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Best podcasts of the week: the life and death of Diego Maradona

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The Last Days of Maradona“Everyone – fans and non-fans alike – must have asked themselves: how did Maradona’s life end the way it did?” Thierry Henry narrates this podcast about the football legend’s death at the age ...

Diego Maradona: Cuban woman alleges footballer raped her when she was 16

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Mavys Álvarez, a Cuban woman who had a relationship with the late footballer Diego Maradona two decades ago, has alleged the Argentine player raped her when she was a teenager and “stolen her childhood”. Álvarez, now ...

Diego’s last dance: the night Maradona played in Toronto

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Blood is thicker than water. There can be no other explanation for why Diego Maradona ended up playing for Toronto Italia in September 1996. Maradona had been scoring for Argentina at the World Cup two years earlier; ...

England v Scotland, Maradona at the Copa and Venus Williams

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1) So then, England v Scotland, the oldest/auldest rivalry in international football. Let’s start with some 1977 Home International classicism: a Scotland win, Mick Mills, some Bay City Rollers tartan and those fans s...

From Bend It Like Beckham to Diego Maradona: the best films about football

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Gurinder Chadha’s feelgood comedy was really the first film to get the hang of how to show football action on screen with loose-limbed energy and fun. Keira Knightley made her breakthrough as the up-and-coming footbal...

How Maradona inspired Paolo Sorrentino’s film about Naples, Hand of God – and inadvertently saved his life

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‘This, for me, is the most beautiful place on Earth,” Paolo Sorrentino told Filippo Scotti, the actor playing the director’s younger self in his latest film, as their 1980s Riva speedboat chopped the waves of the Bay ...

Kung-fu kicks and riot police: the day Maradona got Barça brawling

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When Andoni Goikoetxea broke Diego Maradona’s ankle in 1983, it gave the Argentinian plenty of time to think as he plotted his revenge on the Butcher of Bilbao. Maradona returned after months out before Barcelona’s Co...

Kung-fu kicks, riot police and hatred: the day Maradona got Barça brawling

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When Andoni Goikoetxea broke Diego Maradona’s ankle in 1983, it gave the Argentinian plenty of time to think as he plotted his revenge on the Butcher of Bilbao. Maradona returned after months out before Barcelona’s Co...

Pablo Aimar: ‘We didn’t want to be Batman. We wanted to be Maradona’

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You learn football by playing. There are good, intelligent coaches, with a lot of sense, who with just a few words can help you and give you advice that will be useful for the future. They do it by questioning you, to...

The Hand of God review – Paolo Sorrentino tells his own Maradona story

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Paolo Sorrentino’s extravagantly personal movie gives us all a sentimental education in this director’s boyhood and coming of age – or at any rate, what he now creatively remembers of it – in Naples in the 1980s, wher...