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…

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…

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,…

Reinvigorating Napoli – Part One

  Despite a season of maintaining our position as the club most likely to challenge Juve to the Scudetto, there has been a palpable lull in enthusiasm towards the club from the fair folk of Naples and many partenopei around the globe. Initially, I was baffled by this – we have a wonderful coach, some…

Welcome to Napoli(?) – Christian Kouamé

Napoli is close to completing their first signing of 2019, with Genoa’s Christian Kouamé nearing a move to Naples. According to Corriere dello Sport, the deal is worth €25 million ($28.6 million) and Kouamé will remain with the Grifone for the remainder of the season. With details set to be ironed out this week, let’s…

Napoli’s 2019 Expectations

Prior to the start of the 2018/19 Serie A season, many thought Napoli was headed for a drop off in quality despite bringing in Carlo Ancelotti in lieu of Maurizio Sarri. Talks of a finish no higher than third place(and often put of the Champions league places) were thrown around daily by pundits and rival…