"Lazio - saved by the bell" Soccer - Football Tip by Calcio
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The former Scudetto-winners Lazio (won the league 1999/00 the last time) are having a tough time with everyday more or less close to bankruptcy. Although the last couple of months in 2004 have given the Lazio-supporters a lighter view of the future it’s still tough. The former owner-family Cragnotti sold the club last season, and with the new president Lotito in charge things have gone better.
The classic Rome-club was formed 1900 and has won two Scudetto, league titles. Another great moment for Lazio was 1998/99 when they won the Cupwinners Cup, and the Italian supercup.
It was during that period - when Sergio Cragnotti pumped more and more money from his own company into the club, and the successful Swedish manager Sven-Göran Eriksson managed to make all different wills at the club to go in the same direction – that Lazio had it’s big period. But Eriksson left for the job as England manager, and Cragnotti finished in jail because of some economical business that wasn’t totally legal.
Now the club are in the middle of the table, has being forced to sell star players as Bernardo Corradi, Stefano Fiore (Valencia), Claudio Lopez (back to South America), Dejan Stankovic, Giuseppe Favalli, Sinisa Mihajlovic (Inter), Jaap Stam and Giuseppe Pancaro (Milan). Some of them have left without a contract, others have been sold to save the economy.
Despite this Lazio is still playing good, and now and then actually manage to surprise and win against the big teams, but it’s not realistic to believe that the once so proud Rome-club again can fight for the titles in a close period.
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