Founded in 1900 as Societa Podistica Lazio, a multi-purpose sports club, the Biancocelesti began football full-time in 1906. The club lifted their first trophy – the Coppa Italia – in 1958 but were relegated three seasons later. Several trips up and down the divisions preceded Lazio’s first Scudetto in 1974 when they were led by the legendary Giorgio Chinaglia. But within six years came the club’s darkest hour as Lazio were relegated for their role in the Totonero scandal and only a play-off prevented the club from slipping into Serie C in 1987.
Sergio Cragnotti took over the club in 1992 and with his financial backing Lazio became a force both in Italy and Europe. During this time the Aquile won their second Scudetto, a Cup Winners’ Cup, two Italian Super Cups, the European Super Cup and two Italian Cups. However, only massive sales and a restructuring of contracts allowed the club to avoid bankruptcy.
Under the guidance of owner Claudio Lotito the capital club have regularly finished in the top half of Serie A and contested in European competition. They have also won the Coppa on two occasions, most recently in 2013 against hated city rivals Roma.
In 2015, an impressive third-place finish helped the Aquile qualify for the Champions League again for the first time in eight years. It proved a false dawn, as Stefano Pioli failed to replicate that form and was sacked in April to make way for Primavera Coach Simone Inzaghi.
The summer of 2016 was absolutely chaotic, as Marcelo Bielsa was appointed only to back out two days later, claiming the club had not kept its transfer promises. Lazio retaliated by suing the Argentine Coach for €50m and, with pre-season training already begun, called back Inzaghi.