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Iraq denies interest in Maradona as coach of national soccer team

December 21, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Diego Maradona entertains fans in Kannur, India.
Diego Maradona entertains fans in Kannur, India. (S.K. Mohan / Associated…)

Iraq has no interest in Diego Maradona. The Iraqi Football Assn. denied media reports Friday that it was negotiating with Argentine soccer legend Maradona to coach its national team.

“There is no negotiation between Iraqi Football Assn. with Diego Maradona and it doesn't have any intention to hire him,” deputy IFA head Abdul-Khaliq Masoud told the Associated Press.

On Thursday, several media outlets quoted Argentina soccer official Hernan Tofoni that the IFA was expected to meet Friday and complete an offer to Maradona.

Maradona was fired as Argentina's national coach after the team was eliminated in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals.

Former Brazil great Zico resigned as Iraq coach last month.

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