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‘China’s Maradona’ carries nation’s World Cup hopes

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian star Oscar labelled him “the best Chinese player” and for most of his career he has carried the burden of being called “China’s Maradona”.

Wu Lei will need to show why on Thursday if China are to keep their wafer-thin World Cup 2018 hopes alive in a must-win encounter with Uzbekistan in Wuhan.

‘China’s Maradona’ carries nation’s World Cup hopes

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian star Oscar labelled him “the best Chinese player” and for most of his career he has carried the burden of being called “China’s Maradona”.

Wu Lei will need to show why on Thursday if China are to keep their wafer-thin World Cup 2018 hopes alive in a must-win encounter with Uzbekistan in Wuhan.

Maradona prefers Messi, but dubs Ronaldo ‘incredible’

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentinian footballing legend Maradona said Monday that he preferred compatriot Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo all the while dubbing the Portugal captain an “incredible” player.

“I can’t remember having seen Lionel Messi play badly,” Maradona told TyCSports.

Maradona prefers Messi, but dubs Ronaldo ‘incredible’

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentinian footballing legend Maradona said Monday that he preferred compatriot Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo all the while dubbing the Portugal captain an “incredible” player.

“I can’t remember having seen Lionel Messi play badly,” Maradona told TyCSports.

Maradona mural celebrates Naples ‘Saint Diego’

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Diego Maradona fans have another reason to make a pilgrimage to Naples: a new mural of the Argentine legend has gone up to mark 30 years since he led local club Napoli to its first Italian title.

Painted by artist Jorit Agoch, the giant, head-and-shoulders depiction of a middle-aged Maradona with grey-flecked hair and beard adorns the side of a building in San Giovanni Teduccio, a tough neighbourhood known locally as “The Bronx”.

Maradona mural celebrates Naples ‘Saint Diego’

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Diego Maradona fans have another reason to make a pilgrimage to Naples: a new mural of the Argentine legend has gone up to mark 30 years since he led local club Napoli to its first Italian title.

Painted by artist Jorit Agoch, the giant, head-and-shoulders depiction of a middle-aged Maradona with grey-flecked hair and beard adorns the side of a building in San Giovanni Teduccio, a tough neighbourhood known locally as “The Bronx”.

Police called to Maradona’s Madrid hotel

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish police were called to a Madrid hotel by concerned staff on Wednesday over an argument between former Argentine footballer Diego Maradona and his girlfriend.

“My lawyer Matias Morla contacted the Spanish authorities. There are no complaints and nobody was able to explain to me the reason for this media show,” said Maradona via his official Facebook page.

Police called to Maradona’s Madrid hotel

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish police were called to a Madrid hotel by concerned staff on Wednesday over an argument between former Argentine footballer Diego Maradona and his girlfriend.

“My lawyer Matias Morla contacted the Spanish authorities. There are no complaints and nobody was able to explain to me the reason for this media show,” said Maradona via his official Facebook page.

Spanish police called to Maradona’s Madrid hotel

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish police were called to a Madrid hotel by concerned staff on Wednesday over an argument between former Argentine footballer Diego Maradona and his girlfriend.

“When the agents and emergency services arrived, those people (Maradona and his girlfriend) showed no sign of injuries and did not press charges, there was just a discussion,” police sources told AFP.

Maradona set for Napoli role, if tax millions settled

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Milan (AFP) Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says a global ambassador's role will be offered to Diego Maradona if the former club legend settles his score with the Italian tax man.

Maradona was served with a tax bill of around 39 million euros (£33m) four years ago when he returned to Italy, where he led Napoli to their two Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990.

‘I feel Cuban’: Maradona arrives for Castro funeral

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Havana (AFP) Declaring "I feel Cuban," Argentine football great Diego Maradona has arrived in Cuba to attend the funeral of his "second father," the late communist leader Fidel Castro.

"I feel like the world has lost its leader," Maradona told Cuban state television after landing late Thursday.

‘I feel Cuban’: Maradona arrives for Castro funeral

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Havana (AFP) Declaring "I feel Cuban," Argentine football great Diego Maradona has arrived in Cuba to attend the funeral of his "second father," the late communist leader Fidel Castro.

"I feel like the world has lost its leader," Maradona told Cuban state television after landing late Thursday.

Maradona tells Argentina ‘don’t come back’ without Copa

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Argentina football legend Diego Maradona told his national team not to bother coming back home if they don't win the Copa America Centenario on Sunday.

"We will certainly win on Sunday... and if we don't win, they shouldn't come back," Maradona, 55, told Argentina television channel C5N.

Maradona tells Argentina ‘don’t come back’ without Copa

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Argentina football legend Diego Maradona told his national team not to bother coming back home if they don't win the Copa America Centenario on Sunday.

"We will certainly win on Sunday... and if we don't win, they shouldn't come back," Maradona, 55, told Argentina television channel C5N.

‘No magic wand’ to solve Argentina crisis, says Maradona

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Former World Cup winner and national coach Diego Maradona said Wednesday he had no magic wand to solve Argentina's football crisis but agreed to help organise talks to that end.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino had called upon Maradona on Monday to help negotiate deadlocked talks over the future of Argentina's league, where the big clubs want to form a super league.

‘No magic wand’ to solve Argentina crisis, says Maradona

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Former World Cup winner and national coach Diego Maradona said Wednesday he had no magic wand to solve Argentina's football crisis but agreed to help organise talks to that end.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino had called upon Maradona on Monday to help negotiate deadlocked talks over the future of Argentina's league, where the big clubs want to form a super league.

Maradona vows to help FIFA resolve Argentine power struggle

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Zurich (AFP) Diego Maradona has offered to support new FIFA chief Gianni Infantino's bid to improve the running of football in Argentina.

Speaking upon his arrival in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, the Argentine legend said: "I'm not going to be a FIFA observer, I'm coming to collaborate directly with Gianni Infantino.

Maradona vows to help FIFA resolve Argentine power struggle

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Zurich (AFP) Diego Maradona has offered to support new FIFA chief Gianni Infantino's bid to improve the running of football in Argentina.

Speaking upon his arrival in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, the Argentine legend said: "I'm not going to be a FIFA observer, I'm coming to collaborate directly with Gianni Infantino.

Maradona to help FIFA chief Infantino resolve Argentine power struggle

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Zurich (AFP) Diego Maradona has offered to support new FIFA chief Gianni Infantino's bid to improve the running of the game in Argentina, world football's governing body said on Tuesday.

Elected in February to succeed Sepp Blatter, Infantino "had a very positive and constructive meeting" with Argentine football legend Maradona in Paris on June 10, a FIFA spokesperson told AFP.

Old rivals Pele, Maradona end feud during exhibition match

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Paris (AFP) Diego Maradona hailed his old rival Pele as an "icon" as the pair were reunited for a "match of friendship" on Thursday.

The 75-year-old Brazil great and 55-year-old Argentine legend even embraced during the five-a-side exhibition game in a sign that they have drawn a line under their long-running feud.

Old rivals Pele, Maradona end feud during exhibition match

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Paris (AFP) Diego Maradona hailed his old rival Pele as an "icon" as the pair were reunited for a "match of friendship" on Thursday.

The 75-year-old Brazil great and 55-year-old Argentine legend even embraced during the five-a-side exhibition game in a sign that they have drawn a line under their long-running feud.

Serie A

Gol e Spettacolo nella Storia della Serie A

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Naples, Maradona abuzz as Napoli title talk hits fever pitch

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'Winter champion' pizzas are on the menu and Naples' favorite son, Diego Maradona, has promised to arrive by helicopter if Napoli fulfill their promise of winning the league title. But for coach Maurizio Sarri, who has steered Napoli to top spot at the halfway point for the first time in 26 years, all talk of a first league crown since Maradona's heyday at the San Paolo is premature.

Naples, Maradona abuzz as Napoli title talk hits fever pitch

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'Winter champion' pizzas are on the menu and Naples' favorite son, Diego Maradona, has promised to arrive by helicopter if Napoli fulfill their promise of winning the league title. But for coach Maurizio Sarri, who has steered Napoli to top spot at the halfway point for the first time in 26 years, all talk of a first league crown since Maradona's heyday at the San Paolo is premature.

Argentina

El primer gol de Maradona

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El 14 de noviembre de 1976, en Mar del Plata, Diego Maradona convirtió a los 42 minutos del segundo tiempo su primer gol oficial con la camiseta de Argentinos Juniors, frente a San Lorenzo, de esa ciudad. Aquella tarde, dos minutos después, convertiría otro tanto más, ambos al arquero Rubén Alberto Lucangioli.

Maradona to help FIFA chief Infantino resolve Argentine power struggle

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Zurich (AFP) Diego Maradona has offered to support new FIFA chief Gianni Infantino's bid to improve the running of the game in Argentina, world football's governing body said on Tuesday.

Elected in February to succeed Sepp Blatter, Infantino "had a very positive and constructive meeting" with Argentine football legend Maradona in Paris on June 10, a FIFA spokesperson told AFP.

1986 - La historia detrás de la Copa

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El domingo 17 se estrena de 1986 / La historia detrás de la Copa, la serie de ocho documentales realizados por Koala Contenidos que retratan como nunca antes el proceso que llevó a la Argentina a la conquista de su segunda Copa del Mundo, en México.
La serie es obra de Christian Rémoli y lleva la inconfundible voz de Víctor Hugo Morales.

Forgiving Maradona

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Emir Kusturica's film Maradona follows the internationally acclaimed football star in all of his enigmatic, outrageous glory as he gives his own perspective on his life of fame: political outrage, athletic prowess, capacity for deception, and intense drug use all included. Amidst the complicated tale of Maradona's success and the demons that sometimes threaten it,.

On This Day In 1986: Diego Maradona Scores With The Hand Of God And The Feet Of A Genius (Video)

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"What hand of God? It was the hand of Diego, and it was like pickpocketing the English too."

It's 28 years ago today since one of the most iconic, or infamous – depending on your point of view – goals in the entire footballing pantheon.

The 1986 World Cup quarter-final between England and Argentina at Mexico's Azteca Stadium was watched by 114,580 spectators and a global TV audience of millions.

Futbol Argentino

Maradona y Messi por Martín Bossi.

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Martín Bossi imita a Diego Maradona recibiendo a Lionel Messi.
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Maradona mejor que Messi.

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Maradona sobre Messi.

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Cierto periodismo sigue con el tema Messi y la Selección Argentina y ahora le puso micrófono a Maradona para que opine del asunto y de la Copa América 2015:
"Es lógico caerle, es fácil. Tenemos al mejor del mundo, que va y hace cuatro goles contra Real Sociedad, y viene acá y no la toca.

Maradona según Eduardo Galeano.

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"Ningún futbolista consagrado había denunciado sin pelos en la lengua a los amos del negocio del fútbol. Fue el deportista más famoso y más popular de todos los tiempos quien rompió lanzas en defensa de los jugadores que no eran famosos ni populares.
Este ídolo generoso y solidario había sido capaz de cometer, en apenas cinco minutos, los dos goles más contradictorios de toda la historia del fútbol.

The Rest

Friday Kickoff: Suarez, Wenger, Maradona and more

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Spain's governing body upheld a striker's suspension despite an appeal while one manager says he isn't feeling the heat this weekend.

Luis Suarez's ban was upheld by the Spanish federation, meaning the Barcelona striker will miss the Copa del Rey final against Deportivo Alaves. (REPORT)

Arsene Wenger says he does not feel pressure regarding his job, but the Arsenal manager did admit that the club's season is at stake this weekend against Hull City.

Major Link Soccer: Allstar game hits the windy city

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The 2017 MLS Allstar game will be in Chicago, Maradona is going to Harvard, and Goals of the Week.

Seattle

The USL announced the 2017 schedule yesterday. S2 kicks off their 2017 season at home March 26th.

U.S. Soccer

Deadline day in Europe snagged one American.

Maradona blasts Antonio Conte to Chelsea as ‘disgusting’

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Diego Maradona says Antonio Conte's decision to sign a contract with Chelsea earlier this month is disgusting. The Argentina legend thinks it...

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Me van a tener que disculpar

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Eduardo Sacheri y uno de los relatos más extraordinarios y emocionantes sobre los goles de Diego Maradona a Inglaterra en la Copa del Mundo México 1986:

Me van a tener que disculpar. Yo sé que un hombre que pretende ser una persona de bien debe comportarse según ciertas normas, aceptar ciertos preceptos, adecuar su modo de ser a determinadas estipulaciones aceptadas por todos.

Maradona quer mandar no futebol mundial

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Diego Armando Maradona vai ser candidato presidência da FIFA. O anúncio foi feito pelo jornalista uruguaio Víctor Hugo Morales, a quem a antiga estrela do futebol mundial terá confessado que tem condições para disputar o lugar ocupado por Joseph Blatter desde 1998. Amigo do sempre controverso Maradona, Víctor Hugo Morales recorreu sua conta do Twitter na passada segunda-feira para revelar que o argentino lhe contou que será candidato a presidente da FIFA e que o terá autorizado a fazer essa revelação.

Las cartas entre Maradona y Fidel Castro.

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Es conocida la relación afectivo-mediática que une a Diego Maradona con Fidel Castro (líder de la Revolución Cubana). Por estos días, el Diez volvió a referirse públicamente a su intercambio epistolar con el Comandante (ya lo había hecho el 11 de enero, incluso mostrando el documento), ahora por la pantalla de Telesur en el marco de su programa "De zurda".

RoM Reads

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Scott has written for ESPN about the upcoming derby.

The Mirror reports on Maradona calling Louis van Gaal the devil.

The Telegraph has Gary Neville's team of the year.

The Guardian has a Louis van Gaal phrase generator.

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