"For our city soccer is so important," explains journalist Elena Lopresti. "It is not only football, it is a social instrument, a tool to develop us as a society."Film producer Aurelio de Laurentiis seized an opportunity to purchase the club in 2004 and restore top-flight and European football to Napoli, the fourth-most well-supported club in Italy after Juventus, Milan and Inter, but one whose fanbase is concentrated in the region, rather than spread "from the Alps to Sicily" as Forgione says of the big three.
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