1990–91 S.S.C. Napoli season

Last updated
1990-91 season
Chairman Corrado Ferlaino
Manager Alberto Bigon
Serie A 8th
Coppa Italia Semi Final
European Cup Last 16
Supercoppa Italiana Champions
Top goalscorer Careca (9)

S.S.C. Napoli had a torrid Serie A title defence, where captain Diego Maradona failed a drugs test and fled the country amid threats of arrest. The reliable home form of the 1989-90 season disappeared, whilst the European Cup dream ended already in the Last 16 against Spartak Moscow.

S.S.C. Napoli Italian association football club

Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli, commonly referred to as Napoli, is an Italian professional football club based in Naples, Campania that plays in Serie A, the top flight of Italian football. The club have won two league titles, five Coppa Italias, two Supercoppa Italiana titles, and one UEFA Cup.

Diego Maradona Argentine football manager and former player

Diego Armando Maradona is an Argentine retired professional footballer. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time. He was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award. Maradona's vision, passing, ball control and dribbling skills were combined with his small stature, which gave him a low center of gravity allowing him to maneuver better than most other football players; he would often dribble past multiple opposing players on a run. His presence and leadership on the field had a great effect on his team's general performance, while he would often be singled out by the opposition. A precocious talent, Maradona was given the nickname "El Pibe de Oro", a name that stuck with him throughout his career.

FC Spartak Moscow Russian association football club in Moscow

FC Spartak Moscow is a Russian professional football club from Moscow. Having won 12 Soviet championships and a record 10 Russian championships, it is the country's most successful club. They have also won a record 10 Soviet Cups, 3 Russian Cups and one Russian Super Cup. Spartak have also reached the semi-finals of all three European club competitions.




Giovanni Galli Italian footballer

Giovanni Galli is an Italian retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and currently a politician.

Giuseppe "Pino" Taglialatela is an Italian former professional football coach and goalkeeper. He is currently club chairman of Lega Pro club Ischia.

Raffaele Di Fusco is an Italian professional football coach and a former player who played as a goalkeeper. He is currently a goalkeeping coach with Aurora Pro Patria 1919.


Ciro Ferrara Italian footballer and manager

Ciro Ferrara is an Italian former footballer and manager. His most recent position was as manager of Wuhan Zall. He had also previously coached Juventus and the Italy national under-21 team. As an assistant coach to Marcello Lippi, he won the 2006 FIFA World Cup with Italy senior team.

Giovanni Francini is a retired Italian footballer, who played as a defender, as a left-sided fullback, where he excelled due to his pace, stamina, consistency, composure, and work-rate.

Gianluca Francesconi is a retired Italian professional footballer who played as a defender.


Fernando de Napoli is an Italian former professional footballer, who played either as a central midfielder or as a winger during the 1980s and 1990s. During his club career, he won the scudetto four times, twice with Napoli, and twice with Milan. At international level, he represented Italy at two FIFA World Cups, and at UEFA Euro 1988.

Giorgio Venturin is an Italian former footballer who played as a central or defensive midfielder.

Massimo Mauro is an Italian politician and a former professional football player, who played as a midfielder. A hard working and tactically intelligent team-player, throughout his career, he was known in particular for his technique and crossing ability on the right-flank. Despite not being particularly quick, due to his stocky physique, he was able to excel in this position due to his vision and positional sense, as well as his control and strength, which allowed him to hold up the ball for teammates. His brother Gregorio also played football professionally.


Careca Brazilian footballer

Antônio de Oliveira Filho, better known as Careca, is a Brazilian former footballer, who was deployed as a forward. During his career Careca played for several clubs; he is most famous for his time with Italian side Napoli and also his contributions to the Brazilian national football team.

Andrea Silenzi is an Italian retired footballer who played as a centre forward.

Gianfranco Zola Italian footballer and manager

Gianfranco Zola is an Italian football manager and former footballer who played predominantly as a forward. He was most recently the assistant manager of Chelsea.


Serie A

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
6 Parma 34131293531+438 [lower-alpha 1] 1991–92 UEFA Cup
7 Juventus 341311104532+1337
8 Napoli 34111583737037
9 Roma 34111494337+636 [lower-alpha 2] 1991–92 European Cup Winners' Cup
10 Atalanta 341113103837+135
Source: 1990–91 Serie A, RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Draw. (Note: Head-to-head record is used only after all the matches between the teams in question have been played). [1]
  1. Parma qualified for the 1991-92 UEFA Cup in substitution of Milan.
  2. Roma qualified for the 1991-92 European Cup Winners' Cup as the 1990-91 Coppa Italia winners .


Top scorers

Giuseppe Incocciati is an Italian professional football coach and a former professional player who played as a forward. He is currently the manager of Atletico Terme Fiuggi.

Coppa Italia

Second round




European Cup


Related Research Articles

1990–91 Serie A sports season

The 1990-91 season saw Sampdoria win the Serie A title for the first time in their history, finishing five points ahead of second placed Milan. Third placed Internazionale were victorious in the UEFA Cup, with ninth-placed Roma compensating for their sub-standard league season with glory in the Coppa Italia, while Juventus's seventh-placed finish meant that they would be without European action for the first season in three decades. Lecce, Pisa, Cesena and Bologna were all relegated.

Società Sportiva Lazio finished fourth in Serie A, reached the quarter final of the Coppa Italia and the round of 32 in the UEFA Cup.

S.S.C. Napoli finished a credible fourth in its first season without the club legend Diego Maradona in the squad. With the Argentinian having failed a doping test in the spring 1991, Napoli was facing an uphill battle, but coped remarkably well, actually improving on its fortunes from Maradona's final season with the club.

Parma Associazione Calcio played its third consecutive season in Serie A, and had arguably its best ever season, even when considering its glorious years in the late 1990s. It finished third in the domestic league competition and won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup following a 3–1 final victory against Royal Antwerp.

S.S.C. Napoli got extremely close to a shock relegation to Serie B, and only held on to its top-flight status by two points. This was just three years since the club led by playmaker and legend Diego Maradona won the domestic league title. It actually spent Christmas of 1992 in the relegation zone, and climbed out of it thanks to a strong January '93 run. The reason Napoli survived was the above-average offensive skills. Gianfranco Zola, Daniel Fonseca and Careca was a trio capable of leading any teams' attack, and the club looked set to suffer when Zola (Parma) and Careca (Japan) departed at the end of the season. Fonseca's season is mostly remembered for an extremely unusual five goals in one match, as Napoli beat Valencia 5-1 away from home in the UEFA Cup. Then it lost to Paris SG in the next round, rendering it was out of Europe.

S.S.C. Napoli won its first national championship with recently crowned World Champion Diego Maradona as the most influential player. Central defender Ciro Ferrara got his breakthrough, helping out the team to win the trophy. The two new signings Andrea Carnevale and Fernando De Napoli also proved crucial in the title-winning campaign, which sparked off fanatical celebrations in Naples.

S.S.C. Napoli only just failed to defend its inaugural Serie A title, finishing two points behind A.C. Milan. Napoli proved to be the most offensive team in the entire league, with Careca and Diego Maradona dominating the scoring charts. Due to Milan's strong defence that was not enough for the title, and due to a 3-2 defeat at home to the eventual champions, the title defence got out of reach.

S.S.C. Napoli won an international trophy for the first time, defeating Stuttgart 2-1 and drawing 3-3 in the two-legged final. Napoli did not match Inter in the domestic league, but recorded a second place, its fourth consecutive podium finish in the final standings.

S.S.C. Napoli won their second ever Italian championship, thanks to a new club record in points scored over the course of the season. Diego Maradona scored 16 of the side's 57, whilst the contributions of other players such as Careca and Gianfranco Zola gave Napoli enough of an attacking edge to claim the title.

U.C. Sampdoria won their first ever Serie A title, thanks to a remarkable season for a team playing on its absolute peak. Gianluca Vialli was the league top scorer on 19 goals, and Roberto Mancini, Attilio Lombardo, goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca plus centre half Pietro Vierchowod were also instrumental in Sampdoria's success story.

A.C. Milan did not defend their European Cup title for a second consecutive time. The second place in Serie A was the fourth consecutive season when Milan finished inside the top three of the league. The loss in the European Cup quarter-finals rendered a first trophyless season since 1987, which resulted in Arrigo Sacchi leaving his job to take over the national team, being replaced by ex-Juventus and AC Milan midfielder Fabio Capello.

Associazione Sportiva Roma won the Coppa Italia and reached the final of the UEFA Cup, which compensated for Ottavio Bianchi's problematic league season, where Roma finished a mere 9th place, their worst season since 1979.

The 2011–12 season is Cesena's second consecutive season in the top division of Italian football, the Serie A. The club finished the season in 20th position, leading to its relegation to Serie B for 2012–13.

Juventus Football Club had their least successful season since finishing 12th in the Serie A back in 1961–62. This time, under Luigi Maifredi's coaching, Juventus finished 7th, despite breaking the World record in terms of transfer fee, to bring in Fiorentina star striker Roberto Baggio. Being long involved in the Scudetto race, Juventus lost the plot in the second half of the season, barely winning a match in a ten-game spell, which caused the side to drop down to the upper midfield.

Cagliari Calcio had a successful return to Serie A, finishing in 10th place and reaching the semi finals of the Coppa Italia. This was much thanks to a trio of attacking players consisting of Mauro Esposito, David Suazo and Gianfranco Zola, with Esposito scoring 16 league goals, a personal record.

The 1990–91 season was Parma Associazione Calcio's 78th in Italian football and their first ever season in the Serie A. It was Nevio Scala's second year at the club, as Parma achieved promotion the previous season, by finishing in fourth place. In their first season, they finished in sixth place, before securing a UEFA Cup spot. In the Coppa Italia, they were eliminated 2–0 on aggregate by Fiorentina in the second round, after two legs. Alberto Di Chiara, who went on to join the club the same season, and Stefano Borgonovo, scored the goals.

The 2017–18 Coppa Italia, also known as TIM Cup for sponsorship reasons, was the 71st edition of the national cup in Italian football. As a minimum, the winners of the Coppa Italia earn a place in the 2018–19 Europa League and would begin play in the group stage unless they qualify for a more favourable UEFA placing based on league play. Seventy-eight clubs participated in this season's cup competition.


  1. Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 "Norme organizzative interne della F.I.G.C. - Art. 51.6" (PDF) (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. 12 September 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2018.