SSC Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis wrote the following open letter to Napoli supporters:
“Dear Neapolitans and azzurro hearts of the world,
This has been a splendid year for our colours. A year rich of emotions that began with our conquest of a Champions League spot, and ended with accomplishing a record number of points in the first half of the season.
It has been a journey that confirms our Club among the greatest in the world.
It has also been a year dense of evolution and renewal for the continuous growth of our Club, to make Napoli more competitive. [Napoli Boss Rafael] Benitez has conferred to the club environment a certain internationalization upon which we want to build the foundations for our footballing and cultural future. His is a philosophy that the entire squad has fully embraced, forming one body with our coach. It’s a group that manifests day after day technical, professional and human qualities. A soul that embodies to perfection the ambition and principles that have inspired our growth in the recent years.
If management, Benitez and the players are Napoli’s soul, you fans are the heart. A heart that pushes us to go beyond thanks to the infinite beat of your passion.
The extraordinary spectacle that the San Paolo gave in the magical nights of Champions League encounters is an example of the love that the city can offer to those who wear with honor our jersey. We were not able to qualify for the next round by only a whisker, in an incredible group, but our strength and ardor triumphed still as we recorded victories against storied sides.
We will proceed with the same conviction in Europa League, building a strong base to relive as soon as possible another wonderful adventure in Champions League.
Our new cycle has just begun. We have undertaken a path that will bring us always farther in order to connect and establish ourselves with football’s elite, in a solid dimension: one that this Club and this city deserve. Napoli must grow, in results and as a club.
My dear friends, next year we will celebrate our tenth anniversary together, ten years that live inside of me with the identical feelings that I felt the first day.
I thank you, for everything that you have made me feel in this decade, which, thanks to you, donated to my life much joy and extraordinary human values.
My commitment will always be that to interpret you immense faith and to continue with you, hand in hand, toward those objectives that the future will give to us.
In these days my thoughts go to those who suffer, and thanks to their love for SSC Napoli they are able to look at horizon with hope and serenity.
A sincere wish for a Marry Christmas to spend happily with your family, and for a 2014 that may be ever more azzurro.