FOCUS ON: NAPOLI

No let-up now for Parma after the 2-0 home win over Cagliari as the sixth round of Serie A fixtures will take place midweek. The Crociati will take on Napoli on Wednesday, so let’s get to know our next opponents better.

HISTORY OF NAPOLI

Founded in 1926, Napoli won their first trophy in the 1961/62 season when they lifted the Coppa Italia. It was an impressive triumph since the then-Coach Bruno Pesaola achieved it while also earning promotion to Serie A. Along with Vado, the Azzurri are the only Serie B team to have won that trophy. Napoli finished second in 1968 when the team boasted players like Zoff, Sivori and Altafini in their squad. Napoli went on to finish second and third in the 1970’s with Luis Vinicio at the helm, whilst the second Coppa Italia triumph came in 1976. The Partenopei went very close to winning Serie A in 1981. That stacked team, who could count on Ruud Krol among others, eventually succumbed after losing at home to Perugia. Anyway, the fans would not have to wait long to celebrate their first Serie A title. Napoli signed Diego Armando Maradona in 1984. He was then joined by high quality players like Garella, Bagni and Giordano, who were followed by Careca and Alemao. The Azzurri won their first Scudetto and their third Coppa Italia in 1987. Then, they lifted the UEFA Cup in 1989, whilst 1990 was successful too as Napoli won another Scudetto and the Supercoppa Italiana.

The club from Naples got to win another trophy in the 2011-12 season, as coach Walter Mazzarri led them to the Coppa Italia. It was the beginning of a spell that sees Napoli always at the top places in the table. This has ensure that Napoli have always been involved in both European competitions. Rafa Benitez led Napoli to another Coppa Italia triumph in 2013-14, which was followed by the Supercoppa Italiana.

NAPOLI TODAY

This season, following Maurizio Sarri’s departure for Chelsea, Carlo Ancelotti came in on the bench at Napoli. A former Parma player, he made 55 appearances for the club, scoring 13 goals, while as a Coach he led to the team to second and a historic first appearance in the Champions League. During the summer, two goalkeepers were signed in Meret and Ospina along with Younes, Fabian Ruiz, Verdi, Malcuit and Vinicius. Three players also joined Parma from Napoli, Ciciretti, Grassi and Inglese. They drew 0-0 at Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League before winning 1-3 at Torino in the  league. In their other league fixtures, they won 1-2 away at the Stadio Olimpico against Lazio before following it up with a home win against Milan. On the third matchday, they fell 3-0 at Sampdoria before beating Fiorentina 1-0 at home.