The man with two watches sends one below the belt.
Apparently one World Cup with Diego Maradona as manager was not enough for the Argentinian Football Association. The AFA is set to reward the eccentric coach with a new four-year deal that will keep the chubby one at the helm through the 2014 World Cup in neighbouring Brazil.
Diego has yet to officially sign the contract, but the announcement went public Wednesday. He will be under pressure to perform right away, as the 2011 Copa America will be held in Argentina and, unlike his quarter-final defeat in South Africa, no less than winning will be accepted.
And what better way to warm up for the big tourney than to play the new world champions? That’s right, rumour has it Argentina will play a friendly against Spain somewhere in the U.S. (most likely New York) on September 7. Will Maradona actually try to win the midfield battle? Or will he concede the centre of the pitch and play with three defenders and seven strikers? You know he’ll pull something funny out.
News in the football world is dominated today by the international retirement of two, er, giants.
Just a day after the New York Red Bulls signed him (on Bastille Day no less), all-time French scoring leader Thierry Henry announced he would no longer play for Les Bleus. After France’s World Cup performance, saying you’re quitting is like crashing your car, and then saying you don’t want to drive it anymore. Henry will likely make his debut for New York against Tottenham Hotspur on July 22nd. Look for our own Yid Army member — Ian Harrison — to file as he heads to the Big Apple for the second half of the Red Bulls challenge…NY vs. Man. City and Spurs vs. Sporting Lisbon.
As well, the much-maligned Emile Heskey has announced he’s retiring from the English team. The debate rages over Heskey’s value to the Three Lions. The hulking forward didn’t score a lot of goals. But teammates like Michael Owen said they wouldn’t want to play off anyone else.
German prosecutors have expanded their probe into match-fixing. The thing now covers more than 270 games in nine countries. It’s reminds me of my oh-so-clever scheme to try and fix the International Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament. Good ol’ rock. Nothing beats rock.
If you’re Michael Ballack’s agent, you’re probably blaming gay people for the crime.
The Premier League kicks off in a month… and with Roy Hodgson up on Merseyside trying to convince his big players to stay, Fulham is looking for his replacement. There are rumours that U.S. coach Bob Bradley will take over. I hope not. He scares me…
The English FA is thinking about eliminating FA Cup replays in order to make room for a winter break. It seems the poor poppets in England are tired. Rich and tired. So very, very tired…
Apparently, Manchester United’s gaffer — Sir Alex Ferguson — is sitting pretty after the World Cup. The Red Devils are in Toronto tonight and we’ll bring you details from the presser with SAF and Man U midfielder Darren Fletcher later.
Finally one more reason to love Steve Gerrard-Gerrard. Wow.