S.S. Lazio, the rebels of Rome, are no strangers to controversy and their badge is no exception. After refusal to join the fascist regime that would see all teams play under the name A.S. Roma, it is no surprise that there is little aesthetic resemblance to the crest and colours of their neighbours.
While Roma’s badge depicts a scene of Roman myth it is only fitting that Lazio’s badge seeks inspiration from the Greeks. The blue and white colour scheme is a nod to Greek sporting history. Lazio was founded in 1900, 4 years after the first Olympic games in modern history. It seems they got into the spirit of the momentous event.
Lazio are a multi-disciplined sporting society including sports such as swimming and gymnastics which is another reason the club chose blue and white colours, to reflect the Greek Olympic tradition.
The top of the Lazio crest features a golden eagle. The eagle is a complicated and problematic symbol. On one hand the eagle represents strength and power. It could also be related to Ancient Roman legions, the most courageous of which would use the golden eagle as their symbol.
However, the golden eagle has also been used as a fascist symbol throughout history. Especially in Italy where we saw a golden eagle on the uniforms of the fascist soldiers. With the link between fascist beliefs held in a select group of the Lazio ultras it is not hard to see why there is controversy surrounding this matter.
In response to this, most Lazio fans would argue that their club was built on a resistance to a fascist regime and their independence from A.S Roma is evidence of this.