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  • Senegal World Cup hero Diop dies aged 42

    Former Senegal midfielder Papa Bouba Diop has died at the age of 42 after a long illness, local media and the West African state's football federation said on Sunday.

  • Messi imitated Maradona's goals and skills but not his lifestyle

    Lionel Messi is the only Argentine to truly live up to being described as the next Diego Maradona so it was little surprise the Barcelona captain should dedicate his goal in Sunday’s 4-0 Liga win over Osasuna to his late compatriot.

  • Four-goal Napoli crush Roma in honour of Maradona

    Napoli players took to the pitch wearing a special Argentina-inspired jersey on Sunday in honour of club legend Diego Maradona, going on to crush Serie A rivals Roma 4-0 in his memory.

  • Did everything up to the impossible: Maradona's surgeon

    Diego Maradona's surgeon responded to the launch of an investigation for involuntary manslaughter by saying he did "everything he could, up to the impossible" for an "unmanageable" patient.

  • Malan's hometown heroics help England to win series

    Dawid Malan returned to his home town on Sunday to steer England to a four-wicket win over South Africa in their second Twenty20 international in Paarl as they clinched the three-match series.

  • Two-goal Cavani inspires United comeback win at Southampton

    Substitute Edinson Cavani produced a second-half masterclass, scoring twice and creating another goal as Manchester United hit back from a two-goal deficit to beat Southampton 3-2 in a Premier League cracker on Sunday.

  • Messi pays homage to Diego with special goal, gets carded

    The six-year old kid, who showed off his immense juggling skills during Diego Maradona's debut for Argentina's Newell's Old Boys in 1993, has paid his tribute to his hero at the Camp Nou today at the age of 33.

  • Pirlo wants Juve to be less dependent on Ronaldo

    Juventus need to be less dependent on Cristiano Ronaldo, coach Andrea Pirlo said on Saturday after they again failed to win a league game without their talismanic 35-year-old.

  • Zidane laments lack of consistency after Alaves defeat

    Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said he was concerned about his side's inability to turn matches around after they were beaten 2-1 at home by Alaves in La Liga after what he described as their worst start to a game all season.

  • Maradona's "Hand Of God" shirt could be yours for $2 million

    The shirt worn by Diego Maradona when he scored his famous “Hand Of God” goal against England at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico could be available for $2 million following the Argentine’s death on Wednesday, says an American sports memorabilia expert.

  • Mara and Dona: Argentine twins a living tribute to football great

    In the Rotundo household in Buenos Aires, the spirit of Diego Maradona has a living tribute: twin nine-year-old girls, Mara and Dona, named after the soccer legend who died this week.

  • Bangladesh progress three steps in FIFA rankings

    Bangladesh jumped three steps in the FIFA ranking ladder and are now ranked 184th after FIFA updated the standings yesterday.

  • When Messi and Maradona played together in the same match

    Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi belonged to two very different eras of Argentine national team. Just like there was a before and after Maradona in the Argentina team, there will be a before Lionel Messi too, but did these two Argentine legends ever exchange passes on the field of play?

  • How Maradona's 'Hand of God' quote went round the world

    It became the most iconic sporting comment of all time but the English-speaking world very nearly did not get to hear Diego Maradona's pithy reflection on his infamous goal in Argentina's 2-1 defeat of England at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Reuters sports correspondent Rex Gowar was in the bowels of Azteca Stadium after the match when Maradona confessed to the most talked-about piece of cheating in soccer history. "It was my first World Cup with Reuters," Gowar, who first encountered a teenaged Maradona in Buenos Aires as a photographer for an Argentine newspaper, recalled on Wednesday after hearing the news of Maradona's death, aged 60.

  • Ibrahimovic in talks about restarting international career

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in talks with Sweden head coach Janne Andersson about a potential return to the national team, the Swedish Football Association said Thursday.

  • Police clash with fans at Maradona's wake

    Riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas in clashes Thursday with football fans near the wake for Argentine football legend Diego Maradona in Buenos Aires.

  • Argentine football legend Maradona laid to rest

    Argentine football legend Diego Maradona was laid to rest Thursday after a private funeral on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, television images showed.

  • Maradona wanted to be embalmed and put on show, friend says

    Few people had the power to say no to Diego Maradona in life but his family appear to have put their foot down on an unusual last request.

  • Napoli honour Maradona with win

    Napoli honoured the memory of Diego Maradona with a 1-0 win over Rijeka which allowed them to go top of Europa League Group F in the first match since the death their Argentine icon.

  • Argentines flock the streets for one last glimpse of Maradona

    Argentines lined up in the streets of Buenos Aires on Thursday to say goodbye to soccer great Diego Maradona, whose casket lay in state at the Casa Rosada presidential palace draped in an Argentine flag and his famous no. 10 shirt.

  • Maradona in the words of Eduardo Galeano

    As the world pays tribute to the great Diego Maradona, here we see how Eduardo Galeano, the eminent Uruguayan journalist, novelist and writer, described the legend Maradona in his famous book Football in Sun and Shadow. Here are the excerpts from Football in Sun and Shadow: Maradona

  • Maradona 'truly great' but 'hand of god' still riles Shilton

    Diego Maradona who died aged 60 on Wednesday possessed "greatness but not sportsmanship" said former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton who was was victim to the infamous "hand of god" goal in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final.

  • BFF president Salahuddin tests Covid-19 positive

    The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi Salahuddin tested positive for coronavirus, the sporting body confirmed through a press release.

  • Real put Inter on the brink

    Real Madrid claimed a first-ever win at San Siro on Wednesday, beating Inter 2-0 in the Champions League after the Serie A side had midfielder Arturo Vidal sent off for dissent in the first half.

  • Argentina mourns Maradona

    Heartbroken fans of Diego Maradona gathered on the streets of Buenos Aires to mourn the Argentine soccer legend's death on Wednesday, praying, laying flowers and singing patriotic and sport chants.

  • Atalanta thump Liverpool

    Atalanta's Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens scored quickfire second-half goals to give them a comfortable 2-0 win over a toothless Liverpool, who barely managed a shot on target, in their Champions League Group D clash at Anfield on Wednesday.

  • Death of a man, not his legend

    As we were travelling to St Petersburg from Moscow by train while covering the 2018 World Cup in Russia, one inquisitive Argentine reporter asked why his country has such frenzied fan following in Bangladesh. The response was plain and simple. It’s because of Diego Maradona.

  • Argentina announces three days of mourning at the passing away of Maradona

    Alberto Fernandez, the president of Argentina, declared three days of official mourning at the passing away of the nation’s football legend Diego Maradona.

  • Messi, Ronaldo bid farewell to the ‘eternal genius’

    Current greats Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have posted emotional tributes to "friend" Diego Maradona on social media after the footballing legend passed away following cardiac arrest today.

  • Famous quotes of Diego and about Diego

    Diego Maradona, who died on Wednesday at the age of 60, will forever be remembered as one of the greatest footballers of all time but also one of the most controversial.