Madness and magic from Maradona’s motherland
Yes I know I say it a lot, but there really is no league in the world quite like the Argentine Primera.
Why? Well, lets take a peek at San Lorenzo, one of the most supported teams in the country.
After crashing out of the Copa Libertadores, they flew all the way back to Buenos Aires only to lose 3-0 at home to Tucuman, resulting in fans attempting to storm the hotel where the team was staying, scuffling with security guards.
Coach, Miguel Angel Russo has already gone, so who is to step into his shoes? Step forward Diego ‘El Cholo’ Simeone.
Simeone: Back in black
However, the plot thickens – the guy who is thought to have orchestrated this move is none other than Marcelo Tinelli.
Tinelli is Argentina’s biggest TV star. He is the Jonathon Ross of Argentina. He is also San Lorenzo’s most famous fan (although Viggo Mortensen, who played Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings movies, may beg to differ).
And such is his fanaticism and power over the club that he even set up an investment fund to help the club – a private endeavour.
Simeone will, if he manages to win a few games, stay at the club for 15 months, taking on to the touchline in his trademark black outfit in two weeks' time against struggling Racing, a team he has previously coached.
Speaking to Ole, he insists he understands that an uphill struggle lies ahead. “I’m more motivated when things are a right mess. And all I’m asking for is order, order, order.”
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