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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