NAPOLI EDGE CLOSER TO NEW STADIUM

Italian Serie A club Napoli have taken a step closer to moving away from their Stadio San Paolo home, with the local government set to approve a relocation.

The San Paolo has been home to the Partenopei since 1959, but the club are keen to construct a new stadium with a long-term future.

And it seems as though a move to a new venue would be supported by the local government in Naples.

Mayor Luigi di Magistris said: "We are close to an overall agreement.

"In parliament there is a debate on new stadia, and I hope we can give further impetus because there is a strong will."

Napoli's current home, to the west of the city, was built in 1959 for the Rome Summer Olympics in 1960, and was renovated in 1989 for the FIFA World Cup in 1990. 

The 60,000-capacity ground was almost renamed after club legend Diego Maradona, but was blocked by national legislation.

Posted on 23/12/2013