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Stadio San Paolo

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Stadio San Paolo
Stadio San Paolo
Pizzale Vincenzo Tecchio Napoli

General information

Stadio San Paolo (English: Saint Paul Stadium) is a stadium in the western Fuorigrotta suburb of Naples, Italy, and is the third largest football stadium in Italy — after Milan’s San Siro and Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. For the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, the stadium hosted the football preliminaries. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of S.S.C. Napoli. Constructed in 1959 and extensively renovationed both in 1989, for the 1990 World Cup and again for the 2018-2019 season. The stadium currently accommodates 55,000 spectators.

The stadium is widely known for hosting the 1990 World Cup semi-final between Italy and Argentina. Argentina’s superstar Diego Maradona, who played for Naples’s Italian 1st division team and was a hero to their supporters, asked Napoli fans to cheer for Argentina. The Napoli tifosi responded by hanging a giant flag in their “curva” of the stadium saying “Maradona, Naples loves you, but Italy is our homeland”. Maradona later said he was touched that Napoli was the only stadium during that World Cup where the Argentinian national anthem was not jeered. The match finished 1–1 after extra time. A penalty shootout ensued, with Maradona fittingly scoring the winning penalty for Argentina.

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