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Napoli’s stadium has been officially renamed in honor of Diego Maradona, the Naples City Council announced on Friday.
The world of sports was rocked last week when the great Maradona of Argentina, considered one of the greatest soccer players in history, died at the age of 60 after suffering from heart failure.
A World Cup winner with Argentina, Maradona enjoyed impressive success in Naples, where he guided Napoli to unprecedented Serie A glory in 1986-87, and then again in 1989-90. The Parthenopei have yet to join their only two Scudetto awards.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said last week that it would be “correct” to change the name of Stadio San Paolo after the city councils of Argentina and Naples unanimously passed a resolution on Friday that will change its name to Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. .
The change has yet to be authorized by the Prefect of the Province of Naples, but it is expected to be a formality.
“With a resolution approved today, the stadium is named after Diego Armando Maradona,” the Municipality said in a statement.
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– Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) November 29, 2020
Shortly before the executive committee meeting, the city’s toponymy advisory commission had approved the proposal of the mayor, the councilor for toponymy Alessandra Clemente and the city council, naming the Stadio San Paolo in honor of Diego Armando Maradona with the name of Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. “
Maradona won 91 games for Argentina between 1977 and 1994, scoring 34 goals internationally.
He began his career with Argentinos Juniors, before joining Boca Juniors and then playing for Barcelona, Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys, as well as Napoli, before returning to La Bombonera in 1995.
Maradona was also in charge of Textil Mandiyu, Racing Club, Al-Wasl, Fujairah and Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico before being named head coach by Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata last year.
He remained a gymnastics coach until his death.