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LEGENDS, the world’s largest football collection, opens its doors in Madrid

LEGENDS, the world’s largest football collection, opens its doors in Madrid

LEGENDS is a 4,200m2 space in which 600 pieces from the most important institutions in world football are displayed, land in Puerta del Sol connected in a moving, immersive and technological experience Landmark pieces from players such as Maradona, Pelé, Casillas and Messi, all used in official matches, are just some examples of what visitors can expect to see from June 1st in this venue in Madrid's Puerta del Sol LEGENDS, The Home of Football, presented by LaLiga will open its doors in Madrid on June 1. An opening that will position the Spanish capital as the epicentre of world…
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Messi statue to stand next to Maradona, Pele at CONMEBOL museum

Messi statue to stand next to Maradona, Pele at CONMEBOL museum

LIONEL Messi stepped out of Diego Maradona's shadow by leading Argentina to World Cup victory last year and a statue of the diminutive forward will stand alongside those of his predecessor and Brazil great Pele at the South American federation's museum. Messi, holding a replica of the World Cup trophy, stood beside the life-size statue at an unveiling ceremony at the South American Football Federation (CONMEBOL) headquarters in Luque, Paraguay before the Copa Libertadores draw on Monday. The 35-year-old emulated the late Maradona by leading Argentina to their first World Cup triumph in 36 years in Qatar in December. "I…
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Maradona, football legend, was a champion of Latin America’s left

Maradona, football legend, was a champion of Latin America’s left

SARAH MARSH ARGENTINA football legend Diego Maradona said his hero, late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro - whom he considered a "second father" and whose face he had tattooed on his leg - once urged him to go into politics. Maradona, who died on Wednesday aged 60, never fulfilled those aspirations but he did play a role in championing leftist leaders across Latin America - such as Castro, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Bolivia's Evo Morales - and in helping to lend them broader international appeal. "Everything Fidel does, everything Chavez does for me is the best (that can be done),"…
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‘Adios Diego’: Maradona buried as world mourns soccer great

‘Adios Diego’: Maradona buried as world mourns soccer great

MAXIMILIAN HEATH and GABRIELE PILERI ARGENTINA’S Diego Maradona, one of the world's greatest ever soccer players, has been buried, amid a global outpouring of grief from the streets of Buenos Aires to Naples in Italy. The death of Maradona at the age of 60 on Wednesday, following a heart attack, has sparked both mourning and celebrations of a true sporting star, who was a genius on the soccer field but lived a life marred by struggles with addiction. In a day of high emotion, the World Cup winner was taken by hearse late on Thursday to the Bella Vista cemetery…
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OBITUARY – Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer genius who saw heaven and hell, dead at 60

OBITUARY – Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer genius who saw heaven and hell, dead at 60

WORLD soccer great Diego Armando Maradona, who has died less than a month after his 60th birthday, was worshipped like a god for his genius with the ball, but his demons almost destroyed him. Maradona had died after suffering a heart attack at his home in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, those close to him confirmed. Argentine President Alberto Fernandez declared three days of national mourning. Rising to stardom from a grimy Buenos Aires slum to lead Argentina to World Cup victory, Maradona was a rags-to-riches story in his soccer-mad homeland and gained the iconic status of fellow Argentines Che…
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Football stars, clubs’ reaction to the death of soccer legend

Football stars, clubs’ reaction to the death of soccer legend

FOLLOWING ARE THE REACTIONS TO MARADONA’S DEATH: ITALIAN SOCCER CLUB NAPOLI, WHERE MARADONA PLAYED FROM 1984-1991 A "devastating blow" for both city and club. "We are in mourning. We feel like a boxer who has been knocked out. We are in shock." "Always in our hearts. Ciao Diego." BRAZIL FOOTBALL GREAT PELE "Sad news to lose a friend like that. May God give enough strength to his family. For sure, one day we will kick a ball together in heaven." FORMER ENGLAND STRIKER GARY LINEKER "By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all…
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Maradona care ‘deficient and reckless’ before death, medical board report finds

Maradona care ‘deficient and reckless’ before death, medical board report finds

JUAN BUSTAMANE A medical board appointed to investigate the death of Diego Maradona has concluded that the soccer star's medical team acted in an "inappropriate, deficient and reckless manner," according to a copy of the report shared with Reuters. Maradona's death in November last year rocked the South American nation where he was revered, prompting a period of mourning and angry finger pointing about who was to blame after the icon's years-long battle with addiction and ill health. Argentine prosecutors launched investigations shortly after Maradona's death at age 60 from heart failure at a house near Buenos Aires, including ordering…
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