Napoli renamed the Stadio San Paolo into the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Friday. With this, the Italian membership honors the previous prime soccer participant who died final week.
Thursday first sport in Stadio Diego Armando Maradona
Shortly after Maradona’s demise final Wednesday, the Neapolitan mayor Luigi de Magistris and membership chairman Aurelio de Laurentiis already recommended altering the identify of the stadium, which has a capability of 60,240.
The town council unanimously accredited a proposal from the mayor to alter the identify on Friday. “Maradona was the best footballer of all time who, along with his immense expertise and magic, honored the Napoli shirt for seven years. In return he deserves timeless love,” town authorities mentioned in a press release.
Maradona is extensively thought to be one of many best footballers of all time and the perfect ever participant in Napoli. The Argentinian led the group to the one league titles in membership historical past in 1987 and 1990 and gave the South Italian group the one European prime prize in 1989 with the UEFA Cup.
After the departure of ‘Fluffy’ in 1991, the membership now not gave the shirt quantity 10 to different gamers. The demise of Maradona – who turned sixty – led to an enormous tribute within the Italian metropolis.
Lots of of shirts and flags in honor of Maradona on the Napoli stadium. (Picture: Professional Photographs)
The Napoli stadium was opened in 1959 underneath the identify Stadio del Sole and in 1963 it was renamed Stadio San Paolo. The final renovation occurred two years in the past.
Subsequent Thursday, Actual Sociedad can be Napoli’s first opponent in Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. On Sunday there may be one other away sport towards Crotone on this system for the group.
Napoli is presently fifth in Serie A. On Thursday, the group of coach Gennaro Gattuso nonetheless performed a 1-1 draw towards AZ within the Europa League.
View the stand and this system in Serie A.