8
Apr

Fourth division player scores Diego Maradona-esque solo goal

You probably haven’t heard of Quique Cubas, but you don’t need to know him to appreciate this amazing goal.

Cubas, a player for regional side Arosa S.C., made five opponents (including the goalkeeper) look absolutely silly en route to one of the best solo efforts since Diego Maradona’s spectacular goal versus England in the 1986 World Cup.

H/T 101GG

28
Jan

New angle of “Goal of the Century” discovered

We can all thank the power of the Internet for a rare, new look at one of the most memorable goals ever scored. Though the video above was first posted onto YouTube in April, it hasn’t made the rounds in the blogosphere until now (and shame on all of us for that).

Diego Maradona’s second goal against England in the 1986 World Cup — no, not this one — was voted the “Goal of the Century” back in 2002 by FIFA.com voters. This never-before-seen (well, posted online) angle of the goal, originating from Argentinian television, was shot from behind the net of England’s Peter Shilton.

Finally, we get an idea of the nightmares that Shilton must have been battling all his life. It’s also shot in super slow motion, so you can really appreciate the embarrassment Maradona caused to, in order: Peter Beardsley, Peter Reid, Terry Butcher (twice) and Terry Fenwick.

4
Jan

Maradona really wants you to know that his toned down physique is not Photoshopped

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When Diego Maradona’s daughter, Dalma, posted a photo of her dad to Twitter last month showing off his fit new body, some people questioned if the Argentine legend had really slimmed down that much, or if he’d had a little Photoshop magic to help him out:

Well, it turns out that Maradona was really not pleased by the allegations. So he recorded this gem:

"To all of you, there’s no Photoshop. There’s no Photoshop!" exclaimed the former World Cup winner in the short video clip posted on his official Facebook page. "For those who want to keep talking bulls**t, they can suck it.

Alright Diego, we believe. Pinky promise. And please, no more stripping. Think of the children.

Image provided by Action Images

1
Nov

Diego Maradona takes swipe at former son-in-law Sergio Aguero

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You always hear stories about nightmarish in-laws, but what if your former father-in-law is Diego Maradona?

Not a good situation, but it’s the position Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero finds himself in. And he certainly isn’t in Maradona’s good graces.

After a four-year marriage, Aguero and Maradona’s daughter, Giannina, called it quits, and it seems that things were less-than-amicable.

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Speaking with Argentine radio, Diego called Aguero a “wimp, who I don’t even want to name.”

For his part, Aguero took the high road when responding to the comments via Facebook:

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"It was always clear to me that Benjamin (son) was above everything. I was never, ever okay with my personal life being out in the public eye. This is why I spoke to those close to me, and advised that they refrain from making comments. "

Aguero added: “I never spoke in these topics before. This is the first and last time. I hope everyone understands.

"For everyone’s own good and well-being, especially Ben, we need to resolve this in an amicable manner. This is what’s worked for me so far, no need to change it up."

H/T Metro

Images provided by Getty.

2
Oct

Romania legend Gheorghe Hagi still has the magic touch

Even at 48 years old, Gheorghe Hagi, unanimously considered Romania’s all-time greatest footballer, still has that legendary touch of 20 years ago.

In an all-star match between Galatasaray and Barcelona legends (Hagi played for both, and managed the Turkish side on two occassions) the ”The Maradona of the Carpathians” pulled off a sublime 180-degree pirouette pass with the outside of his boot. Of course, it found his teammate perfectly.

Brilliant stuff!

13
Aug

Messi, Maradona, Cruyff and Beckham all on the same team? It’s true… sort of

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Image from Daily Star

This season, fans in England have the opportunity of a lifetime: you can watch Diego Maradona, David Beckham, Franz Beckenbauer and Roberto Carlos, among others, all come out of retirement to team up with Lionel Messi and form the most star-studded roster ever assembled. Even better, they’re all playing under the legendary coaching pair of Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho.

A terrible joke? No!

Well, not really.

Sixth-tier side Farnborough, in partnership with their new club sponsors and betting outfit Paddy Power, has changed all of their players’ and coaches’ names to that of a legendary football icon, a world football first.

So no, it won’t be Maradona taking orders from the great Sir Alex. Rather, it’ll really be David Tarpey listening to Simon Gardener’s X’s and O’s. On paper, however, Farnborough should strike fear into every opponent. At least until they take the pitch.

The only question we have: would Farnborough’s “all-star” squad be able to beat a team comprised of Michael Jackson, John Lennon and Mahatma Gandhi? (Yes, that really is a thing, too)

(H/T Daily Star)

27
Jun

We all have our favorite moments throughout the history of soccer. For some, it’ll be a last-gasp or incredible goal, or for others, an outstanding piece of skill. It could even be a comeback victory, or a dramatic promotion.

What Richard Swarbrick, of the upcoming Fantasista footballing art movement, has done is capture a select few of these moments and put his own unique spin on it.

Take a look at the excellent video above, which includes moments from Cruyff, Zlatan, van Basten, Gascoigne, Higuita, Pele, Maradona, Zidane and Baggio.

You can check out Richard’s spectacular portfolio - including the famous 'Gareth Bale v Inter Milan' piece - here, there and everywhere.

21
Jun

Diego Armando Maradona certainly started as he meant to go on at Napoli.

The Argentinian legend’s first act at the Stadio San Paolo in 1984, as he prepared for his presentation to the Neapolitan public, was to casually curl this loosener into the top corner.

It was without doubt a sign as things to come, as Maradona finished his seven-year spell in Naples with 115 goals, making him the club’s record goalscorer.