Sven Goran Eriksson and Sergio Cragnotti were the men at the helm during Lazio’s most successful period. Courtesty of Calcioweb.
With Lazio flying in Serie A it seemed like a good time to look back at the days when the capital club were one of the major players in the division.
That position was down to the millions of Sergio Cragnotti who bankrolled the assembly of brilliant squad under the guidance of Sven Goran Eriksson. The Swede arrived in 1997 after years of near misses and in his second season in charge Lazio would have the greatest anti-climax of their history, as they let a seven-point lead slip and Milan clinched the title by defeating Perugia on the final day.
The previous season had seen the capital club win the Coppa Italia but they disappointingly lost out on a chance of their first ever European silverware in the Uefa Cup final. A Ronaldo-inspired Inter proved too much for even this vaunted Lazio defence. They would though get their hands on a European trophy the following year beating Mallorca in the final of the last Cup Winners’ Cup in 1999. Continue reading →
Not the look of a man who once terrified defenders all around Europe.
2005 Confederations Cup final: Brazil 4-1 Argentina. The Brazilians battered their rivals and looked a simply unstoppable force on their way to retaining the World Cup in Germany in a year’s time. Adriano scored a brace in the final, taking his tournament tally to five on his way to the Golden Shoe as top goalscorer and Golden Ball as best player. The 24-year-old had the world at his feet. Continue reading →