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Who Are Lazio’s Longest Serving Stalwarts?

Who Are Lazio’s Longest Serving Stalwarts?

Finding players who will commit to a club for the long term is becoming increasingly difficult in the modern era of football. Ciro Immobile is the most recent example of a player who has dedicated most of his career to the club. The attacker is still under contract with Lazio until the summer of 2026 and should surpass 400 appearances for the club during the 2023/24 Serie A season.

While Immobile’s playing time is likely to decrease in the future, he remains Lazio and Serie A’s all-time leading goalscorer. Immobile will still have plenty of chances to add to his tally and will be a key player in betting sites’ goalscorer markets.

However, only two players in Lazio’s illustrious history have appeared more than 400 times for the Biancocelesti in all competitions. We look at them in this article, as well as some of Lazio’s other longest-serving stalwarts.

Stefan Radu’s record of 427 appearances for Lazio will be challenged. Ciro Immobile, for example, would most certainly need three or four more full seasons to come close to breaking his record.

Stefan Radu joined Lazio on loan in the 2007/08 season and appeared in eleven games. Lazio signed him on a permanent basis for the start of the following season, and he remained with the club until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Radu made one league and two European appearances for Lazio last season. But he added three more matches to his already impressive score. During his stay with the club, the former captain won three Coppa Italia titles and three Supercoppa Italiana trophies.

The Romanian’s 427 appearances for the Biancocelesti are not only a club record, but he also holds the all-time Serie A record with 349 appearances.

Giuseppe Favalli, Lazio’s stalwart defender, made 298 appearances and won more trophies than Radu throughout his career at the club. Favalli made his Serie A debut for Lazio in 1992 after joining from Cremonese.

With 401 Lazio appearances, he and Radu are the only two in the 400+ club. Favalli, a fierce competitor across the back line, was named club captain and accomplished something Radu never did: win a Serie A title with Lazio.

That was in 2000, when it was added to other silverware from the Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and UEFA Super Cup. Favalli went on to win another Serie A title with Inter and a UEFA Champions League with AC Milan after leaving Lazio.

Giuseppe (Joseph) Wilson, born in England to an Italian mother and an English father, went to Italy before his first birthday and spent the majority of his career with Lazio. Wilson received three caps for Italy during his career, and the defender appeared in 394 games for Lazio, including the 1973/74 Serie A title-winning club.

Paolo Negro, another legendary defender torn from the pages of Lazio history, retired in 2007. But he enjoyed a fantastic trophy-laden career with Lazio that lasted from 1993 to 2005, with 376 appearances. Along with Favalli, he was a member of Lazio’s spectacular 1999/2000 Serie A title-winning season.

To emphasize how important these two defenders were for Lazio at the time, Favalli and Negro won the same major championships (8 of them) during their time at the club. Surprisingly, Negro received only eight international caps, oddly enough, the same number as Favilli.

Moving forward into the current day, Bosnian international Senad Luli worked hard for Lazio before retiring at the end of the 2021/22 season. Luli played 371 games for Lazio, falling only five short of Paolo Negro’s club record.

The midfielder made his Lazio debut in 2011 and was named to the club’s top ten all-time appearance list in 2018. Luli had risen to fifth on the appearance list by the time he retired, having won three major titles during his tenure in Rome.

The chart differs slightly for the Biancocelesti’s total Serie A appearances. The key difference is that Paolo Negro is not on the list, although Radu claimed the club’s league appearance record from Aldo Puccinelli, who retired in 1957.

  1. Stefan Radu: 349
  2. Aldo Puccinelli: 319
  3. Giuseppe Favalli: 298
  4. Giuseppe Wilson: 286
  5. Senad Lulić: 282