NAPOLI - THE BIRTH OF A CULTURAL ICON

Diego Maradona found everything at Napoli. He was the genius behind their first Serie A title and won them a European Trophy too. It was as a Napoli player that Diego lifted the World Cup and became a cultural icon.

 

Following the contentious exit from FC Barcelona, it took only three seasons for the legend Diego Maradona to end the 61-year drought for Naples as they took the Scudetto winning Serie A for the first time in club history. The league had long been dominated by northern Italian rivals Juventus, AC Milan and Inter, but in the 1986-1987 season that all changed. Maradona helped transform the game on the field as well as the culture of the organization.
 
Coming off World Cup glory for his home nation Argentina in 1986, Maradona kept right on and led Napoli with 10 goals that season. Following a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina on May 10th, 1987, SC Napoli had finally clinched Serie A. they finished three points ahead of Juventus and actually finished off the domestic double, winning their first Scudetto and their third Coppa Italia. The Tango ball encapsulates that joy, emotion and history that makes for a spectacular collector’s item. 

DIEGO MARADONA SIGNED ADIDAS TANGO SERIE A SCUDETTO CHAMPIONSHIP GAME USED BALL, 1986-1987

The match used ball is from Match Day 14, when Maradona scored his team's only goal in a 3-1 defeat to Fiorentina at Stadio Comunale in Firenze on January 4th, 1987. The ball is signed by Maradona, Tebaldo Bigliardi, Giuseppe Bruscolotti, Luigi Caffarelli, Fernando De Napoli, Ciro Ferrara, Moreno Ferrario, Claudio Garella, Bruno Giordano, Pietro Punzone, Alessandro Renica, and Luciano Sola; and presented to the manager of the Centro Sportivo San Filippo in Brescia.