Serie A: title fixed: SSC Napoli new champion in Serie A

SSC Napoli is the Italian soccer champion.

Serie A: title fixed: SSC Napoli new champion in Serie A

SSC Napoli is the Italian soccer champion. Coach Luciano Spalletti's team drew 1-1 (0-1) at Udinese Calcio and thus secured their third title in the club's history in Serie A. Five games before the end, Napoli have a 16-point lead over Lazio Rome and can't more to be obtained.

The goal of the draw and their first championship since the Diego Armando Maradona era more than three decades ago came from Serie A top scorer Victor Osimhen in the 52nd minute after the visitors fell behind early on.

While the former Bundesliga professional and his teammates were celebrating in Udine with the fans who had traveled with them, the long-awaited mega party in Napoli began. Around 60,000 fans watched the game on eight large screens in the stadium named after Maradona, and countless screens were also set up in the city.

Third title for Napoli after 1987 and 1990

Countless supporters gathered in the large squares during the day and got in the mood for the triumph with battle songs and Bengal fire. Even before the final whistle in Udine, fireworks rockets were shot into the sky in Naples.

For security reasons, a number of streets were closed to traffic in the already chaotic city at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, and a large police presence was intended to ensure a peaceful night of partying. Actually, the party should have started last Sunday - but because Napoli surprisingly only played 1-1 at home against Salernitana, the celebration had to be postponed by four days. Hardly anyone in Italy had doubts about the third title for Naples after 1987 and 1990 for weeks.

The southern Italians deserved the triumph with splendid and mostly sovereign performances this season, an exciting offensive with Osimhen and dribbling artist Chwitscha Kwarazchelia as well as the carefreeness of an outsider without any big stars. After a few narrowly missed successes in recent years, Spalletti managed this time that his team did not slump over the course of the season. In the Champions League, SSC was only eliminated in the quarter-finals against AC Milan.