Società Sportiva Lazio, commonly referred to as Lazio, is a professional Italian sports club based in Rome, most known for its football activity. The society, founded in 1900, play in the Serie A and have spent most of their history in the top tier of Italian football. Lazio have been Italian champions twice, and have won the Coppa Italia six times, the Supercoppa Italiana three times, and both the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and UEFA Super Cup on one occasion. The club had their first major success in 1958, winning the domestic cup. In 1974, they won their first Serie A title. The past 15 years have been the most successful period in Lazio’s history, seeing them win the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and UEFA Super Cup in 1999, the Serie A title in 2000, several domestic cups and reaching their first UEFA Cup final in 1998. Lazio’s traditional kit colours are sky blue shirts and white shorts with white socks; the colours are reminiscent of Rome’s ancient Hellenic legacy. Sky blue socks have also been interchangeably used as home colours. Their home is the 70,634 capacity Stadio Olimpico in Rome, which they share with A.S. Roma until 2018, when the latter will leave for the Stadio della Roma. Lazio have a long-standing rivalry with Roma, with whom they have contested the Derby della Capitale (in English “Derby of the capital” or Rome derby) since 1929. Società Podistica Lazio was founded on 9 January 1900 in the Prati district of Rome. Until 1910, the club played at an amateur level until it officially joined the league competition in 1912 as soon as the Italian Football Federation began organising championships in the center and south of Italy, and reached the final of the national championship playoff three times, but never won, losing in 1913 to Pro Vercelli, in 1914 to Casale and in 1923 to Genoa 1893. In 1927, Lazio was the only major Roman club which resisted the Fascist regime’s attempts to merge all the city’s teams into what would become A.S. Roma the same year. Lazio’s colours of white and sky blue were inspired by the national emblem of Greece, due to the fact that Lazio is a mixed sports club this was chosen in recognition of the fact that the Ancient Olympic Games and along with it the sporting tradition in Europe is linked to Greece. Originally, Lazio wore a shirt which was divided into white and sky blue quarters, with black shorts and socks. After a while of wearing a plain white shirt very early on, Lazio reverted to the colours which they wear today. Some seasons Lazio have used a sky blue and white shirt with stripes, but usually it is sky blue with a white trim, with the white shorts and socks. The club’s colours have led to their Italian nickname of biancocelesti. Lazio’s traditional club badge and symbol is the eagle, which was chosen by founding member Luigi Bigiarelli. It is an acknowledgment to the emblem of Zeus (the god of sky and thunder in Greek mythology) commonly known as the Aquila; Lazio’s use of the symbol has led to two of their nicknames; le Aquile (“the Eagles”) and Aquilotti (“Eaglets”). The current club badge features a golden eagle above a white shield with a blue border; inside the shield is the club’s name and a smaller tripartite shield with the colours of the club.
La Società Sportiva Lazio SpA, nota anche come SS Lazio o più semplicemente Lazio, è una società polisportiva italiana nota soprattutto per la sua sezione calcistica. Fu fondata a Roma il 9 gennaio 1900 come Società Podistica Lazio da nove atleti romani, con a capo il giovane sottoufficiale dei Bersaglieri, oltre che atleta podista, Luigi Bigiarelli. I tradizionali colori della Lazio sono il bianco e il celeste, scelti all’epoca della fondazione in onore della Grecia, patria delle Olimpiadi. L’impianto degli incontri interni della squadra è lo stadio Olimpico che, inaugurato nel 1953, ospita anche le gare della Roma, storica rivale della formazione biancoceleste. Il simbolo della S.S. Lazio è l’aquila, scelta in quanto emblema di potenza, vittoria e prosperità. Nel corso degli anni lo stemma ha subito varie modifiche: il primo vero logo ufficiale, ideato nel 1912, raffigurava uno scudo a strisce verticali bianche e celesti dove era posata un’aquila che reggeva un nastro sul quale campeggiava il nome della società.
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