Paul Gascoigne signed for Lazio in 1992 for a then-British record fee, despite having spent the previous year on the sidelines following a serious knee injury sustained in the 1991 FA Cup Final. During his three-year sojourn in Italy, Gascoigne played in a little over 40 games and scored just six goals; injury and fitness continually got the better of this mercurial number ten. Despite the constant layoffs, “Gazza” remains an icon to Lazio fans to this day, as seen in this triumphant return to the Stadio Olympico in 2012 before the Roman club’s Europa League game with Spurs. So why do supporters of the Biancocelesti love him so much?
Daniel Storey, author of Gazza In Italy, explains the allure of Gascoigne to Colm Boohig on the latest podcast:
You can listen to a brief reading from the audio book by James Richardson here: