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Asked to name the best player he faced during his playing career, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann
and recalled watching the Argentine warm up before a UEFA Cup final clash in 1989. The Maradona performance Klinsmann describes marveling at while on the same field has gotten nearly
2 million YouTube views ...
Speaking to the 46 teenage finalists of the 7Up Sueno Alianza
National Finals presented by Verizon,
“There were 70,000 people in the stadium and Maradona went on the field. We’re on the other side of the field, warming up like Germans: seriously, focused.
“There’s music playing, the song 'Live is Life,' and to the rhythm of the song Maradona started juggling the ball. So we stopped our warm-up. What’s this guy
doing? He’s juggling off his shoulders. And we couldn’t warm up anymore because we had to watch this guy."
A 3-3 tie -- Klinsmann scored the first goal -- gave Napoli a 5-4 win
on aggregate over Klinsmann’s VfB Stuttgart.