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What is Napoli?
A brief history of Napoli
Glory days
"El pibe de oro", Diego Armando Maradona
Latest years

What is Napoli?

Napoli is an Italian football team and its history is glorious because the BEST football player in the world ever, Diego Armando Maradona, played here in his best years. His 8 years in Naples will always be remembered in the hearts of the Napoli supporters.

A brief history of Napoli

Napoli was founded in 1926 and its first years have been not so easy until the ADVENT of Diego Armando Maradona, the best football player in the world ever, in 1984. All the years from the foundation to the arrival of Maradona were not that good and Napoli only won twice the Coppa Italia, that is the Italian League Cup, in 1962 and 1976, and reached the Cup Winners' Cup semi-final in 1977. With the advent of "God" Diego, Napoli became one of the most powerful teams in Italy and in Europe. The tournaments before his arrival were not so great and sometimes Napoli went very close to relegation to the Serie B. Since 1984 to 1991, thanks to Diego, Napoli was with no doubt one of the best teams in the world: in 1986 earned a UEFA cup place, ranking third; in 1987, probably the most important season in the history of Napoli, ranked FIRST in the Serie A, winning the first Scudetto of its history. The following season, 1987-88, was probably the best season of the whole history of Napoli, when almost every opponent was defeated with a lot of goals, but unfortunately it was not enough to win the tournament again and Napoli ranked as runners-up behind AC Milan, while the adventure in the European Champions' Cup finished in the first round after a defeat to Real Madrid 2-0 in Spain and a draw in Naples 1-1; 1989 was a very good season too as Napoli won the UEFA cup in Stuttgart, Germany, winning the first match in Naples 2-1 and drawing in the Neckarstadion 3-3, Napoli ranked  second in Serie A once again as Inter Milan won the championship; 1990 was the year of the revenge against AC Milan which had won in 1988 the championship in the last matches: after a beautiful head-to-head Napoli won the second Scudetto. 1991 was not a good season, as Naoli early left the first places in Serie A and in European Champions' Cup was defeated at the penalties shoot-out in Moscow against Spartak Moscow after a double draw 0-0 in Naples and in Russia. 1991 was also the year in which Diego was found "positive" and he was disqualified for more than a year. Diego Maradona's history in Naples came to an end and Napoli's one too as in the last few years the team has not been able to win anything. Napoli just reached twice a UEFA cup place, but unfortunately the adventure did not last too much as they were defeated by Paris St.Germain and Eintracht Frankfurt respectively.
Up to now Napoli has won:
2 "Scudetti" Italian Championships (1986-87, 1989-90)
3 Coppa Italia (1961-62, 1975-76, 1986-87)
1 Supercoppa Italiana (1990-91)
1 UEFA Cup (1988-89)


Glory days

A beautiful song by Bruce Springsteen says "Glory days, well they'll pass you by glory days..."! One thing is sure: Napoli's glory days were really GLORY DAYS. From 1984 to 1991 the team was almost unbeatable. Diego Maradona, his superb skill, his left foot were the perfect ingredients for a great team. The advent of Diego in Naples was really difficult and it lasted all the summer 1984. All the people in Naples followed with great attention all the difficulties Napoli met to get Diego from Barcelona: at last Diego signed for Napoli and more than 60000 supporters went to the San Paolo stadium to see the presentation of the new idol to the fans. What some incredible moments. The first two seasons (1984-85 and 1985-86) were quite good, but not excellent and people expected the first victory of the Scudetto. It was the season after, 1986-87, when Napoli finally won the title. A tournament where Napoli deserved to win as it was almost always in the lead: this is the UNFORGETTABLE season for the supporters of Napoli, as the club also won the Coppa Italia defeating Atalanta in the final winning all the 13 matches of the competition. Diego Maradona, Bruno Giordano, Salvatore Bagni, Moreno Ferrario, Claudio Garella, Andrea Carnevale (who scored the goal which gave Napoli the victory of the championship on 10th May 1987, Napoli-Fiorentina 1-1) are still in the heart of all the Neapolitans. In the city, people are really huge fans of Napoli and as the team won the championship all over the city there was a fantastic party. In the streets, in the houses, all night long and days to come there was a sort of a "Carnival of Naples". The season after, 1987-88, is the season every fan wants to forget as Napoli played a fantastic tournament until 8 matches from the end, but some problems in the team among the players began to incide on the results of Napoli which lost the championship even though they were 5 points above the second in the table just few matches from the end: AC Milan won the title, where Ruud Gullit, Marco Van Basten, Frank Rijkaard played a great match in Naples as they defeated Napoli 3-2 two weeks from the end of the tournament; in 1988-89 Inter Milan was really unstoppable as they earned more points than any team had ever done in a Serie A, Napoli ranked second again; but in 1988-89 Napoli won the first international trophy, the UEFA Cup, going through defeating PAOK (1-0, 1-1), Lokomotiv Leipzig (1-1, 2-0), Bordeaux (1-0, 0-0), Juventus Turin (0-2, 3-0 a.e.t.- goal by Renica on the 119th minute with a header- simply unbelievable), Bayern Munich (2-0, 2-2) and Stuttgart (2-1, 3-3). A memorable cup won thanks to Diego Maradona, thanks to the great Brazilian striker Antonio Careca, thanks to Ricardo Alemao...; 1989-90 marked the victory of the second Scudetto. Napoli played a great championship, especially at home, where the club made 33 points out of 34 (16 victories, 1 draw, 0 defeats); the head-to-head battle against AC Milan until the last week is unforgettable: both teams had the same points two weeks before the end and Napoli won in Bologna 2-4 when AC Milan lost to the relegated Verona 2-1 after an incredible match. Last week Napoli easily won against Lazio with a header by Marco Baroni that was enough to score the 1-0 which allowed Napoli to win the title. Glory days finished in Moscow, as Napoli lost on penalties against Spartak Moscow in the second round of Champions' Cup of 1991, after going through defeating the Hungarian team of Ujpest Dozsa (3-0, 2-0). Since then such years did not come back anymore and Napoli history has been going worse and worse. Let's hope for the future.

"El pibe de oro", Diego Armando Maradona


If there is a player who is the symbol of S.S.C.Napoli, this is of course Diego Armando Maradona. Since his arrival in Naples everybody began to love him like a son, because he was able to give the city of Naples a worldwide renown taking the team to the very top of European football. His first season, 1984-85, was not such a great season, but in the second part of the championship he showed his class scoring a memorable hattrick against Lazio as Napoli won 4-0 and Diego scored one goal directly from the corner kick and another one with an unbelievable lob from outside the penalty area! The season after, 1985-86, Diego scored the goal which gave Napoli the first victory against Juventus Turin after many years (1-0 with a magic free-kick); he missed the penalty in Toulouse as Napoli went out of the UEFA Cup, but in Serie A 1986-87 he showed all his class leading the team to the victory (two unforgettable goals are the one against Sampdoria as he scored with a diving header very close to the grass and another one as he made a magic slalom against all the AC Milan defenders when Napoli won 2-1): he had just come back from the World Cup of 1986 in Mexico when he had led Argentina to the final victory scoring the famous goal with the "hand of god" against England, but also scoring the 'best goal ever' dribbling 6 English players and the goalkeeper; the idol of Naples was the author of such some victories as he led the team to the victory of the UEFA Cup in 1988-89; in 1989-90 his extraordinary goals and assists allowed Napoli to win the second Scudetto; the history of Diego Maradona in Naples came to an end in 1991, when he was disqualified as he was found "positive" after the match Napoli-Bari. Diego had to go away from Naples and he did not come back here anymore. He went to Spain where he played for Sevilla, but his adventure was not so lucky, then he began to concentrate on the USA World Cup of 1994 and he, at 34 years of age, began to play a great tournament scoring a memorable goal against Greece but some "ephedrine" was found and he was then disqualified by FIFA so that he could not finish his tournament and Argentina was defeated by Romania. Before his retirement in 1997, he had played for Boca Juniors in Argentina.
...June 9th 2005... that is going to be an unforgettable day for all the Napoli fans, as it marked the comeback of the King to his kingdom, after more than 14 years away, for the farewell match of his friend and former Napoli teammate Ciro Ferrara. The comeback of Maradona to the San Paolo stadium was a total triumph, with people shaking their scarves, shouting His name and crying like children. Moments to remember forever... sometimes dreams come true.

Latest years

Unfortunately, the latest years, from 1991 to 2004, have been worse and worse for Napoli as the team never ranked in the top positions. In 1992 Napoli ranked fourth and qualified for the UEFA Cup, but the European dreams vanished against Paris St.Germain, though the club had already beaten Valencia 6-1 on aggregate (1-5 in Spain) with 6 goals by the Uruguayan striker Daniel Fonseca. The year after the team did not qualify for the UEFA Cup playing an anonymous tournament. In 1994 Napoli qualified for the UEFA Cup in the last match winning 0-1 in Foggia with a goal by Paolo Di Canio, who led the team to the seventh place; in 1995 the UEFA Cup position was lost in the injury time of the last match when Inter Milan won 2-1 against Padova; 1995-96 was a poor season as Napoli scored less goals than any team in the league, but ranked tenth especilly thanks to the goalkeeper Taglialatela who ranked as the best goalkeeper of the Serie A.
In 1996/97 Napoli avoided relegation on the last but one matchday, reaching the Italian Cup final. But the following season, 1997/98, was terrible as Napoli was relegated in Serie B after 33 consecutive years in the top division and after Maradona's magic years.
1998/99 also was a disaster because the club missed the promotion and played a very bad tournament in the Serie B.
In the season 1999/2000 Napoli was promoted back to Serie A thanks to the goals by Stefan Schwoch and the coaching of Novellino, but the following year 2001 the team was relegated again to Serie B on the last matchday. Next season 2001/02, Napoli ranked 5th in the Serie B, that was not enough to get back to the Serie A; 2002/03 was even worse as the team avoided the relegation to Serie C1 in the very last match.The last season 2003/04 has been the worse of Napoli history: because of financial problems the team was officially relegated to Serie C1, even though ranked in a safe position in the Serie B. At the moment Napoli is playing some difficult matches of Serie C1. The worst point of Napoli history has just been reached.
Who knows how the future will be? With the new club management, hopefully Napoli will be able to climb back, passing quickly through Serie B and then to Serie A, the place where it belongs. And then wait for another Diego Armando Maradona to start dreaming again...


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