Napoli kicked off a brand new period, taking part in the primary sport of their stadium because it was renamed in honour of membership legend Diego Maradona.
The match on the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona was a Europa League conflict towards Spanish membership Actual Sociedad.
Argentina soccer nice and former Napoli star Maradona died two weeks in the past aged 60. He lead the membership to their solely league titles in 1987 and 1990 and the UEFA Cup in 1989.
“Being right here, contained in the Diego Armando Maradona stadium, is a good honour,” Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli stated earlier than kick-off.
“It is a accountability to play for qualification. It’s a troublesome match, however we are going to attempt to do our greatest and honour his title.”
A minute’s silence was additionally held earlier than the sport in reminiscence of Italy 1982 World Cup winner Paolo Rossi who died early Thursday aged 64 years.
Rossi impressed Italy within the 1982 match in Spain the place he was the highest scorer with six targets, together with a hat-trick within the 3-2 defeat of Brazil.
He additionally scored twice towards Poland within the semi-finals and the opening purpose within the 3-1 win over West Germany within the last.
“Paolo Rossi was an awesome level of reference for me,” stated 48-year-old Giuntoli.
“In ’82 I noticed the match towards Brazil with my uncle and my father in Viareggio, they had been extraordinary moments.
“I used to be a toddler, I dreamed of changing into a footballer. For me he was some extent of reference, a unprecedented individual and an awesome participant.”
Metropolis authorities and the membership’s president had proposed renaming the San Paolo Stadium inside hours of Maradona’s loss of life on November 25.
Napoli have already paid homage to Maradona, who performed for the membership from 1984 to 1991, in two dwelling video games.
The gamers wore his quantity ten for a minute’s silence in a Europa League sport the day after Maradona’s loss of life.
In a Serie A towards Roma the group performed in a jersey harking back to the Argentine colors, designed as a tribute to Maradona.