Uruguay World Cup striker EDINSON CAVANI (7), the 24-year-old for whom southern Italian side SSC NAPOLI agreed to pay 16.0 million Euros to US Palermo in July of 2010, finished second in all of Serie A with 26 goals and also added another seven strikes in the UEFA Europa League last season.
Italian side SSC NAPOLI will look to lift their spirits having dropped a disappointing 2-1 decision at the Stadio San Paolo this past Saturday to visiting FC Parma. Trainer WALTER MAZZARRI’s team currently stand fifth in the Serie A table having taken ten points from their first six league contests and are tied for tops having shot ten goals. Napoli have also claimed one victory and one draw thus far in Group A of the UEFA Champions League.
Uruguay World Cup striker EDINSON CAVANI spearheads the Napoli attack and has scored three goals in the Italian first division and two more in the Champions League this term. Denying the dangerous Cavani the ball will be key for the defense of Bayern Munich. Playing just behind the solitary striker are Slovakia World Cup midfielder MAREK HAMSIK, the 24-year-old bought from Brescia for 5.5 million Euros in the summer of 2007 who was the second-leading scorer for Napoli last season with 11 goals in Serie A, and Argentina international winger EZEQUIEL LAVEZZI, the 26-year-old who has tallied 30 goals in 131 Serie A games since arriving for a transfer fee of 6.0 million Euros from then-Clasura champion club San Lorenzo of Buenos Aires in the summer of 2007.
Napoli will be without the services of 28-year-old Macedonia international striker GORAN PANDEV, who was injured in the impressive 3-0 defeat of Inter Milan away at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in the Italian Alps; Pandev is, of course, out on loan from Inter Milan to Napoli for this season.
GIUSEPPE MASCARA, the 32-year-old veteran with exactly one international cap for Italy in his journeyman career, registered his first goal of the season after coming off the bench in the loss to Parma last Saturday. Aging 36-year-old dinosaur CRISTIANO LUCARELLI and 24-year-old Argentine striker CRISTIAN CHAVEZ, a summer acquisition costing 900,000 Euros from San Lorenzo this summer, have each made but a solitary substitute appearance in Serie A thus far this term.
Switzerland World Cup midfielder GOKHAN INLER (88) of SSC Napoli, the seasoned 27-year-old with 50 caps for die Schweiz who was purchased from Udinese this past summer for a reported 12.0 million Euros, focuses on the ball as FC Parma midfielder SEBASTIAN GIOVINCO falls to the turf during the mid-October Serie A match at the Stadio San Paolo in southern Italy.
Napoli spent good money to sign Switzerland World Cup midfielder GOKHAN INLER from Udinese this summer and he and 27-year-old Uruguay World Cup midfielder WALTER GARGANO have been important men in the middle of the park for the trainer Mazzarri.
BLERIM DZEMAILI, who was a member of Switzerland’s 2006 World Cup contingent, was purchased from FC Parma this summer for the transfer fee of 7.5 million Euros but the 25-year-old has yet to make much of an impression in midfield; 29-year-old Argentina international midfielder MARIO SANTANA, who arrived in the south this summer on a free transfer from AS Fiorentina, is another who has played sparingly. 28-year-old MARCO DONADEL, who won a bronze medal with Italy at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, also came at no cost from Fiorentina but has been severely hampered by injures thus far.
The two regular wingbacks in Napoli’s system have mostly featured 30-year-old Italy international ANDREA DOSSENA, who was added from English Premier League club FC Liverpool for a transfer fee of 4.25 million Euros in January of 2010, on the left and 29-year-old Italy World Cup squad member CHRISTIAN MAGGIO on the right; also in the mix at either position has been 25-year-old Colombia international JUAN ZUNIGA, who has made three starts in Serie A.
Veteran club captain PAOLO CANNAVARO of SSC Napoli (28), who made 18 appearances for the Italy U-21 national team once upon a time but has never been called up by the senior Azzurri side, battles for the ball with Inter Milan’s Italy World Cup striker GIAMPAOLO PAZZINI during the Serie A match at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on the first day of this October.
30-year-old club captain PAOLO CANNAVARO is a product of the Napoli youth system who spent seven seasons on the books at FC Parma before returning in 2006. 31-year-old Argentine HUGO CAMPAGNARO is a veteran of Italian football who transferred from Sampdoria of Genoa for a fee of 7.0 million Euros in the summer of 2009. 33-year-old journeyman SALVATORE ARONICA is the eldest of the three center backs routinely employed by Mazzarri and with his seventh club since turning professional with FC Juventus Turin in 1996.
Napoli bought Uruguayan MIGUEL BRITOS from FC Bologna this summer for the respectable fee of 9.0 million Euros but the 26-year-old defender has yet to appear on account of injury. The club also invested a reported 3.3 million Euros in 22-year-old Argentina defender FEDERICO FERNANDEZ formerly of Estudiantes de La Plata as well as a further 2.2 million Euros on yet another Argentine, IGNACIO FIDELEFF from Newell’s Old Boys. Fideleff has made two starts for Napoli in Serie A already while Fernandez has made three appearances altogether in the Italian top flight.
Another aging veteran, 34-year-old GIANLUCA GRAVA, and 28-year-old LEANDRO RINAUDO, who returned to Napoli after a year out on loan to FC Juventus of Turin, are also on hand to bolster the backline if needed.
34-year-old MORGAN DE SANCTIS, who sat the bench for Italy in the recent Euro ’12 qualifier versus Northern Ireland, is the clear first choice between the sticks for SSC Napoli. Still, the club did spend 2.9 million Euros in the off-season to bring in 28-year-old ANTONIO ROSATI from US LEECE to provide same cover. And 36-year-old ROBERTO COLOMBO, who signed this summer free of charge from US Triestina, is available as the emergency third-string goalkeeper.
Well-traveled Italy international goalkeeper MORGAN DE SANCTIS, who spent one season each with FC Sevilla in Spain and SK Galatasaray Istanbul in Turkey, respectively, before signing for SSC Napoli in the summer of 2009, has started all 82 Serie A matches for the Naples club since his 1.5 million Euro transfer.
gk – Antonio ROSATI —————————————- fr US Leece
gk – Roberto COLOMBO ———————————— fr US Triestina
df – Miguel BRITOS – Uruguay ————————- fr FC Bologna
df – Leandro RINAUDO ————————————- fr FC Juventus
df – Federico FERNANDEZ – Argentina int’l —— fr Estudiantes de La Plata (Arg)
df – Ignacio FIDELEFF – Argentina ——————– fr Newell’s Old Boys (Arg)
mf – Gokhan INLER – Switzerland int’l ————– fr Udinese
mf – Blerim DZEMAILI – Swtizerland int’l ——— fr FC Parma
mf – Mario SANTANA – Argentina int’l ————- fr AC Fiorentina
mf – Marco DONADEL ————————————— fr AC Fiorentina
mf – Luca CIGARINI —————————————– fr FC Sevilla (Spa)
mf – Mariano BOGLIACINO – Uruguay ————- fr AC Chievo Verona
mf – Samuele DALLA BONA —————————— fr Atalanta Bergamo
mf – Nicolas AMODIO – Uruguay ———————- fr Portogruaro Summaga
mf – Lorenzo INSIGNE ————————————– fr US Foggia
mf – Luca GIANNONE ————————————— fr FC Matera
fw – Goran PANDEV – Macedonia int’l ————– fr Inter Milan
fw – Christian BUCCHI ————————————– fr CD Pescara
fw – Cristian GABRIEL – Argentina ——————- fr CA San Lorenzo (Arg)
fw – Erwin HOFFER – Austria int’l ——————— fr 1.FC Kaiserslautern (Ger)
fw – Camillo CIANO ——————————————- fr SS Cavese
Bogliacino, Ciano, Cigarini, Dalla Bona, Giannone, Hoffer, Insigne, Rinaudo had all been out on loan for the 2010-11 season; Amodio had been out on loan since January; Gabriel was out on loan from CA San Lorenzo of Buenos Aires to Atletico Tucuman in the Argentine second division last season; Pandev is out on loan for the 2011-12 season
gk – Luigi SORRENTINO —————————– to AC Monza
gk – Matteo GIANELLO ——————————- released
df – Victor RUIZ – Spain —————————— to CF Valencia (Spa)
df – Hassan YEBDA – Algeria int’l —————- to Benfica Lisbon (Port)
df – Fabio SANTACROCE —————————- to FC Parma
df – Emilson CRIBARI – Brazil ——————— to Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte (Brz)
mf – Michele PAZIENZA —————————— to FC Juventus Turin
mf – Jose SOSA – Argentina int’l —————— to FC Metalist Kharkiv (Ukr)
mf – Nicolas AMODIO – Uruguay —————- to CA Penarol Montevideo (Urg)
mf – Manuele BLASI – Italy int’l ——————- to FC Parma
mf – Luca CIGARINI ———————————— to Atalanta Bergamo
mf – Samuele DALLA BONA ————————- to FC Mantova
mf – Luigi VITALE ————————————— to FC Bologna
mf – Mariano BOGLIACINO – Uruguay ——- to AS Bari
mf – Lorenzo INSIGNE ——————————– to CD Pescara
mf – Luca GIANNONE ——————————— to Aurora Pro Patria
mf – Raffaele MAIELLO ——————————- to FC Crotone
fw – Christian BUCCHI ——————————— retired
fw – Erwin HOFFER – Austria int’l —————- to Eintracht Frankfurt (Ger)
fw – Nicolao DUMITRU ——————————- to FC Empoli
fw – Camillo CIANO ————————————- to FC Crotone
fw – Jean R.K. KOFFI – Ivory Coast ————- to AS Roma
Ciano, Cigarini, Dumitru, Hoffer, Insigne, Maiello, Santacroce and Vitale are all out on loan for the season