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…

Thank You, Raul Albiol

Dear Raul, 236 Appearances in the Colors of Azzurri, over 20,000 minutes played. You invoked the fighting spirit of Naples with the way you played. From the minute you joined from Real Madrid in 2014, you were one of our natural leaders. You really did almost do it all in Naples. You won trophies, a…

From Wonderkid to World Class: Fabian at the U21’s

“Fabian saved his best display of the tournament for the final – he scored yet another long range strike to give Spain an early lead. His shooting from distance continued to cause Germany problems and a spill from his strike led to Spain’s second. He also nearly finished a beautiful passing move that he began but his final shot went just wide. Revealingly, Spain conceded once he had been taken off the pitch to a standing ovation from the whole stadium.”

Welcome to Napoli – Kostas Manolas

Napoli’s mercato heading into the 2019-20 Serie A season has been nothing short of exciting. With the likes of Hirving “Chucky” Lozano and James Rodriguez linked the club, fans have been enthusiastic regarding the steps taken by the club to improve the squad after a frustrating league campaign in the 18/19 season. In addition to…

All Time SSC Napoli South American XI

In tribute to the impending arrival of James Rodriguez to the club, I thought I’d assemble the ultimate collection of South American talent who have donned the Azzurri over the years. Some positions are easier to fill than others but this team is full of talent, charisma and some cult blasts from the past –…

Coming to America: Napoli dream big

August, 2014. Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid had won the UEFA Champions League and were about to take the United States by storm. They were scheduled to play Manchester United at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor in an International Champions Cup match that was expected to shatter all kinds of attendance records for a soccer game…

PODCAST: Summer 2019 Episode 1 – The NEW Era

Raffa and Ken are BACK, and in the heat of the summer, they cover: We cover: – James Rodriguez and other Transfer news! – # askFFV – New San Paolo Stadium – Pre-Season tour – Sarri to Juve You can follow us on Twitter at: @FarFromVesuvius or at our website: http://www.farfromvesuvius.wordpress.com; we are SO excited to be back, and enjoy…

Napoli’s Metamorphosis Under Ancelotti

  The 2018/19 Napoli campaign, the first with Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, began with a 4-2-3-1 formation experiment that failed miserably in exhibition matches prior to the season’s commencement. The season would end in similar fashion as Napoli, having wrapped up 2nd place in the Serie A table and with nothing to play for,…

Reinvigorating Napoli: Part 3

In the first two parts of this series exploring the future of the club I focussed on the youth setup both in terms of the facilities but also the networks we need to make the most out of our position as the only top flight club in the South of Italy. In this final part,…