The historic San Paolo stadium changes its name and makes way for the "Diego Armando Maradona stadium".
It's official, Naples has announced it will re- name the city's football stadium, with a resolution approved and signed by Mayor Luigi De Magistris.
The city council agreed to the decision to pay homage to the Argentine footballer.
"The whole city identifies with him" the resolution declared. "Always on the side of the most vulnerable, Maradona fought against the prejudice and the discrimination the Neapolitans are still subjected to at stadiums, to become an idol of Naples, that has also forgiven the weaknesses and fragilities of the man, that will never overshadow the greatness of the champion".
In the official act, as the press release of the city of Naples explains, Maradona is described as "the greatest footballer of all time, whose high sporting merits have been recognized with his appointment as FIFA ambassador. The footballer who, with his immense talent and magic, honoured the shirt of the Naples football team for seven years, bringing it two Italian championships and other prestigious cups, and receiving in return, eternal and unconditional love from the entire city ."
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San Paolo Stadium in Naples to be renamed 'Diego Armando Maradona Stadium'
Piazzale Vincenzo Tecchio, 80125 Napoli NA, Italy