Conceição, tears in Rome and revelation: “They called me Flávio”

Sérgio Conceição left his mark on Lazio, where he played between 1998 and 2000 and later in the first half of the 2003/04 season.

Recently, the FC Porto coach returned to Rome’s Olimpico to face the former side in the Europa League Round of 16 and was honoured, even considering Lazio a “second home”.

Now, in an interview with ‘Lazio Style 1900’, the official magazine of the Italian capital team, Conceição recalled the passage by the emblem lazial and made a curious revelation when asked to identify the most notable game. “If I had to choose one, I would say the Super Cup, in Turin, against Juventus. It was unforgettable, I made my debut, scored and won my first Italian trophy. Nobody knew me, they even called me Flávio”, he says, probably confused with Flávio Conceição, Brazilian international midfielder of the same age as Sérgio. “From that moment, they discovered my name. It was an unforgettable moment, I showed everyone that I could do something important in Italy,” he recalls.

Sérgio Conceição has also shared how he felt when he was applauded by the Lazio cheerleader on the night of February 24. “Going back to the North Bend and hearing my name sung was a big thrill. I’ve had some fantastic times here, where we’ve won a lot. Lazio fans are in my heart and I recognize that there was a tear at that moment.

In Lazio, in addition to the aforementioned Supercup, Conceição won a championship, two Italian Cups and the extinct Cup of Cups.

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