With the passing of the great Diego Maradona, we’re reposting this Issue 5 feature. For a motley crew of the League of Ireland’s finest, football paradise was found in South America, when they also faced the teenage sensation, writes Macdara Ferris.
On this day in 1986, Diego Maradona scored two of the most talked about goals in World Cup history. The ‘Hand of God’ at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City was followed by what many still consider to be the greatest goal of all time.
In honour of his birthday this week, take a look at this footage of Diego Maradona from the 1979 FIFA U-20 World Cup, via FIFATV.
October 20, 1976, Diego Armando Maradona Franco makes his professional début with Argentinos Juniors, ten days before his sixteenth birthday. In 167 appearances, he scored 115 goals before a £1m transfer to Boca Juniors in 1981.
“I think I’m the best player ever. Why would you compare me to Pele? My mother said that I’m stronger and that he used to play with players who didn’t even move on the pitch.”
For a lot of fans, football is a religion. To Hernan and Alejandro Veron, Argentine player Diego Maradona is the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. As founders of the Church of Maradona, Alejandro and Hernan have reinvented the idea of […]
Most babies are afraid of the Bogeyman. In Brazil, it’s Diego Maradona.