Napoli will pay another tribute to Diego Armando Maradona on Thursday night when they welcome Barcelona in their Europa League clash at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
Napoli’s Tribute to Maradona
After a 1-1 draw in the first leg against Barcelona, everything is on the line in Campania on Thursday against the Blaugrana, another of Maradona’s previous teams. The stadium will applaud in honor of Maradona in the 10th minute of the game. Diego Sinagra, Diego’s Neapolitan son, claimed before the first leg that the tie was “the ultimate tribute” to his father.
Before breaking into applause, Napoli fans will sing in the manner in which they did when Maradona played at the then-named Stadio San Paolo. In the stadium, there are two sculptures of Maradona: one outside and one inside, near the changing rooms.
About the Match
In an emotional match in the Italian league, Napoli defeated Roma 4-0 as the club paid tribute to Diego Maradona. It was Napoli’s first Serie A match since Maradona died. Maradona is regarded as a god-like figure in Napoli, having led the club to its only two Serie A victories in 1987 and 1990.
With the win, Napoli drew level with Roma and Juventus, six points behind leader AC Milan, which had earlier in the day defeated Fiorentina 2-0. Before the game, Insigne placed flower bouquets under banners devoted to Maradona, which were exhibited in the empty stands at either end of the stadium. The Stadio San Paolo in Napoli will henceforth be known as the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.