Napoli are Serie A champions for the first time since 1990 and claimed the Scudetto after an incredible run, as the team led by Luciano Spalletti did it with five games remaining. Thursday’s 1-1 draw at Udinese was enough to claim the crown, as only a draw was needed and Victor Osimhen grabbed the equalizer in the second half.
This is Napoli’s third league title (1986-87 and 1989-90) and the first in 33 years. This was the first Scudetto won without Diego Armando Maradona, as the last two took place when the Argentine legend was the star of the team. Despite Napoli playing away on Thursday, their home stadium, named after their legend, was packed with fans who started celebrating long before the final whistle.
Napoli win the Scudetto after dominating the league all season, while Spalletti clinch his first ever Serie A title having previously coached Empoli, Udinese, AS Roma and Inter. It is also the first for Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis, who bought the club in 2004 after they went bankrupt and were relegated to Italy’s third division.
Starting a new era with the historic Italian club, De Laurentiis decided to focus on financial stability, but also signed some incredible players over the years, such as strikers Gonzalo Higuain and Edinson Cavani. In the summer of 2022, Napoli decided to start a new cycle when captain Lorenzo Insigne and club legends Dries Mertens and Kalidou Koulibaly all left and the side immediately replaced them with players like Kim Min-Jae and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who have turned into superstars who will be sought after. by the world’s biggest clubs.
This is the first Serie A title won by a team other than Juventus, Inter or AC Milan since 2000-21, when AS Roma won the title.