Wednesday May 4 2011
ADL on the rise of Napoli

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has spoken of his pride at revitalising the fortunes of the Azzurri.

In 2004, Napoli went bust before the movie mogul formed a new club from their ashes which had to start again in the Italian Third Division.

Now, thanks to his stewardship, the two-time Italian champions look set to qualify for next season's Champions League.

"Seven years ago I bought a piece of paper for €30m," he told Italian TV show Porta a Porta. "At the start I knew nothing about football.

"At that stage the club were ranked at 300th in the world, but now we are placed 19th in those standings."

Napoli are third in Serie A after a mighty campaign, but speculation continues to suggest that they may lose boss Walter Mazzarri to Juventus.

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