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Diego Maradona Does Series Of Very ‘Diego Maradona’ Things Before Being Made Honorary Citizen Of Naples (Videos)

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Diego Maradona is not what you would call a wallflower.

The Argentinian hero – nay, God – has very rarely taken his foot off the pedal in a life and career that has seen it's fair share of chaos, brilliance, magic and just plain weirdness.

After finishing up his business with the Russian national ice hockey team, the diminutive wizard boarded a flight to Italy, Naples specifically, during which he wasfilmed enjoying a.

No let up from Real Madrid, Zidane warns Napoli

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane has warned Napoli there will be no let up for 90 minutes when Real Madrid look to seal their seventh successive qualification for the Champions League quarter-finals.

After a 3-1 defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu last month, Napoli host the 11-time European champions Tuesday dreaming of causing a major upset and securing their first berth in the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition.

No let up from Real Madrid, Zidane warns Napoli

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane has warned Napoli there will be no let up for 90 minutes when Real Madrid look to seal their seventh successive qualification for the Champions League quarter-finals.

After a 3-1 defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu last month, Napoli host the 11-time European champions Tuesday dreaming of causing a major upset and securing their first berth in the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition.

Naples, Maradona abuzz as Napoli title talk hits fever pitch

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'Winter champion' pizzas are on the menu and Naples' favorite son, Diego Maradona, has promised to arrive by helicopter if Napoli fulfill their promise of winning the league title. But for coach Maurizio Sarri, who has steered Napoli to top spot at the halfway point for the first time in 26 years, all talk of a first league crown since Maradona's heyday at the San Paolo is premature.

Naples, Maradona abuzz as Napoli title talk hits fever pitch

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'Winter champion' pizzas are on the menu and Naples' favorite son, Diego Maradona, has promised to arrive by helicopter if Napoli fulfill their promise of winning the league title. But for coach Maurizio Sarri, who has steered Napoli to top spot at the halfway point for the first time in 26 years, all talk of a first league crown since Maradona's heyday at the San Paolo is premature.

Marek Hamsik robbed at gunpoint after Napoli-Sampdoria match

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Marek Hamsik became the latest Napoli player or family member robbed at gunpoint in Naples. Hamsik, whose agent said he wouldn't ever leave the city last week and was the subject of a mural expressing Naples' love for him, had just left Napoli's 0-0 draw against Sampdoria at the Stadio San Paolo when the armed gunman bust through his car window.

Big name completes PSG switch

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French giants Paris St. Germain have completed the signing of Argentine winger Ezequiel Lavezzi from Napoli for a fee reported to be in the region of €30 million.

Lavezzi made a total of 188 appearances for Napoli but his break-through form shone brightly in the last two seasons, where he racked up 20 goals and 26 assists across all competitions.

Chelsea ace reveals season’s low point

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Frank Lampard has finally spoken at length about his benching during Chelsea's 3-1 loss at Napoli, which he believes was the lowest point of the season for him as well as his teammates.

Andre Villas-Boas, who was then in-charge of Chelsea, chose to bench veterans such as Lampard, Michael Essien, and Ashley Cole and instead started the more inexperienced Raul Meireles, Jose Bosingwa, and Ramires.

Napoli vs Siena 2-0 Highlights Coppa Italia 2012 Vergassola Cavani Goals Video

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CL Preview: Chelsea v. Napoli

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Chelsea host Napoli on Wednesday night in need of a couple of goals probably more to ensure this season's bizarre Champions League journey continues. Walter Mazzarri isn't the least bit interested in allowing this to happen. Neither is Ezequiel Lavezzi or that striker, from Uruguay what's his name again?

Napoli vs Inter 2012 Highlights 1-0 Video Lavezzi Goal Aronica red card

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Villa Boas On The Brink

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Sometimes you can see it coming a mile off. There was something heavy hanging in the air well before Chelsea's match against Napoli on Tuesday night. A lethargic draw against Birmingham City in the FA Cup at the weekend had been the most obvious symptom of the malaise that has come to engulf Stamford Bridge of late, and even taking the lead in Naples wasn't enough to spare Andres Villa Boas from another disastrous day at the office.

Confident Villas-Boas Remains Optimistic About Chelsea’s Champions League Chance

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Andre Villas-Boas left bitter with the result that his team, Chelsea, earned in their Champions League against Napoli especially since he believe that the 3-1 defeat could have been avoided should some defensive errors didn't happen.

Villas-Boas simply thought that shaky defending will always leads to defeat when fighting against a team like the Naples based outfit as they possessed strong quality up front with quality players such as Ezequiel Lavezzi, Edinson Cavani and Marek Hamsik.

Defensive Errors Cost Chelsea a Defeat Against Napoli

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Another disappointed result earned by English sides on Italian soil as after Arsenal's defeat against Ac Milan not long ago, this time it's Chelsea's turn to suffer a similar outcome although Andre Villas-Boas ' team did put out a better effort than Wenger's boys.

Playing against Napoli at San Paolo, the Blues actually managed to take an early lead but got pummeled 3-1 in the end, leaving Villas-Boas in despair as his team suffered another disappointment.

Napoli vs Chelsea 3-1 Champions League HIghlights 2012 Goals Mata Cavani Lavezzi Video

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Rant Box: Napoli v. Chelsea

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A rabid atmosphere awaits Andre Villas-Boas and company (sans John Terry) in Naples tonight. I for one cannot wait to see how this first leg plays out.

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Champions League: Cavani’s Cool Confidence & Is Napoli Villas-Boas’ Final Shot At Redemption?

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At the rate things are going now, DON'T be surprised if you catch Andre-Villas Boas and Arsene Wenger sharing a cup of hot chocolate at a fancy cafe along Canary Wharf! Villas-Boas is an amateur compared to Wenger, but football is still a game of high stakes so when your head is on the chopping block and you're feeling rotten, A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed!

AVB Confident Of Good Showing Against Napoli

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Champions League knockout stage action continues Tuesday with some very interesting matches on the decks. Tomorrow, Chelsea travel to Naples to take on high flying Napoli while CSKA Moscow will host Real Madrid at the Arena Khimki.

Of course, attention will be on Chelsea as they seek to turn around their dismal performances in their domestic campaigns.

Villas-Boas Hopeful for Chelsea’s Champions League Clash Against Napoli

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Chelsea's failure in beating Birmingham City provides more pressure for Andre Villas-Boas side ahead of their Champions League clash against Italian side, Napoli, in the midweek as the Portuguese coach admitted that his side's confidence is rather low at the moment.

Villas-Boas hopes that his players can overcome that mental problem as they will be facing much more difficult task in Southern Italy rather than their recent FA Cup tie against Birmingham that ended 1-1.

What’s His Excuse This Time?

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Despite readily taking responsibility whenever Chelsea record a negative result and claiming to have unconditional backing from club executives, Villas-Boas is treading on very thin ice.

A 1-1 home draw against Birmingham in FA Cup 5th round fixture yesterday is continuing to fuel reports that AVB could be on his way out of London as early as May.

Napoli Manager to Miss CL Tie + News & Notes

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Whoa. I forgot we were still involved in the CL for a second. More, after the jump:

The Shove Heard Round Naples

Get this: Napoli's manager, Walter Mazzarri, has been banned by UEFA for two matches after shoving Nilmar during Napoli's final group stage match with Villareal.

Napoli vs Inter 2-0 Coppa Italia 2012 Highlights Goals Edinson Cavani TIM Cup Video January 25

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Napoli vs Bologna 1-1 Highlights 2012 Video Goals Cavani penalty Acquafresca

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Ramos, Morata strike as Real crush Napoli hopes

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Captain Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Morata struck one apiece as 11-time winners Real Madrid secured a seventh successive Champions League quarter-final berth with a clinical 3-1 win over Napoli on Tuesday.

Real, who took a commanding 3-1 first leg lead at the Santiago Bernabeu last month, looked to be facing a tough night in Naples after Dries Mertens finished off a great attacking move to give the hosts a 24th minute lead.

Ramos, Morata strike as Real crush Napoli hopes

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Captain Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Morata struck one apiece as 11-time winners Real Madrid secured a seventh successive Champions League quarter-final berth with a clinical 3-1 win over Napoli on Tuesday.

Real, who took a commanding 3-1 first leg lead at the Santiago Bernabeu last month, looked to be facing a tough night in Naples after Dries Mertens finished off a great attacking move to give the hosts a 24th minute lead.

Maradona mural celebrates Naples ‘Saint Diego’

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Diego Maradona fans have another reason to make a pilgrimage to Naples: a new mural of the Argentine legend has gone up to mark 30 years since he led local club Napoli to its first Italian title.

Painted by artist Jorit Agoch, the giant, head-and-shoulders depiction of a middle-aged Maradona with grey-flecked hair and beard adorns the side of a building in San Giovanni Teduccio, a tough neighbourhood known locally as “The Bronx”.

Maradona mural celebrates Naples ‘Saint Diego’

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Diego Maradona fans have another reason to make a pilgrimage to Naples: a new mural of the Argentine legend has gone up to mark 30 years since he led local club Napoli to its first Italian title.

Painted by artist Jorit Agoch, the giant, head-and-shoulders depiction of a middle-aged Maradona with grey-flecked hair and beard adorns the side of a building in San Giovanni Teduccio, a tough neighbourhood known locally as “The Bronx”.

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Naples now has a mural of Marek Hamsik unhinging his jaw

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In December, Italian street artist Raffo transformed a wall in a province of Naples into a mural of a screaming Edinson Cavani. Now Raffo has taken this motif a terrifying step further by creating a new mural of Cavani's Napoli teammate, Marek Hamsik, preparing to swallow a human baby.

Hamsik is depicted unhinging his jaw the way he does after scoring a goal (pictured below) and brandishing teeth like prison shanks with Mount Vesuvius erupting hearts behind him.

Naples now has a gaffiti mural of a very angry Edinson Cavani

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Napoli trail Juventus by just two points in the Serie A table going into their match against third-place Inter and a big reason for that success has been Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan striker scored 49 league goals in his first two seasons with the club and already has 10 this season (only Stephan El Shaarawy has more).

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CL Final Preview: Against All Odds

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Ducky's Note: Swaraj Bhat, a Chelsea fan (yes, that species we never see out here on BFZ) sends in a Champions League final preview from a Chelsea FC fan's perspective. In the nick of time.

In the end, it all comes down to this. This is it, the Champions League final.

Chelsea v Bayern Munich - This is our moment!

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So this is it! This is what it has all come down to with Bayern Munich in their home ground, playing on their own turf, standing between us and Champions League glory.

It's a game non of us thought we would ever see this season thinking back to three months ago. It's a game the world never expected to see when the semi finals were about to take place but like I say, here we are.

DI MATTEO - Surely he must be a serious contender for the job!

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Surely, if you are Roberto Di Matteo last night after everything has died down and you are left alone with your thoughts before you went to bed last night / this morning, you must have thought to yourself "I have just beaten Barcelona!"?.

He may be saying the right things to the press and the media, but deep down he must feel as though he is doing and has done more than enough to be a serious contender for the job on a full time basis now?

Chelsea 2-1 Benfica - WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT!?

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Now I need to write this tonight based on what I am feeling right now and being honest it's mixed emotions as you can tell by the subject of this post.

I haven't read any match reports, any articles in the press and the media and other Chelsea Blog sites and not even Roberto Di Matteo's reaction after the game because it's important that I put down in black and white what I feel.

Blues defender warns Brum and Napoli

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David Luiz has warned Chelsea's FA Cup opponents Birmingham City and Champions League counterparts Napoli that the Blues are ready for redemption and any display reminiscent of Saturday's 3-0 destruction of Bolton will see Chelsea through to the next round of both competitions.

Luiz has been the focus of heavy criticism from the media this season and after scoring the opening goal against the Trotters at Stamford Bridge, he was quick to remind his detractors that he will keep improving no matter what they say.

Napoli 3-1 Chelsea - Your thoughts on the game?

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Chelsea lost tonight 3-1 away in Naples in a strange game that literally was end to end. After a difficult start, Chelsea nicked an away goal after a bobble on a dodgy pitch found Juan Mata who calmly slotted the ball past the keeper to make it 1-0.

With that you'd expect Chelsea to keep their shape try and remain solid and compact but it never happened.

Terry to have knee op, faces two months out

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It just keeps getting better.

Though Andre Villas-Boas described John Terry's participation in tonight's Champions League opening leg in Naples as a major doubt, he still held out hope that the captain would claw his way into contention for a place as he always does. Not this time, though.

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Suits You Sir: Memphis Depay Dresses Up To The Nines In Leopard Print On Family Trip To Italy (Photos)

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Having proposed a week or two ago, Memphis Depay is currently enjoying a prolonged holiday in Italy with fiancee Lori Harvey and her entire family.

For the record, Lori is the daughter of US game-show host Steve Harvey, who is basically America's answer to Les Dennis.

Of course we know that Memphis is an absolute stone-dead, cold case of a victim when it comes to fashion, having wowed us with a wide array of haute-couture ensembles in the past from ' Dandy Matador ' right through to ' Homeless Peruvian Panpipe Virtuoso '.

See Naples and die. Although preferably not today.

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Dominic Sanchez-Cabello

Until Gervinho masterminded a glorious Roma win yesterday evening, it was an intercontinental top of the table clash. I guess it still is. They have a point more than us in Serie A and we match them in the group of DEATH (hence the phrase "See Naples..."

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New Napoli boss Rafa Benitez planning raid on former club Liverpool

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Rafa Benitez is planning a Liverpool reunion by bringing Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Lucas Leiva to new club Napoli. The Spaniard also wants to sign Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano, another of his former Reds charges, according to Italian newspaper Il Mattino. The reports suggest that all four of his former players appear on a [.

(GATE 17 VIDEO) Napoli away with the Chels!

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As ever the "Old School" Chels from Gate 17 have produced another one of their videos featuring a trip with Chelsea abroad. This time it's last weeks trip to Naples to see Napoli away. We lost the game 3-1 as you know, but here is their short documentary about their time there (Excuse the language and when you see the straw please be assured it is nothing more than CHEESE!