Welcome to the ’80s: Denim is the new team color for Napoli

Serie A team Napoli has decided to take a stab at high fashion in their latest kit design.

We’re just not sure what decade we’re in.

Take a look at the denim themed kits. 

And yes, those are shirts AND shorts in what appears to be simulated blue jean fabric.

 Look closely: are those fake denim seams?

Napoli unveiled the design as one of their alternate kits, branding it as ‘Perfect Denim.’

This is a scare tactic for their opponents, right?

(h/t For the Win)


Napoli players have fun on rain-soaked training pitch

Look, they’re just like us!

When Napoli’s training ground at the Centro Sportivo Castel Volturno was flooded with rain recently, Jose Callejon, Marek Hamsik and Gökhan Inler made the most of it, channeling their 10-year-old selves and using the pitch as their personal slip n’ slide.

When life gives you lemons…


Pair of late free-kick golazos electrify Serie A

A pair of Serie A matches ended in similar fashion Monday night, with both away sides stealing a point on late free-kick goals that will make your mouth water.
Fiorentina midfielder and Chile international Matias Fernandez scored perhaps the goal of the round in the 85th minute to salvage a 2-2 draw at Parma. The goal kept La Viola alive in the hunt for a Champions League spot, remaining six points behind third-placed Napoli, who were also affected by a late set piece golazo.

Almost exactly two hours later, Genoa’s Emanuele Calaiò scored in the 84th minute to earn a late point against the Partenopei. The kicker? Calaiò is currently on loan at Genoa from — yup, you guessed it — Napoli!

Calaiò thus actually hurt his parent club’s chances at an automatic Champions League spot for next season. With the draw, Napoli fell to six points behind Roma for second place.

Afterward, Calaiò apologized to the home fans:

"I’m sorry to have scored a goal against Napoli itself. I had important spells there,” Calaio said. ”When the manager gives me the opportunity I try to give my all for this shirt, our fans deserve it. I dedicate the goal to my family and my son.

It’s the third goal in my career I’ve scored from a free kick, I’m sorry to have scored at the San Paolo, but that’s my job and I hope to score in the next games too.”


Man United lines up moves for Hamsik and Lucas

Manchester United boss David Moyes has been spotted throughout Europe watching a number of teams in action eying up some of the continent’s best talent. Rumors circulating say that he’s keeping close tabs on Paris Saint-Germain star Lucas Moura and Napoli’s Marek Hamsik who would be important signings if United are to mount a credible title charge.

For this rumor and more transfer gossip, click here.


Mourinho plots Higuain transfer

It is clear to most people that Chelsea could do with a new striker. The current bunch could only manage a handful of goals in the calendar year and Jose Mourinho may be forced to enter the transfer market if things don’t improve. 

The latest player linked with Chelsea is Napoli hitman Gonzalo Higuain, who seems to have started well at the club. The forward could cost up to £48 million.

For this rumor and the rest of the Boxing Day transfer gossip, click here.


Race heats up for Dortmund midfielder Gundogan

Ilkay Gundogan may still be injured but that hasn’t prevented the top cats of Europe from sniffing around the Borussia Dortmund midfielder. Barcelona are said to have joined two Premier League clubs in wanting to sign the Germany international. We’ve also got stories on potential recruits at Arsenal and Tottenham, plus a new suitor for Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina. Click here for more.


Breaking down the “Group of Death”


With one matchday to go, Arsenal are sitting on 12 points in Group F but are still not officialy through to the Round of 16. How can that be? Thanks to Marseille losing each of their first five games, Dortmund and Napoli are both sitting on nine points and are also very much in the running for a place in the knockout stage.

If Napoli beat Arsenal at home on the final day and Dortmund take care of Marseille as expected, all three teams would sit on 12 points. And thanks to UEFA’s peculiar tie-breaking rules, figuring out who would move on in that very possible scenario is not so simple.

In all three teams are tied on 12 points, the two with the best goal difference in matches involving only the three clubs in question move on to the Round of 16. The results against Marseille get thrown out. In those games, Arsenal lead with a +2 goal difference, while Dortmund are +1, and Napoli are -3.

Since Dortmund plays Marseille last, they will remain at +1 and, if all three clubs are on 12 points, will definitely advance. In that scenario, Arsenal would still move on if they lose by less than three goals.

Here are the scenarios each team would need to qualify:

Arsenal: A win or tie in Napoli will be enough to put them through, as would a Dortmund loss or draw. If Dortmund win, the Gunners can also advance if they lose to Napoli by less than three goals.

Dortmund: Very straightforward: a win and they’re in. A draw would be enough if Arsenal tie or beat Napoli. A loss to Marseille could still be enough if Arsenal beat Napoli.

Napoli: They face the toughest road. If Napoli win by three or more goals, they are guaranteed a spot in the next round. A win by anything less and they’ll need Marseille to get at least a point against Dortmund. If Napoli tie against the Gunners, Marseille would need to beat Dortmund.

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Man Utd want Benfica defender Garay

Today’s newspaper’s have linked Manchester United manager David Moyes with a move for Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay. The Argentine international is also interesting Serie A outfit Napoli. It seems Garay has a release clause in his contract and United look set to attempt to trigger it. He would be a much needed addition for a defense that has conceded 13 goals in the league so far.

For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.


Benitez plans to raid former Premier League clubs

Napoli boss Rafael Benitez isn’t resting on his laurels following his side’s superb start to the Serie A season. The Spaniard is planning to raid two of his former clubs in the Premier League to bolster his squad, with Liverpool midfielder Lucas and Chelsea left-back Cesar Azpilicueta both on his radar. Click here for more of the UK’s best gossip in Thursday’s edition of Paper Chase.