Do you know the history of the Lazio guns?. This story Colgados for football wants to bring you today is a story of those who may be known by the general public, or else, surely by historians football.
It's a story that almost fits more into a script Godfather in the world of football. We want to talk to a group of players, with vices not advisable, a group of players split into two groups but no differences no matter who, both sides who were even armed. We talk about a team divided by hatred but when game day arrived worked as one.
Definitely, we talk Lazio Rome 1974, the guns, the “The Wild Bunch”. The team that made the Lazio champion for the first time in its history. To do this we will move to Rome in the mid 70's. Come with us, It is an exciting story.
Ran the season 1973/74, when Lazio, the other team in Rome, a series of characters and too different ideologies gathered. In an era that was not good for anyone, this little group of players fit the stereotype of football players we have today.
were really almost more a group of gang members footballers. The costumes of that team lived split into two factions, separated by the clear leaders. On one side was striker Giorgio Chinaglia closet known as Long John. On the other Gigi Martini, left side.
Up to this point, we might think that a divided dressing can occur when different egos come together if it were not because this thing transcended more, much more. to get started, this group of players consisted of criminals, Players linked to mafia, marauders and other disreputable people.
Such was the thing, in the locker room the players apart from their neceseres carried his own gun that beat a few shots after workouts or concentrations. Seeing this picture, the easiest appeared to have been killed including but instead won the Scudetto 1974.
And it is that during training were able to carve wax right and left, partidillos playing with the knife between his teeth just for the honor of being better than the other, sought the conflict to the minimum mamporros or bundling to take guns each carrying. When the party reached weekend, all were one.
If one of the other group received a missing, the rival group ajusticiaban the opposing team and vice versa, They were a fantastic team on the lawn, completely changed. It was a kind of code of honor and hatred difficult to understand.
It was a burly center forward, gigantón, with amazing ease of auction, good ball handling and quality despite its pint wardrobe. He was international by Italy and attended the World 1974. But the good thing was Giorgio.
fascist recognized, He liked to carry a Magnum 44 like Harry” the dirty” among their own stuff daily training. It became processed in the last years of his life by contacts with various European mafias, the Italian Camorra, for fraud and extortion. New York in the late 70's and early 80's expanded these links.
The leader of the other faction in the dressing room, Gigi Martini, It is today a politician of a known neo-fascist party in Italy. At that time when commanded half wardrobe Lazio, He liked to shoot at streetlights during rallies and had them stiff with friend and his clan Chinaglia.
They say the key figure for not killed in the locker or during concentration and they finished playing on the field as an authentic equipment, It was the figure of Don Tommaso Maestrelli, the coach of that “The wild Bunch“.
Don Thomas, He was a veteran of chandal, that if today to raise his head from his tomb ( died in 1976) It would laugh at these coaches today, of those who say they know how to manage changing. Theirs was more than management, his was to teach in the schools of psychology as a group is managed and complicated egos here, dangerous.
Don Thomas, which padrino, was welcomed by the two factions. It was like the father of them all. With an impressive gift, I was able to get both leaders in the pocket. I had to convince his players more than once to let him all carried weapons in some other concentration so, prevent them from killing each other.
This strategist was able to create a compact block that afternoon gave glory to the Roman swollen and avoid greater evils among a group of people who were gunmen, bullies, criminals and mobsters but what they did best was to play football.
The “The Wild Bunch” It would end with a tragedy as expected. Luciano Re Cecconi, international player and liked in the two groups, He decided one day in January 1977 spend a joke he liked to do.
He went into a jewelery with a fellow. Was designed to simulate a robbery to scare a little jeweler. This had already suffered a series of recent heists and was a little with the fly behind the ear, thing footballer, prankster by nature not know.
Re Cecconi hid his face, hand burst into his pocket pretending to have a gun and told the jeweler, I was back : ” Hands up, this is a robbery”. jeweler, he did not recognize the player and was already sick of muggings, He shot with the speed of a Western gunslinger without contemplation footballer, known as “Angel Rubio”, who died hours later.
Days later joined the group to pay tribute to their fallen comrade. That was the last time, then each went on his way, although the decomposition had already begun with the death of coach 1976 and the departure of Chinaglia New York Cosmos.
The ” The Wild Bunch”, a band that made history on and off the pitch, a championship team.