Italian épée fencer Enrico Garozzo discussed his love for Lazio in an interview with Italian media outlet Pianetascherma.com yesterday.

The 31-year-old Italian, who won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics, revealed what made him become a Biancocelesti fan.

It’s ‘because of’ Beppe Signori. I was little, I must have been 8 or 9 years old, and I was getting closer to football.

I really liked this player and at the time he was the captain of Lazio. Then I remained a Lazio fan, but let’s say that Signori brought me to Lazio and not the other way around.

The 31-year-old Italian fencer remembered Lazio’s title winning 1999/2000 season.

I was there! I was at the Olimpico. I was ten years old and I went to the stadium with my father because I was on a school trip to Rome at the time.

We went to see Lazio v Reggina. At the time, with my childish enthusiasm, I believed in it so much – I was perhaps one of the very few who did – and I couldn’t understand how winning was something almost impossible.

In any case, I remember very well the easy 3-0 win and waiting for the result from Perugia. I heard Calori’s goal at the Olimpico, but we had to catch our plane back to Catania and we had to rush to the airport and Juve’s game ended much later.

I heard the last few minutes of Perugia – Juventus in the taxi. The taxi driver had the radio on the lowest volume possible and my father asked him if he could turn it up.

He did, but very reluctantly, at which point my father said, ‘One of two things: either you’re not interested in football, or you’re a Roma fan. His reply was: ‘I was hoping to die sooner!’

He spoke about the craziest thing that he’s done for Lazio.

Once, when I was still very young, we left by train from Catania to go up to Rome.

We stayed in the city just long enough to see Lazio v Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico and then got back on the train to go back down. It was a really crazy thing, my father only did it out of love for his son.

Finally, Garozzo discussed how he enjoys using Biancocelesti players in his Fantacalcio team.

For three years now I’ve taken Ciro Immobile on a regular basis and then I always take at least one of our midfielders because they can make the difference.

This year, for example, I took Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, but also Radu and Luiz Felipe.


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