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  08/01/2015: Player Profile: Stefano Mauri
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Stefano Mauri is celebrating his 35th birthday and we would like to take the time to look back at his achievements since joining from Udinese back in 2005.

Il Capitano is a fans' favourite and someone that the supporters always like to see on the pitch - his career with the club has seen some controversy most notably when he was arrested as part of the Calcioscommesse scandal and banned from playing.

The ban he received seemed harsh - let's remember that he received it due to not reporting someone trying to get him to take part in illegal activity.

Whilst he was out the fans stuck by Mauri and on his return he received excellent support and since returning to the team he has looked like someone reenergised and hungry to play.

The club's number six has played 222 league games and has 38 goals to his name. On a special night in Rome in November 2012 he scored the winning goal against Roma in the Derby della Capitale. In the same game he was on the receiving end of a Daniele De Rossi punch that saw the Roma man sent off but with less than five minutes to go he also got his own marching orders.

He also scored the winner against our city rivals during the 2-1 victory in March 2012 when Hernanes had opened the scoring with a penalty following Maarten Stekelenburg's dismissal.

Other games he scored in during the 2011/2012 season included 3-1 wins against Napoli and Inter. Many of Mauri's goals have been spectacular, he's like an Italian version of Matt Le Tissier, with not many scored inside the six-yard box. One of his most impressive finishes has to be his incredible overhead kick during the victory against Napoli.

At the end of last season he went on a nice scoring run netting in the last three games including a very late equaliser against Verona in the 3-3 home draw.

All of his playing success has come with Lazio - he was part of both the 2009 and 2013 squads for the Coppa Italia wins as well as playing his part in the 2009 Supercoppa Italiana.

The Monza born player signed a new one-year contract back in May 2014 so it will be interesting to see if he is still at the club next season and going on his form he just might be.

To date his best scoring campaigns have been 2006/07 and 2010/11 when he scored six times - yet this season he already has six goals. For those of you who love a good statistic in each of those games Lazio have gone on to win - so let's hope he scores on Sunday!

By Scott Balaam
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