Napoli Rename Stadium After Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona

Napoli have renamed their stadium after late club legend Diego Maradona.

Maradona, who died aged 60 on November 25, 2020, led the Italian side to two Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990.

The Stadio San Paolo will now be known as the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, after the Napoli city council approved the resolution.

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Napoli owner Aurelio de Laurentiis proposed renaming the stadium in an open letter after Maradona’s death.

The mayor of Naples, Luigi de Magistris, also backed the idea.

Maradona spent seven years at Napoli after joining from Barcelona in 1984, also winning the 1987 Coppa Italia and 1989 Uefa Cup with the Italian club.

Diego Maradona (Napoli) Vierchowod (Sampdoria). Football 23/9/1984. Credit: Colorsport

Fans gathered at the stadium to pay tribute to him after his death and Napoli honoured him before their Europa League match against HNK Rijeka, with each player wearing a shirt with ‘Maradona 10’ on the back.

Maradona made 188 appearances for Napoli, more than he made for any other club in his career, and scored 81 goals.

He represented Argentina in four World Cups and was captain when they won the 1986 title in Mexico.

See Also:

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Diego Maradona: His Iconic Career, Scandals, Drug Abuse And Health Issues

source: BBC

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