Maradona seeks to coach Argentina

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Diego Maradona has said he dreams of coaching Argentina in the future.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:34 IST
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Diego Maradona has said he dreams of coaching Argentina in the future. He added he believed that Spain as well his native country will provide Brazil with tough competition at the World Cup. Maradona also said he would comment on World Cup matches for Spanish TV broadcaster Cuatro. "I dream of being the coach of the Argentine squad," Maradona said. "It's something that I owe to myself. It would be the icing on the cake for my career," he added. "It would be great." The Argentine great said Spain and Argentina are in great form and will be tough contenders for Brazil. Great innings Maradona, chosen by FIFA in 2000 as the greatest player in soccer history along with Pele, made his debut with Argentinos Juniors at 16 and then joined Boca Juniors. After a two-year spell with FC Barcelona, he moved on to Napoli in 1984 where he won two Italian league titles, the UEFA Cup and the Italian Cup. At the 1986 World Cup, Maradona coined the phrase "Hand of God" after punching in a goal in his team's 2-1 win over England in the quarterfinals. Minutes later, he ran past four opposing players to score one of the most spectacular goals in the tournament's history. Argentina then went on to beat West Germany in the final. The forward also captained Argentina in the 1990 World Cup, leading the team to the final again, where it lost to West Germany. Four years later, he was sent home from the World Cup after failing a drug test. Maradona now says that all he wants is to enjoy soccer, especially at the World Cup. (AP)

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