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Maradona: Bigger challenges to come

Posted Wednesday, June 23, 2010 by PA32 hits

Argentina coach Diego Maradona admitted his side will face greater tests after their 2-0 victory over Greece at the Peter Mokaba Stadium made it three wins in succession in Group B. Defender Martin Demichelis and substitute Martin Palermo scored the goals in the last 13 minutes after finally breaking through a determined Greek rearguard action. "Now the road gets more difficult," said Ma...Full Story »

Maradona to ring changes

Posted Saturday, June 19, 2010 by PA50 hits

Diego Maradona is set to rest a number of key players in Argentina's final World Cup Group B clash with Greece. Two impressive victories have seen Maradona's side breeze towards the last 16 with something to spare and the coach is therefore set to ring the changes to keep his men fresh. Right-back Jonas Gutierrez is suspended anyway while defender Walter Samuel has a knock, but the Greece matc...Full Story »

Maradona full of praise for players

Posted Friday, June 18, 2010 by PA26 hits

Diego Maradona was much more sedate after witnessing his Argentina team dismantle South Korea 4-1 at Soccer City, instead lavishing praise upon his players. The Albiceleste coach, who on Wednesday took a swipe at fellow legends Pele and Michel Platini, even took the time to apologise to the UEFA president for his comments. And Maradona had reason to be happy after the South Americans' domin...Full Story »

SKorea must deal with Messi, Maradona

Posted Wednesday, June 16, 2010 by YAHOO Sport120 hits

JOHANNESBURG(AP) —South Korea will see Argentina’s best all-time player on the sideline and its current great on the field Thursday. The first matchup of teams that won their opening games at the World Cup could see one clinch a spot in the second round. If the Koreans or Albiceleste win, and Greece-Nigeria draw, the 2-0 team is headed to the round of 16. For South Korea to get the...Full Story »

Maradona pulls no punches

Posted Wednesday, June 16, 2010 by PA25 hits

Argentina coach Diego Maradona took a swipe at fellow legends Pele and Michel Platini and also criticised the World Cup matchball during another no-holds-barred press conference in South Africa on Wednesday. Speaking ahead of Thursday's Group B encounter between his side and South Korea in Johannesburg, Maradona said Pele should "go back to the museum" and claimed UEFA president Platini thi...Full Story »

Maradona has a taste for success

Posted Sunday, June 13, 2010 by PA18 hits

Diego Maradona wants his Argentina side to get "the flavour of winning" after they opened their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 victory over Nigeria and the coach compared Lionel Messi's love for the ball to a child's love for chocolate. Argentina created a series of excellent openings in the Group B match but took just one of them, Gabriel Heinze heading home a Juan Sebastian Veron corner after ...Full Story »

Maradona in plea for fair play

Posted Saturday, June 12, 2010 by PA34 hits

Argentina coach Diego Maradona appealed to FIFA to extol the virtues of their Fair Play campaign during this summer's World Cup as his side prepare to get their campaign under way this weekend. Maradona, who infamously scored with his hand against England during the 1986 World Cup quarter-final before going on to lift the trophy for Argentina, urged referees to "understand what fair play is" in...Full Story »

Maradona sees Messi as natural heir

Posted Saturday, June 12, 2010 by PA72 hits

Argentina coach Diego Maradona admits he would love to see Lionel Messi make the same impact on this World Cup as he himself did back in 1986. Maradona took the tournament by storm 24 years ago in Mexico, scoring five goals - including stunning individual efforts against England and Belgium - and setting up five more en route to helping Argentina claim their second and most recent World Cup cro...Full Story »

Diego Maradona and Argentina touch down in South Africa for World Cup

Posted Sunday, May 30, 2010 by theguardian.com28 hits

Diego Maradona and his Argentina squad arrived in South Africa for the World Cup today, looking jet-lagged as they were greeted by media at Johannesburg airport. Maradona blew a kiss to reporters, saying: "Hola, South Africa. I love South Africa." Security was tight at the airport, with a line of South African police carrying guns and wearing dark blue uniforms moving out on to the tarmac as ...Full Story »

World Cup 2010: Diego Maradona Happy With Argentina Friendly Win Over Canada

Posted Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Goal.com339 hits

World Cup preparations off to a healthy start... Argentina coach Diego Maradona declared himself happy after his side strolled to a comfortable 5-0 friendly victory over Canada at El Monumental in Buenos Aires. With a handful of their stars, including Lionel Messi, absent from the starting lineup, the Albiceleste secured the win thanks to a brace from Maxi Rodriguez and one each from Angel d...Full Story »

Maradona runs over cameraman with car

Posted Friday, May 21, 2010 by theguardian.com395 hits

Diego Maradona runs over cameraman at World Cup squad announcement Diego Maradona ran over a cameraman before calling him an 'asshole'. The Argentina coach Diego Maradona insulted an injured cameraman after accidentally running over his leg ahead of announcement of the albiceleste World Cup squad. Driving to yesterday's news conference in Buenos Aires, the 1986 World Cup winner was surroun...Full Story »

Messi can't compare to Maradona - Yet

Posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010 by hits

MARADONA: Best in the world KNEE-JERK reactions are commonplace in today's football and that's understandable with so much said and written about our beautiful game. Players go from hero to zero in the space of 90 minutes, and vice-versa in some instances, and we are all prone to getting carried away at times. It's worth remembering that things are very different these days as, due to the ex...Full Story »

Maradona vows to utilise Messi at World Cup

Posted Saturday, March 27, 2010 by The Independent62 hits

Argentina will change tactics if necessary to let Lionel Messi shine at the World Cup, coach Diego Maradona said yesterday. Messi has been brilliant for Barcelona but struggled to make an impact for Argentina, sparking criticism of his performances and Maradona's failure to make the 22-year-old fit in. "If I had to change for his good, I'd change," Maradona told local radio station Coopera...Full Story »

Argentina head coach Diego is greeted by schoolchildren

Posted Friday, February 05, 2010 by PA80 hits

WINTERVELDT, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 19: In this handout photo provided by 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa, Argentina national soccer team's head coach Diego Maradona is greeted by schoolchildren during his visit to Kgotlelelang School at Winterveldt on January 19, 2010, around 40km north west of Pretoria, South Africa. WINTERVELDT, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 19: In thi...Full Story »

Argentina Coach Maradona Speaks Out After Completing Two Month Ban

Posted Tuesday, January 26, 2010 by Goal.com14 hits

The World Cup winner says he followed the ban to the letter of the law. Argentina coach Diego Maradona has claimed that he offered to pay FIFA to allow him to speak to his players during his two month ban from football which ended last week. El Pelusa was banned from football for two months following controversial comments at a press conference after his team secured their place at the World C...Full Story »

Fitness Doubts Persist Over Wolfsburg Goalkeeper Diego Benaglio

Posted Saturday, January 23, 2010 by YAHOO Sport27 hits

Wolfsburg coach Armin Veh has a handful of troublesome selection problems ahead of this Sunday’s encounter against Koeln, with goalkeeper Diego Benaglio still a heavy doubt for the reigning Bundesliga champions, according to a report in Bild. Lingering ninth in the table, there is little chance of die Wolfe retaining their crown, but they will certainly want to push up the table when they...Full Story »

Pele says Argentina’s form not Maradona’s fault

Posted Sunday, January 17, 2010 by AP16 hits

BOGOTA (AP)—Pele says it wasn’t Diego Maradona’s fault that Argentina played poorly in World Cup qualifiers, suggesting the blame should rest with Argentine officials who chose him as the national coach. Pele said on Saturday he expected Argentina to be a strong contender at the World Cup in South Africa. He also listed his native Brazil, Italy, Spain and England as major cont...Full Story »

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