Napoli renamed Stadio San Paolo, as Stadio Diego Armando Maradona


Stadio San Paolo has officially been renamed Stadio Diego Armando Maradona following approval by the Naples municipality council.

The stadium which is home to Italian football side Napoli has been renamed in honour of club legend Diego Maradona, who died last month at 60 years.

Following the death of the former Argentine player, the city of Naples went into mourning for days as fans 

could be seen making a pilgrimage to the stadium in honour of their greatest player.

Maradona spent seven years at Napoli, transforming the team from also-rans to title winners in his time at the club. Between 1984 and 1991, the late World Cup winner guided Napoli to two Serie A titles, an Italian Cup win and a UEFA Cup triumph in 1989.

After his death, there were several calls for the stadium to be renamed after him in honour to his work at Napoli.

And on Friday the Municipality of Naples officially confirmed the name change and in doing so paid arguably the greatest tribute of all to the man from Buenos Aires.  

The municipality in their official statement on Friday said:

‘With a resolution approved today, the stadium was named after Diego Armando Maradona,’ the Naples municipality said in a statement.

‘The resolution was proposed by Mayor Luigi de Magistris, by the Councillor for Toponymy Alessandre Clemente and signed by the entire city council, which met is Palazzo San Giacomo.

‘Shortly before the executive committee meeting, the advisory commission for city toponymy had approved the proposal of the Mayor, the Councillor for Toponymy and the city council, naming the San Paolo stadium after Diego Armando Maradona with the name Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.’

Napoli’s next home game comes against Real Sociedad in the UEFA Europa League next Thursday.