2015: Napoli versus Wolfsburg at the Stadio San Paolo

A look back (first published 28 April 2015): this was such a memorable night out. If you’re in Naples and you’ve never been to watch Napoli play in the Stadio San Paolo don’t hesitate, especially if there’s a big game. The city’s heart beats loudest here.

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Napoli supporters Supporters in the Stadio San Paolo

Last Thursday evening crowds and cars streamed in one direction through Naples – towards the Stadio San Paolo.

Vfl Wolfsburg were in town and SCC Napoli had to hold its nerve.

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Napoli beat Juventus to win Italian Super Cup

A look back (first published 23 December 2014): since this post was written Gonzalo Higuaín has deserted Napoli and gone to play for Juventus.

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Napoli and the passion of football Napoli’s San Paolo Stadium – home of football passion

“Arsenal?”

Luigi’s eyes darkened.

“Arsenal?” we stared at our son.

Luigi’s eyes flashed.

“Arsenal,” the son repeated with a grin.  What was he thinking?  Panic seized me – this was Napoli.

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Naples, Italy: on its way to the New Year

Image from a t-shirt design by 'Officina Flegrea'

Image from a t-shirt design by ‘Officina Flegrea’ – off.flegrea@gmail.com

In the summer of 2014 we arrived in our new home on the outskirts of Naples.  We left this autumn.  Two years in total, two years in which we were privileged to see places many Neapolitans themselves never get the chance to visit.  Some of the sights we saw were outside the city but many were squeezed into its narrow streets.

This post, mainly of photographs, is a glance at the context, at some of the neighbourhoods and corners, that frame a few of those places that were in Naples itself.

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Book Review: I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic (told to David Lagercrantz)

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If you know about football this book is a short corner worth taking.  If a ball isn’t the point at least try the link below.

(November 2012 Sweden played England – the score 4 -2 – all four goals were scored by Zlatan).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a six foot five inch Swede whose parents are from the former Yugoslavia.  He is one of football’s greatest strikers.

This book is about football from where he stands. The pace is agitated and powerful and page one starts with the two words that have caused the striker the greatest upset to date – Pep Guardiola.

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Football, canapés and a first class muddle over the Royal Mail

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Winter is stuttering into view but the cockles of British hearts are being warmed by perfect turmoil.  The three pillars of UK plc – football, cake and the post – are in a state of flex and flux.  It has been an exhausting ten days.

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Troubles around the world, as seen by The Graphic in London in 1867

Morosi's stronghold

Morosi’s stronghold

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Football: Didier Drogba’s Gift to Chelsea Football Club

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Didier Drogba was a striker for Chelsea Football Club…one of their best.

The piece that follows was written in 2012.

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