A Look Back at Lazio’s Memorable Friendly Encounter Against Bayern Munich in 1974

Every football club has several what-ifs in their history, especially from match results. For Lazio, the club has a bulk of what-ifs in its history, including one in 1973. As noted by the Italian-based outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi, the Italian side won Serie A over the 1973-1974 season but was unable to compete in the 1974-1975 edition of the European Cup due to an infamous incident that occurred during the club’s return UEFA Cup fixture against Ipswich Town.

In short, a riot broke out in the second leg of the tie and after further investigation, UEFA banned Lazio from competing in the 1974-1975 European Cup.

FC Bayern Munich was deemed as one of the favorites for the European Cup that season. And with Lazio being banned by UEFA from taking part in the competition, the Bundesliga side breezed to triumph in the tournament for the second time in club history.

However, Lazio and Bayern did take part in a friendly contest in 1974, which finished at a 1-1 stalemate. This could have been a European Cup fixture instead had Lazio played in the tournament.

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