May 15, 2007 / 1:26 PM / 10 years ago

Soccer fan Sofia Loren to strip if team moves up

<p>Sophia Loren smiles during a news conference in central London November 16, 2006. A striptease by 72-year-old actress Loren could be one of the more outrageous ways that Napoli fans will celebrate if the team are promoted to the Italian top flight this season. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez</p>

MILAN (Reuters) - A striptease by 72-year-old actress Sofia Loren could be one of the more outrageous ways that Napoli fans will celebrate if the team are promoted to the Italian top flight this season.

Loren, a movie sex siren from the 1950s and 1960s, is a big fan of the Naples club who have fallen on hard times since winning their first Italian championship 20 years ago.

“I hope that Napoli win these last few games. You watch if we go up I will do a striptease,” she told Gazzetta dello Sport in an interview Tuesday. “The fans have a total passion, the city deserves promotion.”

Napoli are third in Serie B, Italy’s second division, and have five games left to force their way into the top two or face a promotion playoff.

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