(Buenos Aires, 1961) Argentinian footballer, one of the biggest in history, compared to the legendary Pele. While his skill with the ball and his refined technique matched the Brazilian, the path was much more irregular Maradona: his difficult character, health problems and drug addiction miscarried part of his career, but did not stop his genius shine on numerous occasions. After winning the 1979 World Junior Championships with the national team and triumph two years later in the Boca Juniors, he began a European tour that took him to FC Barcelona (1982-84), Napoli (1984 to 1991) and Seville (1992-93). Back in Argentina he played for Newell’s Old Boys and Boca Juniors before retiring in 1997. With the Argentina team participated in four World Cups and won the world title in that of Mexico (1986), in which he had a marvelous and unforgettable performance.
During Italian period he was married Claudia Villafañe, which would have two daughters, Dalma and Giannina. Maradona remained in Naples until 1991, when a drug test detected cocaine, which was suspended for fifteen months. Shortly after he was arrested in Buenos Aires in a police raid. The April 28, 1992 he was released and had to face a charge of drug possession and supply.
His international career ended stormily in Sevilla team that did not get to complete the 1992-1993 season. When he returned to Argentina after his European experience, he performed at the Rosario club Newell’s Old Boys (1993-1994) and, after serving a suspension imposed in 1994 by the international football authority (FIFA), he returned to wear the shirt of Boca Juniors 1995, irregular in their performance season. In October 1997 he announced his retirement after once again failing a doping test.
The Hand of God and The Goal of The Century
With Argentina, Maradona had already worn his magic on the team that won the World Junior Championship in Japan (1979). At the senior level, Maradona was part of the national teams that participated in four world championships: those of Spain (1982), Mexico (1986), Italy (1990) and the US (1994). He won the world championship played in Mexico (1986) and runner-up in Italy (1990). In the world of the United States (1994) only he got to play two games; after the second, he failed a drug test and was suspended.
Where his figure shone with greater intensity was certainly in the world of Mexico, where his ability to drag the whole defense of the opposing team with impressive ease dribbling and projection stunned the millions of fans who followed the championship by television. Particularly memorable was his performance in the quarterfinals: four years after the Falklands War, British and Argentine faced a maximum rivalry game, which ended with the victory of the Argentinians by 2-1, with two goals from Maradona.
The first of these should have been canceled (Maradona put his fist ball contesting the British goalkeeper), but not less famous: when asked later if he had scored the both hands, Maradona replied that he had been ” Hand of God “, and that name became history. The second, called precisely the goal of the century, it was difficult to overcome one of its genius: starting their own field, Maradona dribbled one after another, five English players and the goalkeeper, and scored with his left foot.
Professionally, after his retirement he worked as a coach, manager of Boca Juniors, sports commentator and television presenter. Despite the numerous scandals and controversies that starred during and after his career, Maradona was still idolized in his country. Pelusa knew thrill football fans and earned a place in the history of the sport. The song composed by Fito Paez (Dale joy to my heart) and tango Wizard Diego, Enrique Bugatti, are some of the tributes that his compatriots dedicated to him.
In 2008 he was appointed coach of the Argentina football team and its management, as expected, it was controversial: despite having figures of the stature of Leo Messi, whom he recognized as his successor, the albiceleste combined did not exceed quarterfinals of the World Cup 2010.
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