Club History
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Founded Year: 
1926
Location: 
Naples
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History Text: 

It has been a long hard trek, but Napoli are now back amongst Italy's big boys. The city that elected Diego Armando Maradona as a deity with murals on every house had been starved of top flight football for years, but even after their bankruptcy and restart in Serie C in 2004, there were on average 50,000 supporters packing into the San Paolo.

The glory days of Napoli are the late 1980s and early 90s, when Maradona reigned supreme with Antonio Careca, Ciro Ferrara, Andrea Carnevale and Salvatore Bagni. The first Scudetto arrived on May 10, 1987, when El Pibe de Oro was fresh from Argentina’s 1986 World Cup triumph. That year they also became the first team since Il Grande Torino and Juventus to do the Double with the Coppa Italia.

In 1989-90 Luciano Moggi took control and brought in more talents like Alemao and a young Gianfranco Zola for their second title, snatched from the grasp of Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan, and the UEFA Cup, followed by a crushing 5-1 Italian Super Cup victory over Juventus.

Maradona’s decline and departure coincided with some disastrous financial mismanagement and Napoli slowly crumbled until their relegation to Serie B and later bankruptcy in 2004. Movie mogul Aurelio De Laurentiis constructed an all-new club that within three years had climbed back into Serie A. Under Edy Reja’s management the team returned to European competition via the UEFA Cup and Europa League whilst Walter Mazzarri’s term has seen them progress into the Champions League.

Website URL: 
www.sscnapoli.it
Club Records

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City Population: 
963,357
President: 
Aurelio De Laurentiis
Club Address: 
Via Alcide De Gasperi 33, 80133 Naples
Training HQ: 
Centro Sportivo di Castelvolturno
Team Strip: 
Light blue shirts, white shorts & blue socks
Club Sponsor: 
Lete
Kit Sponsor: 
Macron
Club Records
Most Capped Italian: 
Fernando De Napoli – 49
Biggest Signing: 
Edinson Cavani – £15.4m, Palermo (2010)
Biggest Sale: 
Ezequiel Lavezzi – £23m, Paris SG (2012)
Serie A Records
Debut: 
1929-30
Best Finish: 
Winners 2 (87/90)
Top Flight Campaigns: 
66
Most Appearances: 
Antonio Juliano – 394
All-Time Top Scorer: 
Attilia Sallustro – 106
Season's Top Scorer: 
Edinson Cavani 26 (2010-11)
Most Points: 
70 (2010-11)
Least Points: 
14 (97-98)
Biggest Home Win: 
8-1 v Pro Patria (55-56)
Biggest Home Defeat: 
1-6 v Bologna (38-39)
Biggest Away Win: 
5-0 v Modena (29-30) & 5-0 v Udinese (07-08)
Biggest Away Defeat: 
1-11 v Alessandria (27-28)
Most Wins: 
21 (89-90 & 10-11)
Least Wins: 
2 (97-98)
Most Defeats: 
24 (97-98)
Least Defeats: 
3 (74-75)
Most Goals: 
66 (2010-11)
Least Goals: 
18 (72-73)
Most Conceded: 
72 (97-98)
Least Conceded: 
19 (70-71)
Squad Details
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Coach Name: 
Rafael Benitez
Squad Text: 

After his cool farewell at Chelsea, despite winning the Europa League and a Champions League spot, the 53-year-old has been made to feel very welcome at Napoli. “Naples is a fascinating city,” he revealed. “I feel its warmth and unbelievably I have been asked more tactical questions in 20 minutes here than in an entire year in England.” With two La Liga titles, a UEFA Cup and a Champions League win under his belt, the highly-experienced Spaniard is seen as an astute tactician who can deliver trophies.

GOALKEEPERS
15 Roberto Colombo
1 Cabral Barbosa Rafael
25 Jose' Manuel Paez Reina
DEFENDERS
5 Miguel Angel Britos
28 Paolo Cannavaro
21 Federico Fernandez
33 Tortajada Raul Albiol
2 Antonhy Reveillere
3 Bruno Bortolanca Uvini
MIDFIELDERS
27 Pablo Estifer Armero
13 Davide Bariti
85 Valon Behrami
20 Blerim Dzemaili
17 Marek Hamsik
88 Gokhan Inler
11 Christian Maggio
16 Giandomenico Mesto
22 Josip Radosevic
18 Juan Camilo Mosquera Zuniga
FORWARDS
7 Jose' Maria Bueno Callejon
9 Gonzalo Gerardo Higuain
24 Lorenzo Insigne
14 Dries Mertens
19 Goran Pandev
91 Duvan Estevan Banguera Zapata
Stadium Info
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Stadium Name: 
Stadio San Paolo
Stadium Address: 
Piazzale Vincenzo Tecchio, 80125 Naples
Stadium Capacity: 
60,240
Pitch Dimensions: 
105m x 68m
Stadium Location: 
Naples
Stadium Description: 

The San Paolo is a legend of Italian football, inaugurated in December 1959 and restructured for the 1990 World Cup, hosting Italy’s ill-fated semi-final with Argentina and England’s cracking 3-2 extra time win over Cameroon.

The ground is named after the Saint who is said to have landed on Italian soil in the Fuorigrotta region where the stadium now stands. Originally the stands were made of marble, but in 1990 the project created a new Press zone, athletics track and floodlight system that reduced the capacity from its original 82,789. It is still the third largest arena in Italy after the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan and Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.

Napoli fans fill the Curva Sud and you are always guaranteed an atmosphere here. Even when the club slipped into Serie C, there was an average attendance of 50,000. The 1990 work was not done well, however, and due to structuring problems and security concerns, the capacity has been cut to 60,240 for the moment.

The stadium is on the outskirts of the city and can be reached by the No 7 or 8 buses, underground train line 6 at the Mostra stop or by train at the Napoli Campi Flegrei station.