S.S. Lazio had a season to remember in 1998-99, finishing second in Serie A and winning the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and Supercoppa Italiana. However, the fact that the club lost the title following a poor spell in the second half of the season still was a frustration for the supporters, the players and the staff.
Lazio kicked off the 1998-99 season by defeating Juventus 2-1 to win the Supercoppa in the pre-season, and then set a searing pace in the league thanks to the lethal striking partnership of world transfer record signing Christian Vieri and Marcelo Salas. The pair of them together netted 27 goals, as Lazio led the way for most of the season. 20-year old Yugoslav starlet Dejan Stanković also impressed by scoring on his league debut.
Milan peaked late during the season, while Lazio had a barren spell, which enabled Milan to make up the deficit. Lazio finally squandered the title lead in the penultimate match of the season, where it had to settle for a draw against Fiorentina away from home.
Following the season, Vieri left the club for Inter, accusing chairman Sergio Cragnotti of lying to him. The money from Vieri's transfer was used to bring Juan Sebastián Verón, Simone Inzaghi and Diego Simeone to Rome, moves that all proved essential when Lazio clinched the title in 2000, where those three found the net in the last game of the season.