Napoli sales and marketing director, Alessandro Formisano, spoke today as Napoli announced some of their summer plans for their training camp in Dimaro and touched upon a subject of great interest to foreign fans; Napoli’s possible participation in foreign tournaments. Here is what he had to say:
On the summer training camp at Dimaro
The dates set aside by Sarri and the staff are arrival the 5th and departure the 25th of July in case we have to face preliminaries for Champions League and in case we are already qualified, arrival the 8th and departure the 27th of July. We will have a symbiotic relationship with the grounds and especially the supporters. We will also have famous artists present like those from “Made in Sud” and our DJ Decibel Bellini. The staff here has always been extremely accommodating and we look forward to this summer.
On the friendly scheduled with Maradona
Diego has some plans with FIFA so we are still working on selecting a date. We are working on it and speaking with his agent.
On the possibility participating in summer tournaments abroad
In these years we’ve always organized the summer preparations with the technical staff and even if we haven’t participated in long summer tournaments abroad we tried to balance the interests of the staff, team, fans and commercial interests. We’ve played in tournaments in both London and Barcelona in the past so we’ve never excluded that possibility. We’ll speak with the coach next week about the summer preparations. We obviously always favor sporting results over the opportunity to make money in a place that may be too far away.
I’ve highlighted this last part because I know it’s an issue fans constantly bring up. Many of us foreign fans want to see Napoli travel to our country during summer preparations so that we can get an opportunity to see our favorite players live. But what we often fail to consider, is how this actually affects the team’s preparations. Coaches have complained in the past that it often means their teams aren’t full prepared physically or mentally for the start for the season. That is easy to understand considering all that is involved in these tournaments that force teams to travel to and around a foreign continent. Of course the other side is that by not participating in these foreign tournaments, the club is missing a good opportunity to connect with its fanbase abroad and to increase its overall brand presence globally.
So what are your thoughts? Should Napoli be signing up for these foreign summer international tournaments or is it best for them to focus 100% on being as prepared as possible for the start of the season? Would you want the chance to see your favorite players live if it might cost us a few points later during the season or do you think the negative effect is being largely overblown? I’m curious to hear your thoughts!