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Sport Naples' mayor begins process to rename stadium for Maradona

12:15  26 november  2020
12:15  26 november  2020 Source:   ap.org

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Maradona became a hero in Naples during a seven-year stay after joining from Barcelona in 1984, leading the club to their first two Serie A titles. Napoli club president Aurelio de Laurentis told French broadcaster RMC: “We can consider the idea of calling our stadium San Paolo-Diego Armando

Naples mayor Luigi De Magistris has urged Napoli to rename their San Paolo home after late club idol Diego Maradona . Maradona threw the world of football into "We will name the Stadio San Paolo in honour of Diego Armando Maradona !" the official stated on his official Twitter account on Wednesday.

The mayor of Naples started the formal process to rename the San Paolo stadium for Diego Maradona on Thursday.

A woman hangs a sign with writing in Italian reading © Provided by Associated Press A woman hangs a sign with writing in Italian reading "Bye Diego" from a building showing a giant mural of soccer legend Diego Maradona, in Naples, southern Italy, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Maradona died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 in Buenos Aires. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The move comes with the city in mourning for the soccer great, who died Wednesday of a heart attack at age 60, two weeks after being released from a hospital in Buenos Aires following brain surgery.

People gather outside the San Paolo Stadium to pay their homage to soccer legend Diego Maradona, in Naples, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Diego Maradona has died. The Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title died from a heart attack at his home in Buenos Aires. He was 60. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta) © Provided by Associated Press People gather outside the San Paolo Stadium to pay their homage to soccer legend Diego Maradona, in Naples, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Diego Maradona has died. The Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title died from a heart attack at his home in Buenos Aires. He was 60. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta)

“We are already putting it together this morning, taking the first steps to dedicate Naples’ stadium to Maradona,” Luigi De Magistris said. “It’s a process but it will be a quick process, because when there is such a strong desire there’s nothing that will hold us up.

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Maradona led Napoli into a golden era in the club's history when he arrived in southern Italy in 1984, following a turbulent two-year spell in Barcelona. Testament to that was the statement by Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis that the club would consider renaming the stadium in the late icon's

The mayor of Naples , Luigi de Magistris, backed the suggestion, and added: "Diego Armando Maradona is dead, the most immense footballer of all Napoli considering renaming stadium after Maradona following death. People line the streets of the city of Naples to pay tribute to Maradona .

Two supporters hug each other outside the San Paolo Stadium as people gathered and pay their homage to soccer legend Diego Maradona, in Naples, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Diego Maradona has died. The Argentine soccer great was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity. He was 60. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) © Provided by Associated Press Two supporters hug each other outside the San Paolo Stadium as people gathered and pay their homage to soccer legend Diego Maradona, in Naples, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Diego Maradona has died. The Argentine soccer great was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity. He was 60. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

“We’re hoping to make it coincide with the resumption of games with fans,” the mayor added.

The city operates the San Paolo stadium, where Maradona led Napoli to its only two Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990.

Napoli plays Croatian side Rijeka on Thursday in the Europa League in a match that will be empty of fans due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The mayor of Naples , Luigi de Magistris, asked for Napoli's stadium to be named after Maradona on Wednesday after he passed away. He made this clear through his official Twitter account hours after the tragic news broke. "Let's name the San Paolo stadium in honour of Diego Armando Maradona !"

While Maradona was revered around the world as perhaps the greatest soccer player ever, in Naples he was more than that. Argentine soccer superstar Diego Armando Maradona cheers after the Napoli team clinched its first Italian major league title in Naples , Italy, on May 10, 1987.

However, fans were already outside the stadium late Wednesday and into Thursday morning waving banners, singing songs and lighting flares in Maradona’s honor -- even though gatherings are technically banned in the city, which is located in a coronavirus “red zone.”

People gather outside the San Paolo Stadium to pay their homage to soccer legend Diego Maradona, in Naples, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Diego Maradona has died. The Argentine soccer great was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity. He was 60. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta) © Provided by Associated Press People gather outside the San Paolo Stadium to pay their homage to soccer legend Diego Maradona, in Naples, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Diego Maradona has died. The Argentine soccer great was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity. He was 60. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta)

“Maradona is like a father, like a brother, a family member for us,” said one fan outside the stadium, Raffaele Cuomo. “Unfortunately it’s like someone from the family died, and it’s like a part of Naples has died.”

Added Anna Carpi, another Naples resident: “It broke my heart. … But Diego will always be with us, in our heart.”

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Naples on Wednesday bid farewell to its beloved Diego Maradona , who won the hearts of the southern Italian city by leading the club Napoli to its only two league titles in 1987 and Naples Mayor Luigi De Magistris called for the Stadio San Paolo to be renamed in honour of "the greatest footballer of all time".

Indeed mayor of Naples Luigi De Magistris has already called for the stadium to be renamed in honour of Maradona , saying: "Diego made our people dream, he redeemed Naples with his genius." There will also be a minute's silence across the Italian league this weekend. In his native Argentina

When Maradona joined Napoli in 1984, the southern club had won virtually nothing and was far removed both geographically and socio-economically from the country’s soccer capitals of Milan and Turin.

A girl stops and look as people gather outside the San Paolo Stadium to pay their homage to soccer legend Diego Maradona, in Naples, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Diego Maradona has died. The Argentine soccer great was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity. He was 60. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) © Provided by Associated Press A girl stops and look as people gather outside the San Paolo Stadium to pay their homage to soccer legend Diego Maradona, in Naples, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Diego Maradona has died. The Argentine soccer great was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity. He was 60. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

“It sparked the revival of a people,” De Magistris said. “He loves Naples and so he wanted to — via soccer — make the world know about a city full of humanity, affection, energy and fantasy.

“Even today I see young kids who didn’t (see him play), like my kids, who still have Maradona in their minds and in their hearts."

Il Mattino, Naples’ leading newspaper, had a front-page headline Thursday that said simply, “Grazie” — “Thank You.”

A man touches a poster of soccer legend Diego Maradona, in Naples, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Diego Maradona has died. The Argentine soccer great was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity. He was 60. (Alessandro Garofalo/LaPresse via AP) © Provided by Associated Press A man touches a poster of soccer legend Diego Maradona, in Naples, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Diego Maradona has died. The Argentine soccer great was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity. He was 60. (Alessandro Garofalo/LaPresse via AP)

The Gazzetta dello Sport, the country’s leading sports newspaper, dedicated its first 23 pages to Maradona.

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People light flares as they gather under a mural depicting soccer legend Diego Maradona, in Naples, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Diego Maradona has died. The Argentine soccer great was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity. He was 60. (Fabio Sasso/LaPresse via AP) © Provided by Associated Press People light flares as they gather under a mural depicting soccer legend Diego Maradona, in Naples, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Diego Maradona has died. The Argentine soccer great was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity. He was 60. (Fabio Sasso/LaPresse via AP)

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