The Nuns of Naples 1984-91



The nuns of Naples used to hail Madonna…
but now they hail Diego Maradona.





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About Damian Balassone

Damian Balassone is a failed half-forward flanker who writes poetry. He is the author of 'Strange Game in a Strange Land'.


  1. Great stuff, DB! Just 14 words, but dozens of thoughts provoked and images suggested. Less is more.

  2. Thanks Ian. I actually composed this couplet a month or so a go, after watching the Maradona film on Amazon Prime. The best sports documentary I have ever seen. The most gifted athlete I have ever seen. The film focuses on Maradona’s years at Napoli 1984-91, the poorest club in the Serie A where he was considered a God, so much so that the Neapolitans supported Argentina when they played Italy in the 1990 World Cup Semi Final, which by sheer way of chance was played in Naples. Maradona played up on the rivalry between the wealthy North and the poor South prior to the game, thereby enticing the support of the locals. The rest of Italy never forgave him.

  3. The nuns of Naples
    For Sunday staples
    Prayed the Madonna
    Goals Maradona
    And forgive his betrayals

  4. Kevin Densley says

    Ah, DB, Maradona’s time at Napoli … like the reign of an emperor!

    Good little poem!

  5. Thanks Kevin. Emperor indeed, though the Emperor certainly delivered with 2 Scudettos, a European trophy and a highlight reel that beggars belief.

    Too true Peter_B, the Amazon doco tells how after the games on Sundays, it was three days straight of parties, Cocaine and strip joints, before a return to training on Thursdays in preparation for the next game.

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