SS Lazio may only have made a handful of appearances in the Champions League over the years, however they certainly attract a following when they do make it into the competition. Having already built a mass following, the 70,634 capacity Stadio Olimpico becomes a venue whereby everybody is desperate to witness I Biancocelesti in action against some of Europe’s finest sides.
The Serie A outfit have had some top-quality talent in their squad over the years that have graced Europe’s elite club competition with their presence when Lazio do qualify for the tournament, with the likes of Angelo Peruzzi, Hernan Jorge Crespo, Alessandro Nesta and Juan Sebastian Veron all having featured in the past, whilst more recent stars such as Thomas Strakosha, Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic have all tried their best to get the club back into the competition.
SS Lazio have made a number of appearances in the Champions League throughout their existence, however it would not be wrong to suggest that they have been disappointing in the campaigns they have been involved in.
I Biancocelesti’s best finish has been in the quarter-final’s of the competition, which came back in 1999/00, whilst getting past the Group Stage of the tournament appears to be a bridge too far for the club from the Italian capital.
SS Lazio have had some memorable moments in the Champions League when playing as a participant, as they reached the competition’s quarter-final stage under the old format. With two Group Stages having been played, the Italians managed to see off Bayer Leverkusen, Dynamo Kiev and Maribor in the first one, before topping a group containing Olympique Marseille, Chelsea and Feyenoord, however Valencia proved a step too much for them in their first ever appearance in the tournament.
Another memorable moment for the Italians was when they managed to earn a draw against Real Madrid in the 2007/08 campaign, although one they will want to forget was their 2015/16 appearance as they failed to make it to the Group Stage after being defeated by Bayer Leverkusen in the play-off round.
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