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Maradona Blasts Argentina's Coaching Decisions

  • ESPN FC, Friday, July 25, 2014 11:34 AM

Former Argentina captain Diego Maradona, who famously inspired the Albiceleste to World Cup glory at the 1986 tournament in Mexico, blasted Argentine soccer federation (AFA) president Julio Grondona for his coaching choices following Argentina’s failure to recapture the World Cup title at this year’s tournament in Brazil, where the South American giant lost 1-0 to Germany in the final.

Speaking to the media during a charity game in Cordoba on Thursday, Maradona said: "I don't like either [current coach Alejandro] Sabella or [Miguel Angel] Russo.” While Sabella has not yet decided whether to extend his stay as coach of the national team, Russo is the name being muted as a possible replacement. “There is someone we're forgetting,” Maradona added, “[Cesar Luis] Menotti, who doesn't have a job because he's battled the 'mafia.'" Menotti famously guided Argentina to World Cup glory in 1978 despite clashing with AFA officials.

Maradona coached the national team to a quarterfinal finish at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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1 comment about "Maradona Blasts Argentina's Coaching Decisions".
  1. G O, July 27, 2014 at 8:41 p.m.

    When a side has the world's best lethal goal scorer, proven time and again at the highest levels of competition in the last eight years, and one cannot construct a system of play to optimize him to even get more than one shot on goal (or two) in over 90 minutes, yes, as a coaching staff and as players: You don't know what you are doing. Argentina looked pathetic against Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. One cannot sugarcoat dull, ineffectual, lackluster, no offensive production play - all of which is what Argentina's side gave the fans in their last 440 minutes of World Cup competitive play for 2014. I rarely, if ever, agree with Diego Maradona. And Diego's just doing his usual limelight grabbing; but he's right.

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