Saturday Mar 28, 2015  
     
 
  15/11/2012: Only a Lazio Fan Can Understand
email print  
 
There are some priceless moments only a Lazio fan can understand.

The emotion of Gabriele Sandri’s brother and nephew being welcomed by Curva Nord before the game, the raw adrenalin of Antonio Candreva’s sliding celebration after a 30 yard strike against his boyhood club and the elation as Stefano Mauri and Cristian Brocchi gleefully waved three fingers each in the air after the final whistle.

We are the padroni di Roma, the masters of Rome, yet again and as we prepare to face that other hated club, Juventus, this weekend it is a good time to pause and reflect.

The last week or so has been a haphazard journey of sorts for all Lazio people as we lurched from a potential crisis in a 4-0 loss in Catania to a comfortable win over Greek giants Panathinaikos whilst questioning everything in between.

And of course, we won the Derby, making everything else achieved or failed so far this year irrelevant compared to that one ultimate success.

The Juventus Stadium is the next station and the Old Lady is certainly the greatest hate figure after we’ve dealt with i fiji stupidi de Roma, the stupid sons of Rome, to borrow from a brilliant banner held up at the Derby.

Yet, if Roma are the opposite of everything we stand for, Juventus are the opposite of everything we feel and understand.

A Juventus fan does not understand the emotion, the elation and the suffering which we experienced in even just the ninety-five minutes of the Derby.

Emotion of such extremes is reserved for fans of clubs such as Lazio, Roma, Napoli, Genoa and the small clubs from the provinces in between.

Supporting a ‘big’ cannot possibly compare.

Losing, even gallantly, is no cause of joy and winning is routine and a minimal requirement.

A Juventus fan cannot cite a connection to the city or the heart of its history as his or her great connection to the club because their city’s club is Torino and their fan base exists in a wide collection of peoples from Varese to Reggio di Calabria and across the ditch to New York.

Their one uniting feature is their lust for victory regardless of how it arrives. That they are simply la Juve and they are the best is all that matters to a juventino.

Remember this when we take the field on Saturday against Juve; what we know and feel is different and we’re a part of something special.

It will take a mountainous effort for us to best them on the field but the emotions will be just that extra extreme off it.
Author: Christopher Testa
 
 
  Comments
 
 
 
 
 
Klose: "Baggio told me to keep on playing as much as I can"
Miroslav Klose in a interview about his future plans, Lazio's ambitions and a look at his great 15 years in football.
 
Team Revenues and its Impact on the Playing Field for S.S. Lazio (as of 20 March 2015)
Lazio are on the cusp of Champions League qualification, which is seen to bring great financial benefits to any club. Michael Petricca looks at the numbers to see where Lazio are now with their finances, and where they could be.
 
Throwback Thursday #3: Alessandro Nesta (19 March 1976)
A star was born 39 years ago today as we remember Alessandro Nesta's Lazio career in today's edition of Throwback Thursday.
 
"Pioli's Lazio the finest since Cragnotti's": Zoff
Former Biancocelesti coach, Dino Zoff, gave his thoughts on the current squad and where it ranks in Lazio history.
 
Throwback Thursday #2: Saving Lazio from B (12 March 2010)
Five years ago today, Lazio were in a rut and preparing for a crucial home game with Bari, which would ultimately end in defeat and leave Lazio in the relegation zone with 10 games to go.
 
Klose: "I still don't know if I will be here next season"
Miroslav Klose not only spoke about the 4-0 victory but about his future and what could make him stay for another year.