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Soccer Argentina’s post-Maradona youth revel in Messi’s maiden World Cup win

Soccer Argentina’s post-Maradona youth revel in Messi’s maiden World Cup win

MIGUEL LO BIANCO and HORACIO SORIA ARGENTINE Santiago Cutaia, 34, had never felt the elation of his country winning the soccer World Cup before, born two years after late icon Diego Maradona last hoisted the trophy aloft for the Albiceleste in 1986. He has now. His generation, who grew up after the peak of Maradona, witnessed for the first time their team become world champions on Sunday, beating France on penalties in a whipsaw final. It was the third World Cup for Argentina, but the first in 36 years. "I am 34 years old and I had never seen Argentina…
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Argentina’s World Cup winners arrive home to hero’s welcome

Argentina’s World Cup winners arrive home to hero’s welcome

NICOLÁS MISCULIN and MIGUEL LO BIANCO THOUSANDS of ecstatic fans gave Argentina's football squad a hero's welcome in Buenos Aires in the early hours before dawn on Tuesday after the plane carrying Lionel Messi and his World Cup-winning teammates touched down at Ezeiza airport. The Argentine capital has been in party mode since their dramatic victory over France in Sunday's final in Qatar, which gave the country its first World Cup win since Diego Maradona hoisted the trophy 36 years ago. The players, wearing their gold winners' medals around their necks and taking turns to hold the World Cup trophy aloft, waved…
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