Diego Maradona is no longer the coach of Argentina


The Argentine Football Association removed Diego Maradona as coach of Argentina on Tuesday. The AFA unanimously decided not renew his contract as the coach of Argentina’s national team.

The soccer federation had offered him a four-year contract to continue through the 2014 World Cup. Maradona said that he would only accept the offer if his entire staff also remained. But the demand was not acceptable to Argentine Football Association. Also there was a growing difference between Dego Maradona and Julio Grondona, president of the Argentine Football Association. The only way to solve the issue is to remove Maradona from the position.

Maradona became Argentina's coach in November 2008, replacing Alfio Basile. He came from a slum area in Buenos Aires .He made his league debut at the age of 15 and became one of the best football players of the world. He played in four FIFA World Cup tournaments for Argentina. In 1986 World Cup Maradona led Argentina and won the World Cup over Germany. He has gained an iconic status after the victory despite drug abuse allegations. But in 1991 he was suspended from football for 15 months after failing a doping test. He retired from professional soccer in 1997 after failing another doping test and in 2008 bounced back to the football world as the coach of Argentina. Still, Maradona had many supporters including the President Cristina Fernandez and Interior Minister Florencio Randazzo.

Sergio Batista is the interim coach who will lead Argentina in its next match against Ireland. He was the coach of Argentina in 2008 Beijing Olympics where they won the gold medal. Alejandro Sabella of Estudiantes or Miguel Russo of Racing may be possible successors of Maradona.

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