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Argentina’s Rodrigo de Paul: ‘Messi surprised me. He enjoys a song, cards’

The Udinese midfielder discusses Brazil rather than Argentina hosting the Copa América, his future and being a ‘spare tyre’Rodrigo de Paul had imagined it, but not like this. “We had gone years without playing a Copa América in our country and we had t…

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Copa América in doubt with 13 days to kick-off after Argentina removed as host

Conmebol says it is ‘analysing offers from other countries’Argentina is experiencing a surge in Covid-19 casesThe South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) has said Argentina will no longer host the Copa América, throwing the troubled tournament…

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Copa América in doubt with 13 days to kick-off after Argentina removed as host

Conmebol says it is ‘analysing offers from other countries’Argentina is experiencing a surge in Covid-19 casesThe South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) has said Argentina will no longer host the Copa América, throwing the troubled tournament…

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As Covid brings Argentina to its knees, the choice is clear: cancel Copa América now

My country has been ravaged by Covid, but will still play host to an international tournament in two weeks’ time. Conmebol and Argentina president Alberto Fernández should be ashamedConmebol found a simple solution for its recent problems with the upco…

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Lionel Messi helps obtain 50,000 Covid vaccines for South American players

Messi sent three autographed tops to SinovacControversial plan to inoculate players before Copa AméricaLionel Messi has helped to obtain 50,000 Covid vaccines from China for an ambitious but controversial plan to inoculate all of South America’s footba…

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Pablo Aimar: ‘We didn’t want to be Batman. We wanted to be Maradona’

Pablo Aimar discusses his heroes, his coaches, his time at Valencia and his current job as the Argentina Under-17s bossBy The Coaches’ Voice for the Guardian Sport NetworkYou learn football by playing. There are good, intelligent coaches, with a lot of…

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‘Justice for Diego’: protestors allege negligence in Maradona’s care – video

Diego Maradona fans protested in Buenos Aires to demand what they say is ‘justice for Diego’.The football icon’s death in November has sparked investigations in Argentina into how he died and whether there had been any negligence in his care….

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Protesters demand ‘justice’ for Diego Maradona amid investigation into death

Maradona’s ex-wife and two daughters lead Buenos Aires rallyInvestigators assessing medical treatment of World Cup winnerProtesters took to the streets in Buenos Aires on Wednesday to demand what they say is “justice for Diego Maradona”. The football i…

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Emiliano Sala’s family launch legal action over footballer’s death

Family of footballer who died in plane crash two years ago launch action against Cardiff City and FC NantesThe family of the footballer Emiliano Sala have launched legal action against Cardiff City and his former club, FC Nantes, over his death in an a…

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Maradonaland: Naples plans statues and museum to honour ‘Saint Diego’

City’s murals of Maradona have become pilgrimage sites since footballer’s death in NovemberA month since the death of Diego Armando Maradona and the southern Italian city of Naples is looking more like a Maradonaland each day.After renaming Napoli foot…

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‘I represent a breaking of the binary’, says transgender professional footballer Mara Gómez – video

Mara Gómez has become the first transgender professional footballer in Argentina. Making her debut for Villa San Carlos in Argentina’s women’s league. Despite her debut ending in a 7-1 defeat, Gómez described the game as ‘a social evolution, in conquer…

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‘Now it’s the girls’ dream’: Mara Gómez on becoming Argentina’s first trans footballer

Gómez made her professional debut this month, and wants to break barriers in a place where football and identity are entwinedTo get a call up to your club’s first team is every Argentinian boy’s dream. Or so the traditional tango goes.“Now it’s the gir…

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Buy a classic sport photograph: Diego Maradona, forever No 10

The latest in a Guardian Print Shop series featuring classic sports images. This week’s picture pays homage to the Argentinian maestro Diego Maradona, who died last month at the age of 60Since Diego Maradona’s death in November, countless tributes have…

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Diego Maradona’s personal doctor denies responsibility for death

Leopoldo Luque in tears after officials search his home and office in Buenos AiresDiego Maradona’s personal physician has denied responsibility for his patient’s death after police raided his home and surgery on Sunday, seizing laptops, medical records…

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In Naples, a city steeped in pagan rites, I saw Maradona cast his spell

A personal memoir of the passionate, intense bond between the Argentinian and his adopted city, which saw his triumphs and his tragic downfallOn the evening that Napoli football club won its first ever championship, in May 1987, a graffito was scrawled…

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Director Asif Kapadia: ‘Diego and Maradona were two different people’

Film director recalls the long and rocky road to meeting the mercurial subject of his filmFootball is a huge part of my life. I was 14 when Diego Maradona scored the two goals against England – the hand of God and the wonder goal. Despite the first goa…

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Diego Maradona lawyer vows legal action over funeral workers’ selfie

‘Devastated’ funeral home owner says trio pictured next to open coffin not full-time staffDiego Maradona’s agent and lawyer has vowed to take action after images emerged of three funeral workers posing next to the late Argentinian footballer’s open cof…

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Gary Lineker: Maradona was ‘like a messiah’ in Argentina – video

Former England forward Gary Lineker paid tribute to Argentina’s legendary footballer Diego Maradona, who died on Wednesday at the age of 60 after he suffered heart failure at his home in Buenos Aires. Lineker, who played against the Argentine in the 19…

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Brave, intelligent Diego Maradona was a man who moved through different air

The Argentina maestro worked relentlessly to best weaponise his skills in football’s most brutally defensive eraDiego Maradona is smoking a cigar, elbow propped on the balcony rail. From a few feet below you can see the creases of his jowls as he shout…

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‘He’ll live forever’: Argentinians in London react to Maradona’s death

Diego Maradona brought his people joy during hard years under a ruthless military dictatorshipWhen John Rattagan was 11, his father took him to a kids’ show in Buenos Aires. In the interval a boy, about 15 years old and dressed in a red football kit ca…