Classic Football Kits – Napoli’s Mars shirt, from the Diego Maradona era

Ollie Irish

16th, January 2008

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1554860.jpgI love the fact that the great Diego Maradona used to wear a shirt sponsored by… a chocolate bar. Because Maradona himself looked like he might have received and then consumed a few complimentary Mars bars whilst he was at Napoli. However, that didn’t seem to affect his godlike performance for the Italian club.
Waistline or no waistline, in 1988/89, when Napoli wore this shirt, Maradona was the best footballer in the world. And if that isn’t enough to elevate this kit to classic status, I don’t know what is.
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  1. […] It didn’t take me long to fall in love with Italy, but it took me a little longer to fall in love with football. You’d probably find it hard to believe if you met me today, but in 1988 I didn’t much care for the beautiful game. That was the year I first visited il bel paese (I’d been to Sardinia five years earlier but that doesn’t count, as any Sardinian will tell you). Strolling with my parents through the streets of Florence, Rome and Venice, I was too preoccupied with gelato or the Colosseum or whether to blow all my lire on a die-cast scale model of a Ferrari 308 GTB to notice that I’d stumbled into soccer’s spiritual home. My only football-related memory of that summer is the replica shirts on display at market stalls outside the Uffizi, and being drawn to the azure blue of Napoli — not because of Maradona, but because the team’s jersey was emblazoned with the logo of my favorite chocolate bar. […]

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