April 8, 2000 |
The Davis Cup competition between Argentina and Chile at Santiago, Chile, might be completed behind closed doors without fans. A singles match Friday between Argentina's Mariano Zabaleta and Chile's Nicolas Massu was suspended when angry fans pelted the court with plastic chairs, bottles and other items. Officials decided to complete the best-of-five American Zone match in private. That decision, however, could meet opposition from the players.
July 5, 1998 |
All the World Cup's a stage, and if Argentina is no longer in the running for the golden globe that is soccer's greatest prize, its captain has already laid claim to Best Actor, no vote required. The versatile Diego Simeone, accomplished defensive midfielder and thespian, nearly stole a spot in the World Cup semifinals for Argentina by hamming up two minor fouls into hysterical red-card rulings against second-round and quarterfinal opponents England and Holland.
June 9, 1998
ARGENTINA * World Cup Record: Played 52, won 26, lost 17, tied nine, goals for 90, goals against 65. * Best Finish: Champion in 1978, 1986. * 1994 Showing: Eliminated by Romania in the second round. * Coach: Daniel Passarella. A no-nonsense disciplinarian who refuses to select players with long hair. He was captain of Argentina's 1978 World Cup-winning team. * Players to Watch: Diego Simeone, Hernan Crespo, Juan Veron, Ariel Ortega, Gabriel Batistuta.
June 9, 1998 |
The post-Diego Maradona era has begun for Argentina, which is rebuilding from the ashes of its most brilliant player's drug violation and ejection at the 1994 World Cup and the team's early exit after its shocking losses to Bulgaria and Romania. The talented but troubled Maradona, who led Argentina to a victory over England in 1986 with his infamous "Hand of God" goal, had spoken of making another comeback but abandoned his plans last fall.
December 25, 1997 |
Once there was a boy with a magic left foot. His name was Diego Armando Maradona. He was a poor boy from a poor neighborhood. At 10, he dazzled stadiums with juggling exhibitions during halftime at professional soccer games. He danced with the ball, making it float with his foot, his knee, his head, lost in impish rapture. When the referees tried to stop the boy and resume the games, the crowds booed. At 19, he led Argentina's national youth team to a world championship.
March 24, 1995 |
Going to Argentina without checking out Diego Armando Maradona would be like going to Pisa without visiting the Leaning Tower. He might have a serious design flaw, but, Dios mio , is he one of a kind. One of the greatest soccer players of all time when he was not sulking or suspended, Maradona is in his eighth--and perhaps last--week as coach of Racing Club, a first-division team in Buenos Aires.