Dries Mertens: The Best Forward in Serie A

It has been a breathless start to the season with one the greatest results in recent history in Europe, two pazzo games to begin with and a nice victory against Sampdoria to leave us with a warm, Ancelotti-inspired glow after four potentially tricky fixtures. Amid the madness, there was an important lesson to be learnt…

Napoli Flashback 89/90: Matchday 3

In this midweek evening fixture, Napoli hit the road to meet with Marcello Lippi’s Cessna and look to make it 3 out of 3 for the season. The “Made In Italy” approach continues just a few days after taking out Udinese in their San Paolo debut. On a funny side note, this will ironically mark…

Napoli Flashback: Di Canio magic against Milan – 1994

Like a lot of English folk of my age and generation (born 1983) Calcio has a special place in my heart down to the Channel 4, James Richardson fronted, Football Italia show in the 1990’s. As I’ve written on this site before, my love of Napoli begun a little earlier through a combination of Maradona at Italia ’90 and my dad briefly…

Napoli Flashback 89/90: Match Day 2

One week removed from their season opening victory at Ascoli, Napoli we’re set to meet another “black and white” in Udinese for their home opener at Stadio San Paolo. While Maradona’s “row” with President Ferlaino (and seemingly the fans) continued, this was also the second consecutive week that we were missing Brazilians Alemão and Careca….

Napoli Flashback – 89/90 season: match day 1

This passed Saturday marked the start of the 30th Serie A season since Napoli’s second and last scudetto. The club has been through quite a bit in those 30 years, but we find ourselves probably the closest we’ve been to seeing number 3. In honor of this special anniversary, we will take you down memory lane,…

Welcome to Napoli – Hirving Lozano

Napoli has just returned to Italy after a successful trip to the United States. The Partenopei stayed busy up until it was time for the friendlies with FC Barcelona in the US, and it looks like things aren’t going to slow down following their return to Italy. The additions of Kostas Manolas, Giovanni Di Lorenzo,…

Will Napoli’s Virtue of Patience be Rewarding?

The 2019/20 Serie A season is one week away from commencement and yet there are a substantial number of potential big name transfers looming overhead. Like an overstuffed pinata, teams are blindly whacking away in hopes of spilling precious loot into their rosters that will give them the advantage in what could be a competitive…

Napoli Flashback – Their last trip to the USA – Summer 1982

This week, SSC Napoli returns to the United States for a series of friendlies with world renowned FC Barcelona. The 2-legged “home and home” contest will kick off the inaugural preseason La Liga / Serie A Cup, with the first leg in Miami, Florida and the second in Ann Arbor, Michigan. But it’s been a…

Napoli Could Use a Bit of Street Attitude

  Riding through his home country of Senegal, professional footballer Kalidou Koulibaliy is seen hanging out a bus window, smiling, laughing, and soaking in the support of his people as they cheer their team and star player’s return from the AFCON finals in which they placed runner-up to Algeria. Koulibaly also plays for the Italian…

The Great Wall of Naples

When Rafa Benitez opted to bring the soon to be 28-year-old Raul Albiol to the San Paolo six years ago, few thought that the Spaniard would outlast two different coaches and end up making over 200 appearances for Napoli. However, the Real Madrid outcast quickly became a club stalwart and a reliable partner in the…