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Argentine federation wants Maradona back

Critics regarded his hiring as national team manager to be asinine, but apparently Diego Maradona has done enough in his year and a half in charge to be wooed back.

The Argentine soccer federation (AFA) is prepared to offer him a new four-year contract after he guided Argentina to the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup. Hired in November, 2008, after the AFA dismissed Alfio Basile, Maradona compiled a 4-4 record in Conmebol qualifying, which concluded with Argentina clinching on the final day by beating Uruguay, 1-0, in Montevideo.

At the World Cup, Argentina won Group B with maximum points and beat Mexico, 3-1, in the round of 16 before losing to Germany, 4-0. Maradona's tenure so far has included a 3-1 loss to Brazil in Buenos Aires, the team's first home defeat since 1993, and a two-month suspension imposed by FIFA for comments critical of the press following the Uruguay match. Yet until running into the German buzzsaw, Argentina had played some of the best soccer seen at the World Cup.

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