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Diego Maradona docuseries about ‘Hand of God’ era in works at Amazon

The streaming service says the series will offer an ‘unprecedented look’ at the player and chronicle his mid-80s peak where he led Argentina to World Cup glory and Napoli to its first-ever scudettoStreaming giant Amazon Prime will throw its weight behi…

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Nessun Dorma podcast: from Eric Cantona to Glenn Hoddle and Kenny G

The pod discuss the greatest player of all time, musical failures, televised football and Manchester United’s first title for 26 yearsModern life is a great advert for nostalgia. That’s why we started Nessun Dorma, a semi-regular podcast about football…

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World Cup stunning moments: Diego Maradona’s Hand of God | Scott Murray

The 1986 quarter-final between England and Argentina is famous for one of football’s most iconic moments. But there was more to this goal – and match – than a single act of larcenyHigh noon, one blistering Sunday in Mexico City, and a quarter-final sho…

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World Cup stunning moments: Cameroon stun Argentina in 1990

François Omam-Biyik’s goal and an unheralded team of journeymen defeated Diego Maradona’s world championsOf the great World Cup upsets – the USA’s victory over England in 1950, North Korea’s over Italy in 1966 and Algeria’s over West Germany in 1982 pr…

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The Forgotten Story of … when Diego Maradona ‘signed’ for Dundee

With Claudio Caniggia at Dens Park and matches being screened live in Argentina, ambitious owners tried to seal the ultimate coup for the clubDiego Maradona’s road to Dundee began, in a way, in Luton. Ivano Bonetti had played in a European Cup final wi…

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Maradona statue unveiled in India becomes target of online ridicule – video

Another football icon honoured by a statue has attracted widespread attention and ridicule. A bronze sculpture of the Argentina great, Diego Maradona, was unveiled at a club in Kolkata, although the dubious likeness to the 1986 World Cup winner has bee…

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‘It looks like someone’s gran’: Diego Maradona statue unveiled in India

Bronze likeness ridiculed after unveiling in Kolkata‘I’m not a god of football’ says former Argentina player Another football icon has been honoured by a statue with a bronze sculpture of the Argentina great, Diego Maradona, unveiled at a club in Kolka…

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‘Messi’s last chance to become a God’: Argentina fans on the 2018 World Cup

Argentina put their fans through agony on their way to securing their place in Russia. We went to Buenos Aires to endure and enjoy it with themBy Copa90, for the Guardian Sport NetworkArgentina are playing Russia on Saturday afternoon in the Luzhniki S…

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Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino: The crazy Diego Maradona who inspires me

‘I learned a lot from him,’ says Spurs manager who recalled one day during his playing career when the Argentinian legend opened fire on journalists

Diego Maradona is always with Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentinian legend is seared into the Tottenham manager’s psyche and will be with him in spirit on Sunday afternoon when Chelsea visit Wembley in a deliciously early examination of his – and Antonio Conte’s – title ambitions.

But one crazy morning by the coast in 1994 when Pochettino and Maradona were supposed to be sharing a room as team-mates of Newell’s Old Boys, the World Cup-winning hero of a nation was nowhere to be seen. What transpired gave the young Pochettino a glimpse into the art of crisis management and dealing with star names and the attention they bring, even if the problems that transpired were off the scale when it comes to sheer and utter madness.

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‘Many see the picture as symbolic of Maradona’s talent and our terror’

Frank Vercauteren and his Belgium team-mates take on Diego Maradona in the 1982 World Cup

I like to think I achieved a little bit during my career: I won league titles, European trophies and was a World Cup semi-finalist. But this photograph is one of the things I’m proudest to have been part of. I have a box of memorabilia and I keep a copy in there.

I know many people see the picture as symbolic of Maradona’s talent and our terror; that he was so good, it needed six of us to stop him. But in Belgium we have our own interpretation. We love this image for very different reasons. We remember how this match really went.

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The Joy of Six: Diego Maradona

From a debut remembered mainly by opponents to the rousing of Napoli and that goal against England, half a dozen moments that sum up El Diego

“A lot of people claim they were there on 20 October 1976 when we played Talleres de Córdoba at home. The truth is, if everyone who says they were there for that match – my debut in the first team – had actually been there it would have had to be played at the Maracanã, not La Paternal” – Diego Maradona in El Diego, his autobiography

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‘Maradona is immortal here’ – Napoli fans 30 years after winning their first Scudetto

On 11 May 1987, Napoli became the first team from southern Italy to win Serie A. We spoke to fans, artists and writers about the man who made it happen

By Copa90 for the Guardian Sport Network

Diego Maradona’s exquisite technique, poise and breathtaking ability on the ball made him one of the greatest players of all time. But for fans of Napoli, Maradona is more than just a footballer. He’s an idol, a living legend and a true adopted son of their city.

As impressive as his sporting achievements were with Napoli, his effect on the city of Naples stretches further than the boundaries of the San Paolo Stadium. One of the deepest convictions held across Italian society is the idea of an unbridgeable gap between the industrial, business-driven north and the rural, rough-around-the-edges south. This all made Naples the perfect fit for Maradona, who was born into humble origins in Buenos Aires. Before he had kicked a ball, 75,000 Neapolitans turned up to see one of their own being unveiled in 1984.

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‘Maradona is immortal here’ – Napoli fans 30 years after winning their first Scudetto

On 11 May 1987, Napoli became the first team from southern Italy to win Serie A. We spoke to fans, artists and writers about the man who made it happen

By Copa90 for the Guardian Sport Network

Diego Maradona’s exquisite technique, poise and breathtaking ability on the ball made him one of the greatest players of all time. But for fans of Napoli, Maradona is more than just a footballer. He’s an idol, a living legend and a true adopted son of their city.

As impressive as his sporting achievements were with Napoli, his effect on the city of Naples stretches further than the boundaries of the San Paolo Stadium. One of the deepest convictions held across Italian society is the idea of an unbridgeable gap between the industrial, business-driven north and the rural, rough-around-the-edges south. This all made Naples the perfect fit for Maradona, who was born into humble origins in Buenos Aires. Before he had kicked a ball, 75,000 Neapolitans turned up to see one of their own being unveiled in 1984.

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Diego Maradona appointed technical director of UAE second division side

• Argentina legend confirms Al-Fujairah appointment on Facebook page
• Maradona has not held a coaching position since Al Wasl in 2012

Diego Maradona has been appointed technical director of Al-Fujairah, who play in the second tier of the United Arab Emirates league.

On Sunday Al-Fujairah tweeted a picture of Maradona holding the club’s shirt, with the 56-year-old later confirming the news on his Facebook page.

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Diego Maradona appointed technical director of UAE second division side

• Argentina legend confirms Al-Fujairah appointment on Facebook page
• Maradona has not held a coaching position since Al Wasl in 2012

Diego Maradona has been appointed technical director of Al-Fujairah, who play in the second tier of the United Arab Emirates league.

On Sunday Al-Fujairah tweeted a picture of Maradona holding the club’s shirt, with the 56-year-old later confirming the news on his Facebook page.

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Said & Done: ‘I’m feeling like Jesus to be honest – everyone at me for no reason’

Also featuring: Maradona; Donald Trump’s face; and a unanimous board decision

Diego Maradona – meeting the press 24 hours after becoming a Fifa goodwill ambassador. His key line – denying he hit a reporter who asked him a question: “I didn’t hit. If I hit you, you wouldn’t have a nose left. One on one, I’d destroy you.”

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Said & Done: ‘I’m feeling like Jesus to be honest – everyone at me for no reason’

Also featuring: Maradona; Donald Trump’s face; and a unanimous board decision

Diego Maradona – meeting the press 24 hours after becoming a Fifa goodwill ambassador. His key line – denying he hit a reporter who asked him a question: “I didn’t hit. If I hit you, you wouldn’t have a nose left. One on one, I’d destroy you.”

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Diego Maradona says new role with Fifa is ‘one of the dreams of my life’

• ‘I can finally fulfil one of the dreams, to work for a clean and transparent Fifa’
• Argentina legend was banned from 1994 World Cup for failing drugs test

Diego Maradona says he will be delighted to work with a “clean and transparent” Fifa after agreeing to assume a role with football’s world governing body.

Related: Fifa and Donald Trump would be a self-regarding match made in heaven | Barry Glendenning

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Diego Maradona says new role with Fifa is ‘one of the dreams of my life’

• ‘I can finally fulfil one of the dreams, to work for a clean and transparent Fifa’
• Argentina legend was banned from 1994 World Cup for failing drugs test

Diego Maradona says he will be delighted to work with a “clean and transparent” Fifa after agreeing to assume a role with football’s world governing body.

Related: Fifa and Donald Trump would be a self-regarding match made in heaven | Barry Glendenning

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Which footballers have roads named after them in unusual places? | The Knowledge

Plus: tables forming words; family connections; and the curious case of George Best’s disappearing beard. Send your questions and answers to knowledge@theguardian.com or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU

“In north London there is a 200m stretch of road named Bobby Moore Way,” wrote Andy Kelly last week. “There are no houses on the road as its only purpose appears to be a slip road on to the North Circular (A406). It seems strange that such a nondescript road with no apparent geographical link is named after the England World Cup-winning captain. Does anyone know why it was named after him? How about other unusually placed roads named after footballers?”

The reasons for Bobby Moore Way to be so named remain a mystery, though perhaps the five-a-side centre which is pretty much the only property on the road has or had something to do with it.

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