Napoli Start New Era with Carlo Ancelotti

Napoli’s season only ended 3 days ago, yet club owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has given Napoli their first off-season signing. This big signing is not a player though…. It’s a new manager, and not any new manager, it’s one with international acclaim. The eyebrow himself, Carlo Ancelotti. Carlo comes to Napoli after a short tenure…

Europe, Who Needs It!? (we do)

What an awful weekend. Barring a miracle of Istanbul ’05 meeting the Nou Camp ‘99 meeting Raul Albiol walking on water, the Scudetto dream seems over. Having now left the dark room I have sat in staring at a wall, I’ve started to look forward. Reports today are full of uncertainty for the future in…

“Joining Sempre” by Frank Sidekick

“Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win, By fearing to attempt.” Measure for Measure. William Shakespeare It’s the 93rd minute. You’re nearly at the end of a lung busting game which is only your fourth start of the season. You’ve never scored a league goal before. An entire…

The Curious Case of Amin Younes

Amin Younes. A name which, for all the wrong reasons, will now go down in infamy in the history of Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli. A man who, after making the journey to Naples with his entourage in tow to sign a 5 year deal, is now likely to be remembered as someone whose feet never…

All Hope is not lost….

A week and a half ago, every neutral Serie A fan was talking about Napoli potentially extending their lead at the top of the table to 7 points… At that point, Napoli had won 10 consecutive Serie A matches, the longest winning streak in the history of the club. They were facing Roma at the…

Sempre! Flashback: Ezequiel Lavezzi

What is their to say about Il Pocho Lavezzi that doesn’t bring out emotions. He is the embodiment of Cazzima and grinta. Everything from on-field bust ups, beautiful goals, amazing breakouts as a part of the “3 Tenors” with Marek Hamsik and Edinson Cavani, the off-field row with ADL. Lavezzi brought drama, but also brought passion to…

Tactical Analysis: Dries Versus The World

The 3-1 victory against Bologna was a sign that Dries Mertens the goal scorer was back and his performance against Benvento further reminded the football watching public that he is capable of world class finishes (and celebrations). I’ve written about how important I think Mertens is to Sarri’s side for Sempre! before and another of…

Sempre! Flashback: Roberto “Il Pampa” Sosa

Roberto “Il Pampa” Sosa was born on January 24th, 1975 in Santa Rosa Argentina. As many Neapolitans already had their Argentinian love affair before from the glory years of Diego Maradona, he quickly become an exciting fan favorite. Coming from Brescia on a free transfer, from 2004-08, Sosa helped bring Napoli up the ranks from…

James McGhie: Mid-Season Moment

For my moment of the season at the half-way point I’m not going for a goal, a slick passing move, an assist, or a save. No, my moment of the season so far was a personal moment; seeing Napoli live for the first time which ended up being combined with meeting some of our listeners…

‘Waiting for Verdi’ – A Napoli Short Story

The four men sat in their comfortable arms chairs, each silently performing their tasks. A stream of light pours into the dusty room, seemingly unentered and untouched for weeks. Here is where Sarri’s squad players remain, having to entertain themselves without human contact for months. This room holds Marko Rog, Lorenzo Tonelli, Adam Ounas and…

2017: A (brief) Year in Review

It’s apparent that 2017 was a year to remember for Napoli. It was a year that saw the Partenopei qualify for Champions League for a second consecutive season for the first time ever, Dries Mertens flourish in the number nine role, and Marek Hamsik overtake Diego Maradona as the clubs top goal scorer (117 and…