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Napoli - Operation Domination

Started on 9 April 2014 by Aaron
Latest Reply on 13 August 2014 by Walter
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Congratulations on the Serie A win! I would have to say you need to win the Champions League and Serie A a further time to be seen as a giant of football. I have the confidence that you can do this!
Fmhunter: Cheers mate!

James: Well, let's hope the faith pays off! :P I can say that this next season will probably be a lot more exciting than the last, let's see how it goes! :D

Two agree to pre-contracts!

We are now just days away from the start of the summer transfer window and with all of the pre season friendlies lined up and ready to go, all that is left to do is to strengthen the Napoli first team, adding quality in depth.

Napoli, have wasted no time at all in improving their squad and all though the likely area to improve would be the defense, they have instead signed two young central midfielders with potential said to be of the highest class.

The first signing has come from recently relegated and now Serie B side, Udinese. After their shock relegation Udinese have lost some big players already to other big clubs but Napoli have become the team to successfully poach Roberto Pereyra.

The Argentinian made 37 appearances last season scoring three and helping his former teams strikers with eight assists and was despite his old club becoming victims to relegation he was a vital part in the team and put in some superb performances all season. The boy joins for just £7 million and at the young age of 22 he has all the time in the world to develop and prosper into a wonderful midfielder under Baggio!

The second signing also brings in fantastic and young talent to the heart of the midfield. He comes in the form of a Danish playmaker who emerged into the football world from the depths of the Brondby & Bayern Munich youth teams.

It's seen as a shot in the dark, but it is Pierre Emile Hojbjerg who will be joining Napoli in just a few days time for a fee of £11 million. It's an excessive amount but for a player who has made 18 appearances for a team like Bayern in just one season, it's clear to see he has the potential to be a fine player one day. Some are even touting him as the successor to Hamsik as the next Napoli captain when the Slovakian is past his time as the Azzurri skipper.

Two very talented players here of course but it is the defense Baggio must improve. We expect some big signings in the not too distant future which will most likely come in as full backs. It's too early really to say anything for certain but rumour has it, Dodo is in advanced negotiations with Italy based club.

Sorry about the story progressing slowly guys, I have had a lot of things on my mind recently and haven't been feeling good either for a while but I will try my hardest to keep up the updates and keep the story going at a reasonable pace! :)
Nice signings - they're both fantastic talents :)

Four in, four out

It's reported that Roberto Baggio had been handed a £50 million transfer kitty at the start of this summer transfer window and having already spent just £18 million, fans would be in hope of a big name signing on his way to Naples, thankfully, they wouldn't need to hope any longer.

Hojbjerg and Pereyra joined last week for a combined fee of £18 million. With £32 million left, it was surprising to see what Baggio did with it. First, he signed Belgian shot stopper Koen Casteels from Hoffenheim for a fee £9.75 million, to replace the empty gap left by Pepe Reina who left for his parent club Liverpool just a few days before. Casteels is by no means a proven, experienced goal keeper but he did have an impressive last season with Hoffenheim and it's thought with just a little more experience, he could become a fantastic keeper in the future!

Long term target from Roma, Dodo was the next to join the club for £15 million. Napoli already have two strong left backs in Murru and Goulham and it's thought that maybe a better signing would be someone for the position of right back, but maybe we'll see a left back leave the club as well as a right back joining?

The first to depart Napoli this summer, was Eduardo Vargas. The striker had been out on loan for the past year at Valencia where he netted 12 goals in 38 appearances. Baggio has done well to take advantage of his decent form and has managed to cash in on him earning a solid £15 million. Baggio may regret selling the Argentine, but wither way, he'll definitely enjoy spending that sum of cash to strengthen other areas of the squad.

Now with £15 million in the bank, was greed taking over? The next to leave was surprisingly Jose Callejon who has had a blinder of a season in Baggio's first year with him. Of course the lad is now 27 years old, but he'll definitely need top pull a deal out of the bag to replace Callejon surely? The winger has left for £9 million and even more surprisingly has gone back to his old club Real Madrid.

After raking in the cash from two big sales, two joined the club and both are massive signings that could make all the difference this season. The first of the two is Serge Aurier, an underrated right back from Ivory coast who started his career with Racing Club De Lens, before joining Toulouse four years into his career. He then played for his new club on a regular occurrence and even managed to get his first cap for his country proving himself to Roberto Baggio who beat his rivals to his man with a of £11 million.

The last to join his possibly the biggest signing Baggio has made, but in fact not the most expensive. He was bought from PSG for only £13 million. Of course he was very much unsettled at the club and it took some haggling from Baggio to pull this one off but in the end he managed to get Lucas Moura's signature on a five year deal. £13 million pounds for Moura is one of the bargains of the year and has surprised everyone! Can he become settled at his new club and be a star player for Napoli or is Brazil calling him back?

Behrami and Radosevic have also left the club for a combined fee of £10.5 million which will decrease the loss they have made. A lot of movements in the past few days, and it's looking like it'll be hard for Baggio to gel this quad together with just a few friendlies to play. He'll have almost the same team as last year as well as the new signings which is obviously a good thing, but will there be a struggle to keep players happy?
Great update, great business! Another Scudetti on its way I feel...

Napoli prepare for season in style

It's a few weeks before the start of pre-season and Napoli have confirmed they will be going on tour to celebrate their recent success in the 2013/14 Serie A campaign. They will be flying out to China on the 17th of July a few days after their first friendly against Empoli. The team will then wait twelve days in the company of Renhe's training ground and then on the 29th of July they will verse Renhe in front of 55000 fans.
They will then take on Liaoning on on the second of August and four days later Shenxin will become likely victims to the Serie A champions.

Baggio released a statement earlier in the day stating he was "really excited by the opportunity" and that he couldn't wait to "Experience a completely different culture".

Roberto Baggio: "I'm very excited for this opportunity, it's a great chance for the players to bond and have a laugh together. In fact that's why I booked our flights 12 days early. I can't wait to experience a different culture, new food... It'll be fun for us all and I think it could really help us get off to a good start to the competitive season!"

"This does also have negatives though, of course it does. I mean, it'll be hard for fans to get out and see their team play, it's a long way to travel and a lot of money, so it is a little disappointing that we won't have many fans of our there but hopefully we'll see some Asian Napoli fans there! Or maybe not! [Laughs] But this is for the good of the team so hopefully our fans can get behind the decision to fly off to China!"

Napoli captain, Marek Hamsik also spoke with us about the tour and agrees that this is a good chance for the team to get together and learn each others style before the start of the season.

Marek Hamsik: "I am happy we will be jetting off to Asia soon, it gives the whole team a chance to get to know each other. There have been many ins and outs so it'll be difficult at first but as a captain I need to help the team get along and I am sure we will do. We have a super group of players here and as long as we can bonding and keep close as a group we will do great things."

"I am a little worried though about the flight, it's bad enough flying from Naples to Milan and I'm certainly not one for flying! [Smiles} I'm sure we'll be fine, but anyway as long as we get there safe, I will relish experiencing a different type of football."
Nice couple of updates :)
Wow. Cool. Gl mate. Nice story.
Brilliant couple of last updates, fantastic writing :)
Great updates Aaron! Very nice banner too.. ;)

Walter: Cheers man :)

Diaze: Thanks.

Niko: Thank you :D Oh and also thank you for what you made! :P

Josh: Cheers, was a good job by Nick :P


Napoli Unveil Kits For 2014/15 Season

Upon arriving in Renhe this week Napoli have finally revealed their new kits for the 2014/15 season. The new kits will first feature against Rehne in 10 days time where the squad will be looking to impress over seas before the start of the next Serie A campaign.

Home Kit: The home kit is of course a traditional old fashioned sky blue colour with two thick white stripes on either arm, it is rounded off by the new sponsor of Fly Emirates and has been composed by manufacturers Nike. This new kit which is a 1992/93 look alike does bring a new sense of glory and shows the what that this club are giving real thought to the clubs future.

Napoli Home kit 2014/15

Away Kit: The away possesses the same shade of sky blue as the the home kit only this time as a stripe on the right side of the shirt, and on the left arm partnered by a darker blue. The basic colour is as usual, white and can be considered a job well done by Nike.

Napoli Away kit 2014/15

Third Kit: The third kit is yellow with a dark blue stripe running across both arms and over the chest, above that the rest of the shirt is the same blue colour as before, and just like the home and away it's completed with the Nike and Fly Emirates logos. it will be used in cup competitions and European games.

Napoli Third kit 2014/15

So what do the players think of their new kits? Marek Hamsik told us he thinks they are "Really nice" and thinks they show "Intent to win" but the question is can Napoli take anything away from what their kits show and put it into their perfromances.

Marek Hamsik: "I really like them, they are really nice kits, really smart. I think Nike have done a good job with them and I can't wait to go out onto the pitch with this on and finally get back to playing again.

I think they show our intent to win and keep up our success in future campaigns and that we definitely will be aiming to do. We all want to keep winning things, and help this club push toward domination in Italy and hopefully in Europe, we don't want to win things for ourselves, we want to do it for the club. I always tell the players, play for the club and your name will be remembered, and they do."

Alvarez Balanta: "These kits, they are superb, really smart. It really does the club and team justice, the team is fantastic...and so are these haha! But seriously, I really like them and so do the team.

It'll be nice to put on the shirt just before we kick off our pre-season against Rehne. Of course we have already worn them in a behind closed doors match against Empoli but showing the kits off to the fans is what matters!"

A clearly excitable Balanta who will be Napoli's vice captain for the next season and skipper Marek Hamsik speaking their. Balanta was part of the Colombian side who made it to the round of 16 in the 2014 World Cup which was retained by Spain. His nation was knocked out by two Edinson Cavani goals.

Thank you so much to Justice for the awesome graphics, much appreciated! :D
Nice update :)
Gorgeous kits mate! Good luck for the new season!

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