Lazio Football Club: The Complete Guide

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. 

Basic Facts

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.
  • Nickname(s):
    • 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

Home Grounds

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.

Main Trophies

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.

Club History

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. 

Club Timeline

2018-19Serie A859 
2017-18Serie A572 
2016-17Serie A570 
2015-16Serie A854 
2014-15Serie A569 
2013-14Serie A956 
2012-13Serie A761 
2011-12Serie A462 
2010-11Serie B566Promoted
2009-10Serie A1246Relegated
2008-09Serie A1050 
2007-08Serie A1146 
2006-07Serie A362 
2005-06Serie A1732 
2004-05Serie A1044 
2003-04Serie A656 
2002-03Serie A460 
2001-02Serie A653 
2000-01Serie A369 
1999-00Serie A1722nd League Title
1998-99Serie A269 
1997-98Serie A756 
1996-97Serie A455 
1995-96Serie A359 
1994-95Serie A263 
1993-94Serie A444 
1992-93Serie A538 
1991-92Serie A1034 
1990-91Serie A1135 
1989-90Serie A931 
1988-89Serie A1029 
1987-88Serie B347Promoted
1986-87Serie B1633 
1985-86Serie B1136 
1984-85Serie A1515Relegated
1983-84Serie A1325 
1982-83Serie B246Promoted
1981-82Serie B1037 
1980-81Serie B446 
1979-80Serie A1325Relegated
1978-79Serie A829 
1977-78Serie A1126 
1976-77Serie A531 
1975-76Serie A1323 
1974-75Serie A437 
1973-74Serie A1431st League Title
1972-73Serie A343 
1971-72Serie B249 
1970-71Serie A1522Relegated
1969-70Serie A829 
1968-69Serie A150 
1967-68Serie B1138Promoted
1966-67Serie A1527Relegated
1965-66Serie A1229 
1964-65Serie A1429 
1963-64Serie A830 
1962-63Serie B248Promoted
1961-62Serie B442 
1960-61Serie A1818Relegated
1959-60Serie A1230 
1958-59Serie A1130 
1957-58Serie A1230 
1956-57Serie A341 
1955-56Serie A339 
1954-55Serie A1230 
1953-54Serie A1129 
1952-53Serie A1031 
1951-52Serie A443 
1950-51Serie A446 
1949-50Serie A446 
1948-49Serie A1334 
1947-48Serie A1039 
1946-47Serie A1036 
1945-46Serie A-B717 
1942-43Serie A928 
1941-42Serie A437 
1940-41Serie A1427 
1939-40Serie A435 
1938-39Serie A1028 
1937-38Serie A832 
1936-37Serie A239 
1935-36Serie A730 
1934-35Serie A532 
1933-34Serie A1031 
1932-33Serie A1033 
1931-32Serie A1327 
1930-31Serie A835 
1929-30Serie A1528 
1928-29Divisione Nazionale/B829Admitted to Serie A
1927-28Divisione Nazionale/A1011 
1926-27Prima Divisione435 
1925-26Prima Divisione/Laziale314 
1924-25Prima Divisione/Laziale319 
1923-24Prima Divisione/Laziale223 
1922-23Prima Divisione/Laziale229 
1921-22Prima Divisione (C.C.I.)/Laziale420 
1920-21Prima Categoria/Laziale323 
1919-20Prima Categoria/Laziale314 
1914-15Prima Categoria(1)25Not finished
1913-14Prima Categoria220 
1912-13Prima Categoria221 
1911-12Terza Categoria118 
1910-11Terza Categoria18 
1909-10Terza Categoria112

Champions League Record

SeasonTournament stageNotes
2007-08Group Stage 
2003-04First Group Stage 
2001-02First Group Stage 
2000-01Second Group Stage 
1999-00Quarter-FinalsEliminated 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. 

Best Players

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.

Assistant Coach

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. 

Home Kit

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. 

Away Kit

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.

Club Academy

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.

League Titles

Serie A:

  • Winners – 1973-1974
  • Winners – 1999-2000

Coppa Italia:

  • Winners – 1958
  • Winners – 1997-1998
  • Winners – 1999-2000
  • Winners – 2003-2004
  • Winners – 2008-2009
  • Winners – 2012-2013
  • Winners – 2018-2019

Supercoppa Italiana:

  • Winners – 1998
  • Winners – 2000
  • Winners – 2009
  • Winners – 2017
  • Winners – 2019

Serie B:

  • Winners – 1968-1969

Other Title

UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup:

  • Winners – 1998-1999

UEFA Super Cup:

  • Winners – 1999