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rockybalboa83
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PostSubject: Lazio Passion by an australian born italian   Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:58 pm

Evening lazio fans.

I just wanted to share my experiences from just being away overseas for a few weeks and now back home in Melbourne, Australia tonight!

Having both parents born in italy and migrating to australia at the ages of 18years, most definitely I consider myself an australian born italian and having the pleasure of growing up with two fantastic cultures, but growing up with the more cultured mentality of an italian.

My father born in Tuscany and my mother in Sicily. Why do I go for lazio you ask? Well ever since I was 4 years old Lazio were always the team i supported. Growing up it was tough being around other kids who just go for Juventus or Milan or Inter. I was always the only fan I have ever known that goes for lazio. Why do you go for lazio daniel? Always the same question. And I answer because lazio is in the heart. You follow your team no matter what.

Endless hours lost in sleep to watch my boys play on RAI or ESPN. I had to go to Germany for work and I thought this is the perfect chance to see my boys play both Chievo and Catania and having never seen Lazio play live I can't tell you the excitement I had.

I travelled from Berlin to Verona especially to see our boys earn albeit it lucky win vs Chievo but we didnt deserve a loss or a draw out of that game. But I had the pleasure of sitting in the Curva Chievo hahaha And they were not too happy that A - I was there and B - that they lost because of a horrible mistake by Mantovani.

Then travelling to il Stadio to watch our boys play Catania was amazing. When I climbed those steps and saw the stadium my jaw dropped. I couldnt believe I was there! This boy from Melbourne grown up watching his heroes on tv for so long and finally understanding what we miss out on in Australia. Seeing the banners, the passion in the songs, the chants of my fellow laziale.

Catania clearly had parked their team bus infront of their goal and did not want to concede. They played such a negative style. I asked the question and have for many weeks Mr Rossi pay some respect to Pasqua Foggia!!! speed, skill,goal scoring ability. He is a spark. Put this man on from the start!!! And he puts him on and Pasqua nails it to give us the win! Everyone errupted!!! I nearly got pushed off my seat!

I just wanted to share my experience and let everyone out there know that even in a country like Australia where there are a lot of italian families we are far but we still share the same passion you do in Europe where it is close. I travelled far to see my boys play and I will never forget the feeling or the comraderie of the Lazio tifosi.

The song that was sung was Che sara` sara` what ever will be will be, we follow the boys in blue che sara` sara` !!! That sums up loyalty, love and passion for one club. And since I was a little boy I knew who I wanted and I knew who I loved and going to italy for the first time to see them play gave me goosebumps.

Forza Lazio

Daniel
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PostSubject: Re: Lazio Passion by an australian born italian   Tue Nov 04, 2008 7:30 pm

Fantastic to read this! I'm so glad your dream came true!!
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PostSubject: Re: Lazio Passion by an australian born italian   Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:00 am

Thanks for sharing that story!
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PostSubject: Re: Lazio Passion by an australian born italian   Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:28 am

Happy for you man! Guess we all remember the first time we visited Olimpico and saw our team playing. Guess we will remember this forever.
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PostSubject: Re: Lazio Passion by an australian born italian   Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:46 am

Awesome mate, well done! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Lazio Passion by an australian born italian   Wed Nov 05, 2008 3:25 am

That's fantastic!

Thanks for the wonderful and sincere post.

Having a dream come true. Doesn't get much better than that.
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PostSubject: Re: Lazio Passion by an australian born italian   Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:03 am

mate that's quality. I dont want to steal your thunder haha, but I want to add my own story being Italian in Australia and all.

My family comes from the area, in the countryside of il regione Lazio. So from a young age, like 5 or 6, Lazio were my team. At the time we weren't the best, this was before the Scudetto and before many of the superstars arrived. we used to keep up to date with week old newspaper results hahaha

i had been to Italia for a few summer holidays, but it wasn't until last year I had my own chance to stand in the Nord with the rest of the tifosi.

Got up early, made the 2 hour train trip from Minturno to Roma, then waited in the rain for the game to start. Unfortunately, it was Lazio-Genoa, the Olimpico was only a quarter full and a bullsh*t penalty call robbed Lazio of any points. but just being there with 20,000 hardcore laziali and the likes of Pandev and Rocchi just metres away was special.

just remember that those of us in australia have to make 24-hour flights to get to Roma, its a world away, very hard for us after getting up at all hours of the night to watch RAI and ESPN like daniel said.

still even now, back on the other side of the world, with everyone supporting Milan, Inter, juve or an english club, monday mornings after big Lazio wins are the mornings where I pull my scarf on, and go on my own march singing Lazio chants and songs, letting everyone who otherwise wouldn't know just who lazio are.

and then lets not forget 2006, the World Cup, when Francesco merda Totti converted that penalty. It was the only time when I''ve ever been happy for anything that riommanista bastard has done.

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PostSubject: Re: Lazio Passion by an australian born italian   Wed Nov 05, 2008 3:45 pm

c. testa wrote:



just remember that those of us in australia have to make 24-hour flights to get to Roma, its a world away, very hard for us after getting up at all hours of the night to watch RAI and ESPN like daniel said.


Same as the Bulgarians living in NZ on this forum Very Happy

Great story too Chris!
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PostSubject: Re: Lazio Passion by an australian born italian   Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:34 pm

c. testa wrote:
just remember that those of us in australia have to make 24-hour flights to get to Roma, its a world away, very hard for us after getting up at all hours of the night to watch RAI and ESPN like daniel said.

Bravo!! here I am in Sydney, 10000 miles away, 10 days from today, I will be there again, with you all against roma..

I can't wait bounce
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PostSubject: Re: Lazio Passion by an australian born italian   Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:01 pm

Great stories guys!!!
But you're lucky, im almost as far as you are from Rome but still couldnt visit Italy ... some day will be my day.
Good luck Frederick!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Lazio Passion by an australian born italian   Fri Nov 07, 2008 3:26 pm

Fantastic stories guys!

This is what being Laziale is all about!

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