Maradona

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When Maradona was busted in Buenos Aires

This day in football history On 26 April 1991, police in Buenos Aires arrested Diego Maradona for possession of cocaine. It was one more twist in the spiraling descent of the Argentina star, who had just started serving a 15-month ban from Italian football. Although he was already suffering from a cocaine addiction when he joined …

You don’t rap the knuckles on the Hand of God

Cheating isn’t always immoral by Ivan Lopez-Muniz | illustration by Wesley Allsbrook (Colorsport / Andrew Cowie) Gino, an Italian waiter at a restaurant I frequent in Miami, was a youngster in Napoli when Maradona played for the city’s soccer team. He says he attended every match. A few months ago, on the 30th anniversary of the Hand …

When Maradona made his international debut

This day in football history On 27 February 1977, Argentina beat Hungary 5–1 in a friendly that marked the international debut of 16-year-old Diego Maradona. At the time, Hungary had been the more successful team, with two World Cup finals (1938 and 1954), three Olympic gold medals (1952, 1964, 1968) and one silver medal (1972). But …

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When Maradona made his international debut

This day in football history On 27 February 1977, Argentina beat Hungary 5–1 in a friendly that marked the international debut of 16-year-old Diego Maradona. At the time, Hungary had been the more successful team, with two World Cup finals (1938 and 1954), three Olympic gold medals (1952, 1964, 1968) and one silver medal (1972). But …

Maradona invited to speak at Harvard (seriously)

Bringing a new meaning to “higher education” Diego Maradona shared a letter from Harvard University on his Facebook account, inviting him to speak to a class called “The Global Game: Soccer, Politics and Popular Culture.” It appears to be genuine. And if his “Nice to go to Harvard” comment is any indication, he seems interested …

Maradona has a Leo Messi conspiracy theory

Now that Lionel Messi is back from his international non-retirement and all is right with the world, Maradona would like to get back to questioning his character. Since Messi’s retirement declaration immediately followed Argentina’s third cup final loss in as many years and Messi himself even missed the opening spot kick of their doomed shootout …