SSC Napoli have only recently become a mainstay in regards to appearing in Europe’s elite club competition, the Champions League, in recent years, however that is just one of the reasons that has made them so exciting when the competition is scheduled. With the club having only just recently started to establish a history in the competition, there is still some optimism around Naples, hence why the 54,726 capacity Stadio San Paolo becomes a cauldron of passion and buzz; fans are desperate to see the club become one of the best on the continent.
Indeed, whilst I Partenopei have only just started to get themselves on the Champions League scene, they have had a number of superstar players throughout their history that has certainly got fans desperate to go to their fixtures in the past. Men such as Diego Maradona and Gianfranco Zola have both featured, whilst players like Dries Mertens, Kalidou Koulibaly, Gonzalo Higuain and Marek Hamsik have all played roles in recent memory.
SSC Napoli have only had a handful of appearances in the tournament and, as such, are continuing to build on previous accomplishments within the competition. Getting to the Group Stage of the tournament appears to be a given, however getting beyond that particular phase of the tournament appears to be a little harder for the Naples outfit.
I Partenopei have reached the Round of 16 on no fewer than three of the nine times they have participated in the Champions League; although for a club of their current stature, that is widely believed to be a sign of underachieving and something that needs to change rather quickly.
With very few moments in the Champions League associated with SSC Napoli over the years, there are only a few that can be considered to be memorable for fans. The 2018/19 campaign can be considered a highlight as they managed to remain unbeaten against Paris Saint-Germain, whilst also recording a win against Liverpool, however they still failed to obtain qualification to the next round from the group.
The 2019/20 campaign saw I Partenopei square off against Liverpool once again in the Group Stage as the two sides have started to become accustomed to each other rather well. SSC Napoli appear to enjoy the fixtures, though, as they managed to remain unbeaten against the Reds in those two fixtures.
Champions League Round of 16
Champions League Final
UEFA Champions League - Quarter-finals
Champions League Semi-finals
Champions League - Play Off Round
UEFA Champions League Group Stage
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