The city operates the San Paolo stadium, where Maradona led Napoli to its only two Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990. Formed in 1926, the club saw relatively little success in its early years, winning one Coppa Italia in 1962. In 1987, the Partenopeo club won the Scudetto for the first time in its history, with a third Coppa Italia as a bonus. Sports; Serie A: Naples revives by correcting Atalanta – foot – ITA. Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli, commonly referred to as Napoli (pronounced [ˈnaːpoli]), is an Italian professional football club based in Naples, Campania that plays in Serie A, the top flight of Italian football. This Sunday, Kalidou Koulibaly’s teammates lost their duel. 0 While Maradona was revered around the world as perhaps the greatest soccer player ever, in Naples he was more than that. The all-time leading goalscorer for Napoli is Dries Mertens with 130 goals.[53]. [2] However, this was surrounded by less auspicious circumstances as Napoli were awarded two points for a game, when in Bergamo, an Atalanta fan threw a 100 lira coin at Alemão's head. Napoli Diego Maradona shirts: Serie A side play tribute to Argentine club legend . Or quite simply "Diego Armando". He was simply their god. Like many, the fan had decided to leave his home shortly after the announcement of the death of the Argentine legend, who died of a heart attack at only 60 years old. ", He also had the chance to meet his idol, a "fan" of the series of which he is the great protagonist. In the 2017–18 season, Napoli challenged for the title for the entire season, and finished with a club record of 91 points. Diego Maradona finished the season of Serie A as the league's top scorer, known in Italy as the Capocannoniere, in the 1987–88 season with 15 goals. ", Napoli rename stadium after great Maradona, Messi fined for Maradona tribute celebration, Barcelona to be fined for Messi’s touching tribute to Maradona, © Eurosport, a Discovery Company 2020 – All rights reserved, 'A beauty which cannot be matched' - Bielsa's hearfelt tribute to Maradona, A world without Maradona is a quieter, smaller place - The Warm-Up, ‘God is dead’ – World’s press pays tribute to Diego Maradona. [78], S.S.C. The last player to wear and score goals with this shirt in an official match was Mariano Bogliacino in the home match of 18 May 2006 against Spezia, valid for the final leg of the Supercoppa di Lega Serie C1; primacy belongs to him also for last appearance in the championship, 12 May 2006 at the home match against Lanciano. During his time in Naples, Maradona helped the team win several trophies, which led to the club retiring his number 10 jersey. "Together, we have lived our best times," said Bianchi. The San Paolo is another one of Italy’s great stadiums that is shrouded in nostalgia and drama. [39] They finished the 2013–14 season by winning the 2014 Coppa Italia Final, their fifth title in the tournament, with a 3–1 win against Fiorentina,[40] as well as qualifying for the Champions League, but missed on playing at group stage as they lost to Athletic Bilbao in play-off round. There is probably no more beautiful love than the one that unites Napoli and Diego Maradona forever. [35] In 2010, under manager Walter Mazzarri, Napoli finished in sixth place to qualify for a 2010–11 UEFA Europa League spot. Thus, Napoli share the nickname "Azzurri" with the Italy national team. I did play some important matches in my career, but when I heard that cry for the first time my legs were shaking! [15] Some of the most popular players from this period were Dino Zoff, José Altafini, Omar Sívori and hometown midfielder Antonio Juliano. Players such as Gianfranco Zola, Daniel Fonseca, Ciro Ferrara and Careca had all departed by 1994. [15] Napoli came very close to winning the league in 1967–68, finishing just behind Milan in second place. [43][44] He managed the club to another second place finish, but was sacked on 10 December 2019, following a poor run of results in the 2019–20 season which left them seventh in the table. In order, the last players to wear number 10 were Fausto Pizzi (1995–1996), Beto (in 1996–1997), Igor Protti in 1997–1998 was the last player to play and score a goal with the number 10 shirt in Serie A and Claudio Bellucci in 1998–1999 and 1999–2000 in Serie B. Karl Corneliusson wore the number 10 shirt in 2004-2005 in Serie C. In Serie C the starting players had to wear shirts with the number 1-11, However, for regulatory reasons, the number was reissued on blue shirts 2004 to 2006 Serie C1, a tournament where there is the old numbering from 1 to 11. [2] In the Italian league, Napoli were still very much a consistent top six side for much of the late 1970s. [19], After defeating Southampton 4–1 on aggregate to lift the Anglo-Italian League Cup,[23] Napoli were entered into the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup for 1976–77, where they reached the semi-finals, losing 2–1 on aggregate to Anderlecht. [19] The rise up the tables was gradual, by 1985–86, they had a third-place finish under their belts, but better was yet to come. [9] The original kit of the club was a sky blue and navy blue striped shirt, with black shorts. From the youngest to the oldest, from the most fanatical to the most sober: everyone wanted to come together to mark the moment. Two Serie A titles and a Coppa Italia for a team that had bare silverware in its clubhouse, made Maradona almost as revered in the Campania region as the man sitting in the Vatican, 200 kms to the north. Napoli brush aside lowly Crotone to go third in Serie A. Napoli won 4-0 for the second successive league game as they brushed aside lowly Crotone with a convincing performance on Sunday. Juventus are the current champions, and have won a record of 36 titles. The children played with it, and they said, 'I am Maradona!' [37], In the 2011–12 season, Napoli ended in fifth place in Serie A, but defeated unbeaten champions Juventus in the Stadio Olimpico to win the Coppa Italia for the fourth time in club history, 25 years after their last cup win. Download this stock image: Naples, Campania, Italy. Download this stock image: Naples, Campania, Italy. [22] Their fourth relegation cut celebrations short the following season. Yes, Diego Maradona was dead. "He was a man with a big heart," adds Esposito. It is almost mystical. We were used to it, seeing him fall and then get up, as it happened several times in recent years. [24] The club won their second Coppa Italia trophy in 1975–76, eliminating Milan and Fiorentina en route, before beating rivals Hellas Verona 4–0 in the final. They moved from the Stadio Giorgio Ascarelli to the Stadio Arturo Collana and remained in Serie B until after the war. Since re-foundation in 2004, the clubs large numbers of supporter provided the main source of income, particularly through gate revenues and TV rights. Napoli were given this name after a particularly poor performance during the 1926–27 season. [16] He was a capable goal-scorer and eventually set the all-time goal-scoring record for Napoli, which was later surpassed by players like Diego Maradona and Marek Hamšík. [36] Napoli finished third in the 2010–11 season, qualifying directly to the group stage of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League. The Italian football champions (Italian: Campione d'Italia di calcio, plural: Campioni) are the annual winners of Serie A, Italy's premier football league competition. The title has been contested since 1898 in varying forms of competition. Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagged a special brace at the Stadio San Paolo, then limped off injured, while Tiemoue Bakayoko saw red as Milan conquered Napoli 3-1. Thanks to Article 52 of N.O.I.F., the sports title was transferred to Napoli Soccer (later the new Napoli) in the same year, while the old Napoli was liquidated. San Paolo will soon bear his name. Like a priceless legacy, it is passed on from one generation to another. [46] Napoli went on to win the 2019–20 Coppa Italia in a penalty shootout against Juventus in the final. "The memories come back to me as time goes by, and these are the most beautiful images. And the Neapolitans, in turn, quickly identified with him. When play continued, Napoli earned the right to compete in Serie A,[15] but were relegated after two seasons for a bribery scandal. [32] To secure football in the city, film producer Aurelio De Laurentiis refounded the club under the name Napoli Soccer,[33] as they were not allowed to use their old name. A sentence difficult to accept for a group of people who had almost imagined it was not possible. [7][8] Neapolitans such as Conforti, Catterina and Amedeo Salsi were also involved, the latter of whom was the club's first president. I don't like the fact that now everybody is asking Neapolitans to be Italian and to support their national team. see naples and conquer In the summer of 1984, SSC Napoli shocked the football world by announcing the signing of the best player on the planet. Napoli was expelled from the professional league in 2004. In the following season, Napoli finished in 3rd place on 86 points and were knocked out of the Champions League round of 16 against Real Madrid. When we talk about Maradona, everything suddenly takes a back seat in the city of Campania. Sassuolo dominated them in San Paolo (2-0) thanks to Manuel Locatelli (58th from penalty) and Maxime Lopez (95th). Napoli records and statistics, third-highest football transfer of all-time, "La storia del Calcio Napoli sino ai giorni nostri", "Il tifo calcistico in Italia – Settembre 2012", "Storia Del Club, by Pietro Gentile and Valerio Rossano", "Dal Naples Football Club all'Internaples", "I Primi 60 Anni: Dalla Nascita Aalla Coppa Lipton", "La Storia. Diego Maradona: How Naples has mourned its football 'god' Sky in Italy's Valentina Fass reports from Naples on the city's mourning and long farewell to … We visited a little lost place, where there was a hut with a family of 4-5 children. "No one in the world has ever had to put up with that, not the politicians, not the actors ... everywhere he went, he was pressed by public opinion, by supporters, by people who did not know football. [2], Despite the fact Napoli were playing in a low division, they retained higher average attendances than most of the Serie A clubs, breaking the Serie C attendance record with 51,000 at one match. From 1984 to 1991, Maradona awakened an entire city with his genius, talent and personality as weapons. If you ever go to Naples, you will certainly come across a lot of people with the first names "Diego" and "Armando". [58], On 31 July 2020, Napoli confirmed the signing of Victor Osimhen from Lille for a transfer fee of €70 million, making him Napoli's most expensive signing.[59].