5 Greatest Italian Nationals to Play for Napoli
When looking back on Napoli's history, it's hard not to exclusively talk about the late 80s. They are back on the cusp of greatness as a club, but the greatness they achieved in the 80s was truly something special.
While most of Napoli's greatest Italian players played during those years, there are a few who didn't that were equally incredible on the pitch not only for the Partenopei, but also for the Italian National team.
For your reading pleasure: The best five Italians to ever play for Napoli.
Keeper Dino Zoff, 1967-72 (143 Games)
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Dino Zoff isn't a name most of you probably know. If you're a fan of Napoli, there are a few reasons you should.
Even though the majority of his playing career was at northern giant Juventus, his time at Napoli was during the prime of his career from 1967-72. Napoli saw many strong finishes domestically with Zoff in net.
He set a few records during his international career, one of which was the longest time without conceding a goal from 1972-74 (1,142 minutes).
He competed in three World Cups for Italy, and finally won in his last at 40 years old in 1982. He was incredibly successful and active for the Azzurri during his playing days, he finished his career with 112 international appearances which is third all time for Italy's national team.
Defender Ciro Ferrara, 1985-94 (272 Games)
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Ciro Ferrara was a big part of Napoli's success in the late 80s. Sure, most people give notice to Diego Maradona when talking about those old teams, and rightfully so, but that was a complete squad and Ferrara was a big part of that.
He came up with Napoli's youth squad and played the first decade of his professional career for the Partenopei. During his time with Napoli the club won two Serie A titles, one UEFA Cup, one Coppa Italia, and one Italian Super Coppa.
Regardless of how his career as a coach turns out, there's no doubt that he was a great player.
Forward Bruno Giordano, 1985-88 (78 Games)
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Speaking of the late 80s, no list of great Italian players who played for Napoli would be complete without the "Gi" in the "Ma-Gi-Ca" line.
Though he was the least potent attacker on the Napoli front line, there's no shame in it as he was alongside arguably one of the greatest players to ever play.
Though his International career didn't see many appearances, Giordano certainly deserves recognition for bringing an Italian element to that classic Napoli attack.
Midfielder Fernando De Napoli, 1986-92 (178 Games)
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Another member of those classic Napoli teams was Fernando De Napoli. He was aptly named as he made more professional appearances with Napoli than any other team.
In addition, De Napoli played in 54 International games including the 1986 and 1990 World Cups.
Like Giordano, he wasn't the greatest player on those classic Napoli teams, but he was a strong player in his own right, not only for the Partenopei but also his country.
Defender Fabio Cannavaro 1991-1995 (58 Games)
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No, Fabio Cannavaro didn't make a ton of appearances for Napoli, but he started out there.
He was born there, he was the ball boy there, and he also was responsible for a very high-profile tackle on the legendary Diego Maradona.
The rest of his career was full of success, both professionally and internationally. The culmination of all his success finally came when Italy won the World Cup in 2006. It's also worth noting that he has the most appearances for Italy all time (136).
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