Lazio is a professional football team from Italy and is also known as the Società Sportiva Lazio in its home country. The club is based in the capital city of Italy, Rome and it currently plays in the Italian Serie A, which is one of the most respected domestic leagues in Europe. The club was founded in 1900 and has spent a major chunk of its history in the top flight. The number of trophies that Lazio can call upon to reflect its history along with the huge fan base are testaments to the importance of the club to the Italian football community.
The club currently play at the Stadio Olimpico, which can hold in 72,698 people at any given moment. This makes the stadium one of the biggest in Europe, a fact that was clearly seen in the recent UEFA Champions League final. This ground is also shared with local rivals Roma, which makes the Stadio Olimpico as one of the few stadiums in the world to be shared by archrivals.
Due to the enormous time spent in the first division, it would have been hugely unsuccessful on Lazio’s part if they had not won any title up until now. Hence, the trophy cabinet of Lazio is full of trophies that helps to reflect on the club’s history. It includes two league titles, five Coppa Italia titles, three Supercoppa Italiana titles, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and one UEFA Super Cup. These victories have enabled other clubs to look at Lazio as one of the top clubs in Italy along with the big guns like Juventus, AC Milan, Roma, and Inter Milan.
Despite being formed in 1900, the first success for the club did not arrive until 1958 when they won the league cup. Soon, the club was able to build on the league cup success, which was transformed into the first league title in 1974. Since then, all the roads have been excellent for Lazio, with the club continuing to amass trophies at an alarming rate, which has put archrivals Roma under a cloud of doubt. The big spending Lazio soon won the UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1989, while the club also won the league title in 2000 against all the odds.
They reached their first-ever UEFA cup final in 1998, while also winning plenty of other trophies like the Supercoppa Italiana and Coppa Italia along the way. The long-standing rivalry with Roma has often escalated into various troubles over the years, but it remains as one of the most watched matches in the whole of Italian football.
This derby is known as the Derby della Capitale and separating the two teams is a very difficult aspect at most of the times. Sven Goran Eriksson has a major chunk of respect amongst Lazio mainly because of the Swedish manager leading them to various titles. Notable players include the likes of Alen Boksic, Pavel Nedved, Paul Gascoigne, Juan Sebastián Verón, and Giorgio Chinaglia.