Not that I want to influence the vote or anything but get voting for the GK of the year for Serie A Weekly, you can see the runners and riders but you all know who to vote for right? Who said Federico Marchetti……………
I love Tumblr an its ability to let you publish a post on a certain date. If you reading this then I am probably somewhere in the Lake Districe of the UK. While I was packing for my short break I discovered some books and items literally in the back of a cupboard which shaped my footballing youth. So, sorry as its not the usual Napoli hyperboyle but I thought I would share this…
Before Computer games and the Pro Evo and FIFA’s of this world we had to either play football out on the streets or we could play Subbuteo, the old table football game where you would ‘flick to kick’ the ball with your fingers using 11 small shaped players. I bought these with my pocket money as a child
Napoli, in esteemed company….
A slighly blurry photo of my Newcastle Utd team, I had a scoreboard to go with it, I never played Napoli v Newcastle as World War 3 would be on the cards in the Mancini household so I just pretended they were Juventus instead, One of the Newcastle players has lost an arm, i used to pretend it was Gianluca Vialli.
I didn’t have Sky TV when I was growing up so I was a true child of Football Italia on Channel Four. In the early 90’s a book was published showing some of the wonders of Serie A, looking back at it nearly twenty years on you can see why Serie A was THE best league in the world
How Did Des Walker sneak onto the cover?
A player needing no introductions
Again, I don’t know how he made it into the book…
Uruguyan striker who scores lots of goals, thats Edinson Cavani right?
Maldini hasn’t aged one bit
One of the best keepers I have ever seen
Seriously, Lentini was on course for greatness until his accident
Ruben Sosa and Batigol, too many spectacular goals to pick from.
He could Thern on a sixpence…..
Some other assorted snaps from the magazines I found…
Giuseppe Signori moonlighting as a police officer….
THE worst defender in Napoli’s history
This was nearly 13 years ago…..
Serious ITV pundit representing Rep Ireland at WC 1994, What happened to the hair Andy?
Ghosts of Napoli's past and future(?) haunt the present
If it wasn’t for German Denis breaking his foot in the summer of 2010 Gokhan Inler could very well be wearing a Napoli shirt at this very moment. Napoli were looking at a way to get a discount on Gokhan Inler during the summer of 2010. Napoli looked like they had agreed to send Denis on loan with a right to buy for Gokhan Inler on a loan with right to buy…. and then *crack*, El Tanque broke his foot and Udinese wanted a discount on the discount. Udinese got Denis and Napoli didn’t get Inler.
A picture that sums up the night, the ball is the other way Marek…..
So when the sides met at Stadio San Paolo it would be those two players that would to the damage to Napoli. Make no mistake, Udinese were by far the better side,they looked dangerous on the break and reduced Napoli to long range efforts on goal, this a side WITHOUT Alexi Sanchex and Toto Di Natale. It was Gokhan Inler that put on a 90 minute tour de force, surely enough to convince Aurellio De Laurentiis to cough up a couple of extra € for the Swiss international. “I liked him a lot yesterday evening’ said De Laurentiis, and you can see his point, the player Napoli needed on a night like last night when the oppostion were well organised and looked dangerous on the counter attack was wearing Black and White and his shirt said ‘Inler’ on the back.
Napoli just didn’t get going. The players were nervous, misplaced passes and not one of Hamsik, Cavani or Lavezzi were effective in any way. Lavezzi maybe feeling the effect of his knock against Bologna but this is Napoli’s problem. We can get away with one of Matador, Pocho or Marek not playing well but all three is not ideal. Credit must go to Udinese who defended well, choked off any space (Inler) and attacked with purpose. It was no surprise watching the 90 minutes that German Denis scored against Napoli either. A player forced to depart Napoli against his will was highly motivated to settle some scores and he did so, ending Napoli’s scuddeto hopes. Denis is still a bit of a cult hero at San Paolo so it was quite nice him apologising to the Napoli fans for what he done but all the attention was on Inler who had scored an incredibale goal and didn’t celebrate scoring leaving many to speculate that he has already agreed to join Napoli. Will he be joining? I know what the answer should be and after an impressive performace De Laurentiis should know too…
A team sheet without El Matador’s name on it is not a nice sight, so who’d of thought Giuseppe Mascara would replace him with the same effect..
It was either this or a topless photo of Giuseppe Mascara
Giuseppe Mascara has only played 9 games for Napoli, the majority as a substitute since he joined Napoli from Catania in the winter transfer window. He hasn’t really set the Napoli fans wild with his appearances, at times looking out of his depth. So you can imagine the trepidation felt when his name appeared on the team sheet for the game against Bologna as a replacement for suspended Edinson Cavani who was watching in the stands (more on that in a later post). We needant have worried, from the opening minutes Mascara was causing Bologna all sort of problems, appearing on the wings, dragging the Bologna defenders out of position which enabled Ezequiel Lavezzi to run with the ball and be his usual pesky self.
Napoli dominated the game from the get go and took the lead after ‘Pocho backheeled the ball near the six yard line, Emiliano Viviano palmed the ball into the path of Mascara who had the easiest of tap ins, 1-0. Napoli doubled the lead on the stroke of half time as Bologna’s three man back line did its best impression of how NOT to operate an offside trap with three at the back, Lavezzi and Marek Hamsik were left all alone, Lavezzi was fouled by Viviano in the Bologna goal and Hamsik converted the PK, 2-0
That was pretty much game set and match after 45 minutes of football. The second half played out much like the first but without the urgency and at times Napoli were a little sloppy but on the whole they were comfortable. Of course this being Napoli there were moments when Marco Di Vaio could have scored for Bologna but it wasn’t his day.
Special mention to the much abused Michele Pazienza for not giving the ball away and breaking up Bologna attacks. Hassan Yebda who continues to impress and Victor Ruiz for looking comfortable given the time he has been in the team.
Full respect to the 15,000 strong Napoli fans that made the trip. They were in full voice for the full 90 minutes!
I don’t know what more I can say. I am still stunned after the Napoli victory over Lazio on Sunday lunchtime.
Careca at San Paolo ‘This Aronica fella is a better finisher than me’ (Picture - SSC Napoli)
I won’t bore you with the match detail, quite frankly the post would be tooooo long.
Put simply that was the most emotional 90 minutes of club football I have expereinced in at least 15 years. The first 60 minutes involved me swearing at the TV screen (Rooney would be proud of me), spilling Beer whenever Michele Pazienza gave the ball away and shaking my head so much I thought it was going to fall off.
So Napoli go 2-0 down, I look all dejected and start thinking ‘lets just get Champions League qualification sorted’…..and then ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE.
For the remaining 30+ minutes I was up and down like a yo-yo, 2-1 then 2-2, I started to jump around like was at some sort of late 90’s rave ‘we are gonna win’ I remember shouting at someone. Then the dissapointment of Lazio pulling ahead again thanks to Salvatore Aronica deciding it would be a good idea to score in his own net, much to the annoyance of everyone. Walter Mazzarri could even be seen ripping up the San Paolo turf such was his frustration at seeing Salvatore do the stupid thing. So my emotions were dampened and then…whats this? Penalty to Napoli, GOALLLL. Cue slight dizzyness (although this may have been self inflcited as I was on my 4th bottle of Peroni). Napoli pull level…. OK, lets just keep calm and finish the game without incident….GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL. Cavani 4-3 and BANG my nose started to pour with blood, now this could be due to Napoli reaching the hights of second and that i can’t take the pressure or I have a serious underlying health issue that needs attention….
Approaching three days later and I still can’t believe what I witnessed. I doubt I ever will see the likes of this game or feel that much emotion again soon, or will I……
Napoli are a clear second in the table, 3 points off AC Milan (it may as well be 4 with the head to head record) but Napoli have a puncher’s chance now. If AC wobble again, Napoli must make them pay……