On This Day – SS Lazio Founded

9-1-1900: The Italian club SS Lazio was founded on this day in 1900. The club which is based in the Italian capital has won the Serie A twice in its history in 1973-74 and in 1999-00. Their latest Scudetto was won under the leadership of Ex-England boss Sven Goran Eriksson who managed the club between 1997 and 2001.

Lazio play in light blue shirts and white shorts. Their home arena is the Stadio Olimpico which they share with their neighbours and rivals AS Roma. The stadium which was built in 1936 has a capacity of 82,000. Lazio’s average attendance was as high as 53,000 in 1998 but had dropped to 25,000 last season. By comparison Roma had an average of 38,000 last season.

The Rome derby match – Derby della Capitale – is one of the most intense in Europe. Roma won the first game between the two clubs that was played in 1929. Since then Roma have won 43 of the 128 matches between the clubs and Lazio 31.

Paul Gascoigne was sold from Tottenham to Lazio for £5.5 million in 1992. Due to injuries he played only 43 times for the club in his three years in Italy.

Darlington born Giuseppe Wilson played 296 matches for Lazio between 1969 and 1979. The defender captained the club in a period and also won three caps for Italy. Wilson finished his career in the NASL with the New York Cosmos.

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