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Dino ZOFF 1967-72
Italy’s finest ever ‘keeper made his name in Naples, signing from Serie B side Mantova before later joining Juventus. While at Napoli, Zoff helped Italy become European champions. Lifted the World Cup at the age of 40 in 1982.

Ruud KROL 1980-84
Outstanding Dutch defender blessed with great vision who was left-back in Holland’s 1974 ‘Total Football’ side before switching to libero. An eye-catching player in Napoli’s mediocre team of the early 1980s.

Fabio CANNAVARO 1992-95
Former Napoli ball boy who became a favourite with the San Paolo tifosi. A formidable man-marker, the baby-faced stopper was sold to Parma to ease the club’s debt just as he began to blossom with his hometown club.

Ciro FERRARA 1984-94
Classic Italian defender and one of Napoli’s most loyal servants. Naples born and bred, he played in both Scudetto-winning teams. Comfortable at full-back or in the heart of defence. His sale to Juventus in 1994 marked the end of an era.

Salvatore BAGNI 1984-88
A ferocious competitor renowned for his hard tackling, Bagni was a hardman in the Romeo Benetti mould. A lynchpin of the 1987 Scudetto-winning team, he played a vital role winning the ball for Diego Maradona. Played 41 times for Italy.

Antonio JULIANO 1962-78
The club’s ‘bandiera’ of the 1960s and 70s. Another Neapolitan, he played a record 394 games for the club but the Coppa Italia was his only reward. An intelligent schemer, he played 18 times for Italy and came on as a second-half substitute in the 1970 World Cup Final.

ALEMAO 1988-91
Brazilian box-to-box midfielder who played a huge part in the winning of the 1990 Scudetto and the UEFA Cup in 1989. A tireless and courageous competitor, he was the perfect foil for Maradona.

Fernando DE NAPOLI 1986-92
Dynamic workhorse signed from nearby Avellino and who went on to become Napoli’s most capped Italian international, playing 49 times for his country. One of Italian football’s unsung heroes of his day.

Diego MARADONA 1986-91
For many the greatest player of all time. The club’s fortune turned for the better when they signed Maradona for £5m from Barcelona. He left Spain a boy and became a man in Naples. Fantastic acceleration, sublime skills and impeccable dribbling ability, the team was built around him. Single-handedly won the World Cup for Argentina and inspired Napoli to win their first ever trophies. Sadly left Italian football in shame after failing an anti-doping test. Napoli have withdrawn the No 10 shirt in homage to him.

Hasse JEPPSON 1952-56
One of Sweden’s stars in the 1950 World Cup, Jeppson was a combative striker who broke defences down but he was also blessed with a touch of elegance. Lethal from 25-30 yards, he scored 52 goals for Napoli before joining Torino.

CARECA 1987-92
One of the world’s best strikers during his heyday, he was a strong, powerful ‘bomber’ with a terrific right-foot. At Napoli, Careca formed a formidable partnership with Maradona and he finished second behind the Argentine in the 1987-88 scoring chart.
THE COACH:
Ottavio BIANCHI 1985-89 & 92-93
Architect of the 1987 championship winning side, Brescia-born Bianchi also brought the Coppa Italia and the UEFA Cup to Naples before leaving in 1989. A quiet and dour Coach who rarely smiled, he ended the club’s 61-year wait for silverware and brought the very best out of Maradona.

Words: Peter Bourne & Antonio Labbate



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