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  24/10/2011: Lulic: "I want titles with Lazio"
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Senad Lulic has had an interesting start to his career at Lazio. He has always been reliable when needed by Edy Reja and has played in several positions so far. His performances has been impressive the last weeks and some might say he changed the match for Lazio when he entered the field in the second half in the Derby Della Capitale. Yesterday the versatile bosnian got his final breakthrough for Lazio. At the start of the second half he scored his first goal for Lazio to make it 2-0. Still, when asked about the start he has made at Lazio the derby is the first thing that comes to his mind:

"I still have the derby in my mind. In those ninety minutes the town is divided. We were finally able to win, after five straight defeats. I will never forget the happiness from our fans. When I arrived in Rome everyone spoke about the derby and told me how important it was."

When Lulic arrived this summer he was perhaps the less talked about signing with not many people knowing his name. He signed a five year contract with the capital club and now wants to give the fans silverware: "I like it in Rome. I rented a house near the stadium. I have a long contract, but it is still to early to buy a house. Football is strange, and you never know what the future will bring. At Lazio everyone has welcomed me very well, my goal is to win something while I am here."

Senad Lulic arrived at Rome together with his wife: "She supports me. We have been married for a year, and before that we were engaged for six. Honestly, I prefer not to talk so much about my personal life. It is certain that football takes alot of time. You are often traveling and there is no time for normal things like sleeping a little longer or going out with friends, but there will be times for this later, now I just want to focus on my career."

Senad grew up when his home country Bosnia was in the middle of a war, but he moved abroad to Switzerland at a young age. He played for the clubs Bellinzona, Grasshoppers and Young Boys, but he was always planning to play at a bigger stage: "To move to Switzerland was a big change for me. I have had to make many sacrifices to play football, but eventually it paid off. I have to give alot of credit to my coach at Young Boys, Petkovic. He gave me the opportunity to use all my qualities. The thing I remember most from my time there was to score in the 2-1 victory over Tottenham. That game opened the doors for the national team for me and I can say that it was sort of a turning point in my career"

(Eivind Ytreland)
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