Maradona to take Argentina to Brazil 2014

2010-07-21 12:19

Diego Maradona is set to remain coach of Argentina’s national

football team, a decision he is expected to announce next week after meeting

with Argentine Football Association (AFA) president Julio Grondona.

The government-run Argentine news agency Telam quoted Grondona as

saying the meeting would be held next Monday.

The newspaper La Nacion reported that Maradona met Grondona

yesterday and had agreed to a four-year contract that will keep him in charge of

La Albiceleste until the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

An AFA spokesperson declined to confirm to the Associated Press

that Maradona would continue as coach.

Maradona has not talked publicly about his plans since Argentina

was knocked out in this year’s World Cup quarterfinals by Germany about three

weeks ago.

He was reported to be travelling yesterday to Venezuela to conduct

football clinics after an invitation from President Hugo Chavez of

Venezuela.

President Cristina Fernandez of Argentina has openly supported

Maradona, and a legislator has proposed building a monument to honour him.

Others have criticised him, blaming his lack of tactical knowledge

for Argentina’s humiliating 4-0 loss to Germany in Cape Town despite having a

team consisting of world’s best players, including Barcelona star Lionel

Messi.

Several news outlets said Maradona had turned down requests from

Grondona to replace some of his assistant coaches, a move that might give the

national icon help in organising practices and tactics.

Argentina is scheduled to play a friendly match against Ireland in

Dublin on August 11.


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