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UEFA Europa League: SSC Napoli - AZ Alkmaar Match press kits

UEFA Europa League - 2020/21 SeasonMatch press kits

SSC NapoliSSC NapoliStadio San Paolo - NaplesThursday 22 October 2020
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Group F - Matchday 1
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

No UEFA competition matches have been played between these two teams

SSC Napoli - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

UEFA Champions League
DateStageMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
06/12/2017GSFeyenoord - SSC Napoli2-1
RotterdamN. Jørgensen 33, St. Juste 90+1; Zieliński 2
26/09/2017GSSSC Napoli - Feyenoord3-1
NaplesInsigne 7, Mertens 49, Callejón 70; Amrabat 90+3
UEFA Europa League
DateStageMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
06/12/2012GSSSC Napoli - PSV Eindhoven1-3
NaplesCavani 18; Matavž 30, 41, 60
04/10/2012GSPSV Eindhoven - SSC Napoli3-0
EindhovenLens 19, Mertens 41, Marcelo 52
UEFA Europa League
DateStageMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
02/12/2010GSFC Utrecht - SSC Napoli3-3UtrechtVan Wolfswinkel 6, 28 (P), Demouge 35; Cavani 5, 42, 70 (P)
16/09/2010GSSSC Napoli - FC Utrecht0-0Naples

AZ Alkmaar - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

UEFA Europa League
DateStageMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
15/03/2012R16Udinese Calcio - AZ Alkmaar2-1
agg: 2-3
UdineDi Natale 3 (P), 15; Falkenburg 31
08/03/2012R16AZ Alkmaar - Udinese Calcio2-0
AlkmaarMartens 63, Falkenburg 84
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
DateStageMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
03/11/1982R2FC Internazionale Milano - AZ Alkmaar2-0
agg: 2-1
MilanJuary 4, Altobelli 68
20/10/1982R2AZ Alkmaar - FC Internazionale Milano1-0
AlkmaarReijnders 5
HomeAwayFinalTotal
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
SSC Napoli3111301200006123812
AZ Alkmaar220020020000420244

Last updated 20/10/2020 15:30CET

Match background Only this chapter

Napoli's 11th successive European campaign begins in the UEFA Europa League group stage with a Matchday 1 encounter against AZ Alkmaar in southern Italy.

Previous meetings
• The clubs have never met in UEFA competition.

• Napoli have won just one of their six matches against Dutch opposition (D2 L3), but that came in their most recent home game, 3-1 against Feyenoord in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage with Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens on the scoresheet.

• AZ have lost both of their two previous matches in Italy – 2-0 at Internazionale in the 1982/83 European Cup Winners' Cup second round and 2-1 at Udinese in the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League round of 16. Although they lost the first of those ties (1-0 h), they were victorious in the second (2-0 h).

Form guide
Napoli
• After four successive seasons in the UEFA Champions League, Napoli kick off their 2020/21 European campaign in the UEFA Europa League group stage – the prize for winning the Coppa Italia, which they claimed under new coach Gennaro Gattuso after a shoot-out victory against Juventus in the final (0-0, 4-2 on pens). The Partenopei also reached the UEFA Champions League round of 16 last term, going out to Barcelona (1-1 h, 1-3 a) after qualifying unbeaten as runners-up to Liverpool in their group.

• Napoli have competed in the UEFA Europa League knockout phase on seven occasions, four times after coming through their group. They have never failed to qualify from their section and have progressed as group winners on the two most recent occasions, winning all six matches last time out in 2015/16 when they also set the record, which still stands, of the most goals scored in a UEFA Europa League group (22).

• Napoli scored five goals in each of their three home group games in 2015/16 – against Club Brugge, Midtjylland and Legia Warszawa – and are on a run of six successive UEFA Europa League group victories at the Stadio San Paolo. Their overall home record in this competition, including qualifying, is W15 D7 L4, two of the defeats having come in their last four matches, the most recent 0-1 against Arsenal in the second leg of the 2018/19 quarter-final (0-2 a).

AZ
• AZ were second in the standings behind Ajax on goal difference when the 2019/20 Eredivisie was prematurely concluded in March, which earned them a place in this season's UEFA Champions League second qualifying round. Arne Slot's side won that tie, 3-1 after extra time at home to Viktoria Plzeň, but lost the next, 2-0 away to Dynamo Kyiv, and therefore moved into the UEFA Europa League group stage, where they are competing for the seventh time.

• The Alkmaar club have finished in the top two of their UEFA Europa League group on four occasions, most recently last season when they recorded nine points and 15 goals – the joint highest tally in the 2019/20 competition – in finishing runners-up to Manchester United. Hopes of matching or bettering their run to the quarter-finals in 2011/12 and 2013/14 were ended, however, in the round of 32 by LASK (1-1 h, 0-2 a).

• The 1980/81 UEFA Cup runners-up have lost their last three European away games, all without scoring, though they were undefeated in the previous five (W3 D2). Their all-time record away from home in the UEFA Europa League group stage is W3 D9 L6, drawing half of their 18 fixtures.

Links and trivia
• Dries Mertens played in the Netherlands for AGOVV, Utrecht and PSV Eindhoven before joining Napoli in 2013. He scored five goals in eight Eredivisie games against AZ, including a hat-trick on his farewell appearance for Utrecht in May 2011.

• Prior to joining Napoli, Mexican forward Hirving Lozano played for PSV between 2017 and 2019, scoring in each of his three games against AZ.

• AZ's Timo Letschert appeared 16 times in Serie A for Sassuolo between 2016 and 2018.

• One of Gattuso's two goals for AC Milan in European competition came against Dutch opposition – in a 3-1 win away to Heerenveen in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage.

• Napoli are one of six former UEFA Cup winners in this season's UEFA Europa League group stage – along with Bayer Leverkusen (Group C), PSV Eindhoven (E), Tottenham (J), CSKA Moskva and Feyenoord (both K).

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Team facts Only this chapter

SSC Napoli
Formed:
1926
Nickname: Partenopei (a reference to Parthenope, one of the Sirens of Greek mythology)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• UEFA Cup (1): 1989

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League title: 2 (1990)
Italian Cup: 6 (2020)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Europa League unless indicated otherwise)
2019/20:
UEFA Champions League round of 16
2018/19:
quarter-finals (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
2017/18:
round of 32 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
2016/17:
UEFA Champions League round of 16
2015/16:
round of 32
2014/15:
semi-finals (having transferred from UEFA Champions League play-offs)
2013/14: round of 16 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
2012/13:
round of 32
2011/12: UEFA Champions League round of 16
2010/11:
round of 32

Records
UEFA club competition

• Biggest home win
5-0 three times, most recently v Midtjylland
05/11/15, UEFA Europa League group stage

• Biggest away win
1-5: Valencia v Napoli
16/09/92, UEFA Cup first round first leg
0-4: Trabzonspor v Napoli
19/02/15, UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg

• Heaviest home defeat
0-3: Napoli v Viktoria Plzeň
14/02/13, UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg

• Heaviest away defeat
5-1: Werder Bremen v Napoli
06/12/89, UEFA Cup third round second leg

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
• Biggest home win
5-0 three times, most recently v Midtjylland (see above)

• Biggest away win
1-5: Valencia v Napoli (see above)
0-4: Trabzonspor v Napoli (see above)

• Heaviest home defeat
0-3: Napoli v Viktoria Plzeň (see above)

• Heaviest away defeat
5-1: Werder Bremen v Napoli (see above)

https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/news/newsid=1522488.html#club+facts+napoli

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AZ Alkmaar
Formed:
1967
Nickname: Kaaskoppen (Cheeseheads)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• UEFA Cup: (1981)

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League title: 2 (2009)
Dutch Cup: 4 (2013)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Europa League unless indicated otherwise)
2019/20: round of 32
2018/19:
second qualifying round
2017/18:
did not take part in UEFA competition
2016/17:
round of 32
2015/16:
group stage
2014/15: did not take part in UEFA competition
2013/14: quarter-finals
2012/13:
play-offs
2011/12:
quarter-finals
2010/11:
group stage

Records
UEFA club competition

• Biggest home win
11-1: AZ v Differdange
14/09/77, UEFA Cup first round first leg

• Biggest away win
0-5 twice, most recently v Astana
07/11/19, UEFA Europa League group stage

• Heaviest home defeat
0-5: AZ v Anji
30/08/12, UEFA Europa League play-off second leg

• Heaviest away defeat
7-1: Lyon v AZ
24/02/17, UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
• Biggest home win
11-1: AZ v Differdange (see above)

• Biggest away win
0-5 twice, most recently v Astana (see above)

• Heaviest home defeat
0-5: AZ v Anji (see above)

• Heaviest away defeat
7-1: Lyon v AZ (see above)

https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/news/newsid=866097.html#club+facts+az

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Fixtures and results Only this chapter

SSC NapoliFixtures and results
DateCompetitionOpponentResultGoalscorers
20/09/2020LeagueParma FC (A)W 2-0Mertens 63, Insigne 77
27/09/2020LeagueGenoa CFC (H)W 6-0Lozano 10, 65, Zieliński 46, Mertens 57, Elmas 69, Politano 72
04/10/2020LeagueJuventus (A)L 0-3
17/10/2020LeagueAtalanta BC (H)W 4-1Lozano 23, 27, Politano 30, Osimhen 43
22/10/2020UELAZ Alkmaar (H)
25/10/2020LeagueBenevento (A)
29/10/2020UELReal Sociedad de Fútbol (A)
01/11/2020LeagueUS Sassuolo Calcio (H)
05/11/2020UELHNK Rijeka (A)
08/11/2020LeagueBologna FC (A)
22/11/2020LeagueAC Milan (H)
26/11/2020UELHNK Rijeka (H)
29/11/2020LeagueAS Roma (H)
03/12/2020UELAZ Alkmaar (A)
06/12/2020LeagueFC Crotone (A)
10/12/2020UELReal Sociedad de Fútbol (H)
13/12/2020LeagueUC Sampdoria (H)
16/12/2020LeagueFC Internazionale Milano (A)
20/12/2020LeagueSS Lazio (A)
23/12/2020LeagueTorino FC (H)
03/01/2021LeagueCagliari Calcio (A)
06/01/2021LeagueSpezia (H)
10/01/2021LeagueUdinese Calcio (A)
17/01/2021LeagueACF Fiorentina (H)
24/01/2021LeagueHellas Verona FC (A)
31/01/2021LeagueParma FC (H)
07/02/2021LeagueGenoa CFC (A)
14/02/2021LeagueJuventus (H)
21/02/2021LeagueAtalanta BC (A)
28/02/2021LeagueBenevento (H)
03/03/2021LeagueUS Sassuolo Calcio (A)
07/03/2021LeagueBologna FC (H)
14/03/2021LeagueAC Milan (A)
21/03/2021LeagueAS Roma (A)
03/04/2021LeagueFC Crotone (H)
11/04/2021LeagueUC Sampdoria (A)
18/04/2021LeagueFC Internazionale Milano (H)
21/04/2021LeagueSS Lazio (H)
25/04/2021LeagueTorino FC (A)
02/05/2021LeagueCagliari Calcio (H)
09/05/2021LeagueSpezia (A)
12/05/2021LeagueUdinese Calcio (H)
16/05/2021LeagueACF Fiorentina (A)
23/05/2021LeagueHellas Verona FC (H)
Pos.ClubsPWDLGFGAPts
1AC Milan44009112
2US Sassuolo Calcio431013610
3Atalanta BC43011499
4SSC Napoli43011248
5Juventus4220938
6FC Internazionale Milano42111187
7Hellas Verona FC4211417
8AS Roma4211877
9UC Sampdoria4202776
10Benevento42028126
11Genoa CFC3111474
12ACF Fiorentina4112784
13Cagliari Calcio41126104
14Spezia4112594
15SS Lazio4112484
16Bologna FC4103783
17Udinese Calcio4103363
18Parma FC4103493
19FC Crotone40133111
20Torino FC3003480
AZ AlkmaarFixtures and results
DateCompetitionOpponentResultGoalscorers
26/08/2020UCLFC Viktoria Plzeň (H)W 3-1 aetKoopmeiners 90+5 (P), Guðmundsson 98 ET, 118 ET
15/09/2020UCLFC Dynamo Kyiv (A)L 0-2
19/09/2020LeaguePEC Zwolle (H)D 1-1Boadu 68
26/09/2020LeagueSC Fortuna Sittard (A)D 3-3D. De Wit 23, Koopmeiners 52, Boadu 69
04/10/2020LeagueSparta Rotterdam (A)D 4-4Aboukhlal 9, 19, D. De Wit 14, 33
17/10/2020LeagueVVV-Venlo (H)D 2-2Karlsson 2, Stengs 24
22/10/2020UELSSC Napoli (A)
25/10/2020LeagueADO Den Haag (A)
29/10/2020UELHNK Rijeka (H)
01/11/2020LeagueRKC Waalwijk (H)
05/11/2020UELReal Sociedad de Fútbol (A)
08/11/2020Leaguesc Heerenveen (A)
21/11/2020LeagueEmmen (H)
26/11/2020UELReal Sociedad de Fútbol (H)
29/11/2020LeagueHeracles Almelo (A)
03/12/2020UELSSC Napoli (H)
06/12/2020LeagueFC Groningen (H)
10/12/2020UELHNK Rijeka (A)
13/12/2020LeagueFC Twente (A)
20/12/2020LeagueWillem II (H)
23/12/2020LeagueVitesse (H)
27/12/2020LeagueFC Utrecht (A)
09/01/2021LeaguePEC Zwolle (A)
13/01/2021LeaguePSV Eindhoven (A)
16/01/2021LeagueADO Den Haag (H)
24/01/2021LeagueFeyenoord (A)
27/01/2021LeagueFC Utrecht (H)
31/01/2021LeagueAFC Ajax (H)
06/02/2021LeagueEmmen (A)
14/02/2021Leaguesc Heerenveen (H)
21/02/2021LeagueVVV-Venlo (A)
28/02/2021LeagueFeyenoord (H)
07/03/2021LeagueVitesse (A)
14/03/2021LeagueFC Twente (H)
21/03/2021LeaguePSV Eindhoven (H)
04/04/2021LeagueWillem II (A)
11/04/2021LeagueSparta Rotterdam (H)
25/04/2021LeagueAFC Ajax (A)
02/05/2021LeagueRKC Waalwijk (A)
09/05/2021LeagueSC Fortuna Sittard (H)
13/05/2021LeagueFC Groningen (A)
16/05/2021LeagueHeracles Almelo (H)
Pos.ClubsPWDLGFGAPts
1PSV Eindhoven541011313
2AFC Ajax540111312
3Vitesse54019212
4Feyenoord532012511
5FC Twente532010311
6sc Heerenveen53118710
7FC Groningen5212467
8FC Utrecht4130536
9VVV-Venlo5122995
10AZ Alkmaar404010104
11PEC Zwolle4112564
12Willem II51136104
13Heracles Almelo5113394
14RKC Waalwijk4103273
15Emmen50328113
16ADO Den Haag51044103
17SC Fortuna Sittard50236122
18Sparta Rotterdam50235122

Last updated 20/10/2020 15:20CET

Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

SSC Napoli

  • UEFA Europa League - Group stage
    Group F - Group Standings
    ClubPldWDLGFGAPts
    AZ Alkmaar0000000
    HNK Rijeka0000000
    Real Sociedad de Fútbol0000000
    SSC Napoli0000000
    Matchday 1 (22/10/2020)
    SSC Napoli-AZ Alkmaar
  • Matchday 2 (29/10/2020)
    Real Sociedad de Fútbol-SSC Napoli
  • Matchday 3 (05/11/2020)
    HNK Rijeka-SSC Napoli
  • Matchday 4 (26/11/2020)
    SSC Napoli-HNK Rijeka
  • Matchday 5 (03/12/2020)
    AZ Alkmaar-SSC Napoli
  • Matchday 6 (10/12/2020)
    SSC Napoli-Real Sociedad de Fútbol

AZ Alkmaar

  • UEFA Champions League - Second qualifying round
    (26/08/2020)
    AZ Alkmaar 3-1 FC Viktoria Plzeň
    0-1 Limberský 78, 1-1 Koopmeiners 90+5 (P) , 2-1 Guðmundsson 98 ET, 3-1 Guðmundsson 118 ET
    Bizot, Svensson, Vlaar (76 Leeuwin), Midtsjø, Stengs (64 Guðmundsson), Koopmeiners, Boadu, D. De Wit, Idrissi (3 Sugawara), Wijndal, Clasie (80 Druijf)
  • Third qualifying round
    (15/09/2020)
    FC Dynamo Kyiv 2-0 AZ Alkmaar
    1-0 Rodrigues 49, 2-0 Shaparenko 86
    Bizot, Svensson, Vlaar (79 Sugawara), Midtsjø (66 Druijf), Stengs, Koopmeiners, Boadu, D. De Wit, Wijndal, Clasie, Guðmundsson (58 Idrissi)
  • UEFA Europa League - Group stage
    Matchday 1 (22/10/2020)
    SSC Napoli-AZ Alkmaar
  • Matchday 2 (29/10/2020)
    AZ Alkmaar-HNK Rijeka
  • Matchday 3 (05/11/2020)
    Real Sociedad de Fútbol-AZ Alkmaar
  • Matchday 4 (26/11/2020)
    AZ Alkmaar-Real Sociedad de Fútbol
  • Matchday 5 (03/12/2020)
    AZ Alkmaar-SSC Napoli
  • Matchday 6 (10/12/2020)
    HNK Rijeka-AZ Alkmaar

Last updated 20/10/2020 16:04CET

Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeDaniel Stefanski (POL)
  • Assistant refereesMarcin Boniek (POL) , Dawid Igor Golis (POL)
  • Fourth officialDamian Sylwestrzak (POL)
  • UEFA DelegateTargo Kaldoja (EST)
  • UEFA Referee observerLutz Michael Fröhlich (GER)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA Europa League matchesUEFA matches
Daniel Stefanski02/07/19772347

UEFA Europa League matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
24/07/2014UEL2QRFC GroningenAberdeen FC1-2Groningen
15/02/2018UELR32Borussia DortmundAtalanta BC3-2Dortmund
08/08/2019UEL3QRTorino FCFC Shakhtyor Soligorsk5-0Turin
19/09/2019UELGSCFR 1907 ClujSS Lazio2-1Cluj-Napoca
28/11/2019UELGSAZ AlkmaarFK Partizan2-2Den Haag

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
05/09/2013U21QRItalyBelgium1-3Rieti
24/07/2014UEL2QRFC GroningenAberdeen FC1-2Groningen
21/10/2015UYLR1AFC AjaxFC Schalke 042-0Duivendrecht
25/11/2015UYLGSJuventusManchester City FC2-1Vercelli
15/02/2018UELR32Borussia DortmundAtalanta BC3-2Dortmund
08/08/2019UEL3QRTorino FCFC Shakhtyor Soligorsk5-0Turin
19/09/2019UELGSCFR 1907 ClujSS Lazio2-1Cluj-Napoca
28/11/2019UELGSAZ AlkmaarFK Partizan2-2Den Haag

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Legend

Competitions

Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Competition stages

  • F: Final
  • GS: Group stage
  • GS1: First group stage
  • GS2: Second group stage
  • 3QR: Third qualifying round
  • R1: First round
  • R2: Second round
  • R3: Third round
  • R4: Fourth round
  • PR: Preliminary round
  • SF: Semi-finals
  • QF: Quarter-finals
  • R16: round of 16
  • QR: Qualifying round
  • R32: Round of 32
  • 1QR: First qualifying round
  • 1st: first leg
  • 2QR: Second qualifying round
  • 2nd: second leg
  • FT: Final tournament
  • PO: Play-off
  • ELITE: Elite round
  • Rep: Replay
  • 3rdPO: Third-place play-off
  • PO - FT: Play-off for Final Tournament
  • GS-FT: Group stage – final tournament

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
  • f: Match forfeited

Statistics

  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • QUAL: All UEFA qualifiers
  • UEL: Current season total UEFA Europa League appearances from the group stage onwards prior to the current matchday
  • UEL: Total appearances in the UEFA Europa League, group stage to final only
  • UEFA: All-time total appearances in UEFA club competition including qualifying
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on UEFA.com.