Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I was inspired to write again after watching the movie titled 'Eat Pray love' by Juliet Roberts. In this film, she travelled to Rome inorder to find herself again after a failed marriage, and it brought back wonderful memories during the time i was in Rome for my honeymoon. The moment when i stepped into the Stadio Olimpico for the very first time still lingers in my mind.
Ok, enought of reminiscing. Last sunday, we lost to our fierce rival, A.S Roma aka the dogs 0-2. I was distraught and upset. Could it be that our luck that had been with us in the ealier games, finally left us for good?
Lazio fans all over the world pointed their fingers at Referee Morganti, who denied us several penalties claimed. But why not look at the bigger picture? We lost simply because our forwards were not clinical enough infront of goal. Here's a few points that i would like share.
1. Hernanes should had buried the ball into the net when he briliantly broke the offside trap, and with only the keeper to beat.
2. Foggia could have applied lesser force to that volley that hit the cross bar.
3. The crosses from the wings were pathetic.
4. Zarate shouldnt have even stepped onto the field. - He seeks personal glory.
5. 2 of our players jumped together for a high ball, clashed and went down injured. A Roma player took the loose ball and won a penalty, which eventually resulted in a goal. The question here is not why that Roma player did not stop play, but why in the world 2 Lazio players were fighting for the same ball?! This is top flight football and mistake like this would kill you! Where was the communication between them!?
The above are just my personal opinion. And by the way, we lost to Cesena 1-0 yesterday. Milan are now top of the table..It is nice that we were top of the league for 3 weeks. Now lets get back to more realistic target. - Top 5 in the league!
Lazio till i die!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
At some point, they have about 9 players in their own penalty box!! Crazy! Zarate again was perhaps trying too hard to score. He has to understand that football is played by 11 men, and he cant dribble the entire defence single-handedly!
To be honest, it was after he was replaced by Kozak in the 2nd half, that we played much much better! Stefano Mauri switched to the center behind Rocchi and Kozak, and Hernanes to the right. Mauri plays best as a trequartista behind the strikers and there is no denying he had an awesome game!! He scored one from an assist by Capitano Rocchi, and return the favour by sending a delightful cross-chip to the Captain who lobbed the Bologna keeper, Viviano into the empty net!
Il Profeta scored from the penalty spot deep into injury time to send Lotito into smiles on the stands. Next up, away to Firenze!
Friday, September 10, 2010
A Ceccarelli penalty and a penalty saved by Lazio's keeper, Beradi in the 90th Minute, did the job! Good Job Boys!!!
The owner of ‘Sapore Italiano’, Andrea, first introduced us to the Ambassador at his restaurant, during the World Cup match between Italy and New Zealand.
Before we were introduced to the ambassador at the restaurant, I was having this conversation with my friend, Stefano.
“What do you think? You think he knows about football?” I asked.
“I think he knows nothing about Lazio.” Stefano added.
Shortly after, we were left eating our own words, as it turn out that he is a big fan of Lazio! Hahaha...
My first impression of the Ambassador was he is handsome, very humble, extremely friendly, and very knowledgeable and passionate about La Lazio! Stefano and I were further blown away, when he told us that his late-father used to play for Lazio in the 30s, and that he had played with the legendary Silvio Piola.
His late-father’s name is Renzo Felicani, and his uncle who also played for Lazio, and whom I managed to find information on ‘LazioWiki’, is Pietro Felicani.
So the three of us, Darran, Stefano and myself were in the Ambassador’s office, as he took out his father’s old photo album. It feels like a magical tour back in time, as he showed us his father’s photos when he was young, to the time he joined Lazio, during the war when he served as an artillery officer, and the post-war where he continued to play for the Biancoceleste.
Obviously, words could not describe my emotion back then as pages after pages, photos of the former players, the heroes of La Lazio appeared in front of my naked eyes. You have to understand that these photos are really very sought-after, and one in particular, was actually signed by all the players including Silvio Piola! These are simply priceless photos!!!! I would not even consider selling them for a Million Dollar if I were the owner of these photos. I am soooo excited even when I am typing this now!! (This adrenaline rush will take a month to subside)
Ambassador Felicani also expressed his interest in joining the Lazio Singapore Supporters group. – We were all deeply honoured and delighted!
“Sir, you can join us for gatherings and play some football together,” I told him
“Yes, if only it’s near a church or a hospital” He laughs
We all burst out laughing!
The highlight of the meeting was his gift to the Singapore Lazio Supporters. – An old school replica Lazio 1930s -1940s jersey. The jersey has the old Facist logo of Lazio on it, so I reckon it should be from the 30s, probably before the war. Regardless of whichever era it comes from, I am definitely going to frame it up and hanged it on the wall!
To return his nice gesture, I gave him a ‘Vola-Lazio-Vola’ scarf written in Chinese characters, made for the 2009 Italian Super Cup in Beijing, and some newspaper cutting of articles about the global Laziali invasion on Corrielle Dello Sport. The latter was very happy and impressed by the efforts from Laziofever and the global Laziali.
However due to the rather short meeting and all the excitement, we have apparently forgotten to take pictures of the ambassador’s late father!
WAIT, DON’T SWEAR! We promised to take more photos of him during our next meeting. Hahaha..
Enjoy the photos folks..
The photo on the left is Natalio Perinetti. A very famous Argentinean Striker, but was never a Lazio player. He is somehow related to the Ambassador's late father.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Hernanes is edging closer to the Capital!
The Vice-President of Sao Paolo has revealed to the Brazilian Press that the deal is as good as done. What lacking is only the official announcement. I think the reason is because the club do not want the player(s) to be distracted or affected.
Sao Paolo have a Final of the Coppa Liberatores to play for this thursday, and have to overcome a 1-0 1st leg deficit. Most probably the official annoucement will be made after the Final in Mid-August. (If Sao Paolo made it to the Final)
Another news that has grab the headlines is us linking to Kevin Prince Boateng. The latter has already rejected us but for some apparent reason, rumors said that we are also close to getting him. Hmm..he is a strong and physical player who is very attacking minded. Im not sure if he will suit Reja's system. Neverthelss, it would really be a dream if he comes to Rome. Can you imagine the midfield consisiting of Ledesma, Boateng, Hernanes and Bresciano??
Monday, August 2, 2010
An article on Lazialita says that the Brazilian midfielder is 99% a Lazio player and he is just a signature away from becoming 1 of us. Federico Penha, the vice-president of 'Traffic' who owns 17% of the player's rights has confirmed that.
In Brazil, it is very common for players to be own by several 'companies'.
Alot of my friends are delighted about this piece of news though nothing official has been announced. Youtube videos of the player can be seen everywhere on Facebook and some even hailing Claudio Lotito. *Shrugs*
For me, i hope the rumors are true of course. But i will not believe anything until i see him in the press conference, in a Lazio jersey at Formello.
Garrido is basically a replacement for Kolarov on the left side of defence and cost 2.5 Millions. I have never seen him play in my entire life, so i will reserve my comments on the latter till later stage of the season.
As for Gonzalez, the player has actually been with us for acouple of weeks. It's just that there was no official announcement by the society. He has played afew friendly matches for us in Auronzo and has impressed many. Gonzalez can be used as a winger and right side of midfield.
Welcome to La Lazio boys!!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Our Mercato has been pathetic so far although Bresciano looked like a very useful addition. I hope Lotito and Company have learn the lesson of last season, and do better in the transfer market.
I've been reading news from http://www.lazialita.com/ and http://www.lalaziosiamonoi.it/ everyday, but it seems like our dreams of signing Hernanes from Sao Paulo is getting more impossible everyday. It is reported that Lotito has submitted to Sao Paulo a 2nd bid of 13 Million for the centrocampista. Fingers crossed guys!!
Aquafresca joined the long list of players that have turn us down. This is embarrasing..Martinez, Boateng, the Iranian guy and now Aquafresca! Mama mia..
There is still no official new of Kolarov signing for Manchester City! - Im getting worried! Juve have said to have made a last minute attempt to sign the Serbian left back. The deal is almost done and i think he is undergoing his medical. How in the world would he want to join Juve in such circumstances? Hahaha..stupid Juventus never fail to amuse me.
So now after we cash in on Kolarov for 19 Million, lotito is going to buy Antonelli from Parma as well as Hernanes. Antonelli is the natural replacement for Kolarov. My friend Stefano has told me that he had quite a good season with Parma. Hmm..lets see!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Lazio Vs Inter 2-1 Italian SuperCup
Genoa vs Lazio 1-2
Bologna Vs Lazio 2-3
Livorno Vs Lazio 1-2
Cagliari Vs Lazio 0-2
Parma Vs Lazio 0-2
Lazio vs Livorno 4-1
Lazio Vs Siena 2-0
Lazio Vs Villareal 2-1
Lazio Vs Genoa 1-0
2.Stephan Lichtsteiner- I rate him the best perfomer after Musly. Brilliant 1st game against Spain. He was abosutely dominant in defence and shutting out several dangerous attacks from David Villa and company. His challange on Andreas Iniesta late in the game caused the Spanish to be subsituted.
3.Aleksander Kolarov- Did not have a very particular good world cup with Serbia. However, he did well against the Germans in which they won. His below-par performance could had indirectly caused his potential transfer to Real Madrid to collapse. I would gladly sell him for even 10 Million. What is Lotito thinking?
4. Mark Breciano- Lazio's new signing. Hmmmm no comments really. A so-so performance by the Aussie.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
But now for the world cup. Forza Italia!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Rome's number 1 newspapaer, Corrielle Dello Sports dedicated 2 full pages about Lazio's fans around the world! And guess what? Singapore are amongst the few named in the article!!!!
Darran, the co-founder of 'Lazio Singapore' wrote a short message to a Live LAZIO T.V Show and had his message posted during the show. The next day, all Rome's radio stations read out the messages including the famous Guido De Angelis of Lazialita. Darran was quoted saying, "These are dark moments but there is light that is us laziali!"
Im sooooo proud of this! Ive been waiting for us to be recognised and be included in the global Lazio network for eons! All our efforts were not futile after all!! 3 Cheers for Darran!!! wooo...
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The derby is coming! We are currently making a flag with the help of Stefano. He is an expert in making banners and flags as he often brings them to the stadium in Rome. The flags are 3/4 done! We only need to include the stars and cresents of Singapore thats it!
We are on schedule!!! Forza LAZIO!!!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Hi all! I know the derby is 2 months away but im already freaking excited! The below flag is something i came out with and i need your suggestions!! :)Anything i should add to spice up the flag? Or should i keep it as simple as possible? Please, your contributions are greatly appreciated!
Friday, February 12, 2010
We've got ourselves a new coach. Ballardini has ben ousted by Lotito after losing 1-0at home to Catania.
2 days ago, 1000 angry Lazio fans held a demonstration at Formello- Lazio's training base.Training was called off as fans stormed the pitch. The police fought them off and 3 ended up in hospital with injuries. The demonstration in my opinion is futile as nothing changes. Lotito and Igli Tare are still around. Well perhaps, the angry supporters just wanted to make known that the team's current position is unacceptable, and that Lotito should step down and shoot himself on the head. I can understand how the fans feel but still like what Darran said, nothing will change. Lotito will remain in Lazio for another 100 years.
Edy Reja has been appointed as new coach of Lazio after terminating his contract with Hadjuk Split. The latter is famous for guiding Napoli from lowly Serie C to A! He is a former team-mate of Fabio Capello when they were training in SPAL youth/senior team in the 70s and apparently, their wives are good friends. I remember reading all these facts from some book which i forgot.
Nevertheless, i think he should be tactically inclined and good enough to guide us out of this mess. I hope im right..
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I was really excited about the game, and the worse thing for any football fans is that u cant catch your favourite team in action. The internet speed was pathetic but luckily my pal, Darran was updating me the score via sms through out the 90mins, while i was watching some lame magic show onboard the ship. When Floccari scored to make it 2-1, i punched my fist in the air! Some audiences + staffs were quite upset about it. Hahaha..but i dont really care, i was too highly intoxicated!
I think we have accquired a great footballer in Sergio Floccari. Although its a loan deal, i hope the club can work out something to make the deal permanent. Apparently, he has scored in 2 games in a row -the latest against Udinese away.
Anyway, i will like to discuss about an issue regarding us, Laziali. This topic has been ringing in my head for the past days and i promised to share with readers on this blog.
I bought a football magazine during my holidays in Hongkong as they have an article about Lazio. In it, they were saying about how badly we have played this season and that we Lazio fans could not accept the fact that the glory days were gone. We have to do a reality check and that we are now merely an average team.
This somehow struck me and got me wondering.
I think in our history, we have gone down to Serie B and back to A in more than 2 occasions(Pls correct me if im wrong) and each time, stronger than before. I read that in 1973 season when we were just promoted to A, we were title contenders straightaway and only lost the title to Juventus in the last game of the championship. However, we got the scudetto the following season with the help of Chinaglia and the great Giuseppe Wilson.
During the 80s, we were in B and nearly in C! And we too got out of that dark period. All these demonstrated that we have survived the worse and will definitely survive the current slump.
Therefore, i disagree with the article that we Lazio fans have to accept the fact that we are nolonger the team of Cragnotti. We suffered mainly due to poor management from Claudio Lotito. He reinforcement during pre-season was mediocre and the Pandev and Ledesman saga left alot of players worried.
We were competing in Europe and Serie A and we simply do not have the squad to rotate week in, week out! So, it is very clear and obvious that we Laziali are fustrated because deep down, we know that our team are capable of better results and league position only to have an incapable president leading us.
Ok ok, enough of talks and grumbling. Lets enjoy the highlights of both the games!