This Week In Lazio History | April 8-14 | Matches, Memories, Birthdays

Quite a number of spectacular games took place between April 8-14, numerous birthdays of fundamental players in Lazio history and we remember the passing of another Biancoceleste legend: Mario Frustalupi.

Matches of the Week

Date: Sunday, April 8, 1972
Location: Stadio Sant’Elia, Cagliari
Fixture: Cagliari Lazio 0-1
By beating Cagliari away, the Biancocelesti are now second, just three points behind Milan.

Date: Sunday, April 10, 2016
Location: Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo
Fixture: Palermo Lazio 0-3
In the first match under manager Simone Inzaghi, a Klose brace and a Felipe Anderson goal give the new arrival his first win.

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2009
Location: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Fixture: Lazio Roma 4-2
Two goals in the first five minutes stun Roma who attempt a comeback but Lazio resist and then change gear to clinch a tense derby.

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2000
Location: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Fixture: Lazio Inter 2-1 (Coppa Italia Final, First Leg)
On the night Ronaldo suffers a terrible injury the Biancocelesti come from behind to give them the advantage in the final.

Date: Sunday, April 14, 1974
Location: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Fixture: Lazio Verona 4-2
Lazio fight back to beat Verona and gain another point on Juventus thanks to a marvellous psychological move by Maestrelli.

In Memory: Mario Frustalupi

On April 14, 1990, Mario Frustalupi died tragically in a car crash while joining his family on holiday. In the accident, in terrible weather, an entire family of four also died, including a three-month-old baby. Frustalupi was 48.

At Lazio, Frustalupi (the aptly named Wolf thrasher) is a legend. He only stayed three seasons but was part of their most loved team ever. He was a giant despite his height of 1.66. He was a playmaker, pulling the strings in midfield with timing, elegance, calm, positioning and technique. He could play with both feet and had a magnificent footballing brain. One of his managers once phoned Frustalupi’s father to ask if his son was right or left-footed. You could not tell. He won two league titles (Inter ’71 and Lazio ’74) and played in a European Cup final with Inter.

Birthdays this Week

  • Edson Braafheid, 8-4-1983, defender, Netherlands, 23 appearances (2014-16)
  • Paolo Carosi, 8-4-1938, midfielder, Italy, 202 appearances, 2 goals (1958-1968, manager 1983-84)
  • Romano Penzo I, 8-4-1920, forward, Italy, 92 appearances, 36 goals (1947-50)
  • Thomas Doll, 9-4-1986, midfielder, Germany, 73 appearance, 12 goals (1991-95)
  • Luciano Ramella, 10-4-1914, midfielder, Italy, 154 appearances, 5 goals (1938-44, 1947-48)
  • Giorgio Magnocavallo, 11-4-1957, defender/midfielder, Italy, 61 appearances, 3 goals (1985-87)
  • Sigvard Löfgren, 12-4-1928, midfielder, Sweden, 62 appearances, 10 goals (1951-55)
  • Carlo Soldo, 13-4-1942, defender, Italy, 80 appearances, 5 goals (1967-69)
  • Nelson Gutiérrez, 13-4-1962, defender, Uruguay, 17 appearances, 1 goal (1988-89)
  • Matteo Guendouzi, 14-4-1999, midfielder, France, 40 appearances (so far), 3 goals (2023-24)

This Article Was Written by Dag Jenkins & Simon Basten from Lazio Stories. More Information on the Above Matches and Players can be found on

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