The team won its first major European title under Maradonaandrsquo;s leadership in the 1988-89 season of the UEFA Cup. The Neapolitans were so ecstatic over that championship, which they had won under Maradonaandrsquo;s skillful guidance on the team.

It was in the Maradona era also that Napoli won numerous titles.

 They won their two Serie A titles at a time when Maradona was directing the players on the field, proving his worth for the millions of Italian liras being paid to him by the football club. However, intrigues plagued Maradonaandrsquo;s career at the Naples-based football club. He tested positive for using cocaine and was terminated out of the team. Maradona claimed that this was due to his anti-racist remarks during the 1990 World Cup wherein he urged the Neapolitans to support his home country, Argentina, against Italy during a match. Maradona was never able to play with the team ever since then.

Napoli also had experienced an up-and-down performance in the 1990s. The teamandrsquo;s status declined both on the field and in financial terms. The team was relegated to Serie B and has not won any title during this period. Financially, the teamandrsquo;s resources are drying up and they badly needed some investors who could infuse funds into the team. Thanks to Aurelio De Laurentiis, a film producer and avid fan of the team, he revived the team in 2004 and now the team is back on track.


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