Napoli vs Milan Throwback: Football and Intrigue in the 1988 Serie A Race

Napoli and Milan are two of the form teams in Italy at the moment as both sides look to challenge for the Scudetto. This however is not the first time these giants of Italian football have met with title ambitions on the line. Once upon a time back in the heady rock and roll '80s, the two sides met at the San Paolo in a huge title decider that would affect the futures of both clubs.

Throwback Thursday: Gullit and the Birth of the Milan-Napoli Feud

If the Roma-Juventus feud characterized the first half of the ‘80s in Italian football, there is no doubt about Milan-Napoli being the most exciting duel towards the end of the decade. The match that set the beginning of this rivalry took place on January 3, 1988, when Ruud Gullit literally drove the Partenopei nuts and inflicted them their first seasonal defeat.

Throwback Thursday: Milan-Steaua, Sacchi’s Perfect Game

On this day, 30 years ago, the history of football changed. Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan trampled Steaua Bucuresti 4-0 with braces by Ruud Gullit and Marco Van Basten to conquer the European Cup 1988-89, the third in the history of the Rossoneri. The triumph in Barcelona marked the International legitimization of the Romagna-born coach’s football verbo.

Donnarumma Drives Napoli Title Hopes Away

A phenomenal save by Gianluigi Donnarumma in the 92nd minute put a damper on Napoli’s residual Scudetto hopes, as the Partenopei were held onto a goalless draw by Milan in San Siro, thus seeing their gap with Juventus widening to six points. The 19-year-old goalie found the best way to celebrate his 100th Serie A cap, but his late exploit may cost much to the club of his hometown Napoli.