Madness and magic from Maradona’s motherland
‘Pssst. What did he just say?’
The European journalist, sent over to South America to cover Argentina’s final two World Cup qualifiers, clearly hadn’t brushed up on the leisure activities unit of his Spanish vocabulary book.
While foreign hacks decided how they would best translate Maradona’s tirade at journalists, some entrepreneurial Argentines saw the opportunity to make a quick peso.
These are times of crisis after all.
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Within an hour of Maradona’s "you can suck it and keep sucking it," there was already a .com.ar domain name registered with the phrase.
Someone with a T-shirt emporium quickly called up a model and photographer to get the catalogue shots for the latest addition to their range, also bearing the legend ‘suck it and keep sucking.’
The whole country was watching.
There were 80 percent fewer passengers on the underground, not a single crime reported in the centre of Buenos Aires, while cinemas suffered a 50 percent decline in business.
Everybody was tuned in to watch the Uruguay-Argentina clash.
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Fortunately the press conference took place after the Watershed.
After some confusion over its press pass, Argie Bargy ended up watching the game pitch-side, which also meant witnessing the post-match scenes up close and personal.
‘Suckgate’ had yet to take to take place, but it was clear the war with the media had already started.
As players leaped around, there was a testosterone-fuelled mix of euphoria at having qualified, along with untamed aggression towards the journalists and photographers replete with shoving, grimaces and repeated hijos de putaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!
In the fall-out of the press conference, just about everyone is talking about Maradona’s choice of insult rather than Argentina qualifying for the World Cup.
The players are trying to buck the trend by talking about football.
In the understatement of the year, Juan Sebastián Verón admits that Argentina aren’t candidates to win the World Cup.
Captain Javier Mascherano says they have to sort out everything they did wrong, with the implication that there’s a hell of a lot to sort out.
Leo Messi confessed that he hasn’t performed like he should with the national side.
Carlitos Tevez, meanwhile, says he’s considering retiring from the team because the abuse the players get isn’t worth it.
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FIFA have decided to investigate Maradona, but their vice president, who is also president of the Argentine FA, is standing by Diego.
Julio Grondona decided to also criticise journalists for asking ‘insidious’ questions, and said that Maradona was a ‘special case.’
Grondona also said that he’d choose Maradona as his coach again if he had to.
The soap opera continues.
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Oh, and this weekend there’s league football. Perhaps next week we can talk about that.
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Maradona's tirade will cost him a 5 game suspension, Argentina already has two friendlies lined up until November 18th --- I presume that they will play some additional friendlies in between now and when the World Cup rolls around, so Diego will still coach in the World Cup.
As for the "special" comment attributed to Grondona... special in what way? That drug addicts who coach national teams are entitled to some leeway?
Sepp Blatter has been right on two things regarding the CONMEBOL, one was the high altitude issue being horrible for football players and two Maradona deserving a 5 game slap for his moronic ghetto rage at some hapless reporter whose job consists of making Maradona look good anyway.
Maradona is not to be touched, he is a legend, in Argentine they could take a better care of him,he is a living symbole for thier country ,I think they don't know him well yet,he is thier national treasure ,who knows Argentine without him?They could take a better care of him by apointing some advisors to him ,we all know about his mistakes ,they could have him avoid these mistakes, he is not so educated, ist a mission impossible?for a country to take care about his national treasure its an easy mission.
Imagine in my country (Iraq) and homeland (kurdistan) they worship him ,he is a hero, we know him very well form early stages of his live to his last speack and we still worship him and love and even more and more, there is no doubt that he is the best who touched the ball.99% of Iraqis don't know Argentinian Presedent but 100% of us know about Maradona's life stages.
I just want to say respect your symbols otherwise you are nothing.
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