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Diego Maradona open to coaching UAE XI


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—Diego Maradona says he would be open to leading the United Arab Emirates national team.

The Argentine great, who since May has coached the UAE professional side Al Wasl, has been mentioned as a potential candidate in the local media since Srecko Katanec of Slovenia was sacked following the team’s 3-1 loss to Lebanon in September.

The UAE has since lost three matches under an interim coach.

Maradona did not say Wednesday whe-ther the country’s football association had approached him about the job, though he said he would accept the post “with pleasure.”

He insisted his focus is on Al Wasl but the 1986 World Cup-winning Argentine said he could envision doing both jobs simultaneously.

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  • pedrongbata

    Who’s asking?

  • Anonymous

    Arguably to be better than Pele, but in my opinion They are both of diferent style and yet borned gifted and to be amongst the  two “Greatest”   soccer legends till date . Not even Zidane, Zico, Socrates, Netzner Beckenbaur Muller Charlton Cyruff are of same level as both Pele And Maradona were when they were at their prime.
    Messi isnt there yet, Not unless he shines in the world cup finals and win it for Argentina as what Pele and Maradona did almost single handedly in matches where they displayed their magical skills enroute to the final.

    “Bend it like Beckham” is copied from Brazil famous invention back in the late 60s and 70s “the banana freekick” where Rivelino Taotaos and Pele famously showed to the world as they bend their freekicks around the wall of defenders.. 
    But not all soccer greats have the making  to be great soccer coach and manager.

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