Diego Armando Maradona // Il calciatore più forte di tutti i tempi


Diego armando Maradona (Lanus, 30 October
1960) and a football coach, manager sportsman and former Argentine footballer, tenured
midfielder, Gimnasia La Plata coach. he was the captain of the Argentine national team
1986 world championship winner. Nicknamed el Pibe de Oro (“the boy
golden “), is considered one of the largest footballers of all time, if not the best
absolutely. in a professional career more than
twenty years he played in the Argentinos Juniors, in Boca Juniors, in Barcelona, ​​in Naples,
in Seville and Newell’s Old Boys. With the Argentine national team has participated in four
Mondiali (1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994), winning the 1986 tournament was the protagonist; the 91 meetings
played and the 34 national team goals formed two records, subsequently beaten.
Against England in the quarterfinals of Mexico 1986 marked a goal considered the
goals of the century, three minutes after scoring a goal with the hand (known as mano de Dios),
another episode for which he is often remembered. He has never been able to enter the rankings
of the Golden Ball because until 1994 the prize it was reserved for European players: that’s why
reason in 1995 he won the Ballon d’Or at the career. However, he received numerous others
individual awards: shares with Pele the official FiFa prize for Best
player of the twentieth century, and in 1993 he was awarded the title of best footballer
Argentinian always, paid to him by the federation football of argentina. In 2002 he was
inserted in the FiFa World Cup Dream Team, selection formed by the best eleven players
of the history of the World Cup, obtaining, between the eleven of the ideal team, the majority
number of votes. In 2004 it was added by Pele in the FiFa 100, the list of the 125 best
living footballers, drawn up on the occasion of centenary of the federation. In 2012 he comes
awarded as Best Player of the Century at the Globe Soccer awards and in 2014 he enters
join the Hall of Fame of Italian football among foreign players.
Among the most controversial figures in history of football for its eccentric personality
on and off the pitch, he was suspended twice football played for different reasons:
once for cocaine use in 1991 and another once for doping tests, al
world united states 1994 (for use of ephedrine, often used non-legal substance
to lose weight). CT of Argentina for a short period in the late 2000s,
after his official retirement from football in 1997, Maradona suffered an excessive increase
of weight (solved with the help of a bypass gastric) and the consequences of addiction
from cocaine, from which he freed himself later long stays in detox centers. Born in Lanus to Diego and Dalma, and father of
five children: Dalma Nerea (1987) and Gianinna Dinorah (1989), born from the marriage to Claudia
Villafañe, married in 1984 and from whom he then divorced Diego Sinagra in 2004
(1986), born from the relationship with Cristiana Sinagra and not recognized by Maradona until
to 2007, Jana (1996), from the relationship with Valeria Sabalain and Diego Fernando (2013),
born from the relationship with Veronica Ojeda. In 2009 Benjamin born, son of the footballer
Sergio Aguero and Gianinna and first nephew from Maradona.
also his son Diego jr. and footballer, like that as were his brothers Hugo and
Raul (called Lalo) and how his grandchildren are Diego Hernan Valeri and twins Nicolas e
Santiago Villafañe. During his life he made strong friendships
with several prominent politicians including the right-wing neoliberalist and former president of Argentina
Carlos Saul Menem, the Cuban leader Fidel Castro, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez,
and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. It also has expressed admiration for Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara
and dislike of George W. Bush. Maradona has been involved in several issues with
justice and legal disputes, in particular with the Italian taxman who accused him of
evasion for 39 million euros: in October 2013 Maradona signed the deed for recovery
of credit and in May 2014, equitalia decides suspension of foreclosures from third parties
of the sums of which he is a creditor. on July 5, 2017 he received citizenship
honorary from the City of Naples. From the early eighties until 2004 Maradona
was addicted to cocaine: he admitted, in his autobiography published in 2000,
to have started using it since 1982 when he played for Barcelona. During his stay
in Naples consumption became a real drug addiction, which was beginning to interfere
with his ability to play football. in years following his retirement, due to the
excesses with alcohol, food and cocaine will affect your health progressively worsened, forcing him
at several hospital admissions, interventions surgical, as well as rehabilitation plans
and detoxification between the 2000s and the two thousand and ten years. because of the dizzying
weight gain immediately in the early years two thousand, and forced to two gastric bypasses,
one in 2005 and one in 2015. Some news circulated about his
death that were immediately proven wrong, as well as previous rumors declaring him dead
in a car accident. Since the 1986 World Cup victory, the
Argentines use the name of Maradona to make themselves recognize as his compatriots in all
parts of the world: in Argentina and Naples the Argentine sample is indicated as a symbol
and sports hero (the sportsman and indeed a “democratic” myth, as it sets its own
bases in ordinary people: and indeed representative of the people and their values). Maradona embodied
perfectly this spirit, given his humble origins and its original low condition
social: the multiple gains did not make him lose the ways of expressing and vocabulary
just like the less wealthy fringe of the population. added to this was his side against
the “strong powers”: especially with i Neapolitans who saw him as a representative
of the “oppressed” people of southern Italy who fought against the “power” of the Northern teams.
There were also numerous “battles” fought against “strong powers” like FiFa (and the
its president Havelange), and the aF chaired from Grondona.
It was also for this and not only for his feats in the football fields that Maradona
he was practically idolized both by the Argentines than by the Neapolitans. in Rosario, Argentina,
his fans founded iglesia in 1998 Maradoniana (Church of Maradona), where the
calendar is calculated by counting the years from his birth: his forty-third birthday,
in 2003, it represented the beginning of the year 43 dD – despues de Diego (after Diego). Self
at its birth the church had 200 members, the faithful also collected through the official website
they reached 80,000, including some players famous as Michael Owen, Ronaldinho and Juan
Roman Riquelme. on December 26, 2003 its first team, the Argentinos Juniors, inaugurating
the new stadium built in the district of The Paternal in Buenos aires, decided to dedicate it to him
calling him estadio Diego armando Maradona: the name was made official on August 10, 2004.
it also has a monument located in the museum of Boca Juniors, inside the Bombonera,
a statue in the town of Bahia Blanca and numerous other sculptures in different parts
of the world. in Naples, in a public street, it was dedicated to him
even an altar with a photo in the which wears the Napoli shirt and his own
hair in a display case, where the fans went before the games to ask for “grace
football “. On 11 May 1991 it was celebrated in the city of Naples a conference in honor
of Maradona, entitled Te Diegum, to whom many intellectual supporters of the
blue Team. the report of this experience (as well as its preparation) and reported
in a book of the same name, published in the same year.
on August 15, 2005 he made his debut as a conductor of the Argentine television program La Noche
10, which was very popular. In addition to this and his autobiography Yo soy
el Diego, published in 2000 and immediately became a bestseller, Maradona was mentioned in
numerous books, comics and films, in addition to having starred in several cameos in television series.
several songs by artists were dedicated to him more or less famous, like Rodrigo Bueno, who
he played La mano de Dios. others were i Mano Negra with Santa Maradona, Charly Garcia
with Maradona blues, the Teflon Brothers with Maradona (kesa ’86), attaque 77 with Francotirador,
Manu Chao with La vida tombola, Pino Daniele with Tango della buena suerte and others. Maradona was a gifted offensive midfielder
of great charisma and extrovert personality. Left-handed, he was renowned for game viewing,
ball control, precision in the passes and the exceptional ability in dribbling; second
Johan Cruijff, Maradona’s mastery was such as to instill the impression that the sphere
remained glued to his foot. While not reaching 170 cm high, it still had a structure
compact physics and thanks to its strong legs and at the low center of gravity, he was able to resist
effectively to the opposing physical pressure during his run with the ball between his feet.
Equipped with great imagination and tactical intelligence, he was also an excellent specialist
finalizer, as well as skilled performer of kicks placed. excellent technical skills
united a remarkable spirit of sacrifice which, if necessary, it allowed him to contribute
profitably to the defensive phase of one’s own team.
He knew how to impart extreme curves to the ball, managing to score directly from football
corner or from the midfield spot just after the kick-off. Maradona started playing football in the
his father’s team, the star Roja, of whom Diego was the most appreciated talent. The bitter
antagonist was the best friend team of Maradona: Goyo Carrizo. It was just these
to make him participate in a selection in the juveniles of the Argentinos Juniors of Buenos Aires
aires. thus became part of the Cebollitas (Cipolline), the Argentine youth team,
December 5, 1970 at 10 years old. its first coach was Francisco Cornejo, who in the beginning
he did not believe in the young age of Maradona (he was even asked for a document,
who, however, did not have with him at the time of audition). With him and Carrizo in pink, the team
youth reached a streak of 136 results consecutive profits.
Maradona began his professional career in Argentinos Juniors in 1976, making his debut
with the shirt number 16 on 20 October in the game against Talleres, ten days before
to turn sixteen, becoming the most young ever to debut in the first division
argentina, record beaten by Sergio aguero in 2003. Just before he made his debut then
Argentinos Juniors coach, Juan Carlos Montes said to Maradona: “Go Diego, play
as you know. “In response, Diego did immediately a tunnel to the first opponent who was parried
in front, Juan Domingo Patricio Cabrera. The argentinos lost 1-0, however Maradona started playing
pieces of games until you become the owner. the first goals in the argentinos arrived on
November 14 of the same year, with a brace at San Lorenzo. In 1978 he became top scorer
of the Argentine championship with 22 goals, of which one from the midfield spot after the whistle
Start. In 1979 and 1980 he won the Golden Ball
South American, the best prize continent player. Also in 1980
already scored one of the best goals of the his career in the match against Deportivo
Pereira played on February 19th. Himself he said it was the best goal
absolutely made by him. Moved to Boca Juniors, the team for
who supported her father in the negotiation, in addition to an adjustment equal to 2 million
dollars, they did the reverse Salinas route, Santos, Bordón, Zanabria and Randazzo. For
the transition to the new team was organized a friendly match against Argentinos on 20 February
1981. Maradona played the first half with i old comrades and the recovery with Boca Juniors.
The friendly ends 3-2 for the argentinos, with a goal by Maradona. Two days after the debut
officer at the Bombonera, Boca won against Talleres 4-1, with a brace by Maradona.
an injury stopped him for four days, and on his return he scored 28 goals in 40 games
and leading Boca Juniors to victory Metropolitan Championship opening 1981.
The following year, due to economic problems, Boca Juniors had to deprive itself of Maradona,
not being able to pay for his transfer final (Maradona had arrived on loan).
Barcelona then came forward with the offer of one million two hundred thousand Spanish pesetas
(equal to about twelve billion lire). The formalization could only arrive after the 1982 World Cup,
played in Spain and for whom Maradona – unlike four years earlier
– he was summoned. in an interview in 2013 he said: “Before
that I went to Barcelona Juventus I he contacted through Omar Sivori, but me
at that moment I was too young and I didn’t have want to leave Argentina, and then
the lawyer lambs had a big problem with Fiat, and bring a player like me,
with what I cost, it could make you stay badly all Fiat workers and not
we talked more. I stayed in Argentina. ” on June 5, 1982 he became a player of the
Barça of the then president Josep Lluis Nuñez; remedied several injuries up to
that a viral hepatitis drove him away from the fields for over three months. in the Cup Winners’ Cup i
Catalans were eliminated in the quarterfinals from Austria Vienna, and Maradona was able to play
only the return game at the Camp stadium Nou of Barcelona due to hepatitis that
still debilitated him. at the end of the year the Barça got fourth place in the Spanish league,
winning the King’s Cup, defeating the 4 June 1983 in the final Real Madrid, e
the Copa de la Liga in the double final always against Real Madrid (2-2 in the first leg on 26
June 1983 and 2-1 on the return on 29 June 1983), with a goal from Maradona in both
the games. The 1983-1984 season, with Cesar Luis Menotti
on the Barça bench, he started better: in September, at the first match of the
Cups against the German team from Magdeburg, Maradona scored a hat-trick and the game
ended 5-1. on the fourth day of the championship, during the meeting between Barcelona and athletic
Bilbao, while the game was 4-0 in favor del Barça, Maradona suffered an injury to
a foul by the defender of athletic andoni Goikoetxea Olaskoaga. During his injury
Barça won the Spanish Super Cup in the double final with athletic Bilbao (1-3 in the first leg
on October 26, 1983 and 0-1 on the return on 30 November 1983).
Returned at the beginning of 1984, thanks to the treatment of his trusted doctor Ruben Dario
Oliva, Maradona led Barcelona to six consecutive useful results, until
a 2-1 defeat against Real Madrid stopped the blaugrana. meanwhile, in March he resumed
the Cup of Cups: Barcelona against Manchester Udd won the first leg 2-0,
but the 3-0 return for the British condemned him elimination.
The 1983-1984 season saw Barça again far from first place in La Liga. Maradona
played 16 games in which he scored 11 goals. to the King’s Cup final was held in May
between Barça and athletic Club, a race that marked an opportunity for Maradona to meet Goikoetxea.
at the end of the game, won by Bilbao 1-0, Maradona pounced on the player
Basque, triggering a fight between the two teams. later he personally apologized in a meeting
official with the king of Spain Juan Carlos. Completely recovered from the injury, al
end of a complex negotiation, Maradona he was hired by the Italian club of Napoli
for 13 and a half billion lire. the contract it was signed without Napoli having the liquidity
to regularize the purchase; the money came paid only later. on July 5, 1984 Maradona was introduced
officially at the San Paolo stadium and was welcomed by about eighty thousand people, who paid
the symbolic share of a thousand lire to see it. In the first season Napoli reached one
center position ranking while year round next he got third place.
Under the guidance of coach Ottavio Bianchi, Napoli won its first league title in
1986-1987 championship, season in which it beats after thirty-two Juventus at the Comunale
of Turin. on 10 May 1987 the Neapolitan club drew the home game 1-1
Fiorentina, winning arithmetically his first championship. Napoli also won
his third Italian Cup, winning all the 13 races, including the two finals played
against atalanta. The matched shield / cup it was a feat that until then was
only successful at Grande Torino and Juventus. In the 1987-1988 season Ottavio’s Napoli
Bianchi participated for the first time in the Champions Cup, from which he was eliminated later
a double comparison with Real Madrid. in Napoli championship, until the twentieth
day, kept five points ahead on the second, then he was overtaken by
Milan, losing four of the last five games. Maradona was the top scorer of the tournament
with 15 goals to his credit. In 1994 a repentant Camorrista claimed that Maradona and companions
they had sold the Scudetto under pressure of the Clan Giuliano di Forcella who, in case
of victory of the Scudetto by the Neapolitans, would have lost tens of billions in betting
clandestine, accusations that subsequently occurred will prove unfounded. In 1989 Napoli touched the hat-trick, concluding
the championship still in second place, behind the whole of the records, reaching the final of
Italian cup and winning the ueFa cup (third international title) after beating in the
double final Stuttgart (2-1 one way and 3-3 on return). During the summer of 1989,
Maradona was almost about to move at Olympique Marseille: he had already signed
the contract, but then the president of Napoli, Corrado Ferlaino, stopped the negotiation.
In the 1989-1990 season he took over from Bianchi albertino Bigon. Maradona did not play the first
matches of the season and was replaced by Gianfranco Zola, returning soon to the team.
the championship was recaptured by Napoli with Maradona ready to introduce himself to the world championship
of Italy 1990 with the title of champion of Italy. The 1990-1991 season began with victory
in the 1990 Italian Super Cup beating Juventus 5-1. In the former
three league games, however, the team gets a point. in the Champions Cup afterwards
the double victory over the ujpest Hungarians, in the second round Napoli met Spartak
Moscow; going to San Paolo ended in a tie, 0-0, and on the occasion of the return match
in Russia Maradona don’t go with the team, rather he hired a private plane and arrived
in Moscow only the following evening; the case was widely addressed by the Italian press,
which also reported some statements by Luciano Moggi (then manager of Napoli)
and Albertino Bigon. Maradona entered the field only in the second half, the match ended 0-0
even after overtime and the Russians won the game on penalties (despite Maradona
had initialed his). The Italian experience of Maradona ended on
March 17, 1991 after a doping control carried out at the end of the championship game
Napoli-Bari (1-0) which gave the response of positivity to cocaine. Napoli closed
the 1990-1991 season in seventh place. In 2000 Napoli decided that never again
footballer would have worn a shirt with number 10 belonged to Maradona. In 2004,
due to bankruptcy and subsequent registration for the Serie C1 championship and for
the regulation of the numbering of the shirts of the latter, Napoli was still forced
to reprint the shirt with that number, up to the new withdrawal in 2006, thanks to the promotion
in Serie B. After a year and a half of disqualification for doping,
in 1992, Maradona’s career resumed in Seville. Of the $ 7.5 million owed
to Napoli by the Spanish team, the club Italian only received four: the FiFa,
in fact, he authorized Sevilla not to complete the payment.
at Seville Maradona met again Carlos Bilardo, the Argentine coach
at the 1986 world championship. Maradona debuted on September 28, 1992 against Bayern Munich
and on October 4 he played his first game in La Liga, where Sevilla was defeated
from athletic Bilbao 2-1. Also returned in the Argentine national team as captain, he won,
in 1993, the Artemio Franchi Trophy, or the intercontinental cup for nations (disputed,
in history, twice; the other cup was won in 1985 by France), surpassing
Denmark winner of the European championship 1992.
Sevilla fail qualification for the UeFa cup; in 25 games Maradona scored
5 goals and was the author of 12 assists. After only one season, his Sevillian experience
came to an end. Maradona returned to play in Argentina in
Newell’s Old Boys. on October 31, 1993, a day after his birthday, he returned to
play with the national team, in Sydney against Australia for the first leg of the interzone play-off
United States World Cup Qualification 1994. The game ended 1-1 and the Argentine goal
by abel Balbo was propitiated by a cross by Maradona. In the return leg of 17 November,
at the Monumental of Buenos aires, argentina he won 1-0, qualifying for the world championship
US. After 5 games played, following the
match against Huracan on February 12, 1994, Maradona terminated the contract with Newell’s,
taking in a million and a half dollars, the half of the contract. in
followed he retired for a few months from competitions waiting for the uSa ’94 world championship, returning
to play in the national team on April 20, 1994. following the ban on doping remedied
during the US World Cup for positivity at ephedrine, Maradona tried to work like
coach in two short periods, driving the Dep. Corrientes Mandiyu (from October 3rd
as at 30 December 1994) and the Racing Club (from January 6 to March 26, 1995), without success.
In the first case, the resignation was due to a clash with the team management;
at the time of resignation the Deportivo Mandiyu he wasn’t in the relegation zone yet
materialized at the end of the 1994-1995 season. In the second case Maradona left the conduction
technical when the then president of Racing lost the election to stay in charge of the
society. In 1995 he was awarded the golden ball
to career. in activity he could not compete the awarding of the prize because the players
non-Europeans were then excluded from the competition. on October 7 of the same year he returned to play
with the Boca Juniors shirt in the game against Colón (SF) (1-0). He remained in Boca
Juniors for two years before retiring from football at the end of the super-classic against
the River Plate played on October 25, 1997. A few months after the championship debut for
Maradona also made its international debut: on 27 February 1977 the then manager of the
Major international Cesar Luis Menotti summoned him for a friendly against hungary at the stadium
The Bombonera of Buenos aires. subsequently you also start with the youth national team on
April 3 of the same year. Became top scorer of the Argentine championship,
it was not included in the Selección squad (who became world champion for the first time
time in its history), preferred by the CT Menotti to Rene Houseman.
Immediately after the world victory, Maradona became holder of the National team; in the friendly
between Argentina and Rest of the World at the stadium Monumental of Buenos aires, 25 June 1979,
ended 2-1 for the opponents, it was his only one goals of the Argentines. At the same time he continued
to play with the National Juniores, winning in the same year the youth football World Cup
in Japan (final won against the USSR 3-1, scoring a goal), during the tournament he scored
6 goals becoming the second best scorer of the tournament behind teammate Ramón
Diaz. Maradona was called up for the World Cup in
1982, played in Spain. Altogether he made 5 appearances and scored 2 goals, coming
also sent off against Brazil in the 85th minute for a reaction foul on Joao Batista from
Silva. In 1986 Maradona won the World Cup in Mexico:
scored 5 goals and scored 5 assists in 7 games played in the tournament (all won, except
1-1 against Italy in the first group stage). in particular, during the second half
of the quarterfinals against england, scored two goals from football history
respectively as “la mano de Dios” and «The goal of the century» opens the scoring by scoring
a hand goal in an attempt to anticipate outgoing goalkeeper Peter Shilton,
the referee triad led by ali Bennaceur does not notice the infringement and validates
mistakenly the network (later claimed by Maradona as an act of justice following the defeat
suffered by the Argentines against the British in the 1982 Falklands War), and signed
the 2-0 after dribbling all the opponents who tried to hinder him in his
run from the midfield line to the goal defended by Shilton. the second was also
voted as the greatest goal in history of the World Cup, in a survey called
by FiFa in 2002. Argentina face Belgium in the semifinals
and Maradona signs a brace in the 2-0 that the final against West Germany is worth: in the last
act, the Germans do not leave him free of maneuver, however the mezzala manages to invent itself
the assist for the final 3-2 made by Jorge Burruchaga. For Argentina it is the
second World Cup, the only one won by Maradona. Maradona also captained Argentina in the championships
of the World 1990, held in Italy. an injury ankle affected his performance.
In the round of 16 against Brazil, Maradona was the author of the assist to Claudio Caniggia
for the winning goal. In the quarterfinals Argentina faced Yugoslavia; after
than regular and overtime the Argentinians had closed themselves at goalless goals
they overcame the Yugoslavs 3-2 on penalties despite Maradona’s mistake
(and teammate Troglio). It came so in the next game against Italy,
landlady, at the San Paolo Stadium in his Naples, where the public split in half
between supporting Selección and the Azzurri led by azeglio Vicini. The race ended
also on penalties after a 1-1 at overtime; this time Maradona scored his shot from
diskette, and argentina qualified for the final. In the decisive race, in Rome, the albiceleste
lost to West Germany 1-0 with a penalty kick transformed by andreas
Brehme in the 85th minute, following a Nestor foul Sensini on Rudi Völler. on this occasion,
Maradona became the protagonist of a discussed extracalcistico episode: before the game,
the Olympic audience whistled the whole performance of the Argentine national anthem e
the player, filmed by the cameras, replied with the exclamation “hijos de puta” (in language
Italian motherfuckers), facing the stands. waiting for the World Championships for a few months Maradona
retired from club competitions and returned to play on April 20, in a friendly between
Argentina and Morocco which ended 3-1 for Argentina, with a penalty from Maradona (after 1,255
minutes of “fasting” game). Maradona does not he could have participated in the planned tour
pre-world in Japan as it was refused entry visa due to precedents
with drugs. The Argentine national decided not to go to Japan without Maradona,
then changed the dating program by challenging Israel (3-0), Ecuador (1-0) and Croatia (0-0).
at the World Cup, which began in mid-June, Argentina won the first game in Boston 4-0 against
Greece, where Maradona made the third goals. The Argentines also won (2-1) the
second game against Nigeria. yet once the success of a check
anti-doping stopped Maradona’s career, which was found positive for ephedrine, substance
stimulant prohibited. FiFa expelled him from championship and argentina was eliminated
round of 16 against Romania by Gheorghe Hagi. Maradona has always defended himself by saying that
the test positivity was due to ingestion of an energy drink, the Ripped Fuel,
given to him by his personal trainer to replace him Ripped Fast, which he used in Argentina
regularly and that was allowed by FiFa, unlike the Ripped Fuel, US version
which, unbeknownst to the coach, he said contained Ephedrine. After some short experiences in the mid-nineties,
on October 28, 2008 he was appointed new CT from Argentina, taking over from Alfio Basile.
After the victorious debut, 1-0 to Scotland, under its management the albiceleste undergoes
the heaviest defeat in the history of world qualifiers, a 6-1 against
Bolivia penultimate in the standings: nevertheless, the selection qualifies for the World Cup
South African in the last round, beating Uruguay away for 1-0. Two months of follow
disqualification inflicted by FiFa on CT, guilty to have insulted the journalists they had
questioned his skills as a technician. in South Africa, after a convincing start thanks
with four straight wins, Maradona comes out from the review to the quarterfinals by the hand
of Germany (4-0) and is exempted from CT. on May 14, 2011, after 10 months of inactivity,
Maradona is hired by al-Wasl of Dubai, signing a two-year $ 4.5 contract
million per season plus a private jet available as a benefit. the following September 15 he loses
his first game of the Emirates Cup 4-3 against al-Jazira.
He made his league debut on 16 October with the 3-0 victory over Sharjah. from
Cup of the President of the United Arab Emirates is eliminated in the quarterfinals after
the 3-2 defeat against al-Wahda del January 10, 2012. He also made his debut in the Cup
of the Gulf Champions on March 6, winning against Oman’s al-Nahda 0-2. The 11
March leaves the Emirates Cup eliminated in semifinal from Fabio Cannavaro’s ah-ahli
with the result of 1-0. Winning all of them four matches in the group stage
dei Campioni del Golfo qualifies for the quarterfinals of the final where on May 15 he eliminates his compatriots
Al-Wahda 5-3 on penalties afterwards that regulatory time was over
with the result of 1-1. last May 26th championship day lost 2-6 at home
against al-alhi ending the championship in eighth place with 26 points. Conquer then
the final of the Gulf Champions Cup on May 30 after passing the Qatari
of al-Khor in the semifinal. on June 5 he wins the first leg of the final for 1-3 against
al-Muharraq of Bahrain. on June 10 he loses but the return game on penalties for 4-5
after the regular time was over with a score of 1-3 for guests.
the following July 10 after some friction with the leadership and with some players, it comes
relieved of office. on 7 May 2017 he was appointed coach
al-Fujairah, thus returning to the bench after five years. La squadra gioca nella seconda
divisione degli emirati arabi, firma un contratto annuale. il 27 aprile 2018 si dimette dopo
aver fallito la promozione in prima divisione: la sua squadra e stata l’unica a non aver
perso neppure una partita in stagione. il 7 settembre 2018 viene annunciato come
nuovo tecnico dei Dorados. Perde due volte il campionato di seconda divisione messicana,
entrambe le volte nella doppia finale contro l’atletico San Luis, rassegnando le dimissioni
il 14 giugno 2019 per motivi di salute. Nel 2000 Maradona pubblicò la sua autobiografia,
intitolata Yo Soy el Diego (io sono il Diego), che in argentina divenne subito un bestseller. in seguito il Napoli decise che mai piu nessun
calciatore avrebbe indossato una maglia con il numero 10 appartenuto a Maradona, ritirandone
la maglia. Nel 2004, a causa del fallimento e della successiva iscrizione al campionato
di Serie C1 e visto il regolamento della numerazione delle maglie di quest’ultima, il club sara
costretto a ristampare la maglia con il 10, fino al nuovo ritiro nel 2006 grazie alla
promozione in Serie B. Nel 2001 anche l’aFa chiese alla FiFa l’autorizzazione
a ritirare la maglia numero 10 della Nazionale argentina in onore di Maradona, ma la FiFa
dichiarò respinta la richiesta nel 2002 poiche in vista dei Mondiali 2002 la lista dei giocatori
doveva essere numerata dall’1 al 23. La Federazione argentina annunciò che l’avrebbe assegnato
al terzo portiere, Roberto Bonano, ma ai Mondiali la maglia fu vestita da ariel Ortega ea Bonano
andò il numero 23. L’11 dicembre dello stesso anno, all’auditorium
del Foro italico di Roma al FiFa World Player 2000 condotto da Massimo Giletti, viene premiato
con il FiFa internet Century awards come Calciatore del Secolo secondo un sondaggio popolare (53,6%)
mentre Pele, presente anch’esso in sala, ottiene lo stesso premio da una giuria della FiFa.
il 10 novembre 2001 diede ufficialmente l’addio al calcio giocato nell’amichevole fra l’argentina
e una selezione di Stelle Mondiali, conclusasi sul 6-3 con doppietta di Maradona su rigore.
il 26 dicembre 2003, l’argentinos Juniors rinominò il suo stadio Stadio Diego armando
Maradona, in onore al campione argentino. il 27 aprile 2005 fu nominato direttore sportivo
del Boca Juniors, il primo agosto successivo divenne vicepresidente onorario del club.
Tra le sue prime decisioni assunse alfio Basile come nuovo allenatore. in quell’anno il Boca
vinse il campionato di apertura, la Copa Sudamericana e la Recopa Sudamericana e nel 2006 vinse
invece il campionato di Clausura e nuovamente la Recopa Sudamericana. il 26 agosto 2006
Maradona abbandonò la carica per disaccordi con l’aFa, che scelse proprio Basile come
nuovo allenatore della Nazionale argentina. il Boca Juniors ha voluto inoltre onorare
Maradona con una statua posta all’interno dello stadio Bombonera.
il 15 agosto 2005 esordi come conduttore del programma televisivo argentino La Noche del
10 che fu molto seguito. in una puntata ospitò e intervistò Pele, il calciatore che gli
contende la palma di miglior giocatore di ogni tempo. altri ospiti furono Zidane, Ronaldo,
Hernan Crespo, Fidel Castro, Mike Tyson, Raffaella Carra e Robbie Williams. inoltre, durante
una puntata incentrata sul tema dei talenti calcistici piu promettenti dell’argentina,
tra i vari Messi e aguero, spuntava anche ezequiel Lavezzi, che in quel periodo giocava
nel San Lorenzo. Nel maggio 2006 ha accettato di partecipare
al Soccer aid, un programma di sostegno all’uNiCeF. Nello specifico, Maradona giocò nel Resto
del Mondo contro l’inghilterra il 27 maggio: segnò su calcio di rigore per la rappresentativa
mondiale e la partita fini 2-1 per l’inghilterra. Nel corso degli anni ha partecipato a diverse
trasmissione televisive. in seguito sponsorizzò e partecipò in prima persona, in Sudamerica,
a incontri amichevoli di showbol tra ex stelle del calcio, che riscossero un buon successo.
L’11 maggio 2011 ha partecipato alla partita d’inaugurazione del nuovo stadio della squadra
cecena Terek Groznyj di proprieta del dittatore Ramzan Kadyrov. La squadra di Maradona era
composta da elementi come Jean-Pierre Papin, alessandro Costacurta, Christian Vieri, ivan
Zamorano, Fabien Barthez, Franco Baresi, Luis Figo, Roberto ayala, alain Boghossian, Manuel
amoros, Robbie Fowler, Nelson Dida e enzo Francescoli. La partita e stata vinta per
5-2 dalla formazione del Caucaso del Nord con anche tre gol del presidente Kadyrov tra
cui uno segnato dopo aver dribblato Maradona che si e poi riscattato segnando su punizione.
Nel dicembre 2012 a Dubai viene premiato come miglior calciatore del secolo ai Globe Soccer
awards. in seguito a Dubai ha sfidato amichevolmente
il connazionale Juan Martin del Potro, 7º tennista al mondo. Nello stesso periodo sempre
nella citta degli emirati ha disputato un match di un torneo di esibizione di calcio
a 7 trascinando nella prima partita la sua squadra, il Dubai Sports Council, alla vittoria
per 3-2 contro il Dubai Courts con 2 gol, uno su punizione e l’altro su rigore.
il 17 ottobre a Milano ha presentato una collana di DVD a lui dedicata e curata dell’amico
Gianni Mina per La Gazzetta dello Sport. il 1º settembre 2014 partecipa alla Partita
per la Pace organizzata da Papa Francesco e Javier Zanetti allo Stadio Olimpico di Roma:
gioca per tutti i 90 minuti servendo anche un assist al compagno di squadra Roberto Baggio.
a dicembre, all’eta di 54 anni, torna in campo in occasione del Dubai National Day Match,
una maratona calcistica da 36 ore no-stop. il 22 giugno 2015, Maradona, tramite lo storico
telecronista celebre per aver commentato in diretta il gol del secolo, Victor Hugo Morales,
annuncia di volersi candidare alla presidenza della FiFa al posto di Joseph Blatter.
il 15 maggio 2018 viene nominato presidente onorario della squadra bielorussa Dinamo Brest. Tra club, nazionale maggiore e nazionale under-20,
Maradona ha giocato globalmente 703 partite segnando 359 reti, alla media di 0,51 gol
a partita.

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