Societa Sportiva Lazio were a top-ranked Italian football club at the turn of the century, keep reading this SS Lazio team profile to find out more about the clubs highs and lows. Between 1998 and 2000, the squad won a Serie A title once, the Coppa Italia twice, the Supercoppa Italia twice, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup. It was an astonishing show of success for a soccer club that had only won a small handful of major trophies before (a Serie A title from the 1973 1974 season and a Coppa Italia from 1957 1958), and it put Lazio on the map as a team to watch for the new era of Italian football.
Compared to the lightning-in-a-bottle success of those three years, it's tough not to see what Lazio has done since as a disappointment. In the years following the 1999 2000 season, the White and Sky Blues scored three more Coppa Italia victories (in 2004, 2009, and 2013), and even won the Supercoppa Italia one more time (in 2009). However, as of yet, Lazio have not won another Serie A title, nor have they added any additional UEFA honors to their trophy case.
2015 2016: Lazio's Year?
This lack of success outside of Italy's cup circuit could lead soccer followers around the world to write Lazio off as one of Italy's less distinctive or interesting clubs, but that would be a mistake. During the 2014 2015 season, the White and Sky Blues quietly crept up the ladder to take third place in the Serie A-behind only Juventus and AS Roma. As Internazionale and AC Milan have fallen upon hard times, Lazio have been one of the major beneficiaries, and we could see the club emerging as a legitimate contender in 2015 2016 if they continue to improve.
Indeed, when the White and Sky Blues don the Lazio home shirt 2015 2016 for the first game of the upcoming season-an August 23rd home fixture against Bologna-they'll be doing so with momentum from last season fresh in their minds. Could that momentum help Lazio displace Roma or Juventus from the top two? Could 2015 2016 be this long-underrated and overlooked squad's chance to return to the limelight?
The 2014 2015 Season
Lazio have only logged three top three Serie A finishes since they won the title in 2000-in 2001, 2007, and 2015. Of those three seasons, the 2014 2015 was Lazio's strongest, a fact that bodes well for fans hoping for the football club's renaissance.
Actually, the White and Sky Blues tallied the same point total (69) in both 2001 and 2015. (2006 2007 saw the soccer team skating to third place with just 62 points.) In fact, those two seasons were about as close to identical as possible for the club, each featuring 21 wins and six draws. Lazio lost four more games in 2015 (11) than they did in 2001 (7), but the difference in those numbers was merely the result of the four games that were added to the Serie A playing schedule between 2001 and 2015. (Each team in the Serie A used to play 34 games per season, but now plays 38.)
What made 2014 2015 such a breakthrough season for Lazio was the club's offensive performance. The White and Sky Blues scored 71 goals last season, just one fewer than Juventus. They had four players (Miroslav Klose, Antonio Candreva, Marco Parolo, and Felipe Anderson) who tallied 10 goals or more, and another two (Stefano Mauri and Filip Djordjevic) in the Serie A's top 50 scorers.
Those offensive figures were enough to give Lazio a goal difference of +33, considerably stronger than Roma's +23. The White and Sky Blues finished the season with 69 points, just one point behind Roma. In other words, with so much as one of their losses replaced with a draw, Lazio would have been the Serie A runners-up. With five of their six scorers so far set to return for the 2015 2016 campaign (only Stefano Mauri is leaving the club, at this point), Lazio will look to rectify that near-miss this season.
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