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Death of Maradona: Villas-Boas wants Fifa to withdraw No.10, Naples will rename their stadium


LE SCAN SPORT - The coach of Olympique de Marseille has proposed that the No. 10 football be withdrawn altogether to pay tribute to the Argentine legend. In Naples, an agreement was reached to rename the stadium San Paolo. 

Some football or NBA clubs have the habit of temporarily or not temporarily removing jersey numbers worn by a missing legend.

This is a very common practice in North American basketball, baseball, or hockey franchises.

This was also the case recently with No. 8 Kobe Bryant (tragically disappeared on January 26, 2020) at the Lakers.

European clubs have also adopted this practice: n ° 3 in Milan for Paolo Maldini, n ° 14 of Johan Cruyff in Amsterdam, n ° 10 of Roberto Baggio in Brescia, or even n ° 10 of Diego Maradona in Naples .

But André Villas-Boas wants to go even further in the tribute granted to the Argentine legend who died Wednesday at the age of 60.

At the end of OM's defeat against Porto in the Champions League (0-2), the Portuguese coach, who wanted to salute the memory of a Porto manager who has also disappeared in recent hours, has proposed to remove No.10 from football.

“I would like FIFA to drop number 10 for all competitions, all teams.

I think it would be the best tribute we can pay to the best player in history ”

“Maradona, this is a big blow.

I would like FIFA to drop number 10 for all competitions, all teams.

I think it would be the best tribute we can pay to the best player in history.

It's an incredible loss for the football world, ”said the former FC Porto coach who remembers a“ football genius ”.


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San Paolo Stadium renamed in tribute to Maradona

If there is little chance of seeing Fifa follow the wish of "AVB", in Naples, where Diego Maradona played between 1984 and 1991, the tributes have multiplied since the announcement of the disappearance of the icon Argentina.

The death of the Pibe del oro plunged the city of southern Italy into immense sadness and on Wednesday evening, the president of the toponymy commission of the Municipality of Naples confirmed that the San Paolo stadium (in homage to Saint Paul who would have landed in the Neapolitan region) would be well renamed in honor of Diego Armando Maradona, as requested by the mayor during the evening.

The town hall and the prefect have reached an agreement to circumvent the rule imposing a period of ten years between the death of an individual and the attribution of a new name to a public building.

Intitoliamo lo Stadio San Paolo a Diego Armando Maradona !!!

- Luigi de Magistris (@demagistris) November 25, 2020

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