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Napoli Rename Stadio San Paolo After Diego Maradona

There were few, if any, places in the world that Diego Maradona was more connected to than the city of Naples, and in the immediate hours following his death, the club were looking to pay tribute to their favourite son in the most permanent way possible: by renaming their stadium after him.

In a ruling which was put before the Naples City Council on Friday, Napoli have successfully had their stadium name changed from the Stadio San Paolo to the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

“Maradona embodied the symbol of redemption of a team that, in the darkest years, demonstrated that it is possible to rise up, win and triumph, while offering a message of hope and beauty to the entire city,” a statement read.

The motion was put forward by the mayor of the city, Luigi de Magistris, who sought to remember the ‘greatest footballer of all time’.

This latest change is a continued process of mourning and tribute to Maradona by the Italian club, who wore specifically designed blue and white striped shirts in their last fixture against Roma, with the colour scheme symbolising Maradona’s nationality.

Once that match reached its 10th minute of play, the referee stopped the match so both teams and their coaching staff could give a minute of applause.

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