All good things come to an end, and the same can said of the 2010/2011 Serie A season. I thought I would share some of my favourite pictures month by month which defined this season.
The season got off to a shocking start as Fabio Quagliarella was benched against Elfsborg and then sold that night to Juventus
Edinson Cavani scores the winning goal against Sampdoria in Genoa. Sampdoria would end the season being relegated to Serie B. Cavani would end up with a headache after this meeting of minds with Walter Mazzarri
Napoli meet Liverpool at Stadio San Paolo in a Europa League Group K tie, bothsides would end up getting through the group.
Marek Hamsik keeps his hair in check after scoring against a Bologna side who hadn’t been paid in weeks in a 4-1 victory.
The game against Lecce before the winter break will be rememberd for Edinson Cavani’s wonderstrike, seconds before that Gianluca Grava prevented a certain goal with this save
Edinson Cavani - Hat-trick goal - Juventus
Hassan Yebda and Ezequiel Lavezzi with heads bowed as Napoli get knoecked out of the Europa League by this seasons semi finalists Villarreal 2-1
Napoli comeback from behind to beat Parma away, I am not sure what ‘Pocho is doing here
Cavani earns the matchball after an amazing three goals against Lazio in the game of the season, Napoli run out 4-3 winners
Napoli secure the point they need against Inter Milan to secure direct qualification to the UEFA Champions League
A night I will never ever forget - From C to shining C
I have been blessed. In my 28 years on planet earth I have seen Italy reach the final of the European Cup, two World Cup finals, and witnessed Italy winning one of them. I have never seen Napoli acheive anything in Serie A, the Maradona days were just a little beyond me as I was growing up, so last night was my Scuddeto
Hero’s, every one of them
I can’t remember ANY of the game apart from Samu Eto’o and Juan Zuniga scoring goals, but this wasn’t about the game. This was about Napoli reaching the goal set by Aurellio De Laurentiis when he started with the project from scratch, to reach the Champions League.
I am not one for sentiment, I don’t want to remember the bad days of bankruptcy, the ignomy of Serie C and the failed Donadoni era. I don’t want to remember the poor 1998/99 season with a record low points total or the sale of Ciro Ferrara to Juventus and I don’t want to remember the day Gigi Simoni walked out on Napoli for Inter… and now I don’t have to.
What THIS Napoli side has achived has wiped away all the bad days.
un grazie al nostro presidente Aurellio De Laurentiis
“Walter Mazzarri has another two years on his contract. That’s our current project and we’re going to continue like that, if Mazzarri has changed his mind then he has to tell me. We’re men, not corporals”—Aurellio De Laurentiis paints an interesting picture of him and Mazzarri in army gear :O
Lets face it, we have all had days at work or college where you couldn’t be bothered to be there and you just want to get through the day and go home, you may even have an arguement with somebody. Well this was Napoli’s equivalent of that day
This way for the early bath?
Where to start? Where to finish is probably a more improtant question.
Napoli just didn’t bother turning up for this game, to be fair in the first hald neither did Lecce as both sides struggled in the heat but in the second half it was Lecce that would walk away with all three points. They simply wanted the victory more than Napoli, they were after all in a relegation fight. Lecce were given a helping hand by the referee who awarded a ‘penalty’ after Hugo Campagnaro won the ball but the referee blew for a penalty. Daniel Corvia scored the penalty and Lecce were ahead. Walter Mazzarri made the decision to bring on Giuseppe Mascara and this paid off as he scored to level up at 1-1. Things were looking up for Napoli when Corvia then get sent off for tugging on Ezequiel Lavezzi’s shirt and Napoli were all set to get at least a point…..until El Matador, Edinson Cavani got himself for a stupid tackle
Cavani had an awful game today, understandable considering he has played non stop since the start of the season. Just before his sending off he missed a point blank header, i presume this didn’t help his mood.
Mascara scored Napoli’s only goal, this picture used to protect the innocent
So Napoli were closing the game out until the 89th minute…when Lecce sub Javier Chevanton unleashed a thunderbolt from 20 yards out that hit the underside of the bar and bounced over the line. Napoli were done for in the same way they had done to Lecce in December.
Napoli now need just one point from the two remaining games. That would Be Inter Milan at home and Juventus away on the final day, no pressure lads……..
Marek scores and his hair stays upright in the rain, double win
Napoli can see the promised land of Champion League football after a hard fought victory over our friends from Genoa
Napoli started the game brightly, asserting pressure on the Genona goal within the first five minutes, however after the initial burst at the opening Napoli quickly ran out of ideas as they tried to channel every attack down the left flank, this became easy for Genoa to defend against as Christian Maggio on the Napoli right had Crisicito and Antonelli on the Genoa left to deal with so couldn’t offer much attacking threat and so a boring first half ended with no real chances
Second half began and Napoli looked like a side on a mission. Ezequeil Lavezzi, Hassan Yebda and Edinson Cavani missing decent chances but the ball just wouldn’t go in the net. It was looking like ‘one of those days’ until Marek Hamsik stood up and was counted. It was Hamsik, with just under ten minutes remaining who chested down a Salvatore Aronica floated ball into the penalty area and blasted the ball past Eduardo in the Genoa goal to send the San Paolo wild. Napoli closed out the game and recorded a win against Genoa in Serie A in Napoli for the first time since 1995.
Special mentions for a fully rested Walter Gargano, his performance was execellent apart from a lapes of concentration. His passing was brilliant and he also broke up play well. Hassan Yebda who’s introduction in the second half gave Napoli extra physicality and for Salvatore Aronica who I thought was Napoli’s best defender, he also burst forward with the ball on a number of occasion and of course grabbed an assit for the goal, this is the reason I imagine he was subject to the randon drug test post game…..