After a 33-year wait, Napoli are the champions!
A sea of sky-blue swept across the Friuli Stadium, tears welling up in the eyes of the travelling fans. Brilliant fireworks rose from the southern coast of Italy as Napoli ended their long wait for the Serie A title... It was an ordinary yet extraordinary night, as Napoli drew 1-1 away against Udinese, becoming the first champions of the five major leagues this season. For spectators, this might seem commonplace, but Napoli had waited 33 years for this trophy.
When people mention Serie A, they probably think first of Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter Milan, century-old powerhouses that command numerous championships and fan bases. However, this does not mean that in the romantic and melancholic Apennines, there are no other forces that captivate. Napoli is such a team. Over 30 years ago, Maradona led the sky-blue army to challenge traditional powers, and the football king's rebelliousness became part of Napoli's character.
Regrettably, in the 33 years prior to this season, no matter how close Napoli had come to their dream of being champions, the feats of Maradona's era were never realized. In the 2015/16 season, Napoli seized the opportunity of Juventus's weak start and took the lead, but they ultimately could not beat the persistent stability of the Zebras; in the 2017/18 season, Koulibaly's last-minute goal brought Napoli a step away from the championship, but the sky-blue team still lost to themselves before the finish line.
In 1986, Maradona led Argentina to dominate the World Cup in his own personal glory, and 36 years later, the successors of the Pampas Eagles once again lifted the World Cup; in the 1986/87 season, Maradona single-handedly led Napoli to win their first Serie A title, and 36 years later, the sky-blue army ended a 33-year wait, 12,058 days, to once again become the Kings of the Apennines. Sometimes, you have to believe in fate's predetermined path, but more often, fate favors those who help themselves.
In fact, it is the years of waiting that truly reflect the charm of football. At this moment, the bubbling Napoli have written another beautiful fairy tale in the world of football. Is Maradona, in heaven above, watching all of this?"