INTRODUCTION TO LAZIO TROPHY CABINET
When you think of winning trophies, you don’t usually think of Lazio. You would probably think of the teams like Juventus, Milan or Inter. Lazio is certainly not a team you would support for the glory, but although we don’t have a trophy cabinet quite like Juve, we do have quite a bit of silverware to be proud of. This is a closer look at the history of Lazio’s achievements; from our first major trophy in 1958 to the Supercoppa triumph of 2017; the perfect overview of the Lazio trophy cabinet.
Our club’s first major trophy comes in the form of the 1958 Coppa Italia. Back in the 50’s, the Coppa format had Italian clubs play a group stage based geographically with eight groups of four, and only the top team advancing to the quarterfinals from each group. Lazio were in Girone H with Roma, Palermo and Napoli and topped the group with 4 wins, 2 draws, and no defeats in 6 games, including a huge 2-3 Derby win over rivals Roma. The biancocelestiadvanced to the quarterfinals to play Mariotto Valdagno and beat them 2-1, then defeated Juventus 2-0 in the semifinals. In the finals we faced off against Fiorentina, who had beaten Padova and Bologna on their way to the finals. On the 24th of September, 1958, at the Stadio Olimpico, Lazio triumphed over Fiorentina 1-0 with the only goal coming from Maurilio Prini in the 30′ to win our first ever Coppa Italia.
The 1973/74 Serie A Season saw us win our first ever Scudetto. Lazio finished the season with 18 wins, 7 draws, and 5 losses in 30 games amassing 43 points; 2 more than second place Juve, and 7 more than third place Napoli. The biancocelesti scored 45 goals in their championship campaign; a whopping 24 of them coming from league top-scorer and superstar Giorgio Chinaglia. Lazio were nearly unstoppable at home with only 1 loss in 15 games, a big reason why they were crowned champions. A big 3-1 win over Juve and a sweep of arch-rivals Roma were the highlights of a fantastic season. This title was a truly amazing feat considering they had just won the Serie B five years earlier.
1990’s and Early 2000’s
From our first Scudetto to the mid 90’s, Lazio didn’t really do much to bolster their trophy cabinet, but this all changed with the arrival of club president Sergio Cragnotti. The end of the millennium was crazy for Lazio in a good way. The Crognotti-Eriksson era saw us win a whopping seven trophies in just three seasons.
After finishing Serie A runners-up in the 1994-95 season, our first of these seven titles comes 3 years later in the 1997-98 Coppa Italia. Lazio annihilated Roma 6-2 on aggregate in the quarterfinals, then took down Juve in the semis 3-2. In the two-legged finals against AC Milan, Lazio dropped the first game in Milan 1-0 but then proceeded to win the second leg 3-1 in Rome to win their 2nd Coppa Italia.
This Coppa Italia win allowed us to play in the 1998 Supercoppa Italiana against the Serie A Champions, Juventus. The match was played at the Stadio delle Alpi in Turin. Lazio opened the scoring through Pavel Nedvēd only for Del Piero to tie it up with a penalty shot in the 87′. But with extra time looming, Sérgio Conceição won it in the 4th minute of stoppage time to give Lazio the 1-2 victory and our first Supercoppa.
The following 1998-99 season in the Serie A was heartbreaking, as Lazio missed out on their 2nd Scudetto by just 1 point to Milan and were top of the table from the 22nd Matchday to the 33rd Matchday (there were only 34 games back then).
This being said, the biancocelesti did not go without a trophy this season, as they managed to win the now abolished UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (CWC). This was a competition the founded in 1960 which wasn’t as prestigious as the Champions League, but more prestigious than the UEFA Cup (now Europa League), and featured the winners of each European domestic cup from the season before. Lazio gained qualification in 1999 through their aforementioned Coppa Italia win. On their route to the finals we defeated Lausanne-Sport, Partizan Belgrade, and Lokomotiv Moscow. This set up a finals against Spanish Copa del Rey Champions Mallorca at Villa Park in England. After the two teams exchanged early goals, the winner didn’t come until an 81′ strike from Pavel Nedvēd. This would be Lazio’s European trophy and would end up being the last edition of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.
After missing out on the league title in 1998-99, Lazio were out for revenge. In the 1999-2000 season the biancocelesti won not one, not two, but three pieces of major silverware. The first comes in the form of the 1999 UEFA Super Cup, which back then featured the winners of the previous season’s Champions League (Manchester United) and the previous season’s CWC (Lazio). Lazio dominated the game at the famous Stade Louis II, but the only goal of the game came from Marcelo Salas in the 35′. Lazio had defeated the Red Devils and had won their 2nd, and for now last European trophy.
Lazio took this momentum into the domestic competitions as they proceeded to win both their 3rd Coppa Italia and 2nd Scudetto. In the Coppa, Lazio defeated Juve on away goals and smashed Venezia 7-2 on aggregate in the semis to set up a final with Inter. The 1st leg in Rome finished 2-1 to Lazio and the away leg finished scoreless as Lazio came out on top and added to their silverware.
The 1999-00 Serie A campaign was unbelievable. What happened to Lazio the season prior, happened for Lazio this season. Long story short, going into the final Matchday of the season Juve had been top of the table since the 21st Matchday. But against Perugia in the rain, in the last game of the season, Juventus lost by a score of 1-0 and Lazio beat Reggina 3-0 to complete their incredible comeback, pass Juve by 1 point, and win their first Serie A title since 1973-74.
Their outstanding three-trophy-season was then capped of by yet another trophy at the start of the following season – the 2000 Supercoppa Italiana, played at the Stadio Olimpico in front of 65000 fans, was won by Lazio in thrilling 4-3 fashion over Internazionale.
2000s and 2010s
Since their glory days in the turn of the millennium, Lazio have won an additional five major trophies to add to our collection. The 1st of these came in the 2003-04 season with the Coppa Italia. Wins against Modena, Parma, and Milan in the round of 16, quarters, and semis respectively earned us another finals with Juventus. The final two-legged score was 4-2 and we had won our 4th Coppa Italia.
Next was our 5th Coppa Italia triumph. In the 2008-09 edition of the Italian Cup, Milan, Torino, and Juventus were all defeated by the biancocelesti on our path to the finals. Against Sampdoria in the finals, the score after 120 minutes was 1-1 so penalties proved necessary as Lazio won 6-5 in the shootout. This victory was then followed up by our 3rd Supercoppa Italiana. Lazio defeated Serie A winners Inter by a score of 2-1 in China.
Their second-to-last trophy was a memorable one. After breezing past Catania in the quarterfinals and squeaking past Juventus in the semifinals of the 2012-13 Coppa Italia we come across no other than Roma in the finals. On May 26th, 2013, Lazio took down our arch rivals in the biggest Derby Della Capitale ever. Senad Lulić‘s 71st minute goal proved decisive as we won our 6th Coppa Italia title, the perfect addition to the Lazio trophy cabinet.
Finally, our most recent trophy is the 2017 Supercoppa Italiana, won at the start of this season. After climbing out to a 2-0 lead against Juventus, Dybala brought them back to life with a brilliant free kick and the proceeded to tie the game with a 91′ penalty before hero Alessandro Murgia won it for Lazio with essentially the last kick of the game.
Throughout history Lazio has accumulated a respectable 14 major trophies and many other minor ones: 2 Serie A titles, 6 Coppa Italias, 4 Supercoppas, 1 UEFA CWC, and 1 UEFA Super Cup. This may not be a huge number but we are still one of the most successful clubs in Italy, and we have a lot to be proud of. Unfortunately, a 3rd Scudetto doesn’t look too likely any time soon but that being said, miracles are known to happen from time to time. Let’s see what the future holds for the S.S. Lazio trophy cabinet.