Lazio forced to deny claims that 17-year-old is actually in his 40s

Lazio documents 'prove' Minala is not 41Photo: Getty Images

Lazio have released a pair of statements denying the accusation that 17-year-old youth player Joseph Minala is actually 41.

Minala has been the subject of much ridicule and abuse for appearing much older than 17 since becoming one of the youngest players in recent years to be promoted to Lazio’s senior side. Quotes have even emerged from Senegalese website Senego.net that claim Minala confessed that he will turn 42 — more than twice his listed age — in August, and that he lied about his age in order to send money home to his family in Cameroon.

The player has since denied these allegations via Lazio’s website, and the club released an additional statement backing the player and even threatening with legal action.

From BBC

[Minala] said: “I have read the alleged statements posted on the website senego.net in which it says I confessed my real age which was different to what was stated in my [official] documents.

"They are false statements that have been attributed to me by people who do not know."

Lazio added:

"Lazio denounce this latest attempt from hostile figures to throw a sinister light on this club” and are prepared to take legal action to “protect the good name” of the club and its players.

imagePhoto: Instagram

Since the story went viral, Minala received so many taunts over his appearance that he even shut down all his social media accounts. But before doing so, Minala hit back at his critics with one final tweet, saying:

"Envy is the weakness of man and people of poor souls feel pain seeing others in Serie A. I love you all. Forza Lazio."

Words of true wisdom… for a man so young!


Hernanes leaves Lazio training in tears ahead of rumored Inter move


According to reports coming out of Italy, Lazio midfielder Hernanes will be on his way to Inter Milan before the end of Friday’s transfer deadline for a fee in the region of $15 million. And by the looks of it, Hernanes is crushed over the news.

While leaving from his final training session with Lazio, the Brazilian was overcome by tears as he was trying to pull out of the parking lot. A crowd of fans gathered around his car to say their good-byes, and Hernanes dutifully took several pictures before starting to break down. With a hand covering his face and tears swelling up, Hernanes even gave away his boots — his last ever as a Lazio player? — as he struggled to keep it together.

Transfer deadline day has given us some amazing moments — and, of course, classic car-window interviews — but rarely such a tearjerker! Watch the emotional video below:

H/T 101GG


Liverpool consider Candreva bid


Liverpool are set to mould Steven Gerrard into a deep-lying midfielder and could be on the lookout for a more forward thinking player during the transfer window. According to Saturday’s newspapers Liverpool are looking at Lazio’s Italian international midfielder Antonio Candreva.

For this rumor and the rest of Saturday’s transfer gossip, click here.


Juve faces Trabzonspor, Swansea draw Napoli in Europa League round of 32


Not to be outdone, UEFA also announced the Europa League’s round of 32 matches on Monday, were Juventus must return to Turkey, the scene of their surprise Champions League exit, to face Trabzonspor.

Here’s the full draw below:

  • Slovan Liberec vs. AZ
  • Anzhi Makhachkala vs. Genk
  • Lazio vs. Ludogorets
  • Dynamo Kiev vs. Valencia
  • FC Porto vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Swansea vs Napoli
  • Chornomorets vs. Lyon
  • Viktoira Plzen vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Maribor vs. Sevilla
  • Real Betis vs. Rubin Kazan
  • Dnipro vs. Tottenham
  • PAOK vs. Benfica
  • Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs. Basel
  • Ajax vs. RB Salzburg
  • Juventus vs. Trabzonspor
  • Esbjerg vs. Fiorentina

Image provided by Getty.


Lazio fans hold mock funeral for Roma after defeating them in Coppa Italia


Image via @InstaLazio

Lazio fans sure take their rivalry with Roma seriously. After defeating their inner-city counterparts in the Coppa Italia final, Lazio supporters decided to bide their time and find the best way to add insult to injury.

That insult came this weekend in the form of a mock funeral. 

Lazio supporters did not spare any details: there were mourners, a death certificate, a priest, and even a casket. Nearly 4,000 were in attendance to pay their respects.


Multiple weapons confiscated at Coppa Italia final


The Coppa Italia final featured Serie A clubs Roma and Lazio, the first such time the final has been a Rome Derby. The final is always played at Stadio Olimpico, which happens to be the home stadium for both clubs, leaving officials to anticipate an incredibly heated match.

Prior to the match, police confiscated the above weaponry, which includes homemade knives, axes, and gardening paraphernalia.

The question we’re all wondering: were the fans that were brandishing these still allowed to enter the match after they had their weapons taken away?

Lazio prevailed over Roma with a 1-0 victory and have secured a place in the 2013-14 Europa League.

Image via Dirty Tackle


PSY performs at Coppa Italia, fans not impressed

Apparently, Gangnam style is still alive.

South Korea’s PSY performed his hit song at the Stadio Olimpico during the Italian Cup final pregame festivities, but it appears that Roma and Lazio fans don’t care too much for him.

He was booed throughout his performance and fans even tried to drown him out with their own chants (1:35) and light off fireworks (2:01) to cover up the noise. The rapper tried to ease the tension by yelling “I love Italy” in Italian, but he was met with even more boos (3:22).

Roma and Lazio fans may not agree on much, but at least they were able to come together and unite against a common musical enemy.


The Europa League quarterfinal draw

The draw for the UEFA Europa League quarterfinal stage:

  • Chelsea to play Rubin Kazan
  • Tottenham to play Basel
  • Fenerbahce to play Lazio
  • Newcastle to play Benfica

First legs to be played April 4, return legs on April 11.