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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Diego Maradona Appointed National Team Manager of Argentina

Agentina v West Germany World Cup 1986


Today in Argentina, Diego "El Pibe" Maradona was named as national team coach of the albicelestes.

He will be assisted by Dr. Carlos Bilardo, his former coach during their last World Cup triumph in 1986.

"Es un honor y es como un sueño estar en la Selección junto a Carlos".
"It is an honor and is like a dream to be in the Argentine selection together with Carlos."
"Nosotros dos vamos a estar al frente de todo".
"Both of us are going to be in front of everything."
Asked who he wanted for his back room staff?

"Lealtad absoluta. Que sean de fierro. Que estén para trabajar y que acepten órdenes de la cabeza número uno que soy yo".
"Absolute loyalty. Those that are made of steel. Those who work and accept orders from the head man which is me."
"Las grandes selecciones las hacen los jugadores. No quiero que mi equipo juegue como la selección del 86. Quiero que tenga identidad propia. Sabiendo que lo único que importa acá es la camiseta", confesó y luego agregó: "Mascherano va a ser mi capitán".
"Great national teams are made by the players. I don't want that my team plays like the 1986 side. I want it to have its own identity. Knowing that the only important thing here is the shirt, he confessed and then added: Javier Mascherano is going to be my captain."
Source: Clarin of Buenos Aires, 04 November 2008.

His first game on the bench will be a 19 November 2008 friendly in Glasgow against Scotland.

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