Diego Maradona

  • Watch: Diego Maradona slaps a journalist for 'bothering' his wife August 11, 2014

    Buenos Aires Argentine football great Diego Maradona punched one of the reporters who crowded around him as he left a show with his younger son Diego Fernando, here. The incident occurred Saturday afternoon at the door of the El National theatre where Maradona attended a children's show "Panam" with his son...
  • Maradona rips Argentina's World Cup performance July 26, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Diego Maradona has slammed Argentina's second-place finish in the World Cup, saying the team "did not play at all." The former Argentina star, and coach of the national side four years ago in South Africa, said the team led by Lionel Messi should have been winning matches by three...
  • World Cup 2014: Messi did not deserve the 'Golden Ball', says Diego Maradona July 14, 2014

    Argentina's football legend Diego Maradona feels Lionel Messi didn't impress in this World Cup and didn't deserved to be awarded the Golden Ball. Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in extra time at the Maracana as Messi missed out on an easy scoring chance in the second half. Messi played a key...
  • World Cup 2014: Despite woes, Argentines united in winning run July 13, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Soccer has once again emerged as the patriotic touchstone that unites the Argentines as they teeter on the precipice, this time threatened by a debt crisis, soaring inflation and the scandal-plagued end to a 12-year political dynasty that has polarized the nation. The country's World Cup semifinal victory over...
  • World Cup 2014: Passionate Messi ready to join Maradona in the pantheon July 13, 2014

    Rio De Janeiro: Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi are great Argentine footballers with very different personalities but "Leo" became "Diego" for a brief moment when he scored in the World Cup group game against Bosnia. The normally introverted Messi celebrated the goal, his first at a World Cup for eight years,...
  • World Cup 2014: The nine previous finals featuring Argentina and Germany July 12, 2014

    Rio de Janerio: Argentina and Germany have appeared collectively in nine previous World Cup finals and two against each other. The South Americans beat West Germany to win the 1986 World Cup before the Europeans gained revenge in the final four years later. Here is a look at their previous final...
  • World Cup 2014: Diego Maradona to stay in Argentina team hotel July 11, 2014

    Argentina's national team will be accompanied by legend Diego Maradona as they prepare for Sunday's FIFA World Cup final against Germany at the Maracana stadium. The 1986 World Cup winner has checked himself into the same hotel as the Albiceleste squad in Rio's beachside neighbourhood of Barra da Tijuca, reports Xinhua....
  • World Cup 2014: Germany not impossible to beat, says Maradona July 11, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Former Argentine footballer Diego Maradona said Germany are not "impossible" to beat in the upcoming final match of the 2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup. Germany are set to play Argentina on Sunday for the championship title at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium, reports Xinhua. "Germany are not impossible (to beat),"...
  • World Cup 2014: Brazil's image shattered, says Maradona July 9, 2014

    Germany's 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the World Cup semi-final was a "hammer-blow" that has damaged the hosts' image around the world, Argentine great Diego Maradona said. The astonishing reverse was Brazil's record World Cup defeat, their first loss at home in 64 competitive matches since 1975, and the first time...
  • World Cup 2014: Don't blame Messi if Argentina fail, says Maradona July 3, 2014

    Belo Horizonte: Argentina are playing far below their best, are over-reliant on Lionel Messi and must improve if they are to beat Belgium in their World Cup quarterfinals, according to Diego Maradona. "We still haven't got started," Maradona, who won the 1986 World Cup with Argentina, said in a withering analysis...
  • World Cup 2014: Belgium tie sharpens Messi-Maradona focus July 3, 2014

    Brasilia: As the former Argentina international Jorge Valdano once observed: "One does try to avoid comparing Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona. The problem is that Messi doesn't help." The comparisons will only increase ahead of Argentina's World Cup quarter-final with Belgium on Saturday, for it was against the Belgians that two...
  • Maradona says could be next coach of Venezuela July 2, 2014

    Caracas: Argentine great Diego Maradona has said he could be the next coach of Venezuela, the only South American country that has never made it to the World Cup. Cesar Farias quit in November last year after the Venezuelan team, which is known as the 'Vinotinto' ('Red Wine') for its burgundy-colored...
  • World Cup 2014: Coach Sabella compares Messi's leadership to Maradona July 1, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Lionel Messi' s fantastic form in 2014 FIFA World Cup proves that he is as important as legend Diego Maradona for Argentina, national coach Alejandro Sabella said on Monday. Messi, the four-time FIFA Ballon d'Or winner, has scored four of the team's six goals to take Argentina into the...
  • World Cup 2014: FIFA may as well throw Suarez into Guantanamo, says Maradona June 27, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Diego Maradona blasted FIFA's ban on Uruguay striker Luis Suarez as "criminal" and said world soccer's governing body might as well handcuff the striker and lock him up in Guantanamo prison. "Who did Suarez kill?" Maradona said during his soccer commentary programme broadcast on Venezuela's Telesur and Argentine public...
  • World Cup 2014: Messi ready to join the game's all-time greats June 26, 2014

    Lionel Messi's World Cup double for Argentina in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over Nigeria suggests the four-times World Player of the Year may be ready to take his place among the all-time greats of the game. The 27-year-old has amassed a glittering haul of trophies with Barcelona, netting 354 goals in 425...
  • World Cup 2014: No way! Memorable WC scandals and shocks June 25, 2014

    Brazil's World Cup has had great goals, great games and a great atmosphere. Yet it was missing the spice of scandal that made previous tournaments stick in the memory. Until now. Luis Suarez's apparent bite on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini has left the Uruguayan striker's future in the tournament at the mercy...
  • World Cup 2014: Maradona responds to Argentina football chief with 'middle finger' June 23, 2014

    Rio De Janeiro: Diego Maradona has responded to being called a "bad luck charm" by Argentina's football association president by showing him the middle finger on live TV. Maradona was responding to reports that Julio Grondona called him a jinx after Argentina's 1-0 victory over Iran on Saturday. Maradona watched the game...
  • World Cup 2014: Diego Maradona slams FIFA over Costa Rica doping scrutiny June 22, 2014

    Football legend Diego Maradona hit out at FIFA after claiming seven of Costa Rica's players were subjected to post-match doping controls over fears sponsors would not pay up if bigger teams like Italy failed to get out of the group stage at the World Cup finals. Costa Rica, who stunned south...
  • 10 all-time greatest players of the Football World Cup June 6, 2014

    With one week to go before the World Cup starts in Brazil, here are the ten greatest stars in the tournament's 84-year old historyPele is considered by many the greatest player in football history, Pele won three World Cup titles with Brazil. He was a teenager when he helped the...
  • Can Messi do a Maradona at World Cup? June 3, 2014

    Two-time former champions Argentina, loaded with some of the world's top stars, are the clear favourites in Group F while debutants Bosnia-Herzegovina will be looking to make an impact in the 2014 World Cup. Also in the group are Iran, who have failed to go beyond the group stage in their...
  • Diego Maradona all set to resume playing career at 53 February 22, 2014

    Legendary Diego Maradona is all set for a sensational return to competitive football at the age of 53, according to media reports. Maradona, who is often refered as 'god' in his native Argentina, is said to be joining a fifth tier Argentine minnows Deportivo Riestra, the club owned by his lawyer...
  • Sachin Tendulkar is Maradona of cricket: Ganguly November 17, 2013

    New Delhi: He was among the millions left speechless by Sachin Tendulkar's farewell speech and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly said the retired legend can only be compared to football great Diego Maradona when it comes international sporting icons. "Diego Maradona, he was my favourite and so is Sachin. And both...
  • I want to coach Napoli after Benitez, saya Maradona October 17, 2013

    Milan: Diego Maradona would like to coach his former club Napoli. The Argentina great was in Milan on Thursday to promote a video series on his life with the Gazzetta dello Sport. He says "when (Rafa) Benitez leaves I would like to coach Napoli." Maradona led Napoli to its only two...
  • Brazil are 2014 World Cup favourites: Maradona May 21, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Football legend Diego Maradona says Brazil are firm favourites to win next year's FIFA World Cup on home soil. The 1986 World Cup winner predicts a poor showing from European nations during football's showpiece tournament to be played from June 12-July 13, reports Xinhua. "Brazil won't have anybody to match...
  • Maradona to help Argentine fifth-tier side: reports August 16, 2013

    Buenos Aires: Diego Maradona is to be a part-time consultant for an Argentine fifth-tier team during visits home to Buenos Aires from his job as a sports ambassador for the United Arab Emirates, local media reported. The former Argentina captain and coach will use his motivational powers at Deportivo Riestra of...
  • Argentine great Maradona accused of attacking photographer July 30, 2013

    Buenos Aires, Argentina: A celebrity magazine photographer has accused Diego Maradona of kicking him in the groin, filing a police complaint against the Argentine great. Gente magazine photographer Enrique Medina said the attack happened outside Maradona's father's house on Sunday night as he waited to take a picture of the 1986...
  • Lionel Messi overtakes Diego Maradona's Argentina tally with hat-trick June 15, 2013

    Guatemala City: Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to help a second-string Argentina record an easy 4-0 away win over Guatemala in a friendly on Friday and overtake Diego Maradona's international goals tally. Messi, who came on as a substitute in recent World Cup qualifiers against Colombia and Ecuador, was given a...
  • Maradona not pardoned over tax debts, says Italy authority February 1, 2013

    Rome: Diego Maradona has not been pardoned over tax debts, the Italian revenue agency said on Friday, denying an earlier announcement by the soccer great's lawyer that his tax bill had been cleared. "The central tax commission has not cancelled, or declared null, or altered the debt that Mr. Diego Maradona...
  • Iraq deny they want Diego Maradona as coach December 21, 2012

    Baghdad: The Iraqi Football Association on Friday denied media reports that they were negotiating with Argentine great Diego Maradona to take over as a coach of the national team. "There is no negotiation between Iraqi Football Association with Diego Maradona and they don't have any intention to hire him," deputy...
  • Maradona top candidate to become Iraq's football coach December 21, 2012

    Buenos Aires: Diego Maradona is on the brink of becoming coach of Iraq and wants to take the country to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, Argentine agent Hernan Tofoni told Reuters on Thursday. Maradona, who is acting as a consultant for the UAE club Al Wasl that he...