Former Argentina coach Diego Maradona has agreed a two-year deal to manage Dubai-based Al Wasl, according to the club.
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.
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.
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.
Diego Maradona's contract as coach of the Argentine national soccer team won't be renewed. CNN's Brian Byrnes reports.
The Argentine Football Association will not replace outgoing coach Diego Maradona before October, it announced on Wednesday.
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.
Argentina's top soccer officials lied to and betrayed coach Diego Maradona in deciding not to renew his contract, he told reporters.
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.
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.
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.
Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino has named Argentina-born striker Lucas Barrios in his 23-man squad for the World Cup in South Africa.
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.
Lionel Messi talking exclusively to CNN about Argentina and his expectations from the upcoming World Cup.
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.
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.
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.
Buenos Aires-based journalist Brian Byrnes talks about Argentina's World Cup hopes under coach Diego Maradona.
Argentina football coach Diego Maradona has undergone plastic surgery on his face after being bitten by one of his dogs.
CNN Sports' Ben Wyatt asks the World Sport team to decide between Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diego Maradona has threatened to quit as Argentina coach next week unless certain terms and conditions are met.
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.
From the outside looking in, most don't appreciate how hard it is to qualify for the World Cup from the South American region.
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.
Football legend Diego Maradona had his earrings seized by Italian authorities Friday to help pay off his back taxes, according to media reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Stylish playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme has apparently turned his back on the Argentina national side after a row with coach Diego Maradona.
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.
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.
Argentine coach Diego Maradona has urged Carlos Tevez to quit Manchester United at the end of the season and head for Italy.
It's that time. So why not make a list of things I hope to see in 2009?
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.
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.
Football legend Diego Maradona has been officially confirmed as the new coach of the Argentina national side.
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.
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.
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
Diego Maradona will be confirmed as the new coach of South American powerhouses Argentina next week.
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.
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.
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.
The Screening Room takes a look at why ex-boxer Mike Tyson and football legend Diego Maradona are in Cannes.
Two documentaries at this year's Cannes Film Festival dealt with sporting legends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Argentine legend Diego Maradona said he has kicked his alcoholism and plans to return playing friendly matches.
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.
"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
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?"
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- "El papa es alemán, pero el Dios es Argentino."
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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Diego Maradona made a remarkable return to the football field when he played for 68 minutes in a charity match in Rio de Janeiro.
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.
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.
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.
Argentine legend Diego Maradona was admitted to hospital with breathing problems on Saturday, according to local radio reports.
A federal judge in Buenos Aires on Monday gave the go-ahead for Diego Maradona to return to Cuba and continue his drug rehabilitation.
Diego Maradona has been put under sedation by doctors in a private drug rehabilitation clinic in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, according to reports.
Ailing soccer legend Diego Maradona has been forced by his family to enter a drug rehabilitation clinic, according to his personal doctor.
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has left hospital and entered a drugs rehabilitation center in Castelar in West Buenos Aires.
Diego Maradona is back in hospital after eating something he should not have, one week after discharging himself after heart and lung trouble.
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.
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.
Boca Juniors shrugged off concerns about Diego Maradona's health to beat Bolivar 3-0 at a soggy Bombonera stadium in the Copa Libertadores.
Diego Maradona has been taken off artificial respiration but remains in intensive care for a fifth day, according to a hospital statement.
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 are continuing a vigil outside the hospital where Diego Maradona is being treated for heart and blood pressure problems.
Diego Maradona was the best football player since Brazilian legend Pele, and arguably an even greater talent.
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 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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