The Big Analysis: Napoli vs Chievo

Last season was one of immense promise but little satisfaction for the residents of Naples. The overwhelming majority of them are die hard supporters of Napoli, and as we have seen so often in recent years, their club flattered to deceive. Maurizio Sarri was an unheralded appointment when he took charge as he came to…

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The lovable wizardry of Gianfranco Zola

The thing with being an instantly likeable footballer is that it’s oddly linked with being consigned to relative obscurity. As a mercurially gifted playmaker, Gianfranco Zola dazzled fans wherever he played. He was a magician. However, much like the girls at secondary school, tabloids and mainstream history often prefer the bad guys. Those who challenge authority are often…

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Going beyond the game of football in Naples

In the historic Italian city of Naples, football goes very much beyond the game. This is the story of one man’s journey through the tifosa-laden streets of the Mezzogiorno and his Enterprise VIP match day experience at one of the world’s great sporting arenas. NAPLES IS A CITY LIVING IN PURGATORY. Trapped between the heavenly Tyrrhenian…

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