March 19th 1959. The derby of the sun has betrayed his name. Under a heavy rain, AS Roma, that had lost in Napoli 0-3 the previous November, dreamt their revenge. Roma came from a series of losses and bad results, and the trainer Gunnar Nordhal (yes, the Swedish firefighter) was re-called again on the bench after the quick farewell at the beginning of the season.
Napoli came from the good result of the previous season and his trainer was Amedeo Amadei (the “Fornarino -little baker- of Frascati”) for a long time a flag of Roma. Not only rain falled down for Napoli that day, but 8 balls crossed their goal line. With an hat - trick of Da Costa and 2 goals scored by “Ray of moon” Selmosson, Napoli suffered his highest loss in their history in Serie A. Paradoxically, the men of the match was Bugatti, Napoli’s goalkeeper. His name was Ottavio - that means “eighth” - strange joke of destiny was the comment at the end of the match! Final score: Roma - Napoli 8-0 Febraury 20th 1983. This match was like tradition wanted, rich of goals and emotions. It Can be considered the march where AS Roma understood the real possibility of winning his 2nd Scudetto. In the same day the immediately followers of Roma lost their match (Hellas Verona and Inter). Napoli of Pesaola (that risked the retrocession to serie B) was maybe one of the few teams that created difficulties at the Olimpico of Rome. Ramon Diaz Scored 0-1 for Napoli, and after the temporary tie of Nela, always Diaz devoured the easy goal of 1-2. As the unwritten law of football wants, Goal-missed means Goal conceded: 2 minutes and Ancelotti said 2-1. From that moment the Liedholm team started his monologue with two goals of unforgettable Captain Di Bartolomei (at his 200th serie A match) and Roberto Pruzzo (with his wife at the hospital for severe bleeding). Final score: Roma - Napoli 5-2 October 26th 1986. This match represented an ideal passage of “relay baton” between Roma (that was the antagonist to the northern football teams in the early 80s) and Napoli that will dominate the last 80s. The men of the match was Diego Armando Maradona that scored at the beginning of second half the final 0-1. Over 15.000 fans come from Napoli to celebrate the victory in Rome, after 10 years. With this success Napoli reached the first position in league table that will maintain till the end of the season. For his 1st scudetto. Final score: Roma-Napoli 0-1 October 25th 1987. A great Napoli, with the Scudetto already on his shirt, at the beginning of the second half was losing 0-1. Incredible. A goal for Roma was scored by the substitute Roberto Pruzzo, at his sunset with the yellow-reds colors. It was the last of the 106 goals scored for Roma. Some players of Napoli lost their control and also an unlucky refereeing reduces the team in 9 (red card for Renica and Careca). At 67’ after a corner of Maradona, the defender Francini between a series of Roma’s players scored the final 1-1, with a perfect header. There was the explosion of over 25.000 Napoli supporters on the bleachers. At the end of the match a midfielder of Napoli, Salvatore Bagni, addressed to Roma’s supporter the “Italian Salute”. This gesture officially broke the 11 years' twinning between the two team's supporters. Monday morning. In the “Bar CIRO” - a small Napoli’s island in Rome province - only these words were repeated aloud, between the silence of the other clients: ”AVIMM’ NOV’ LIONI! NOV’ LIONI!”. In Neapolitan dialect: “We have 9 lions”. That day Olimpico probably seemed Colosseum for Napoli and his supporters. Final score: Roma - Napoli 1-1
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