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Top 10 quotes from Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis

Posted: 31 July 2011 Time: 10:22

'Lionel Messi is a cretin', 'English women don't wash', 'I will chop Mazzoni's balls off': the top 10 rants of Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis.

The controversial chief is famous for his various rants – here are 10 of the best, following his threat to quit football earlier in the week.

He arrived seven years ago from the world of cinema and went straight into an unknown world in football.

With the passing of time though, Aurelio De Laurentiis is thinking of trying to change that world through revolution with his own ideas. Not many have listened, but the Napoli president does not care.

And why should he? When in those seven seasons, he has taken his club from Lega Pro, to the Champions League. The results speak for themselves, but it's De Laurentiis' talking which has led to controversy.

Frank, arrogant and colourful. There is a bit of everything in the DNA of the Italian film producer.

His dramatic outburst that stole the show at the unveiling of the Italian League calendar is the latest gem in a long series of over the top statements. Here are the top 10.


After a 2-2 draw at home against Lazio, the owner clashed with then Napoli coach Edy Reja. According to those around the San Paolo, there was a heated exchange within the dressing-rooms.

"I won't beat you up because you are an old man, but I am going to sack you," thundered De Laurentiis.


How do you hit back at those who claim Premier League clubs want Marek Hamsik and Ezequiel Lavezzi? Easy, you advise your star players about the perils of English life.

"If they want to go to England then in the end they're going to go, but they need to understand this: the English live badly, eat badly and their women do not wash their genitalia. To them, a bidet is a mystery."


The relationship between Napoli and Lavezzi hit a crisis in 2009 when the player appeared keen on leaving the club and the president responded in typically raucous fashion.

He said: "If you are an athlete then you don't use prostitutes and go drinking out late at night. I cannot do anything if someone always goes drinking at four in the morning and then uses hookers after."


During the summer of 2009, De Laurentiis conducted a brilliant campaign in the transfer market. However, Roberto Donadoni said he wanted a left-sided midfielder via the media and it did not go well with his boss.

"Donadoni said we need a left midfielder? Why doesn't he buy one then? If he buys him then that will be good." Five months later Donadoni was no longer the coach.

Napoli had just beaten Elfsborg at the San Paolo and had a good chance of progressing through to the group stages of the Europa League, but De Laurentiis was not particularly interested.


Midway through last season, Napoli were flying high in the League after a 3-0 win over Juventus. Some started to talk about their title credentials, but De Laurentiis, like he did with the Europa League, simply didn't want to know.

"Do I believe in the Scudetto? No, I don't. Berlusconi wants the title and he will do everything to take it home with him. There is nothing you can do against Berlusconi."


Asked by a La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist whether his three main stars Lavezzi, Marek Hamsik and Edinson Cavani would be sold, the Italian chief responded in a style unique to his lyrical fashion.

"If my stars go then it will be a result of the continuous pushing from a medium from La Gazzetta dello Sport. Your question is one that just keeps breaking my balls."


With transfer rumours continuing to revolve around Napoli's best players, the owner responded brutally to the possibility of Lavezzi leaving the San Paolo.

He said: "If [Alejandro] Mazzoni (Lavezzi's agent) starts being stupid then I will chop his balls off."

2. "MESSI IS A CRETIN." From their pre-season camp, the Italian film guru questioned Lionel Messi's decision to travel to this summer's Copa America.

"Messi is a cretin who accepted to go there. If I was Messi I would have said 'I won't come to show myself up in front of four idiots who have no clue on how to play me'."


De Laurentiis had hoped for a simple Serie A fixture list due to Napoli's commitments in the Champions League. He got anything but as they were drawn against AC Milan on week three - which takes place within days the Champions League group stages.

"I will go back to making films. It's a disgrace everything is fixed and I am ashamed to be an Italian."

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:06 am
and i ll chop up ur collups n use it for a bag of salt,u muppet silly old cow.whenever u want to insult the english who re more cultured than u corrupt mump do that within u.tell u watz i m seeing an overtly emotional old tramp with a bigotted view.
posted: 12:12 pm
Bwahahahhahaha, i want some of the grass this bloke is smoking, No 9 is as funny as heck, i'd love to see this bloke engage in a verbal war with Palermo's president Zamparini,that one is another nut-case himself.
posted: 01:06 pm
Did Colin copy this from It means he has no real news to report. Why is he refusing to report on the U20 world cup? If he has issues with Obuh, why not give us report about other Africans in the competition. Colin I respect you. You worth more than you are giving us.
posted: 01:13 pm
Why do we have this report on this site? What has this to do with Nigeria football? F.Eagles are playing this afternoon, no analysis on their readiness and so forth, rather I am reading a stupid rant from an old fart who is already half way to his grave.
I weep.. for forunmites.
posted: 01:15 pm
@ Marvel.
Thanks for your opinion. You beat me to it.
posted: 01:56 pm
I dont think Colin Udoh did poste this rubbish.
posted: 02:00 pm
Watch this space for CAF Confederation Cup. KADUNA UNITED VS CLUB AFRICAINE.
posted: 02:01 pm
Watch this space for CAF Confederation Cup. KADUNA UNITED VS CLUB AFRICAINE.
posted: 03:10 pm
Colin Udoh, king of copy and paste, I hope one day you will end up in jail for plagiarism.
Baba Dudu
posted: 03:38 pm
Oh Lord, please help us ask KON say wetin concern us? Please Lord today is Sunday July 31, 2011. Nigeria's U-20 have a match today and we did not see any story that has any benefit to us.

Lord please ask KON for us and teach them how to focus on their country's affairs.

Finally Lord, I thank you for giving me the ability to show the match on

In Jesus name I pray, Amen......

Baba Dudu
posted: 03:38 pm
Oh Lord, please help us ask KON say wetin concern us? Please Lord today is Sunday July 31, 2011. Nigeria's U-20 have a match today and we did not see any story that has any benefit to us.

Lord please ask KON for us and teach them how to focus on their country's affairs.

Finally Lord, I thank you for giving me the ability to show the match on

In Jesus name I pray, Amen......

Mega Million
posted: 04:35 pm
Why Flying Eagles Must Rule the World
Gideon Ayogu
31 July 2011


CAN the Flying Eagles shrug off their dismal form in the run-up to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011 which kicked off on Friday and finally dry the tears of millions of Nigerians who wait endlessly for a first victory at this level?

This is the question that the John Obuh-tutored side would be looking to answer today when they take the field against Guatemala in their opening game in the competition.

Pooled in Group D alongside today's opponents Guatemala, Croatia and Saudi Arabia, the Flying Eagles would be eager to match the feat of neighbours, Ghana, whose cadet side defied the odds in claiming a first triumph for Africa in this competition at the last edition held in Egypt.

Incidentally, the Black Starlets will not be defending their crown in Colombia after they failed to qualify for this edition of the competition, crashing out of the 2011 African Youth Championship (AYC) which served as the qualifying event for Colombia 2011.

The Flying Eagles, who claimed a record sixth AYC crown in South Africa, are expected to lead the continent's charge at the competition, with Cameroon, Egypt and Mali, the continent's other representatives at the bi-ennial event.

Obuh has largely retained the core of the Golden Eaglets side he led to a silver-medal winning finish at the 2009 U-17 World Cup in Nigeria in the team and he has also reiterated his belief that the side would justify the huge confidence reposed in them by millions of football-crazy Nigerians.

The coach, who recently unveiled a 21-man squad for the competition, would certainly write his name in gold if he succeeds in steering the side to a first ever World Cup crown for the country at this level after the near misses of 1989 and 2005.

For this to become a reality, though, some of the shortcomings noticed in the team's build-up to this competition must have been addressed before their curtain-raiser against Guatemala today.

Chief among these is the team's profligacy in front of goal. Having finished the 2011 AYC as the most prolific side on their way to a historic sixth success in the competition, the Flying Eagles have somehow managed to lose their sight of goal in their march to Colombia.

The inability to convert scoring chances was so glaring in the team's tie in the Cope de la Republica against Panama in which they spurned a number of gilt-edged scoring opportunities. Even the losses to Portugal (0-2) and Mexico (1-4) might not have been, if only the team had been more clinical in front of goal.

Furthermore, the defence seems to fall prey of lapses in concentration. This is a soft underbelly that could be exploited by opponents in the competition, if not corrected by the handlers of the team.

Most importantly, though, Obuh and his assistants should emphasize the need for discipline in the light of the dismissals of the duo of Kenneth Omeruo and Abduljaleel Ajagun in the game against Mexico.

Players at this level are more prone to disciplinary shortcomings and Obuh should ensure he keeps his charges disciplinarily grounded; be it tactically, positionally and as well as in their conduct towards opponents.

Latin America and Africa
Working in the Flying Eagles favour, it must be said, is the fact that the team comprise a nucleus of players who are no strangers to each other. Obuh's decision to keep faith with the majority of the U-17 side he guided to the World Cup final in 2009 should be applauded as it is bound to bode well for cohesion, understanding and team work.

Aligned to the above is the effectiveness of the quick passing game and wing play adopted by Obuh. Provided the side can deploy the pace of Ahmed Musa and Omoh Ojabu on the flanks to good use, opponents might struggle to live with the speed of the team's attack.

If the handlers of the team can plug the perceived loop-holes in the team and the strikers find their range, Nigerians might just begin to nurse hopes of finally claiming the only age grade soccer trophy that has so far eluded the country
posted: 04:41 pm
On a day Nigeria is playing at the World Cup KON comes up with nothing but this rubbish!!! What do we care what this guy says?
Mega Million
posted: 04:42 pm
The president of the Football Association of Malawi has warned Nigeria not to take the Flames lightly in 2014 World Cup qualifying.

The Super Eagles are overwhelming favourites to win Group F which also features Seychelles or Kenya and Djibouti or Namibia.

But Walter Nyamilandu feels Malawi are not short on experience and have the wherewithal to give the Nigerians a run for their money.

"Nigeria are the favourites in this group but we're a team that cannot be underrated and taken for granted," Nyamilandu said.

Nyamilandu added that the Flames made a statement a year ago when they qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Angola.

The first thing that we need to have is the belief and we have a lot of self-belief

"There's a football revolution in Malawi; we're in a very good position now to qualify for Gabon and Equatorial Guinea next year."

Although he spoke highly of the pedigree of the Super Eagles, Nyamilandu told BBC Sport that Samson Siasia's team has a major weakness.

"It's a very tricky group; we're saying we have a very good chance of flexing our muscles if we plan everything very well."

"Although Nigeria are favourites, their away record is very bad so we're hoping they'll flip along the way and help us top the group."

Nyamilandu made it clear that the task of reaching Brazil in 2014 is not going to be easy but backed his Flames to create history.

"We're also very ambitious and have set our sights on trying to go to the World Cup for the first time in the history of Malawi football.

"The first thing that we need to have is the belief and we have a lot of self-belief.

"We've played some tough teams in the past, and should be able to face Nigeria and take them head on."
Mega Million
posted: 05:03 pm
We might not know the circumstances beyond the Editor,Sometimes problem popups,then you can't make it to work.We all are human,so everyone should go for a news hunt and let us know what you got until Editor recovered.

Mega Million NDa House
Omo 9ja
posted: 05:42 pm
Please what time Fly EAGLES is playing today? Any links! Please help ooooooooo. God bless Nigeria!
posted: 06:21 pm
3pm colombian time,guys make ur deduction.
Omo 9ja
posted: 07:02 pm
@Okoribe1 thanks so much. But in Nigeria's time please. God bless Nigeria!
Mega Million
posted: 07:19 pm
Nigeria VS Guatemala.3 PM Colombian Time.9 pm Nigerian Time.

Mega Million NDa House
posted: 07:21 pm
22.00 nigerian time,i live in london,thats 21.00 gmt.bless u all.
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