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Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona has been sacked by United Arab Emirates club Al-Wasl after only 14 months in charge.

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Maradona set for Dubai switch after agreeing Al Wasl dealupdated: Mon May 16 2011 13:59:00

Former Argentina coach Diego Maradona has agreed a two-year deal to manage Dubai-based Al Wasl, according to the club. Tim Vickery: Argentina still searching for defensive answers under Batistaupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 07:05:00

There is no place for Carlos Tevez or Sergio Aguero in the Argentina squad that coach Sergio Batista brings to New York for Saturday's friendly against the U.S. Tim Vickery: Banega restores balance to Argentina's midfieldupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 13:10:00

A 4-1 win Tuesday over world champion Spain should do much to transform Sergio Batista from caretaker to full-time coach of Argentina. More than that, though, it rams home a lesson forgotten by predecessor Diego Maradona amid the euphoria of South Africa 2010 -- midfield is not an optional extra. Marcela Mora y Araujo: Argentina's team in post-World Cup transitionupdated: Sat Aug 14 2010 11:24:00

Rebuilding the sense of team after the painful World Cup exit, and following on from the discharge of Diego Maradona, was never going to be easy for Argentina. Only a handful of Argentinian press travelled to Dublin, to cover the 1-0 friendly win against Ireland on Tuesday, which marked the international soccer launch of the new Aviva stadium, as well as that of Sergio "Checho" Batista's interim appointment to the adult men's squad.

Maradona sacked as Argentina's coachupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 14:31:00

Diego Maradona's contract as coach of the Argentine national soccer team won't be renewed. CNN's Brian Byrnes reports.

Maradona's Argentina replacement to be made after October meetingupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 14:31:00

The Argentine Football Association will not replace outgoing coach Diego Maradona before October, it announced on Wednesday.

This is not the end for Diego Maradonaupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 18:17:00

Much of Diego Maradona's life has seemed to play out at a different level to ordinary mortals, so it was no surprise that the announcement of his departure as Argentina coach was spiced with high drama.

Maradona: I was lied to and betrayedupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 10:08:00

Argentina's top soccer officials lied to and betrayed coach Diego Maradona in deciding not to renew his contract, he told reporters.

Maradona out as Argentina coachupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 08:52:00

Diego Maradona's contract as coach of the Argentine national soccer team will not be renewed, the spokesman for the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said Tuesday.

Europe dominates South America in Cupupdated: Wed Jul 07 2010 07:28:00

If the World Cup were contested among continents instead of countries, the tournament would have had only two winners in its 80-year history: South America and Europe. And now that the Netherlands beat Uruguay, the only South American team left standing in the final four, Europe has emerged victorious.

Group B: Maradona's Argentina ease to win; South Korea slay Greeksupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 13:05:00

Argentina's star-studded line-up began their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 victory over Nigeria in their Group B opener in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Barrios earns World Cup place after Paraguay switchupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 13:31:00

Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino has named Argentina-born striker Lucas Barrios in his 23-man squad for the World Cup in South Africa.

Obama, Clinton greet U.S. Soccer Teamupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 13:31:00

President Obama told the men's U.S. Soccer team that he will be cheering them on in the World Cup from the Oval Office.

Messi inspired by Maradonaupdated: Fri May 28 2010 13:03:00

Lionel Messi talking exclusively to CNN about Argentina and his expectations from the upcoming World Cup.

Messi reveals close ties with Maradonaupdated: Fri May 28 2010 13:03:00

Lionel Messi's form with Barcelona has been sensational again this season, scoring 34 league goals to help the club retain the Spanish title, but the burning question is whether he can reproduce that on the biggest stage. Marcela mora y Araujo: Inter's Milito hoping to book a World Cup spot with Argentinaupdated: Fri May 14 2010 17:15:00

Diego Milito's goal against Roma last week gave Internazionale a 1-0 victory and its first title of the season, the Copa Italia, and put the club on track to challenge for the triple that also includes the Italian League and Champions League trophies. But the final destination Milito is really gunning for is actually in South Africa with Argentina. Marcela Mora y Araujo: Messi's career trajectory potentially higher than Maradonaupdated: Mon Apr 19 2010 11:08:00

Over the past few weeks Barcelona's Lionel Messi has stunned the soccer world with some of the most superlative performances people have ever seen -- relentlessly bettering himself and his team and enhancing the game itself.

Crunch time for Maradonaupdated: Tue Mar 30 2010 19:26:00

Buenos Aires-based journalist Brian Byrnes talks about Argentina's World Cup hopes under coach Diego Maradona.

Maradona bitten on face by his own dogupdated: Tue Mar 30 2010 19:26:00

Argentina football coach Diego Maradona has undergone plastic surgery on his face after being bitten by one of his dogs.

Messi vs. Maradonaupdated: Wed Mar 24 2010 19:18:00

CNN Sports' Ben Wyatt asks the World Sport team to decide between Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona. Gregory Sica: Who will partner Messi in attack for Argentina at WCup?updated: Wed Jan 27 2010 15:40:00

Is the best form of defense a good offense? While Argentina's greatest concern ahead of the 2010 World Cup continues to be its vulnerable defense, head coach Diego Maradona is more than aware that if his team wants to be a force in South Africa, it needs to take full advantage of the abundance of talent it has up front.

First XI: Noughties soccer villainsupdated: Thu Dec 31 2009 14:47:00

Brazilian legend Pele once called soccer the "beautiful game" and at its best it showcases the very pinnacle of human endeavor as nations and communities are united in the common goal of supporting their teams and heroes. Andrea Canales: 10 of the top storylines in soccer during 2009updated: Mon Dec 28 2009 17:07:00

The fast-approaching New Year tends to bring a bit of nostalgia -- and indeed, soccer fans in the U.S. had a lot to commemorate in 2009. Whether you're a follower of the U.S. national team, Major League Soccer, the UEFA Champions League or all of the above, this past year provided a collection of drama that proved more boards are surfing the soccer wave than ever before.

Football's worst injusticesupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 08:25:00

France striker Thierry Henry's handled assist broke Irish hearts in Paris on Wednesday night, denying Giovanni Trapattoni's team a spot in World Cup 2010.

Maradona to defend himself over TV tiradeupdated: Sun Nov 15 2009 12:39:00

Argentina coach Diego Maradona will learn his fate this weekend following world ruling body FIFA's hearing into the football legend's foul-mouthed tirade last month.

Maradona fined and banned for TV tiradeupdated: Sun Nov 15 2009 12:36:00

Argentina coach Diego Maradona has been handed a two-month ban and been fined almost $25,000 following the football legend's foul-mouthed tirade last month. Gregory Sica: Agüero's World Cup chances ride on his return to formupdated: Wed Nov 04 2009 16:10:00

If his incredible two-goal display against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday was any indication, Atlético Madrid superstar Sergio Agüero could be on the path to recovery after a frustrating beginning to the 2009-10 season.

FIFA to investigate Maradona TV interview rantupdated: Fri Oct 16 2009 13:39:00

Diego Maradona could have compromised his role in Argentina's World Cup build-up after world governing body FIFA announced they are to investigate his conduct in a reportedly obscene TV interview following his side's 1-0 win over Uruguay.

Last-gasp Palermo goal rescues Argentinaupdated: Sun Oct 11 2009 07:31:00

Substitute Martin Palermo's close-range finish deep into injury time earned Argentina a thrilling last-gasp 2-1 win over Peru in Buenos Aires just minutes after Diego Maradona's side looked to have suffered yet another World Cup qualifying setback.

Maradona considering future with Argentinaupdated: Wed Oct 07 2009 11:25:00

Diego Maradona has threatened to quit as Argentina coach next week unless certain terms and conditions are met. Gregory Sica: Who'll be in as South America qualifying comes to endupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 15:03:00

Brazil and Paraguay already booked their tickets for the 2010 World Cup, but six other teams are still in the running. There are only two automatic tickets left for South America, and one playoff berth against the fourth-place team from CONCACAF. Tim Vickery: Argentina's woes resemble Brazil's from eight years agoupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 14:35:00

From the outside looking in, most don't appreciate how hard it is to qualify for the World Cup from the South American region. Gregory Sica: Argentina's World Cup hopes resting on a few tight pathsupdated: Tue Sep 22 2009 18:02:00

With Argentina on the brink of elimination from the 2010 World Cup, which would be the first time it missed out on the finals in 40 years, immediate measures need to be taken. Diego Maradona, who will remain the coach for Argentina's final two qualifiers versus Peru and Uruguay next month, will need to pick up positive results to avoid the embarrassment of elimination.

Reports: Tax authorities swoop for Maradona's earringsupdated: Sat Sep 19 2009 07:06:00

Football legend Diego Maradona had his earrings seized by Italian authorities Friday to help pay off his back taxes, according to media reports. Gregory Sica: 5 lessons from South American World Cup qualifyingupdated: Thu Sep 10 2009 14:14:00

With only two rounds remaining until the conclusion of two years of South American qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, only Brazil and Paraguay have booked their tickets to South Africa. Gregory Sica: Argentina staring at make-or-break qualifier vs. Brazilupdated: Wed Aug 26 2009 14:00:00

In a little more than a week, we'll likely know if Argentina is a contender for the 2010 World Cup or a pretender, and a serious risk to miss out on South Africa altogether. Diego Maradona's squad has little option but to claim all three points on Sept. 5 when it takes on archrival Brazil in a decisive South American qualifier.

Sport's most notorious rulebreakersupdated: Tue Aug 18 2009 14:53:00

English rugby coach Dean Richards has been banned from coaching for three years for his part in masterminding a fake blood injury to one of his players. World Soccer: Maradona's critics grow louder as Argentina strugglesupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 13:45:00

As Brazil coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari's most controversial decision was his refusal to pick Romário. Even at 36, Romário was still one of his country's most prolific strikers at the time and "Big Phil" faced a Spanish inquisition at every media conference. TV stations and newspapers launched pro-Romário campaigns and even Fernando Henrique Cardoso, then the Brazilian President, joined in. Grant Wahl: With apologies to Pelé, Maradona tops the Thrill Listupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 17:03:00

These lists are not mere compilations of all-time bests in their respective sports but all-time bests at quickening the pulse and evoking a visceral response from those fortunate enough to have witnessed their artistry.

Brazil march on as Maradona's Argentina crashupdated: Thu Jun 11 2009 12:47:00

Brazil need just three more points to clinch qualification for the 2010 World Cup after beating former South American Group leaders Paraguay on Wednesday, but Argentina's hopes suffered a big blow.

Maradona's Argentina thrash Venezuelaupdated: Mon Mar 30 2009 10:29:00

Diego Maradona's first competitive match in charge of Argentina saw the South American powerhouses thrash Venezuela 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Buenos Aires. Gregory Sica: All eyes on Maradona as Argentina resumes World Cup qualifyingupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 10:15:00

With the South American World Cup qualifiers set to resume on the weekend after more than a five-month break, all eyes will be glued on Diego Maradona and the exploits of the Argentine national team.

Football First XI: Best goals everupdated: Thu Mar 12 2009 17:15:00

All goals count, so we're told. But some are more equal than others and this is a rundown of the best 11 of all time.

Riquelme snubs Argentina after Maradona rowupdated: Wed Mar 11 2009 11:12:00

Stylish playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme has apparently turned his back on the Argentina national side after a row with coach Diego Maradona. World Soccer: Maradona as Argentina coach promises to be wild rideupdated: Wed Jan 14 2009 13:31:00

As a player, Oscar Ruggeri bludgeoned his way through 97 games for Argentina, winning one World Cup and two Copa América titles to become one of his country's most successful internationals. His coaching career, on the other hand, has been an extraordinary run of failure. It began reasonably well at San Lorenzo, when he was close to winning the championship in his first season. But it has been all downhill since then. Gregory Sica: Messi has helped Barça dominate; now it gets tougherupdated: Wed Jan 14 2009 12:40:00

After a couple of years with nothing to show, FC Barcelona has finally been transformed into the most feared club in Europe. The Catalan giants have been nothing short of extraordinary this season, and if their magnificent form continues, they could be on track for a rare triple.

Maradona urges Tevez to quit United for Italyupdated: Tue Jan 13 2009 13:06:00

Argentine coach Diego Maradona has urged Carlos Tevez to quit Manchester United at the end of the season and head for Italy. Gabriele Marcotti: 20 wishes I hope to see for a Happy New Yearupdated: Fri Jan 02 2009 11:25:00

It's that time. So why not make a list of things I hope to see in 2009?

Rodriguez gives Maradona winning startupdated: Thu Nov 20 2008 04:50:00

An eighth-minute Maxi Rodriguez goal gave Argentina a 1-0 win over Scotland at Hampden Park as Diego Maradona's reign as national coach began with a positive result.

Maradona retaliates over 'Hand of God' goalupdated: Wed Nov 19 2008 09:53:00

Diego Maradona thinks it is time the English stopped complaining about the 'Hand of God' goal he scored against their team at the 1986 World Cup.

Argentina confirm Maradona as new coachupdated: Tue Nov 04 2008 17:21:00

Football legend Diego Maradona has been officially confirmed as the new coach of the Argentina national side.

Maradona to take charge against Scotlandupdated: Fri Oct 31 2008 08:54:00

Diego Maradona has announced he will make his debut as head coach of Argentina in the friendly match against Scotland at Hampden Park next month.

Can Argentina's football god manage?updated: Fri Oct 31 2008 05:44:00

He is hailed as a god in his native Argentina, has been a vital part of the country's culture since the mid-70s and is largely considered to be one of the greatest footballers of all time. Maradona to Become Argentina Soccer Coachupdated: Thu Oct 30 2008 20:30:00

Diego Maradona will become Argentina's soccer coach next week, leaving the team in the hands of a national icon whose achievements have been undercut by a controversial history

Maradona to be named next Argentina coachupdated: Wed Oct 29 2008 17:28:00

Diego Maradona will be confirmed as the new coach of South American powerhouses Argentina next week. Gregory Sica: Why Maradona is the right choice for Argentinaupdated: Wed Oct 22 2008 12:25:00

Diego Maradona is in Tblisi, Georgia, this week preparing for a game of Showbol. But he surely has his ears glued to the telephone, waiting to hear what becomes of Argentina's latest coaching drama. Grant Wahl: Brazil's beautiful game turns uglyupdated: Wed Aug 20 2008 01:06:00

BEIJING -- It was a zany night at Workers' Stadium, a Brazil-Argentina soccer showdown that included a Kobe Bryant-driven human stampede, a good-old-fashioned journalist scuffle, the sight of Diego Maradona talking on a 1980s-style cellphone and a beleaguered Brazilian manager who dressed like a Club Kid, coached like a fraidy-cat and, in the end, mistook me for an Englishman. Grant Wahl: La Bombonera is soccer's passion boxupdated: Thu Jul 24 2008 20:03:00

My favorite sports venue? Whenever I want to explain why it's La Bombonera, the Buenos Aires home of Boca Juniors, I simply refer to the photograph. It was taken by ace SI snapper Simon Bruty at Diego Maradona's farewell game in 2001, and it captures everything I love about Argentine soccer supporters -- for my money the most passionate sports fans in the world.

Sport stars at Cannes?updated: Mon Jun 02 2008 05:41:00

The Screening Room takes a look at why ex-boxer Mike Tyson and football legend Diego Maradona are in Cannes.

Flawed sporting legends shine at Cannesupdated: Mon Jun 02 2008 05:41:00

Two documentaries at this year's Cannes Film Festival dealt with sporting legends. Gregory Sica: Pelé, Maradona remain legends at their former clubsupdated: Wed Apr 09 2008 13:51:00

Whenever the two greatest soccer players of all-time set foot in the same country these days, it seems like it's for some luxurious awards ceremony.

Lanus set for Argentine honorsupdated: Thu Nov 29 2007 06:47:00

Up until now, Lanus' best claim to footballing fame has been as the birthplace of Diego Maradona. But the Buenos Aires district may finally have a team to do its most famous son justice. Michael Bamberger: Fans, players unwitting partners in culture of cheatingupdated: Thu Jul 26 2007 06:35:00

We're pretty smart, when it comes to cheating in sports. We pick and choose. There's real cheating and then there are episodes we let slide. 'I'll never reach Maradona's level'updated: Thu May 24 2007 12:14:00

World Soccer's Keir Radnedge recently interviewed Barcelona wonder-teen Lionel Messi about his tremendous potential, European stardom and comparisons to his idol, Diego Maradona.

Recovering Maradona leaves clinicupdated: Tue May 08 2007 04:00:00

Argentine legend Diego Maradona said he has kicked his alcoholism and plans to return playing friendly matches.

Maradona is taken back to hospitalupdated: Fri Apr 13 2007 07:27:00

Diego Maradona has been re-admitted to a Buenos Aires hospital just two days after he left a private clinic where he was being treated for acute hepatitis linked to alcohol abuse. Ill-will ambassadorsupdated: Tue Mar 20 2007 12:38:00

"I believe I'm the best ambassador baseball has, because I'm constantly selling the game of baseball." -- Pete Rose on the Dan Patrick Radio Show Heir to the throne?updated: Tue Jan 23 2007 16:34:00

If you ever really want to test your knowledge of soccer, try your luck with an Argentine cab driver. During a recent ride I took to meet River Plate's latest European export, Gonzalo Higuaín, my cabbie, a passionate River supporter, asked me: "Tell me, who do you think is the best Argentine soccer player at the moment?" Larger than lifeupdated: Wed Jan 03 2007 12:16:00

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- "El papa es alemán, pero el Dios es Argentino."

Help us choose the World Cup Dream Teamupdated: Mon May 01 2006 12:06:00

Throughout the World Cup, CNN is compiling its own "Dream Team" of the greatest-ever players who have competed in the tournament.

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Maradona arrested after comebackupdated: Thu Dec 22 2005 04:40:00

Diego Maradona made a remarkable return to the football field when he played for 68 minutes in a charity match in Rio de Janeiro.

FIFA 'regret' absence of Maradonaupdated: Wed Dec 07 2005 13:09:00

Diego Maradona, who pointed Argentina to World Cup glory in Mexico in 1986, has failed to respond to FIFA's invitation to participate in Friday's draw for the 2006 finals.

Madrid tonic for slimline Maradonaupdated: Mon May 09 2005 14:12:00

A slimline Diego Maradona arrived in Madrid on Monday saying he had put all his problems behind him and had come to Spain to catch up with some old friends at Real Madrid.

Maradona offered Boca Juniors roleupdated: Sat Apr 30 2005 09:26:00

Diego Maradona has been offered the job of youth team coach at Boca Juniors, the club he supports and where he had two stints as a player.

Maradona briefly back in hospitalupdated: Sat Sep 11 2004 11:14:00

Argentine legend Diego Maradona was admitted to hospital with breathing problems on Saturday, according to local radio reports.

Maradona cleared to return to Cubaupdated: Mon Sep 06 2004 11:21:00

A federal judge in Buenos Aires on Monday gave the go-ahead for Diego Maradona to return to Cuba and continue his drug rehabilitation.

Maradona sedated after bid to quitupdated: Tue May 11 2004 03:58:00

Diego Maradona has been put under sedation by doctors in a private drug rehabilitation clinic in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, according to reports.

Doctor: Last chance for Maradonaupdated: Tue May 11 2004 00:49:00

Ailing soccer legend Diego Maradona has been forced by his family to enter a drug rehabilitation clinic, according to his personal doctor.

Maradona is moved to rehab centerupdated: Sun May 09 2004 15:05:00

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has left hospital and entered a drugs rehabilitation center in Castelar in West Buenos Aires.

Maradona re-admitted to hospitalupdated: Wed May 05 2004 06:19:00

Diego Maradona is back in hospital after eating something he should not have, one week after discharging himself after heart and lung trouble.

Maradona thanks fans for supportupdated: Tue Apr 27 2004 16:16:00

Diego Maradona, in his first public statement after 10 days in intensive care with heart and breathing problems, on Tuesday thanked fans for their support.

Maradona improving, says daughterupdated: Mon Apr 26 2004 10:09:00

Diego Maradona was breathing with the aid of an oxygen mask as he began a second week in intensive care with heart and lung problems.

Maradona missed but Boca march onupdated: Fri Apr 23 2004 14:12:00

Boca Juniors shrugged off concerns about Diego Maradona's health to beat Bolivar 3-0 at a soggy Bombonera stadium in the Copa Libertadores.

Maradona taken off respiratorupdated: Fri Apr 23 2004 14:00:00

Diego Maradona has been taken off artificial respiration but remains in intensive care for a fifth day, according to a hospital statement.

Maradona improving, doctors sayupdated: Thu Apr 22 2004 11:24:00

Diego Maradona, still in intensive care four days after being taken to hospital with heart and breathing problems, could be taken off a respirator this week.

Argentines pray for favorite sonupdated: Tue Apr 20 2004 11:40:00

Argentines are continuing a vigil outside the hospital where Diego Maradona is being treated for heart and blood pressure problems.

Rise and fall of a football geniusupdated: Mon Apr 19 2004 06:27:00

Diego Maradona was the best football player since Brazilian legend Pele, and arguably an even greater talent.

Maradona still in intensive careupdated: Mon Apr 19 2004 05:29:00

Diego Maradona remained in intensive care on Wednesday three days after the Argentine football legend was admitted to hospital with heart problems and pneumonia.

Colo Colo break Chilean losing runupdated: Sat Mar 27 2004 11:05:00

Colo Colo finally picked up Chile's first win in this year's Copa Libertadores while Diego Maradona's cheered his beloved Boca Juniors to a 3-0 win at the Bombanera.

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