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Watch Maradona's Mexican masterpiece

Watch the premiere of the 1986 FIFA World Cup™: The Official Film Diego Maradona has the starring role Several others legends feature Mexico 1986, more than any FIFA World Cup™, belonged to the No10. Enzo Francescoli and Michel Platini dazzled, Zico flashed his spellbinding genius, Preben Elkjaer bagged the adidas Bronze Ball and Gary Lineker the adidas Golden Boot. But it was headlined, undoubtedly and unforgettably, by Diego Maradona. The Argentinian got the equaliser against Italy in the group stage, scored ‘The Hand of God’ and ‘The Goal of the…

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UEFA preliminary draw for FIFA World Cup 2022™: seeded teams confirmed

Preliminary draw to be held in Zurich on 7 December at 18:00 CET Belgium top seeds in Pot 1 13 out of 55 UEFA member associations to qualify for FIFA World Cup 2022 As excitement mounts ahead of the UEFA preliminary draw for the FIFA World Cup 2022™ that is due to take place on 7 December at 18:00 CET as a virtual event in Zurich, Belgium were today confirmed as the top-seeded team in Pot 1 following the publication of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. The Red Devils will be…

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Zamalek's Bencharki eyes Champions League repeat

Achraf Bencharki dreaming of second Champions League crown Moroccan has played professionally in Africa, Asia and Europe Helped Zamalek to Egypt Cup, CAF Super Cup and Egyptian Super Cup Zamalek’s Moroccan forward Achraf Bencharki will have another title shot this Friday, when his side take on fellow Egyptians Al Ahly for the 2020 CAF Champions League crown and the right to represent Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™. Bencharki started his professional career at Maghreb de Fes before a 2016 move to Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca, with…

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A Legend devoted to his sport

Maradona died on Wednesday 25 November The Argentinian legend had been working closely with FIFA since 2017 Joined the FIFA Legends programme and took part in a number of events “To bring football back to FIFA and FIFA back to football.” That was one of the pledges Gianni Infantino made during his campaign to win election as FIFA President. He fulfilled that pledge at the start of his term of office in 2016, setting up the FIFA Legends programme. In their capacity as footballing legends who have made an indelible…

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Diego Maradona: images of a unique career

Over the course of his career, Diego Maradona won 11 titles as a player, including two with Argentina: the FIFA World Youth Championship Japan 1979 and the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™. He also lifted five trophies with Italy’s Napoli, among them two Scudetti and the UEFA Cup. Completing the list are the 1981 Argentinian Championship with Boca Juniors and the three titles he won while at Barcelona. But Maradona’s career was less about his silverware than his magical performances on the pitch, both with La Albiceleste and the clubs…

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Stars line up to laud Diego

Diego Maradona sadly passed away on Wednesday, aged 60 His death sent the football world into deep mourning We round up the social media tributes to ‘El Diez’ Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players in history, sadly passed away on Wednesday, less than a month after turning 60. ‘El Diez’ inspired Argentina to FIFA World Cup™ glory at Mexico 1986 and to the Italy 1990 Final, while he dazzled for Boca Juniors and Barcelona before propelling Napoli, who had never won Serie A, to two Scudetti and the UEFA…

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Ajayi: The Al Ahly fans love the Champions League so much

Al Ahly face fierce rivals Zamalek in Friday’s CAF Champions League final The trophy has agonisingly eluded Junior Ajayi He discusses his desire to help Ahly conquer The CAF Champions League 2020 final will mark a special occasion for Al Ahly’s Nigerian star Junior Ajayi, who is hoping to finally claim the coveted African title which has twice eluded him. In 2017, Al Ahly lost to Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca 2-1 on aggregate in the decider, before injury prevented the Nigerian from taking part in the same fixture in 2018, which…

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FIFA President confirms 22 national teams will participate in FIFA Arab Cup 2021 in Qatar

The FIFA Arab Cup 2021 will feature 22 national teams from the Arab region Gianni Infantino says the tournament will unite the region It will also help Qatar continue preparations for the FIFA World Cup FIFA President Gianni Infantino has confirmed that 22 national teams from the Arab region have signed up to participate in the FIFA Arab Cup, which will be staged from 1 to 18 December 2021. Speaking during a visit to Lusail Stadium, which will host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Final, the FIFA President stated…

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Al Ahly and Zamalek face Final of the Century

Two giants of Egyptian football to face off in CAF Champions League final The possible paths to victory for Al Ahly and Zamalek We examine their respective strengths and roads to the final Having looked at one stage like it might be cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 CAF Champions League will finally reach a conclusion this Friday, albeit behind closed doors. The decision to complete the tournament without crowds had sparked fears of the largest continental championship ending without much fanfare. However, these concerned have proved unfounded,…

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