Juventus F.C.–S.S.C. Napoli rivalry

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Juventus F.C.–S.S.C. Napoli rivalry
Teams
First meeting Napoli 0–3 Juventus
Divisione Nazionale
(21 December 1926)
Latest meeting Juventus 3–1 Napoli
Serie A
(29 September 2018)
Next meeting Napoli – Juventus
Serie A
(3 March 2019)
Stadiums Allianz Stadium (Juventus)
Stadio San Paolo (Napoli)
Statistics
Meetings total Official matches: 169
Unofficial matches: 7
Total matches: 176
Most wins Official matches: Juventus (79)
Unofficial matches: Juventus (3)
Total matches: Juventus (82)
Largest victory Juventus 8–0 Napoli
Divisione Nazionale
(6 March 1927)
Juventus
Napoli

The Juventus F.C.–S.S.C. Napoli rivalry, is an inter-city football rivalry contested between Turin-based Juventus and Naples-based Napoli.[1]

History[edit]

The rivalry between Juventus and Napoli stems from a historical regional rivalry between Northern Italy and Southern Italy, of which the clubs' respective home cities of Turin and Naples are major metropolitan and economic centers.[2] The rivalry started to gain more attention in the 1980s when Napoli became league contenders.[2]

Juventus won the 1985–86 Serie A title with star player Michel Platini, six points clear of third placed Napoli. The following season, Napoli won their first scudetto with star player Diego Maradona, three points ahead of second placed Juventus, the first – and only – Southern Italian team to win the league. Napoli won another, and final title in 1989–90. After that time, in the 1990s, Juventus shared success with Milan in regards to scudetti, as Napoli started to decline.

In 1997–98, Napoli were relegated to Serie B after winning only three matches.[3] By August 2004, Napoli was declared bankrupt.[4] Film producer Aurelio De Laurentiis refounded Napoli under the name "Napoli Soccer", and were placed in the 2004–05 Serie C1.[5] The following season, they secured promotion to Serie B and De Laurentiis bought back the name "Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli" in May 2006.[6] After one season back in Serie B, Napoli were promoted to Serie A, along with that season's Serie B champions, Juventus, after the bianconeri had been relegated the previous season and had their two most recent league titles stripped because of involvement in the Calciopoli scandal.[7][8]

The rivalry again intensified in the 2010s with Napoli's 2–0 win over Juventus in the 2012 Coppa Italia Final, Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero's last game for Juventus.[9] Between 2011–12 and 2016–17, Juventus won each league title, with Napoli finishing in at least the top five in each of the seasons. The summer before the 2016–17 season, Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuaín became the third highest football transfer of all-time and highest ever transfer for an Italian club,[10] when he was signed by Juventus for €90 million from Napoli.[11] Higuaín jerseys were burned in the streets of Naples.[2] Since Higuaín joined Juventus in 2016, Napoli fans are not allowed to travel to Turin for Juventus match-ups and vice versa.[12] That season, Juventus paid many fines and had a partial stadium ban because of the repeated chant: 'Vesuvius wash them with lava.'[2] On 22 April 2018, Napoli fans were allowed to travel to Turin, but not those from the Campania region of Italy, where Naples is located.[13] Napoli won the match 1–0 with a 90th-minute header from Kalidou Koulibaly to close the gap to one point behind Juventus in the league table.[14] Despite this, Juventus ended up winning the 2017–18 title, four points ahead of second placed Napoli, extending their record-breaking run of consecutive championships to seven.[15]

Official Matches[edit]

Source:[16]

  • SF = Semi-final
  • QF = Quarter-final
  • R16 = Round of 16
  • R32 = Round of 32
  • GS = Group stage
  • R1 = Round 1
  • R2 = Round 2
  • R3 = Round 3

  Juventus win   Draw   Napoli win

1 2006–07 Coppa Italia Round 3 match won 5–4 on penalties by Napoli after match finished 3–3.
2 2008–09 Coppa Italia Quarter-final match won 4–3 on penalties by Juventus after match finished 0–0.
3 2014–15 Supercoppa Italiana match won 6–5 on penalties by Napoli after match finished 2–2.

Statistics[edit]

As of 29 September 2018.

Total matches
played
Juventus
Victories
Draws Napoli
Victories
Juventus
Goals
Napoli
Goals
Divisione Nazionale (includes Serie A-B) 6 4 1 1 21 3
Serie A 145 67 47 31 213 156
Serie B 2 1 1 0 3 1
Total (league) 153 72 49 32 237 160
Coppa Italia 11 5 2 4 17 17
Supercoppa Italiana 3 1 1 1 7 9
UEFA Cup 2 1 0 1 2 3
Total (official) 169 79 52 38 263 189
Other meetings 7 3 4 0 6 2
Total 176 82 56 38 269 191

Trophies[edit]

Team Major National International Grand Total
SA CI SCI National Total CL CWC EL USC UIC IC FCWC International Total
Juventus 34 13 7 54 2 1 3 2 1 2 - 11 65
Napoli 2 5 2 9 - - 1 - - - - 1 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alfonso Formato. "Napoli – Juventus, le tappe di una rivalità più sociale che sportiva". International Business Times (in Italian).
  2. ^ a b c d "Volcanic Juventus-Napoli". Football Italia. 27 October 2017.
  3. ^ Modena, Panini Edizioni (2005). Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio – La Storia 1898–2004.
  4. ^ "Napoli declared bankrupt says ANSA". CNN. 24 June 2007.
  5. ^ "Luigi e Aurelio De Laurentiis" (PDF) (in Italian). My Movies. 26 June 2007.
  6. ^ "La storia del Calcio Napoli sino ai giorni nostri" (in Italian). Ale Napoli. Archived from the original on 24 October 2008.
  7. ^ "Genoa e Napoli ritorno in paradiso" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 10 July 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2009.
  8. ^ "Italian trio relegated to Serie B". BBC. 14 July 2006. Retrieved 14 July 2006.
  9. ^ "Cavani and Hamsik clinch Coppa Italia and dash double dreams of Turin giants". Goal.com. 20 May 2012.
  10. ^ "Gonzalo Higuain's £75m Juventus move – its place in history and what it means for football". eurosport.com. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Higuain joins Juventus". juventus.com. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  12. ^ "No Juventus fans at Napoli". Football Italia. 30 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Napoli fans allowed at Juventus". Football Italia. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Koulibaly opens Scudetto race!". Football Italia. 22 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Juventus Seven-Up". Football Italia. 13 May 2018. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Napoli: Partite ufficiale: Totale" [Napoli: Matches Played - Overall]. My Juve. Retrieved 15 February 2018.