Napoli

Renowned for their massive and passionate fan base, Napoli have had some tough times in their recent history. The late 1980s and early 1990s were the golden era when Diego Maradona inspired the Partenopei to win the double in 1987 and a young Gianfranco Zola helped them win the 1990 Scudetto and the UEFA Cup. Short-term attitudes and financial mismanagement led to bankruptcy and Serie C football in 2004 but film producer Aurelio De Laurentiis took over the club, rebuilt it. Within three years Napoli were back in the top flight and they have become Scudetto challengers again.

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Valentin Eysseric of ACF Fiorentina battles for the ball with Thomas Rincon of Torino Fc during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Torino FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on October...

In the same way that unusual rivalries like the one between Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion can develop over time, so too can friendly relationships between football clubs and their supporters. I’m not talking about the relationship between a club like Chelsea in England and Vitesse in the Netherlands, where their relationship is seemingly more one of a mutually beneficial business interest, but more like the relationship between Chelsea and Rangers.

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Valentin Eysseric of ACF Fiorentina battles for the ball with Thomas Rincon of Torino Fc during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Torino FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on October...

7 Football Clubs With Interesting Links & Friendships

In the same way that unusual rivalries like the one between Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion can develop over time, so too can friendly relationships between football clubs and their supporters. I’m not talking about the relationship between a club like Chelsea in England and Vitesse in the Netherlands, where their relationship is seemingly more one of a mutually beneficial business interest, but more like the relationship between Chelsea and Rangers.

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