If there was one soccer legend likely to come to Luis Suárez’s defense, it was Diego Maradona. Beyond the Argentine icon’s own controversial image, beyond his healthy respect for anyone who defies authority, the star of Mexico 1986 is no stranger to his won World Cup controversies. Part of his own hand ball incident in those 1986 finals, Maradona was sent home from USA 1994 after failing a drug test. On a number of levels, the FIFA’s joint-player of the 20th century can empathize with Uruguay’s troubled star.
That empathy may be why Maradona has come out in support of the suspended star. Today, on his television show De Zurda, Maradona unveiled a t-shirt reading, in Spanish, “Luis, we are with you:”
Why would he do this? If you know the golden rule of Maradona, it makes perfect sense. If you’re even in doubt as to how the legend would react to anything, just ask yourself what Pelé would do, and Maradone will do the opposite. If the Brazilian legend is soccer history’s omnipresent, well-crafted yin, Don Diego is the bellicose, impetuous yang.
Say Pelé likes vanilla. Maradona will love chocolate. If Pele listened to Oasis, Maradona preferred Blur. The Santos star may have drank Coke, but Napoli’s all-time leading scorer snorted it. There’s no shared ground between the two.
How would Pele react to Suárez’s bites? Probably with the sanctimony of a self-appointed steward. He’d write a book to throw at him.
Maradona? He made a t-shirt professing his support. And would we really want it any other way?
Here he comes.
When Henrikh Mkhitaryan signed for Manchester United in the summer big things were expected.
It’s taken him a while to settle but now the Armenian playmaker has scored his first goal for United with a stunning superb solo effort against Zorya Luhansk on Thursday in the UEFA Europa League.
Watch the video below to see Mkhitaryan put United 1-0 up.
What a goal.
You truly have to see this a few times to believe it is possible.
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Stunning footage from a game between National Vatera and Makedonikos Kozanis in Greece’s four-tier last weekend has emerged as Kozanis striker Thanasis Takidis goes clean through on goal, gets one yard out but then somehow delays his shot and is blocked on the line by a defender, then the ball gets away from him.
Watch the clip above to see probably the worst miss you will ever see.
I mean, come on man…
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) Japanese champion Kashima Antlers beat Auckland City of New Zealand 2-1 in the opening game of the Club World Cup on Thursday.
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Kim Dae-wook headed Auckland ahead five minutes after half time, but substitute Shuhei Akasaki equalized for the J-League champions in the 67th minute.
Fellow sub Mu Kanazaki then completed the comeback in the 88th, heading home from close range after Shoma Doi nodded a deep Shuto Yamamoto cross from the left back.
Kashima advanced to a quarterfinal against African champion Mamelodi Sundowns in Osaka on Sunday.
The winner of that game will face Copa Libertadores winner Atletico Nacional in the semifinal Wednesday. European powerhouse Real Madrid also enters the tournament from the semifinal stage.
The use of video replays was available during the match but there were no official reviews. The technology is there to be used only for correcting clear errors in game-changing decisions.
Week 15 of the Premier League season has arrived with Manchester United hosting Tottenham, Liverpool welcoming West Ham and Leicester City and Manchester City clashing at the King Power Stadium.
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With some intense relegation battles between Swansea City and Sunderland and Hull City and Crystal Palace, there is plenty on the line as the festive season really starts to heat up.
Below are previews, score predictions and everything else you need to know about all 10 games this weekend.
Chelsea vs. West Brom
Leicester City vs. Manchester City
Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool vs. West Ham
Arsenal vs. Stoke City
Southampton vs. Middlesbrough
Swansea City vs. Sunderland
Watford vs. Everton
Hull vs. Crystal Palace
Burnley vs. Bournemouth