Marek Hamšík(born on 27 July 1987) is a Slovak attacking midfielder who serves as the vice-captain of Slovakia national team and the captain of Italian club Napoli, competing in Serie A.
As a core player of both the national team and the club, Hamšík has won a few individual awards. He was awarded Serie A Young Footballer of the Year in 2008, Most assists in Serie A in the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons, Peter Dubovský Trophy in 2007 and 2008. Besides, Hamšík has got Slovak Footballer of the Year award six times.
Regarded as an energetic, hard-working and tactically versatile midfielder, Hamšík is capable of playing in different positions. He can score or create goals for his teammates. His leadership and stamina allow him to get a lot of victories for the two teams.
Hamšík helped Napoli win Coppa Italia in the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons, and Supercoppa Italiana in 2014. The shirt worn by him when he scored the 116th goal for Napoli has been collected in Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli(National Archaeological Museum of Naples) according to the official website of Napoli. His 116 goals have surpassed Maradona’s and he currently becomes a hero of the club.
Hamšík confirmed that he would play for Napoli until he hung up his boots. “I am very happy in Napoli, and so was my family. I feel like home here. The city is beautiful and the people are very warm. Although Juventus and Milan were both interested in me, I didn’t join them. I didn’t think I was ready to transfer at that time and I didn’t want to leave the team,” said Hamšík, “From a professional perspective, I have everything here. I also believe that even if the football world is unpredictable, I will end my career here.”
He, representing Slovakia, played games in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship and the UEFA European Under-19 Championship. He also played for Slovakia national under-21 team. On 7 February 2007, Hamšík made his debut for Slovakia national team. On 13 October 2007, he scored his first national goal in a match against San Marino national team. On 5 October 2017, Hamšík completed his 100th appearance for Slovakia national team in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match.
In the 1984-1985 season, Maradona, the king of football, made his debut for Napoli, wearing a yellow shirt. Inspired by the shirt, Napoli started to use yellow as the main color of the away shirt from the 2011-12 season so as to pay tribute to the classic shirt and encourage players to win more victories at the same time.
The 2017-18 away shirt is yellow, too, which is a strong contrast to the blue home shirt and the dark blue third shirt. It features a round collar. Supplier’s logo and sponsors’ names are shown on the front of the shirt. The club crest is proudly printed on chest. New shorts are sky blue, and socks are yellow, completing the away kit.