November 3, 1992 |
Representatives from Mar del Plata, Argentina, will try in meetings this week at Acapulco, Mexico, to inspire confidence in the resort city's ability to organize the 1995 Pan American Games. They face a challenge not only because of their own lack of progress since being awarded the games three years ago.
July 8, 1990 |
Thirty days and 51 games ago, Argentina opened soccer's World Cup against Cameroon with a 1-0 loss that appeared at the time, before the Indomitable Lions proved themselves, to be the beginning of the end for the defending champions. The Argentines were written off in the media and told off by their president, Carlos Menem. Not even the country's No. 1 citizen, and the world's No. 1 player, Diego Armando Maradona, came to the team's defense.
July 9, 1990 |
One month and 52 games after it began, soccer's World Cup was decided in a most anti-climactic fashion--on a controversial penalty kick six minutes from the end of the championship game at the Olympic Stadium. Although the referee's call that produced the game's only goal might not have been just, it was justice that prevailed when West Germany beat Argentina, 1-0, Sunday. West Germany, as it has been throughout the tournament, was the dominant team from start to finish of the 90-minute game.
June 3, 1994 |
Diego Maradona, disgusted over suggestions that he dictates the team's roster, threatened Thursday to quit Argentina's World Cup team. The soccer star spoke in response to a radio interview with the mother of defender Dario Franco, who was left off the team. Franco's mother told radio station La Red her son was not placed on the team because Maradona "dictates the lineup to (Coach Alfio) Basile." Basile said Franco was excluded because of a leg injury.
July 4, 1994 |
We cry for you, Argentina. You played in a soccer game for the ages Sunday, played with what your coach called "fire and vigor" and still, despite the wondrousness of a Romanian team that just gets better and better, you kept trying. The truth is, you never left us. You were a team that came as one of the favorites to win World Cup '94, and you had to persevere through injury and the distraction of the loss of your superstar, Maradona, to yet another drug scandal.
July 1, 1994 |
Diego Armando Maradona, the pudgy Argentine soccer star, was suspended from the World Cup on Thursday, the day he would have set a record for most games played in tournament history. In a sad ending to what had been a remarkable World Cup comeback, Maradona, 33, was withdrawn from the tournament by the Argentine Football Federation after testing positive for five types of banned substances under the umbrella name of ephedrine.