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Sunday October 2 2011
Napoli come of age

Debate over the referee rages on, but surely nobody can disagree with Napoli's Scudetto contender status, says Susy Campanale.

The victory at San Siro was a controversial one undoubtedly affected by referee Gianluca Rocchi's mistakes, having incorrectly booked Joel Obi for a clean tackle and then awarded the penalty – with second yellow card – for a foul outside the box. Inter lost their heads at that stage and were torn apart. However, regardless of all that, Napoli still emerged looking like genuine champions.

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Sunday October 2 2011
Hamsik stops Scudetto talk

Marek Hamsik is still trying to calm the Napoli fans after their San Siro triumph. “It's too early to talk about the Scudetto.”

The Partenopei earned a 3-0 win over Inter in an arena they hadn't conquered since 1994.

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Sunday October 2 2011
De Laurentiis: 'From 2004 to now'

Aurelio De Laurentiis dedicated Napoli's victory over Inter to the fans. “It crowns the hard work we all started in 2004.”

The President was in the stands at San Siro for last night's 3-0 win that definitively labels them Scudetto contenders.

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Saturday October 1 2011
Simoni tips Napoli to beat Inter

Gigi Simoni has been on the bench of both Inter and Napoli, but predicts the Partenopei will win tonight. “They are hungrier.”

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Saturday October 1 2011
Napoli-Uruguay row over Cavani

A diplomatic incident is on the horizon after Uruguay called Napoli's injured striker Edinson Cavani for international duty.

The hitman is out of tonight's Serie A showdown with Inter because he sprained his ankle in the 2-0 Champions League win over Villarreal on Tuesday.

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Saturday October 1 2011
Line-ups: Ranieri surprises Napoli

Goran Pandev leads Napoli against his former teammates, as Inter start Giampaolo Pazzini and Douglas Maicon.

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Saturday October 1 2011
Lavezzi: 'Scudetto? We'll see'

Ezequiel Lavezzi will not shy away from Scudetto talk after Napoli conquered Inter. “We are growing and must continue to get better.”

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Saturday October 1 2011
Mazzarri: 'My perfect birthday gift!'

Walter Mazzarri thanked the Napoli players for “the greatest gift” on his 50th birthday. “In terms of performance, we deserved the win.”

The Partenopei crushed Inter 3-0 at San Siro, but only after a series of controversial refereeing decisions, including a penalty and Joel Obi's dismissal.

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Thursday September 15 2011
Tales of the unexpected

Faced with the seemingly unstoppable Manchester City and little known Trabzonspor, neither Champions League debutants Napoli or 2010 winners Inter conformed to expectations. Scott Fleming summarises an unusual night for Italy's representatives on the continent.

Some Coaches might have gushed about how proud they were of their players, how honoured they were to participate against such esteemed opposition in such grand surroundings. Not Walter Mazzarri.

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Tuesday September 13 2011
Memories of Maradona...

As Napoli prepare to make their Champions League debut, Dave Taylor looks back at the Azzurri's disappointing past in the European Cup.

Napoli have twice played in Europe's most prestigious club competition, but both times failed to go beyond the early stages.

Their first taste of the European Cup, as it was known back then, was in 1987. It was a simple knock-out contest between the continent's various League champions.