Maradona Goals – Pele Maradona | Maradona hand of god



Buenos Aires — “Soccer has a god.”

BUENOS AIRES — “Soccer has a god. That god is Argentine, and his name is Diego Armando Maradona,” proclaims the Web site of the Church of Maradona, an online fan club of Argentina’s unrivaled athletic icon that claims some 20,000 members.

Diego Armando Maradona was born in Lanús but was raised in Villa Fiorito a shanty town on the southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. He has three older sisters and two younger brothers Hugo and Eduardo both of whom were also professional football players.
Maradona was spotted by Los Cebolitas, the junior team of Buenos Aires’ Argentinos Juniors as a youngster aged 10 while playing for his neighbourhood club Estrella Roja . At Argentinos Juniors, he became very popular as a halftime attraction during the team’s league matches where he displayed his football joggling skills.
He made his professional debut with Argentinos  Juniors just ten days before his sixteenth birthday on October 20, 1976. He played for them between 1976 and 1981. He joined Boca Juniors for a transfer fee of £1m, and won his first league winner’s medal in 1982.
Maradona went to the 1982 World Cup with Argentina as defending champions. However, the team was eliminated in the second round after loosing to Brazil and eventual winners Italy in the 2nd round mini group stage.
After, the world cup, Maradona moved to Barcelona in Spain for a then world record fee of £5m. During his stay at Barcelona, he won the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup in 1983. However, due to many injuries and clashes with the club’s directors he made a transfer request and was transferred to Napoli for another record fee of £6.9m. in 1984.
He won two Serie A titles with Napoli in the 1986/87 and 1989/90 seasons. Maradona also won the Copa Italia in 1987, the old UEFA Cup in 1989 and the Italian Super Cup in 1990 and was the highest goal scorer in Serie A for the 1987/88 season.
Also in 1986, Maradona led Argentina to their second World Cup title winning the tournament’s Golden Ball award as its best player. Argentina’s quarter final match is historic because of the 2 goals Maradona scored in his team’s 2-1 victory over England.
The first was an unpenalized handball known as the ‘Hand of God’ and a brilliant second goal that saw Maradona dribble past six England players called the ‘Goal of the Century.’ The English were unforgiving of Maradona but he got away with it.
Maradona led his national team to the final of Italia ’90 where they lost to Germany, 1-0. He also appeared in the 1994 World Cup in the United States were he was banned after failing a drug test after returning positive samples for ephedrine. He was expelled from the tournament as a result.
Maradona also played for other football clubs such as Sevilla, Newell’s Old Boys and made a single appearance for Totenham Hotspur in the testimonial game for his very good friend Osvaldo Ardiles against Inter Milan just before the 1986 World Cup.

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