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Naples: City of Diego (Part II)
SourceIn the mid-80s Napoli was a half-board team in Italy, with no name and hardly ambition. But city and team were held in the wake of an idol that still lives in every corner of Naples. This is the story of the relationship between a man and a city that only stops when a name is cited: Diego Armando Maradona. Naples: City of Diego (Part I) Maradona takes Napoli to glory. Source All Naples knew that with Diego they had something else, that extra that would lead them to greatness. That was the great virtue of Maradona, multiplied the talent of others. Throughout history there have been great players who are like the icing on the cake; but Maradona was not the icing on the cake, it was the complete cake. May 10, 1987. The atmosphere in the city of Naples was indescribable. People crying with joy in the streets, there were more than a million happy Neapolitans who went out to celebrate, no incident in a moment of total communion never seen before. The reason? Diego Armando Maradona had led Napoli to become the Serie A champion for the first time in their history. Naples was on the cover of every newspaper in the world and for the first time it was not for something bad. Maradona represented the sports hero, but at the same time it was the symbol that something good could be achieved in a despised city. He showed that, although in something ephemeral as football is, it was also possible to win in Naples as in any other city in Italy. He transformed in virtue what others considered defects. At that time, Maradona could easily have been the mayor of Naples. Everything he said, for citizens was an order. In 1989 Napoli won the UEFA Cup, its first and only European trophy in its history. A few years later they achieved their second and, to date, last Scudetto. But if 1990 kept an important event, that was the World Cup that was held in Italy. The city of Naples would host one of the semifinals of the tournament, which would face the local Italy with Argentina Maradona. The day before the match, from all over Italy, an appeal was made to the Neapolitan people: "Neapolitans, support Italy". But Diego said: "Now they remember Naples? The Neapolitans are Italian, but does Italy know? Only the day before of Argentina - Italy remember Naples and the Neapolitans? During the rest of the year they do not remember Naples. " Those words of Maradona awakened the conscience of the Neapolitans, he touched the heart of the fans. Source When the Italian national team arrived in Naples, they found a divided crowd. They did not know if they supported Maradona or supported Italy, and the players of the National Team felt that. But the reality is that all Naples supported Argentina, because Maradona was their god. The match ended with a 1-1 draw and there were no goals in the extra time, the finalist would be defined in the penalty shootout. Penalties came and went in an infamous definition, until Sergio Goycochea stopped Serena's shot and Argentina went to the World Cup final. Italy was not going to easily forget that defeat and four days later it would be proven. The decline of the idol. Rome hosts the final of the World Cup, the Argentine anthem sounds while the Italian fans whistle without mercy to Maradona. The truth is that they had nothing against Argentina, they whistled was to Naples. For Diego it was the greatest pain he had ever felt in his entire life, because he thought that in Italy he had left an important legacy and that this did not deserve it. It was a moment that all Italians should feel ashamed of. Source Argentina lost the final 1-0 against Germany and the tears of Maradona were the tears of Naples. The reality is that this final represented the breaking point between Maradona and Italian football. And also, unfortunately, between Maradona and Napoli. He was a Diego who was angry with the world, he was possessed by drugs. Like someone who does not want to hear anything that could break the charm or awaken from the dream, Naples had been looking the other way every time the name of his idol was associated with the night, with cocaine. On one occasion the club president asked him: "Diego, have you consumed anything this week? Because if you consume something from the games, it appears in the anti-doping test ". Maradona, with the security and imprudence that characterizes him, replied: "No, I have not consumed anything." On March 17, 1991, after a Napoli - Bari, Maradona tested positive for cocaine and was suspended for 15 months. It was a Monday, April 1, 1991, a holiday, and Diego simply got into his car and escaped. It was the saddest day in the history of Naples, it was how to lose a family member who left without saying goodbye. He deserved to go on a red carpet, like a big Hollywood star; instead, I escape at night as if I were a thief. He did not have the courage to say to the Neapolitans, to that people who loved him so much: "Gentlemen, I am guilty. Forgive me. " He decided to simply vanish like someone who was never there, a real pity. Almost 30 years ago that sad farewell but in Naples, when they mention Maradona, it seems that it was yesterday. He became immortal, the truth is that he never left there. You only need to take a little walk today to understand that Diego never left Naples. Because the hotel room where he lived continues as he left it. Because the table where he ate and the dish he liked most today bear his name. Because the streets of the city are named after him. Because his name is heard in the streets. Because there is a tomb in honor of all those dead who did not have the happiness of seeing him play in Naples. Because the University keeps thinking about him and the impact he had on the city. Because the conversations continue to name him. And because a statue of more than 2,000 years does not have much to do in front of an altar made in honor of him. Source
It's not (more) a Soccer for Argentinian coaches?
A different kind of football, that we have enjoyed for years, but today does not always have the possibility to express itself outside the borders. Ok, we lived years in the past where the Argentine style of coaching was considered futuristic, perhaps for charm, perhaps for fashion, perhaps because Soccer was more homogeneous. For example, the times of Carlos Bianchi and Hector Cuper in Italy, which regardless of how evolved their situations and careers, presented themselves as emblazoned names. As well as Bielsa, and its revolutionary school of Soccer, exported and reworked in the years, until today. Today. Harder times, for those coming from South America, for those who are training or have trained in Argentina and hope in a future in Europe. The clear and more recent example is that of Guillermo Barros Schelotto. From the possibility of writing the history of Boca Juniors and crowning a career (aiming to win the Copa Libertadores against the River, in the final of Santiago Bernabeu) to the expatriation in MLS: something did not work, certainly. Something went wrong, no doubt about this. Schelotto is totally paying faults and errors made in Madrid, "El Melli" (who tried to land in Italy in 2016, called from Maurizio Zamparini as head coach of Palermo, but without being able to officially train even a minute for a UEFA coaching license ever achieved) flew to USA. Good luck. Schelotto in the States, Jorge Sampaoli, in Brazil. Totally to forget his World Cup experience on the bench of the Selección, and so far the times of the fantastic U de Chile and his style of Soccer that made him famous in the world. Thanks to the results achieved during that period (2010-2012) he had the possibility to train Chile, Sevilla, Argentina. Before the world cup, a call from Italy: 2016, Lotito, Lazio, the Serie A. But no deal, due to the excessive economic demands of the Argentine coach. Today, a restart in Santos a wonderful city in São Paulo, training Santos F. C., which anyway is not properly the last team in the world. The 2019 of Sampaoli will be in Brazil. An Argentinian, in Brazil. And if anyone remembers the rivalry between those two countries, give an eye to those parts, to see what will happen. Or, just remember the experience of the "Paton" Bauza, champion of Copa Libertadores with San Lorenzo in 2014, head coach of San Paolo in 2015, but that was a difficult year for "O Tricolor". In 2016, the Argentine Selecciòn, and the controversies for the exclusions of Icardi from the squad and the convocation, in its place, of Lucas Pratto; well, after all, the Oso shown all his talent, winning the Libertadores 2019 as a protagonist. Maybe Bauza was right. Maybe not. And Gerardo, "El Tata", Martino? The first successes as a coach in Paraguay with Libertad and Cerro Porteño at the beginning of the millennium, seemed to build a career made of great successes, for him. Good the experience on the bench of the Paraguayan national team at the end of 2006, good the Final 2013 tournament won with Newell's, too. Then Barcelona in 2013, the winning of the Spanish Super Cup, but from there ... something went wrong. The experience at Selecciòn in 2014 could be totally explained in the two Copa America (2015 and the Centenario's one in 2016) lost both on penalties, in the Final, against Chile. Before to sign with the Mexico National Team, he went to train in MLS and has won the title with Atlanta, in 2018. Finally ... El Pibe. How could we ignore it? The highest peak, the 2010 World Cup with Argentina. Did not go so well, as everyone can remember. Then, the experiences in UAE (soccer & dollars, baby), eventually the return to South America, but to Mexico. In the Second Division, training the Dorados. At the end of 2018, Maradona lost the Final match, for the promotion. It's the life, Dieguito. Just take it with philosophy.