The Italian city of Napoli announced today, Friday, that the name of the San Paolo stadium will be changed to the stadium of Diego Armando Maradona, in honor of the Argentine legend who died on the 25th of last November.
And as soon as the news of Maradona’s death in his country, Argentina, was announced on the 25th of last November at 60, the president of Napoli, Aurelio De Laurentiis, and the city authorities adopted the idea of naming the Argentine legend at the “San Paolo” stadium in which the 1986 World Cup champion starred during a period. The seven years he spent with the Napoli team.
The municipality of Napoli revealed today that the change in the name of the stadium was approved “by all the members of the municipal council,” which praised what he considered “the greatest footballer of all time. With his tremendous talent and charm, the Napoli shirt was honored for seven years by gifting him the Italian League titles and other prestigious cups.” And in return, he received eternal unconditional love from the entire city. ”
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The first match for Napoli at home will be the new name of “Diego Armando Maradona” next Thursday in the European League competition “Euro League” against Real Sociedad of Spain.
The Napoli players previously honored the Argentine, who led the team to its only titles in the Italian League in 1987 and 1990, besides the domestic cup in 1987 and the European Union Cup in 1989, before their match in the European League against Croatian Regica (2-0) at the “San Paolo” stadium. By wearing the number 10 shirt and the legend’s name.
All the players wore the black badge and kept the symbol jersey during the two teams’ presentation and during the minute of silence when a picture of the late Maradona appeared on a giant screen inside the stadium.
Napoli fans did not wait for the decision of the board of directors and the municipality to name their beloved Argentine in their stronghold, so hours after the news of the death they put signs on the walls of the stadium reading “Diego Armando Maradona Stadium”.
Source: AFP+ RT