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Napoli v Fiorentina 1987

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Napoli v Fiorentina 1987 is a series of photographs by British football photographer Mark Leech that focuses on Napoli’s Diego Maradona as he leads his side’s 1987 Serie A title celebrations at the Stadio San Paolo. 

The limited edition A5 zine contains  16 colour photographs across 28 pages.

Napoli v Fiorentina 1987 | Mark Leech
© Lower Block | Mark Leech | Well Offside
Napoli v Fiorentina 1987 | Mark Leech
© Lower Block | Mark Leech | Well Offside

May 10th, 1987, Diego Maradona carved his name forever in the hearts of the people of Naples.

A dramatic 1-1 draw with Fiorentina clinched a first ever Serie A league title for Napoli and Maradona’s God like status was assured.

Come the final whistle, photographer Mark Leech was right in the thick of things, when understandably chaotic scenes erupted and the title was won.

Long before the days of digital photography, Leech shot it all on film, with manual focus lens.

Leech’s dramatic pictures all come from that one game and the celebrations in Naples that ensued. 

“When I returned with the photos nobody in the English media knew about the story or wanted to know, as Maradona was still public enemy number one, less than twelve months after that match in the Azteca.” Mark Leech

Mark Leech is one of the game’s most experienced photographers and over the years has amassed a rich archive of football photographs. His agency Well Offside is one of the world’s leading providers of football photographs. 

Napoli v Fiorentina 1987 | Mark Leech
© Lower Block | Mark Leech | Well Offside
Napoli v Fiorentina 1987 | Mark Leech
© Lower Block | Mark Leech | Well Offside
Napoli v Fiorentina 1987 | Mark Leech
© Lower Block | Mark Leech | Well Offside
Napoli v Fiorentina 1987 | Mark Leech
© Lower Block | Mark Leech | Well Offside
Napoli v Fiorentina 1987 | Mark Leech
© Lower Block | Mark Leech | Well Offside
Napoli v Fiorentina 1987 | Mark Leech
© Lower Block | Mark Leech | Well Offside
Napoli v Fiorentina 1987 | Mark Leech
© Lower Block | Mark Leech | Well Offside
Napoli v Fiorentina 1987 | Mark Leech
© Lower Block | Mark Leech | Well Offside
Napoli v Fiorentina 1987 | Mark Leech
© Lower Block | Mark Leech | Well Offside

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