Extremely rare match worn Napoli long-sleeved home shirt by number #11 in the season 1985-1986. Number 11 was most likely regularly worn by Costanzo Celestini (see lineups against AC Milan and Juventus on photos 12 and 13).
In this 1985-86 season, Napoli ended third in the Serie A. The team was managed by coach Ottavio Bianchi. The star player, of course, was Diego Armando Maradona! Napoli used this specific model where the club crest is painted on the shirt. They used two different shirts (see photo 14) and this specific model that is sold on this page was made with two different collars (see photo 15 of the other collar).
The logo ‘NR’ is sewn on the right side of the chest, which are the two green letters surrounded by white on a black background. These are the initials of Nicola Raccuglia, a former football player of several Italian clubs, who started to design sportswear for Italian football teams. The club crest and Buitoni sponsor are painted in white on the chest. The number 11 on the back is sewn using Ennerre’s famous zig-zag technique. The one internal label (probably CTR C) has been cut out.
This specific shirt is most likely worn by at least one player in at least one match. Until the late 90s shirts were often used in multiple competition matches by whoever started with that number (so often also by multiple players). It is almost certain that it was worn as reserve competition shirts were only very rarely made. Sportswear manufacturers often produced one shirt with long sleeves and one with short sleeves for the entire season. This all changed around the year 2000.
This shirt was never commercially available in fanshops. A true unique collector’s item!
Condition: Very good
Side-notes: Former Argentinian winger Daniel Bertoni used to wear number 7 regularly. Ruben Buriani wore the number 8 sometimes, but more frequently it was worn by Eraldo Pecci. The Italian forward Bruno Giordano wore number 9 a lot (photo 16). We all know who wore the number 10…