Seria A club, Napoli have changed its famous San Paolo stadium to Stadio Diego Armando Maradona after legendary Argentine forward, Diego Maradona.
The Naples city council unanimously approved a resolution that will change the name of
Napoli ‘s home stadium from Stadio San Paolo to Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
The resolution was proposed by Naples mayor Luigi De Magistris only hours after t
news that Maradona had passed away at age 60 last week.
“With his immense talent and his magic, he honoured the Napoli shirt for seven years,
giving it two historical championships and other prestigious cups, and receiving in exchange
from the whole city an eternal and unconditional love,” a statement from the council read.
The statement also noted the connection the working-class city shared with Maradona, who was raised in poverty in his native Buenos Aires.
“Through the football victories of the Argentine champion, it was not only the Napoli team
that won but the whole city, which fully identifies with him,” it read.
“Always on the side of the weakest and the common people, Maradona fought the
prejudices and discrimination that Neapolitans were still subjected to inside the stadiums,
becoming the idol of the entire city.”
Maradona is a revered figure in Naples after leading the city’s club to two Serie A titles during his seven-year run with Napoli from 1984 to 1991.
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