Funny you did that club, because on my trip to rome, AS Roma will play against Slavia on october 26th
Name: SK Slavia Praha
Nicknames: The Slavists, The Stitched
Stadium: Fortuna Arena
Capacity: 19, 370
League: Czechoslovak Fortuna Liga
Czechoslovak League (20):
1925, 1928/29, 1929/30, 1930/31, 1932/33, 1933/34, 1934/35, 1936/37, 1946/47, 1948/49, 1965/66, 1975/76, 1976/77, 1995/96, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2016/17, 2018/19, 2020/21, 2022/23
Czechoslovak Cup (11):
1940/41, 1941/42, 1965/66, 1968/69, 1996/97, 1998/99, 2001/02, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2020/21, 2022/23
Bohemian Championship (5):
1913, 1939/40, 1940/41, 1941/42, 1942/43,
Austro-Hungarian Challenge Cup (1):
Czechoslovak Supercup (1):
European Cup/Champions League: Quarter-finals (1966/67, 1976/77)
UEFA Cup/Europa League (1): Winners: 2000/01
Mitropa Cup (1): Winners: 1938
European Cup Winners Cup: Quarter-finals (1997/98)
UEFA Conference League: Round of 16 (2022/23)
Nations Cup: Runners-up (1930)
The club was founded at a time when Czech nationalism was booming. It was born out of the efforts of the university patriotic association Literární a čnický spolek Slavia, which wanted to attract more students to sports. At the general meeting on November 2, 1892 in Vodičková street in Prague, the ACOS (Academic Cycling Section of Slavia) was founded. Soon after, the Slavic colors - red and white - became the club's official colors, with the addition of a red five-pointed star pointing downwards to symbolize hope even in times of failure. The official jersey became a t-shirt with red and white halves, with the star on the white half.
The original crest
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Slavia played its first matches on March 25, 1896, as part of a tournament on Císařské louka. They first beat AC Prague 6-0, before playing their first ever Prague Derby against Sparta Prague, which ended 0-0. The club soon became a Dominant force in Czech football, having won the Bohemian Championship from 1896 to 1902. In 1896 though, the rivalry between Slavia and Sparta worsened when based on an anonymous tip, several high school professors showed up at the mutual match and forbade Slavia's players, who were high school students, to participate in the match. The writer of the allegation was never identified, but Slavia officials suspected a Sparta supporter to have written the note, and Slavia refused to play Sparta for several years. In 1900/01,
Slavia entered the Austrian-Hungarian Challenge Cup, which was one of Europe's greatest Leagues during that time, and Slavia managed to go all the way to the final, where they lost to Austrian side Vienna AC. That same year, Slavia had its first football stadium built in Letna, after their playground ended up being too small from all the crowds showing up to watch Slavia play. On October 19th, the Czech Football Association was established, and a Football Championship with it, but Slavia requested not to play, offering to have their reserve team play instead. Angered, the Association threatened to expel any team that would play against Slavia's reserves, but no such undertaking went ahead.
The original Slavia team
1901/02 saw Slavia achieve its first moment of glory when at The Austrian-Hungarian Challenge Cup final, they won against Budapest TC, thus becoming the First Czechoslovak side to become national champions of Austria-Hungary. They came close a year later, but eventually lost to Vienna AC. In 1903, Striker Jan Košek came to the club and remained there until 1912, scoring 666 goals in the process. But, the later years of the 1900s saw Slavia withdraw from the Challenge Cup, and subsequently entered a crisis in 1905, when its players and club's management had a dispute.
That very same year, Scottish Manager John Madden became Slavia's first international coach, and he took the team to a higher level during his tenure that spanned for a quarter of a decade. He introduced a new game system, improved training methods and oversaw compliance with the lifestyle. He was strict and demanding of the team, demanding discipline. But the players loved him. Slavia won the 1913 Bohemian Championship. However, the outbreak of the Great War saw all of the club's operations stop, and football was no longer the center of attention.
After the war, Madden continued to lead the squad through the 20s, and Slavia entered its first golden age in the 1920s, when the Stitched became a Dominant force in the Czechoslovak National League, along with being a common participant in the Mitropa Cup. With Madden retiring in 1930, Slavia was by now a well-run team with an incredible squad, of which many of its players played for the Czechoslovak National Football team that subsequently won the 1936 European Nations Cup and the 1934 World Cup in Sweden. However, the 1932 Mitropa Cup saw Slavia face off in the semi-finals against Yugoslav side Hajduk Split, which coincidentally was formed in Prague as well by Croatian students in 1911. What was supposed to be a historic encounter between the two sides became chaotic as the loud crowd from Split threw rocks, rotten eggs and tomatoes at Slavia's players. After a stone hit and seriously injured Slavia goalkeeper František Plánička, Slavia's team walked off; Hajduk's players walked off as well, and their fans invaded the pitch, trapping both teams in the dressing room, and leading to the match being abandoned. Slavia did manage to enter the finals in the end, but they subsequently lost out to First Vienna.
Slavia's golden team, led by John Madden
At home, Slavia's relations with Sparta got worse when František Svoboda was rumored to be transferring to Sparta, causing anger among the fans. Svoboda stayed in Slavia though, and the first match that took place between the two clubs in 1931 resembled more of a brawl than a football match. The subsequent years saw Slavia exchanging Championships with Sparta from 1934 to 1937, in a period which The Slavists won twice. In 1937, Slavia went through a significant personnel change. At the beginning of the 1937/38 season, striker Josef Bican transferred to Slavia , who gradually became the biggest legend of the club. In 1938, Slavia achieved its greatest success on the international stage, winning the Mitropa Cup, after beating BSK Belgrade, Rapid Vienna and Austria Vienna and finally beating Ferencvaros in the final. The two Wins against the Austrian Teams are seen as the Czechoslovak defiance of the Nazis. The two matches were played after the Anschluss, and the Nazi government wanted to show off the Austrian Teams as examples of the superior Aryan Race. The very same year though, Czechoslovakia was annexed by Germany, while Slovakia became a puppet state. During this period, Slavia was a Dominant club in the Bohemian Championship.
Josef Bican - Slavia's Greatest Player
World War II ended in Europe in May 1945. On May 6, 1945, during the Prague Uprising , the Slavist stadium on Letná burned down. The fire was deliberately started by Wehrmacht soldiers. All equipment was reduced to ashes, as well as trophies, club chronicles and archives. Slavia immediately started repairs, but for some time they had to guest on different pitches, for example Sparta or Strahov. Slavia managed to win newly reestablished Czechoslovak league in 1946/47. Another title came in 1948/49, but the next few years saw Slavia struggle in the league, with their worst position being 8th in the 1951/52 season. Subsequently, Slavia gradually degraded to the point of battling against relegation, but the club managed to stay up thanks to the talents of Rudolf Kučera and Otto Hemele. By 1963, the supporters of Slavia organised a fan group to help cheer for Slavia during its hardest times.
Following an entire decade of struggle, Slavia found itself in the heat of an intense battle for the Czechoslovak title during the 1965/66 season against their greatest rival Sparta Prague that saw the two club tied on points for most of the season. By the time Slavia hosted the home match against Sparta; The Eden Stadium that had been in place since 1953 saw record attendance with 56 thousand spectators coming over. Eventually, Slavia became national champions for the first time in 19 years, along with achieving its first double within an independent Czechoslovakia, thus marking the clubs' return to European competitions. Slavia managed to reach the quarter-finals of the 1966/67 iteration of the European Cup, but aside from another cup triumph in 1969, Slavia would have to wait another 10 years to lift the national trophy once again. For the next 20 years, Slavia would mostly struggle as a club, with an occasional appearance in the UEFA Cup, where they managed to reach the quarter-finals in 1979.
The 1965/66 Squad of Slavia. The season is nicknamed "Return of White and Red"
From 1995, Slavia would enter its new period of glory, starting with a phenomenal campaign in the UEFA Cup, where the club reached the semi-finals after beating Freiburg, Lens, Roma and only being halted by Bordeaux. In 1996, after 20 years of frustration, Slavia finally become National Champions once again, but failed to qualify for the European Champions League. Further European successes helped Slavia reach the quarter-finals of the Cup winners Cup in 1998, before another campaign in the UEFA Cup after taking the 1999 Czechoslovak Cup, where they went on to beat Steaua Bucgarest, Grasshopper, then Partisan Belgrade and Anderlecht, and finally meeting Arsenal in the final. Incredibly, Slavia managed to hold out against the Gunners for 120 minutes, and the game went to the penalties, where Slavia won against the English. Another period of domination occured from 2006 to 2009, where Slavia won three titles in a row, and the building of the new Fortuna Arena promised fireworks for the 2010s and beyond. During this period from the late 90s to the early 2000s, a great number of Slavia's players were the backbone of the Czechoslovak National Football Team that reached the finals of the 1996 Euros, led by prominent players Vladimir Šmicer and Karel Poborsky.
However, the early 2010s saw Slavia regress due to an increasing amounts of debt. Slavia's results got all the more terrible, causing the fans to invade the pitch during a match against local rivals Bohemians in 2014. Despite this terrible occurence, Slavia remained in the top flight of Czechoslovak football, and 2017 saw Slavia become national champions for the first time in 8 years. From then on, Slavia has recovered to becoming one of Czechoslovakia's most dominant sides, with the 2022/23 season ending with Slavia scoring its 20th National title, along with lifting the Czechoslovak Cup.
One of the clubs I'll be unintentionally mentioning for one of my next Wikis. Fun fact, Hajduk Split won against them back in 1937, which was supposed to be a propaganda win for the Italians, it ended up being an embarrassment. The players of Roma even gave Hajduk's players a statue of the Roman wolf, claiming "The symbol of the old and new empire!"
This logo, but replace the AS with FC
Name: Football Club di Roma
Nickname: Il Giallorossi (the yellow and red)
Home ground: Stadio Olimpico
League: Serie A
Serie A: 1935-1936, 1941-1942, 1980-1981, 1982-1983, 1983-1984, 2000-2001, 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2016-2017
Coppa Italia: 1940-1941, 1946-1947, 1979-1980, 1980-1981, 1983-1984, 1990-1991, 2006-2007,
European Cup/Champions League: 1983-1984, 2008-2009
UEFA Cup: 1960-1961
Football Club di Roma opened in 1901 as a sports club, with the football side starting two years later, spending their first years competing in the lazio region's league.
In 1912, the lazio region and southern clubs were admitted in the national championship system, and Roman were right in the middle of one of the toughest regional leagues, with clubs like Lazio, Audace and Fortitudo often proving too much for them.
The breakthrough came in 1914-1915, when Roman defeated Lazio 5-2 and headed towards the national finals, but they would lose to an upstart club from the north in Juventus.
A photo of FC Roma's earliest years
Following several competitive years, Roman would hit a slump in the 1920s, culminating in relegation to 1 divizione, the precursor to serie B. Struggles to gain promotion followed, but they would be on the receiving end of a gift by the gods in the most unexpected of manners.
In protest against the amount of foreigners employed by the richer clubs, several clubs, including Audace Roma, Fortitudo Roma and Alba Roma, would switch to Rugby . This meant that the top football players of those clubs would switch to FC Roma, including future captain and club legend atillio Ferraris, which would lead roma back to the newly baptized Serie A in 1929. That, combined with the revenue generated from attendance at the new home stadium in the working class neighborhood of Testaccio, would give Roma the means to compete for the scudetto, rounding the squad with the likes of goalkeeper Guido Massetti, striker Rodolfo Volk and midfielder from Lazio Fulvio Bernardini.
the 1930s FC Roma team, in the first game at Campo Testaccio
The new look FC Roma would make a big splash, becoming runner up to the metodo juventus of monti and orsi in 1931 and competing in the top half of the table before finally winning their first ever scudetto in 1935-1936. However, the aging squad and departure of manager Luigi Barbesino meant Roma went through inconsistent form in the next few years.
Again, luck would be on Roma's side heading into the next decade, for the Nazi invasion of France, which kickstarted the second world war, meant that Roma managed to acquire Olympique de Marseille's Morrocan genius Larbi Ben Barek as the club's third foreigner alongside Albanian Naim Kriezu and Argentine Miguel Angel Panto, with Ben Barek slotting on the left of star striker Amedeo Amadei. Also, the club would move to the Stadio Nazionale, alongside Lazio.
Also arriving was former Austrian expatriate Alfred Shaffer, who moved away to the United States after Austria-Hungary's fall in world war 1, becoming both a star player and honing his managing skills in the ASL before FC Roma called him.
Larbi Ben Barek, the genius
Amedeo Amadei, one of the best strikers of his generation
With that squad and manager, Roma would win their second coppa Italia in 1941 before winning their second scudetto in 1942. After that season, league form would fall down a bit, and despite a third coppa italia win in 1947, Roma would suffer relegation in 1951 before going straight back up with the coaching of giuseppe viani and stars like Dino Da Costa, Helge Bronee and egisto pandolfini, as well as moving into their current home, the Stadio Olimpico.
Their best finish of this period was under the management of Englishman Jesse Carver, when in 1954–55, they finished as runners-up after Udinese, who originally finished second, were relegated for corruption. Although Roma were unable to break into the top four during the following decade, they did achieve some measure of cup success. Their first honour outside of Italy was recorded in 1960–61 when Roma won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup by defeating Birmingham City 4–2 in the finals.
Their lowest point came during the 1964–65 season, when manager Juan Carlos Lorenzo announced the club could not pay its players and was unlikely to be able to afford to travel to Vicenza to fulfil its next fixture. Supporters kept the club going with a fundraiser at the Sistine Theatre and bankruptcy was avoided with the election of a new club president Franco Evangelisti. In more positive news, Giacomo Losi set a Roma appearance record in 1969 with 450 appearances in all competitions, a record that would last 38 years.
During much of the 1970s, Roma's appearance in the top half of Serie A was sporadic. The best place the club were able to achieve during the decade was third in 1974–75. Notable players who turned out for the club during this period included midfielders Giancarlo De Sisti and Francesco Rocca.
The dawning of a newly successful era in Roma's footballing history was brought in when AC Milan's former star Nils Liedholm would be appointed manager in 1979. With homegrown talents agostino di bartolomei, franco tancredi and club icons Roberto Pruzzo and Bruno Conti, as well as the transfers of brazilian internatioanls Toninho Cerezo and Paulo Falcao and Parma's young midfielder Carlo Ancelotti, Liddholm would bring Roma their first trophy in decades by beating Torino on penalties to win the coppa italia for the third time. A year later, with the arrival of homegrown products Aldo Bonetti and Sebastiano Nela, Roberto Dinamite from a failed season at Barcelona, Michele Napoi from Perugia and Aldo Maldera from Milan, along with top contenders Juventus, Milan and crosstown rivals Lazio being relegated to Serie B following the impact of the Totonero scandal, the club would achieve their first ever domestic double, their first scudetto in almost 40 years.
Following a post-title hangover in 1981-1982, Liedholm would proceed with the signing of title winners Fiorentina's young defensive stalwart Pietro Vierchowod to partner Di Bartolomei. With thsi squad in tow, Roma would win the scudetto again in 1982-1983, on a dramatic final match against recently-returned Juventus.
1983-1984 is seen as FC Roma's greatest ever season. First, they defended their scudetto in an insanely competitive serie A featuring Paltini's Juve, Rummenige and Belloumi's Inter, Socrates and Antognoni's Fiorentina, Zico's Udinese and Gigi Radice's Torino.
Then, they defeated the likes of Milan, Torino and Hellas Verona to win the coppa italia.
And, finally, the piece de resistance, their incredible parcours to the european cup. In the semi-final, they lost to dundee united 2-0 in the first leg, while the second leg wasn't without controversy. Before the game even started, Dundee United ordered UEFA to change the referee for thr match, sensing some foul play going on behind the scenes. In the end, UEFA changed the referee at the last minute so that there would be no foul play, especially after the totonero scandal a few years earlier.
This was all for nought, as Roma ended up completing an insane comeback to win the tie 3-2 and head to the final, where they will play at home agaisnt Liverpool.
In a sold put stadio olimpico, the game was close all the eay to the end, with both teams's stars delivering excellent performances...yet the match ended in a 1-1 draw after extra time, forcing penalties.
Roberto Dinamite doesn't budge agaisnt Bruce Grobelaar's unusual distractions and clamly slots it in, while Michael Laudrup would have his penalty blocked by Tancredi, and Ancelotti would slot it home to tie it up. After Ronnie Whelan missed his penalty, Paulo Falcao calmly slots in his to give Roma its first european cup and complete a historic Treble at home!!
Fc Roma' 1983-1984 treble team
Sadly, the attempt to run it back would fail
The following season, for Roma would suffer a hangover in serie A and be eliminated by eventual winners Bordeaux in the semi-finals.
A subsequent retooling of the swaud followed, with Giuseppe Giannini taming over from Conti and the milan-bound Ancelotti, while germans Thoams Berthold and Rudi Voller in the late 80s would replace Di Bartolomei and Dinamite, respectively.
While Liedholm would retire from club management to coach the swedish national team to great success in the early-to-mid 90s, Former Sampdoria coach Vujadin Boskov would successfully guide the club to two cup finals in 1990-1991 with Thomas Hassler joining Voller and new foreign center back Aldair while Berthold would leave for VFB Stuttgart, losing the UEFA Cup final to inter in 1991, but winning the coppa italia that same year. However, they would lose to eventual winners Nottingham Forrest and brian clough in the 1992 cup winners cup semi-finals.
Rudi Voller in the 1991 UEFA Cup final
After a middling 1993-1994 season where roma barely lost out on the last available european place, Boskov was sacked and veteran manager Carlo Mazzone was hired. To replace leverkusen-bound Rudi Voller and Torino-bound Ruggiero Rizzitelli, Mazzone trusted in Udinese's Abel Balbo and a young product from.the academy: a teenager named Francesco Totti.
You'll hear a lot from him
Despite the emerging brilliance of Totti and Balbo, as wella s other young talents such as Luigi di Biaggio, Dammiano Tomassi, Cafu, Carlo Cudicini and Marco Del Vecchio, Roma always finished behind Lazio in the mid-90s, and would suffer a heartbreaking defeat agaisnt Slavia Prah in the return leg of their UEFA Cup tie in 1995-1996.
Eager for a change, the club pulled off a major coup by bringing in Lazio's manager Zdenek Zeman in 1997. Zeman's decision to sell Giannini and build his entire team around Totti would prove fruitful, as Roma would thrive under Zeman's offensive style and finish in 4th place, in front of Lazio for the first time in the 90s, but they would finish behind them in 4th place in 1998-1999.
Zeman's offensive style pleased the crowd, but it left their defense to be very leaky. Roma sought to change that, for they replaced Zeman with Fabio Capello, the disgraced champions league-winning Milan coach who returned from his sabbatical to mamage Roma.
The signing of Vicenzo Montella from Sampdoria added more firepower alongside Totti, but it was the defensive signings that caught the attention, with the bakc three of aldair, Christian Panucci and Marco Lanna solidified the defense, leaking only 20 goals as Roma ended up in 4th once again.
The year 2000 would see two players that will finally put Roma over the top. First, teh signing of argentina's top defensive prospect Walter Samuel to partner Aldair and Panucci in the back three, while in a massove twist to the transfer market, Roma surprisingly went for cash-strapped Fiorentina's star striker Gabriel Batistuta for $42 million, still the most expensive over-30 signing in history.
2000-2001 would see Roma in a three-way title fight against Juventus and Lazio. The competition was fierce until a crucial derby win over Lazio with Montella scoring the winning goal, before the final matchday, where an easy 3-0 win over Parma at home clinched Roma's first scudetto since the 1983-1984 treble!
After the legendary victory parade, FC Roma entered the 2001-2002 season as favorites, especially with the world record $53 million signing of Parma's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Sadly, their season would end in heartbreaking fashion, for Roma would lsoe the title on the last day to Ronaldo's Inter, while they would go all the way to the Champions League Final, where thwy would sink to Zinedine Zidane's Captain Tsubasa-esque volley 2-1 against Real Madrid.
Roma would then suffer another heeartbreaking loss the following year, ans they failed to cathc up to the surprise Scudetto winners Chievo Verona in 2002-2003, while they would falter in the UEFA Cup against AC Milan. That same Milan team would beat Roma to the Scudetto in 2003-2004. The subsequent departures of Cafu, Samuel, Di Biaggio and Cristiano Zanetti to offset the momey spent on Batistuta and Buffon, along with another (retroactive) runner up finish in 2005 to Inter put soem doubts as to Roma's ability to win again
All that was needed was anee manager, Luciano Sapletti, and new, cheap players such as Mancini, Simone Perrotta, Matteo Brighi, Phillipe Mexes, Christain Chivu, Samuel Kuffour and youth products Daniele De Rosis and Alberto Aquilaini to bring Roma back to the top, winning the 2006 Serie A, with Buffon being named best goalkeeper in the world by l'équipe.
Despite Totti's peak goalscoring season with 26 goals, Roma lost both 2006-2007 scudetto to Inter and were eliminated in the semi-final of the european cup to Lyon, Roma would end up winning the coppa in that same year, before bouncing back and winning again in 2007-2008, while they would lose to Marseille in the cup winners cup semi-final that same year.
2008-2009 would see FC Roma, at the peak of spalletti's squad's powers, finally go all the way to the champions league final, where they faced Sven-Goran Eriksson and wayne rooney's Manchester United, who won the competition the year prior against West Ham. With two francesco totti goals, Roma won their second ever european cup. In the league, however, they would lose the scudetto to Jose Mourinho's miraculous Genoa side
The following season, Roma would bring the scudetto back to the capital on the last day agaisnt Genoa, but they would bow out in the quarter-finals of the champions league against Barcelona.
2010-2011 would see Roma bow out in the champions league quarter finals against bayern, while they would bow out to palermo in the league. Retooling years would follow as aging contributors such as brighi, perrotta, Aquilaini, Chivu and Mirko Vucinic are phased out, with new talents such as alessandro florenzi, Emerson Palmieri, miralem pjanic, kevin strootman, radja nainggolan, Kostas Manolas and Marquinhos joins the ageless wonders Buffon, De Rossi and Totti.
The addition of brazilian goalkeeper and chosen successor to Buffon in Allison Becker, Milan's Stephan El Sharaawy and Borussia Dortmund's striker Edin Dzeko completed Roma's squad, forcing Totti to play more as a trequartista behind Dzeko. In a tense title race, Roma took the fight to Juventus and Napoli, with the insane pace never letting up until the final day, where FC Roma won its tenth Scudetto and Totti and Buffon's final title before putting an end to their illustrious careers.
Luciano Spalletti would also leave the club after 12 years managing it to join Inter Milan and Napoli, where he would win the scudetto once again at the latter club in 2023.
Fun fact: Francesco Totti, FC Roma's greatest ever player and its illustirous capitano, was the key player to HALF of FC Roma's scudettos!
forever the true GOAT
And now, with a new squad featuring the likes of Allisson, Florenzi, Palmieri and Marquinhos along with new talents such as Bryan Cristante, Nicolo Zaniolo, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Rick Karsdorp Patrick Schick, Gianluca Mancini, Marco Tuminello and Paulo Dybala, Roma are still going strong, regularly reaching the final four of the UEFA Cup and even reaching the final in 2023, losing to Luis Alberto and Julen Lopetegui's Sevilla on penalties.
 IRL, AS Roma was a merger of the four top roman clubs forced upon by the fascist party. Here, with rugby turning professional in 1893 woth the vote being for professionalisation in my world, along with other stuff happening in italy, things are...a bit different
Name: Lazio Athletic Club
Venue: Stadio Olimpico
Nickname: Il Biancocelesti (the white and sky blues), Le Aquile (the Eagle)
League: Serie A
Serie A/National championship: 1913-1914, 1914-1915, 1936-1937, 1972-1973, 1973-1974, 1999-2000
Coppa Italia: 1934-1935, 1957-1958, 1997-1998, 2003-2004, 2008-2009, 2012-2013
Cup Winners Cup: 1998-1999
UEFA Supercup: 1999
Società Podistica Lazio, or Lazio Athletics Club, was founded on 9 January 1900 in the Prati rione of Rome, making it the oldest Roman football team currently active. Wanting to encompass more than just the city of Rome, the club's nine original founding members chose to name the club Lazio, the same name as the region where the city of Rome was built. The primary colour of sky blue was chosen as a tribute to ancient Greece and pays homage to the advent of the modern Olympic Games.
The club's first ever match came in 1902 against Virtus, a match considered, albeit unofficially, the first Rome Derby. That match was played at Piazza d'Armi, near Piazza Mazzini, and Lazio duly won 3–0 with a hat-trick from centre-forward Sante Ancherani.
the 1907-1908 Lazio team
In 1907, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) sponsored a Roman championship called I Categoria, which Lazio won, defeating early rivals Virtus in the final. Nonetheless, they were not invited into any national championship despite their success.
After this friendly football activity, Lazio officially gave birth to its football section in 1910 and joined official league competition in 1912 as soon as the FIGC began organising championships in the centre and south of Italy. Lazio reached the national final three times, winning back to back in 1913 and 1914 against Pro Vercelli and Casale, respectively, but losing the 1923 final to Bologna.
Lazio's first championship teams
When FIGC launched its first national league system in 1926, Lazio started from the Prima Divisione, the forerunner of present-day Serie B.
The club played in the first organised Serie A in 1929 and made their league debut on 6 October 1929, defeating Bologna 3–0 at the Rondinella ground on Via Flaminia. However, the inaugural championship was less than brilliant for Lazio, who on the final day managing a meagre 15th-placed finish.
Lazio also had a considerable Brazilian influence in their early Serie A years, known as "Brasilazio", with the club employing lots of Brazilian talent. Their coach of the day, Amílcar Barbuy, was the first Brazilian to become involved with Italian football. However, this did not bring them success, as they finished eighth in 1930–31 and 13th in 1931–32.
In the summer of 1932, Barbuy was replaced by an Austrian coach, Karl Stürmer, and he led the club to their first eve win in a Rome Derby, beating the giallorossi 2–1 at home. Two-straight tenth-placed finishes under Stürmer saw him replaced by compatriot Walter Alt in 1934. His arrival also coincided with that of Silvio Piola. Piola went on to become a legend of Lazio, the highest goalscorer in Serie A history.
Led by the legendary striker Piola, Lazio achieved their first coppa italia triumph in that same season, 1934-1935, and then won the scudetto in 1937. The coach that season was Hungarian József Viola. They also competed in European competition for the first time, losing in the final of the Central European Cup against Ferencváros.
Lazio rounded out the decade with a memorable away derby win by 2–0 at the Campo Testaccio in 1939 and a solid fourth-placed finish in 1940.
This particular decade was dominated by Il Grande Torino, and Lazio could achieve no better than mid-table finishes. The 1948–49 season was a difficult one for the biancocelesti, as players were reduced to the minimum wage and several went on strike. They finished 13th, although they recovered the following season to record an impressive fourth-placed finish, made even sweeter by the difficulties of the previous year and the miserable campaign of Roma, who once again narrowly avoided the drop to Serie B.
In 1958, Lazio won its second ever Coppa Italia title. First, the club had topped their group of four, consisting of Palermo, Napoli and rivals Roma, before eliminating Marzotto and Juventus on the road to the final, where they met Fiorentina, Led by coach Fulvio Bernardini. Lazio beat la Viola 1–0 with a goal from striker Maurilio Prini, who had ironically just left Fiorentina.
Lazio captain Robert Lovati lifting the coppa italia in 1958
Unfortunately, the 60s would be a disastrous decade for Lazio, for they would be releagted in 1964 and would wait until the early 70s to get back to the top flight.
Upon their return to Serie A, Lazio build a resilient squad featuring the likes of captain Giuseppe Wilson on defense, Luciano Re Cecconi and Mario Frustalupi in midfield and the duo of Giorgio Chinaglia and rome-born argentine Delio Onnis. Together, Lazio would emerge as the surprise champions of Serie A in 1972-1973, beating Nereo Rocco's Milan and a young Juventus side for their first scudetto in decades. This would be followed by a dominant 1973-1974 campaign where they led from start to finish to go back-to-back.
Sergio Cragnotti, Lazio's iconic president in the 90s Serie A golden age
Lazio's back-to-back scudetto winners in the 70s
Unfortunately, this success was not build upon, as Onnis left to join Monaco in the french league and midfielder Luciano Re Cecconi and coach tommasso maestrelli tragically died in 1976. The bottom of the barrell was hit when Lazio were forcibly relegated to Serie B following the Totonero scandal, and they would become a yo-yo club for much of the 80s before finally returning to Serie A for good in 1988 and stabilising themselves there.
In 1992, Food bank businessman Sergio Cragnotti bought the club and invested in it, joining the spending frenzy of Serie A at the time as the league, the bestbin the world in those times, outbid each other to acquire the world's best players. Diego Fuser from Torino, Aaron Winter from Ajax and Giuseppe Signori from the surprise 5th place finishers Foggia were Cragnotti's first signings, followed by Alen Boksic and Paolo Nero in 1993, Jose Chamot in 1994 and czech manager zdenek Zeman in that same year, joining homegrown talents such as goalies Valerio Fiore and Flavio Roma, Giuseppe Favalli, Roberto Di Matteo and Alessandro Nesta.
Lazio would constantly finish in the top 4 of the legendary goldem age of Serie A in the 90s, but success still eluded them, which prompted a change in manager from Cargnotti, bringing in Sampdoria's all-conquering coach Sven-Goran Eriksson. Coming in were Pavek Nedved in 1996, Mattias Almeyda in 1997 and serbs Dejan Stankovic and Sinisa Mihaljovic and chilean Marcelo Salas in 1998, along with youth product Marco Di Vaio. Lazio would win their first silverware since 1974 by winning the coppa italia in 1998, but losing to Ronaldo's Inter in that same year's UEFA Cup final before embarking on a run to the cup winners cup title in 1999, also defeating UEFA Cup winners Manchester United in the final of the UEFA Super Cup that same year.
Lazio's time finally came in 1999-2000, where they engaged in a crazy 4-horse title fight with Juventus, Napoli and Parma. On the last day of the season, Juventus lost to Perugia and Lazio won, which meant Lazio became champions for the first time since the back to back in the 70s.
The Laziale in the 2008-2009 coppa italia
In that time, Lazio would compete in the champions league twice, in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001. They would reach the semi-finals in 99-00, losing to eventual winners Manchester United, while they would be stunned by Leeds United in 2000-2001.
However, a scandal involving prssident Cragnotti and his food products company forced him to sell the club, and Lazio would be forced to sell their stars, such as Nedved, Salas and Nesta.
What would follow would be up and down results, with the highs being an unexpected coppa italia win in 2003-2004 led by coach Roberto Mancini, the midfield mastery of Dejan Stankovic and the striker duo of Di Vaio and Bernardo Corradi, while the low would be relegation to Serie B following Calciopoli. Since then, Claudio Lotito bought the club and brought it back to Serie A on the first try, where they have been competing ever since.
With young, cheap talents onboard like fernando muslera, Modibo Diakité, Giugliemo Stentardo, Aleksandr Kolarov, stefan radu, cristian ledesma, Goran Pandev, Marco Parolo, Stefano Mauri and Stephan Lichsteiner alongside german marksman Miroslav Klose, Lazio would win two more coppa italias in 2009 and 2013 before doing another rebuild.
With manager Simone Inzaghi and the likes of Mattia Perrin, Stefan De Vrij, Rodrigo Caio, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Danilo Cataldi, Balde Keita, Felipe Anderson, Andrea Conti and the career ressurection of Ciro Immobile, Lazio has turned into one of the most competitive sides in modern day Serie A, coming close to winning titles many times, first in 2019 when they lost the coppa italia to fiorentina and in 2020's crazy 4-horse title race where they lost out to Atalanta.
After finishing runner-up again in 2023 behind Napoli, Lazio is gearing up for a title challenge, with Cataldi and Sergej being joined by free agent Daichi Kamada in midfield and Nicolo Casale from Verona completing the back line with De Vrij and Caio.
Well, they almost did win it IRL in 2020 during the COVID season. Also, if you took the tiem to read the roma entry, i wrote that Chievo won in 2003Atalanta won in 2020? Not as unlikely as it seems, their youth sector has been stacked, in the last few years, just like Sassuolo's. If only those teams could hold on to their talents, without having to sell them - Chievo Verona was this close to doing a Leicester run back in the early 2000s, and Vicenza almost did the same in the late 1970s, maybe having some unlikely teams win the championship thanks to local and/or young players could make more established sides stop thinking about exclusively lining their own pockets while buying already established players from abroad.
I always loved Atalanta myself, so having them win in 2020 is always a plus for dumb ol' me 😅Atalanta won in 2020? Not as unlikely as it seems, their youth sector has been stacked, in the last few years, just like Sassuolo's. If only those teams could hold on to their talents, without having to sell them - Chievo Verona was this close to doing a Leicester run back in the early 2000s, and Vicenza almost did the same in the late 1970s, maybe having some unlikely teams win the championship thanks to local and/or young players could make more established sides stop thinking about exclusively lining their own pockets while buying already established players from abroad.
League: Sergio Aguero (15)
All: Nicolas Anelka (16)
Highest home attendance
41,829 vs Liverpool (6 February 2011)
|Lowest home attendance||40,266 vs Žilina (23 November 2010)|
Phenomenal Stuff mate, keep it up! 😃Chelsea's "Big Four", Part One
2010-11 Chelsea FC Season
2010–11 season Owner Roman Abramovich Chairman Manager Stadium 1st Fourth round Third round Runners-up Quarter-finals Top goalscorer League: Sergio Aguero (15)
All: Nicolas Anelka (16)
Highest home attendance 41,829 vs Liverpool (6 February 2011) Lowest home attendance 40,266 vs Žilina (23 November 2010)
For the first few matches of the 2010/11 season, Sergio Agüero seemed to be a waste of money, as Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka scored the goals. The Argentinian striker would net his first goal in a 2-1 win at Blackburn, with his second being overshadowed in a catastrophic 3-1 home defeat by Sunderland. But then he set off on a run which would last through November. A 3-minute brace at St Andrew's turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win, before a second half winner at St James' Park gave Chelsea a win by the same score a week later. And then Chelsea went to White Hart Lane, where Agüero and Drogba converged on Tottenham in a 3-1 win. Chelsea had stayed top of the league thanks to Aguero's goals, but a blip over Christmas would see them slip to third behind the two Manchester clubs.
Chelsea would keep in touch with Man Utd throughout February and March in a late surge, with a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge keeping the title race alive. Meanwhile, Arsenal briefly threatened but ultimately fell away, Man City spent less than 24 hours on top, and Tottenham tried - and failed - to break into the Champions League places, with their hopes being ultimately snuffed out in late April with a 3-1 loss at Stamford Bridge. Meanwhile, Chelsea took full advantage of a late stumble from Man Utd to climb back on top of the table, before they went to Old Trafford at the beginning of May. A win would have seen them win the league; instead, they lost 2-1 and United cut the gap to a solitary point. Chelsea would get a massive let-off a week later as United contrived to drop points in a 1-1 draw at home to Blackburn, only to drop points themselves in a 2-2 draw at home to Newcastle. Like the previous season, it would come down to the final day of the season, except many tipped United to win the league as they had an easier fixture in Blackpool at home. In the end, the title race was decided at Goodison Park, where Sergio Aguero turned in his best performance so far with a hat-trick to keep the Premier League trophy at Stamford Bridge. 
 The main butterfly is that with Aguero's goals, Chelsea remain in the title race throughout the 10/11 season. This keeps Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, which will make for interesting results down the line. In addition, Fernando Torres remains at Liverpool for the rest of the season, likewise Andy Carroll at Newcastle.