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….

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…

Sampdoria 3 – 0 Napoli: Talking Points and Reaction

Sampdoria 3-0 Napoli: Talking Points Napoli were beaten 3-0 by an elegant and convincing Sampdoria side tonight in Genoa, and whilst it was not a pleasant game to watch, it certainly provoked some thought among the discomfort. This is not a critique of Ancelotti as a manager, and I did not write this out of…

Power Unleashed by Eric Passariello

Power Unleashed Some athletes evoke a sense of athletic prowess. A physical raw natural force yearning to be free, Wrapped in a skin of an elegant symphony. A sense of calm surrounds such athletes. Yet there is a vigor that radiates. Like the feeling one conjures at the sight of a jaguar, A prize winning…

Napoli’s Quiet and Confident Philosophical Change

  The art of winning a championship is painted in a varied array of colors, styles and forms. All of which mirror the vast variety of coaching methodologies, player personalities and tactical game plans. Throughout sports we have seen the gamut of coaching philosophies from disciplinarian to game manager to brilliant tacticians, all winning championships….

Match Preview: Napoli v Genoa

  Team Form (all competitions): Napoli – WWWLD Genoa – WWWLL Preview: After taking just one point from their last two matches, Napoli could step onto the field on Sunday against Genoa at -7 in the Scudetto race (Juventus play away to Spal on Saturday). That doesn’t mean that the championship has been decided, as…

Reasons To Be Cheerful.

OK Partenopei, let’s not pretend: This is a depressing moment to be a Napoli fan. As gli ragazzi on Sempre! pod spent a good hour ranting about we have gone from a potential 7 point gap at the top to Juve being on course for another bloody Scudetto. In order to help vanquish the demons…