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How Much Is 'Hand of God' Ball Worth? We'll Soon Know

Maradona used same ball for two of the most famous goals in history

(Newser) - Argentinian footballer Diego Maradona scored two famous goals in the quarterfinal of the 1986 World Cup. Following the game, in which Argentina beat England 2-1, Maradona confessed to reporters that the first goal was accomplished with “a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand...

Medical Team Faces Homicide Trial in Diego Maradona's Death

They allegedly acted in 'reckless manner' while soccer legend recovered from surgery

(Newser) - Eight people, including doctors and nurses, who cared for soccer legend Diego Maradona before his death in 2020 , will stand trial for homicide because of alleged criminal negligence, authorities in Argentina say. The 60-year-old died while recovering from brain surgery and while an autopsy found he died from natural causes,...

No Piece of Sports Memorabilia Has Sold for More Than This

Diego Maradona's 1986 World Cup shirt sets auction record

(Newser) - Update: It was expected to fetch big bucks, and it outpaced even those expectations. The shirt worn by Diego Maradona when he scored the controversial "Hand of God" goal against England in the 1986 World Cup has sold for $9.3 million, the highest price ever paid at auction...

Officials Search Home of Dead Soccer Star's Doctor

As they continue to investigate Diego Maradona's death

(Newser) - Argentine officials investigating the death of soccer's "golden boy" on Sunday searched the home and offices of his doctor, Yahoo Sports reports. Diego Maradona died last week at age 60, as he was recovering from brain surgery , and his lawyer has blamed the slowness of the emergency response...

Lawyer Calls Soccer Star's Death 'Criminal Idiocy'

Maradona's lawyer wants an investigation into slow response by ambulance

(Newser) - Emergency help was too slow in coming after Diego Maradona had a heart attack, his lawyer said, blaming "criminal idiocy" for the Argentine soccer great's death. Although there have been no accusations of foul play, TMZ reports, Matias Morla wants an investigation. Morla said an ambulance took more...

Maradona Fans, Police Clash
Maradona Fans, Police Clash

Maradona Fans, Police Clash

Violence cuts short public visitation for soccer giant

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of fans, many weeping, filed past the coffin of soccer superstar Diego Maradona on Thursday in Buenos Aires, in ceremonies that mixed head-of-state-like honors with the chaos of a rowdy stadium. Viewing was halted shortly before 6pm as the family wished, and the body of the Argentine...

Soccer Legend Diego Maradona Dies at 60
'Golden Boy'
Dead at 60

Soccer's 'Golden Boy' Dead at 60

Argentina mourns Diego Maradona, one of the all-time greats

(Newser) - Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. He was 60. Maradona died two weeks after being released from a Buenos Aires hospital following...

Soccer's 'Golden Boy' Exits Sudden Brain Surgery

Diego Maradona recovering well as of Tuesday night

(Newser) - Fans of Diego Maradona can breath a sigh of relief following news that the Argentinian soccer legend has successfully undergone surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain. The 60-year-old "Golden Boy" was hospitalized with dehydration, depression, and anemia in La Plata on Monday before an MRI revealed...

The Worst Calls of All Time
 The Worst Calls of All Time 

The Worst Calls of All Time

Don't feel bad, Armando, you're not alone

(Newser) - In honor of Armando Galarraga's perfect one-hitter, Salon decided to compile a list of some of the biggest blown calls in history. And we decided that it would be more fun to watch those blown calls than to read about them. So check out this video gallery, and get ready...

Furious, Irish Beg France for Rematch Over Handball
Furious, Irish Beg France for Rematch Over Handball

Furious, Irish Beg France for Rematch Over Handball

President will even take matter up with Sarkozy

(Newser) - From the president on down, the Republic of Ireland is in a rage after the national soccer team was denied a spot in next year’s World Cup in a defeat by France—which got the winning goal as a direct benefit of an uncalled handball. Not only is the...

Argentina's Soccer Saint Is Back

It's cocaine-addict, stomach-stapled, socialist saint

(Newser) - Diego Maradona arrives at practice like an eclipse. Suddenly, no one much cares about the players on the Argentinean national team—not even the great Lionel Messi. It’s the coach, a 48-year-old, graying, thick-bodied man who draws the media swarms, reports the Washington Post in a profile. Maradona was...

Maradona to Coach Argentina
 Maradona to Coach Argentina 

Maradona to Coach Argentina

'86 World Cup hero, with limited experience, takes reins next week

(Newser) - Soccer great Diego Maradona will take the helm of his native Argentina’s national team Tuesday, the Guardian reports. Argentina has been without a coach since mid-October, when the last coach stepped down. “I think we must make the players understand that our shirt is the most important thing,...

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