One of the twenty teams that play at the top flight of Italian football is Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli, also referred to as Napoli. The club is managed by former AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso and is based in Naples.
Napoli was founded 93 years ago (25 August 1926) as Associazione Calcio Napoli and on 6 September 2004, the name changed to Napoli Soccer. The Italian club is also one of the associate members of the European Club Association.
The club’s nicknames are Gli Azzurri (The Blues) and I Partenopei (The Parthenopeans). Since 1959, Napoli has been playing its home games at Stadio San Paolo and can accommodate 55,000 spectators. The stadium is Italy’s third-largest football stadium after San Siro and Stadio Olimpico.
The club traditionally wears sky blue shirts and white shorts, which is one of the most beautiful kits in Italy. Napoli’s main rivals are AS Roma and the match played between them is called the Derby del Sole. The club’s anthem is “O surdato ‘nnammurato“.
Napoli won one Coppa Italia in 1965, three years after it was established to achieve little success in its early years. The club then went on to achieve more success in the 1980s, after the club signed Argentine superstar Diego Maradona. The Argentine helped Napoli win several trophies during his time in Naples, which includes their sole league titles in 1987 and 1990.
Maradona’s immense contribution to Napoli led to the club to retire his number 10 jersey. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time. And after his spell at the club, the Argentine left and Napoli struggled financially and find it hard to pay players’ wages and salaries. The club also endured several relegations due to its finances.
The club was reformed fifteen years ago when film producer Aurelio De Laurentiis took over the club and became the club chairman. The Italian businessman stabilized the club by releasing money to sign players and pay wages. This led to renewed on-field success at the club when it won the 2012 and 2014 Coppa Italia titles.
Napoli is one of the most successful clubs in Italy, having won two Scudetto, five Coppa Italia, two Supercoppa Italiana titles, and one UEFA Cup. In 2016, UEFA ranked Napoli as the best eighth club in European Football and the second-best club in Italy. Serie A also ranked 4th on the list of clubs with the biggest fanbase in Italy.
During the 2017–18 season, Napoli became the fifth highest-earning football club in Serie A, with $182 million in revenue. The club was also estimated by Forbes in 2018 as the fifth most valuable club in Italy, worth $379 million.
Captain Lorenzo Insigne is the highest-aid player at Napoli. The Italian striker earns €165,000-per week. While the lest-paid player is Sebastiano Luperto. The defender pockets €14,000-per week.
Napoli Player Salaries 2020
|Player Name||Position||Weekly Salary||Contract Until|
|Giovanni Di Lorenzo||RB||€42,000||2024|
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