019 season.
The second most repeated win for Società Sportiva Lazio is the Italian Super Cup. They won this tournament 5 times; in the 1998 – 1999 season, 2000 – 2001 season, 2009 – 2010 season, 2017 – 2018 season, and the 2019 – 2020 season.
The last three trophies that S.S. Lazio have not been repeated. In fact, they haven’t been touched since 2000. These cups are the Italian Serie B won in the 1968 – 1969 season, the Cup Winners Cup from the 1998 – 1999 season, and the UEFA Super Cup won in the 1999 – 2000 season.
S.S Lazio was founded on the 9th of January 1900. They choose to make the team colors white and sky blue as a nod of respect towards Greece for being the homeland of the Olympics.
Before football was brought in, Società Sportiva Lazio focused more on canoeing, swimming, and running. Football was an encouraged afterthought.
In 1980, Lazio was relegated to the second division due to the Totonero Scandal. “Totonero” is an Italian term for betting illegally on football matches.
If football players, coaches, or other connected parties bet on a game, then they may sway the game in order to win money, thereby creating a fixed match.
The same issue occurred in 1986 where Lazio, along with other clubs, faced point deductions for the so-called Totenero 1986. Lazio was almost degraded to the third division for their involvement.
|1999-00||Serie A||1||72||2nd League Title|
|1973-74||Serie A||1||43||1st League Title|
|1928-29||Divisione Nazionale/B||8||29||Admitted to Serie A|
|1921-22||Prima Divisione (C.C.I.)/Laziale||4||20|
|1914-15||Prima Categoria||(1)||25||Not finished|
Champions League Record
|2003-04||First Group Stage|
|2001-02||First Group Stage|
|2000-01||Second Group Stage|
|1999-00||Quarter-Finals||Eliminated by Valencia|
Club Net Worth
S.S Lazio’s current total market value is £308.66m. That translates to US$426.17m and €362.05m
This was accurate in August 2021 with a squad size of 39, their average age of 27.2, and their current transfer record as £-5.13m. That translates to €-6.02m and US$-7.08m.
Stadio Olimpico is a UEFA Category 4 stadium. This means that it can be used for playoffs, qualifying stages, main competitions and can host the UEFA Europa League, the UEFA Europa conference League, the UEFA Nations League UEFA European Championship‘s final tournament.
Basically, it is allowed to host and be used for most (if not all) UEFA-related games and tryouts.
Stadio Olimpico has undergone several renovations in its history. In 1927 engineer Angelo Frisa and architect Enrico Del Debbio added in plans to construct masonry stands instead of grassed terraces.
In 1937, a second tier of stairs was started but wasn’t continued due to World War 2’s intense demand for strong workers.
Stadio Olimpico has had many stops and starts when it comes to construction and renovation. Its last restyling was in 2008, and so far, this version of the Stadio Olimpico has stuck.
Claudio Lotio is the current owner of S.S. Lazio and has been since 2004. Lotio was banned from football for two and a half years, starting in July 2006. This was because of his part in the Totonero Scandal (illegal football betting). The scandal was uncovered in May 2006.
Phone calls were intercepted and showed that team managers, owners, and referee organizations attempted to sway or fix a game by using “favored” referees.
Not long after, Lotio was banned for 10 months due to a third-party ownership issue. This sentence was reduced to 2 months after an appeal.
Lazio’s three top players are Milinkovic Savic Sergej, Ciro Immobile, and Francesco Acerbi.
Milinkovic Savic Sergej is S.S. Lazio’s best player. He is the 2nd best at Free Kicks in Serie A. He is the 3rd best for Aerial Duels in Serie A. He is the 3rd best for assists outside the box in Serie A. Lastly, he is the 4th best player in Serie A for assists in general.
Ciro Immobile is just as impressive. He has had 57 Big Chances to score in Serie A, making him the 2nd best player in this regard throughout the tournament.
Of the 57 Big Chances, he has made 51 shots on target, giving him the title of second-best in Serie A. And he has scored 20 goals, making him the fourth-best player in Serie A for this category.
Francesco Acerbi is also one to look out for. He is the second-best player in Serie A when it comes to pass interceptions on his own half, having made a whopping 221 passes.
Looking at pass interceptions in general, Acerbi is also in second place for Serie A with another high number of 243.
The numbers dip a little here, but they are still impressive as Acerbi is the 5th best player in Serie A for tackles on his own half, having made 107. For tackles in total, Acerbi is the 11th best player with a not-too-shabby 131.
All Time Top Scorer
Lazio’s all time top scorer was Silvio Piola, netting 149 goals in his time.
Piola is an absolute giant in Italian football because of his outstanding scoring ability. Piola won the 1938 Fifa World Cup with Italy by scoring two goals in the final. These two earned him the title of best player and the second-highest scorer in that tournament.
Piola holds the record for the third all-time best goalscorer in Italy’s national team. In total, across all teams he has played in, Piola has scored 290 goals.
Piola was so well loved that when he passed away, two Italian stadiums were renamed after him; Stadio Silvio Piola in Novara and Stadio Silvio Piola in Vercelli.
Lazio’s team captain is Ciro Immobile, who has a mountain of trophies and awards under his name.
Immobile has been named the top scorer 6 times:
- First in the 2009 – 2010 Viareggio Cup for netting 5 goals.
- Second in the 2011 – 2012 Serie B for netting 28 goals
- Third in the 2013 – 2014 Serie A for netting 22 goals.
- Fourth in the 2017 – 2018 Europa League for netting 8 goals.
- Fifth in 2017 – 2018 again, but this time for his Serie A 29 goals.
- And his sixth top scorer title was given in the 2019 – 2020 Serie A for netting 36 Goals.
Ciro Immobile was part of the S.S Lazio team, which won two Italian Super Cups, the first in the 2017 – 2018 season, the second in the 2019 – 2020 season.
He was also part of the Juventus Primavera team, which won two Viareggio trophies, the first in the 2008 – 2009 series and the second in the 2009 – 2010 series.
Here is a list of Immobile’s other accomplishments:
- Best Player of the Competition – 2020 – Serie A
- Player of the Year – 2011 to 2012 – Team Delfino Pescara 1936
- European Championship – 2021 – Team Italy
- Italian Cup Winner – 2018 to 2019 – Team S.S. Lazio
- Italienischer Zweitligameister – 2011 to 2012 – Team Delfino Pescara 1936
- German Super Cup Winner – 2014 to 2015 – Team Borussia Dortmund.
Lazio currently has 4 goalkeepers. They are Marius Adamonis, Thomas Strakosha, Alessio Furlanetto and Pepe Reina.
Lazio currently has 15 defenders. They are Luiz Felipe, Patrico Gabarron Gil, Dimitrije Kamenovic, Denis Vavro, Angelo Ndrecka, Ştefan Daniel Radu, Marzio Pica, Riza Durmisi, Enzo Adeagbo, Francesco Acerbi, Elseid Hysaj, Djavan Anderson, Tiago Casasola, Adam Marusic and Jordan Zacharie Lukaku Menama Mokelenge.
Lazio has 9 strikers. They are Simone Palombi, Cedric Gondo, Alessandro Rossi, Raul Moro, Ciro Immobile (Team Captain), Felipe Anderson, Felipe Salvador Caicedo Corozo, Vedat Muriqi and Jonathan Rodriguez Menendez.
Lazio’s current manager is Maurizio Sarri. Sarri hasn’t played football professionally, but he was an amateur center back and a coach while he worked as a banker.
In 2005 Sarri took on his first Serie B job with Pescara. He didn’t really make a name for himself until 2014 where his team Empoli was promoted to Serie A.
Once Sarri confirmed that he could reach Serie A and keep his team in Serie A, he was sought after and hired by Napoli.
Sarri then won several individual awards for managing Naples-based clubs. He then moved to manage the famous English club Chelsea and won the UEFA Europa League during his only season with them.
Maurizio Sarri is Lazio’s head coach. He was appointed in June 2021, and his contract expires in August 2023. His previous club was Juventus FC.
Lazio’s assistant coach is Giovanni Martusciello. He was appointed in June 2021, and his contract expires in August 2023. His previous club was Juventus FC.
Lazio has two goalkeeping coaches; Adalberto Grigioni and Massimo Nenci. Grigioni was appointed in June 2005 and is due to have his contract expire in July 2022. Nenci was appointed in June 2021, and his contract expires in June 2023.
Lazio’s home jersey is sky blue with white cuffs around the sleeves and the v-neck. There are light air stripes that are unnoticeable when moving around.
Lazio’s away jersey is mostly white. The cuffs are midnight blue, but unlike the home-style, the neck border reaches down to just above the pectorals. Under the midnight blue block is a sky blue stripe.
Lazio’s logo is of two shields, one behind the other. The front shield is sky blue and white. These colors represent Greece and the origins of the Olympics.
The second shield is white but has the name “S.S.Lazio” written in blue. Carrying the two shields is a golden eagle, which is an acknowledgment towards Zeus, the god of the sky and thunder.
Società Sportiva Lazio’s academy is known as S.S. Lazio Youth Sector and holds the under-19 team. The academy has been champions of Italy 5 times.
- Winners – 1973-1974
- Winners – 1999-2000
- Winners – 1958
- Winners – 1997-1998
- Winners – 1999-2000
- Winners – 2003-2004
- Winners – 2008-2009
- Winners – 2012-2013
- Winners – 2018-2019
- Winners – 1998
- Winners – 2000
- Winners – 2009
- Winners – 2017
- Winners – 2019
- Winners – 1968-1969
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup:
- Winners – 1998-1999
UEFA Super Cup:
- Winners – 1999