|Stadio San Paolo|
|Owner||Municipality of Naples|
110 x 68 meters
Stadio San Paolo is a multi-use stadium in the western suburb of Fuorigrotta of Naples, Italy, and is the third largest football stadium in Italy after Stadio San Siro and Stadio Olimpico. A modern stadium (plural stadiums or stadia in English is a place or venue for (mostly outdoor Sports Concerts or other events consisting Fuorigrotta (Italian "Beyond the grotto" is a western suburb of Naples southern Italy. Naples ( Napoli, Neapolitan: Nàpule) is a historic City in southern Italy, the Capital of the Italy (Italia officially the Italian Republic, (Repubblica Italiana is located on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe, and on the two largest For the town in the Province of Como, see San Siro (Como. For the saint after which these places are named see Syrus of Pavia or Syrus of Stadio Olimpico, located on the Foro Italico, is the major stadium of Rome, Italy. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home of S.S.C. Napoli. Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli, commonly referred to as simply Napoli or the abbreviation SSC Napoli, is an Italian professional football club based The stadium was built in 1959 and underwent extensive renovations in 1989 for the 1990 World Cup. The year 1959 ( MCMLIX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1989 ( MCMLXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar) The present capacity of the San Paolo is 60,240.
The stadium is probably most famous for hosting the 1990 World Cup semi-final between Italy and Argentina. The Italian national football team is controlled by the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC and represents Italy in international football competition The Argentina national football team is the national football team of Argentina and is controlled by the Asociación del Fútbol Argentino (AFA Considered to be the most intriguing match of that World Cup, Diego Maradona, then a player at Napoli asked for the Napoli fans to cheer for Argentina. Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli, commonly referred to as simply Napoli or the abbreviation SSC Napoli, is an Italian professional football club based The Napoli "tifosi" responded by hanging a flag in their "curve" of the stadium saying "Maradona, We love you, but Italy is our father". It was touching for Maradona for as Napoli was the only stadium during that World Cup that the Argentinian national anthem wasn't jeered. Apparently, Napoli fans were the "black sheep" of Italy because they rooted for Maradona. The match finished 1-1 after extra time. A penalty shoot out ensued with Maradona fittingly scoring the winning penalty for Argentina.
Even with S.S.C. Napoli in Serie C during the 2005/2006 season, Napoli achieved the feat of having the 3rd highest average home attendance for a football club in Italy for the season with only the Serie A clubs, A.C. Milan and Inter Milan having higher attendances. Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli, commonly referred to as simply Napoli or the abbreviation SSC Napoli, is an Italian professional football club based Serie A (officially known as the Lega Calcio Serie A TIM for Sponsorship reasons is a professional league competition for football clubs located Associazione Calcio Milan, commonly referred to by the abbreviation Milan, is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy Football Club Internazionale Milano, most commonly referred to as simply Internazionale, or Inter, is an Italian professional football club Napoli's final game of the season drew a crowd of 51,000 which now stands as a Serie C record.
San Paolo also hosted Italy's Euro 2008 Qualifier vs Lithuania on 2 September 2006 with the possibility of other qualifiers to played there in the future. The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2008, was the 13th UEFA European Football Championship, a quadrennial football The national football team of Lithuania is controlled by the Lithuanian Football Federation. Events 44 BC - Pharaoh Cleopatra VII of Egypt declares her son co-ruler as Ptolemy XV Caesarion. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.
The Naples city council asked the Italian government for permission to rename Napoli's stadium after Diego Maradona. The Argentine legend helped Napoli to win Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990.
The council voted to ask for the renaming of the San Paolo stadium, but one stumbling block is an Italian law prohibiting public buildings to be named after any person who has not been dead for at least 10 years.