Diego Maradona celebrating in the United Arab Emirates
Argentine former soccer star, Diego Maradona, is now living in Dubai. He was the manager of Al Wasi (Dubai) Soccer Club for a year. He got fired as manager, but the Dubai Sports Council kept him on as a Sports Ambassador.
Argentina’s Diego Maradona is arguably one of the two greatest soccer players in history (the other being Brazil’s Pelé); and a hero all over Latin America. He has become enchanted with the Palestinian cause. In the video above, he was dancing with some Arabs. The press started referring to him as a Sheikh, and the video above has gone viral.
Diego Maradona is set to extend his role as an ambassador to raise the sporting profile of Dubai.
The Argentine great, who was fired as coach of the Dubai-based club Al Wasl after only one season, has spent the past year traveling the globe as an ambassador for the Dubai Sports Council. The council announced Monday that it would extend his contract and plans to announce further details on Tuesday.
From 2011 – Deigo Maradona
The video below shows the one of the goals which made Maradona famous and which brought victory to Argentina over England – in the 1986 World Cup games. Remember, this was just after the Falkland War. The Argentines hated England.
The other famous goal in that game was the infamous “Hand of God,” maneuver, also by Maradona.
Maradona‘s support for Palestine has influence.
I am not saying this is good or bad; I am saying it is noteworthy. In countries that are not military powers – which is most of the world – soccer substitutes for war, as a focus of national pride. Latin Americans wage soccer, not war.
What Maradona thinks has more clout than most Americans can imagine. There is a growing Latin-American connection with the Arabs in Sport.