Just when you think you haven’t heard from Diego Maradona in a while, boom, there he is. The old “hand of god” came in pretty handy on this occasion…
One of the greatest players to every play the game, if not the greatest, has been filmed slapping an Argentine journalist in the face. The man who led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title, plus had a storied career with Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Napoli among others, always seems to be in the news for the wrong reasons.
This time an Argentine scribe took the brunt of Maradona’s right hand as the journalist was adjudged to have winked at Diego’s girlfriend Veronica Ojeda. The couple were mobbed by the media after leaving a theater and Maradona was showing off his son Diego Fernando in the car. Diego then got out of the car, as you can watch in the video above, and gave the journalist in question a stern telling off before slapping him in the face.
More details on Diego’s outburst from our friends over at Soccerly, below.
Controversial Argentine football player and coach, Diego Maradona has once again found his way into the spotlight, by slapping a journalist.
Maradona, who was leaving a theater with his girlfriend Veronica Ojeda and their son Diego Fernando, became incensed when it appeared a journalist had winked at Ojeda. Maradona got out of his car and confronted the gentleman before slapping him across the face.
Maradona is famous for his time playing for Italy’s Napoli and the Argentine National Team. The football legend also coached Argentina at the 2010 World Cup before coaching for a season in the United Arab Emirates.
Maradona has long been a controversial figure in sports whether it has been being photographed with alleged mafia bosses to the ‘Hand of God’ goal at the World Cup in 1986. Despite this, Maradona is seen as a hero in Argentina as well as in Naples, where he led Napoli to the Scudetto in 1987 and 1990.
MEXICO CITY (AP) Mexican soccer star Rafael Marquez is back with his club more than a month after the U.S. Treasury Department named him on a sanctions list for alleged drug trafficking ties.
Atlas said Monday that the 38-year-old defender is practicing with the team again.
In August, Marquez was among 22 people sanctioned by the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. He was accused of acting as a frontman for the Raul Flores Hernandez drug trafficking organization.
Marquez has denied any wrongdoing and said he will work to clear his name. He is not known to face any criminal charges in the United States or Mexico.
Atlas says Marquez will continue his legal fight while at the team.
Marquez has played internationally with AS Monaco, Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls.
WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) Wolfsburg has hired Martin Schmidt to coach the Bundesliga side as a swift replacement for Andries Jonker.
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Jonker was fired on Monday after less than seven months in charge, with Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Stuttgart leaving Wolfsburg with four points from its opening four league games of the new campaign.
The 50-year-old Schmidt has signed a contract through 2019 and he will take charge of Tuesday’s game against Werder Bremen.
The Swiss coach left Mainz by mutual consent in May after almost three years in charge. Mainz finished last season in 15th place in the Bundesliga, above Wolfsburg on goal difference. Wolfsburg only survived in the Bundesliga last season by a winning a playoff.
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It wouldn’t be the first time a professional athlete has tried his hand at another sport, but this one is a bit surprising.
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The Telegraph is reporting that ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is poised to become a professional boxer and is expected to announce his decision on Tuesday.
The 38-year-old has been a pundit for BBC and BT Sport since retiring from soccer 2015, but the six-time Premier League winner appears ready to tackle a new venture.
Ferdinand will attempt to follow in the footsteps of former Sheffield United striker Curtis Woodhouse — who went on to become British light-welterweight champion.
Below is a video Ferdinand posted to his Instagram account on Monday which appears to show him practice dodging with a personal trainer.
Paris Saint-Germain picked up its sixth consecutive win to start the Ligue 1 season on Sunday, but something else happened during the team’s 2-0 victory over Lyon that should be a show for concern.
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In fact, two notable sequences occurred during the match that proved money cannot buy chemistry — or how the saying goes.
The issues on both occasions were between summer signing Neymar and Edinson Cavani — who has been with PSG since 2013.
First, a free kick situation arose where Cavani had appeared that he was going to take the set piece, until Brazilian defender Dani Alves stepped in and took the ball and proceeded to give it to his national and club teammate, Neymar.
The second occurence was even more embarrassing though, as Neymar and Cavani argued over who would take a penalty kick, which Cavani ultimately got his way before having his shot saved by goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.
Below is a video containing a piece of both instances.