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As Diego Maradona turns 60, we look at the remarkable numbers behind his World Cup 1986 campaign – and his formidable handball record.

Wherever you stand on football’s GOAT debate, you can’t deny the legacy of Diego Maradona.

Some would place him behind Lionel Messi as Argentina’s greatest ever footballer, and short of Pele in the sport’s pantheon of the mighty; others would say Maradona eclipses them all. It’s a debate that has raged for decades, and one that is not likely to be settled for some time.

But nobody can argue that, in Mexico in 1986, Maradona produced a string of performances to rival anything the World Cup has ever witnessed.

From the group stage to the final with West Germany, via the ‘Goal of the Century’ and a brazen moment of cheating, Maradona was so far above his contemporaries that the sheer idea of anyone else winning the Golden Ball was laughable.

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Argentina beat South Korea, drew with Italy and defeated Bulgaria in their group, then saw off Uruguay, England and Belgium in the knockouts before a 3-2 final defeat of West Germany. As Opta data shows, Maradona was the beating heart of the Albiceleste’s second World Cup triumph.

TAKE MY BREATH AWAY

Gary Lineker was the only player to score more goals (six) at the 1986 World Cup than Maradona (five). That’s about the only category where he did not come out on top.

He added five assists to those five goals in his seven appearances, giving him the most goal involvements (10) of any player, ahead of the USSR’s Igor Belanov (eight), and Lineker, Careca and Preben Elkjaer Larsen (six).

It stands to reason that Maradona also created more goalscoring chances (27) than any other player. Next on the list was France’s Alain Giresse (24), then Klaus Allofs (23), Michel Platini (19) and Careca (17).

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WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH

Everyone, most famously West Germany, tried to man-mark Maradona out of the equation. None succeeded.

He completed 53 dribbles across the tournament, a tally that puts the rest of the competition to shame. The next highest number was recorded by USSR’s Ivan Yaremchuk, who managed 16.

Of course, that kind of dazzling play will always attract a more prosaic approach from the opposition. Maradona was fouled 53 times, more than double the number of anyone else (Enzo Francescoli was next on 27 fouls won).

EDGE OF HEAVEN

Maradona’s all-round impact on proceedings could only come from a player given freedom to drop deeper and seize the ball from lesser men. It’s incredible, then, that he managed 44 touches in the opposition box, eight more than the next-highest on the list, Brazil’s Careca. Lineker, winner of the Golden Boot, had 31 such touches.

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Lineker and England have, of course, never forgotten Maradona’s impact on their 2-1 quarter-final defeat in Mexico City. It was the scene of his greatest goal – a mazy, miraculous waltz through the heart of the opposition that ended with the bamboozling of goalkeeper Peter Shilton – and his crowning moment of infamy, when ‘The Hand of God’ punched Argentina into the lead.

Perhaps that wasn’t such a one-off, though. Since 1966, no player has committed as many handballs at the World Cup as Maradona (seven) – and they’re just the ones the referees spotted.

 

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How Eddie 43 Years Old Man Gets Newcastle Job As New Manager

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In a desperate effort to get the club lost glory back, Eddie Howe was confirmed as Newcastle’s new manager on Monday, a month after a Saudi-led takeover at St James’s Park

The former Bournemouth boss succeeds Steve Bruce, who left the Premier League club by “mutual consent” on 20 October.

Newcastle United are delighted to confirm the appointment of Eddie Howe as the club’s new head coach on a contract until summer 2024,” the club said in a statement.

Howe, 43, said: “It is a great honour to become head coach of a club with the stature and history of Newcastle United. It is a very proud day for me and my family.

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“This is a wonderful opportunity, but there is also a lot of work ahead of us and I am eager to get onto the training ground to start working with the players.”

Newcastle are second from bottom of the Premier League without a single win this season after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Brighton.

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NYCN Chairman’s Cup: Amb. Ogohi reiterate commitment to grassroots sports development

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Chairman of the Kogi State Chapter National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN),  Ambassador Usman Ogohi has reiterate his commitment towards the growth of grassroots sports development in the state.

Amb. Ogohi in his chat with members of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Kogi State Chapter during the opening kickoff of Amb. Usman Ogohi football tournament at Aneibo field, Gadumo in Lokoja disclosed that the tournament is a beginning of several sports initiative programmes to come.

According to him, the best way of harnessing raw sports talent for the state and the country is to invest heavily into grassroots sports with the aim of catching them young and helping those making efforts on their own to find their feat.

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Ogohi further disclosed that the competition which comprises of eight teams bottling for the grand price is also targeted at engaging youth in the community to distract them and sensitize them from all forms of Anti Social vices.

Ogohi while appreciating the passion and commitment of Lokoja based street football teams and others from the 21 Local Government Areas of the State, encouraged them to keep believing in themselves as opportunities will come knocking at their doors sooner than expected.

He further reiterate his commitment towards promoting sports and other sector that would help Kogi youth grow and be comfortable with life.

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kick starting the opening match, Newlayout Football Club whitewashed, thrashed her opponent Peace Community by 5 goals to nill, with three of the goals scored in the first half of the game and two in the other half.

Speaking to members of Kogi SWAN after the opening match, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Comrade Femi Abiodun called on youths to shun Cultism and other vices which according to him has become one of the greatest negative bane in the society.

He appealed to stakeholders in the sports sector and corporate organizations in the state to support the National Youth Council in the State so as to enable them sustain the tournament annually and extended to other committees in the state capital and across the LG.

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Boom! Anthony Joshua Lost WBO, WBA, IBF Heavyweight Titles to Usyk

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Boom! Anthony Joshua Lost WBO, WBA, IBF Heavyweight Titles to Usyk

 

By: Joshua Adinoyi

It was a thrilling fight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium outside of London on Saturday night as Briton’s Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine threw tactical punches on one another while contesting for the WBO, WBA and IBF titles earlier held by Joshua.

Joshua, 31, despite fighting in front of nearly 70,000 supporters at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, was unable to meet up his pre-match promise of retaining the titles as his opponent, Usyk 34, ripped him of the unified heavyweight titles.

Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) claimed Joshua’s WBA (Super), WBO and IBF titles by using a combination of footwork, head movement and a sharp left hand to keep Joshua off balance throughout the 12-round affair.

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With tears in his eyes as he raised his arms in the center of the ring after an unanimous decision, the Ukrainian Boxer said: “This means much for me, a lot, the fight went exactly the way I expected it to go. There were a couple of moments when Anthony pushed me hard but nothing special

“I have been working so hard since January in preparation for this fight, it took me some half a year and I didn’t see my family for so long

“I miss my children and I miss watching them play. I want to go home and be happy and I’m not thinking about the rematch at this second”

Usyk dominated from the first bell, as score card of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 were reward after a sensational display from the unbeaten Ukrainian, who became only the third fighter after Evander Holyfield and David Haye to win world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight.

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Oleksandr Usyk’s extraordinary victory over Anthony Joshua earned him the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight world titles.

Joshua, who left the ring with a swollen right eye did not speak in the aftermath as he sought medical care.

His promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport ultimately believes his fighter will seek a second bout.

“The rematch is going to be tough but there is nowhere to hide because AJ is at the stage of his career where he wants his world championship and he’s already talking about it now”

Meanehile, minutes after the match, Joshua tweeted via his official account “Keep positive even if the world’s crumbling in front of you!

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“London I love you & thank you each and every time!”

Joshua, 31, was supposed to face WBC and lineal champion Tyson Fury this summer but plans were canceled after Deontay Wilder won a court injunction to invoke a trilogy bout against Fury for Oct. 9.

Instead of setting up plans for an all-England summit for the undisputed title, the next development besides Wilder-Fury III will be whether Joshua accepts his own contractually obligated rematch against Usyk.

Some fans of Anthony Joshua had already taken to the social media that the Heavyweight star will seek for a rematch where he will reclaim his honor as he earlier did with Andy Ruiz Jnr.

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