A rare glimpse of Italian football powers
August 18, 2008
Get ready to rumble: Scoring tickets to a Naples football game just got easy. Well, sort of.
Soccer fans will have a chance Thursday to see the city’s beloved baby-blue clad "azzurri partenopei" take to the field against popular rivals Juventus, from Turin, and AC Milan.
The 12th annual Birra Moretti Cup, a friendly exhibition tournament, takes place in the San Paolo stadium in the Fuorigrotta area of Naples on Thursday.
Last year, Inter Milan took away the tournament title, but the team pulled out of this year’s competition and was replaced by AC Milan.
Popular Italian pop singer Anna Tatangelo, known for hits like "Quando due si lasciano" ("When two people leave each other") and "Ragazza di periferia" ("Girl on the outskirts"), is expected to be the featured performer.
Tickets are 44 euros for the "tribuna (grandstand) Posillipo" stadium seating area, 32 euros from the "tribuna Nisida" seating area, 25 euros for seats on the "distinit/ospiti" (visitors) side of the seating area, and 16 euros for the "curve" seating, better known to Americans as the nose-bleed seats.
There are ticket sales offices downtown and in the suburbs that will be open next week, in spite of the traditional summer shutdown of the city for the summer holidays. Some have staffers who speak English. Most are closed on Sundays. An extensive list of ticket vendors (for all kinds of shows, theater events and sporting evenings) can be found at: www.etes.it. Here is a sampling of those who answered phones during the summer holiday and are open this week.
Puteoli Viaggi, Via Monteruscello, 49, Pozzuoli. English spoken. Le 2 Perle, Via Nuova Angano, 43, Bagnoli. Tickets available after Monday. Some English spoken. Pepcar, Piazza Dante, No. 24, re-opens for business on Tuesday. Some English spoken. Ricevitoria Lotto-Nappi, Via Bagnoli, 712 (Piazza Bagnoli) in Naples. Some English spoken. Bar Lucia, Via Francesco Curia, No. 11, downtown Naples. No English spoken. Giancar, Piazza Garibaldi, No. 44. No English spoken.Juventus and Milan kick off the tournament at 6:30 p.m., followed by the scrimmage between Naples and Milan at 7:30 p.m., and then Naples and Juventus at 8:30 p.m.
In the 12-year history of the games, Naples has won once, taking the trophy in 2005.
Take note: In order to cut down on incidents of violence and hooliganism that have plagued football games in the past, no alcohol is served at the games, in spite of the fact that the tournament is sponsored by the popular Birra Moretti Co.
And tickets must be purchased by showing an identification card to vendors, who then print tickets bearing the purchasers’ names. Theoretically, security is supposed to match the ticket to the ID for Thursday’s game.
Scalpers will attempt to sell tickets the day of the game in front of the stadium, in traffic along the street, and even the tangenziale toll road leading to the Fuorigrotta exit.
Official vendors warn spectators who buy from scalpers would have trouble accessing the game if security makes their checks.