Luciano Spalletti is an honorary citizen of Naples and, as he says, from now on "official scugnizzo". The coach of the national team bursts with enthusiasm on the day when the Municipality of Naples, at the Maschio Angioino, gives him citizenship. "I haven't taken up residence in the city yet, but it's something that can happen because from now on I'm a real street urchin," says the coach born and living in Certaldo, in the province of Florence, who won the first Italian Scudetto of his career last year on the bench of the Azzurri, in a city crazy with joy for the third title after the two of the Maradona era.
Video Spalletti receives honorary citizenship of Naples: 'From today scugnizzo, strong bond with you'
"The citizenship of Naples," said Spalletti, "has an enormous meaning, which truly fills me with satisfaction, joy and happiness. Because here it's not just about the sporting results, but about the bond between me and the Neapolitans, which is a magnificent thing." Many Neapolitans greeted and celebrated the coach in the street at the time of his arrival at the Maschio Angioino, in a city that adores him, as evidenced by the two newlyweds who have just become husband and wife at the castle and who entered the Baroni room to take a photo with the new coach of the national team who has just become Neapolitan.
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"I believe that this citizenship of Naples to Spalletti - says the mayor Gaetano Manfredi before handing him the certification - is the right recognition to a great character who has given so much to the city and who has loved Naples so much, but who is also much loved. It's a day of celebration, of recognition of the work done, but also of wishing for a very positive future first and foremost for Napoli, but also for the national team of which Luciano Spalletti is the coach today." The ceremony took place according to the ceremonial, but then continued outside the box, with Spalletti contended for selfies by the authorities, by the fans, up to the guardians of the castle. A crowd bath that demonstrates the total love of the city towards the coach, who tries to explain how his Napoli was different, but equally successful, compared to that of Maradona, the last man in football to whom Napoli conferred honorary citizenship.
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"Diego had citizenship," Spalletti said, "but we don't make comparisons of this level, I can't stand them. I've had players who have shown that by working together, and also together with the city, you can reach the level of number one in the world." Also present at the ceremony was the president of Napoli, Aurelio De Laurentiis. He and the former coach are putting aside the tensions that have existed over the past year and today they embrace each other on the stage of the castle of Naples. "Why did I leave the bench? It's something that I was sorry for too," Spalletti observes, "but I wanted to preserve this beauty that I had in my heart and not immediately call it into question: it's something that no one can understand if they don't try it directly as I did. I'm pleased with De Laurentiis' presence today because the Scudetto was determined by the work of everyone together. This compactness of the city, the players and all those who worked in Napoli brought the beauty that we all remember today. It's the way we do things that led us to the Scudetto."
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A great achievement that De Laurentiis lived with pride: "I promise you - he said - that the Scudetto will be a repeatable experience. You can't win every year without cheating. Even if you don't change the players, they don't always respond in the same way on the pitch, out of contentment, frustration, but also because of the reinforcement of the other teams. And a great commander like Luciano also counts in the victory, who is now Neapolitan and therefore we can ask him for advice." A joke that leads Spalletti and De Laurentiis to laugh together.
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