1998–99 S.S. Lazio season

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Lazio
1998–99 season
Chairman Italy Sergio Cragnotti
Manager Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson
Serie A 2nd
Coppa Italia Quarter-final
Cup Winners' Cup Winners
Supercoppa Italiana Winners
Top goalscorer Chile Marcelo Salas (15)
Home colours

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.

Season summary[edit]

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. Twenty-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.

Lazio's best moment of the 1998-99 season came when they beat Mallorca 2-1 at Villa Park in Birmingham in the 1999 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final, following goals by Vieri and Pavel Nedvěd.

The most prolific players during the season was captain and centre-half Alessandro Nesta, free-kick specialist Siniša Mihajlović, winger Nedvěd, and the striker pairing of Vieri and Salas.

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Luca Marchegiani
2 Italy DF Paolo Negro
3 Italy DF Stefano Lombardi
5 Italy DF Giuseppe Favalli
6 Italy MF Federico Crovari
7 Italy MF Attilio Lombardo
9 Chile FW Marcelo Salas
10 Italy FW Roberto Mancini
11 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia DF Siniša Mihajlović
12 Italy GK Emanuele Concetti
13 Italy DF Alessandro Nesta
14 Portugal MF Sérgio Conceição
15 Italy DF Giuseppe Pancaro
16 Australia MF Paul Okon
No. Position Player
17 Switzerland DF Guerino Gottardi
18 Czech Republic MF Pavel Nedvěd
19 Croatia FW Alen Bokšić
20 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia MF Dejan Stanković
21 Spain MF Iván de la Peña
22 Italy GK Marco Ballotta
24 Portugal DF Fernando Couto
25 Argentina MF Matías Almeyda
26 Italy MF Roberto Baronio
29 Italy MF Giampiero Pinzi
31 Italy MF Valentino Sbaccanti
32 Italy FW Christian Vieri
33 Italy DF Stefano Di Fiordo

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
4 Italy MF Dario Marcolin (on loan to Blackburn Rovers)
6 Italy DF Giovanni Lopez (to Napoli)
7 Italy MF Roberto Rambaudi (to Genoa)
8 Italy FW Igor Protti (on loan to Reggiana)
No. Position Player
23 Italy MF Giorgio Venturin (to Atlético Madrid)
27 Italy FW Alessandro Iannuzzi (to Milan)
28 Italy DF Maurizio Domizzi (on loan to Livorno)
30 Italy FW Rosario Aquino (to Livorno)

Results[edit]

Serie A[edit]

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
34 20 9 5 62 31 +31 69 12 4 1 38 14 +24 8 5 4 24 17 +7

Top scorers[edit]

Serie A[edit]

References[edit]