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Monday May 25 2020
Serie A Seasons: Napoli 2000-01

Napoli’s return to the big time marked the beginning of the end, as having joint Presidents with opposing ideas on the transfer market was a recipe for chaos...

Words: Livio Caferoglu

If there was ever a club that set the bar for what not to do, look no further than Napoli in 2000-01. Their promotion in May 2000 should’ve been the catalyst for their revival, but it instead proved to be the first step towards their bankruptcy four years later. Aurelio De Laurentiis has since re-established the southern powerhouse, yet it could all have been avoided if Corrado Ferlaino - the man who brought Diego Maradona to the San Paolo – had it his way.

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Saturday May 9 2020
Cannavaro: 'Maradona is the GOAT'

Guangzhou Evergrande coach Fabio Cannavaro ‘hopes’ to one day get a European management job and insists Lionel Messi cannot compare to Diego Maradona.

The Ballon d’Or and World Cup winner spoke to Sky Sports News UK about his experiences in China and was asked if he’d target an English job.

“I hope so. I watch every game in the Premier League and I like the ambience and culture of football in England,” said Cannavaro.

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Sunday April 26 2020
Maradona shirt raises €55,000

Diego Maradona thanked Ciro Ferrara after the sale of a 33-year-old Argentina Number 10 jersey raised €55,000 to help Naples deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ferrara and Fabio Cannavaro set up the foundation to raise funds for their home town, particularly during this difficult economic moment for Italy.

It was announced that an online auction resulted in the sale of Maradona’s Argentina jersey – which he had gifted Ferrara when they were Napoli teammates – for €55,000.

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Sunday April 19 2020
On This Day: Maradona's warm-up

It was on April 19, 1989 that Diego Armando Maradona delighted Napoli fans with what remains an iconic warm-up, set to the song Live is Life.

The Argentina legend showed no sign of nerves when preparing for the UEFA Cup semi-final against Bayern Munich in Germany, as he transformed a simple routine to get the muscles ready into a dance display with football as his partner.

Napoli had a 2-0 lead from the first leg going into the Munich Olympiastadion and El Pibe de Oro was thoroughly enjoying himself when the 1985 song by Opus came over the loudspeakers.

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Thursday April 9 2020
Serie A Seasons: Napoli 1984-85

In 1984, Diego Maradona arrived at Napoli for a world record fee with hope that a Scudetto would follow. His first season didn’t pan out that way…

Words: Martin Mørk

The San Paolo was filled with over 70,000 paying spectators when Diego Armando Maradona climbed the stairs met by an army of photographers and journalists. As he made his way through the hordes of press, he put a Napoli scarf around his neck before looking up to the stands overfilled with both people and expectation. The world’s most expensive football player had officially moved from Barcelona to Naples.

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Tuesday February 25 2020
Alemao: 'Messi can't compare to Maradona'

Former Napoli midfielder Alemao insists Lionel Messi cannot be compared with Diego Maradona, because at Barcelona “he has a whole team playing for him."

The two clubs meet in the Champions League Round of 16 this evening at 20.00 GMT.

You can follow the build-up and action as it happens on the LIVEBLOG.

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Tuesday February 25 2020
Maradona: 'Hope Messi has a bad game'

Diego Maradona wants Napoli to “surprise” Barcelona at the San Paolo tonight and hopes Lionel Messi “doesn’t have a big game” in his old home.

The former hero spoke ahead of the big match between the Partenopei and the Blaugrana in the last 16 of the Champions League and he admits that “it won’t be easy” for his beloved former club.

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Friday December 20 2019
Napoli offer Mertens extension

Napoli striker Dries Mertens has reportedly been offered a two-year contract extension, according to Sky Sport Italia.

The Belgian striker has been at the San Paolo since 2013, when he signed from PSV Eindhoven for €9.5m.

He was initially deployed on the wing under Rafa Benitez, but Maurizio Sarri then converted him into a striker, and the goals have flowed ever since.

He recently overtook the legendary Diego Armando Maradona on Napoli’s greatest goalscorers’ list, and now sits second behind Marek Hamsik, on 118 in all competitions.

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Thursday October 24 2019
Maradona 'always supported Mertens'

Diego Armando Maradona “has always been a supporter of Dries Mertens and believed in him,” said the Napoli legend’s agent after last night’s historic goals.

Mertens bagged a brace in the Champions League 3-2 victory at RB Salzburg, taking his tally up to 116 goals in a Partenopei jersey, one more than Maradona.

The Belgian now has his sights set on Marek Hamsik’s all-time club record of 121 goals.

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Wednesday October 23 2019
Mertens overcomes Maradona

Dries Mertens has surpassed Diego Maradona’s tally of 115 goals in a Napoli jersey and is now closing on Marek Hamsik’s record of 121.

The 32-year-old Belgian bagged a brace during this evening’s 3-2 Champions League victory away to RB Salzburg.

He had been one goal behind Maradona’s total of 115, but in one night matched and surpassed it to reach 116.

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