More modern Neapolitan films include Ricomincio da tre, which depicts the misadventures of a young emigrant in the late 20th century. The 2008 film Gomorrah, based on the book by Roberto Saviano, explores the dark underbelly of the city of Naples through five intertwining stories about the powerful Neapolitan crime syndicate, the Camorra.

In 2012–13, Napoli finished in second place in Serie A, the club's best performance since winning the 1989–90 Scudetto. Edinson Cavani finished as top scorer in the division with 29 goals, which resulted in him being sold to Paris Saint-Germain for a club record fee of £57 million.

Koulibaly was one of Antonio Conte's top targets to bolster Chelsea's struggling defence this summer, but after a lengthy pursuit the Blues were frustrated by De Laurentiis' refusal to budge on his valuation of the player and instead re-signed David Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain on deadline day.

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One of the nicknames of Napoli is I ciucciarelli which means "the little donkeys" in the local dialect, they were given this name after a particularly poor performance during the 1926–27 season. It was originally meant to be derogatory, as the Neapolitan symbol is a rampant black horse,[61] the club however adopted the donkey as a mascot called 'O Ciuccio, displaying it with pride.[62]

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Napoli have the fourth biggest fanbase in Italy,[3] and in 2015 were ranked as the fifth most valuable football club in Serie A,[4] as well as being listed on the Forbes' list of the most valuable football clubs. The club is one of the associate members of the European Club Association. In the January 2016 UEFA ratings, Napoli are ranked the eighth best club in European Football and the second best club in Italy.[5]

Unlike other Italian cities such as Genoa, Milan, Rome and Turin, Napoli is the only major football club in the city and therefore there is no derby in the strict sense of the term. Nevertheless, the fans of Napoli do co-star in two particular derbies in Italy against other regional teams:

In 543, during the Gothic Wars, Totila briefly took the city for the Ostrogoths, but the Byzantines seized control of the area following the Battle of Mons Lactarius on the slopes of Vesuvius.[39] Naples was expected to keep in contact with the Exarchate of Ravenna, which was the centre of Byzantine power on the Italian peninsula.[41]

Naples has long been a centre of art and architecture, dotted with Medieval, Baroque and Renaissance-era churches, castles and palaces. In the 18th century, Naples went through a period of neoclassicism, following the discovery of the remarkably intact Roman ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii.

Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik could be out for several months after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury while on international duty with Poland.

Speaking at the Sport Business Summit in London, De Laurentiis did not hold back when asked his views on the game, in particular how it could be changed.

Napoli is the fourth most supported football club in Italy with around 13% of Italian football fans supporting the club.[3] Like other top clubs in the country, Napoli's fanbase goes beyond the Italian border; it has been estimated by the club that there are around 6 million fans worldwide.[70] Napoli is reputed to be one of the biggest clubs in Europe, with one of the highest average home attendance in Europe.

Through the direct participation of its members, the blue club sponsored initiatives in support of the hospitals towns, as well as initiatives to raise awareness against violence in sport and child poverty. With the 'support association town Scugnizzi, which operates in the juvenile prison of Nisida, Naples supports various projects aimed at the social reintegration of young offenders once granted their punishment.

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On 1 December 2015 in the 2015–16 season, a 2–1 home win over league leaders Inter Milan sent Napoli to the top of Serie A for the first time in 25 years.[45][46]

Milik, 22, was forced to come off at half-time during his nation's 3-2 win over Denmark on Saturday after sustaining the injury and underwent a series of tests after the final whistle.

Derby of the Sun (also called Derby of the South), at the height of its popularity in the seventies and eighties, starring Napoli and Roma.

Icardi, 23, has now extended his contract with Inter until 2021 but Nara has revealed the full extent of interest in the Nerazzurri captain.

Following the Spanish victory, Naples became part of the Spanish Empire, and remained so throughout the Spanish Habsburg period.[57] The Spanish sent viceroys to Naples to directly deal with local issues: the most important of these viceroys was Pedro Álvarez de Toledo, who was responsible for considerable social, economic and urban reforms in the city; he also supported the activities of the Inquisition.[58][better source needed]

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There is also a strong supporter of friendship with Ancona and there are good relations with the fans of Catania and Borussia Dortmund.

Below are appearance and goalscoring records pertaining to Napoli players of all time. Still active players in bold:[54]

A sympathy and good friendship was born with supporters of the Romanian football team Universitatea Craiova following the elimination of rivals FC Steaua Bucureşti from the Europa League at the hands of Napoli.[citation needed] They have a long-standing friendship with Bulgarian fans of Lokomotiv Plovdiv; Napoli gave birth to the name Napoletani Ultras Plovdiv and that is how the friendship arose.[72]

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Naples' sports scene is dominated by football and Serie A club S.S.C. Napoli, two-time Italian champions and winner of European trophies, who play at the San Paolo Stadium in the south-west of the city.

On 10 January 2016 an away 5–1 victory against Frosinone made Napoli the champion of the first half of 2015–16 Serie A season for the first time since the 1989–90 season, thanks to Sassuolo's 1–0 win against Inter Milan in Giuseppe Meazza.


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On 26 July 2016, Napoli player Gonzalo Higuaín became the third highest football transfer of all-time and highest ever transfer for an Italian club,[55] when he signed for €90 million to Juventus.[56]

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The hostility of the ultras of Napoli with the fans of Lazio comes from the old friendship that Napoli had in the eighties with Roma fans, Napoli fans used to call Roma fans "cousins", friendship then broke after the umbrella gesture of Salvatore Bagni of 25 October 1987 which spawned a very strong rivalry with the Roma fans.

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Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has branded agents the "cancer of football" as he took another swipe at Juventus for signing Gonzalo Higuain in the summer.

Derby della Campania generally refers to a rivalry with regional clubs, mainly Avellino and Salernitana.[71] However, both teams have largely played in the lower divisions and meetings are largely limited to the Coppa Italia.