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Rafael Benitez confirms Napoli departure


Rafael Benitez says he will be leaving Napoli following the final game of the Italian club’s season on Sunday. The Spaniard, 55, is favourite to take over at Real Madrid, who sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti on Monday. “I want to thank the chairman, club and fans because after two years my experience here in Napoli is coming to an end,” ...

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Rafael Benitez: Real Madrid line up Napoli’s ex-Liverpool manager


Napoli boss Rafael Benitez has emerged as a leading candidate to become the next Real Madrid manager. Current Real boss Carlo Ancelotti is widely expected to leave his post after this weekend’s final game of the season against Getafe. Talks between the parties are under way, with 55-year-old Benitez’s Napoli contract due to expire next month, although no agreement has ...

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Napoli and Sevilla secure first-leg leads

Marek Hamšík (right) celebrates the first of his two goals against Wolfsburg
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SSC Napoli have one foot in the semi-finals after a 4-1 defeat of VfL Wolfsburg, Sevilla FC came from behind to win but FC Dynamo Kyiv were denied at the death. • Marek Hamšík scores twice as Napoli win 4-1 at Wolfsburg • Sevilla beat another former winner, Zenit, thanks to Denis Suárez’s late stunner • Khouma Babacar’s 92nd-minute effort ...

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Hamsik: Napoli players respect Benitez ‘without any reservations


Marek Hamsik is sure Napoli can put their recent disappointing results behind them when they take on Wolfsburg in the Europa League on Thursday. He is hoping to play a key role himself after spending more time than usual on the bench as a consequence of coach Rafael Benitez’s squad rotation. “We play many games so a large squad is ...

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Napoli 2-2 Inter: Icardi’s cheeky penalty punishes profligate Partenopei

Marek Hamsik and Gonzalo Higuain looked to have sealed victory for the hosts but Rodrigo Palacio halved the deficit before his fellow Argentine chipped home a late spot-kick Mauro Icardi’s late penalty earned Inter a 2-2 draw at 10-man Napoli, as Rafael Benitez’s men spurned a two-goal lead and the chance to close the gap on second-placed Roma. The Giallorossi’s ...

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Baah makes Whoscored’s Top 10 Europa League performers

HJK Helsinki defender Gideon Baah

Ghanaian defender Gideon Baah has been rated 6th in Whoscored.com’s Top 10 players of the group stages of the 2014/2015 Europa League. The football stats site compiled data from the previous five rounds of the competition and ranked players based on certain variables like pass success, tackles won, shots taken and Man Of The Match awards. Baah, who plays for ...

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Rafael Benitez set for Napoli contract talks,


Napoli boss Rafael Benitez says he is looking ahead and is set to enter talks over a new contract, despite being linked with Newcastle United. The future of Benitez, who replaced Walter Mazzarri in May last year, had been the subject of much speculation after failing to reach the Champions League group stages this summer. Talk of a rift with ...

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Maxi Lopez fires Chievo to victory over Napoli


Napoli’s first home game of the season ended in disappointment as they were beaten 1-0 by Chievo on Sunday. Maxi Lopez was the goalscorer, but it was ‘keeper Francesco Bardi who produced the match-winning display. After an opening day defeat to champions Juventus, Chievo coach Eugenio Corini went for a more defensive formation in an attempt to stifle and frustrate ...

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Jonathan de Guzman moves to Napoli from Villarreal


Napoli have signed Holland midfielder Jonathan de Guzman on a permanent transfer from Spanish side Villarreal for an undisclosed fee. The 26-year-old, who spent the past two seasons on loan at Swansea and scored nine goals in 59 Barclays Premier League appearances for the Swans, has penned a four-year contract with the Naples outfit. “I am happy to have come ...

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Napoli 1-0 Barcelona: Bravo error gives Italians win


New signing Claudio Bravo made a costly error on his Barcelona debut as his team suffered a 1-0 friendly defeat against Italian side Napoli. Barcelona, missing their first-choice attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, failed to turn their first-half superiority into goals. Swansea loanee Michu came on for Napoli as they improved in the second half. And ...

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