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SSC Napoli 2000 - 2004


After the great season with Lecce, in summer 2000 David Sesa went to play for AS Napoli, which was then performing in Serie A. Apart from offering him a 5-year contract, the club had to pay 16 billion Italian Lira to have the player. The then coach of this South Italian team was Zdenek Zeman, who was already replaced by Emiliano Mondonico after six defeats. After only one season the club moved down again to Serie B. Sesa, which scored just once in 16 games played and had to deal with an injury hard to recover, went through a tough season. From a sporting point of view, his condition was certainly complicated by the transfer of leadership from Zeman to Mondonico.

In the following 3 years, Napoli kept on performing in Serie B and was led by the ensuing list of trainers: De Canio, Colomba, Scoglio, Colomba again, Agostinelli and Gigi Simoni. None of them succeeded in realizing SSC Napoli promotion to Serie A. As the club had run up more than 70 million euros of debt, in 2004 its license was withdrawn by a civil court of Rome (an action already take by the Italian Football Federation).
All Italy was concerned with the fate of the club, which, inter alia, had won the Italian Cup twice as well as the UEFA Champions League in 1989. Apart from Gaucci, owner of AC Perugia, also Paolo De Luca, owner of AC Siena, acted to save the club, along with Maurizio Zamparini, president of AC Palermo, Antonio Giraudo and Luciano Moggi, the latter who were then managers of AC Juventus. Even Antonio Bassolino, the then president of Campania region, intervened personally in the negotiation on behalf of Napoli. But all of it didn’t help: the club was forced to relegate to the third league and started again on 2nd August 2004 with the brand new name Napoli Soccer.
Despite the difficulties, at Napoli David Sesa could enjoy his time and had the chance to play with football stars like Edmundo, Vidigal, Saber, Matuzalém, Jankulovski, Husain, Amauri and Quiroga.



Statistics - SSC Napoli

Season Division Games Goals
2000 / 01 A 16 1
2001 / 02 B 20 1
2002 / 03 B 18 2
2003 / 04 B 22 0