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Category: Diego Maradona

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Said & Done: Maradona, fake news media and Nigeria’s naked hex

The season so far – also featuring Fifa 2.0, dog of the week and a ban for being laconicJorge Alberto Hank – hiring Diego Maradona to work for Dorados in Mexico’s drug cartel heartland. “During my conversations with him he’s been very excited to come h…

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Neymar’s roll to Southgate’s waistcoats: the World Cup’s most watched moments – video

The 2018 World Cup was quite the tournament. Here we look back at Neymar rolling, Panama celebrating their first goal in the World Cup ever, the return of football’s coming home and more Continue reading…

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Diego, Neymar and Germany’s bus: World Cup 2018 diary, week three

The best and worst of week three – also featuring: viral clips, VAR abuse, and the reason economies crashDiego Maradona – Fifa’s £10,000-a-day goodwill ambassador, keeping his profile high. His message last week after his “white wine” health scare: “My…

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Diego Maradona lives like he played, with blatant disregard for the rules and norms

His performance in the stands watching Argentina v Nigeria was a sad reminder of his struggles but we have to accept his extremes and that he is neither good or bad – but bothHalfway through the match between Argentina and Nigeria it looked as if somet…

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Fears for Diego Maradona’s health after Argentina’s World Cup victory

• Former player pictured receiving medical attention• Maradona helped from his seat after exuberant celebrationsFears are rising over the health of Diego Maradona after he had to receive medical attention during Argentina’s World Cup victory over Niger…

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Fears for Diego Maradona’s health after Argentina’s World Cup victory

• Former player pictured receiving medical attention• Maradona helped from his seat after exuberant celebrationsFears are rising over the health of Diego Maradona after he had to receive medical attention during Argentina’s World Cup victory over Niger…

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The best ever World Cup match? Romania 3-2 Argentina at USA 94

Every football fan will have their own favourite World Cup game but this five-goal thriller takes some beatingBy Craig McCracken for Beyond The Last ManAsk a thousand football fans about the greatest match of their lifetimes and be ready for a thousand…

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Goals, celebrations and Maradona’s dismay – the best World Cup 2018 photos from week two

We round up the best photography from the second week of the World Cup in Russia, including some thumping strikes and tidy celebrations• Follow Guardian sport on Instagram for more great photography Continue reading…

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Diego Maradona responds to claim he made ‘racist gesture’ to supporter

• ITV’s Jacqui Oatley tweeted about incident at Spartak Stadium• Maradona gives his version of events in Facebook postDiego Maradona has given his version of an exchange with a fan at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium that witnesses perceived as racist.British …

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World Cup needs the iconography of Lionel Messi lifting trophy | Barney Ronay

The tournament used to make its own stars but is now overdue an outstanding, trophy-winning individual performanceMoscow is a fascinating place to enter for the first time, its fringes marked by an endless scroll of huge stickle-brick buildings and gau…

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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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